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Life Detonated

The True Story of a Widow and a Hijacker

Kathleen Murray Moran


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Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (10/10/2017)
MP3 CD (10/10/2017)
Hardcover (10/10/2017)


On September 11, 1976, Kathleen Murray's life was drastically changed when her husband Brian Murray, a NYPD bomb disposal expert, was killed by a terrorist’s bomb. Life Detonated is a powerful memoir that tells the story of a young woman’s journey out of poverty and into the arms of a vibrant young man whose life and death would forever impact her life. After her husband's passing, Kathleen began a correspondence with one of the terrorists imprisoned for the incident, seduced by persuasive letters that offered a link back to Brian. Life Detonated details the dysfunctional relationship that developed and their disastrous meeting in person. This gripping true story is a dramatic statement on resilience in the face of devastating loss, the long road to healing, and ultimately, the empowerment found by coming away from tragedy stronger than before.

Amberjack Publishing, 9781944995454, 258pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

About the Author

Kathleen Murray Moran holds a BA in Journalism and an MA in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She has taught writing and literature at Suffolk Community College for twenty-five years. She is the widow of Brian Murray and the co-founder of Survivors of the Shield (SOS). She was also instrumental in passing legislation that led to former Governor Mario Cuomo’s COPS Agenda.