Killing Albert Berch

Killing Albert Berch

by Alan Hollingsworth

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Overview

A dark historical reality exposed.


In 1923 Marlow, Oklahoma, at the hotel belonging to Albert and Lula Berch, Albert is murdered trying to protect his African-American porter from an angry mob. After his death, the case unravels, and the truth of Albert Berch and his murderers emerges.
Tracing his own family history, Dr. Alan Berch Hollingsworth discovers that it’s not just the Marlow townspeople who have something to hide. Why did his grandfather insist on hiring an African-American porter, violating the era’s Jim Crow segregation laws? How is the KKK involved in this gruesome crime? Unlocking the secret to his grandfather’s murder, he uncovers a true crime story of racial violence in 1920s Oklahoma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455623556
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/19/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 672,260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alan Berch Hollingsworth took on the project that his grandmother and mother started decades earlier to uncover the truth about his grandfather's murder. Hollingswrorth is a medical doctor who has contributed extensively to breast cancer research. He lives in Oklahoma City.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Chapter 1 The Cascade 13

Chapter 2 Marlow, Oklahoma 17

Chapter 3 Johnson's Hotel-the Cradle That Rocks 24

Chapter 4 The Facts of the Case Will Reveal 32

Chapter 5 Combing Family Roots 42

Chapter 6 Lucinda Jane Combs Garvin Berch 48

Chapter 7 Albert Berch (L.A. to Fargo to Marlow) 56

Chapter 8 From Zeitgeist to Kyklos 65

Chapter 9 King Jack 75

Chapter 10 Seven Defendants Dwindle to Two 84

Chapter 11 According to the Newspapers 91

Chapter 12 Kincannon to the Pen, While Gandy Goes It Alone 98

Chapter 13 A Trip to Oklahoma's Supreme Court 117

Chapter 14 Where Have You Gone, Robert Johnigan? 121

Chapter 15 Lula's Crusade in the Aftermath-the First Obsession 129

Chapter 16 For the Rest of Her Life 137

Chapter 17 Almarian Berch-the Second Obsession 150

Chapter 18 One-Half Dream 167

Chapter 19 Alan Berch (Hollingsworth)-the Third Obsession 179

Chapter 20 The Cardboard Box 185

Chapter 21 Oxyrhynchus 196

Chapter 22 Loose Ends and Dead Ends 210

Chapter 23 A Prequel 226

Chapter 24 The Zinger 240

Chapter 25 Out of Kansas 244

Chapter 26 Osteopathy Meets the Underground Railroad (Basye and Berch) 250

Chapter 27 A Second Act Revealed-135 Years After the First 269

Chapter 28 The Butterfly Effect or Cascade? 274

Chapter 29 Deconstructing Johnson's Hotel 283

Acknowledgments 290

Index 293

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Killing Albert Berch begins as a basic story of 6 degrees of separation. The coincidences are astounding. What seems like connecting the family-tree dots becomes a more universal message – we all have events in our history we didn’t know about, don’t understand or have a sanitized historical version in our family lore. This family I have known for more than 50 years, but not these intimate details. The author, Alan Hollingsworth, leads us from a straightforward conclusion through a series of twists and turns one couldn’t make up. This page-turner no doubt concludes many chapters in the family legend. Talk about a murder mystery! And an Oklahoma history primer as well. Alan and his family can now find some peace in knowing their ancestors were human with all the requisite baggage, including the good, bad and ugly. Highly recommended! CT