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The Perils of Pearl Bryan: Betrayal and Murder in the Midwest in 1896 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
While this book is an entertaining work of fiction, it is supposed to be non-fiction and is wrongfully cataloged as such. The book is based on an actual event that happened in 1896. The 'Preface' of the book states, " While the complex account and cast of characters were to be based on actual fact, the fleshing out of certain involved individuals and some circumstances would be fictional, although as true to life as possible." Such a statement makes it hard to tell what is actual fact and what is the author's version of what happened. The Authors take liberties with conversations that no one was ever privy to. (an example of a ridiculous conversation imagined between Alonzo Walling and Scott Jackson: "You know, Wally," Scott said. "If Bert were somehow somehow were to die in this city, one could cut her body into small pieces, and dispose of them in the sewer system." Walling arched his bushy eyebrows, smirked, and said, "Yeah...right. I also believe that the moon is made of cheese!" They describe what the characters are thinking and feeling which they have no way of knowing. The story entails what the authors perceive as what happened on the day and evening of Pearl Bryan's murder. The authors have no way of knowing exactly what happened because the two defendants who were arrested and charged with the crime maintained their innocence until they were hung for the crime. Neither defendant in this case ever admitted to the killing nor gave details of what actually happened. While they do use facts ascertained throughout the trial, they use these facts to paint a picture of what they imagine happened on the night of the murder. Which is a work of fiction.