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Author Cep, Casey N

Title Furious hours : harper lee and an unfinished story of race, religion and murder in the deep south
Published [Place of publication not identified] : WILLIAM HEINEMANN LTD, 2019
London : William Heinemann, 2019


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Description xii, 314 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, ; 24 cm
Summary The stunning true story of an Alabama serial killer, and the trial that obsessed the author of To Kill a Mockingbird in the years after the publication of her classic novel - a complicated and difficult time in her life that, until now, has been very little examined. Willie Maxwell was a Baptist reverend in Alabama; he also happened to be a serial killer. Between 1970 and 1977, his two wives and brother all died under suspicious circumstances - each with hefty life insurance policies taken out by none other than the Reverend himself. With the help of a savvy lawyer, Maxwell escaped justice for years. Then, the teenage daughter of his third wife perished. At the funeral, the victim's uncle shot the Reverend dead in a church full of witnesses - and was subsequently acquitted of the murder, thanks to the same savvy lawyer who had represented the Reverend for all those years. Sitting in the audience during the trial was Harper Lee, who had travelled from New York to her native Alabama with an idea of writing a book about the case
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Maxwell, Willie
Lee, Harper
Serial murders -- Alabama
Murder -- Investigation -- Alabama
Trials (Murder) -- Alabama
Genre/Form True crime stories.
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ISBN 1785150731