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The Freach and Keen Murders : The True Story of the Crime That Shocked and Changed a Community Forever
by Kathleen P. Munley and Paul R. Mazzoni


Overview - In November 1973, William J. Wright, a former patient and trustee of the Farview State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, brutally murdered two teenage boys, Edmund Keen and Paul Freach, in Lackawanna County, a region that took great pride in not only its history, but its reputation as a friendly, family-oriented, safe place to live.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In November 1973, William J. Wright, a former patient and trustee of the Farview State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, brutally murdered two teenage boys, Edmund Keen and Paul Freach, in Lackawanna County, a region that took great pride in not only its history, but its reputation as a friendly, family-oriented, safe place to live. It was a place where families could leave their doors unlocked, and be confident about allowing their children to play and explore outdoors. Yet all that would change in an instant. The brutal murders of these two boys forever altered the way people thought of this region and the safe neighborhoods they had come to take for granted. Kathleen P. Munley and Paul R. Mazzoni tell a story of unbelief, anger, and fear, but also courage and fortitude. They delve deep into the Commonwealth v. William J. Wright trial, looking inside the investigation, the trial, and how the public was impacted by this unthinkable crime. In captivating detail, the authors weave together the events of this devastating crime and remind us that, even in the pleasant light of day, evil can and does exist, and one must always be on guard.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781442245792
  • ISBN-10: 1442245794
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 326
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

When two teenage boys, Edmund Keen and Paul Freach, didn’t make it home after leaving school on November 1, 1973, the town of Scranton, Pa., was forever changed, assert local historian Munley and attorney Mazzoni. Though William Wright was eventually caught and successfully convicted of murdering Freach and Keen due to Mazzoni’s efforts as chief prosecutor (which he oddly chooses to narrate in the third person), the ensuing fear has remained. Here, the authors recount the early days of the investigation—the countless interviews with friends and relatives, the FBI bulletins, and the grim search for remains, as well as the tremendous stroke of luck that led authorities to Wright. In Munley and Mazzoni’s retelling, the arc of this riveting story is essentially over after the first 50 pages, at which point the authors delve into the minutiae of the investigation, culminating in an epic recounting of Wright’s trial that is essentially a transcript running over 140 pages. The shift from true crime novel to plodding procedural is steep and swift, quickly devolving into details and anecdotes better suited to law classrooms than the page. (June)

 
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