Eric Rudolph: Murder, Myth, and the Pursuit of an American Outlaw
On Sale: November 7, 2006
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Non-Fiction | True Crime
He was supposed
to be dead. Five years after Eric Rudolph escaped into the
North Carolina, the FBI had long since abandoned the largest
ever launched on U.S. soil. The fugitive accused of bombing
Olympics, a gay bar, and two abortion clinics, leaving a
carnage across the southeast, had become a figure of folk
of his pursuers thought he had either skipped the country or
into a cave to die. In fact, Rudolph had been haunting the
and towns he knew best, pilfering food, stealing trucks,
men who hunted him, and keeping his secrets buried in the
one night Rudolph got careless, and a rookie cop captured
him a few
miles from where he had first disappeared. But even in
remained a mystery.
In Lone Wolf, Maryanne
brings the reader inside one of the most sensational cases
terrorism in American history. In addition to her unprecedented
correspondence with Rudolph, Vollers had access to the FBI,
federal prosecutors, members of Rudolph's defense team, and
to re-create the story in all its sweeping breadth and
asks the inevitable questions: Who is Eric Rudolph, and why
kill? Is he the hate-filled neo-Nazi described by federal
agents, or is
he the passionate, curious, and engaging man described by
and his family? Can both personalities exist in one rare,
and deadly individual?
The profilers and psychologists
Vollers interviews identify Rudolph as a "lone offender," a
self-appointed avenger with no real alliances and no
ties. It puts Rudolph in the same category as Timothy
Oklahoma City bomber, and Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. The
believes history will judge him to be a hero. Society judges
him to be
a monster. Without losing sight of the hideous violence of
his crimes, Lone Wolf seeks to put a human face on
this iconic killer as it explores the painful mysteries of
the human heart.
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