I am super excited to share my review with you today for Murder In The Neighborhood by Ellen J. Green…..Which is out now.
On 6 September 1949, twenty-eight-year-old Howard Barton Unruh shot thirteen people in less than twelve minutes on his block in East Camden, New Jersey. The shocking true story of the first recorded mass shooting in America has never been told, until now.
The sky was cloudless that morning when twelve-year-old Raymond Havens left his home on River Road. His grandmother had sent him to get a haircut at the barbershop across the street—where he was about to witness his neighbor and friend Howard open fire on the customers inside.
Told through the eyes of young Raymond, who had visited Howard regularly to listen to his war stories, and the mother trying to piece together the disturbing inner workings of her son’s mind, Murder in the Neighborhood uncovers the chilling true story of Howard Unruh, the quiet loner who meticulously plotted his revenge on the neighbors who shunned him and became one of America’s first mass killers.
With Ellen’s access to Howard’s diaries, newly released police reports and psychiatric records alongside interviews with surviving family members, Murder in the Neighborhood is a compulsive page-turner that will have you asking—how well do we ever really know those around us? Are we ever really safe?
A gripping untold true story that will leave your heart pounding. Perfect for fans of In Cold Blood, If You Tell and American Predator.
I am a massive fan of true crime and could’nt wait to get stuck into this beauty!
Murder in the Neighbour tells the story of the first recorded mass shooting in America. Taking us back to the 6th September 1949 when twenty-eight-year-old Howard Barton Unruh shot thirteen people in less than twelve minutes on his block in East Camden, New Jersey.
The story is told by Raymond and Howards mom Freda. Times were very different back then and Raymond was just 12 years old at the time. I feel the narrator has told this moving story really well making me feel right there in the story.
It is a very in-depth audio…not something I would normally listen to because you really have to take the story in. This book is complex and needs your fall attention. Has we try to make sense of what drove Howard to do such a horrific crime.
Over all this book is a gripping, detailed, tragic story. Which true crime fans will find fascinating because I certainly did.
Thank you to Bookouture for a copy all thoughts are my own and not biased in anyway.