THE ROAD OUT OF HELL: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders
Author: Anthony Flacco
Published: November 3, 2009 by Union Square Press at Sterling Publishing
Category: Historical True Crime
Main Character: Sanford Clark, Winnie Clark, Jessie Clark, June Clark, Gordon Stewart Northcott
This book traces the infamous Wineville Murders of 1926 to 1928, made famous by the Clint Eastwood film, "Changeling." The story focuses on thirteen-year-old Sanford Clark, kidnapped from his home in Canada by his mother's brother, Stewart Northcott, who spirited him away to the desert of Southern California for a two-year turn on the Wineville "murder ranch." The story is told from a highly subjective point of view as Sanford endures his imprisonment, fights for his sanity after he is forced to kill, and then spends the next sixty-three years battling his memories and his inner demons in order to live as a decorated war hero, a doting husband of fifty years and a father of two adopted boys, as well as a man loved by his community even though they knew all about his past.