Simon Says

A True Story of Boys, Guns, and Murder

By Kathryn Eastburn
(Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9780306817540, 320pp.)

Publication Date: July 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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On a frigid New Year’s Eve 2000, fifteen-year-old Tony Dutcher and his grandparents were brutally murdered at their mountain hideaway outside of Colorado Springs. All roads seemed to lead to one teenager, Isaac Grimes, and a crime more sinister than anyone could imagine.

Isaac told police that he and another boy believed they were part of a paramilitary organization, headed by friend Simon Sue, and that Isaac’s survival depended on performing his assigned “mission.” Simon Says tells the story of how these boys’ lives went horribly astray and what the fallout of the murders was on all the families. Kathryn Eastburn weaves a heartbreaking tale about a place where the rites of passage to manhood come at an exorbitant price—and no one notices until it’s too late.

About the Author

Kathryn Eastburn covered the court proceedings in this case for three years for the Colorado Springs Independent. A longtime resident of Colorado Springs, she now divides her time between Colorado and Texas.

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