Each day this month, meet a Rhode Island author! Comment on the blog post for a chance to win our Grand Prize (a $200 Amazon gift card) or our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card). Some authors are giving away books, too – your comment enters you into their drawing as well. (See details at the bottom of this page)
Everyone, it seems, missed the most obvious signs. A childhood filled with poverty, neglect, and drugs will invariably lead to an adulthood full of greed, lust, and violence. No one, however, could have predicted the terror that brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr would inflict on seven unsuspecting men and women over nine days in December 2000.
The brothers’ crime spree included assault, carjacking, and murder. Their victims, all upstanding members of the Wichita community, were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Terror in Wichita: A Story of One Woman’s Courage and Her Will to Live, exposes the true story of Jonathan and Reginald Carr. It also reveals the insidious horrors that befell their victims, bringing to life the most egregious mental and physical cruelty imaginable, even to the point of their execution-style murders.
The book also tells the story of one woman’s refusal to become the ultimate victim, revealing her inner strength and amazing courage. It tells of that woman’s endurance and her astonishing rejection of death, at least without assurances that her torturers would be brought to justice for their heinous and cowardly acts.
Terror in Wichita is a true crime story that will keep you up at night and compel you to look over your shoulder by day.
Paul has generously offered to gift a copy of Terror in Wichita to one luck winner. Your comment on this post enters you into the drawing, as well as the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.
Paul F. Caranci is a third generation resident of North Providence, Rhode Island, and has been a student of history for many years. Together with his wife Margie he founded the Municipal Heritage Group in 2009. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Harbor Museum and the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Paul served as Rhode Island’s Deputy Secretary of State and was elected to the North Providence Town Council where he served from 1994 to 2010.
Paul’s book The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon chronicles the 1843 murder of Rhode Island industrialist Amasa Sprague, the subsequent arrest of an entire family of Irish-Catholic immigrants, the corrupt trial proceedings, and the conviction, execution, and ultimate pardon of 29-year old John Gordon, the last man executed in Rhode Island. The book was named one of the top five non-fiction books of 2013.
Paul has written two other books on political corruption in Rhode Island – Scoundrels reviews several 20th-century Rhode Island corruption scandals and Wired focuses on a local corruption scandal in which Paul worked undercover with the FBI for almost two years, resulting in the arrest and conviction of three sitting councilmen, a former council president, a former town solicitor, and several others. Paul’s most recent book, The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery and Faith is a unique look at the miraculous apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary in 1917.
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You can leave a comment on each day’s blog post during November, for up to 30 chances to win. Daily giveaways by authors will be drawn one week after publication. The author will contact the winner to coordinate delivery. Grand Prize and Bonus Prize will be drawn and announced on December 8.