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									Judgment Ridge
Author: Dick Lehr
Author: Mitchell Zuckoff
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A riveting investigation of the brutal murders of two Dartmouth professors — — a book that, like In Cold
Blood, reveals the chilling reality behind a murder that captivated the nation. On a cold night in January
2001, the idyllic community of Dartmouth College was shattered by the discovery that two of its most
beloved professors had been hacked to death in their own home. Investigators searched helplessly for
clues linking the victims, Half and Susanne Zantop, to their murderer or murderers. A few weeks later,
across the river, in the town of Chelsea, Vermont, police cars were spotted in front of the house of high
school senior Robert Tulloch. The police had come to question Tulloch and his best friend, Jim Parker.
Soon , the town discovered the incomprehensible reality that Tulloch and Parker, two of Chelsea's
brightest and most popular sons, were now fugitives, wanted for the murders of Half and Susanne Zantop.
Authors Mitchell Zuckoff and Dick Lehr provide a vivid explication of a murder that captivated the nation,
as well as dramatic revelations about the forces that turned two popular teenagers into killers. Judgement
Ridge conveys a deep appreciation for the lives (and the devastating loss) of Half and Susanne Zantop,
while also providing a clear portrait of the killers, their families, and their community — and, perhaps, a
warning to any parent about what evil may lurk in the hearts of boys.
Excerpt

At just past ten on a cool summer night, Andrew Patti nestled with his eleven-year-old son on a worn blue
sofa in the living room of their Vermont vacation home. Burning logs hissed and popped in the red-brick
fireplace as Patti read aloud to Andy Jr. from an adventure story about a hunter pursuing a wise and
elusive buck.Bam-bam-bam-bam-bam. A staccato burst of pounding on the front door interrupted him in
mid-sentence.Startled, Patti rose to his feet, silently motioning to Andy to stay put. It was too late for
visitors, and the knocks were too sharp, too insistent to come from the hand of a friend. Someone must
be in trouble or looking for trouble.As Patti stood, he reached under the untucked hem of his work shirt for
the nine-millimeter Glock pistol he always wore on his right hip. With a quick flip of his thumb, he
unsnapped the safety latch and slid the matte black gun from its leather holster. Patti walked slowly to
the door, holding the Glock out of sight, tucked close against the right rear pocket of his faded jeans.With
his empty left hand he pushed aside the blind covering the nine small windows on the upper half of the
door. On his front porch stood a young man Patti had never seen before. He was about six feet tall,
lanky, dressed in a white T-shirt, black cargo pants, and black military boots. The young man -- maybe in
his late teens, Patti thought -- leaned in close, his hot breath leaving vapor clouds on the glass. His
hands were half-clenched like bear claws, his eyes wide and intense. The weak rays of a bug-yellow
porch light cast a sickly glare on his pale skin."What's up?" Patti asked roughly."I have car trouble. Can
you help me out?" the stranger answered just as roughly.They stood for a moment face to face, inches
apart, separated by only a pane of glass, each waiting to see what the other would do.Andrew Patti was
forty-seven, a trim, good-looking man of medium height, with thick, dark hair flecked with gray. He was a
lifelong New Yorker with the accent and toothpick-chewing habit to prove it. Though raised in a cookie-
cutter suburb of tract houses and strip malls, as a teenager Patti had grown enchanted by the mountains
and forests of Vermont. As his only child and namesake approached manhood, Patti wanted Andy to
know the embrace of untamed woods, the snap of a fish latching onto a hook, the smell of fresh-cut
trees, the ping of a tin can pierced by a well-aimed bullet.Patti and his wife, Diane, also forty-seven and a
native New Yorker, lived and worked on Long Island, running an agency that provided services for infants
and toddlers with special needs. It was successful enough to allow them to purchase their getaway home
in the town of Vershire, on the eastern side of Vermont, halfway between Massachusetts and Canada.
Vershire's name was an amalgam of Vermont and New Hampshire, owing to the abundance of hills
offering views from the former to the latter, some fifteen miles away across the Connecticut River.One of
the hills was called Judgment Ridge, named for a defunct ski area once located there. Judgment Ridge
was less than a mile from the Pattis' house, just off the main road that connected the neighboring town of
Chelsea to Interstate 91. Once on the interstate, it was a short drive south to Hanover, New Hampshire,
home of Dartmouth College, and from there to the world beyond.Vershire was best known to outsiders as
home to The Mountain School, a private school that doubled as a working farm, allowing high school
students to combine traditional studies with lessons on sustainable rural living. Vershire also was a
magnet for second-home owners...
Author Bio
Dick Lehr
Dick Lehr joined the Boston Globe in 1986. Lehr has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has won the
Hancock and Loeb awards, among others. He is the co-author of The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a
Mafia Family and Black Mass. Black Mass won the MWA's 2001 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.


Mitchell Zuckoff
Mitchell Zuckoff's honors include the 2000 Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of
Newspaper Editors. His book Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey was a Boston Globe bestseller and won
the Christopher Award.
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