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Cruel Sacrifice ☃ [PDF / Epub] ☂ Cruel Sacrifice By Aphrodite Jones ✑ – Thomashillier.co.uk On a freezing January in , five teenage girls crowded into a car By the end of the night, only four of them were alive The fifth had been tortured and mutilated nearly beyond recognition Her name was On a freezing January in , five teenage girls crowded into a car By the end of the night, only four of them were alive The fifth had been tortured and mutilated nearly beyond recognition Her name was Shanda Sharer her age twelve When the people of Madison, Indiana heard that a brutal murder had been committed in their midst, they were stunned Then the story became even bizarre The four accused murderers were all girls under the age of eighteen Melinda Loveless, Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey, and Toni Lawrence Here, for the first time, veteran true crime journalist Aphrodite Jones reveals the shocking truth behind the most savage crime in Indiana history a tragic story of twisted love and insane jealousy, lesbianism, brutal child abuse, and sadistic ritual killing in small town Americaand of the young innocent who paid the ultimate price.


10 thoughts on “Cruel Sacrifice

  1. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    The girls went to a McDonald s restaurant at 9 30 a.m for breakfast, where they laughed about Sharer s face looking like one of the sausages they were eating. I remember hearing Shanda s mum s thoughts on the murder on Dr Phil, in a highly emotional episode where she and her other daughter confront one of the recently paroled killers This case is truly horrific and disturbing the fact that three teens could take a young girl and light her on fire and beat her up and do a number of other h The girls went to a McDonald s restaurant at 9 30 a.m for breakfast, where they laughed about Sharer s face looking like one of the sausages they were eating. I remember hearing Shanda s mum s thoughts on the murder on Dr Phil, in a highly emotional episode where she and her other daughter confront one of the recently paroled killers This case is truly horrific and disturbing the fact that three teens could take a young girl and light her on fire and beat her up and do a number of other horrific things to her is beyond sick, but this book doesn t just talk about that Instead, it gives a view into the murderers backgrounds as well, and shows why Shanda was their target at the time


  2. Jaymee-laura Jaymee-laura says:

    Cruel Sacrifice, by Aphrodite Jones, is a true crime story about the now infamous and tragic Shanda Sharer murder It is written with input from the killers family, court testimony, Psychiatry notes, and interviews from people indirectly involved in the lives of the teenage girls who committed this horrible act Jones is a well known author, who has researched and written about many different crimes.The beginning of this story details the night of January 10th 1992, when four teenage girls trick Cruel Sacrifice, by Aphrodite Jones, is a true crime story about the now infamous and tragic Shanda Sharer murder It is written with input from the killers family, court testimony, Psychiatry notes, and interviews from people indirectly involved in the lives of the teenage girls who committed this horrible act Jones is a well known author, who has researched and written about many different crimes.The beginning of this story details the night of January 10th 1992, when four teenage girls tricked a 5th into getting in their car, and proceeded to spend the rest of the night engaging in beating, torturing, and eventually burning alive the girl they d tricked They were 15 and 16, their victim, Shanda, was 12.The main perpetrator, and the only girl who actually knew Shanda, was Melinda Loveless The second part of this story is dedicated to her childhood, with a main focus on her perverted father and the families troubles as a result of him The Loveless family story takes up a third of this book.The final part of the story tells of Melindas main accomplice, Laurie Tacket, and her childhood with a strict religious upbringing, accounts from friends regarding her instability, and information about time she spend receiving mental health care before the crime There is also detail at the end regarding the court cases of the 4 girls, including part of the actual confession written by Toni Lawrence.This is a book that is terribly hard to read Shanda s murder was tragic and gruesome beyond words, and I had to frequently stop and take a breath during the parts telling of the details of her death I had researched this case prior to reading the book, so I had an interest at getting a behind the scenes look, so to speak.For me, this book was spoilt by placing such a large emphasis on the Loveless family After reading the details of Shanda s murder, a murder Melinda planned and carries out over the most trivial things, the last thing I wanted to see were her families excuses as to why their daughter was a beast It felt as though Jones was looking for excuses for the girls actions, rather then reasons The loveless family information was provided by Melinda s mother, and their is question as to how fabricated the abuse was.There seemed to be no input at all from Shanda s mother, Jackie Vaught, which I found to be in poor taste, and a bad decision on the authors part Jones even goes as far as to accuse Jackie of capitalising and enjoying the media that came with her daughters murder There was also not enough on the court cases as I would have liked to see.I gave this book 4 stars because of its highly interesting topic, however I believe Jones attempt at writing this was poor, and only her access to testimonies and other things in the case saved this book In terms of how she put it together, I was disappointed and its unlikely I will read another book by this author.I was left with the feeling that Jones wasinterested in getting this book out while the media attention was there, rather then telling the story of Shanda s murder and respecting her memory Besides this, the story is a compelling read of how far people can go with the wrong influences, and how quickly teenage situations can spiral out of control


  3. Heather Heather says:

    I read this book about 20 years ago and it still haunts me I think about that poor little girl begging for her mommy and I still get choked up Even though it was hard to read its wonderfully written It gives you all the information you need want I had No questions at the end of it This was also the book that led me to read manyof Aphrodite Jones books.


  4. BAM The Bibliomaniac BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

    True Crime Commemoration 13Setting not kidding My hometown I know all of these streets, buildings, landmarks This was such a tragedy


  5. Kim. E. Kim. E. says:

    I had very mixed feelings about reading any book about Shanda Sharer My career professionally crossed paths with this case years ago and I wasn t sure I wanted any reminder None the less, recently I came across an older Dr Phil episode about Shanda s mother and the culprits, so I decided that was my cue Because of the heinous matter of this event and the media attention it received this is one of two books written, the other called Little Lost Angel by Michael Quinlen Now that I have read b I had very mixed feelings about reading any book about Shanda Sharer My career professionally crossed paths with this case years ago and I wasn t sure I wanted any reminder None the less, recently I came across an older Dr Phil episode about Shanda s mother and the culprits, so I decided that was my cue Because of the heinous matter of this event and the media attention it received this is one of two books written, the other called Little Lost Angel by Michael Quinlen Now that I have read both I would suggest either reading this book first or skip altogether and only read the other.I have watched Aphrodite Jones on television for years and usually enjoy the process and methods she utilizes with criminal cases, but was not impressed here Shanda Sharer was a 12 year old baby I have a daughter and at 12 she was still my baby who endured an unimaginable death that I will not describe here because I don t like it on GR when reviews explain the entire book Once I read those I can forget the book entirely I already know everything Anyway, Ms Jones briefly, very briefly describes the events about Shanda then she isn t mentioned again until around page 135 Instead we learn every single life experience of one of her murderers in particular, including the entire marriage of that person s parents I know the purpose is to show how life events can play a role in someone s actions, but it just became too much It is obvious that the author didn t have the cooperation of the Sharer family, unlike the other author By the time the trials occur she has spent so much effort describing every salacious event continuously I am numb to them, and that saddens me.This book is very graphic and also includes crime photos Even in the photos Shanda doesn t take precedence Please skip this version and read Little Lost Angel instead


  6. cj cj says:

    You know Truman Capote not even close Though considering I got this out of a.50 bin, I can t really complain either No, I can.The story was interesting, but the writing was repetitive and written like a really long, somewhat dull article very informative, little sensitivity Also, I was a little pissed off about lesbianism being passed off as both perverse and as an identity issue If this had been about a heterosexual teen love triangle, I doubt the book would have been written.


  7. Sarah Marie Sarah Marie says:

    I came across this book simultaneously through Jones Wikipedia page after watching a TV show she hosts on the Investigative Discovery Network This is a story that doesn t seem like a real event, but it happened and I can t believe that people like this exist Then again my obsession with true crime proves that it happens a lot.


  8. Diego Sanchez Diego Sanchez says:

    3.5 StarsThis book gained my attention due to the cover factor, since it was a 90s vibe, as well as pictures of some girls, who at that moment, I didn t know who they were Here are my thoughts on the book Plot Development Unfortunately, I cannot rate the plot, because is based on a true crime story, which means the plot is not invented but modified, even though it needs to be real, that doesn t mean they can make it interesting The story is about four girls Melinda, Laurie, Hope, and Tony t 3.5 StarsThis book gained my attention due to the cover factor, since it was a 90s vibe, as well as pictures of some girls, who at that moment, I didn t know who they were Here are my thoughts on the book Plot Development Unfortunately, I cannot rate the plot, because is based on a true crime story, which means the plot is not invented but modified, even though it needs to be real, that doesn t mean they can make it interesting The story is about four girls Melinda, Laurie, Hope, and Tony they committed a crime against Shanda Sharer of twelve years old Here is where it comes, How come The development is well created, the author tries to tell you the story as if it were another book out there It is divided in three parts the first one is about how the girls committed the crime, which I thought it was really good and made me felt a lot of things and senses The second part was about the background of the girls sadly, this part destroyed all my interest on the book, becausethan the half of the part is based on Melinda who Melinda s parents were, how did they met, the born of her sisters, the relationships between them, Melinda s family and later on we see a little bit of the rest, but I think it is not very supportive and sometimes I thought I was lost, but I wasn t.Characters I cannot rate the characters because they were not fictional, they were actually real people, so in this case, I will omit my opinion.Ending I didn t know the case, this was the first time for me reading it, so I think it was a proper time for the girls to spend in jail I think the ending is good, but I d like to have readactual information about it.Writing The writing is really good Aphrodite Jones knows how to write true crime in a manner that seems you are reading a book The only thing I will say is that everything was perfectly clear and detailed, that I m not sure if it was real, but I trust on the author and I really liked her work.Genre True Crime I think this book has everything, also with photos included, which I think it totally support the research and the story the author is telling


  9. Angela Angela says:

    This happened just across the river from Louisville KY and my Uncle lived very close to the place where it happened AMAZINGly horrific murders by TEEN girls I don t think that many people understand that evil can be found in girls


  10. Jlsimon Jlsimon says:

    This book is exceptionally well researched, and exceptionally well written The story itself is heartbreaking, striking, shocking, and saddening The thing that is hardest to deal with, and the same question I m sure Shanda s family must still come to grips with every day is, why did this happen I understand the reasons presented in the book I get the love triangle, jealousy motive, but honestly, I just don t understand I purchased this book because I couldn t understand how two of the girl This book is exceptionally well researched, and exceptionally well written The story itself is heartbreaking, striking, shocking, and saddening The thing that is hardest to deal with, and the same question I m sure Shanda s family must still come to grips with every day is, why did this happen I understand the reasons presented in the book I get the love triangle, jealousy motive, but honestly, I just don t understand I purchased this book because I couldn t understand how two of the girls were smiling broadly in their mugshots I thought, what the heck I remember being that age, in fact, I wasn t a lot older than Laurie at the time of this murder I think I probably had 3 4 years on her, but all the same, there was nothing that could have caused me to murder I have now considered some of the additional information, the drinking Okay, I did that, and as much as Laurie was said to have done I had friends that were equally interested in witchcraft and the like Paranormal was the fad even then So, why Could the murder really just have been over jealousy I just don t think so Pack mentality I think that carriesweight in this situation.Key takeaways from this book are 1 You never really do know what your children are up to Shanda s family could not have known just what was happening between her and Amanda They could not have known the trouble she was in with her peers.2 You never really know your children s friends, even if you think you do So trust but verify If Hope and Toni s parents had known where their daughter s were that night things would have been a lot different The girls lied to their parents about where they were going to be that night.3 Sexuality is explored at a young age in our society Keeping an open door policy with your children is key to helping them navigate the tempest that awaits them I know, easier said than done, but it can be done 4 This book would have benefited from interviews with the key players in the story The only thing I felt this book was wanting was some reflective information from the girls, their families, etc Maybe then there could have been an answer to the why, but somehow I doubt it I sense that these women probably cannot connect to the girls they were at the time of this crime I doubt they can possibly comprehend their past actions It would be like trying to justify any action that in hind sight you realize was the biggest mistake of your life.From here I will state that I would recommend this book to readers of true crime, psychology and sociology students, and academics interested in group phenomenon, pack mentality, or cult behaviors This is not to say that the girls were in a cult,like the actions are not unlike those of cult killings, the individuals that let the energy of an event supersede their recognition of alternate choices.This book is truly full of victims, and no heroes It is tragic


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