To the Bridge

To the Bridge

A True Story of Motherhood and Murder

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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 Amanda's 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.

Publisher: New York : Little A, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781542048422
Branch Call Number: 364.152309795
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 22, 2019

This book was exceptionally well written. The writer was straight forward, on every page. Could not put it down. Brought tears to me. Shows how neglectful, the system is, including the abuse of substance can destroy a family.

Sep 26, 2018

I always feel weird leaving positive reviews for True Crime books (I'm not saying the crime is good!), but this book was really well written. The author did a great job exploring the ins and outs of this case as best as she could.

I chose this book because it took place in Portland, OR where I grew up, and was living during the time that the crime was committed, however I don't remember this case at all!

How did I miss such a high profile case?!

Anyway. This book was blunt, but not abrasive and did a great job exploring not just this crime, but the subject of (maybe) how and why mothers kill their kids. It's not an easy topic to swallow, but an interesting read for sure.


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