Marc and Debra seemed to have it all a lovely home in the Prairie town of Medicine Hat, fulfilling careers, a supportive marriage, and two beautiful children: eight-year-old Jacob and twelve-year-old JR. After years of struggle to reach this point, they finally felt their future held promise. But on April 23, 2006, their bodies were discovered in their basement, covered in savage stab wounds. Upstairs, Jacob lay dead on his bed, his toys spattered with blood. Investigators worried for JR s safety, but unkwn to them, the pretty hour roll student had been developing a disturbing alter ego online. Runaway Devil professed a fondness for a darker world of death metal music, the goth subculture, and a love for Jeremy Steinke, a twenty-three-year-old high-school dropout who lived in a rundown trailer park. Soon, shocking evidence in JR s school locker printed here for the first time led police to believe the girl was a suspect in her family s murders. The case horrified parents everywhere. Journalists Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose have been covering it from the beginning, and in Runaway Devil, they reveal what really happened: the unlikely young love, the teenage rebellion, a troubling world of adolescent drifters, and a small community torn apart by an unthinkable crime. A modern cautionary tale, Runaway Devilis also a chilling portrait of an approval-seeking man smitten with a manipulative young girl who would stop at thing to get what she wanted. From the Hardcover edition.
Award-winning journalist Robert Remington is a former columnist and editorial writer with the Calgary Herald and national correspondent for The National Post. He has also written for the Globe and Mail, was arts editor and sports editor at The Edmonton Journal, and a syndicated television columnist for United Features, New York. His journalism career has taken him to Pakistan, East Africa, India, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Central America. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia. SHERRI ZICKEFOOSE is a crime reporter for the Calgary Herald. Her tenacious reporting on the case resulted in exclusive interviews with Jeremy Steinke's mother and other key figures in one of the most notorious crime stories in recent history. She writes daily about villains and victims, justice issues, and unlikely heroes. Please visit their website: www.runawaydevil.com.