In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri

In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri

by Harry N. MacLean

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In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri by Harry N. MacLean

New York Times bestseller


Ken McElroy robbed, raped, burned, shot, and maimed the citizens of Skidmore, Missouri, without conscience or remorse. Again and again, the law had failed to stop him.


On July 10, 1981, Ken was shot to death on the main street of this small farming community. Forty-five people watched. No indictments were ever issued, no trial held…and the town of Skidmore protected the killers with silence. With this powerful, true-life account, Edgar Award-winning author Harry N. MacLean reveals what drove a community of everyday American citizens to commit murder…


"GRIPPING…excellent and disturbing…a fine and richly rewarding book."

The Washington Post Book World

"FIRST-CLASS…Read and you may find yourself haunted."—Houston Chronicle

"A GUARANTEED PAGE-TURNER. [A] truly compelling…piece of reporting."—Rocky Mountain News Sunday Magazine


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312942366
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Harry M. MacLean is a lawyer and writer living in Denver. In law, he has worked as a juvenile court magistrate, First Assistant Attorney General, associate professor of law, General Counsel of the Peace Corps, and labor arbitrator.

His first book, In Broad Daylight, won an Edgar for Best True Crime and was a New York Times bestseller for twelve weeks. His second book, Once Upon a Time: A True Story of Memory, Murder, and the Law, was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

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In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book the first time it came out. This guy had a slick lawyer who could always find a loophole if anyone dared to bring charges against him or could find a way to terrorize people who could testify against him. The townspeople took the only option available to them. I've lost my original copy but I'm going to buy it again just so I can read about how this horribly evil man finally got his comeuppance.
DanWilsonGa More than 1 year ago
The subtitle is wrong, it ought to be "a killing in Skidmore Missouri". Murder is a crime. This particular nonnatural death is a "killing" because the people involved had no choice. This man had the Law treed with the rest of the town. This book also paints a picture of an agricultural community. Its good, salt of the earth people pushed to the limits of decency. It's also a story of cornered sheep turning into sheep dogs when the pressure gets too high. Reading this is time well spent.
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Discriminating More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out and just seeing the title again gives me chills! Disturbing subject [but isn't that what True Crime readers look for?] yet written so well that you don't need to shower while reading. If there is something written by Rule, Bledsoe, Stowers - I read it. And if MacLean writes another, it will be in my library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. Hard to put it down.