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A Far, Far Better Thing
Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction?
Co-Author Jens Soering, Co-Author Bill Sizemore
ISBN: 9781590565643
Book (Paperback)
Lantern Publishing & Media, Lantern Publishing & Media
$22.00
6 x 9
304 pages
February 15, 2017


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In 1985, socialites Derek and Nancy Haysom were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Boonsboro, Virginia. When suspicion turned to the Haysoms’ beautiful but troubled daughter, Elizabeth, and her German boyfriend, Jens Soering, their case became one of the most notorious in the Commonwealth’s history. After fleeing with Elizabeth to Europe, Jens ultimately confessed to the crime, under the illusion that as the son of a German consular official he’d be granted diplomatic immunity. He believed he was nobly sacrificing his life for love—just as Sydney Carton does for Lucie Manette in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Now published for the first time in English, Jens tells his side of the story: of how a naïve and reckless scholar fell into a world of deception, drugs, and ultimately murder. His compelling, revelatory account is accompanied by the painstaking analysis of Bill Sizemore, a journalist who’s followed the Soering case for over a decade. In parallel with the 2016 documentary film about the murders, called The Promise, A Far, Far Better Thing not only points to a miscarriage of justice, but also showcases the tragedy of misplaced love and a catastrophically foolish declaration.

Jens Soering is a German author who spent more than 33 years in American and British prisons for a double-murder he did not commit. After the discovery of new DNA evidence in 2016 he was released to Germany in 2019.
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Bill Sizemore retired in 2014 after a thirty-five-year career as a reporter with the Virginian-Pilot, the state’s largest-circulation newspaper. He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories on Blackwater, the private military company, and he received more than twenty-five awards from the Virginia Press Association. 

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