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You didn't have to work inside the local media to be deeply affected by what happened as the year 2000 gave way to 2001.

Everyone who lived within sight of Pikes Peak, from any direction, reacted with shock to the news of the horrific murders of a 15-year-old boy and his two grandparents in Guffey. Later came the revelations that a group of Palmer High School students had been responsible, setting off more shock waves in and around the area.

Most of us, journalists or not, were simply spectators.

Kathryn Eastburn went further. Much further. Her dedication to the story led her on countless trips to Park County and the courthouse in Fairplay, and resulted in numerous Independent articles. Later, as she developed a deeper knowledge of the case and the families involved, the longtime Indy editor became inspired to share it all in her first book.

Simon Says will go on sale next week, but our cover package in this issue provides advance insights: Cara DeGette's interview with Eastburn, a review by Jill Thomas and an excerpt from the book itself, plus a list of Eastburn's planned readings and signings.

Seven years later, the story is as chilling as it ever was.


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