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The Murdered Family

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The Murdered Family: A Novel

By Vernon Keel

This book is based on the mass murder of a farm family in central North Dakota on April 22, 1920.  The 350-page novel marks the 90th anniversary of the tragic event and tells the story of the murders of Jacob Wolf, a German-Russian immigrant, his wife Beata, five of their six daughters, and the hired boy. 

The story garnered national attention and, three weeks after the eight victims were found, investigators secured a signed confession from a neighbor farmer.  However, doubt still remains today about who committed the horrible crime.

Vernon Keel headed the University of North Dakota's Journalism Department, and later its School of Communication from 1976 to 1989.

350 pages.  Softcover.

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