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Murder in Old Kentucky, Expanded and Revised Edition

True Crime Stories from the Bluegrass

Kentucky—land of bluegrass, horse racing, bourbon, and . . . murder.

In Murder in Old Kentucky: True Crime Stories from the Bluegrass, Keven McQueen recounts dark and disturbing tales from the pages of Kentucky history, including the 1825 murder of Col. Solomon Sharp—a sordid affair that inspired Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Penn Warren—and the 1881 Ashland Tragedy, a heartbreaking murder of three innocent teenagers. This revised and expanded edition includes the story of a family terrorized by an arsonist who massacred eleven of their members and burned the property of even more, the tale of a husband and wife found shot in each other's arms with a life-sized photo of another man between them, and many more deaths that made headlines.

Meticulously researched and written with McQueen's trademark humor, Murder in Old Kentucky will captivate any fan of true crime or Kentucky history.

About the Author

Keven McQueen is author of 20 books covering American history, the supernatural, biography, historical true crime, and what he calls real-life surrealism. His books include Horror in the Heartland: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Midwest, Creepy California: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State, Weird Wild West: True Tales of the Strange and Gothic, and New England Nightmares: True Tales of the Strange and Gothic. His work has been anthologized by the Jesse Stuart Foundation and Texas Christian University Press. He has guested on radio shows and podcasts including Darkness Radio, 30 Odd Minutes, Paranormal View, Controversial TV, Most Notorious, Thorne and Cross Haunted Nights Live, Mind's Eye, Still Unsolved, and Fringe Radio. Recently, his books have been mentioned in articles in the New York Times and on the Daily Beast/Yahoo News. McQueen is a senior lecturer in English at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.


"I wouldn't be a writer if I hadn't first been inspired by the works of Keven McQueen. His style captures both the gothic horror and wry humor intrinsic to Southern storytelling. These considerations are the heart and soul of his many books, including Murder in Old Kentucky: True Crime Stories from the Bluegrass. I try to make those qualities the core of my books too, all while secretly hoping to impress my hero, Mr. Keven McQueen."—JD Wilkes, author of The Vine That Ate the South

"Keven McQueen delivers again from his archive of what grandma and grandpa refused to talk about. He proves convincingly that 'The Good Old Days' were not always as 'good' as some would have us believe."—Daniel Allen Hearn, author of Legal Executions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri, a Comprehensive Registry, 1866-1965

"Keven McQueen has an excellent narrative writing style that captures these true crime stories from Kentucky's past. This book is a true page-turner that is both informative and entertaining."—James M. Gifford, CEO & Senior Editor, Jesse Stuart Foundation

"There's a saying in the news: if it bleeds, it leads. Death, murder, and mayhem go on the front page because we can't look away. We must stare, no matter how gruesome, because we're afraid we might see our own reflection gazing back at us from within those pools of blood. Just like a crime scene, you can't look away from Murder in Old Kentucky. Think of Keven McQueen as one part roving reporter of the macabre, one part editor-in-chief of the dastardly, as he takes you through the annals of Kentucky's often dark past. A must-read for true crime fans!"—Jeff Belanger, author of The World's Most Haunted Places

"Murder in Old Kentucky, Keven McQueen's wonderfully written—and wickedly humorous—book about long forgotten tales of murder and mayhem is a fascinating and compelling read."—Jane Ammeson, author of Hauntings of the Underground Railroad

"Author Keven McQueen acknowledges that his sense of humor "is as dark as the inside of a badger." . . . McQueen brings old and sorded stories to life based on his indefagitable research. Because of his descriptive detail, yet easily read prose, one might consider McQueen to have been an actual witness to the 25 crimes he presents. A bonus is the intersting historical perspective of Kentucky culture one gains from the stories."—Steve Flairty, Kentucky Monthly
Indiana University Press
Expanded and Revised Edition

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$19.00 USD

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