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Author team of husband and wife Ray and Debi Stanton have taken great care in working with Daniel Burton, the lone survivor and witness to the Waynesville murders. They have also worked to corroborate as much of what he said as they were able. That all being said, please know up front that what Daniel Burton went through is a life changing ordeal and he was left without a support system to help him deal with what had happened. This is not a book to be read by anyone that might be triggered by his trauma. Waynesville, Indiana: Mother's Day, Murder & Mayhem is Daniel's story of what happened that night in May. These are his memories, thoughts and reflections on the people who died and the effect that it had on him.
Waynesville, Indiana: Mother's Day, Murder & Mayhem is a non-fiction book as it is a true event that happened in a very small town, if you can even call it that, just outside of Columbus. It is a true crime story in that it talks about the crime that was committed, but mostly this is Daniel's story. His mother and her long-time boyfriend were murdered, plus two others, and he was the one to find them and call 911. He was left all alone, his father having died years earlier. Authors Ray and Debi Stanton explain how they worked with Daniel and give you a real insight into how this event has affected him and left him to this day. He was left completely alone; no support system, no help, nothing to deal with what had just happened to his family. In some ways Daniel was the fifth victim of that night. This is a good story, but it could easily trigger sensitive readers.