Author: Eileen Bennett
“Amanda’s Voice 2nd ED is a journey of trauma, tragedy and forgiveness. It is the story of a massacre of an entire family—with the exception of one sibling, teenager Amanda Bennett. In this book, her grandmother, Eileen Bennett, a retired newspaper reporter, relates the story of the murders in chilling detail—the May 2006 night that Amanda lost her mother Wendy, 35; brother Scotty, 12; and sister Melanie, 6. Their husband and father, Scott Sr., 40, had shot them as they slept before turning the gun on himself. It is through Amanda, who lives her life with the strength, dignity and forgiveness rarely seen in one so young, that the rest of the family finds hope and forgiveness. For Eileen and her husband Chick, a retired police officer, it is a journey that leads them to the New Jersey Statehouse in 2007, where they joined other victims’ families, me, and other anti-death penalty advocates in the successful move to abolish the death penalty in New Jersey. What could have been a story of revenge and bitterness instead tells the tale of the power of forgiveness in the human spirit.” Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” which was nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize.
Eileen Bennett, author of Silver Strands, has a thirty year history working in the New Jersey newspaper business as a reporter and editor. When the hit TV show, “Boardwalk Empire” began to capture the imagination of viewers everywhere, she added one more designation to her resume, that of blogger, by creating a blog about the series for The Press of Atlantic City, thus reaching hundreds of thousands of readers online and finding a creative way to promote her own books through her by-line.
Proving the old adage that truth can be stranger than fiction, Eileen’s first novel for Fireside, Amanda’s Voice, was a best seller chronicling the murder/suicide of her daughter’s family and still outsells newer books as a Kindle ebook. After it’s publication, she worked alongside Sister Helen Prejean, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of Dead Man Walking who wrote the intro to Amanda’s Voice, to successfully eliminate the death penalty in the state of New Jersey.