The case was closed, but for journalist Nancy Rommelmann, the mystery remained: What made a mother want to murder her own children? On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for blood, Amanda was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison.Embarking on a seven-year quest for the truth, Rommelmann traced the roots of Amandas fury and desperation through thousands of pages of records, withheld documents, meetings with lawyers and convicts, and interviews with friends and family who felt shocked, confused, and emotionally swindled by a woman whose entire life was now defined by an unspeakable crime. At the heart of that crime: a tempestuous marriage, a family on the fast track to self-destruction, and...
|Title||:||To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||303 pages|
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To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder Reviews
It's easy to avoid books, news, and stories about bad things happening to children, particularly when their mother is the culprit, but Nancy Rommelmann decided it was time to dig in and make an effort to really understand why something like this happens.
And while we will never truly understand, I do think Rommelmann was able to construct a pretty good narrative as to how a mother might one night decided to throw her two children off the side of a bridge, into the cold, black water.
In my 40 year ...more
I chose this book as one of the Kindle first-reads. It caught my eye because I remember this event well when I was living in Portland, and connected with it because my youngest was also four years old, the same age as Eldon, who was murdered by his mother. Looking back it was also kind of amazing how quickly the event dropped out of the news cycle, so I was interested to learn more details about the events leading up to and after the incident. The facts presented here are well-researched and the ...more
Amanda Stott-Smith tossed her two children over a Portland bridge in 2009, killing the youngest Eldon. Amanda avoids the death penalty by accepting a plea and not going to trial. However, the rest of the story is never made public, and in this account the author attempts to flesh out the details.
She is hindered, however, by not meeting with Amanda or her horrible ex-husband Jason, nor the extended family. She is left to suppose what truly happens and what drove Amanda to commit murder. You get t ...more
A difficult book - that is necessary
Many true crime books have an element of adventure to them. A mobster rises in the ranks, a serial killer is hunted by a detective.
To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann is not one of those books. There is no joy, no thrill, no happy ending.
I am reminded by Koba the Dread by Martin Amis - the biography of Stalin. There is no nobility in the tale, and all the reader does is root for someone to come along and prevent the antagonist from doing what they set out to do. ...more
A psychological analysis of an incomprehensible crime. This book seeks to go beyond the superficial knee jerk reaction to find the answer to "why".
There are not enough words to express how much I hate this book. Here's how my experience went.
I was really excited to read this because I remember the case. I graduated from Portland State University within a few days of this event. I started reading it and was really confused to why it was getting bad reviews by some people. The author is obviously well-educated and I was intrigued by the structure of the book. It jumped from one person's perspective to another, from past to present, without e ...more
This was my Kindle First Reads choice for June. After recently reading "I'll Be Gone In The Dark" by Michelle McNamara, my mind was in a "true crime" mode and I thought this would be an interesting read.
I don't remember hearing the news reports about Amanda Stott-Smith throwing her two children off of a bridge in Oregon. But apparently, in 2009, she did. Her 4 year-old son, Eldon, died, but her daughter, Trinity, survived. Amanda ends up pleading guilty and she is currently serving a life-sente ...more
This was a book I got for free as part of Amazon Prime's "free book" of the month. (I think this program is called Kindle First.) These books can be hit and miss. Sometimes you get a real gem, but often the books aren't so good. Unfortunately, that was the case with this book.
The book is about a case in Portland, Oregon where a mother dropped her two children off of a bridge in the middle of the night. One child survived ... the other drowned. The mother was arrested and ultimately put in jail f ...more