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Wasted: The Preppie Murder

Author: Linda Wolfe

Started: Jan. 1, 2021

Finished: Jan. 4, 2021

Jennifer Levin was found dead in Central Park and the NYPD found their suspect in Robert Chambers. Although they were both raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, they ended up on very different paths. Jennifer was a friendly empathetic person who had a bright future ahead of her while Robert was on the fast path to jail. Jennifer ended up dead and Robert ended up exactly where he belonged.

This case was huge when I was growing up in New York. You couldn't see a news program without hearing about the Preppie Murder. Wolfe did a wonderful job of telling the story of Jennifer and Robert's lives and how they slowly came to intertwine. Linda Wolfe takes us through Robert's lies and confession and how they played out in court. She also takes on the way the media and those who had an opinion on the case felt that "victim blaming" was the way to go because Jennifer was not a girl that sat there and was quiet.

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