Devil in the Basement reveals the shocking truth about my family. I learned about the murders, bombings, and devil worship when I visited my ancestors’ hometown of Fairmont, West Virginia. As a former private eye, I investigated what had happened and even ventured into the eerie basement where the satanic rituals had occurred.
The story begins in 1928 when thousands of Ku Klux Klan members march through this sleepy town. My great uncle Jal’s passions were ignited that day, as were those of my grandfather Tucker, who changed his Italian name to “sound white” with hopes of escaping poverty and racism, and of becoming a U.S. Senator. Meanwhile, my great-grandmother set up a criminal enterprise in the back barn, and my great aunt was hauled off to an insane asylum before becoming the mistress of a Detroit mobster.
But this story is not just about my family. It is also about their creepy neighbor Ernie, who had a ghoulish, life-sized doll. He abused his wives and dabbled in his favorite pastime: evil. He liked evil. He was creative when it came to evil. He was all about evil.
Devil in the Basement is a story of love and horror, racism and hope, of Christian piety and satanic ritual. It is a book that shines a light on one of the most ghastly real life incidents in West Virginia history. It is a story you will never forget.
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About the Author
She starred on the NBC show, The Filter with Fred Roggin, and is currently a political pundit on BBC News. Laws has appeared on CNN, Nightline, Fox News, MSNBC, Oprah Winfrey, The Late Show and Larry King Live, and has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Post, the Guardian, and the New Yorker, to name a few.
She was a Los Angles politician for eight years and has worked with the FBI. Laws penned the award-winning memoir, Rebel in High Heels, and was voted one of the "thirty fiercest women in the world" by Buzzfeed.
She has a doctorate in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, as well as two master's degrees (Social Ethics and Professional Writing) and two bachelor's degrees (Philosophy and Theater).
She completed post-doctoral work at Oxford University, England. Laws is a well-known anti-revenge porn activist and animal advocate, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her three rescue dogs, and her four rescue chickens.
Table of Contents
Chapter One - The Klansman with Fancy Shoes
Chapter Two – The Secret of the Back Barn
Chapter Three – The Locked Basement Door
Chapter Four – Finding a Name and Getting Lost in a Mine
Chapter Five – Mines of Disaster
Chapter Six – The Bearcat and the Flapper
Chapter Seven – Bessie Ain’t No Putty Head
Chapter Eight – Two Weddings and a Snitch
Chapter Nine – The Kewpie Doll
Chapter Ten – The Mouthpiece and the Pharmacy Buff
Chapter Eleven – Eat, Drink, and Be Jealous
Chapter Twelve – The Devil Comes to All Who Wait
Chapter Thirteen – Strike While the Iron is Hot
Chapter Fourteen – The Asylum for the Criminally Insane
Chapter Fifteen – Scaring Off that Old Crate of Seaweed
Chapter Sixteen – Run, Nellie, Run
Chapter Seventeen – Longing for a Leg Up
Chapter Eighteen – Fate and the Phone Call
Chapter Nineteen – The Devil Gets his Due
Chapter Twenty – Bodies, Bombs, and Drano
Chapter Twenty-One – Cut off my Legs and Call me Shorty
Chapter Twenty-Two – The Wilted Rose
Chapter Twenty-Three – The Devil Bird of Revenge
Chapter Twenty-Four – A Lemon Pie in the Sky
Afterword : The Aftermath
Appendix I: Note on Fictional Characters
Appendix II: Author Biography
Appendix III: Why the Nonfiction Novel