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The Murder That Shocked Wyoming

Ron Franscell


Author and Journalist Ron Franscell ventures deep into the memories of his childhood in a small Wyoming town to tell the shocking story of Wyoming's most devastating rape and murder. In the small circle of the victims' friends, he explores how a thirty-year-old crime remains an open wound today among the people who were splashed by its viciousness. It not only changed their lives, but it changed crime and punishment forever in Wyoming. LISTEN NOW

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"Heartbreaking ... the girls' last terrifying moments are delivered with such vivid texture that they are almost too painful to read. The technique and execution is not unlike Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood' ... And just when your heart is broken by this terrible tragedy, Franscell adds a coda that will further disturb your peaceful sleep."


Franscell is a journalist whose work regularly appears in publications such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

He is presently the managing editor of the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise, a 60,000-circulation Hearst daily. Before that, he was a senior writer at the Denver Post, where he wandered the American West in search of stories about the region's evolving culture, society and economy. Shortly after Sept. 11, the Post dispatched him to cover the Middle East during the first few months of the war in Afghanistan. Franscell is a graduate of Casper-Kelly Walsh (1975) and the University of Wyoming (1979).

Other Publications/Books

Winner of the 1996 Wyoming Literary Fellowship and longtime Wyoming newspaperman, Ron Franscell's previously published novels include ANGEL FIRE (1998), listed by the San Francisco Chronicle among the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West; and THE DEADLINE (1999), a taut mystery that was in the Poisoned Pen’s top 25 best crime fictions that year. His first nonfiction, "FALL: The Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small Town" -- about a 1973 crime against two of his childhood friends in Casper, Wyo., where he grew up -- was released in January 2007.

Ron Franscell captures, from start to finish (if there is ever a finish), this terrible saga. He went to enormous lengths to provide vivid and unforgettable narrative, from extensive interviews with one of the murderers, to spending a night under the bridge on the 30th anniversary of the crime.

5.0 out of 5 stars In the Tradition of "In Cold Blood" ,January 5, 2007

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