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The Resource The road out of hell : Sanford Clark and the true story of the Wineville murders, Anthony Flacco ; with Jerry Clark ; foreword by Michael Stone

The road out of hell : Sanford Clark and the true story of the Wineville murders, Anthony Flacco ; with Jerry Clark ; foreword by Michael Stone

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The road out of hell : Sanford Clark and the true story of the Wineville murders
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The road out of hell
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Sanford Clark and the true story of the Wineville murders
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Anthony Flacco ; with Jerry Clark ; foreword by Michael Stone
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eng
Summary
From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, crime writer Anthony Flacco--using never-before-heard information from Sanford's son Jerry Clark--tells the real story behind the case. Forced by Northcott to take part in the murders, Sanford carried tremendous guilt all his life. Yet despite his youth and the trauma, he was the star witness at Northcott's trial, leading to his execution. Perhaps the most shocking part of all is the extraordinarily ordinary life Clark went on to live as a decorated WWII vet, a devoted husband of 55 years, a loving father, and a productive citizen. Flacco shows how Sanford was able to detoxify himself from the evil he'd encountered and emerge intact.--From publisher description
Review
  • Crime novelist and true-crime writer Flacco (A Checklist for Murder ) gives the reader a front-row seat in the harrowing Wineville, Calif., murders where, between 1926 and 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott, with the aid of his nephew Sanford Clark, killed at least 20 people at a remote chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. The unwilling accomplice Sanford was 13 when he was sent by his parents to stay with his uncle, who continually brutalized and sodomized him while killing a series of helpless boys. Flacco reconstructs the details of the grisly murders, with Northcott's dotty mother, Louise, sometimes joining the bloody mayhem. Eventually, the cops caught up with Northcott and his ritual killings, and he was hung after a sensational trial in which Sanford was the star witness. With a heartfelt epilogue by Jerry Clark, Sanford's son, this well-told tale of senseless killing, guilt and redemption of a young innocent is a page-turner. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed August 31, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 35, p45)
  • A 1920s rape and murder spree, re-created with grisly details both real and imagined.Between 1926 and 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott murdered at least 20 boys at a chicken ranch near Los Angeles. (The 2008 film Changeling dealt with the mother of one of his victims.) During those years, Northcott held hostage and assaulted his teenaged nephew, Sanford Clark, forcing him to assist in the killings. True-crime writer and novelist Flacco (The Hidden Man, 2008, etc.) depicts Northcott as a conscienceless monster, killing innocents he deemed inferior to demonstrate his own presumed power. He was physically repulsive as well, if the author's description of a hairy body, "more animal than human," is to be believed. Sensitive readers should take a pass on this book, given the scenes of chained, terrified children subjected to hideous sexual assault and murder. Flacco relies on court records, news accounts and his collaborator, Clark's son Jerry. He acknowledges covering gaps in the historical record with embellishments that sometimes keep the narrative chugging along, but other times bog it down. The real events are so mesmerizing, if sickening, that it seems superfluous to spend ten pages imagining Clark's thoughts as he lies imprisoned by his uncle in a boarded-up pit. Most of the book details the crimes, but Flacco ends by describing the aftermath for Clark, whose testimony against his uncle helped send Northcott to the noose. The final pages show Clark's inner strength, abetted by his loving wife and sister, taming his nightmarish memories enough to give him a decent and even admirable life.Gripping if occasionally drawn-out account of a gruesome crime wave and a victim who survived it. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009)
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333946
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BTCTA
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Flacco, Anthony
Dewey number
364.1523
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illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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1946-
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Clark, Jerry
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True
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  • Northcott, Gordon Stewart
  • Clark, Sanford
  • Serial murders
  • Serial murderers
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Child molesters
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Sanford Clark and the true story of the Wineville murders
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The road out of hell : Sanford Clark and the true story of the Wineville murders, Anthony Flacco ; with Jerry Clark ; foreword by Michael Stone
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755757
Dimensions
24 cm
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xiv, 285 pages
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9781402768699
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)311761141
Label
The road out of hell : Sanford Clark and the true story of the Wineville murders, Anthony Flacco ; with Jerry Clark ; foreword by Michael Stone
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
755757
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 285 pages
Isbn
9781402768699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781402768699
  • (OCoLC)311761141

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