Shallow Grave in Trinity County

Shallow Grave in Trinity County Explores the tragic story of a small California town rocked by the murder of fourteen year old Stephanie Bryan whose killer turned out to be college student Burton Abbott who lived nearby

  • Title: Shallow Grave in Trinity County
  • Author: Harry Farrell
  • ISBN: 9780312206727
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • Explores the tragic story of a small California town rocked by the 1955 murder of fourteen year old Stephanie Bryan, whose killer turned out to be college student Burton Abbott, who lived nearby.

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    1. This is a well written true crime account of the kidnapping and murder of 14 year old Stephanie Bryan in 1955. The story is laid out in a concise manner without too many details that often bog down a non fiction book. I was amazed at all the excuses lawyers and family members tried to find in order to explain Stephanie’s purse, school books, and bra that were buried in the suspect’s basement. Even though it was clear how the story would end, it was fascinating to see how the lawyers collecte [...]

    2. Finished it this morning. This book had been on my wish list for many years till finally managed to buy a secondhand copy. I can say it was worth the wait.Maybe not as gripping as some true crime books, Harry Farrell writes with a bit more distance but you must not forget that when he finally got all the documents and trial papers, a lot of people who played a big role in the Abbott case had already died.It is much harder probably to write about a case that happened long ago, I think of Harold S [...]

    3. Shallow Grave is an incredibly detailed, day-by-day account of the disappearance of fourteen-year-old Stephanie Bryan in 1955, and the subsequent search for her and the trial and execution of her presumed murderer, a young accounting student named Burton Abbott. Methods to find missing children were very primitive back then compared to now; if Stephanie had been kidnapped today, an Amber Alert would probably have been issued and while it might not have saved her, it certainly would have lead pol [...]

    4. A fascinating read with great personal resonance for me, because the author casually revealed midway through the book that the victim was not only the first cousin of someone I grew up with, but also the niece of my dad's boss. It was even more satisfying than average to read about this guy going to prison. Unusually well written, too. The author passes no judgement on the parties involved but also refuses to sympathize with the killer, which is refreshing.

    5. The extremely controversial Abbott case fair bids to go down along side the Borden case as a classic American study in ambiguity,hysteria,and lurking hints of subsurface malevolence which suggest far more appalling evil than evan the original crime.As in the Borden case,we have the situation of a well-liked young person of some intellectual ability(Lizzie was the first woman to ever sit on the board of an American hospital)caught in a web of circumstances,all of which(with a bit of perhaps exces [...]

    6. As a Bay Area native, this book was pretty spellbinding as a criminal case study with lots of local history and trivia thrown in. I mean, Earl Stanley Gardener even makes a cameo at the courthouse near Lake Merritt! The book stands alone, though, as a well crafted tale of true crime. Burton Abbott is as enigmatic a character as any fictitious villain. The opening scene (which takes place months after Bryan's disappearance) seems to cast a great shadow of guilt over Abbott from the very beginning [...]

    7. on page 125 or so the author suggests a flaw in the defendant's alibi, says it is impossible to get lost in sacramento because the streets are laid out so well. HA i've done it three times. of course i can get lost following a straight line. maybe i shouldn't be bragging about thatting read. knowing the places, roads talked about makes for a good and uncomfortable read.

    8. Another very interesting true crime story about one of the first serial killings in the Bay Area. Farrell does a great job at explaining how innocent people were then, and how unusual this type of crime was for the times (The 1950s). It's very sad, but very sensitively written. Such a good author and a great reporter.

    9. This book was a little too distant. I never felt like I knew the victim, or the alleged murderer for that matter. The most interesting aspect was the way laws have improved to protect the accused, and also the difficulty in gathering evidence before DNA testing.

    10. This is the non-fiction story of a fourteen year old girl who was kidnapped and murdered in Berkeley, California in 1955. My oldest brother was in the same grade in school as this girl's brother so I was aware of this tragedy during my childhood.

    11. I love this book for the slice of very local history it provides. The actual subject matter is horrifying. But the glimpse of my neighborhood 50 years before I moved here is fascinating.

    12. Shallow Grave in Trinity County shed light into an unknown aspect of America's middle class, hidden psychopathic tendencies in married men.

    13. This book was really well written true crime. It also does a nice job of placing the East Bay in its historical context.Really an awesome and creepy book.

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