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The Third Rainbow Girl: the long life of a double murder in Appalachia

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In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived; they traveled with a third woman however, who lived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas--turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries. Emma Copley Eisenberg spent years living in Pocahontas and re-investigating these brutal acts. Using the past and the present, she shows how this mysterious act of violence has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves. In The Third Rainbow Girl, Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America--its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.
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subject_facetAppalachian Region -- Murder
Audiobooks
Case studies
Durian, Vicki
Murder
Murder -- Investigation
Murder -- Investigation -- West Virginia -- Case studies
Murder -- West Virginia -- Case studies
Rainbow Gathering
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
Santomero, Nancy
Serial murderers
TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers
True crime stories
West Virginia
title_displayThe Third Rainbow Girl : the long life of a double murder in Appalachia
title_fullThe Third Rainbow Girl : the long life of a double murder in Appalachia / Emma Copley Eisenberg
The Third Rainbow Girl The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia
The third rainbow girl : the long life of a double murder in Appalachia / Emma Copley Eisenberg
title_shortThe Third Rainbow Girl
title_subthe long life of a double murder in Appalachia
topic_facetDurian, Vicki
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Investigation
Murder
Nonfiction
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
Santomero, Nancy
Serial murderers
Sociology
TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers
True Crime