Jane Doe January

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Jane Doe January

My Twenty-Year Search for Truth and Justice

Over two decades after she was sexually assaulted while a drama student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Emily Winslow’s serial attacker was brought to justice.

The mother of two children and a crime novelist was living in Cambridge, England, at the time and was shocked when the police contacted her in 2013 to informer her that the rapist had been arrested and was to be tried for the crime.

Winslow never thought she would see justice done in this long cold case but now she was given the opportunity to face her attacker and see him brought to trial. Using her expertise as a crime novelist Winslow delves into the man’s past, recounts with the detectives assigned her case and works with prosecutors in the months leading up to the courtroom appearance.

This is the intimate memoir of a woman whose traumatic past finally was resolved and justice finally served. In a striking honest narrative she walks her reader through this harrowing experience from the night of her attack to the techniques she used to cope with the attack.

It took a brave person to write this powerful and gut-wrenching story. Emily Winslow felt compelled to share her experience and this is a memoir that won’t soon be forgotten by those who read it.

Book Blurb for Jane Doe January

In the vein of Alice Sebold’s Lucky, comes a compelling, real-life crime mystery and gripping memoir of the cold case prosecution of a serial rapist, told by one of his victims.

On the morning of September 12, 2013, a fugitive task force arrested Arthur Fryar at his apartment in Brooklyn. His DNA, entered in the FBI’s criminal database after a drug conviction, had been matched to evidence from a rape in Pennsylvania years earlier. Over the next year, Fryar and his lawyer fought his extradition and prosecution for the rape—and another like it—which occurred in 1992. The victims—one from January of that year, the other from November—were kept anonymous in the media. This is the story of Jane Doe January.

Emily Winslow was a young drama student at Carnegie Mellon University’s elite conservatory in Pittsburgh when a man brutally attacked and raped her in January 1992. While the police's search for her rapist proved futile, Emily reclaimed her life. Over the course of the next two decades, she fell in love, married, had two children, and began writing mystery novels set in her new hometown of Cambridge, England. Then, in fall 2013, she received shocking news—the police had found her rapist.

This is her intimate memoir—the story of a woman’s traumatic past catching up with her, in a country far from home, surrounded by people who have no idea what she’s endured. Caught between past and present, and between two very different cultures, the inquisitive and restless crime novelist searches for clarity. Beginning her own investigation, she delves into Fryar’s family and past, reconnects with the detectives of her case, and works with prosecutors in the months leading to trial.

As she recounts her long-term quest for closure, Winslow offers a heartbreakingly honest look at a vicious crime—and offers invaluable insights into the mind and heart of a victim.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2016 4.00