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A Descent Into Hell: The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a…

by Kathryn Casey

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I agree the title was overkill. The boy may have been an alter boy in his past, but that in no way defined him at the time of the murder. Unfortuneatly the story has become all too commonplace. Spoiled young people with no moral base getting into drugs, and later turning to violence. They all don't turn into murderers, but they seem to lack compassion for others. Perhaps the drugs have more of an effect on people than we really know, with it's ability to change the psyche of people, turning them into killers. It's a sad state of affairs for our country. ( )
  David.A.Rainey | Dec 24, 2015 |
The title was overkill. The boy may have been an alter boy in his past, but that in no way defined him at the time of the murder. Unfortuneatly the story has become all too commonplace. Spoiled young people with no moral base getting into drugs, and later turning to violence. They all don't turn into murderers, but they seem to lack compassion for others. Perhaps the drugs have more of an effect on people than we really know, with it's ability to change the psyche of people, turning them into killers. It's a sad state of affairs for our country. ( )
  DavidRainey | Aug 17, 2013 |
Good book that I enjoyed. Very well written but a sad story. 8.5 ( )
  Marlene-NL | Aug 31, 2009 |
This is the first book I have read by this author, I have mainly read Ann Rule, that being said, I enjoyed this as much as any of Ann Rule's books. It is very well researched, the author took the time to talk to as many people who knew the victim and perpetrator as possible. The events are detailed but not over dramatized and I was drawn into the story. She gave enough detail I was able to follow the events as they unfolded, but did not get bogged down. I even read through the trial part, something I usually skim through.

I would recommend this book to others. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Aug 23, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061230871, Mass Market Paperback)

Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin. Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable streak, one that ensnared him in the perilous underworld of drugs and guns. When Jennifer failed to show up for work on August 18, 2005, her mother became frightened. Sharon Cave's search led to Colton's West Campus apartment, where Jennifer's family discovered a scene worthy of the grisliest horror movie. Meanwhile, Colton Pitonyak was nowhere to be found.

A Descent Into Hell is the gripping true story of one of the most brutal slayings in UT history—and the wild "Bonnie and Clyde-like" flight from justice of a cold-blooded young killer and his would-be girlfriend, who claimed that her unquestioning allegiance to Pitonyak was "just the way I roll."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:01 -0400)

A journalistic account of the murder investigation of Colton Pitonyak for the 2005 killing of Jennifer Cave in Austin, Texas.

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