“CSI Fort Thomas: The Horrific Death of Pearl Bryan” will be a presentation about the beheading of a 23-year-old girl from Greencastle, Ind. That gruesome murder and how investigators painstakingly followed clues to identify the victim and solve the crime more than a century ago still captivates audiences today.
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Tippin’s book, The Betrayal of Pearl Bryan: Unraveling the Gilded Age Mystery that Captivated a Nation, reveals details of Pearl’s short life and her tragic death. He wanted to know, “Who was Pearl Bryan, and why was she murdered?” He and his assistant combed through 3,000 pages of trial documents to produce 4,000 pages of notes to create 40,000 words of non-fiction. He used a detailed, historian’s approach to follow the victim and killers from Greencastle to Cincinnati and Fort Thomas, where she was murdered.
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Tippin, currently the Putnam County Historian from Roachdale, Ind., decided to undertake the daunting task of researching the incident after hearing from descendants of the Bryan family that very little family history existed on the infamous case. The result is a book that gives readers a glimpse into who Pearl Bryan was, the reason she was likely murdered, and what happened to her on her last four fateful days in Cincinnati. The family picture of generations of descendants of Pearl’s brother James also gives readers pause about what could have been had Pearl lived.
Tippin will sign copies of the book that will be available for purchase after the presentation. An exhibit of artifacts and other items will be on display. The Tower Park Mess Hall is at 801 Cochran Ave., Fort Thomas. Register for the event at the Campbell County Public Library website, www.cc-pl.org.
This event is sponsored by the Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society in partnership with the Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum and the Campbell County Public Library.
Photo caption: Crime scene photo showing Pearl after she had been moved by the coroner.