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Westfield Memorial Library hosts author of The Case of the Unknown Woman
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Jen Schulze 908.789.4090 ext 7951
For Immediate Release –
Westfield Memorial Library presents Author F. Alexander Shipley
(June 4, 2012) – Will author F. Alexander Shipley solve The Case of the Unknown Woman? On Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m., he will discuss his book of the same title at The Westfield Memorial Library, located at 550 East Broad Street.
On March 26, 1887, a young woman was found murdered in a field in Rahway, New Jersey. Mr. Shipley’s book reveals a detailed account of a case that shook this local community and was regarded to be one of the most intriguing murder cases of the 19th century. Efforts by private detectives, police, and authorities at the local, county, and state level ended without success--the murderer was never caught, and the victim never identified.
Mr. Shipley’s interest in this case began when he was just ten years old and continued as he researched other books about Rahway as an adult. He has been with the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum since 1973, and took over as Director of Museum Operations in April 2008. He has served as president, vice-president, and trustee in a span of nearly 40 years.
A life-long resident of Rahway, Mr. Shipley’s earned his BA in English from Montclair University and a Masters in Humanities from Kean University. He taught English at Linden and Rahway High Schools, was appointed City Historian by the Mayor of Rahway, and hired as Research Consultant for the Rahway Public Library. Meet this author and find out more about this fascinating case.
The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 ext 0.
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