Bonney Patterson at St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library

The St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library will host author Bonney Patterson on Saturday, September 10th at 1 p.m.  She'll be talking about her book and the case as well as selling copies of her book.  Bonney has written the book "Hunted in the Heartland: A Memoir of Murder".  Bonney had just moved in next door in January 1978 and had not gotten to know her neighbors well enough when Virginia Lee Witte was murdered in May 1978.  This is a true crime that happened in Marion, IL.
Here is a synopsis of the book from the author's website,  "On May 12, 1978, a woman is assaulted and brutally murdered in her home. It happened in broad daylight, as her husband lunched with friends, and neighbors bustled in and out of their houses.  Two nearby women have encounters with a strange man and remember him. Neither would have believed that they would be the only living survivors able to identify who was then an unknown serial killer in the midst of his most deadly killing frenzy. The two become part of a police investigation that ends up a cold case.  It wasn’t until 2007, when a detective working another murder ran a new DNA analysis on a piece of evidence, that a computer registers a hit on the killer’s identity.  This led to a convicted rapist who had no prior murder charges. Thus began the unmasking of a serial killer of nine women, and resolved sixty rapes and robberies.  The true story of the dark life of Timothy Krajcir, who hunted his victims in parking lots and neighborhoods, ends with his sentencing at a federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on April 4, 2008."
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