Where Hope Begins: One Family's Journey Out of Tragedy and the Reporter Who Helped Them Make It  -     By: Alysia Sofios
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Where Hope Begins: One Family's Journey Out of Tragedy and the Reporter Who Helped Them Make It

Pocket Books / 2008 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Pocket Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 1439131503
ISBN-13: 9781439131503
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Publisher's Description

The haunting and inspiring true story of a California reporter who adopts the family of abuse victims she’s covering—risking her job, and possibly her life.

On March 12, 2004, Marcus Wesson murdered nine of his seventeen children. To date, it is the worst mass murder in Fresno, California’s history. None of the children was allowed to go to school, go on a date, ride a bike, or play with friends. They lived in a social and emotional prison of their father’s creation, a prison that included decades-long physical, sexual, and mental abuse.

After being assigned to investigate the murders, FOX News reporter Alysia Sofios covered all aspects of the trial and conducted in-depth interviews with the remaining members of the Wesson family, quickly learning that the surviving female family members had nowhere to go and no one to help them. Torn between her journalistic objectivity and her personal desire to help these women, Sofios risked her job by taking them into her home and helping integrate them into society. Here, for the first time, Wesson’s wife and six of his surviving children tell their brutally honest account of what it was like growing up in the Wesson household and how they survived this life-altering ordeal.

Powerful, riveting, and truly a remarkable story, Into the Sun is a unique and intimate look at the resilience of the human spirit.

Author Bio

Alysia Sofios is an award-winning journalist who is known in the Fresno area for her exclusive stories about the Marcus Wesson murders. She was the first reporter to hear about the story from police and the only reporter to obtain interviews with most of Wesson’s family. She majored in journalism at Michigan State University, and in 2000, she became a reporter and anchor at a FOX affiliate in Lansing, Michigan. She was recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for her work covering the local impact of the Iraq War. She later accepted a reporting position in Fresno, California, where she remains as a reporter. She has covered the Scott Peterson and Marcus Wesson trials. Several of her stories have appeared on FOX News and CNN.

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