Book Review: Broken Doll

broken_doll_coverOn March 31, 1995, seven-year-old Roxanne Doll was abducted from her Everett, Washington home while she slept next to her younger sister. A week later, the child’s body was found in a brushy area buried under dirt and debris. She had been sexually assaulted and stabbed to death.

An intense murder investigation led police to Richard Clark, a petty criminal, alcoholic and drug abuser who would eventually be convicted of Roxanne’s murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2006 following a decade-plus-long litigious rollercoaster. Clark, a family friend, had taken the girl from her bedroom after partying with her father, Tim Iffrig, that same evening and would join Tim for a camping trip the following morning, where Iffrig learned of Roxanne’s disappearance.

Acclaimed true crime author Burl Barer covers the Doll story with his 2004 book, Broken Doll. Featuring interviews with Roxanne’s parents and others close to the case, the book documents the events leading up to that tragic night in March as well as the constant legal maneuvering utilized by Clark’s defense team before, during and after the trial – resulting in numerous delays in court proceedings. Also detailed is Clark’s previous conviction for unlawful imprisonment after he tied up a four-year-old girl in his aunt’s garage in 1988.

Broken Doll reaches its conclusion during an extended delay in Clark’s second death-penalty-sentencing trial (his first death sentence was thrown out in 2001). The convicted child killer would reach an agreement with prosecutors in 2006 that spared his life in exchange for Clark’s admission that he had murdered Roxanne.

Also included in Broken Doll are 16 pages of photos related to the Roxanne Doll case.

You can purchase Broken Doll via the Kensington Books website at this link or visit Burl Barer’s official website here.

(Special thanks to Vida Engstrand and Morgan Elwell at Kensington Books)

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