The Best Revenge: You’re Living Well, Elizabeth Smart

I still remember the day in June 2002 when our local news reported the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart.  We live in a suburb north of Salt Lake City, where Elizabeth lived, and the state community immediately rallied around her family and searched frantically for her.  She had been kidnapped at knife-point from her Salt Lake... Continue Reading →

Defending Jacob: What Would You Do If Your Child Were a Murderer?

What would you do if your child had committed a crime as serious as murder?  What if that child denied it and you believed him?  This is the premise of William Landay’s book Defending Jacob (2012).  Andrew Barber is a district attorney, handling a case of a boy in his son’s class found murdered in... Continue Reading →

How to Catch a Book Thief

It’s time to come clean.  I live in Utah.  I don’t know why, but when I started this blog I felt compelled to keep that from you.  Call it a desire to be anonymous or a desire to avoid scrutiny.  I guess my motives don't really matter, but my motive for telling you today does. ... Continue Reading →

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