Millbrook author to introduce novel based on 1871 murder

Published 4:16pm Sunday, October 13, 2013

Millbrook author and Tallassee Community Library Director Sharon Kilpatrick will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Wetumpka Library’s Oct. 22 meeting. The event will be held at the Wetumpka Public Library beginning at 6 p.m.
Kilpatrick will discuss her new book “Patient Justice,” which chronicles the true story of a suspected murderer who escaped custody but was tracked down ore than four decades later by the murdered man’s son.
“In 1871 John A. Berry, a prominent citizen of the Robinson Springs community, was murdered while hunting in nearby swamps,” said Kilpatrick. “His murderer was caught but escaped while awaiting trial.
“I’ve documented the life of the murderer while he was free, and included along with that documentation the trial transcript leading to his incarceration in 1912 and his death in 1929 in prison.
“The son of John Berry spent 41 years hunting down his father’s murderer and found him in 1911. It was, at the time, the longest manhunt in the history of our country.”
Kilpatrick will also talk about the Tallassee Community Library’s haunted history and upcoming ghost hunt.
Books will be available for sale and signing after the meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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