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Indiana Gothic: A Story of Adultery and Murder in an American Family (1999)

by Pope Brock

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An interesting tale about a scandalous affair and murder which takes place in place of residence, Indiana. It is an intersting tale as one does not read about such adulterous relationships from this era. The people and their families are brought to life through great research and good storytelling. Written in the style of In Cold Blood, true crime written in fiction genre, this tale will hold your attention through the verdict at the end of the book. It is also interesting because of the time period in which it took place. You get a good feeling for the socail atmoshpere of the time, the landscape and climate of Indiana, and a look at the inner workings of the judical system of that era. ( )
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"I drove all night...I could see myself in the windshield. My face. My eyes. Studied everything about it. As though I was looking at another man. As though I could see his whole race behind him...And then his face changed. His face became his father's face. Same bones. Same eyes. Same nose. Same breath. And his father's face changed to his Grandfather's face. And it went on like that. Changing. Clear on back to faces I'd never seen before but still recognized.' - Sam Shepard, Buried Child
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Jolting along in his buggy through the freezing night, gripping the seat with his free hand, Dr. MacGregor Porter could see the bonfire from the road.
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When Pope Brock discovered the truth behind the dramatic death of his great-grandfather, Ham Dillon, he travelled to Indiana to discover more about his family's buried history. This is the extraordinary result. A sweeping, powerful true story that reads like the best fiction, Indiana Gothic is the tale of two married sisters living in the poor, pious American midwest at the turn of the century. Bored, beautiful Allie falls in love with her sister's charismatic husband and a reckless ensues. Encompassing adultery, scandal and a sensational murder trial, this is a haunting love story that echoes across the generations. (0-7472-6227-6)
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The lines between fiction and nonfiction have become increasingly blurred, but in journalist Pope Brock's first book, about murder and adultery in his family, everything is true.

Journalist Pope Brock grew up ignorant of his family's most closely guarded secret. It was only when his great-aunt was dying that he learned the true circumstances surrounding the death of his great-grandfather Ham Dillon. An aspiring young Indiana politician, Dillon was shot to death in 1908 by his own brother-in-law, Link Hale--a man half-crazed with anger and grief over the fact that his wife, Allie, had just borne Ham a child. To add another twist, Allie Hale was more than just Ham Dillon's lover; she was also his wife's only sister.

Fascinated by this revelation, Pope Brock began his research. In Indiana Gothic, he tells the story of Ham Dillon with the sweep and power of a novel, re-creating the era in such vivid detail that we have the sensation of time travel. Readers first meet the young Ham Dillon--handsome, charismatic, ambitious--as he courts Maggie Thompson, the daughter of a well-to-do farmer. But after their marriage in 1898, Ham comes into the orbit of Maggie's sister, Allie, who is locked in a joyless marriage to the depressive Link Hale. Passion soon takes over, and tragedy ensues--culminating in the drama of Link's murder trial, which made headlines for its controversial use of the insanity plea. Atmospheric and gripping, Indiana Gothic is a bold saga of an American past that is both forever lost and strangely, startlingly familiar.

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