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If I Am Missing or Dead - A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation-logo

If I Am Missing or Dead - A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation

Janine Latus

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In April 2002, Janine Latus's youngest sister, Amy, wrote a note and taped it to the inside of her desk drawer. "Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved," it read, "but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways. Based on his criminal past, writing this out just seems like the smart thing to do. If I am missing or dead this obviously has not protected me..." That same spring, Janine Latus was struggling to leave her marriage-a marriage to a handsome and successful man. A marriage others emulated. A marriage in which she felt she could do nothing right and everything wrong. A marriage in which she felt afraid, controlled, inadequate, and trapped. Ten weeks later, Janine Latus had left her marriage. She was on a business trip to the East Coast, savoring her freedom, attending a work conference, when she received a call from her sister Jane asking if she'd heard from Amy. Immediately, Janine's blood ran cold. Amy was missing. Helicopters went up and search dogs went out. Coworkers and neighbors and family members plastered missing posters with Amy's picture across the county. It took more than two weeks to find Amy's body, wrapped in a tarpaulin and buried at a building site. It took nearly two years before her killer, her former boyfriend Ron Ball, was sentenced for her murder. Amy died in silent fear and pain. Haunted by this, Janine Latus turned her journalistic eye inward. How, she wondered, did two seemingly well-adjusted, successful women end up in strings of physically or emotionally abusive relationships with men? If I Am Missing or Dead is a heart-wrenching journey of discovery as Janine Latus traces the roots of her own-and her sister's-victimization with unflinching candor. This beautifully written memoir will move readers from the first to the last page. At once a confession, a call to break the cycle of abuse, and a deeply felt love letter to her baby sister, Amy Lynne Latus, If I Am Missing or Dead is an unforgettable read.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Shelly Frasier

Length:

8h 54m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:41


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

15:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

37:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

41:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:55