A couple of weeks ago, I entered into a contract with Kent State University Press to publish my historical true crime book about my great uncle's murder of his son-in-law. The 1903 crime made newspapers across the nation, including the front page of the New York Times. The twists and turns in the story continued to make headlines for more than a decade and stopped only with John Terrell's death in 1916.
This week's news is that we have a title for the book. My working title was a bit long. Fortunately the staff at KSUP has a good eye for titles. They took my working title and, as so often happens in writing, they improved it by shortening it. So here is the final title that will appear in bookstores and online in the latter half of 2024.
The Madness of John Terrell: Revenge and Insanity on Trial in the Heartland.