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Steven F. Meeker

Publisher: Books Preferred

ISBN: 978-1951932046

This novel is about Alva C. Tenil Horr, who murdered is wife, Ida on September 16, 1914 in Danville, Illinois. Mr. Horr was arrested in August of the following year and swiftly tried the following month. He was sentenced to Southern Illinois Penitentiary in Chester, Illinois for 25 years. He escaped from there in March of 1919. This novel is a timeline of events before and after the murder. I do not mean to imply that I have written a novel about fictional characters. I have written a novel about real people who happen to live at a time somewhat removed from the present. Ida was my great aunt. She was born Ida Meeker, October 10, 1879 in Bismark Illinois. The pictures and documents illustrated in the novel help tell the story. This is Alva’s and Ida’s story, and also the story of a great many other individuals and families. There are many beginnings to Ida’s story. Born in one era, maturing in another, watching the century transform into the next, period of her life. She was unaware of the changes it would bring to her life and the lives of many local residents in the Danville, Illinois area.

One Man Escaped


Steven F. Meeker

Publisher: Books Preferred

ISBN: 978-0692866504

This novel is based on the experiences of real people and reflects their perception of the past and present. The personalities, battles, events, and conversations portrayed within this story are taken from court documents, interviews, research, letters, press accounts, and good and bad memories of some participants.  

Mr. Zoe was a resourceful man. Someone always knows something; it's never too late to ask questions. Dust off your notes from your general psychology classes. Be ready to change your attitude as Jak Night investigates this true story. This hearsay will be as fresh as tomorrow's newspaper, just saying.

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