The case was closed, but for journalist Nancy Rommelmann, the mystery remained: What made a mother want to murder her own children? On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for blood, Amanda was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison.Embarking on a seven-year quest for the truth, Rommelmann traced the roots of Amandas fury and desperation through thousands of pages of records, withheld documents, meetings with lawyers and convicts, and interviews with friends and family who felt shocked, confused, and emotionally swindled by a woman whose entire life was now defined by an unspeakable crime. At the heart of that crime: a tempestuous marriage, a family on the fast track to self-destruction, and a myriad of secrets and lies as dark and turbulent as the Willamette River. In To the Bridge, Nancy Rommelmann takes what many consider the most unforgivable of crimesa mother set on murdering her own childrenand delivers something thoughtful and provocative: a deeply reported, sensitively told, all-too-relevant tragedy of addiction and codependency, toxic masculinity, and capricious justice. You wont be able to look awaynor should any of us. Robert Kolker, New York Times bestselling author of Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery How do you understand the not understandable and forgive the unforgivable? So asks one of the characters in this clear-eyed investigation into something we all turn away from. To the Bridge is a tour de force of both journalism and compassion, in the lineage of such masterpieces as In Cold Blood and The Executioners Song. Word by word, sentence by sentence, Rommelmanns writing is that good. And so is her heart. Nick Flynn, PEN/Martha Albrand Awardwinning author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City...
|Title||:||To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder|
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|Number of Pages||:||303 pages|
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To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder Reviews
This took me quite a while, compared to my regular pace, to get through. I really had to pay attention, unpack, and absorb this true story, the details behind the horrific event. And I'm glad, because it was an excellent read.
I'd only heard about this on the news when it happened, and never really read more about it. Amanda's story as recounted from various people throughout her life is heartbreaking and sad, but very much worth reading.
I truly feel for her children who survived, and it must b ...more
The book describes a horrible event and numerous theories of what lead up to Amanda-Stott Smith driving to Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon and dropping two of her young children 90+ feet into the Willamette River. It felt to me that portions of this book were paragraphs which were written, placed in a bag and withdrawn and placed into the narrative at random. I found myself on the side of the surviving family members wondering why the author needed to be scraping the scab off of this wound a ...more
Disjointed and Inconclusive
The writing is disjointed and inconclusive, mostly because of the author's decision to tell the story in the order that she obtained the information. This was a reasonable choice in terms of clarifying the efforts involved in researching the book, and in convincing the reader that the researching was thorough and unbiased. In a simpler, more clear cut situation, with a skillful writer like the author, the author's conclusions would be clear and concise. Instead, like a ...more
Waste of Ink & Paper
There's not much in this book you can't find doing some Googling on the Internet. Heavy on reruns of already published information and devoid of anything new except for the author's opinions and a few quotes from the son of the murderer at the very end of the book. She pretty much glides right on past the two central issues of the story: domestic violence and related meth/drug abuse.
I've read true crime books for over 30 years, and this was the most mediocre book in the g ...more
**Mild spoilers since it’s a true story and the outcome is public knowledge.**
Seven-year-old Trinity and her three-year-old brother Eldon’s mother Amanda threw them off a ninety-foot bridge. Trinity’s cries alerted near by residents who rescued her. Eldon did not survive. Amanda later plead guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated attempted murder to avoid the death penalty.
Journalist Nancy Rommelmann attempts to deconstruct what caused Amanda to kill gathering information from Amanda and her ...more
I found this book on Kindle First and this is my first time reading this genre, which I think is not for everyone. It is well written albeit the timing and arrangement of chapters can be confusing if you are not familiar with the story. It is also dark and heavy that you need to take a breath from time to time. It can be triggering as well. I felt like the author assumed that the readers will be familiar with what happened, which is why the 3 stars.
On another note, It's distressing to know how s ...more
Emotional Read - Spoiler
I usually don't pick True Crime as my First Read pick of the month. I started this late last night and finished it early this morning. I couldn't put it down. As the writer described, the relationship between Amanda and Jason was so toxic. There was such a history of alcohol and drug abuse, emotional abuse, and violence in this relationship. Something bad was destined to happen if something didn't change. I'm happy to see that Gavin finally got to speak to Trinity. The mo ...more
I read this book to see if True Crime books were my thing. Well, they're not or at least this one wasn't. Parts of were interesting, but it jumped around a lot and even though the chapters were dated, so you'd know where you were in the time, I was still confused. I spent a lot of time going back and forth trying to remember who people were. I will say I'd admired the authors passion for understanding why things like this still happen, but I still ended the book thinking..........we are never go ...more