My special guest tonight is true crime author Alice K.Hill who's here to discuss her new book called Under A Full Moon: The Last Lynching in Kansas.
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UNDER A FULL MOON: The Last Lynching in Kansas tells of the tragic abduction and death of an eight-year-old girl at the hands of a repeat offender in 1932. This crime stands apart as the last mob lynching in Kansas. Based on true events, this account takes a deep dive into the psycho-social complexities of pioneer times and their impact on this particular crime and the justice meted out to the perpetrator.
Beginning in the year 1881, and written in a chronological narrative non-fiction format, author Alice Kay Hill vividly weaves the stories of the victims and the families involved. She reveals how mental and physical abuse, social isolation, privations of homesteading, strong dreams and even stronger personalities all factored into the criminal and his crimes.
Spanning the years of settlement to the beginnings of the Dust Bowl, historic events are lived as daily news by the seven families whose lives become intertwined. Historically accurate and written with an intimate knowledge of the area, UNDER A FULL MOON is as personal as a family diary, as vivid as a photo album found in an attic trunk, and will remain with the reader long after the book is closed.
UNDER A FULL MOON: The Last Lynching in Kansas had its start while I worked on the application for the placement of the Opera House onto the Kansas and National Registers of Historic Places. Working on the story between other life events, the manuscript took nearly sixteen years to complete. As each piece of information was processed the story line became more complex and darker.
Concurrent with the completion of UNDER A FULL MOON I worked on a self-published instruction manual called GROW TOPLESS: A Modified High Tunnel Design for Headache Free Extended-Season Gardening which is available on Amazon as both an e-book and a paperback. This system for a protected space for growing food is ideally suited to the extreme conditions of the high plains. I continue to be passionate about tending the soil, crops, and livestock.
On a side note, as both of my parents, my grandmother, and my older sister are each published authors, serious writing is a genetic right. The sound of a clacking Underwood typewriter was as present as the strains of classical music throughout my childhood. The next generation continues the legacy as our oldest daughter is a free-lance copy editor and Director of the Atwood Public Library. She has written several grants to supplement the small town library’s service