Trailed: One Woman’s Quest To Solve the Shenandoah Murders

Workman Audio. May 2022. 9:10 hrs. ISBN 9781649040992. $24.95. CRIME
Award-winning journalist and science writer Miles (Quakeland) investigates the shocking 1996 murders of Julie Williams and Lollie Winans. Williams and Winans were brutally attacked while camping in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, near the Appalachian Trail. For almost a decade, National Park Service rangers and the FBI were convinced that Darrell David Rice was guilty of the crime, despite considerable evidence to the contrary. With cool restraint, narrator Gabra Zackman describes Miles’s meticulous research into the case, detailing her deep dive into news stories, case files, and hundreds of interviews with witnesses, law enforcement, and family members. Miles developed a personal, even obsessive interest in the case, which led her to uncover shoddy police work. With a perfectly modulated voice, Zackman channels Miles’s intense, analytical mind, implacably putting forth a chilling case that another man, Richard Marc Evonitz, is a more likely suspect.
VERDICT Reminiscent of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, this compelling audio is a necessary purchase for true crime fans, especially those interested in the backstories, historical context, and larger political questions raised by this intriguing investigation.
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