Burn, Judy, Burn by Bette Nunn

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Twenty-three-year-old Steven T. Judy gloried in being "the star" of television. He loved hearing the sound of his own voice on radio. His name was splashed in dynamite headlines on the front pages of newspapers across the state of Indiana and it thrilled him — he clung to every word. When he walked, he threw his head back and pranced, like the grand stud of the stable. His deep-set blue eyes danced from side-to-side, making sure everyone's attention was on him.
To achieve his stardom, Judy committed the worst crime Morgan County, Indiana, had ever known. He beat, raped and strangled to death a young mother, and then drowned her three small children. When he was apprehended, reporters and TV news crews began following him around like he was the second coming of John Dillinger, a man Judy was said to have idolized and historically the state's most notorious criminal. But even Dillinger, the bank robbing 1930s FBI public enemy No. 1, was never accused of such heinous crimes.
The morning of April 28, 1979 started out like a morning of any other day, with Terry Chasteen on her way to drop off her children at a baby-sitter’s before going to work. Little did any of them know this would be the last morning they would see.

Terry, a warm and caring mother, was a happy, life-loving young woman and a God-fearing person. She didn’t deserve to be raped and strangled; and her innocent young children certainly didn’t deserve to die. They’d hardly had a chance to know life before theirs were cruelly snuffed out.

Steven T. Judy was sentenced to death by electrocution by a Morgan County, Indiana, jury for his horrible crimes. Many people wondered why Terry Lee Chasteen and her three small children were murdered on the banks of White Lick Creek in Morgan County — the man who killed them had managed to slip through the system and should never have been allowed back on the streets.

Their murderer was a young man who was considered a dangerous boy at age 10, and a criminal sexual psychopath by age 13. Why had Indiana Central State Hospital released him, and was God taking a nap on the morning of April 28, 1979?

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Published November 10, 2013 by Fideli Publishing, Inc.. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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