McQueen's 12th Book Spotlights "Louisville Murder and Mayhem"

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Life in Louisville in the years after the Civil War and into the early 20th century was both exciting and dangerous.

Eastern Kentucky University faculty member Keven McQueen chronicles the era in his 12th book, “Louisville Murder and Mayhem: Historic Crimes of Derby City.”

The publisher, History Press of Charleston, S.C., termed the book a “collection of morbid tales and crime and depravity” and a journey back to “a time when Louisville’s streets were filled with rail cars, its alleys were populated by thieves and its brothels hummed with activity. Whether it’s the tale of the marriage between a convicted murderer to a notorious prostitute or the exploits of the criminal duo dubbed ‘Louisville’s Bonnie and Clyde,’ this is a true crime collection that is truly hard to believe.”

McQueen, who joined the EKU faculty in 1989, teaches composition and world literature as a lecturer in the Department of English and Theatre.

His other books include “The Great Louisville Tornado of 1890,” “The Axman Came from Hell and Other Southern True Crime Stories,” “Murder in Old Kentucky,” “Kentucky Book of the Dead,” “Forgotten Tales of Indiana,” and the “Offbeat Kentuckians” series.

A resident of Berea, McQueen earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and a master’s degree from EKU.

Published on February 27, 2012