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The Case That Shocked the Country
The Case that Shocked the Country: The Unquiet deaths of Vida Robare, and Alexander McClay Williams -- the youngest person to die in the electric chair in Pennsylvania -- for a crime he did not commit, recounts an actual 1930 murder case in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. This stunning story sent shockwaves across the country as it flashed across newspaper headlines as far away as Texas, California, and Canada. It is a compelling combination of legal history, a real life murder mystery, and a 30 year quest for justice for a long forgotten 16 year old African American youth buried in an unmarked grave, who remains the youngest known person, to date, to die in Pennsylvania's electric chair.
Go Stand Upon the Rock (2014)
Go Stand Upon the Rock is a deeply moving story based on real people and events in the lives of a runaway slave and his family, who witness some of the most compelling moments in antebellum American history. It is a tale of unsettling plantation life, courageous women, dramatic Civil War battles, heroes and hoodoo, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. This novel is based on the family history handed down to me by my maternal grandmother, Maud Ray Ridley Ortiga – the granddaughter of former runaway slaves.