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Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base

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A deadly shooting spree and a military aviation disaster—a compelling true story of mental illness, mass murder, heroes and humanity.

On 20 June 1994, a disturbed former airman shot his mental-health doctors before opening fire on the patrons and staff of an Air Force hospital. Four days later, a B-52 bomber crashed while performing air-show maneuvers, killing her crew and a pilot who was known for his reckless flying. The shooting spree and the plane crash occurred suddenly... but not without warning.

This suspenseful narrative-nonfiction book is the work of former Air Force criminal investigator, Andy Brown. Drawing from years of research and interviews with the people who witnessed the tragedies unfold, Brown tells their story with cinematic clarity and detail. A cautionary tale that reveals the warning signs of impending violence and the missed opportunities to avert disaster. A story of ordinary men and women who were thrust into the role of life-saving first responders, victims who fought to survive, and survivors who fought for answers, accountability and change. In a parallel story line, Brown, the military policeman who ended the gunman's killing spree, reveals how he had prepared for the lethal-force encounter, describes his experience with the deadly gunfight and offers a candid insight into the hidden cost of becoming a "hero."

If you appreciate well-told stories of humanity and heroism, listen to this true story of mental illness, mass murder, and aviation disaster.

"A highly readable book ... from a unique source. Recommended for a wide audience." —Best-selling true-crime author, Ron Franscell

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