THE STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST BIZARRE MASS MURDERS EVER
RECORDED. AND THE GIRL WHO ESCAPED WITH HER LIFE.
In the fall of 2010, in the all-American town of Apple Valley,
Ohio, four people disappeared without a trace: Stephanie Sprang;
her friend, Tina Maynard; and Tina's two children,
thirteen-year-old Sarah and eleven-year-old Kody. Investigators
began scouring the area, yet despite an extensive search, no signs
of the missing people were discovered.
On the fourth day of the search, evidence trickled in about
neighborhood "weirdo" Matthew Hoffman. A police SWAT team raided
his home and found an extremely disturbing sight: every square inch
of the place was filled with leaves and a terrified Sarah Maynard
was bound up in the middle of it like some sort of perverted autumn
tableau. But there was no trace of the others.
Then came Hoffman's confession to an unspeakable crime that went
beyond murder and defied all reason. His tale of evil would make
Sarah's survival and rescue all the more astonishing-a compelling
tribute to a young girl's resilience and courage and to her fierce
determination to reclaim her life in the wake of unimaginable