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Smart Talk: Authors of Murder in the Stacks and Richmond Redeemed

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 14, 2014 3:05 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

Wednesday's Smart Talk features conversations with the authors of two books that focus on historical events -- one on a heinous crime that was never solved and another marking the 150th anniversary of a series of events that led to the end of the Civil War.

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David DeKok appears on the program to discuss his book Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away.

It tells the story of 22-year-old Betsy Aarsdma, a graduate student in English, who was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the university's main campus in State College the day after Thanksgiving in 1969.

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The legendary case has never been solved but DeKok writes extensively in the book about who he thinks committed the crime.

Also, Richard Sommers, author of Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg, the Battles of Chaffin's Bluff and Poplar Spring Church, September 29 -- October 2, 1864 is with us.

One-hundred-fifty-years ago to the day, Union and Confederate troops were in the midst of a nine-month stand-off that led to the end of the Civil War.

Petersburg was an important transportation hub and just south of the Confederate capital of Richmond so it held strategic importance.  Even so, not much has been written about Petersburg.

Sommers tells the fascinating story.

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David DeKok

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