Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Florida History features profiles of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary if misunderstood thinkers, and other colorful heroes in the Sunshine State’s past. It reveals the dark side of some well-known and even revered characters from Florida’s past ─ both part-time jerks and others who were jerks through and through. Included are:
●Charley Johns, a state senator and former governor who stymied those with views on race, religion, or other social issues that clashed with his own.
●Ottis Toole, a violent ex-con who murdered six-year-0ld Adam Walsh, which led his grieving parents to work for child protection laws and the beginning of the TV program which helped catch and imprison some of America’s most wanted criminals.
●Lewis Powell, Florida’s co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth
About the Author:
E. Lynne Wright is the author of More Than Petticoats:Remarkable Florida Women, Editions 1 & 2, It Happened in Florida, Editions 1 & 2, Disasters & Heroic Rescues of Florida, Florida: Mapping the Sunshine State Through History, with Vincent Virga, and Myths & Mysteries of Florida, all for the Globe Pequot Press. Her short stories, nonfiction articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Hartford Courant, Woman’s Day, Mature Lifestyles, and other anthologies and literary magazines. She resides in Vero Beach, Florida
Her books, including Jerks in Florida History: Speaking Ill of the Dead, are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in bookstores.