Evil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: Signature Books
Date Published: 2000
Edition: First edition
Condition: As NEW
Book Id: 47610
SIGNED. 290pp. Octavo [20 cm] Pictorial casebound wraps. A true crime novel recounting the grisly murders of two Mormon missionaries at the hands of Robert E. Kleasen in 1974, in Austin, Texas. Signed by Ken Driggs on the title page.
The first hint Irene had about her new husband, Robert E. Kleasen was when she found him in the bathtub smearing his naked body with the entrails of a freshly gutted deer. She bolted - as the two young missionaries who had dinner at his trailer in Austin, Texas, in 1974 should have done.In recounting the events of that autumn night, author Ken Driggs contemplates the human cost: innocent lives and the collective pain of their families and extended communities, as well as the tragedy of Kleasen's own troubled life. Released from death row on a technicality after serving two years, Kleasen was sentenced in June 2000 to three years in Britain on separate charges and now faces extradition to Texas. For Driggs, this raises legal and moral issues about what should be done with such individuals, and what the rest of us should do to protect ourselves from them.