Author: Andy Brown
Title: Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base
Mass murder and military aviation disaster. One community’s experience with two fatal tragedies that occurred suddenly… but not without warning.
On 20 June 1994, a gunman opened fire on the patrons and staff of an Air Force hospital. Four days later, a B-52 bomber and the lives of her crew were lost in a fiery crash. Hundreds of ordinary men and women experienced the tragedies… countless others had struggled to prevent them.
Everyone who met the would-be gunman thought he was odd. Some said he was creepy. His Air Force roommates and co-workers feared him… for good reason. When the disturbed airman’s behavior became threatening, the mental-health doctors at Fairchild Air Force Base had him committed to the psychiatric ward of a military hospital. For months, they watched helplessly as he slipped through the cracks of a broken system. Out of options, a Fairchild psychiatrist warned his staff, “This is the kind of patient who … one day … he’s going to come back and kill you.”
The B-52 aircrews who refused to fly with a veteran pilot said, “We predicted the worst air-show disaster in history when we found out that he was gonna fly.” The pilot’s dangerous maneuvers had always wowed the crowd at Fairchild’s air shows. He was also favored by his military leadership. But the men who had to fly with him said he didn’t limit his reckless flying to one day a year. They shared tales of the risk-taking pilot routinely pushing the airliner-sized bomber and her crew to their breaking point. One brave officer risked his career by pushing to have the rogue pilot grounded and when his superiors failed to act, he made the ultimate sacrifice to save his men.
This compelling narrative is the work of former military policeman and criminal investigator, Andy Brown. Drawing from extensive research, and personal interviews with the people who witnessed the tragedies unfold, Brown tells their story with cinematic clarity. As the man who ended the killing spree, Brown shares how he had prepared for the deadly gunfight, describes his encounter with the gunman and offers a candid insight into the hidden cost of becoming a “hero.”
More than a true-crime story, criminal biography or military memoir. Warnings Unheeded is a gripping story of courage, heroics and resilience, a story of survival and a lesson from history.
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Author: Aila Stephens
Title: Alabama Rain
Sarah Johansen left Dry Creek, Alabama before the ink on her high school diploma had a chance to dry and she never looked back.
But, when Sarah’s elderly father is brutally murdered in the summer of 1994, she has no choice but to return home in order to make sense of what happened—and to prove her estranged mother’s innocence.
Proving Corrie Bryant is innocent, however, is no easy task.
Hard and heavy truths lie buried in the past, and now that people are looking, Corrie must double down to keep decades-old secrets where she left them, to make amends with the people she cares for most, and to learn how to be the mother she should have been fifty years ago.
The truth may be as hard for Sarah to learn as it is for Corrie to tell.
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