A Descent Into Hell

A Descent Into Hell Bright attractive and both from good families University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning Cave an ex cheerleader had jus

  • Title: A Descent Into Hell
  • Author: Kathryn Casey
  • ISBN: 9780061230875
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning Cave, an ex cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big money scholarship to UT s prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable sBright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning Cave, an ex cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big money scholarship to UT s prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable streak, one that ensnared him in the perilous underworld of drugs and guns When Jennifer failed to show up for work on August 18, 2005, her mother became frightened Sharon Cave s search led to Colton s West Campus apartment, where Jennifer s family discovered a scene worthy of the grisliest horror movie Meanwhile, Colton Pitonyak was nowhere to be found.A Descent Into Hell is the gripping true story of one of the most brutal slayings in UT history and the wild Bonnie and Clyde like flight from justice of a cold blooded young killer and his would be girlfriend, who claimed that her unquestioning allegiance to Pitonyak was just the way I roll.

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    About "Kathryn Casey"

    1. Kathryn Casey

      A novelist and an award winning journalist, Kathryn Casey is the creator of the Sarah Armstrong mystery series and the author of eight highly acclaimed true crime books Her first novel, SINGULARITY, was one of Booklist s best crime novel debuts of 2009, and Library Journal chose the third, THE KILLING STORM, as one of the best books of 2010 In both books Casey s protagonist is a Texas Ranger profiler headquartered in Company A Her latest true crime book, DELIVER US, investigates the I 45 Texas Killing Field murders Kathryn Casey has appeared on Oprah, Oprah Winfrey s Oxygen Network, Court TV, Biography, Nancy Grace, E Network, TruTv, Investigation Discovery, The Travel Channel and AE She s written for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Reader s Digest, Texas Monthly, MORE, Ladies Home Journal, and many other publications Ann Rule calls Casey one of the best in the true crime genre For information kathryncasey

    249 thoughts on “A Descent Into Hell”

    1. The things wrong with this book:1. The title. I mean, A Descent into Hell? Really? It sounds like a title that the Lifetime TV movie people rejected as too trite. At least Baby Monitor: The Sound of Fear and Ski Lift to Death (hey, look them up if you don't believe me) had some character.2. The subtitle. "An Altar Boy" and "a Cheerleader"? Need I say more?3. The pacing. This is a story about a murder, people. Let's at least bring the pacing up to the level of an episode of He-Man and the Masters [...]


    2. Colton’s girlfriend Laura Ashley Hall was a real piece of work! Written with depth & compassion, this is the Ist book by Kathryn Casey I've read; I'm going to look for more from this author.


    3. First of all, I must say that I think that murder case of Jennifer Cave does deserve a book. All the elements for a gripping narrative are present in this case. The problem I have with this book though is that author's approach is, in my opinion, wrong and here is why:1. Title of the book is overselling it. While every murder is shocking in it's own way and every family involved deeply shaken, regular non-fiction readers will find the case quite ordinary. However, while the narrative of the murd [...]



    4. Review: I lived in Austin right before this tragedy happened so I thought it would be an interesting read. First off, the title of this true crime novel is misleading. Jennifer Cave was a cheerleader many years before the murder happened and Colton Pitonyak was several years removed from his days as an altar boy. The title should reference something about the dangers of drugs. Cave, a pretty redhead, grew up in Texas and became a party girl in high school. She moved to San Marcos and later Austi [...]


    5. This is a very sad case.Laura Hall should've gotten more time. That attitude of hers! I don't think I would've been able to keep from bashing her head into the floor from sheer annoyance. I found her callousness to be especially repugnant. Wait! Hold that thought! In an awesome demonstration of Karma, Ms. Hall got the length of her sentence overturned (it was five years for one charge and one for the other to be served at the same time.) At her second sentencing trail, she received the maximum s [...]


    6. Great book very well written. I love books that make me feel like I know the people. this is certainly one of them



    7. DNF this one. Casey is a good writer, but I don't want to read about these people at all because I can't connect with the victim or the perp.11/17--Picked it back up to give it another shotUpdate 11/29/17:Just finished the story! Once I was able to get into the story, I liked the book. Casey is a great true crime writer, and I'll definitely be looking for more by her.


    8. This is the first Kathryn Casey book that I didn't particularly enjoy. You can overlook the fact that she repeatedly brings forward a supernatural belief by people who knew Jennifer. It's unconventional in a true crime book, but hey, if that's what the people were reporting I guess it is fair to include it. You can over look the fact that the majority of the characters in this book are not especially likable. But you can't really overlook the fact that this story is hardly book worthy. I mean, h [...]


    9. It's hard to give a true crime book a five star review because, clearly, the subject matter is not enjoyable and it goes without saying that this crime in particular is horrendous. However, what shines out from the first page is how Jennifer Cave is a spirit that lives on. Her short life was a testament to her immense compassion, humor, love of family and friends, loyalty, and determination. I won't forget her. We lost a beautiful human being. Kathryn Casey ensured that the reader comes away wit [...]


    10. Reading true crime like this leaves me in awe that I've never been murdered. When I think about the dumb shit I did in school (what we ALL did in school/our young lives). I was going to UT at the time this murder happened and remember it was a scary timet why did I still get up every morning at 4 am and run around the streets behind my apartment in pitch black? What a fucking numbskull. It wasn't until I neared 30 that I started to feel fear and be more aware of my surroundings. I've got to stop [...]


    11. I really enjoy true crime books. Something that you sincerely think can only be fiction turns out to be true. I wanted more information so I Google the names in this book. They keep denying parole for Laura Ashley Hall, who is Colton's accomplice. The last article I read about her was in 2015 and she is scheduled to be released in 2018/2019. I hope the family of Jennifer Cave are doing well and know they are never alone; I am a mere stranger but I was devastated reading this book knowing what ha [...]


    12. this book was chilling!!!! it is unimaginable at times to comprehend the horror that this guy did to his victim.


    13. This was an extremely fascinating read that had me from the very beginning. It is amazing how much people can change particularly by the influence of drugs and alcohol. Or did he change? Maybe drugs and alcohol just removed the mask he had been wearing his entire life. Finally showing his true nature. What do you think? Colton Pinonyak is a murderer and took the life of his friend who was just starting to find herself in this world.



    14. True CrimeAnother excellent true crime work by Kathryn Casey, who took Ann Rule's place in the genre. This is a book about drugs and violence, told with sympathy.


    15. So well written. Fascinating story. I really got caught up in the story. I will definitely read more of Kathryn's books!!


    16. Captivating Hard to imagine such bright minds succumbing to drugs and eventually murder. This is one I could not put down.


    17. Well writtenI have just discovered Kathryn Casey. This book is well written. Three lives and families destroyed by drugs. A tragedy.



    18. Expertly written; gripping tale of a senseless murder and cruel dismemberment at the University of Texas in AustinColton Pitonyak is a brilliant honor student and popular athlete educated in private parochial schools in Arkansas who earned a scholarship to an elite business school at the University of Texas. Once there Colton completely derails and descends into dangerous drug addiction, severe alcoholism and full-on illegal drug dealing. Spiraling out-of-control, narcissistic, drugged out of hi [...]


    19. A Descent Into Hell by Kathryn Casey The combination of Drugs and studies, a realtime depiction of the life of a student that stooped to hell due to his habits.


    20. This is the fourth book I've bought now by this author and for me the best by miles. The others have had mistakes in which lost them stars for me but I only spotted one in this book right at the end almost where she mentions people leaving court including Laura where I'm sure she meant Lauren !! Also, she for some reason always wrote website as Web site.It was also the saddest one of hers I'd read-it was a lot more personal than her others I'd seen. You really got to know Jennifer and like her t [...]


    21. I always feel a little strange about "rating" a true crime novel because it's about someone else's pain and suffering and that part of it doesn't seem like it should be up for judgement. But, Kathryn Casey handle the topic with care and the reader puts down the book feeling like everyone who deserves respect got it. Without getting too much into the actual crime, I thought Casey treated the different players with both honesty and fairness. Colton Pitonyak, the boy who would grow up to commit a d [...]


    22. I enjoy a good true crime book from time to time. As far as true crime books go, this was one was very well written and followed the story the whole way through. Some true crime writers are very over the top and try to dramatize the story to make it sound like a novel… I don’t think crimes should be dramatized or glamorized. They need to be told just as they are and how they happened, and this book did a nice job of doing that. It was very realistic and honest. I was also happy to see that j [...]


    23. I am a long-time Austinite and remember this case well. I agree with all the criticism already stated on this board. The writing IS cliched and in need of a proofreader. There are so many factual mistakes that, while minor, make me feel that I can't believe what I am reading. For example, Casey states that 6th street (Austin's sad strip of shot bars and cheesy clubs is known as "The Drag." No"The Drag" is the section of Guadalupe next to the University of Texas.The title is stupid as is the sub [...]


    24. well written, well researched true crime book. wished that both perpetrators or the families of the perpetrators had contributed to the creation of this manuscript in some way, but still well done. there was also a bit of foreshadowing in the book which pointed out minute bits of evidence and indicated that at some point they might play a much larger role (the purse with Hall's phone number in it), yet the author failed to bring these bits of evidence back into the story to explain why they were [...]


    25. A riveting fast read about good children gone wild (and murderous). This books tells many stories around the murder and dismemberment of Jennifer Cave. Each persons story in truth could have been a book unto itself. Were it not for the gruesome end, and the pain inflicted on the parents and family of Ms. Cave, one could write a true to life tv series about the players.My one criticism, and here I intend no disrespect to the parents, is that the author moralizes a bit in a world where rich teenag [...]


    26. I had the honor of narrating the audiobook version.It sounds wrong to say that I enjoyed the production of this audiobook. The story is far too disturbing. At the same time, I am pleased to be able to share this true story with a wider audience. Kathryn Casey does a great job of researching all the 'characters' in her true crime books, and providing them with a history and context in which the public events of their lives play out. In my voiceover work, I've narrated ten books. A year after its [...]


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