While They Slept
An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family
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Early on an April morning, eighteen-year-old Billy Frank Gilley, Jr., killed his sleeping parents. Surprised in the act by his younger sister, Becky, he turned on her as well. Billy then climbed the stairs to the bedroom of his other sister, Jody, and said, “We’re free.” But is one ever free after an unredeemable act of violence? The Gilley family murders ended a lifetime of physical and mental abuse suffered by Billy and Jody at the hands of their parents. And it required each of the two survivors–one a convicted murderer, the other suddenly an orphan–to create a new identity, a new life.
From Publishers Weekly
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- Category: True Crime
- Published: Jun 10, 2008
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English