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"The Events of October": Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus (Painted Turtle) (udgave 2010)

af Gail Griffin (Forfatter)

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On a Sunday night during Homecoming weekend in 1999, Neenef Odah lured his ex-girlfriend, Maggie Wardle, to his dorm room at Kalamazoo College and killed her at close range with a shotgun before killing himself. In the wake of this tragedy, the community of the small, idyllic liberal arts college struggled to characterize the incident, which was even called "the events of October" in a campus memo. In this engaging and intimate examination of Maggie and Neenef's deaths, author and Kalamazoo College professor Gail Griffin attempts to answer the lingering question of "how could this happen?" to two seemingly normal students on such a close-knit campus. Griffin introduces readers to Maggie and Neenef--a bright and athletic local girl and the quiet Iraqi-American computer student--and retraces their relationship from multiple perspectives, including those of their friends, teachers, and classmates. She examines the tension that built between Maggie and Neenef as his demands for more of her time and emotional support grew, eventually leading to their breakup. After the deaths take place, Griffin presents multiple reactions, including those of Maggie's friends who were waiting for her to return from Neenef's room, the students who heard the shotgun blasts in the hallway of Neenef's dorm, the president who struggled to guide a grieving campus, and the facilities manager in charge of cleaning up the crime scene. Griffin also uses Maggie and Neenef's story to explore larger issues of intimate partner violence, gun accessibility, and depression and suicide on campus as she attempts to understand the lasting importance of their tragic deaths. Griffin's use of source material, including college documents, official police reports, Neenef's suicide note, and an instant message record between perpetrator and victim, puts a very real face on issues of violence against women. Readers interested in true crime, gender studies, and the culture of colleges and universities will appreciate "The Events of October."… (mere)
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Titel:"The Events of October": Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus (Painted Turtle)
Forfattere:Gail Griffin (Forfatter)
Info:Painted Turtle (2010), 336 pages
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On a Sunday night during Homecoming weekend in 1999, Neenef Odah lured his ex-girlfriend, Maggie Wardle, to his dorm room at Kalamazoo College and killed her at close range with a shotgun before killing himself. In the wake of this tragedy, the community of the small, idyllic liberal arts college struggled to characterize the incident, which was even called "the events of October" in a campus memo. In this engaging and intimate examination of Maggie and Neenef's deaths, author and Kalamazoo College professor Gail Griffin attempts to answer the lingering question of "how could this happen?" to two seemingly normal students on such a close-knit campus.

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I had heard about this crime in 1999 when it made national news. I imagined how hard this would be for the friends and family of Maggie Wardle. What I couldn't imagine was how it would affect the small Midwestern college, the students, both past, present, and future, as well as the staff.

Gail Griffin guides us to the event of this October 15 years ago through interviews, records from instant message, and her narration. And even though I knew the nature of the story, I found myself thinking, "dear God Maggie, don't go to his room...." But of course, Maggie was the kind of woman who would go to a friend in need.

The details of this crime were gruesome...very gruesome.... and seemed a stark contrast to the victim herself who brought friendship, hope, and love to those around her. Through this story you can distinctly feel the absence of Maggie and all that she would have been. How can there ever be a return to normalcy after something like this? Ultimately it leaves us with as many questions as it does answers.

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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I live in Michigan, yet had never heard of this case. Once I picked up this book, though, I could not put it down.
It's the true story of a troubled student who murders his former girlfriend, then kills himself at Kalamazoo College.
Much of this book is brilliantly researched and written, giving readers profound insight into the mind of the killer, the crime and the victim.
But then the author pontificates, at length, about the greater meaning of this single incident and ugh - constantly inserts herself into the text (I just hate that. I am not interested in the author's impression and analysis; I just wanted the facts). ( )
  Eliz12 | Sep 17, 2011 |
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On a Sunday night during Homecoming weekend in 1999, Neenef Odah lured his ex-girlfriend, Maggie Wardle, to his dorm room at Kalamazoo College and killed her at close range with a shotgun before killing himself. In the wake of this tragedy, the community of the small, idyllic liberal arts college struggled to characterize the incident, which was even called "the events of October" in a campus memo. In this engaging and intimate examination of Maggie and Neenef's deaths, author and Kalamazoo College professor Gail Griffin attempts to answer the lingering question of "how could this happen?" to two seemingly normal students on such a close-knit campus. Griffin introduces readers to Maggie and Neenef--a bright and athletic local girl and the quiet Iraqi-American computer student--and retraces their relationship from multiple perspectives, including those of their friends, teachers, and classmates. She examines the tension that built between Maggie and Neenef as his demands for more of her time and emotional support grew, eventually leading to their breakup. After the deaths take place, Griffin presents multiple reactions, including those of Maggie's friends who were waiting for her to return from Neenef's room, the students who heard the shotgun blasts in the hallway of Neenef's dorm, the president who struggled to guide a grieving campus, and the facilities manager in charge of cleaning up the crime scene. Griffin also uses Maggie and Neenef's story to explore larger issues of intimate partner violence, gun accessibility, and depression and suicide on campus as she attempts to understand the lasting importance of their tragic deaths. Griffin's use of source material, including college documents, official police reports, Neenef's suicide note, and an instant message record between perpetrator and victim, puts a very real face on issues of violence against women. Readers interested in true crime, gender studies, and the culture of colleges and universities will appreciate "The Events of October."

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