Deacon's Crossbow: The True Story of a Crossbow Killing on Interstate 95

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9780985442910: Deacon's Crossbow: The True Story of a Crossbow Killing on Interstate 95

Alaska Writers Guild's 2012 Writer's Achievement Award

How does a high school valedictorian, former member of the famed 101st Airborne, respected church deacon, husband and father of three end up with a first-degree murder conviction and serving life without parole?

Deacon’s Crossbow is a bone-chilling and compelling work of true crime — about fate, fear, facts and personality, especially that of convict Donald S. Graham.

Donald and his wife were driving home from dance lessons when they happened upon two men on Interstate 95 in Massachusetts. When Donald reached for his crossbow, all hell broke loose. The end result: the male driver is dead and the deacon is in prison for the rest of his life. You will follow a labyrinth of events from the incident all the way to the present. The story is unique because it includes Mr. Graham’s views and sentiments from within the walls of incarceration, as well as perspectives from a free man, the author.

Was justice served? Or was the driver the aggressor and the deacon the victim?

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"Striking that, though I knew the whole story and its conclusion, I remained riveted and completed 200 pages in two sittings. Interesting how self defense can be well-hidden by 'our system of justice.' Don's case is a billboard advertisement for such basic rights."
Bruce Krell, Attorney at Law, San Francisco

"How am I supposed to sleep after reading (practically in one sitting!) your book? Haunting stuff. So many layers of the unknown left to it. Good work.”
David Stevenson, Director and Professor
University of Alaska Anchorage MFA Program

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About the Author:

"Deacon's Crossbow" represents my first published project of nonfiction. All my previous published work was done as a freelancer for The Woonsocket Call (RI), as a columnist for the Castro Valley Forum (CA), and a ­columnist for the magazine, Edibles East Bay (CA). In 2005, I returned to ­college to immerse myself in selective creative writing courses at Cuesta ­College in Los Osos, CA. Loved every minute of it. In 2011, I served as president of the Alaska Writers Guild and continue to be their Program Director. My portfolio also includes the forthcoming 375-page book of fiction, "­Return of the Free Faller," and a series which includes more than 75 short ­stories. I have also written a screenplay titled Kinga. Originally from the "booming metropolis" of Woonsocket, RI, where I spent over 25 years as a businessman, I now live in Anchorage, AK. My latest book is "Shadowing Dizzy Gillespie."

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David G. Brown
Published by Brave Down Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 0985442913 ISBN 13: 9780985442910
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