Simon Says by Kathryn Eastburn
A True Story of Boys, Guns, and Murder

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On a frigid New Year’s Eve, just twenty months after the Columbine massacre, three teenage boys carefully plotted the murder of a schoolmate and his grandparents at their mountain hideaway outside of Colorado Springs. The boys’ leader, Simon Sue, was responsible for strong-arming the others into believing they were members of a secret paramilitary organization-and that their very lives depended on successfully executing the organization’s “mission.” Simon Says tells the page-turning story of how these boys’ lives could have gone so horribly astray, how their parents assumed all was right in their sons’ lives, and what the fallout of the grisly murders was on all the families. Through painstaking research, journalist Kathryn Eastburn gets into the minds of these boys to reveal a place where the rites of passage to young manhood, to acceptance, come at an exorbitant price.

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Journalist Kathryn Eastburn covered the court proceedings against the boys in this case for nearly three years for the Colorado Springs Independent. She lives in Colorado Springs.
Published December 25, 2007 by Da Capo Press. 328 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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She spends considerable time explaining how charismatic teenager Simon Sue, whose extended family lived in Guyana, corralled high-school classmates Isaac Grimes and Jon Matheny into joining an organization called Operations and Reconnaissance Agents (OARA).

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