Murder by Family
The Incredible True Story of A Son's Treachery & A Father's Forgiveness
Recounts the devastating murder of the author's wife and son by a gunman who was hired by his other son, an event that prompted a spiritually healing bond between the author and his son, who was sentenced to death for his part in the crime. 80,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
On December 10, 2003, an intruder waits inside the home of Kent and Tricia Whitaker. The Whitakers and their two sons, Bart and Kevin, are returning from a dinner celebrating Bart's college graduation. Four shots ring out; the first two kill Tricia and Kevin, and the next two wound Kent and Bart, who is struck while struggling with the gunman.
Three days later, as investigators explore leads so they can secure justice for the victims, they find evidence that Bart has been leading a double life, and he becomes the chief suspect. Kent thinks the police are allowing the real killer to escape while they focus on Bart, but when Bart disappears into the mountains of Mexico seven months later, even Kent has to face the possibility that his son was involved in the murder. Fifteen months later Bart is arrested and charged with masterminding the shootings, and in March 2007, he is convicted and sentenced to death.
How can a father survive the anguish of what his son has done and forgive such betrayal? Murder by Family is the true story of a father's search to save his son, and the son's long road toward awakening to, acceptance of, and reconnection with God.
Recounts the murder of the author's wife and son by a gunman who was hired by his other son, an event that prompted a spiritually healing bond between the author and his son, who was sentenced to death for his part in the crime.
Simon and Schuster
This is the tragic story of Kent Whitaker's heart-wrenching journey toward forgiveness and faith after the brutal murder of his wife and one of his sons.
Straight from the headlines comes an incredible true story of a son's treachery. For the first time, readers are offered inside access to the emotional drama that went on behind the scenes. At the core is the remarkable healing power of forgiveness, demonstrated by Kent Whitaker, which shows how the survivors of such atrocious events can still forgive those who have permanently damaged their lives.
One evening, the Whitaker family returned home after dinner, celebrating a son's impending graduation from college. On opening the front door, they faced a gunman lying in wait. The gunman opened fire, instantly killing the younger sonand Kent's wife, leaving Kent and his older son lying wounded until police and ambulances arrived. While recovering in the hospital, Kent resolved in his heart to forgive whoever was responsible for the deaths of his wife and son.
Over the next few weeks, it was discovered that the whole murder plot had been orchestrated by the surviving son -- whom Kent had unknowingly forgiven. After a trial that resulted in a death sentence for his son, Kent emerged from this harrowing ordeal to share their astonishing journey toward forgiveness and redemption.
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