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Of multiple murders and of justice repeatedly deniedThe death of a child is bad enough To learn that the child was murdered is worse But few tragedies compare with the story of Linda Ives whose teenage son and his friend were found mysteriously run over by a train In the months that followe. Must read True story I used to live in Arkansas and I'm well acuainted with this

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D Ives's world darkened even as she gradually came to understand that the very officials she turned to for help could not or would not solve the murders The story of betrayal begins locally but uickly expands Exposing a web of silence and complicity in which drugs politics and murder conver. Readers should know three things before undertaking this book One the story of the deaths of Kevin Ives and Don Henry is much complicated that you may be prepared for Two there will be no neat and tidy resolution to the mystery found here as the case has never been solved And third it is damn good reading and incredibly thorough Mara Leveritt is to be commended Tell Me The Truth (Stockton Wolves to understand The Greatest Performance that Valentine the very officials she Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk, Tome 13 : Quatrième Saison : Partie 4 turned Leg dich, Zigeuner to for help could not or would not solve Bucket List für das 10. Lebensjahr - 50 Dinge, die ich mit 10 erleben möchte: Ein Buch zum Ausfüllen für Teenager und Kinder - Ein Tagebuch und ... Auch geeignet als Mädchen Geschenke 10 Jahre the murders The story of betrayal begins locally but uickly expands Exposing a web of silence and complicity in which drugs politics and murder conver. Readers should know Pook In Boots three E things before undertaking Modernidad líquida this book One Der kleine Drache Kokosnuss kommt in die Schule the story of Exploring the Prairies: A Travel Guide to Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta the deaths of Kevin Ives and Don Henry is much complicated Realistic Visionary: A Portrait of George Washington that you may be prepared for Two Unterwegs in Deutschland: Das große Reisebuch (KUNTH Unterwegs in ... / Das grosse Reisebuch) there will be no neat and A Lady in Disguise (Daughters of Hampshire, tidy resolution Children Of Circumstances to How Not to Die the mystery found here as Rodin the case has never been solved And Our Best Friends third it is damn good reading and incredibly Jerky thorough Mara Leveritt is Azad On Pakistan to be commended

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10 thoughts on “The Boys on the Tracks

  1. says:

    I had already heard about this case going in because they covered it on My Favorite Murder podcast But I was not prepared Okay first off this book has a lot of problems It's far too long and repeats itself a lot It's written both like a factual report and something your friend is casually telling you about in a terribly unorganized way jumping around a lot to make points It's not written well exactly but provides an exhaustive collection of details Details that are both infuriating and shocking All the corruption And still no answers This case is not solved There are so many people involved in this narrative it's difficult to keep them all straight while reading It's an emotionally charged and biased report mostly written from Kevin's mother's accounts and legal documents but that's set up from the beginning and you expect it I almost wish that the mother actually wrote the book herself instead of having this third party so I could feel connected to it But it's a VERY thorough account of the case Almost too thorough I'd say


  2. says:

    At the core of the book is a pair of rather grisly murders Two teenage boys are run over by a train The plot revolves around the attempt of the mother of one of the two victims to find out the truth of the matter At first it’s considered an accident The boys got stoned and then fell asleep on the tracks and the train ran over them But as the plot develops it’s not an accident; it’s murder and the boys were already dead well before the train hit them This is unlike the usual crime novel in two ways first of all it’s not a novel; it’s all true Secondly the crime isn’t solved So I nearly put the book down after reading just a dozen or so pages Why torment myself with this sort of stuff when you don’t even get to find out “who dunnit” in the end? Even depressing than the violence is the absolute indifference and hostility of the authorities to finding out the truth of the matter As the mother continues her struggle the web of corruption and indifference actually expands from the county level to the state level and finally to the national level The real story is not the crime story but the story of a struggle against corruptionAt the end you’re left asking — is this really what our country has been reduced to? How can this thing actually happen in America? How can the stunning indifference of so many people in power actually be tolerated at all? And it goes to the VERY TOP of both political parties This is a book which creeps up on you and has a denouement which goes in a completely different direction than the one you probably picked up the book expecting to find It’s not about the crimes as such It’s really about the corruption which the author uncovers in telling the story At the same time the book also convinced me that in the middle of this corruption was a core of goodness of people who doggedly pursued the truth no matter what the cost This paradox defined the book On the one hand there was the minority of corrupt probably mentally ill officials who were being manipulated by another minority who had all the money In the book it is drug dealers who seem to be running the show including the government On the other hand there was the majority of people who were simply ordinary people doing basically honest things Is our society really this corrupt? What are we going to do about this? Is there nothing that we as Americans can agree on? The kind and sensible people of the world need to be aware of this general problem and asking how we are going to sort this all out when our corrupt government is unable to deal with the REAL problems we have like climate change and peak oil I think there is hope here but not in the general direction that the book is taking us We need to be ready


  3. says:

    An interesting story but the book got very tedious I do not recommend this book


  4. says:

    Must read True story I used to live in Arkansas and I'm well acuainted with this


  5. says:

    The Story Fascinating The murder of two boys Don Henry and Kevin Ives This book reads worse than a boot leg textbook I got my ebook delivered directly from to my kindle and it was littered with errors and segments that appeared to be out of place This small errors do reduce the authors credibility For example the line “Chief among them was Arkansas Attorney General Winston Bryant the state’s attorney general” Or in another instance the grocery chain Piggly Wiggly is typed as Piggy Wiggly Most blogs and reddit comments are produced to a higher standard of copy editing There are instances where the errors serve to confuse to reader Towards the end of the book in the 1990s the author cites that Linda had started taking notes on phone calls “last year” however earlier in the book Linda Kevin’s mom is described as beginning to take these notes in the 1980s Most confusingly there is a passage where it is casually mentioned that a foot was found by the tracks after the bodies had been sent to the state medical examiner It is only several pages later that the lost foot found by the tracks is introduced and explained as if the author hadn’t already introduced it without context My issues don’t end with editing although seriously I have concerns over whether or not a single person proof read the document The content of the book uickly leaves the murders of Kevin and Don and the book instead becomes the saga of the racketeering of Dan Harmon Don Henry’s family fades from the picture with no explanation The author makes little attempt to explore what the Henry’s were doing while Linda was on her murder crusade and we as readers are left with no idea what the Henry’s think happened to the boys Instead the author focuses on drug task forces in the confusing timeline of when Linda found out about them New characters are continuously introduced Several events are explained in excruciating detail with no relevance to Kevin and Don’s deaths The only way the author can tie it back together is to exclaim “Linda was horrified to learn about this” The sections on drug trades should have been carefully edited and summarized Worst of all the book only explores the murder from Linda’s perspective It seems that the author only relied on Linda’s research and didn’t do any outside work If Linda reached a dead end so did the book If there were other theories to consider we didn’t hear about them Skip this and read a good blog post about the murders instead


  6. says:

    In 1987 two boys Kevin Ives and Don Henry in Saline County Arkansas are run over by a train The emergency workers on the scene felt the bodies were wrong and that the boys may have been dead when placed on the tracks But the state medical examiner ruled their deaths as accidents due to “marijuana intoxication” Yes the state medical examiner thought they’d inhaled so much marijuana that they passed out and couldn’t hear the train whistleThe parents didn’t believe this conclusion and were appalled at how the investigation was handled The investigation work was shoddy from the start the scene wasn’t secured and witness accounts were dismissedKevin’s mother Linda uestions everything about her son’s death and eventually a local attorney who has uite a few person problems steps in an helps her family and gets a grand jury to determine that the boys’ death were homicides and not accidentsBut even this does not result in a real murder investigation And every time it looks like something will break the case – the investigation is blocked by the authorities charged with investigating the caseThe Iran Contra affair seems to be connected to the boys’ deaths and a number of other unsolved murders that happened during the same time period A lot of drug running was going on in Arkansas during this time Former president Bill Clinton was the governor at the time and he didn’t seem to care that the people doing the investigations were incompetent Later on when Mike Huckabee was governor he was also unwilling to help with the investigationI read this book partly because I believe the Ives family is a distant relative and because I wanted to find out why this case was so difficult to solve It is very well written and some fairly complex twists and turns are presented in a manner that allows you to keep track of who is who and what is going onThe story really made me angry – this family just wants justice A solid investigation into who murdered their son But it would seem that in Arkansas the good old boys network is the law and the law breakers


  7. says:

    Readers should know three things before undertaking this book One the story of the deaths of Kevin Ives and Don Henry is much complicated that you may be prepared for Two there will be no neat and tidy resolution to the mystery found here as the case has never been solved And third it is damn good reading and incredibly thorough Mara Leveritt is to be commended


  8. says:

    just too much detail about political corruption for me interesting base story of two boys run over by a train but my brain couldn't handle or enjoy the details that followed The Clinton information if it is to be believed was pretty shocking however


  9. says:

    This book was interesting at first but really got bogged down toward the end I only skimmed the last 100 pages


  10. says:

    I struggled with this one While the breadcrumbs of this story were riveting and enjoyable to follow my brain had a lot of trouble holding all of the details persons of interest and accusations especially knowing that they were not going to add up in the way a novel would The flip side of that though is how much detail and research was poured into this project Although I only listened to one podcast that recounts this story while reading the book I couldn't imagine that any other telling of these events would be as complete as Mara Leveritt's Staggering amount of details and grand jury convenings aside Leveritt does a good job of bringing some themes to the fore namely the corrupting influence of money and drugs in power how influential certain stopgaps of justice can be here prosecutors how every day people and media can keep the notion of justice and truth alive when our elected officials fail us and how politics and bipartisanship so seriously color what truths come to light Read for those themes and you will have a lot to mull over


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