This is a true story of an elderly man, an overreaching woman, a troubled youth, a romance, a murder, and two brothers' decision to do right, all on a collision course with history. All of the people in this story are real, and all events have been meticulously researched. The story unfolds through the eyes of each character. Filled with photos, notes, and a bibliography of source material, this book tells the story of Tom Pratt, his newfound love, and the murder and trial that made history in Leaksville, North Carolina, though few noted it at the time. The history was first published in The Journal of Rockingham County History and Genealogy in June, 2010. This new book takes a deeper look into the characters and what they might have been thinking in the midst of a series of events that spiraled out of control to change them– and history– forever.
The book is available at the libraries of Rockingham County (N.C.) Public Library System, Rockingham Community College and The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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