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Books: Tailspin - The Strange Case of Major Call

50 years ago this summer a gruesome murder case rocked the nation. Marilyn Sheppard, a housewife from an elite Cleveland suburb, was bludgeoned to death in her house during an apparent botched robbery attempt. A sensational murder trial ended with the conviction of Sheppard's husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard. Sheppard maintained his innocence, but even after his conviction was reversed in 1966, the question remains -- who really killed Marilyn Sheppard? For five years Bernard Conners, a novelist and former FBI field agent became engrossed in the case which inspired the 1960s TV series, "The Fugitive". In his latest book, Tailspin: The Strange Case of Major Call, Conners concludes that it was Major James Call who killed Sheppard. Call's criminal activities included the slaying of a Lake Placid police officer, and an exhaustive manhunt in the Adirondacks by New York State Police. Bernard Conners lives near Albany and has a summer home in Lake Placid. Todd Moe spoke with Conners about the book, which he believes cracks this decades-old case and vindicates Sheppard.  Go to full article

Preview: Yeats Festival in Chestertown

Scholars, students and fans of Adirondack poet Jeanne Robert Foster will gather in Chestertown the weekend of September 9th for a conference. The Town of Chester Historical Society and the Yeats Society will host the Second International John Butler Yeats Festival: The Life of Jeanne Robert Foster. The event will focus on Jeanne Foster, her famous friends, her life in the Adirondacks and how that life influenced her poetry. Richard Londraville, who has a summer home in Colton, met Jeanne Foster in the mid-1960s. He's the co-author of Foster's biography and he told Todd Moe that she had a tremendous influence on his life.  Go to full article
Patricia Reiss Brooks

Books: Mountain Shadows

Patricia Reiss Brooks' book, Mountain Shadows, is an adventure novel of courage, danger and love. Reiss is a native of Lake Placid and her book is set in the North Country during the wild days of Prohibition. It delves into rum running and efforts of the famous Troop B of New York State Troopers to curtail the activities. It also offers an intimate look into the emotional and physical stresses of a tuberculosis patient taking the cure in Saranac Lake. Todd Moe spoke with Patricia Brooks at the Hotel Saranac, and asked why she set the book in the Adirondacks during the 1920's.  Go to full article

A "Common Man's" Hiking Guide to the St. Lawrence Valley

If you go to the outdoor section of your local bookstore, you'll find dozens of guidebooks for the Adirondacks and several for the Lake Champlain area and the Tug Hill...  Go to full article

Books: Breaking Trail

After digging through archives and articles, and recovering pieces of women's history, Peggy Lynn and Sandra Weber have joined together to present stories of remarkable...  Go to full article

Books: Ladies of the Lake

Kathleen Bagley's book, Ladies of the Lake, offers a glimpse into the lives of women who are drawn to water, and the legacy of life on Lake Placid. It's a collection...  Go to full article
Antiques appraiser Ted Comstock

Antiques Expert Leads Book Appraisal Fair in Saranac Lake

How much is that Wordsworth worth? Saranac Lake antiques expert Ted Comstock will lead a book appraisal fair Thursday evening in the bakery at the Hotel Saranac (4-7pm). ...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Summer Reading Call-in

Hosts Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Rick Hunter recommend favorite summer reading for 2004 in this two-hour special edition of Readers & Writers. Listener calls and...  Go to full article
Andy Flynn aboard the H.K. Porter locomotive at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake

New Book Unveils Adirondack Attic Treasures

A packbasket, barn loom, mountaineering boots, war canoe, a strand of Grace Brown's hair - just some of the many items tucked away in the archives at the Adirondack Museum,...  Go to full article

Books: Captain Hogan ? Sailor, Merchant, Diplomat on Six Continents

Todd Moe talks with Michael Styles, author of a biography on his great, great, great grandfather, Captain Michael Hogan who traveled the world in the late 18th and early 19th...  Go to full article

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