The case was closed, but for journalist Nancy Rommelmann, the mystery remained: What made a mother want to murder her own children? On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for blood, Amanda was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison.Embarking on a seven-year quest for the truth, Rommelmann traced the roots of Amandas fury and desperation through thousands of pages of records, withheld documents, meetings with lawyers and convicts, and interviews with friends and family who felt shocked, confused, and emotionally swindled by a woman whose entire life was now defined by an unspeakable crime. At the heart of that crime: a tempestuous marriage, a family on the fast track to self-destruction, and a myriad of secrets and lies as dark and turbulent as the Willamette River. In To the Bridge, Nancy Rommelmann takes what many consider the most unforgivable of crimesa mother set on murdering her own childrenand delivers something thoughtful and provocative: a deeply reported, sensitively told, all-too-relevant tragedy of addiction and codependency, toxic masculinity, and capricious justice. You wont be able to look awaynor should any of us. Robert Kolker, New York Times bestselling author of Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery How do you understand the not understandable and forgive the unforgivable? So asks one of the characters in this clear-eyed investigation into something we all turn away from. To the Bridge is a tour de force of both journalism and compassion, in the lineage of such masterpieces as In Cold Blood and The Executioners Song. Word by word, sentence by sentence, Rommelmanns writing is that good. And so is her heart. Nick Flynn, PEN/Martha Albrand Awardwinning author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City...
|Title||:||To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder|
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To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder Reviews
In college I took a class where we read books Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates, about Andrea Yates and The Killing of Bonnie Garland: A Question of Justice. I ate these books up. Psychology, abnormal psych, and true crime has always been an interest of mine.
When this popped up as an Amazon Firsts option I knew I needed to read it. I had never heard this story and was also curious how a mother - let alone anyone - could throw two children off a bridge.
For me, the book ...more
This book was written in 4, stages. It felt like it was told by four different people. Quite convoluted each stage giving the same story in a different way. Very difficult to determine what was fact, and what was imagination. Very little information gathered from people who had anything of valuable to provide from the police. None from investigators. I had a difficult time sorting out the animals from the humans. The liars from the make believers . Not one person was shown to be a ...more
To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder was my Kindle First Read for June 2018.
Nancy Rommelmann wrote this true crime book about Amanda Stott-Smith, a deeply troubled woman who threw her two small children off of a bridge into a swift, icy river in Portland, Oregon in 2009. Instead of simply focusing on the events of that tragic night and the ensuing trial and sentencing, Rommelmann went several years back into Amanda's history in order to paint a complete portrait of how a bubbly, ...more
TO THE BRIDGE is stunning in its compassion and unrelenting reporting of what led Amanda Stott-Smith to drop her two young children from the Sellwood Bridge, killing her four-year-old son and seriously injuring her daughter, who miraculously survived.
I noticed that author Nick Flynn blurbs TO THE BRIDGE, placing the work alongside two highly impactful books, “In Cold Blood” and “Executioner’s Song.” The Mailer is remarkable in its toxic masculinity but also in the access he had to show a life, ...more
A psychological analysis of an incomprehensible crime. This book seeks to go beyond the superficial knee jerk reaction to find the answer to "why".
3.5 out of 5
This was my Amazon First Read for June.
I've read people complaining that most of the book can be found in online interviews, and I honestly few this misses the point.
Nancy Rommelmann describes the years of work she did attempting to understand why Amanda Stott dropped her son and her daughter from a bridge. Although, by the end of the story, there isn't a clear answer and Rommelmann doesn't attempt to give one. We are left to come to our client an conclusions based on the views of ma ...more
I found this book on Kindle First and this is my first time reading this genre, which I think is not for everyone. It is well written albeit the timing and arrangement of chapters can be confusing if you are not familiar with the story. It is also dark and heavy that you need to take a breath from time to time. It can be triggering as well. I felt like the author assumed that the readers will be familiar with what happened, which is why the 3 stars.
On another note, It's distressing to know how s ...more
I think the problem with true crime is often that reality just can't compare with fantasy. Stories don't come together neatly, as they do in fiction. The endings aren't what we want. There is often a sense of lingering unfulfillment, and questions that are never answered. I have read most of Amazon's First Reads true crime novels, and none have ever gripped me so much as this one. The story that was slowly revealed was profoundly disturbing, shocking, and not at all what I expected. So many lies ...more