Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away

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Murder in the Stacks Penn State Betsy Aardsma and the Killer Who Got Away On Nov Betsy Aardsma a year old graduate student in English at Penn State was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the university s main campus in State College For than
  • Title: Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away
  • Author: David DeKok
  • ISBN: 9780762780877
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Nov 28, 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a 22 year old graduate student in English at Penn State, was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the university s main campus in State College For than forty years, her murder went unsolved, though detectives with the Pennsylvania State Police and local citizens worked tirelessly to find her killer The mystery was e On Nov 28, 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a 22 year old graduate student in English at Penn State, was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the university s main campus in State College For than forty years, her murder went unsolved, though detectives with the Pennsylvania State Police and local citizens worked tirelessly to find her killer The mystery was eventually solved after the death of the murderer This book will reveal the story behind what has been a scary mystery for generations of Penn State students and explain why the Pennsylvania State Police failed to bring her killer to justice.More than a simple true crime story, the book weaves together the events, culture, and attitudes of the late 1960s, memorializing Betsy Aardsma and her time and place in history.
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    I finished this book yesterday, well at 2 AM, and I ve been pondering what to rate it There were times when the author seemed to repeat things already presented in other chapters which was sometimes annoying Other times the timeline was confusing I ve been pondering if the motivation propelling me forward in the book was the writing or the content I was a Penn State freshman, living at home, when this murder occurred I have nervous memories of searching for books in the dark, narrow aisles of th [...]

    This is a true crime story about a murder committed in Penn State Library, and the strange sequence of events that prevented the killer from being apprehended One thing that struck me about Murder in the Stacks is the incredible amount of research that went into its writing DeKok has spoken to everyone possible connected with this story and gleaned valuable information about the case The killer is likely turning in his grave at the public airing of all his indiscretions, as he had a high opinion [...]

    Content Note This novel although not this review contains descriptions of murder, violence, sexual crimes, and sexual crimes against children Please take care of yourself and evaluate your desire to read accordingly.I really liked this book, but it comes with a few caveats First If you like your True Crime to have actual police forensic work supporting the book s naming of a killer, this book will gravely disappoint you Second, if you like your and the criminal paid for his crimes to be all neat [...]

    Initially, I was not sure this would be my kind of book I like my mysteries solved However, it is a fascinating recounting of a murder in the stacks of the Library at Penn State in 1969, and speculation about who committed it and why it has gone officially unsolved all these years later A young graduate student was apparently stabbed in the heart in the library, while other students nearby heard practically nothing no screams or calls for help When a man ran past some other students and said Som [...]

    Murder in the Stacks primarily holds interest for its setting in State College, PA It documents the supposedly unsolved murder of 22 year old student Betsy Aarsdma that occurred in late November 1969 The author conducted painstaking research on the victim s short life, and the author pinpoints a suspect Following the accusation, the author spends two thirds of the book documenting how the suspect is most definitely the killer And not also was he the killer, he was a really bad person, and most d [...]

    This book could have been as good as Devil in the White City It had a great story and some fascinating twists However, it needs severe editing The text often repeated facts There were whole chapters on irrelevant topics that the author just seemed interested in and since he had researched them, he thought we would be, too the history of Holland possible Manson connection The timeline skipped around too much, which led to repetition of facts and quotes The author kept referring to himself, as if [...]

    This is a chilling true story of a murder in the Penn State library that went unsolved for decades The incompetence and bungling of this entire investigation is mind boggling, and something that should never, ever have happened There were a few sincere police officers who tried their best, but were swamped by the sheer scale of the situation A very scary thought for me was that a few years after this murder, I myself was researching in those same stacks, and never realized what had happened ther [...]

    While there were some issues here and there with repetition, overall I can t really blame the author for that In all, I think he did the best he could in depicting a case that just seemed to be an entire mess of wrong time situations That s not even including the insanity attached to the most likely culprit In all, an impressive relation of the events, contextual information, and detective work.

    The first third of this book is an entertaining true crime read The remainder is a hot mess of speculation I stopped reading when the author suggested his suspect may have had contact with Charles Manson, though of course there is no evidence that this occurred iIt seems even the author feels his assertions are pretty thin.

    Well researched and well writtenMy wife was a Penn State undergraduate in 1974 and heard only whispered rumors of what happened in the library in 1969 This book put light to what probably happened and who probably committed the murder A solidly researched book.

    This book just didn t hold my interest Was very repetitive I didn t need 20 chapters to tell me how nice of a person Betsy was.

    A book needs either a good writer or a good editor This book had neither The author s complete lack of objectivity on every level made it a tiresome read Tossing it in the donate pile.

    The author wrote as if he knew who the killer was disappointing to discover he had a strong opinion but the man who he thought was the killer was never convicted.

    As a Penn State student I was always intrigued with the story of Betsy Aardsma, the seemingly innocent student who was savagely murdered in the library stacks on November 28, 1969 The murder would go unsolved and no one ever saw justice in a court of law I always though this story was bizarre and circumstances surrounding her death were so full of decades of rumors that it was hard to distinguish the truth no matter how many articles and interviews I read I studied in the stacks times than I ca [...]

    This book rocks because it contains so much information about Penn State and involve people that I know during the murder of Betsy Aardsma in the Pattee library at Penn State University in 1969 Roger Cuffey, Hiroshi Ohmoto, Charlie Hosler, Carol Vonada, Hu Barnes, the Geosc Dept, etcc I was amused with the story of Miss Marple Mary Willard who my husband acutually knew and I was unaware of the trend of terrible murders during that same year the Manson murders, Zodiac, Coed murders, Ohio State, e [...]

    If you want a quick read this book is not for you If you want an well researched crime novel this book IS for you In 1969, Betsy Aardema was murdered in the stacks of the Patee Library at Penn State Not only a crime story, DeKok really gives you a feel of how it was in the 1960 s An interesting theory which is never proven is that Ted Bundy possibly could have killed Aardema He was around Penn State at the time and Betsy was his victim of type petite brunette with her hair parted in the middle T [...]

    I really don t know what to say about this book, other than Thank You to David DeKok for writing it and bringing attention to a woman who was from my city and brutally murdered as a college student over 40 years ago He wrote this well it wasn t just a straight out true crime novel, he told the story, in great detail of how this murder was left unsolved for so long He gave an excellent insight into the investigation, the college where the murder took place, into the woman who was murdered and int [...]

    I was a student at Penn State in the late 70s and early 80s It was common knowledge among students that a murder occurred in the stacks at some earlier time, but the details were obscure Everyone had their own version of the story Dave DeKok does a great job of presenting the details and bringing the case to light Betsy Aardsma did not deserve her fate, and Richard Haefner s life proves that monsters do exist This book should interest any Penn State alum and fans of true crime stories A terrific [...]

    The book is very well researched, but it lacks flow It reads too much like a scholarly work and less like your typical True Crime book This is not necessarily a bad thing there are parts of this book that are riveting, but for the most part it s rather slow and tedious I am not a fan of Penn State University, but this book also seems to have an agenda to it the author seems pretty intent on dragging the university s name through the mud yet again All in all, it s a good book It s not a page turn [...]

    As a Penn State alumnae from a family of Penn Staters, I learned about the murder in the library long before I attended college there And I did think about it the few times I had to venture far into the stacks It was interesting to learn about Betsy as a person, than just a victim of a horrific crime My one complaint is that after the author went into the details of the murder and the immediate aftermath, the book started to drag for me I think it could have done with some editing.

    True crime in a library setting Sounds like a great combination but the style was dry and there was too much speculation for my tastes The amount of speculation wasn t entirely the authors fault, due to the gross mishandling of the case at the time there really isn t much in the way of solid facts or evidence to build on In the end it s kind of like a car without an engine, it s not going to get anywhere.

    It s a hard book to grade An interesting story that I had not heard of It shows a culture of secrecy at Penn State that we thought only existed during Jerry Sandusky s saga Overall, book is below average I hate to say that because writer put a tremendous amount of research into this The writing left something to be desired There was really too much information, too many names, places, etc If you like true crime or have an interest in Penn State, it s worth picking up.

    A true crime book that reads like fiction Betsy Aardsma is stabbed in the library at Penn State in 1969 and the case goes unsolved for over 30 years A professor who remains silent about encountering the assailant causes this cold case to go unsolved Quite the unbelievable story Truth is stranger than fiction.

    I couldn t finish this one It had potential but the author rambled on for pages about what I thought was irrelevant I didn t want to hear about how many books this library has compared to other university library.

    Scary thought.going to the library and getting murdered Interesting and detailed, the author did a thorough research Sad to think the case was so mishandled but as they had no idea it was murder, not surprising.

    Finally, an answer to a murder that generations of Penn State students heard and wondered about Hopefully now the university has protocols in place so that potential crimes scenes are no longer tainted.

    Filled with fascinating details about a victim, her killer, and the investigators who attempted to find him, Murder in the Stacks is a highly intelligent, sensitive, and gripping account of a criminal investigation gone awry.

    Heard David DeKok speak at Emmaus Library Dolly our librarian had actually been working in the Penn State Library the day of the library Bought the book and am enjoying it Amazing how some things never change Not a pretty picture re Penn State

    Great book Kept my interest all the way Ending was rather anti climactic, but seemed like it had to be I would recomend this book for those interested in true crime and higher ed.

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