The 21st explores The Unforgiven

I talked this week with Brian Mackey, interim host of The 21st, a public radio program with listeners across Illinois.  Our conversation included portions of an interview with Steve Skelton, Amanda’s Hamm’s lawyer, during his interview with the podcast “Criminal” and excerpts of one of Amanda’s interview with police.  Here’s a link to The 21st interview which begins at the 17:30 mark in the program:

Susan Hazlett’s view

Susan Hazlett, long time columnist with The Pantagraph, shared her view of The Unforgiven in a column this morning. The same thorny issues of forgiveness and culpability that others have wrestled with after reading the book were also issues for the columnist. Here’s a link to her work : Susan Hazlett.

The years fly by

Where has the time gone?  I had a great time talking with WEEK anchor Caitlin Knute about some of the major stories I covered during my three-plus years as a journalist.  And the chance to show off a few of the vintage photos was icing on the cake!  Here’s the interview:

A conversation with Jim Dey

My friend and columnist for the Champaign News Gazette interviewed me recently about The Unforgiven. Jim shared his recollections of the case and the nagging questions that still swirl around the two very different verdicts returned by two juries three years after the deaths of the children.  Here’s a link to his column and a podcast recorded a few days later :

A fond farewell from WGLT on my retirement

My friend Ryan Denham invited me to share some thoughts on his WGLT Sounds Ideas program last week. We talked about some of the more memorable people and stories I’ve covered during my 12 years with The Pantagraph as courts and legal affairs reporter.  Among the more compelling projects were collaborations with Ryan that took a deep dive into local shooting deaths that left several killed and their assailants facing murder charges.

Here’s the link to the interview:

Our audio book artist:

Bill Flick hit a home run today with his column on Keith Sellon-Wright, the artist who read The Unforgiven for the audio version of our book. It’s really important to chose the right person to bring a book to life in this unique way. As Steve said, we couldn’t think of a better artist than Keith for the job. Here’s a link to Bill column, if you missed it: Link to Bill Flick

Keith Sellon-Wright

Bloomington library visit:

Bloomington Public Library Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Location:Community Room The Unforgiven – Bloomington Public Library
205 E. Olive St  Bloomington, IL 61701  tel. 309-828-6091   (Entrance and Parking on the South Side of the building)


Upcoming Event for The Unforgiven: Normal Public Library in Normal, Illinois, sponsored by the Normal Public Library Foundation. The date is June 2, 2019 in the Community Room from 2:00 – 3:30 PM. Address is 206 W. College Ave., Normal, IL 61761. Normal Public Library

We had a great visit Thursday with Andrew Welp WYZZ WMBD and his co-host Shelbey S. Roberts on their morning show to talk about The Unforgiven.


We explored details of our book on the Clinton Lake tragedy on WJBC this week:

It was fitting that our first interview after the book release was at WHOW Radio in Clinton:

Local authors explore 2003 drowning case at Clinton Lake

The Pantagraph breaks the news of our new book:

New book focuses on 2003 drownings of 3 children at Clinton Lake

Our friends at WGLT shared news of the book. It’s always nice to chat with Ryan Denham:

New Book Explores Justice System Through Clinton Lake Drownings

We enjoyed being guests recently on WCIA- Channel 3 News:

Book on Clinton Lake drownings to be released