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The chilling true tale of two innocent sisters who are abducted, terrorized for hours, raped, and finally thrown from a bridge into a dark canyon in the middle of nowhere on a dark night in 1973.

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Casper, Wyoming: 1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Becky's car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. But they were anything but good Samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge into the North Platte River. One miraculously survived; the other did not.

Years later, author and journalist Ron Franscell—a childhood friend and next-door neighbor to the girls—can't forget his hometown's shocking story of abduction, rape, and murder. Exploring the nature of a small town's memory and the poison of survivor guilt, The Darkest Night races toward a shocking ending. The result is one of the most provocative true-crime stories of the decade, told by one of the nation's finest narrative journalists.

"This uncommon story has every chilling component of human terror, drama and suspense that readers of true crime look for." ---Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter

"Heartbreaking…not unlike Truman Capote's In Cold Blood." ---Chicago Sun-Times

The Darkest Night

Two Sisters, a Brutal Murder, and the Loss of Innocence in a Small Town

Author Ron Franscell

Narrated by Rob Shapiro

Publication date May 26, 2015

Running time 11 hrs

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