During the summer of 2017 I went searching through some old photos my dad had upstairs in an old chest. he had passed a few years earlier but when I visited my mom who still lived in the house, I would go through old letters and photos. One young man whom was photographed only 4 or 5 times caught my attention. He was in the family photos but I had no idea who he was. I recognized my grandmother, my three great uncles and my great aunt who passed away in the 1940's, but who was this kid? On the back of one photo the name read Louis. I contacted the archivist of Neptune Township and a few days later I received an article from the Asbury Park Press stating: "Icepick Wound Causes West Grove Boy's Death."
A work of historical fiction which combines true events researched in century old newspaper articles, and two years of research revolving around a great uncle I would never have the chance to meet.
The book focuses at first on the icepick thrower who stepped forward after Louis' death four months after the incident at Loch Arbour. His name was Charles White of Asbury Park. He was 12 years old. The book begins as he culprit, now an old man, lies on his bed in a convalescent center knowing that his days are few. Thanks to the help of a nurse, his story gets told.
Files coming soon.