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Victim: The Other Side of Murder (Delacorte Press, ISBN 0385291051) is a 1982 true crime book by Gary Kinder. The book is based on real characters and events of the Hi-Fi Murders that occurred on April 22, 1974, in Ogden, Utahmarker.

Summary

Victim: The Other Side of Murder retells the events of the Hi-Fi Murders. On April 22, 1974, Dale Selby Pierre and William Andrews entered the Hi-Fi Shop in Ogden, Utahmarker, as Keith Roberts waited outside the shop in a car. Pierre, Andrews, and Roberts were all United States Air Force airmen stationed at Hill Air Force Basemarker, just south of Ogden. During an armed robbery of the shop, Pierre and Andrews took five people hostage, killed three of them, and left the two who survived with horrific injuries. Meanwhile, Roberts had assisted Pierre and Andrews in the robbery of the shop's expensive stereo and electronics equipment.

The three murder victims were Stanley Walker (age 20), Michelle Ansley (age 19), and Carol Naisbitt (age 52). The two surviving victims were Cortney Naisbitt (age 16) and Orren Walker (age 43). Stanley Walker and Ansley were employees of the Hi-Fi Shop who were working at the time of the armed robbery. While the robbery was in progress, it was inadvertently interrupted on three separate occasions, with each occasion ensnaring an additional victim into the crime. On the first occasion, Cortney Naisbitt entered the shop in order to speak briefly with Stanley Walker. Sometime later, when Stanley Walker did not return home as expected, his father Orren Walker went to the Hi-Fi Shop to look for him. Similarly, Cortney Naisbitt's mother Carol Naisbitt later arrived at the shop to look for her son who also had not returned home at the expected time. Each of the five victims was taken hostage, bound, forced to drink Drano, and later shot in the head. In addition, Ansley was raped by Pierre.

Victim: The Other Side of Murder focuses particularly on Cortney Naisbitt and the Naisbitt family. In the aftermath of the brutal crime, the Naisbitt family struggled not only with the death of murdered victim Carol, but also with the physical and psychological recovery of surviving victim Cortney. This book was viewed by many as a pioneering work, because it was one of the first true crime books that focused on the victims of a violent crime rather than on the perpetrators.

Victims

The crime resulted in the deaths of three victims and in horrific injuries to the surviving two. Stanley Walker, Ansley, and Carol Naisbitt were murdered. Cortney Naisbitt and Orren Walker survived, albeit with severe injuries.

  • Stanley Walker, age 20, an employee of the Hi-Fi Shop
  • Michelle Ansley, age 19, an employee of the Hi-Fi Shop
  • Cortney Naisbitt, age 16, a patron of the Hi-Fi Shop
  • Orren Walker, age 43, father of victim Stanley Walker
  • Carol Naisbitt, age 52, mother of victim Cortney Naisbitt


Perpetrators

The crime was perpetrated by three men, all of whom were United States Air Force airmen stationed at Hill Air Force Basemarker.

  • Dale Selby Pierre
  • William Andrews
  • Keith Roberts


Adaptation

The Hi-Fi Murders was the basis for the 1991 CBS television movie Aftermath: A Test of Love, starring Richard Chamberlain and Michael Learned.

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