What would possess a grandmother to murder her two-year-old granddaughter? The Legend of Nance Dude presents all the known facts surrounding Roberta Putnam's grizzly murder and the arrest, trial, and subsequent conviction of her grandmother Nancy Ann Kerley, also known as Nance Dude.
Maurice Stanley learned the story of Nance Dude from his grandmother, who saw Nance and Roberta Putnam out walking not long before Roberta's death. Stanley has woven a speculative tale, drawing on both historical fact and oral tradition, of Nance Dude's metamorphosis from happy, loving child to convicted murderess.
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Bright Mountain Books is proud to announce that The Legend of Nance Dude is now back in print. All of the known facts surrounding Roberta Putnam’s grizzly murder and the arrest, trial, and subsequent conviction of her grandmother Nance are presented in this compelling tale based on historical fact, oral tradition, and the author's intuitive speculation.From the Author:
by Ben Steelman
I just got a packet from Bright Mountain Books of Fairview, N.C., with a copy of the new novel by Brunswick County's Maurice Stanley -- "Sorrows End."
Stanley, as you'll recall, taught in the philosophy and religion department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for 12 years before his retirement. In his later years, he's become an accomplished historical novelist.
His book "The Legend of Nance Dude," originally published by John F. Blair in 1991, followed an actual child murder case that occurred near where Stanley grew up in the North Carolina mountains. It was later restaged as a play and even translated into Russian. (Bright Mountain republished it in 2004.)
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Book Description Bright Mountain Books (Historical Images), 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0914875434