The murder of Ken Rex McElroy took place in plain view of dozens of . “In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri,” which was later. According to the novel, In Broad Daylight: A Murder In Skidmore, Missouri, after the death of McElroy, the community felt a relief. However, many were anxious. “In Broad Daylight” tells the story of the killing of Ken Rex McElroy on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri in July McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer, had.

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Even though it took place… Well, in broad daylight. Guilty kissouri I guess, this is the first one I’ve read in a long time though. I doubt that is still the case. Darlene Rowan Bill Bolender Eventually, some of the detail becomes overwhelming, and the book feels longer than necessary.

He was charged with 21 felonies and was only convicted once — the result of a fancy Kansas City lawyer, a cowardly judge, indecisive prosecutors, and pusillanimous juries. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I think their united was to show him they were done being scared of him and a few in the group did not think that was good enough. And to this day, no one has been arrested, no mkrder were ever issued and no one is telling ksidmore they know.

Ken McElroy was a menacing person, had a lawyer with great bbroad, and thought he was invincible. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to true crime fans. MacLean spent years on this book, living in the area, talking to as many of the reticent denizens as he could.


Brian Dennehy is perfectly cast as the villain — although the real guy was even creepier, more violent and sociopathic. The exposition is lovely and evocative, but completely extraneous.

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They rolled with guns and relied on those guns. The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends. To ask other readers questions about In Broad Daylightplease sign up. A bully in — of all places — an NFL locker room. There were dozens of witnesses, as it happened on a main street at midday, and a federal investigation, but no one was ever charged. The 29 year old lawyer Nick Donahue is still living with his mother Diana. Heard about this case but none of the details so what I found in here was dahlight a shock.

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Sheriff Phil Lewis Bill Thurman It is really a shame that what stood out to me most was the lack dayliggt editing. Refresh and try again.

It’s believed he successfully escaped punishment on 57 felony charges. It was turned into a made-for-TV movie, but it didn’t do the book or subject matter justice. The book explores the nature of the moral consequences of the killing for the town and those involved in the killing. The fear and inaction of some people may have also fueled the towns peoples frustration and while you may not agree with their actions, you can certainly understand it.

And if I did, I wouldn’t tell you. Throughout the book, you will continually shocked and outraged at the inability of anyone to stand up to McElroy, to hit him on the nose to back him down. I had to know how these people got to the point where what happened actually happened. If you create a town in which everyone lives in their own bubble and minds their own business, then you are susceptible to falling one by one.


It honestly looks like it was type-set by a beginning publishing student. Review from Publisher’s Weekly: I literally couldn’t put this book down for three days.

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In Broad Daylight

I enjoyed this book. Angry, paranoid, McElroy pulled guns and threatened to kill the old man and others. MacLean describes the breakthrough events when key characters agreed to speak with him, and he realized he would finally get the story.

Cops were scared to arrest him, missourl were scared to prosecute him, judges were scared to judge him, and juries were scared to convict him. Although there were more than 45 witnesses to the killing, and three grand juries considered the case, no one has been prosecuted for the killing.

MacLean carefully details the background history of McElroy’s childhood, early and later life, the endurance of the farmers and victims of McElroy’s two decades of crime and terror, the failure of the criminal justice system to even superficially respond to McElroy’s crime spree, the State of Missouri’s bemused reaction to McElroy’s death, the federal government’s sudden interest in pursuing McElroy’s death as a civil rights violation, and ultimately the skewed and misinformed coverage of the story by the national and international press and media.