A Season of Darkness

Doug Jones Phyllis Gobbell

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A Season of Darkness

A Season of Darkness When nine year old Marcia Trimble was murdered n her parents believed justice would be served But it would take than thirty years before the case finally came to its shocking unexpected and lo

  • Title: A Season of Darkness
  • Author: Doug Jones Phyllis Gobbell
  • ISBN: 9780425239155
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • When nine year old Marcia Trimble was murdered n 1975, her parents believed justice would be served But it would take than thirty years before the case finally came to its shocking, unexpected, and long awaited concusion.

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    1. ♥ Marlene♥ on said:

      Not sure what to say. It started out great. I did enjoy the writing. Maybe it was a bit too long? I also had a lot of questions afterwards. How come they say it was a whole white neighbourhood but that nobody noticed the big dark black guy? Second:There was the photo of her classroom and there were 13 black kids and 14 whites,15 including Marcia. so in my eyes that is a lot of black kids.Was that school not in the neighbourhood?I just do not get it that nobody noticed him. So when they were look [...]

    2. PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•* on said:

      The case itself was interesting as most true crime cases are. The book itself however was a tad bit repetitive. The killer was named at the beginning of the book and throughout the pages, however the authors just ran on and on on other things. It almost felt like they were trying to fill up the pages. I feel very bad for the young man who was accused of this when he was a teen and was a suspect for many years afterwards. It truly is amazing how DNA has solved many cold cases, this one included.

    3. Michael on said:

      Kinda your stereotypical true crime book. Very thorough. A good book but nothing extraordinairy.

    4. Carla on said:

      I am a huge fan of true crime books, yet I had to force myself to finish this one. Turgid.

    5. Emily on said:

      This is some "Birth of a Nation" bullshit, jfc.Never mind describing the victim as "sunny" while telling us the killer had a "hard face" and did not have to be checked for student identification when he was picked up by police on an upscale university campus. Or describing the victim's neighborhood as "safe" and its privileged residents as embodying the town/community of Nashville.But choosing light vs. dark as a leitmotif in a book where a black adult man was convicted of stranger-abducting a p [...]

    6. Debbie on said:

      One of my favorite genres is true crime so when I saw this book and realized that it was the story of the rape and murder of 9 year old Marcia Trimble I had to read it. Marcia was a Girl Scout delivering cookies in her Nashville neighborhood in 1975 when she disappeared. I am from the Nashville area and was familiar with the names and places in the story. I was a young child when Marcia was murdered but I still remember the fear that changed our community. Now, as an adult I personally know seve [...]

    7. Nancy on said:

      Even though I wasn't living in Nashville in 1975, I still knew about Marcia Trimble. If you had any connection to Nashville, you couldn't help but know about it. A little girl out delivering Girl Scout cookies disappears and is found a month later having been strangled. The murder wasn't solved until 2008 and then only thanks to DNA technology. This book tells the whole story in hindsight and helps to make sense of what happened although there will always be questions about the exact circumstanc [...]

    8. Pam Koenig on said:

      30 Year MysteryIn 1975 in Nashville, 9 year old Marcia Trumble left home to deliver Girl Scout cookies, but never returned. The innocence of the time was no more. This was a time when kids played in the streets, where neighbors knew neighbors, a time before computers took away childhood. She left home just to go across the street, didn't even wear her coat. This story tells how police finally solved the crime, how a good old boy system focused on a neighbor kid, never looking at anyone else. A f [...]

    9. Joan on said:

      I was very interested and engaged in the 1st 50% of this book. It is well written and I would read other books by this author. I skimmed the last 50% of the book because I found it boring. The author is just trying to get us to end of a 30+-year old cold case where nothing changes for 30 years, but we go through the story with the author. The only thing that changes after 30 years is they then knew who the killer was, but because nothing changed for the 30+ years in between, including the behavi [...]

    10. Chicken Little on said:

      Back in 1975 in Nashville,TN, a nine-year-old girl left her home with a box of Girl Scouts cookies she planned to deliver to a neighbor. She shouted over her shoulder at her mother, "I'll be right back!". She was never seen alive again.Thirty-three days later, her lifeless body was found in a garage less than two hundreds yards from her own front door. However, it took much longer than that for her family to find closure. Thanks to a determined detective of the TN Cold Case Unit, Marcia's killer [...]

    11. Deb Simpson on said:

      A Season of Darkness is an incredible and detailed review of the Marcia Trimble case and how Nashville lost its innocence and joined the ranks of large cities across the US in regard to crime and criminals and the chilling impact on our lives. I came to Nashville long after Marcia's' murder, but was here while the trial took place, and this book answered so many quandaries for me about the case and about Nashville in the 70'sThank you, Phyllis and Doug, for telling this truth so thoroughly and m [...]

    12. julie stanhope on said:

      Thank you!!As a native Nashvillian who remembers fondly the innocence before the dark days of the Marcia Trimble murder, I want to thank the authors of this book for putting into words all the details of this horrific case so that we won't have to wonder about it ever again!May God bless Marcia's family, and all who sacrificed so much to see that justice was obtained for that precious little girl, and for all the other victims and their families whose lives were forever changed by the predator k [...]

    13. Lynn Grundset on said:

      I was living in Nashville and about the same age as Marcia Trimble when she disappeared. Her disappearance and murder in 1975 changed not only her family but mine as well as the entire city and even filtered down to how I parented my own children. I thought "A Season of Darkness" did an excellent job of capturing not only the details of the case but how it impacted the culture and emotions of Nashville. I plan to follow this up with the new book written by Jeffrey Womack, the boy wrongly accused [...]

    14. Nina Morel on said:

      I really enjoyed this, perhaps because I remember the time so well I was a year older than Marcia and lived about a mile away from her. And went to school at Stokes with her brother Chuck. It was interesting comparing my childhood understandings to what was really going on I highly recommend this for any Nashvillian

    15. Jay Jones on said:

      Interesting, often disturbing, read. Brought back a lot of memories of 1975 growing up in Nashville. Glad they finally caught the scum bag, but still many unanswered questions. The conclusion was a little dry--lots of courtroom minutia repeated from early in book--but overall a sensitive, earnest account of the tragedy.

    16. Naomi Blackburn on said:

      I am not sure what is the matter with meI used to love true crime books, but I have two seperate ones going right now and both incredibly dryis book included. As a result, I am having a really difficult time following the story and am finding myself easily distracted and needing to reread sections. I will finish the book, but it will probably be my last true crime for a bit.

    17. Margaret on said:

      I don't read true crime as a rule. But this was about Nashville and more important, it was written by my friend Phyllis. The Trimble case was one that had few winners. A family lost a daughter. Neighborhood boys came under suspicion. Even the poor mother was criticized for being too calm. This book made me sad at the horrible toll that violence takes.

    18. Leslie Angel on said:

      This is about the disappearance and murder of a local child 30? years ago. Written by a prof. where I work--has people in it I know and know of through friends who lived in the neighborhood. The book is well-written and a page-turner; I'm not much into true crime, but I found it interesting and engrossing. I do not agree with the solution of the crime, however, based on other info. maybe 3.5.

    19. Janice on said:

      Detailed account of the murder of a 9-year-old girl in Nashville Tennessee in 1975 along with young women's rapes and murders in the area at the same time. The case went on for 33 years before finally being solved thanks to DNA evidence. The little girl's family finally got justice.

    20. Tracy Robertson on said:

      It was an average true crime book. Compelling story, but a little too much of a play by play of what everyone said in the courtroom at the end. Also, I think the author could have done a better job of explaining a motive, or at least more detail about the murderer to at least explain the apparent lack of motive.

    21. Vic on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a trip down memory lane as I lived in Nashville when this murder happened and it really shook the town. And make no mistake, Nashville was just a town then, not the city it has (in some ways, unfortunately) become.

    22. Fishface on said:

      This one was OK, but not spectacular. Maybe I'm just burning out on cases that hinge entirely on DNA evidence and set aside good old-fashioned police work. But I have to admit this is a glittering example of how DNA can blow old-fashioned police work out of the water.

    23. Vicki on said:

      This book was so interesting. All of us in middle Tennessee followed the Marcia Trimble murder case but this described so many details, it made me feel I was right in the middle of solving this horrific crime that marked the end of innocence in Nashville.

    24. Sarah on said:

      Great history lesson for Nashville - and not too salacious or gruesome.

    25. Kristen Frankie on said:

      Sad story, but I'm glad they never gave up and solved the case.

    26. Kitty on said:

      When I picked up the book, I already knew the ending, but I still couldn't put it down. The book is well written and compelling. It was as if the neighborhood blinked and she was gone.

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