This Week in America with Ric Bratton
27min2022 APR 22
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My Backyard Is Murder by John R. ScannellFrank and Isabel lived on their one-acre "little piece of heaven" for years, in the company of their three dogs, three cats, and abundant wildlife. Life, beneath the sheltering arms of dozens of 100-foot-tall trees-cedar, spruce, fir, and hemlock-changes when the forest south of their home is razed, and the developer deliberately severs the holding roots of five of Frank and Isabel's trees. Those five trees fall in a windstorm, crushing their shed, shattering the roof of their home, and killing their beloved Flat-Coated Retriever, Aria. Their "little piece of heaven" becomes hell. Turning to the authorities for help, Frank and Isabel hope against hope that the developer, or the law, or the agencies of justice will make some effort to make them whole-if that is even possible. It's a vain hope. Ultimately, they lose faith that the law and the agencies of justice are willing or able to act morally and ethically. This is the story about what happ...

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