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Too Good a Girl: Remembering Olene Emberton and the Mystery of Her Death

Too Good a Girl: Remembering Olene Emberton and the Mystery of Her Death

by Janis Thornton


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In the mid-sixties, the small, midwestern farm town of Tipton, Indiana, seemed like the safest place in the world. That changed October 16, 1965, when Olene Emberton, a quiet, 17-year-old Tipton High School senior disappeared after a Saturday night date. Two days later, a farmer found her dead body alongside a remote country road, her clothes neatly folded and stacked beside her. Lacking any witnesses, clues, a confession, or even a cause of death, authorities could never solve the case. "Too Good a Girl" author Janis Thornton was one of Olene's classmates, who experienced first-hand the shock of losing a friend in such an unexpected, devastating way. "Too Good a Girl" is presented as part true crime, part oral history, and part memoir, as it weaves together the strands of the tragedy that stunned a community and tore a family apart. Today, more than fifty years later, the mystery continues to confound. And yet, the truth is there, but each reader must determine which truth is the right truth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732763012
Publisher: Life Sentences Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/04/2018
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Janis Thornton is the author of true crime/oral history/memoir “Too Good a Girl,” as well as two cozy mysteries in the Elmwood Confidential series — “Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies” and “Dead Air & Double Dares.” She also is the author of two local history books, “Images of America: Tipton County” and “Images of America: Frankfort”; and contributor to “Undeniably Indiana” and “Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul 2.”

She is a member of the national and Indianapolis chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Authors Guild, Indianapolis Writers Center, and the historical society of her hometown, Tipton Indiana. Her cozy mysteries were finalists in the East Texas Writers Guild’s First Chapter Book Award contests in 2015 and 2016. She was a 2009 Midwest Writers Workshop Fellow and was a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier contest the same year. Her newspaper feature stories have been recognized by Women in Communications (Lafayette, Indiana chapter), Smiles Unlimited, and the Hoosier State Press Association.

You may contact/follow/like her at www.janis-thornton.com, Twitter (@JanisThornton), and Facebook (facebook.com/janisthorntonauthor).

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