Description - A Far, Far Better Thing by Jens Soering
In 1985, socialites Derek and Nancy Haysom were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Virginia. When suspicion turned to the Haysoms' beautiful, but troubled, daughter, Elizabeth, and her German boyfriend, Jens Soering, their case became one of the most notorious in the Commonwealth's history. After fleeing with Elizabeth to Europe, Jens ultimately confessed to the crime, under the illusion that, as the son of a German consular official, he'd be granted diplomatic immunity. He believed he was nobly sacrificing his life for love - just as Sydney Carton does for Lucie Manette in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Now published for the first time in English, Jens tells his side of the story: of how a naive and reckless scholar fell into a world of deception, drugs and, ultimately, murder. His compelling, revelatory account is accompanied by the painstaking analysis of Bill Sizemore, a journalist who has followed the Soering case for over a decade.
In parallel with the 2016 documentary film about the murders, called The Promise, A FAR, FAR BETTER THING not only points to a miscarriage of justice, but, also, showcases the tragedy of misplaced love and a catastrophically foolish declaration.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Publisher: Lantern Books,US
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Author Biography - Jens Soering
Jens Soering is the author of six books and three translations, including The Way of the Prisonerand One Day in the Life of 179212, an homage to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Bill Sizemore retired in 2014 after a thirty-five-year career as a reporter with the Virginian-Pilot, the state's largest-circulation newspaper.