The Memoir of a Murder author visit

In 2005, Karly Sheehan died in Corvallis as the result of abuse at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend. Writer Karen Spears Zacharias knew Karly and her family, and with growing horror she began to investigate the details behind Karly’s death.

Zacharias, former crime and courts reporter at the East Oregonian, spent five years chronicling the circumstances of Karly’s murder.  A Silence of Mockingbirds: The memoir of a murder, published to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, tells Karly’s story. On April 5th, at 7:00 PM,  Zacharias will be at the library to read from and discuss  her new book.  Karly’s Father and the Deputy District Attorney who prosecuted the case will be in the audience and available to answer questions.  Grass Roots Bookstore will be selling copies of the book.

Rep. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, introduced legislation which led to the passing of Karly’s Law, a bill whose purpose was to tighten the requirements for investigating potential child-abuse victims.  While legislation is important, Zacharias also wants to increase community awareness of child abuse to prevent tragedies like Karly’s death.  We hope you will come on April 5th.


Posted by Alex, a second floor librarian

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