Folsom's 93

The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison's Executed Men


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Folsom’s in Color

Folsom's 22I wanted to share this colorized picture of William M. Gray, Folsom’s 22nd execution. My son has been playing around with Photoshop, and this one particular shot has always stood out to him, so he wanted to see what he could do with it. Given the information surrounding Gray’s case, I’m not entirely convinced he committed the crime for which he hanged. I’ll leave you with his last words.

” . . . there could be no God, else an innocent man would not be hanged.”

 


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The Big House Museum is on it’s way!

I’m thrilled to learn that my friends at the Folsom Prison Museum are edging closer and closer to their dream of building the Big House Museum, that will encompass artifacts and treasures from prisons around the country. Jim Brown, Dennis Sexton, and the rest of the staff at the museum have made preserving Folsom’s history their life’s work and it’s wonderful to see them continuing to make strides toward this new endeavor. Click on the links below to learn more about the Folsom Prison Museum and the efforts to build the Big House Museum.

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Book Signing at Barnes & Noble

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For those of you in the area (and needing to spend those B&N gift cards you get for Christmas) . . . I’ll be signing copies of Folsom’s 93 at Barnes & Noble at Centerra in Loveland, CO on January 4, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come by and chat with me—nothing’s worse than a lonely author sitting all by themselves at a table with no one to talk to. (My family can only take so much before they get bored and find something else to do). Hope to see you there!


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Review of Folsom’s 93

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Fellow history author and researcher-extraordinaire, J’aime Rubio took the time to review Folsom’s 93. What did she have to say? Check it out HERE. While you’re at it, I encourage you to stick around and read some of her fascinating articles on mystery, murder and mayhem. You may recall I reviewed her bookBehind the Walls: A Historical Expose of The Preston School of Industry, an intriguing investigation into the murderous past of one of California’s famous reform schools. A great read.


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Win a Copy of Folsom’s 93!

Who doesn’t love a giveaway? 

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To enter, all you have to do is LIKE my Facebook page, then leave a comment here. It’s that easy! I’ll randomly choose a winner Sunday, June 30th, at 8 p .m. MST. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

About the book:

“A trip back in time to the hard-boiled early 20th-century California that inspired the novels of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Folsom’s 93 gives a fascinating glimpse into the real-life world of yeggs, confidence swindlers, holdup men, murderously unhappy husbands, and seemingly unmotivated killers who booked a date with the hangman. Illustrated throughout with authentic and haunting prison photographs of each of the 93 condemned men,Folsom’s 93 brings the crimes and punishments of a vanished era into sharp and realistic life.”

Thanks for entering and good luck!


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Not Bad for a Monday

It’s The Husband’s birthday today, but it was me who received a pretty damn good present today. (I basically sent them to myself since I paid for them, but hey, I’m still excited).

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On top of that, my publisher spotted the book at the Barnes & Noble in Fresno over the weekend.

Folsom's 93 in the wildThey also appear to be in stock at the two Sacramento B&N locations. Can’t get there? Amazon  or Barnes and Noble online can help you out!


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The Wait is (just about) Over + Save the Date(s)

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It looks like Folsom’s 93 is finally in stock at Amazon! Those who pre-ordered should be receiving their copy within the week. The Kindle version will be available July 1st for $7.99.  

Also, for those in the Sacramento area, I will be at the Folsom Prison Museum July 20th from 10-4 for a presentation and signing. On July 24th, catch me over at Time Tested Books at 1114 21st Street (time TBA–evening)

I’ll keep you posted with other tour dates in Northern California, including Fresno, San Francisco, as well as events in Colorado.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support!