GENRE: Nonfiction/Memoir/True Crime
MY GRADE: A
FROM PUBLISHER: Jane Carson-Sandler, a native of Northern New Jersey, entered the US Air Force Nurse Corps in 1969 and retired in 1999 after serving 30 years of active and reserve duty. Seven years after entering the military, she was raped in her own home while her three year old son was lying beside her. Thirty eight years have passed. This notorious rapist and serial killer, known as the East Area Rapist (EAR), has raped 50 women and has murdered twelve people including men and women in California. He still has not been caught. With raw emotion, Jane's story entails how she survived not only this trauma, but some other bruising encounters with death such as her battle with alcohol and other serious health issues. Through the Grace and love of God, Jane went from being a victim to a survivor. She describes her God inspired journey in making this transition in hopes of helping and inspiring others.
MY THOUGHTS: This book is very condensed yet very informative about Jane's life. She survived a prolific California serial rapist in October 1976 (50 known victims) who went on to become a serial killer (The Original Night Stalker/ONS) of at least 10 people.
Jane's had a very interesting life. She's the daughter of a sometimes violent alcoholic electrician father and a mother who's a nurse. She became a nurse herself and has lived throughout the U.S. and Europe and now resides in South Carolina with her third husband.
I really wish she had expanded on her experience with talking to prison inmates about being a rape survivor. I'd love to know what they had to say about her story, especially since some of them are rapists themselves.
She's been a recovering alcoholic since 2003. I take issue with her comment, "God removed my addiction". An addiction doesn't get 'removed' by anything or anyone.
Jane's known as victim #5 in this case. You can see her interviewed on The Original Night Stalker episode of I.D.'s Dark Minds, season 2, episode 1.
Thank you to Jason for sending this to me.