The Story That Never Ends

Most of you know that a few weeks ago we released as an e-book “The Story Behind In Broad Daylight.” This tells the story of researching and writing In Broad Daylight, and it also  contains photos of several characters in the book, including Trena and Del Clement, the only man ever identified as Ken McElroy’s killer. This is a good piece for anyone interested in the researching and writing of true crime stories.

Next week we will be putting up on the website and Facebook a fairly clean version of the Sixty Minutes Story on the killing, entitled “Bully.” It contains fascinating interviews with some of the main characters.

We also have a clean version of the Oprah Show on which the book is featured. With me on the show is Lawyer McFadin, Cheryl Brown, Alice Wood, and three of McElroy’s children. The audience has just watched the move “In Broad Daylight,” and are primed for the show.

Finally, in a few weeks we will have a new trade paperback version of In Broad Daylight available for purchase on Amazon. It contains all the updates and The Story Behind In Broad Daylight, as well. We did this because of the apparent demand for new and updated copies of the book itself.

Will be posting cover shots in the next few days.

7 thoughts on “The Story That Never Ends

  1. The Story Behind In Broad Daylight is a gripping and informative look at what it took for Harry MacLean to bring the original true story to light. I was captivated by Harry’s ability to quietly become one within the community. Like most small, somewhat isolated, rural communities there’s an unwritten code against outsiders. Skidmore and the area surrounding it is no different. Being “adopted” by the Goslee family and living in their home off and on while researching his topic did make things easier for MacLean. I tend to believe in kismet, so for me, it was MacLean’s destiny to retell this dark story. Victims and killers alike do seem to call from beyond the grave, whispering a request for their stories to be told. It has to be fulfilling for MacLean to know not only did he write an Edgar Award winning book originally, he has now delivered a thoughtfully written behind-the-scenes look at his fortunate journey. This book is a quick read, one which gives the reader even better insight into the people who were terrorized by McElroy for far too many years. Be warned though. You’ll find yourself rereading In Broad Daylight quickly after as The Story Behind leaves you wanting more. I quite fancy MacLean’s writing and hope he will continue to find fascinating stories to share. If only we could have met in that time and place. Another story behind the story? Perhaps.

  2. This advertisement for the movie “In Broad Daylight” was placed in newspapers around the country. Friend Patti Hawkins found in on the inside cover of her book and sent it along for posting. In this age of “The Bully,” it’s hard to imagine a more menacing figure than this. I recall that on the set of the movie Denehey was so taken with the role that he made people nervous and they stayed out of his way. He died his hair black, wore black contact lenses, and carried a shotgun in the crook of his arm. Notice that the ad does not mention Marcia Gay Haren (Trena) or Chris Cooper (Stratton), both of whom would go on to some fame. You can find the movie on my blog.

  3. The Story Behind In Broad Daylight is a gripping and informative look at what it took for Harry MacLean to bring the original true story to light. I was captivated by Harry’s ability to quietly become one within the community. Like most small, somewhat isolated, rural communities there’s an unwritten code against outsiders. Skidmore and the area surrounding it is no different. Being “adopted” by the Goslee family and living in their home off and on while researching his topic did make things easier for MacLean. I tend to believe in kismet, so for me, it was MacLean’s destiny to retell this dark story. Victims and killers alike do seem to call from beyond the grave, whispering a request for their stories to be told. It has to be fulfilling for MacLean to know not only did he write an Edgar Award winning book originally, he has now delivered a thoughtfully written behind-the-scenes look at his fortunate journey. This book is a quick read, one which gives the reader even better insight into the people who were terrorized by McElroy for far too many years. Be warned though. You’ll find yourself rereading In Broad Daylight quickly after as The Story Behind leaves you wanting more. I quite fancy MacLean’s writing and hope he will continue to find fascinating stories to share. If only we could have met in that time and place. Another story behind the story? Perhaps.

    • Thanks for the complimentary and very thoughtful comment. Writing In Broad Daylight was undoubtedly the biggest challenge and brought the biggest satisfaction of my life. It gives me great pleasure to know that thanks to e-books the story is available and will be available for all time. I have a new effort under way, which will involve leaving home for an extended period of time, which I will talk about in the next few weeks.

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