Lillian's Legacy

Marriage and Murder in Rural Iowa
  • Also available as: Perfect Bound Softcover
  • Published: May 2003
  • Format: E-Book
  • Pages: 188
  • Size: E-Book
  • ISBN: 9781403392527

Lillian Chalman, a single mother of four children, is induced to marry Howard Randolph, a man she knows casually. Now in his middle years, Howard is intent on being a father and proposes marriage without the usual romance and courtship. Lillian is motivated by an opportunity for security for her children and a new family life in the luxurious home of a wealthy businessman. Lillian moves from her native Duluth to Guthrie Center, a small Iowa town where Howard is well known and widely despised for his ruthless business practices.

Lillian’s expectations of a secure family existence are shattered, as she becomes a battered wife trying to make a life for her children. After five years of unsuccessful efforts to salvage the marriage, Lillian files for separate maintenance and gains possession of the house, a monthly stipend, and custody of her minor children. Howard is enraged. Two swarthy men in a white Cadillac arrive in Guthrie Center and Lillian disappears. What follows shows the consequences of wife battering and the failings of the criminal justice system. That is Lillian’s Legacy.

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