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Total Eclipse of the Mind
by Vicki McDuffie Ferrara




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A man out of control... Two officers gunned down in cold blood... The tragedy doesn't stop there... History is destined to repeat itself. That cold January day dawned bright and clear in the sleepy little town in north Alabama. A quaint community that could be anybody's hometown was shattered in the early afternoon of that beautiful day. "Officers down " Two of the most dreaded words in law enforcement. Two officers shot and killed before they could even get out of their cruisers. A senseless act that ripped apart the lives of fellow officers, three families, their friends, and colleagues. An entire community reeled from the devastating blow. For one woman, the devastation was particularly cutting...surgical...her own heart extracted by the horror of the murders. While the community gathered in support of the fallen officers and their families, Victoria Feagin mourned from a separate and isolated level. It was Victoria's son who had pulled the trigger, blasting their whole world into a place it had never been before. She knew what had happened, a truth that most people in the grieving community would not understand, but truth nonetheless. The news media told the story with graphic details that stunned and sickened. The perpetrator's picture, sick smile on his lips, revealed the mindset of the young killer. Or did it...? What really happened that day in "anybody's hometown," Alabama? It would be tragedy a-plenty if the story were to end there, but it doesn't. What happened that caused the one who killed to die within the criminal justice system before ever reaching the cell in which he was to serve his life sentence without parole? What happened to Clark Feagin? Look over the author's shoulder as she reveals Clark's Story, the truth we may not want to look at, but must see if we are to ever stop the senseless violence that so often accompanies those struggling with mental illness. With gentle objectivity and an eye for detail, she exposes the real world of mental illness at its worst, the ravaging effects from a system that tosses the mentally ill out into the world to fend for themselves. Riveting suspense will grasp you as she lifts the curtain on both the life and the unconscionable "mysteries" surrounding the death of one such person entangled in the web of a disease and the system's inability to deal with it. From the senseless losses of this tragic story grow the tender seeds of change. Learn what can and is being done to improve interactions between law enforcement and those who suffer the life-dominating effects of mental illness. You'll cry. You'll laugh. You might even get angry, but you will be forever changed by "Total Eclipse of the Mind."

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Overview

A man out of control... Two officers gunned down in cold blood... The tragedy doesn't stop there... History is destined to repeat itself. That cold January day dawned bright and clear in the sleepy little town in north Alabama. A quaint community that could be anybody's hometown was shattered in the early afternoon of that beautiful day. "Officers down " Two of the most dreaded words in law enforcement. Two officers shot and killed before they could even get out of their cruisers. A senseless act that ripped apart the lives of fellow officers, three families, their friends, and colleagues. An entire community reeled from the devastating blow. For one woman, the devastation was particularly cutting...surgical...her own heart extracted by the horror of the murders. While the community gathered in support of the fallen officers and their families, Victoria Feagin mourned from a separate and isolated level. It was Victoria's son who had pulled the trigger, blasting their whole world into a place it had never been before. She knew what had happened, a truth that most people in the grieving community would not understand, but truth nonetheless. The news media told the story with graphic details that stunned and sickened. The perpetrator's picture, sick smile on his lips, revealed the mindset of the young killer. Or did it...? What really happened that day in "anybody's hometown," Alabama? It would be tragedy a-plenty if the story were to end there, but it doesn't. What happened that caused the one who killed to die within the criminal justice system before ever reaching the cell in which he was to serve his life sentence without parole? What happened to Clark Feagin? Look over the author's shoulder as she reveals Clark's Story, the truth we may not want to look at, but must see if we are to ever stop the senseless violence that so often accompanies those struggling with mental illness. With gentle objectivity and an eye for detail, she exposes the real world of mental illness at its worst, the ravaging effects from a system that tosses the mentally ill out into the world to fend for themselves. Riveting suspense will grasp you as she lifts the curtain on both the life and the unconscionable "mysteries" surrounding the death of one such person entangled in the web of a disease and the system's inability to deal with it. From the senseless losses of this tragic story grow the tender seeds of change. Learn what can and is being done to improve interactions between law enforcement and those who suffer the life-dominating effects of mental illness. You'll cry. You'll laugh. You might even get angry, but you will be forever changed by "Total Eclipse of the Mind."

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780983253648
  • ISBN-10: 0983253641
  • Publisher: MileStones International Publishers
  • Publish Date: November 2011
  • Page Count: 217
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.72 pounds


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