Life Detonated: The True Story of a Widow and a Hijacker


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Amberjack Publishing
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5.8 X 1.2 X 8.3 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

Kathleen Murray Moran holds a BA in Journalism and an MA in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She taught writing and literature at Suffolk Community College for twenty-five years. She is the co-founder of Survivors of the Shield (SOS) and was instrumental in passing legislation that led to former Governor Mario Cuomo's COPS program which protects the pension benefits of survivors, provides full scholarships for line of duty widows and children to all SUNY schools and a four year scholarship to St. John's University. Kathleen is a speaker, advocate, and tireless supporter of family members of police officers who have experienced loss. She lives on Long Island where she organizes writing and book groups. Kathleen is currently working on her first novel.


"A raw, somber emotional journey that concludes with hope and a measure of forgiveness." - Kirkus Reviews

--Kirkus Reviews

"An impressively candid, extraordinarily detailed, ultimately inspiring read from cover to cover, 'Life Detonated' is a consistently compelling and exceptionally personal story that is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections."

--Midwest Book Review

"In this inspiring memoir, Moran recounts her story of overcoming grief after the death of her husband, NYPD bomb squad member Brian Murray. On September 11, 1976, Murray died attempting to defuse a bomb that was planted in Grand Central Station by husband and wife Zvonko and Julie Busic, who were involved with the Croatian freedom fighters and later sentenced to life in prison for hijacking a TWA flight. After her husband's death, Moran looked to the NYPD's other bomb squad members for more information on how the detonation went wrong and why there appeared to be no safety equipment in use. They refused to speak, so she sued the city. Moran lost the suit, but refused to give up, and teamed up with other NYPD widows to successfully push for vital legislation that offer support and assistance to spouses of police officers. Moran's journey to overcome grief led her to begin a letter correspondence with Julie Busic. Seeking comfort in the source of her pain, Moran writes of their relationship, "Who would better understand what I went through than the person who put me there in the first place?" Moran, who founded the nonprofit organization Survivors of the Shield, shares a remarkable journey in this well-written debut."

--Publisher's Weekly