Victim Awareness - A Review of A Rip In Heaven by Jeanine Cummins by S

A Rip In Heaven by Jeanine Cummins is a touching and tragic true story of murder in St. Louis. It was written by a girl who is related to the victims. In April of 1991, cousins Julie and Robin Kerry and Tom Cummins, were assaulted - the two girls raped while the boy was held at gunpoint - before being forced to jump off the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Only Tom Survived. The crime was perpetuated by 4 teenage boys they had never met.

This story will make you question the justice system and make you feel compassion for this strong and loving family and for Robin and Julie Kerry who lost their lives in a senseless act committed by sociopaths who shouldn't ever have been enabled to roam the streets. This story could happen to anyone and unfortunately does more often then we like to think.

This book focuses on the victims pain in the aftermath of murder. The media too often focuses on the perpetrators of these horrible crimes. This is wrong. This country needs to focus more on the victims and their families and give them comfort in their time of loss.

This is why I encourage you to read this book for victim awareness.

- S.


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