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Posted August 8, 2014
As a descendent of the Springer Family, I read this book for the genealogical value. I found it easy to read and quite the story! It is a fast read and one I may read again just for the fun of it, since there are so many references to period happenings in Denver. Amazing how the author was able to piece together the story from the newspaper accounts of the time and other books on the same event.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2010
In Dick Kreck's, Murder at the Brown Palace Isabel Springer (protagonist) becomes involved in the most notorious murder and trials of Denver, CO. This book highlights the story of love, betrayal, and murder all over one woman. Throughout the story, Kreck includes an inside look at each of the main characters, Sylvester L. von Phul, Frank Henwood, Isabel Springer, and John Springer.
Isabel Springer, being the wife of John Springer was involved in two affairs. Neither man knowing about the other, until they all met up at the same place, The Brown Palace. Here, the plot unraveled. With both men now aware of Isabel's affairs, they tried to stay as far away from each other as possible. Henwood, being a humble man tried to make peace with von Phul, who would not hear of it and threatened to shoot Henwood if he dare get near Isabel. However, it was not von Phul who pulled the trigger, but Henwood in an attempt to save Isabel and John's marriage and his own life. With two men dead from Henwood's bullets, Springer (John) becomes suspicious.
When the trials come forth, they are some of the most intense trials ever witnessed in Denver. The truth is finally revealed and has Isabel Springer written all over it! The "Little notes" mentioned throughout are finally found and read; proving in fact that Isabel had been betraying John for quite some time. Other evidence proved that she did not care at all who she was with as long as she was able to get them in bed with her at some point. John ended up divorcing Isabel and lived his life without her. She later disappeared and was never seen in Denver after that.
What I really liked about this story was that it happened in Denver, where I live. I've actually visited the house of John Springer, which was my inspiration to read this book. I hopefully can visit the Brown Palace as well. This book was also unlike other non-fiction books, because you actually hear all sides from all main characters. Even though Kreck was not a character involved, he was able to collect evidence and string together a masterpiece. What I disliked was that it tended to drone on and on during the trials. It included detail, but in my mind, too much making it sometimes tedious to read and understand.
The major message of this book is truth, it's a lot less painful the first time. The reason being. that Isabel, Henwood, and von Phul all lied to Springer, who had to find out from the presses about Isabel's secret affairs.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone of any age. It's a great experience of a taste of a perfect life turning into a poor life by a matter of choices. It really made me stop and think about how one thing can turn into a chain reaction.
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Posted October 27, 2008
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