Finding Susan
Brand: Southern Illinois University Press

Finding Susan

  • Publish Date: 2003-10-07
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Associate Professor Molly Hurley Moran PhD

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A womans heartrending search for her sister

Advancing with the suspense and deft reportage of the true-crime genre and fueled by the poignancy of a literary memoir, Finding Susan is Molly Hurley Morans pointed exploration of the disappearance of her sister and her familys descent into the surreal world of psychics and detectives they once dismissed as the stuff of Lifetime movies.

Susan Hurley Harrison disappeared from upscale Ruxton, Maryland on August 5, 1994. Her body was discovered in the woods of northern Maryland two years later and her death was ruled a homicide. Although Susans case drew substantial media attentionincluding a spot on Unsolved Mysteriesno one, to date, has ever been charged with her murder. In piecing together a mosaic of Susans final years, Moran grew to believe her sister was a victim of domestic violence.

An academic by trade, Moran employs a scholars precision and razor-sharp feminist analysis in this valiant effort to come to terms with Susans life and death and to understand her sister in a way she did not when she was alive. Finding Susan refers to both the search for Susan's body and the search for the formative forces of her life.

Mirroring elements of high-profile cases from Laci Peterson to Nicole Brown Simpson, Finding Susan is one womans chronicle of loss and remembrance that arrestingly details the helplessness experienced by families of missing persons and calls critical attention to our alarming blindness to domestic abuse. Including appendixes of domestic violence resources, Finding Susan serves as a guide for concerned family members and friends of at-risk women to help identify the warning signs of domestic abuse. Thirty-six illustrations are a powerful complement to the volume.


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