Murder by Family

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Murder by Family
Author Kent Whitaker
Cover artist Cover photo of Whitaker Family by Charles Foster, Jacket design by LUCAS Art & Design, Jenison, Michigan
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction, Memoir, True crime
Publisher Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Publication date
September 23, 2008
Media type print
Pages 224
ISBN 978-1-4165-7813-0
LC Class BV4529.17.W53 2008

Murder by Family a non-fiction true crime book written by Kent Whitaker.[1] The book was released on September 23, 2008 by Howard Books.


Murder by Family chronicles Thomas Bartlett Whitaker's attempts to have a hitman murder his parents and brother on 10 December 2003. The book also follows his father Kent Whitaker's spiritual journey of healing afterwards and forgiveness for his son.

Whitaker was refused a plea bargain in return for his admission of guilt and was sentenced to death[2] and currently resides in the Polunsky Unit,[3] Texas.

Whitaker took PEN's first prize in the essay in 2011 for “Hell's Kitchen”.[4]



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