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[Virtual] Evenings Upstairs: Wicked Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky has always had a dark side. Mary James Trotter, an arrested moonshine-selling grandma, remarked to a judge that she “simply had to sell a little liquor now and then to take care of my four grandchildren.” Rod Ferrell led a bloodsucking vampire cult in Murray, Kentucky, and traumatized parents of the 1990s. Court Street in Paducah was once home to several “disorderly houses” which supplied a number of prostitutes to those looking for a good time. For more than a century, a small stretch of road in McCracken County, Kentucky, has witnessed numerous murders. The two-mile stretch of road known as Pool Road in Paducah, Kentucky, could be the most perilous road in Western Kentucky. Join award winning author Richard Parker as he takes you on a journey through four of Western Kentucky’s most nefarious people, places, and events from his new book Wicked Western Kentucky.
Richard Parker is the vice-president of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society and has authored several articles and book reviews that have been published in the Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society. In 2019, the Jackson Purchase Historical Society won a Kentucky History Award for being the volunteer organization of the year. His most recent contribution to the society’s journal won the 2019 Dr. Lonnie E. Maness Award for most outstanding article. The 2019 journal was awarded a Kentucky History Award in November 2020. Parker studied history and earned an undergraduate degree from Murray State University and a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. Richard is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Kentucky Humanities Council. He and his wife, Emily, co-own Atomic City Tours, a tour company focused on providing historical walking tours in downtown Paducah.
This program will premiere on the Library Facebook page at 7pm on January 20
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January 20
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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