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Perfect Victim by Christine McGuire
Book DescriptionColleen Stan was a sweet-natured, lively twenty-year-old when she set out to hitchhike from her home in Washington to Southern California. Seven years later she emerged from hell, the victim of a bizarre and chilling crime. Cameron and Janice Hooker had literally made her their slave - and forced her to endure all of Cameron's twisted sexual perversions. During these seven years the Hookers had two children, entertained their friends at home and held down jobs - while Colleen was held captive in a coffin-like box under their bed. This is also the story of Christine McGuire, a young, inexperienced deputy district attorney who prosecuted Cameron Hooker for kidnapping and successfully explained why Colleen - who had numerous chances to escape - stayed captive for so many years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780352325617
(177mm x 108mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Black Lace
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 17-Jan-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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US Kirkus Review » The perfect victim was Colleen Stan, "The Girl in the Box," a young hitchhiker kidnapped to California in 1977 and held in sexual slavery for seven years. Christine McGuire - the assistant D.A. who eventually prosecuted fiendish culprit Cameron Hooker - and free-lance writer Norton approach this lurid material with admirable dignity and restraint. Actually, a second victim joined Colleen on her odyssey into depravity: Janice, Cameron's wife, subjected by the lumber-mill hand to whippings even before their wedding. Cameron needed fresh flesh to feed his perversity, however, so Janice went along when he snatched Colleen, screwed onto her head a homemade "head box," and hung her by her wrists in his basement - where Cameron and wife had sex beneath her dangling feet. Much, much worse followed: Colleen was shoved into a three-foot square box, her home for the next several years as Cameron raped and tortured her, and used her as slave labor. During those years, something very odd occurred: Colleen passed up many chances to escape; so powerful was Cameron's mind-hold on her - enforced by tales of a national slave-ring that would kill her if she fled - that, on his orders, she took a maid's job in town and, one weekend, even visited her family. Was she, then, a willing victim? Once Janice rebelled against Cameron's brutal rule and ran away with Colleen, that question proved crucial. At the trial - limned in bright detail in chapters alternating with the account of Colleen's ordeal - McGuire needed to prove that Colleen's imprisonment was one continuous kidnapping. After a long legal battle - with Janice turned state's witness - the jury at last believed McGuire's charge that Colleen was brainwashed, and the judge threw the book at Cameron: today he's a captive in turn, at Folsom prison. The authors conclude with a forceful epilogue declaring that Cameron is no pitiful product of society, but "an aberration" - evil, a monster. There's no whiff of pandering as the authors shine a bright light into some of the foulest corners of human behavior. Gut-wrenching, but heart-wrenching too; sorely lacking an adequate look at the philosophical implications of Cameron and Colleen's bizarre duet, but overall still one of the most gripping true-crime books of the year. (Kirkus Reviews)
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