True Crime by Ray Stanton and Debi Stanton

Waynesville, Indiana: Mother’s Day, Murder and Mayhem by Ray Stanton and Debi Stanton

Murders on May 11, 2013.

The 911 call came in a little after 10:30 p.m. “There’s blood everywhere,” Daniel told the 911 operator. “I just walked in and there’s two, I have two bodies here, and I think they have both been shot. There’s blood everywhere.”

Daniel gave the 911 operator his location. He explained to him, “There might be three, because I can’t find my mom either.” He told the operator that the house looked like it had been ransacked. “There was a fight here.” Daniel said.

Katheryn Burton was shot and stabbed four times. Each of the other victims: Aaron Cross, Tommy Smith and Shawn Burton were shot at least twice.

Samuel Sallee has been convicted and sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for the brutal murders that changed one young man’s life forever. The next day was Mother’s Day!

“That guy killed my whole family,” said Daniel Burton, the son of Katheryn Burton. “I think I’ve earned a front-row seat to watch him die. I’d lump him together with Hitler, because I can’t think of anyone else who is that evil!”

Daniel Burton:

“The Trial was my family’s story.

This is mine.”

Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers’ Favorite

“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.”

Product Details:
Hardcover: 260 Pages
October 6, 2017
Genre: Murder & Mayhem True Accounts

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About The Author: Author Debi Stanton lives in Scipio, Indiana with her husband, Ray and their four adorable canines: Toby, Scarlett, Dottie and Bella Graycee.

Debi has a son, Dustin and a daughter, Casey. Debi has several grandchildren, and four step-children and two step-grandchildren.

She has an Associates Degree in Business from IVY Tech State College; an Associates Degree in Science in Computer Information Systems from IVY Tech State College; Bachelors of Science in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University; Masters in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University; and a Masters in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Debi is the owner of Pen It! Publications. She is Editor in Chief of Pen It! Magazine which has over 15 published books. She directs writers groups, conferences and loves teaching others about writing.

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