Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

by Roy Marshall with Janielle Kenworthy For Charley Willey, editor of the Lewis Standard, things were not going well. He was sick, he was going blind, and his paper was losing money. The Iowa Highway Commission made him a promise, broke it, and forever diminished his town. The state had some making up to do. [...]


by Roy Marshall Peter Hopley was indentured and spent his youth working the farm rather than going to school. Edna Everly's early years were in a dirt-floor cabin near the tiny settlement of Iranistan. He fought Indians and hauled freight for the Union Pacific Railroad. She was still a child when her drunken father was found [...]


by Roy Marshall In 1912 what was arguably the most violent crime, the darkest mystery, in Midwest history took place. Law enforcement officers encountered a scene of unimagined violence: eight victims, six of them children, bludgeoned to death with an ax while they slept. Everywhere there were clues. But inexperienced investigators failed, and private detectives took [...]

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