Working for Justice: One Family’s tale of Murder, Betrayal, and Healing

A True Crime Memior by Amy B. Chesler

Synopsis: When beloved educator Hadas Winnick was murdered, her sleepy, affluent hometown of Calabasas was rocked to the core. More shocking than her killing, though, was the process of convicting her admittedly guilty murderer. Calabasas is a quiet, well-to-do California town often referred to as “The Bubble”. But on September 25th, 2007, that bubble burst with the murder of one of its longtime residents – high school math teacher Hadas Winnick. The upscale community was rocked by her gruesome death, but as shocking as the tragedy seemed, the years of abuse she faced that preceded it were more so. Even more devastating still, was the effort and time it took to sentence her murderer to prison, and the power that our systems-in-place allowed him while on his way there. Follow Hadas’ daughter, award-winning blogger Amy Chesler, on her often heart-wrenching – but eventually heartwarming – road to justice.

I won this book in a contest of sorts, so I just wanted to thank the absolutely lovely author for sending me a copy of her book! And thank everyone else that played the game for getting more of the answers wrong than I did!

I had heard brief tidbits of Amy’s story before reading her book —I’ve been following her on Instagram for awhile, and actually just recently became aware of her story— but I honestly had no idea what her full story entailed. And oh my goodness, I can’t even imagine how horrifying it must have been for her to have to go through what she did!

Her writing is absolutely fantastic! I loved how she wrote her story, she’s such an eloquent writer with amazing storytelling abilities. She truly made the book feel like you had a friend confiding in you, her tone felt so warm and welcoming while sharing such a heart breaking story. You can’t help but just feel for Amy and her Mother and everyone around them who was effected by the horrendous actions of her Brother.

I admire and am in absolute awe of her strength, and her positive outlook throughout all of this horrible loss and devastating betrayal. She’s so inspiring and you can tell that she gets that strength from her mother. This book brought out so many emotions, I got choked up and cried a few times while reading her story.

I believe her brother is up for parole this year, and I honestly don’t understand why! He deserves life in prison, the legal system is so confusing and damn frustrating! I don’t understand how he only got fifteen to life. But I am hoping and praying that justice will prevail and that it will get instantly denied.

I highly suggest everyone reads this story, it is so beautifully written. It sheds light on the very serious problems in the mental health systems and the criminal justice systems. Serious problems that need to change!

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