Morning Ran Red

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Morning Ran Red is based on the Villisca Axe Murders, the unsolved mass murder mystery of the century.

On June 10, 1912, the village of Villisca, Iowa awoke to discover a mass murder had occurred while the town slept. An entire household of eight people had been axed to death in their beds.

Within 24 hours, in spite of limited mass communications, the story was national and international news, knocking the White Star Titanic off the front page ...

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Overview

Morning Ran Red is based on the Villisca Axe Murders, the unsolved mass murder mystery of the century.

On June 10, 1912, the village of Villisca, Iowa awoke to discover a mass murder had occurred while the town slept. An entire household of eight people had been axed to death in their beds.

Within 24 hours, in spite of limited mass communications, the story was national and international news, knocking the White Star Titanic off the front page and captivating the general public. The mass murder became a catalyst to a growing nation starting to realize the 20th century, with all of its advancements, held new forms of terror and insecurity. If the mass murder could happen in this idyllic little village, it could happen anywhere.

Author Stephen Bowman's version of the story has been compared to Capote's In Cold Blood mystery as it recreates the gruesome murder and the aftermath in an expose of rural family strife and local mores toward bigotry, superstition and caste system that still exists in rural America today.

The suspenseful mystery brings to life a vivid cast of characters. Through the main characters, the themes of rural life and prejudice are revealed as they each struggle with conflicts between self-respect, family honor and justice. The crime remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595131082
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/20/2000
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 865,428
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Really bad in e-version.

    The story was pretty good intriguing and the characters were interesting. However, there were so many errors in the nook version it was distracting. There are random numbers in place of letters, spaces in between words and sometimes words that make no sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Good read

    This was a good story but the ending was weak

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Not like movie

    I watched the movie first, the book is veery different. Makes you wonder what really happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Good read

    Poorly proofread, but if you get past that, it's a good fictionalized account of a true, unresolved American tragedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Fictional, yet very informative

    This book is actually what happened in my town (Villisca,Ia) about 100 years ago and its pretty cool all the history of iowa

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Poorly proofread on nook

    Numerous errors you can assume what was intended but all the errors are distracting I don't know if all these errors are in the book in print but what I have om nook is atrocious! Also book should not be hyped on a true story loosely based maybe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    Better than any Hitchcock thriller - and it's a true story.

    The Villisca axe murders is one of America's most enduring unsolved crimes. MRR is an infectious read you can't put down. It is also a great literary quality introducing a slew of characters while it examines life in a small town in addition to solving the mass murder.

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    Posted October 12, 2010

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