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!
This compilation of stories stem from my various blogs, but also include several new stories I have never published before. I have painstakingly reinvestigated each and every story to to provide you the most complete and accurate history, in the hopes that these stories will live on. From the mysterious deaths, suicides, murders and tragic accidents, each person’s life has an interesting and unique story to tell that is truly theirs and theirs alone. Please join me in this journey to another time, another place, to honor the stories of the forgotten.
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.