New Muhlenberg Book Evokes Split Emotions

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

A new book detailing 288 murder cases in Muhlenberg County over the past century has sold more than 1,100 copies and causing heated discussion among victims' family members.

"Murders of Muhlenberg County" was written by Mike Moore who says his research into his grandfather's 1947 slaying inspired the book.

"I always wanted to know what really happened, and the book tells what really happened," says Aaron Eaves, whose grandmother was found murdered in 1977. "There are a lot of family members out there that things happened to their family members in this county and they want to know why, just like I want to know why."

But not all victims' families have the same reaction. One family of a recently murdered victim asked to remain anonymous, but said they believe the new book reopens old wounds and is making profit from their relative's death.

"That was one of my biggest concerns is offending someone," Moore says. "So I tried to be as sensitive as possible; not only to the victims' families, but to the families of those who committed the crimes. Mainly this book, if it's about one person, it's about my grandfather. I just really didn't think about the money. It's good to make money off of something you spent 10 years of your life doing."

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