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She Had No Enemies [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Dennis Fleming
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  • Taschenbuch: 228 Seiten
  • Verlag: Authorhouse (4. August 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 143823144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438231440
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,2 x 20 x 13,1 cm
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On July 25, 1980, Mary Fleming was killed. It took her brother, Dennis Fleming, many wrong turns in life and a quarter of a century to tell the story of her brutal murder in his memoir, "She Had No Enemies."

The facts are, as often, deceptively simple. On a warm summer day, Mary, the youngest of the Fleming children, affectionately nicknamed "Mickey," is followed home from a walk to the corner market where she had purchased lunch items. The man who followed her was Anthony J. LaRette, a serial killer, who slashed her throat and stabbed her in the heart while the lettuce for her luncheon salad sat on the kitchen counter.

When I look at Mickey's picture, a beautiful girl at age 18 with the full promise of life ahead of her, I can imagine how difficult it must have been for the author to tell a story so close to the bone. But when you read his book you'll know that he had to find a way to talk about this most personal tragedy, or let it destroy him. And destroy him it almost did by way of drugs, alcohol, depression, attempted suicide, and failed marriages.

"She Had No Enemies" is more than a crime story of how LaRette was caught, tried, and eventually executed. The blue-collar Flemings, like Frank McCourt`s family in "Angela's Ashes," have tragedy written all over them right from the get-go. Fleming's mother and brother were abandoned by their parents, raised by a grandma "who'd smack your hands with her sausage fingers." No wonder the mom ran as fast as she could from "Big Grandma" right into the arms of an alcoholic who beat her and the children, which the two somehow managed to produce between the fighting and the beatings. She had eight of them before she found the strength to leave him.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Forever XVIII 25. September 2008
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State of Missouri v. Anthony Joe Larette
648 S.W. 2d 96 (Mo. banc 1983)

Case Facts: On July 25, 1980 a white male was observed driving a cream-colored convertible circling an apartment complex in St. Charles, Missouri. At approximately 11:00 a.m., an individual later identified as Anthony Larette was seen running from the direction of the apartment toward the cream-colored convertible. Larette got into the convertible and drove away.

This is the extremely personal memoir of a man whose beloved sister Mickey became the victim of a ruthless serial killer in Missouri in 1980. His one small consolation is that in her last, courageous act, Mickey was able to raise an alarm, which ultimately led to the capture of her killer, Anthony Joe Larette. Her actions that fateful day saved the lives of many innocent people who might have crossed paths with Larette had he not been apprehended less than four months later.

The memoir provides a few insider details of the trial and sentencing of Larette, but also shares the author's experiences growing up in a large but dysfunctional family. More importantly, he tells of his own life in the aftermath of Mickey's death, his little sister having been taken away in the prime of her youth at only eighteen.

Deeply affected by the senseless killing, he keeps looking for a way to harness his frustrations and feelings, and to channel his creative energy into a fitting tribute. After dabbling with art and film, he takes some good advice and the result is this honest and hard-hitting memoir.

Although the writing is uneven in places, this can easily be attributed to the emotion behind it, and the author succeeds in taking the reader along on his personal journey of acceptance, forbearance, adjustment and finally closure.

Amanda Richards, September 25, 2008
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Despite the brutal murder of his sister, the author takes a social utility view of the treatment of the killer 18. August 2008
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I have read other books where the author describes the murder of a relative and the consequences to the lives of the surviving family. I have also stated that it tends to make the book more difficult to read because the author responds strongly to minor details and the presentation degenerates into a set of their reactions to insignificant events. That is not the case here.
The author's younger and beloved sister is brutally murdered when she was eighteen by a man that was a serial killer. Despite his natural and understandable rage and desire to see the perpetrator punished, Fleming manages to maintain a civilized approach to the situation. He learns that the killer was heavily abused as a child and comes to the belief that at least some measure of understanding needs to be extended to the killer. This is not to say that he forgives the man, he never goes that far and he is a spectator when the man is executed.
Fleming's approach to the problem is one of general social good. He believes that if serial killers are studied rather than executed, it may be possible to learn what goes wrong in their minds to make them someone who extracts great joy from death. Fleming also points out that the longer the serial killer is in jail, the more crimes they confess to and the more the survivors of their victims can learn the truth.
When I first opened this book, I expected a somewhat monotonous recapitulation of intense feelings over a murder and consequently a story that grew tedious to read. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to discover an honest and intelligent rendition of the belief that criminals should be studied as much as possible. This is in the hope that a level of understanding can be achieved that will allow society to prevent the development of serial killers in the future.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mary... 8. Februar 2011
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I purchased this book in 2007. It was very personal for me. You see, Mary was a very close friend of mine. A beautiful young woman with a great sense of humor. Always there to listen, and most of all, always with a smile.

When she was murdered, it changed me and my life forever. The innocence of being care-free and enjoying life came to a screeching halt. Never would I be the same. I was numb then, and in some aspects, I continue to be to this day. This was such a horror. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her and what might have been.

One day when I was online and typed in her name, this book written by her brother Denny, it popped up on Amazon. I knew I had to have it. I also bought one for my dad, as he coached softball for the two of us for quite a few years. We had the best times. Mary was an excellent athlete, with drive and ambition to strive to always do her best. Not just in softball, but in all her endeavors.

I was apprehensive to get it and read it, understandably so. Upon it's arrival, I lay it on my nightstand. I'd pass by it for several days and had difficulty picking it up. I new I wanted to read it, but was apprehensive about where it would lead me emotionally. Finally, I sat down and took a few deep breaths and began to read. It took me a while, as I had to put it down several times and regain my composure.

I 2007, I contacted Denny. I asked if we could meet and discuss the book. He responded and we set up and agreed on a meeting place. I can't thank him enough for putting his thoughts and words to paper, telling the story of his beautiful sister's tragic last day here on earth. I realized then, and to still do to this day, that this crazed lunatic, had been running around in our society, having murdered numerous times before, would never get the chance to murder again. She had stopped him. Mary paid the ultimate price, her life, so that others might live.

Although this was a personally painful thing for me to read. I feel it was so important to get the facts from someone who knew them. I feel that those who read this memoir can make changes in their lives and their loved ones. To teach others to be more aware and cautious about their surroundings.

Thank you Denny, for sharing, for caring and for keeping her memory alive.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Compassionate Response to Tragedy 26. August 2008
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Dennis Fleming's She Had No Enemies tells the story of the author's younger sister, who was murdered by a serial rapist/killer when she was 18 years old. The killer was apprehended two weeks later and eventually executed, but the murder had a devastating impact on the author and his family. The memoir tells about coming to terms with Mickey's death, speaking with her killer, and attending his excecution. A page-turner, this memoir tells the author's story during the decades he survived his sister. This is a compelling narrative that pays beautiful tribute to his sister and her long-term effects on his life.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Inspring Story 21. November 2009
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Mary Michelle Fleming, known as Mickey to her family, was eighteen when she was brutually murdered by a serial killer. Noticing her walking home from a grocery store, he followed her and stabbed her and slit her throat, leaving her for dead after attempting and failing to rape her. Mickey was the baby of the family, with seven siblings, one of whom is the author, her brother Dennis. She had graduated high school and was ready for college and the rest of her life when Anthony J. LaRette, Jr. stole her dreams and plans from her.

But Larette didn't just kill Mickey. He also stole the heart and soul from the family. The author writes movingly of what the aftermath of such a brutal crime is, and what it does to the survivors. The Fleming family had not been the success story that we often expect families to be. Their history was full of abuse, emotional and physical, from alcoholic parents who let their demons escape over and affect their eight children. Dennis, like many of the siblings, got out of the house as soon as he could. He escaped himself into drugs and alcohol before realising that he wanted something more from life. He found the military and it helped him escape his background and find a purpose.

The book follows the family in the years after Mickey's murder until the execution fourteen years later of her murderer. The killer was found and arrested within two weeks, a blessing to the family, and one that was possible because Mickey found the strength to run for help even with her deadly injuries. It was determined once LaPrette was imprisoned that he had killed other women. He claimed to have killed thirty women, and law enforcement tied him to twenty-four.

Dennis Fleming had moved back home after his military career to try to help the rest of his family. After the murder, the old patterns of abuse and inter-familial betrayal re-emerged. His first marriage failed, and his wife and daughter left for another state. He entered several other relationships, some to hide his pain, and some to try to bring some stability into his life. Others in the family sunk into alcohol or drug abuse. Quarrels among family members erupted over money and possessions, and some members were estranged from others.

Fleming refused to let this one event determine his entire life. He continued his education, and although he made his living in a scientific lab, he spent his afterhours life writing and creating film as a way to process his thoughts on life. This creative outlet enabled him to carve out a successful life, never forgetting Mickey, but refusing to let a tragedy define him.

So much of what Dennis writes rings absolutely true. His description of the initial feelings after a loved one dies is stunning in its accuracy. He explores the hate he feels towards the killer, and how for a while his only desire was to kill the man who killed his sister. He writes about how it feels to go into a store and see magazines and newspapers selling copies based on the crime against a family member. Finally, he writes of the acceptance and ability to move beyond this personal tragedy. He viewed the execution of the man who murdered Mickey, but not out of vengance. He witnessed it to represent the family and to close the circle. Dennis Fleming is not an advocate of the death penalty; he believes such killers should be imprisoned and studied to understand what causes such behavior.

This book is highly recommended for readers searching for ways to move past tragedies, as well as for those interested in criminal justice and books about criminals and what motivates them. It shows the human side of the other victims of crime; those left behind to carry on and try to make sense of random, unspeakable violence. I came away from reading this book full of admiration for the author and what he has been able to accomplish with his life.
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