Murder in Little Egypt

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Penguin Group USA, Feb 6, 1990 - True Crime - 350 pages
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The residents of Little Egypt, Illinois, admired Dr. John Dale Cavaness as a medical practitioner and a selfless humanitarian--not knowing he was also a brutal drunkard who murdered his two sons. Now, Darcy O'Brien presents a riveting portrait of this Jekyll and Hyde personality and the 1984 murder trial that shocked an entire state.

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In December 1984 Dr. John Dale Cavaness was charged with the murder of his son Sean. The community was outraged and rose to his defense. What they didn’t know was that for years he had terrorized his ... Read full review

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John Dale Cavaness was a beloved doctor in southern Illinois, in a poor area called Little Egypt. He oftened treated patients without requesting payment. To his family and co-workers Dr. Dale, as he ... Read full review


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Darcy O'Brien 1939-1998 Darcy O'Brien was an award-winning author of fiction and literary criticism born on July 16, 1939 in Los Angeles, California. O'Brien was best known for his work in the genre of true crime. His first novel, A Way of Life, Like Any Other, won the 1978 Ernest Hemingway award for best first novel. In 1997, O'Brien won the Edgar Allen Poe award for Power to Hurt. His other works include: Two of a Kind: The Story of the Hillside Stranglers, Murder in Little Egypt, Moment by Moment and The Hidden Pope. O'Brien attended Princeton University and University of Cambridge, and received a master's degree and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1965 to 1978 he was a professor of English at Pomona College. In 1978 he moved to Tulsa, and taught at the University of Tulsa until 1995. On March 2, 1998, O'Brien died of a heart attack in Tulsa.

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