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When the Hammer Came Down: The Murder of the Bryan Harvey Family and a Meditation on Fame, the Music Industry, and the American Dream by [Orlet, Chris]
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When the Hammer Came Down: The Murder of the Bryan Harvey Family and a Meditation on Fame, the Music Industry, and the American Dream Kindle Edition


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Length: 78 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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On New Year’s Day 2006, Bryan Harvey and his family were brutally murdered in their home in Richmond, VA, during what is now known the 2006 Richmond Spree Murders. Harvey, the dark, brooding front man for the indie 1980s-90s band House of Freaks, was a singer-songwriter with a voice like a cracker John Lennon and a flair for writing Flannery O’Connoresque lyrics. With percussionist Johnny Hott, the duo enjoyed nominal success with the MTV generation, but by the mid-90s the Freaks had grown disillusioned with a changing, bottom-line obsessed music industry. Bryan Harvey opted to settle down with his story-book family (his “Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife”), leaving behind his professional music career.

The killers, Ricky “Coolie” Gray and his nephew Ray “Lucky” Dandridge, both 29, were dropouts, drug addicts, ex-cons, small time thieves, as well as childhood victims of sexual abuse. On New Year's Day, 2006, they drove into Richmond’s peaceful, middle-class enclave of Woodland Heights looking for a house to rob. Finding the Harvey’s front door ajar, the two men entered the home and committed the unthinkable: a random, brutal, senseless murder of the Harveys and their two young daughters (one of many committed that week by Gray and Dandridge). To this day, Richmonders find the senseless brutality of the crime hard to fathom and impossible to forget.

Crime writer Chris Orlet delivers a haunting account of two Americas, one where the American Dream is still very much alive, and another where life in America is a horrible nightmare, and that fateful morning when those two Americas collided.

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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent short form true crime, scary and heartbreaking
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