Saturday, November 7th, 3:00pm -- Bill Lindstrom
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Orca Books is delighted to welcome Northwest author Bill Lindstrom to the store on this November afternoon. Bill will be talking about his popular new book, "Villain or Victim?: The Untold Story of the Wildman of the Wynooche".
The book is about John Tornow, alleged killer of six men, including his two nephews on Sept. 3, 1911. This triggered a 19-month manhunt, the longest in Northwest history at the time. He killed two deputies in March, 1912, before he was killed in a shootout on April 16, 1913, but took two more deputies’ lives before he was gunned down. “Villain or Victim?” asks if the man was ever guilty of the murders, for he was never charged with a crime, though a $5,000 warrant was on his head. John is pictured as a wildman of the Wynooche, referring to the area in which he roamed and subsisted in for two bitter winters in a feat that bewilders those who know the area.
The John Tornow the author introduces is a far more compassionate individual, who only wanted to be left alone in the solace of the woods he so much enjoyed. Was he a “Villain or Victim?” The book attempts to find the truth as through the examination of newspaper articles, trial transcriptions and interviews with descendants of friends and neighbors who knew him. It is a novel based on actual events, utilizing actual people who knew him, befriended or was sympathetic to him. The story is told through the words of an actual reporter, who writes his narratives after interviews with sheriffs, posse members and Tornow advocates. Many news articles of the day are reproduced.
“Villain or Victim?” leaves readers to decide by arming them with enough facts and fallacies to formulate their own opinions after studying the numerous conspiracy theories that have kept this story alive for more than 100 years.