Ron will participate in the 2019 Oklahoma Book Festival. He’ll appear with his newest true crime book “Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story,” at a presentation and book-signing event.
Ron’s discussion about true crime (with Elaine Shannon, author of “Hunting Leroux”) will be 12-1pm at the Ralph Ellison Tent, followed by a book-signing at the nearby Devon Boathouse.
It tells the grisly story of a loving couple from Fremont County who murdered at least four people, and live happily ever after–while cops try for decades to piece together a petrifying tale of murder and secrets. The appalling details are made even more vivid by the author’s familiarity with the Wyoming times and places that formed the backdrop of his national bestseller “The Darkest Night.”
“Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story” is going to be the best true crime book you’ll read this year, or in just about any other year. Author Ron Franscell combines exhaustive research and plenty of literary talent to deliver the classic saga of four brutal murders and the decades-long efforts of dogged investigators to bring the married perpetrators to justice. In the process, he reminds the rest of us who write in this genre how it ought to be done.”
—JEFF GUINN, NY Times bestselling author of Manson and The Road to Jonestown
This activity was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Friends for the Oklahoma Center for the Book. However, the opinions expressed by a grant supported outside agent do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the ODL (including the Oklahoma Center for the Book), IMLS, or the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, and no official endorsement by those entities should be inferred.
WHAT HATH CAPOTE WROUGHT?
What happens when a writer tells an utterly true story using devices from the fiction-writer’s toolbox? It’s a technique pioneered in the first modern true crime, a “nonfiction novel” called “In Cold Blood.” Ron Franscell, an Edgar nominated crime writer—and Wyoming native—explores the entangled histories of true-crime books and literary nonfiction, up to and including his own narrative writing as a Denver Post journalist and author of two bestselling, true accounts about wicked Wyoming crimes.
Ron will also participate in a Casper College book club gathering at the campus’s Goodstein Library on February 19 (time TBA).