The Plea (Kobo eBook)

The Plea By Patricia L. Bryan, Thomas Wolf Cover Image
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2023 Midwest Book Awards in Nonfiction - History, Regional, winner

On a moonlit night in 1889, Iowa farmer John Elkins and his young wife, Hattie, were brutally murdered in their bed. Eight days later, their son, eleven-year-old Wesley Elkins, was arrested and charged with murder. The community reeled with shock by both the gruesome details of the homicides and the knowledge of the accused perpetrator—a small, quiet boy weighing just 75 pounds.

Accessible and fast-moving, The Plea delivers a complete, complex, and nuanced narrative of this horrific crime, while shedding light on the legal, social, and political environment of Iowa and the country in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781609388409
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
Publication Date: July 21st, 2022