On June 25, 1998, Anita Wooldridge (21) was taken from her parents’ home in broad daylight by a convicted rapist. For eight terrifying days, Anita was savagely beaten and raped by her captor, (Victor Thomas Steel) who locked her in a metal storage cabinet for hours at a time. With only a steadfast faith in God to comfort her, Anita refused to give up hope that she would be found. Eight Days in Darkness chronicles the shocking events of Anita’s kidnapping, including her transport across state lines, and the impressive efforts of local authorities and FBI agents which led to her rescue and the dramatic capture and conviction of her abductor. Anita’s story is still used today as a case study for prospective FBI agents, and Eight Days in Darkness paints a portrait of the real-life battle between good and evil.
MY THOUGHTS: I was really bored by this book. I didn’t find it paticularly interesting. Every page was the same as the one before it.
I’m very disappointed that the author didn’t explore the childhood of the rapist, Victor ‘Tom’ Steel. Any well written true
crime/biography/autobiography/memoir will have a through account of the perpetraters upbringing. We learned nothing much about Tom’s childhood, except that his father was abusive and that he has two siblings.
Tom had previously been imprisoned for ten years for raping another woman, long before he met Anita. But that couldn’t have been his first taste of crime. Most sex criminals have a history of voyeurism, stalking, obscene phone calls, something but we never learned of any because the author didn’t explore his past enough or interview him.
His mother was quite a character. I wanted to know more about her but was told nothing at all. What a disappointment. I found her to be the most interesting person in the book.