Ronald Gene Simmons had once been an Air Force Sergeant but those days were long gone. Now he was a tyrant; a cruel, evil man who took pleasure in tormenting and humiliating his family. Except Sheila, one of his daughters.
Forcing her into an incestuous relationship, Sheila bore her father’s baby. Despite the “relationship” and Gene’s efforts to control her, Sheila would one day reject him for another man. She was determined to start her own life, free of her cruel father.
Realizing that Sheila was free, Gene went on a rampage that killed fourteen members of his family: wife, children, sons and daughters-in-law, and grandchild. Tossing their bodies into a hole in the family home’s backyard, Gene then took his rampage to town where he continue to murder in cold-blood.
Bryce Marshall and Paul Williams tackle the enraging and heartbreaking story of Gene Simmons in their 1991 true crime Zero at the Bone.
I have been reading the true crime genre for a VERY long time and although I always feel frustration, anger, disgust, and a wide variety of other emotions toward the murderers and sympathy for the victims and their families, this book hit me harder than any I have ever read.
Often times I was unsure as to whether I could continue reading; not because the book was boring or not well written (quite the contrary, actually), but because of the emotions that the paragraphs describing the heartless, brutal, selfish crimes committed by Gene Simmons evoked from me.
For writing style, detail, and organization, this is one of the best books I have ever read.
As for the crime that is the foundation, it is the worst about which I have ever read.
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