Sunday, August 19, 2007

The story behind the book

Madison, Wisconsin author Bryan Stanley is celebrating the publication of his first book, which he spent six years researching and writing. "The Becoming of Driftless Rivers National Park," which features several aerial photographs of Crawford County, is Stanley's effort toward earning the area a national park designation.

But Bryan Stanley is not a typical first time author. In February 1985, Stanley, "a chronic paranoid schizophrenic," was off his medication when he murdered three people inside an Onalaska church. He was tried for the crimes, found innocent by reason of mental defect and has resided ever since at the Mendota Mental Health Center in Madison. Last deemed unfit for release in 1999, next month a judge will decide if Stanley will be released back into the community.

The LaCrosse Public Library has digitized several newspaper articles from the LaCrosse Tribune which detail the murders and their aftermath and provide an excellent background to the story behind the book.

2 Comments:

Anonymous George Hesselberg said...

Amy: Thanks for linking to my articles on the Bryan Stanley book, but especially thanks for noting the www.lacrosselibrary.org digitized clipping collection, which was especially useful in researching the articles.
George Hesselberg

12:25 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hi George. You are very welcome. Your story was extremely well-written, as is all your writing. I specifically visit Madison.com on a regular basis to see what you've been up to. :)

12:59 PM  

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