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To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder

The case was closed, but for journalist Nancy Rommelmann, the mystery remained: What made a mother want to murder her own children? On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for blood, Amanda was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison.Embarking on a seven-year quest for the truth, Rommelmann traced the roots of Amandas fury and desperation through thousands of pages of records, withheld documents, meetings with lawyers and convicts, and interviews with friends and family who felt shocked, confused, and emotionally swindled by a woman whose entire life was now defined by an unspeakable crime. At the heart of that crime: a tempestuous marriage, a family on the fast track to self-destruction, and a myriad of secrets and lies as dark and turbulent as the Willamette River. In To the Bridge, Nancy Rommelmann takes what many consider the most unforgivable of crimesa mother set on murdering her own childrenand delivers something thoughtful and provocative: a deeply reported, sensitively told, all-too-relevant tragedy of addiction and codependency, toxic masculinity, and capricious justice. You wont be able to look awaynor should any of us. Robert Kolker, New York Times bestselling author of Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery How do you understand the not understandable and forgive the unforgivable? So asks one of the characters in this clear-eyed investigation into something we all turn away from. To the Bridge is a tour de force of both journalism and compassion, in the lineage of such masterpieces as In Cold Blood and The Executioners Song. Word by word, sentence by sentence, Rommelmanns writing is that good. And so is her heart. Nick Flynn, PEN/Martha Albrand Awardwinning author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City...

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  • Susan

    Well Written

    The author did a good job telling this story. Sometimes true crime stories can get a bit boring with transcripts and trial testimony. This book flowed nicely.

    Unfortunately, this is a sad story about so many messed up people.

    Amanda is where she deserves to be "prison". I do believe she has some form of mental illness but she knew right from wrong. Not like in the case of Yates, who is severely mentally ill.

    The thing that really makes me mad is that Jason was not held responsible fo
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  • Faye

    This book was a quick, but painful read.

    This was very poorly written and edited. The author clearly spent little to no time planning this book, which is crazy, as she worked on it over the course of years. Rommelmann tries really hard to insert herself into the narrative, which I find to be super unnecessary in this case. The author couldn't manage to get any of the major parties involved in the crime to contribute in any way. Both Jason and Amanda (as well as any of their close family) refused
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  • Kathleen

    I chose this book as one of the Kindle first-reads. It caught my eye because I remember this event well when I was living in Portland, and connected with it because my youngest was also four years old, the same age as Eldon, who was murdered by his mother. Looking back it was also kind of amazing how quickly the event dropped out of the news cycle, so I was interested to learn more details about the events leading up to and after the incident. The facts presented here are well-researched and the ...more

  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M

    I rarely read “true crime” because so often the stories end up as cheesy Lifetime movies or Hollywood clunkers starring Harrison Ford in a moment of lèse majesté. The other problem I found in the few I sampled was the overt sensationalism from first to last, reminiscent of the National Enquirer headlines.

    But that was then, and now I decided to try true crime again. I admit I had no particular interest in discovering why the subject of this tale killed her children, or approached the topic with a
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  • Monisha

    I picked this up wanting to try to understand how any mother could want to kill her children. After reading this I am still wondering how. It's a detailed account of the life and struggles of the mother and father and provides various perspectives of the situation but the heart of the matter is never quite resolved or understood. Guess that's real life.

  • Marion

    Waste of Ink & Paper

    There's not much in this book you can't find doing some Googling on the Internet. Heavy on reruns of already published information and devoid of anything new except for the author's opinions and a few quotes from the son of the murderer at the very end of the book. She pretty much glides right on past the two central issues of the story: domestic violence and related meth/drug abuse.

    I've read true crime books for over 30 years, and this was the most mediocre book in the g
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  • Nicole G.

    Another Kindle First (or whatever they call them now) that straddled the line between good and mediocre.

    True crime is one of my go-to genres when choosing reading material. I'm morbidly fascinated by people who murder, so I especially chose this one as it purported to answer the question, Why did this woman attempt (and in one instance, succeed) to murder her children?

    I have a vague recollection of Stott-Smith, but there have been other stories of mothers pressing children into water - Andrea Ya
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  • Monica

    This is not my type of story at all but it was a kindle first read and I needed to read a book for my reading on true crime so I gave it a try. This book is short but it was not easy to get through. First of all it just made me sad that people like this exist in the world. Amanda had many problems and had an abusive husband but this in no way excuses what she did. Especially in this day an age when their is so much support and so much recognition of mental health issues. It made me sad for the k ...more