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  • Under the Trestle

  • The 1980 Disappearance of Gina Renee Hall & Virginia’s First “No Body” Murder Trial
  • By: Ron Peterson Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

Under the Trestle is the true story of the most compelling murder case in Virginia history. In 1980, beautiful Gina Renee Hall, a Radford University freshman, went to a Virginia Tech nightclub on a Saturday night. She was never seen again. Her abandoned car was found parked beneath a railroad trestle bridging the New River, with blood in the trunk. The investigation led police to a secluded cabin on Claytor Lake, where there was evidence of a violent attack. Former Virginia Tech football player Stephen Epperly was charged with murder, despite the fact that Gina's body was never found. 

In Virginia's "trial of the century", prosecutor Everett Shockley presented an entirely circumstantial case. Key witnesses against Epperly included his best friend, his mother, and a tracking dog handler later believed by many to be a fraud. Three former Virginia Tech football players testified, including a Hokies quarterback once featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Would Epperly become the first person in Virginia history convicted of murder without the victim's body, an eyewitness, or a confession? And would authorities ever find the body of Gina Renee Hall?

©2018 Ron Peterson, Jr. (P)2019 Tantor

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  • David Lane
  • 03-04-19

Beat Audiobook I’ve ever heard!

Under The Trestle is an incredible true story. An excellent book and the narrator did an incredible job. I highly recommend it!

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  • Kim Dulaney
  • 05-04-19

Gripping!!

I could not put this book down. It was easy to imagine working right along with everyone trying to find Gina.

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  • Paula
  • 09-05-19

Excellent Research/Compelling Story

I live within a few miles of the murder, and am impressed with the detail and accuracy of the narrative. The characters are well developed and the story is well-written. I don't write many reviews, but this book deserves a recommendation. Well -worth the credit.

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  • Dawn Tyler
  • 12-07-19

Great book. Narrator not so good.

This book was very good however I didn’t so much like the narrator. He hung on the last word of every sentence and said it like he was reading a romance novel. So if you don’t mind listening to someone who finishes his sentences like he just ate an awesome piece of chocolate then by all means enjoy.

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  • Frank A. Edgar Jr.
  • 23-07-19

Outstanding account of historic case

I truly enjoyed this book. I found it detailed but easily readable. The author kept the story moving in a way that reminded me of books by Erik Larson. He followed through on all topics raised, leaving no strand of the story untended. I am looking forward to reading Peterson’s next book! And the story was made even more enjoyable by the reader, whose voice and cadence showed off the meaty substance of the author’s prose.

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  • jilixi
  • 21-07-19

Meh

The story itself is pretty interesting but the writing is lacking. The descriptions are very basic and do nothing to draw you in and set the scene. The narrator has a pretty neutral voice which is fine, but he doesn’t have a lot to work with. The narration would be better if the writing itself were better. I would not recommend this one.

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  • Kimberly
  • 17-05-19

excellent telling of the crime and a trial first

narration- excellent, writing is great with lots of interesting detail, and told very well- highly recommend

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  • A. Stowe
  • 09-04-19

A Fascinating Dissection of a Murder Conviction with No Body

This book is a fascinating painstakingly detailed account of Virginia’s first murder conviction with no body. The thorough pre-DNA police work, prosecution and defense, and appeals are explained in detail. With this book you feel you really know the accused, the victim, and the families of both. It’s a heartbreaking story that grips the entire community for decades as the search for the body continues. The reading of the book is outstanding. I highly recommend this true crime book.

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  • Judy
  • 13-05-19

Evil Incarnate

Good telling of a nasty story.

Kyle Tait's narration is well-suited to the reading of the grim facts. Kudos for his correct pronunciation of the word "erred", (made a mistake) where the sound rhymes with "herd". Most people mispronounce it as "aired".
One quibble: the concluding "s" on most of his words sounds more like an afterthought, as in, "official-s" or "event-s", almost as if he recognizes only at the last second that there is an "s" at the end of the word.

Author Peterson presents a meticulously-researched outline of the ugly events of that summer evening.
One more quibble: the term "jurist" refers to an official of the court, e.g. judge or lawyer. Members of the jury are "jurors".

Here's hoping that Epperly is never released.

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  • M Turner
  • 23-04-19

Couldn't Stop Reading

This is one of those books you just can't stop reading! Every moment left me wanting more.

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