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Posted April 8, 2009
Sad story, good depiction
As a resident and teacher in Bowling Green, this was like coming face to face with the murder all over again. As I read Van Meter's story, I could vividly see each street, tree, and the WKU campus....having taken classes there myself. I remember the morning the news broke, and how the local papers really hit on the fact that Katy had worked at "Tattle Tales"....tried to paint her early on as a "bad girl." I'm glad that Van Meter gave more of her background and sad upbringing. She was a little girl, lost in the world and no one, not one person, deserved to die like she did. For most in Bowling Green, there was no doubt that the man found innocent was guilty. No wonder they moved it to Owensboro. It was so personal for me, being so familiar with each place. He did a wonderful job of explaining how BG has completely become multicultural. So many of the older folks still struggle with all of the different languages. It also presents a side of ignorance and lower class living that makes it hard to see Kentucky in a positive light. When reading the book, listen for the details about the lives of the people. It all became entwined together and the outcome was more painful than anyone could imagine.
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Posted March 5, 2010
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