The Unusual Suspect: The Rise and Fall of a Modern-Day Outlaw

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“A young man is arrested after attempting to purchase a gun in Vermont. He utilized fake identification and fled once his ruse failed. After hitting a vehicle on his escape, he was soon spotted by a police officer and pulled over. At this point, Stephen Jackley assumed this was a minor problem. Authorities in Vermont reached out to England…And from there the plot thickened.

Stephen was an unknown subject in multiple crimes perpetrated from September 2007 until early 2008. They ranged from an attempted robbery and burglary to actual robberies committed under disguise and with weapons. Once British Police searched Stephen’s room at his University, the puzzle pieces started to come together. What possessed a seemingly normal young man to engage on a crime spree, leaving trinkets at scenes, branding himself a modern-day Robin Hood? Were his motives selfish or more altruistic?

Author Ben Machell has written a moving biography/true crime narrative where he speaks to Stephen about his life, crimes, and motives. The reader may not agree with Stephen’s actions but will emerge with a deeper understanding of him than any newspaper blurb. The missed opportunities for Stephen and his life strike the most poignant notes. An animated human interest book.”

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Author Ben Machell
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publish Date 2021-Jan-19
ISBN 9780593129227 Buy this Book
Issue March 2021
Category History