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Bluegrass : a true story of murder in Kentucky
William Van Meter
Adult Nonfiction HV6534 .B75 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In 2003, college student Katie Autry was brutally raped, stabbed and set on fire in her dorm room at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. Returning to his hometown, journalist Van Meter explores Autry's murder, and the subsequent investigation and trial. But his scattershot approach leaves the account as full of holes as the suspects' alibis. Authorities tracked down several people who'd been at a fraternity party Autry had attended before focusing on Stephen Soules, a high school dropout who at first said he'd had consensual sex with the drunken girl in her dorm. But Soules blamed the murder on Luke Goodrum, a 21-year-old with a history of domestic violence. Despite mounting evidence implicating Soules, Goodrum was tried for the crime, while Soules--who now claimed Goodrum forced him to rape Autry--agreed to testify in exchange for life in prison, thus avoiding a capital trial. Instead of exploring the glaring legal errors that ran rampant during the investigation and Goodrum's trial, Van Meter instead cobbles together a melodramatic narrative that doesn't do Autry's tragic death justice. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Journalist Van Meter's prose is serviceable at best, but the story he tells about a tragic crime and a bungled prosecution makes the book compulsively readable. Essential for regional libraries and a good choice for most public libraries. Background: On May 4, 2003, Katie Autry, a student at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, was savagely raped, stabbed, and set on fire. Investigators eventually drew a confession from Stephen Soules, who later claimed he had been forced to rape and murder Autry by Lucas Goodrum, a drug dealer acquaintance. Goodrum's trial for capital murder, solely on the word of Soules-the only suspect whose DNA was actually found at the scene-proved to be a gross miscarriage of justice.-Deirdre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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