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Author Prendergast, Alan.

Title The Poison Tree [electronic resource] : A True Story of Family Terror / Alan Prendergast.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, [2016]


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Summary Edgar Award Finalist: The shocking account of a Wyoming father who terrorized his family for years-until his children plotted a deadly solution. One cold November night, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, fifteen-year-old Richard Jahnke Jr., ROTC leader and former Boy Scout, waited for his parents to return from celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the night they met. When his father got out of the car, the boy blasted him through the heart with a twelve-gauge pump-action shotgun. Richard's seventeen-year-old sister, Deborah, was sitting on the living room couch with a high-powered rifle-just in case her brother missed. Hours later the Jahnke kids were behind bars. Days later they made headlines. So did the truth about the house of horrors on Cowpoke Road. Was it cold-blooded murder? Or self-defense? Richard Jahnke Sr., special agent for the IRS, gun collector, and avid reader of Soldier of Fortune, had been subjecting his wife, Maria, and both children to harrowing abuse-physical, psychological, and sexual-for years. Deborah and her brother conspired to finally put a stop to it themselves. But their fate was in the hands of a prejudiced and inept judicial system, and only public outcry could save them. Written with the full and revealing cooperation of the Jahnkes, this finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime is "the ultimate family nightmare, played out in the heartland of America ... From the night of the murder through both trials, convictions and both youngsters' eventual release ... it's gripping reading" (Chicago Tribune).
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Subject Jahnke, Richard.
Trials (Murder) -- Wyoming -- Cheyenne.
Family violence -- Wyoming -- Cheyenne -- Case studies.
Parricide -- Wyoming -- Cheyenne -- Case studies.
Murderers -- Wyoming -- Cheyenne -- Biography.
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Other Form: Print version: Prendergast, Alan. Poison tree. New York : Putnam's, c1986. 0399131388 (DLC)85030080
ISBN 9781504042154 (e-pub)
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