By David Bagby
Immortalized within the spellbinding documentary pricey Zachary, this offended, uncooked, and brutally sincere memoir of homicide and loss chronicles a system’s failure to avoid the demise of a kid.
In November 2001, the physique of a tender physician named Andrew Bagby was once came upon in Keystone kingdom Park open air Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 5 bullet wounds in his face, chest, buttocks, and the again of the pinnacle. for fogeys Dave and Kate, the soreness was once unbearable—but Andrew’s homicide used to be simply the 1st in a string of tragic occasions.
The leader suspect for Andrew’s homicide was once his ex-girlfriend Shirley Turner—also a physician. Obsessive and volatile, Shirley Turner lied to the police and fled to her relatives domestic in Newfoundland sooner than she can be arrested. whereas warding off extradition efforts by way of U.S. legislations enforcement, she introduced she used to be pregnant with Andrew's son, Zachary. The Bagbys—hoping to realize custody of Zachary—moved to Newfoundland and started an extended, drawn-out conflict in court docket and with Canadian social providers to guard their grandson from the girl who had probably murdered their son. Then, in August 2003, Shirley Turner killed herself and the one-year-old Zachary via leaping into the Atlantic Ocean.
DANCE WITH THE satan is a eulogy for a useless son, an elegy for lives minimize tragically brief, and a castigation of a damaged process.
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