Tales Of A Serial Killer October 7

By Donna Rosenthal Ridge Writers

The always popular, upbeat, engaging S. Kay Murphy will revisit Ridgecrest for the Ridge Writers October 7 meeting, starting 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores. The public is welcome, admission free, masks required.

On August 25, 1928, the sheriff of St. Louis County took into custody a fifty-year-old Missouri farmwife. Authorities sought to question her in a mystery which had built for twenty years: Had she masqueraded as a selfless saint who voluntarily cared for the acutely ill? Or evaded discovery as a minister of death whose crimes would qualify her as one of America’s few female serial killers? In her riveting nonfiction memoir “Tainted Legacy,” journalist S. Kay Murphy searches for the truth about her own great-grandmother — accused murderer Bertha Gifford.

Murphy has spoken to Ridge Writers many times, invariably impressing and delighting audiences. She will talk about “How Your Subconscious Can Be Your Superhero” for the evening program, drawing on what she has learned with a fellow writer about how our subconscious minds actually work against us as writers, but there are strategies we can use to turn that around and put it to work for our benefit. Subtitle: “Learning to tap into the power of your subconscious can lead to a more productive and creative writing life.”

She’ll also preside over a “Read the Book, Meet the Author” at 2 in the afternoon at Mac’s International Restaurant on Heritage Drive. For the afternoon program, admission of $37 includes book, autograph by the author, tea sandwiches, cheesecake, tea, discussion, prize drawing, and a different program than the p.m. presentation. Purchase tickets at Red Bock Books, 206 W. Ridgecrest Blvd, 760-375-3454.

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 112-year-old California Writer Club (calwriters.org).

Story First Published: 2021-10-01