Judgment Ridge (Paperback)
The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders
Harper Perennial, 9780060008451, 448pp.
Publication Date: August 31, 2004
A riveting investigation of the brutal murders of two Dartmouth professors –– a book that, like In Cold Blood, reveals the chilling reality behind a murder that captivated the nation.
On a cold night in January 2001, the idyllic community of Dartmouth College was shattered by the discovery that two of its most beloved professors had been hacked to death in their own home. Investigators searched helplessly for clues linking the victims, Half and Susanne Zantop, to their murderer or murderers. A few weeks later, across the river, in the town of Chelsea, Vermont, police cars were spotted in front of the house of high school senior Robert Tulloch. The police had come to question Tulloch and his best friend, Jim Parker. Soon , the town discovered the incomprehensible reality that Tulloch and Parker, two of Chelsea's brightest and most popular sons, were now fugitives, wanted for the murders of Half and Susanne Zantop.
Authors Mitchell Zuckoff and Dick Lehr provide a vivid explication of a murder that captivated the nation, as well as dramatic revelations about the forces that turned two popular teenagers into killers. Judgement Ridge conveys a deep appreciation for the lives (and the devastating loss) of Half and Susanne Zantop, while also providing a clear portrait of the killers, their families, and their community –and, perhaps, a warning to any parent about what evil may lurk in the hearts of boys.
About the Author
As a reporter for nearly two decades for the Boston Globe, Dick Lehr won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of journalism at Boston University, he is coauthor of the Edgar Award-winning Black Mass, the Edgar Award finalist Judgment Ridge, and The Underboss. He lives near Boston with his wife and four children.
Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University and the author of five previous books, including the New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La, which won the Winship/PEN Award for Nonfiction. As a reporter for the Boston Globe, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Praise For Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders…
— Boston Globe
— The New Yorker
“Join[s] Truman Capote’s classic, In Cold Blood, as one of the standards in crime writing.”
— Boston Globe
“A harrowing account...[that] reveals two of the more chilling characters in recent nonfiction.”
— Washington Post Book World
“Irresistible...It pulls you in.”
— Hartford Courant
“Spellbinding ... [reveals] the story behind the headlines....Multifaceted and richly believable.”
— Denver Post
“A tour de force of reporting...a gripping narrative.”
— Worcester Telegram and Gazette
“A suspenseful and chilling story.”
— Ft. Pierce (FL) Tribune
“Similar to ... In Cold Blood ... a nuanced portrait of a serial killer as a young man.”
“A sensational news story....irresistably absorbing.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A sorrowful tale of teenagers drawn to murder, artfully structured....the crime seems at once unspeakable and inescapable.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“A chilling and revealing look at a crime that fueled concerns about adolescents and violence in a post-Columbine environment.”
“A chilling story of toxic friendship and psychopathic amorality.”
— Library Journal