Author Visit: Ted Gregory

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Waunakee Public Library

Chicago Tribune Pulitzer-prize-winning reporter Ted Gregory will stop by to discuss his very different true-crime tale, “Mary Jane’s Ghost,” a layered story that best-selling author Scott Turow calls, “wonderful, fast-paced,” and “incisive.” The central narrative of this true story follows one man’s obsession with an unsolved lovers’ lane double-murder that occurred back in 1948 in the scenic, small town of Oregon, Ill. He thinks a police officer did it. He also thinks the ghost of one victim haunts his roadhouse, and he reaches out to the Tribune for help. What unfolds next is much more than a conventional true-crime book. By writing about life as a reporter and weaving in a handful of other stories he covered while the Oregon case beguiled him for 13 years, Gregory has written a Heartland odyssey about revisiting our pasts, remaking them, and whether that’s worth the heartache. He explores the importance of journalism and more broadly, why we need stories.