Morning Ran Red by Stephen Bowman (novelized true crime)
This is Stephen Bowman's debut novelized story of the the actual 1912 Villisca, Iowa Axe murders. Villisca is changed to Twin Forks and names have been changed. The story itself is quite gripping. It is the rivalry of the wealthy king-like state senator vs. an old established family. One night in the spring of 1912, when talk was of the sinking of the Titanic, a family was visciously murdered with a wood axe, beyond recognition. the family included the senator's rival, wife, 4 children and two neighboring children, who had decided to stay over night. It is a story of the search for the guilty party: the senator, the senator's son, an itinerate preacher, a black servant. The book is based upon facts and conjecture. This is not for someone who prefers straight true crime, but it is an interesting starting place for a 100 year old unsolved crime. I will be looking for more books on the subject matter as this has definately whetted my appetite.
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