In The Afternoon Or Early Evening Of June Two Young Women, Vicki Durian And Nancy Santomero, Were Killed In An Isolated Clearing In Rural Pocahontas County West Virginia They Were Hitchhiking To An Outdoor Peace Festival Known As The Rainbow Gathering, But Never Arrived Their Killings Have Been Called The Rainbow Murders For Thirteen Years, No One Was Prosecuted, Though Suspicion Was Cast On A Succession Of Local Men In , The State Of West Virginia Convicted A Local Farmer Named Jacob Beard And Sentenced Him To Life Imprisonment Later, It Emerged That A Convicted Serial Killer And Diagnosed Schizophrenic Named Joseph Paul Franklin Had Also Confessed With The Passage Of Time, As The Truth Behind The Rainbowkillings Seemed To Slip Away, Its Toll On This Appalachian Community Became Concrete The Unsolved Murders Were A Trauma, Experienced On A Community ScaleEmma Copley Eisenberg Spent Five Years Re Investigating These Brutal Acts, Which Once Captured The National Media S Imagination, Only To Fall Into Obscurity A One Time New Yorker Who Came To Live In Pocahontas Country, Eisenberg Shows How That Crime, A Mysterious Act Of Violence Against A Pair Of Middle Class Outsiders, Came To Loom Over Several Generations Of Struggling Appalachians, Many Of Themlaborers Who Earned A Living Farming, Hauling Timber, Cutting Locust Posts, Or Baling Hay And The Investigators And Lawyers For Whom The Case Became A White WhalePart Serial Like Investigation, Part Joan Didion Like Meditation, The Book Follows The Threads Of This Crime Through The History Of West Virginia, The Back To The Land Movement, And The Complex Reality Contemporary Appalachia, Forming A Searing Portrait Of America And Its Divisions Of Gender And Class, And Its Violence
Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer of fiction, and nonfiction Her work has appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, Tin House, the Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney s, The Los Angeles Review of Books, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature Recommended Reading, The New Republic, Slate, Salon, and others.Her first book, THE THIRD RAINBOW GIRL is forthcoming from Hachette Books in January 2020.
- 336 pages
- The Third Rainbow Girl
- Emma Copley Eisenberg
- 16 August 2019 Emma Copley Eisenberg