The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life Of A Double Murder In Appalachia

January 21, 2020|
The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life Of A Double Murder In Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg
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A stunningly written investigation of the murder of two young women--showing how a violent crime casts a shadow over an entire community.

In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas-turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries.

Emma Copley Eisenberg spent years living in Pocahontas and re-investigating these brutal acts. Using the past and the present, she shows how this mysterious act of violence has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves. In The Third Rainbow Girl, Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America-its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.


Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer whose work has appeared in Granta, VQR, McSweeney''s, Tin House, The Paris Review online, The New Republic, Salon, Slate, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Lambda Literary, and the New Economy Coalition. Her reporting has ...
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Title:The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life Of A Double Murder In AppalachiaFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.35 X 6.5 X 1.45 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 9.35 X 6.5 X 1.45 inPublished:January 21, 2020Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316449237

ISBN - 13:9780316449236

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