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My latest book, the follow up title to "Stories of the Forgotten" -  Come with me on another journey into the past to resurrect the histories of more of the forgotten whose lives and deaths were anything but average. From the tale of a young domestic worker brutally slain in her employer's home, to the over the top life story of two sisters who traveled across the country and changed their names more often than they changed clothes. Their stories individually are what Hollywood movies are made of. Learn about tragic tales of lost love, murder, suicides and many unsolved mysteries as well. If you enjoyed "Stories of the Forgotten" you won't want to miss "More Stories of the Forgotten." 



More Preston Castle History


If you have read my first book, "Behind The Walls," which covered the early history of the Preston School of Industry, then you may already know some of the stories hidden behind those castle walls. 


In this follow-up book, I have incorporated additional narratives discovered during my continued research. From dangerous and sometimes deadly incidents, to wild and crazy escapes and everything in between, this book is a concise but engaging read for anyone who is interested in learning more about Preston's lost history.


I also provide biographies of some of Preston's most famous and infamous former wards such as Merle Haggard, Rory Calhoun, Edmund "Spud" Murphy, Allen Smiley and Ernest Booth, as well as an entire chapter dedicated to former wards who ended up on Death Row, such as Caryl Chessman, the "Red Light Bandit." Besides the sad, tragic and downright vicious stories that took place there, I also provide several positive stories that came out of the school to show the good that came from the school as well.  Come with me to explore more Preston Castle history! 






Come travel back in time with me to explore the stories of the forgotten. From suicides to drownings, accidents and natural deaths to unsolved murders, these fatalities occurred under the most bizarre and mysterious circumstances. From chapter to chapter, you will delve into each story with their own tumultuous twists and turns. Find out what really happened to Octavia Hatcher and Julia Legare, both rumored to have been buried alive.
Read the details of the three equally mysterious drownings of Alida Ghirardelli, Ella Newton, and Agnes Jaycoax. Be shocked by the story of Rose De Fabrizio, the young bride who collapsed while walking up the steps of the church to be married. Find out the truth behind Savannah’s own mystery encircling the life and death of Corinne Elliott Lawton.  In San Diego County, let me show you the facts surrounding the Hotel Del Coronado’s “Beautiful Stranger,” as well as the puzzling account of Emma LeDoux, the infamous Black Widow of Amador County, and many more.  
Besides these narratives, I have covered many popular urban legends known throughout the country. See how I reveal the truth behind Burrillville, Rhode Island’s more recent folklore encompassing the tale of Bathsheba Sherman. Take a closer look at the origins of other urban legends within Niles Canyon, located near Fremont, California.  In each case, I present to you a thoroughly researched accounting of every story, allowing you to draw your own conclusions, and also learn where many of their graves can be found in cemeteries within the United States.

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Behind The Walls Book

Behind The Walls: A Historical Exposé  Of The Preston School Of Industry


I want to thank everyone out there who has supported me and my writing by purchasing my first historical book, "Behind The Walls".  It took me four years of research and writing to compile several of these stories, some of which had not been written about in nearly 50 to over 100 years.  It was certainly a labor of love, and my research will never be fully completed as there are still so many tales left to be told.


If you are a truth seeker, "Behind The Walls" is definitely a book you will want to read. It will open your eyes to the distressing secrets held deep in history behind those ominous walls of Preston Castle. It is a fact based account of murder, mystery and mistreatment. Many might wonder what actually happened to the former inmates and employees of the Preston School of Industry. You will learn about the startling treatment they received and the outcome of their lives. If you want to learn true history about Preston, read this book.


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