Fourteen by Bill O'Connell
The Murder of David Stukel

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Chicago Tribune editor Bill O’Connell O’Connell explores one of the most heinous but least publicized crimes in Illinois history: the 1968 abduction, sexual assault, and murder of fourteen-year-old David Stukel by fourteen-year-old bullies Billy Rose Sprinkle and James Perruquet.

O’Connell—David Stukel’s Little League teammate—recalls the victim’s idyllic childhood and takes readers into the minds of the murderers and inside the homes, hearts, and photo albums of the victim’s family, whose grief is palpable a generation after the crime. His research includes parole interviews, inmate psychological reports and conversations with the families of the murderers and the family of the victim.

Fourteen is a masterfully crafted, thoroughly insightful account of the years leading up to, and the four decades since, the unconscionable and unprovoked slaying of an innocent ninety-five-pound high school freshman.


About Bill O'Connell

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Bill O'Connell is a social worker in Western Massachusetts where he lives with his wife, Robin Marion. He also teaches creative writing and literature at Greenfield Community College. A chapbook, On the Map to Your Life (Dytiscid Press, 1992) is available from the author.
Published November 7, 2007 by iUniverse, Inc.. 246 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, War. Non-fiction

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