Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder

Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder

Amy Butcher


during this robust and unforgettable memoir, award-winning author Amy Butcher examines the shattering outcomes of failing a pal while she felt he wanted one so much. 4 weeks earlier than their university commencement, twenty-one-year-old Kevin Schaeffer walked Amy Butcher to her domestic of their university city of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Hours after parting methods with Amy, he fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Emily Silverstein. whereas he used to be anticipating trial, psychiatrists concluded that he had suffered an acute psychotic holiday. even if significantly plagued by Kevin’s crime, Amy remained dedicated to him as a chum, believing that his activities have been the direct results of his untreated disease. over the years, she turned obsessed—determined to find the narrative that defined what Kevin had performed. The tragedy deeply shook her idea of truth, disrupted her moral sense, and dismantled each attainable concept she’d proven approximately herself and her relation to the realm. ultimately knowing that she could by no means have the solutions, or locate own peace, until she went after it herself, Amy again to Gettysburg—the first time in 3 years in view that graduation—to sift via countless numbers of pages of public documents: psychological future health reviews, detectives’ notes, inventories of facts, seek warrants, tales, or even Kevin’s personal confession.

Visiting Hours is Amy Butcher’s deeply own, heart-wrenching exploration of the way trauma impacts reminiscence and how a friendship adjustments and sometimes strengthens via probably insurmountable demanding situations. eventually, it’s a testomony to the bonds we percentage with others and the profound resilience and power of the human spirit.

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