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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William A. Krueger  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

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He recieved his degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chief William A. Krueger served in law enforcement for 35 years. He retired from the Lincoln, Illinois Police Department in 1980. He was then appointed Chief of Police in Salem, Illinois. He has served as an agent for the Midstates Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a U.S. Justice Department program to assist local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in gathering criminal intelligence on organized crime.


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Titles At Your Library

A Force for Evil: Assassination in a Small Town
ISBN: 1410766985

AuthorHouse. 2003

A Force for Evil is the true story of the Fry Murder Case, which occurred in Lincoln, Illinois the summer of 1976. It is a reflection on the crime of murder: how the crime affected the community, the families of the victims and how the crime was solved. The story takes you from the time the killer was a child up to and including his commission of the crime, his arrest, trial, conviction and sentencing. It involves the process of the investigation as seen through the eyes of the author, who was one of the investigating detectives. It relates how, like the work of a jigsaw puzzler, the detectives gathered, analyzed and put the pieces of the puzzle together to bring the investigation to it's ultimate conclusion. Russell Smrekar, a college student, commits a theft of a few dollars worth of meat from a super market. In order to save himself from punishment he determines to eliminate all witnesses against him. In his resolve to carry out his plan not only are people murdered, but also others are made to disappear never to be seen again. Read how a small town police department working incooperation with other agencies solved a heinous crime and the methods used to bring a killer to justice. The book details not only how investigations were carried out by routine police work, but also by use of the para-normal bordering on the occult.

Between Moonlight and Murder: The Girl in Blind Lane
ISBN: 1418494143

AuthorHouse. 2004

Between Moonlight and Murder is a story of the violence and passions that play out in rural Illinois in the late19th century. The story is about the destruction of not only the lives of a young, beautiful woman and a prominent married man and his family, but also the unconscionable abuse of power by a politically ambitious prosecutor, the bitter frustration of a rejected fiancÚ, and an unethical conduct of the defense lawyer. The story opens with farm wife Kate Dewitt's discovery of a body along the side of the Blind Lane road. The narrative then shifts to the background of the family of Billy Burns, a wounded, Confederate veteran who made his home in St. Elmo after spending the last months of the American Civil War in a Yankee prisoner-of-war camp in Tennessee. Billy's alcoholism aggravates his already malicious, cruel nature. His brutal treatment of his wife, Flora Jane, results in her death, and his remarriage to the widow, Millicent Zimmer, appears to be following the same course, until Millie unexpectedly stands up to him. Missouri - called Zura - is a daughter of Billy Burns. She leaves her fathers house to escape his drunkenness and brutality and to seek her fortune in the larger communities in the North. As the account proceeds, the focus shifts to the family of Orrin Carpenter, a married man of wealth and prestige and the father of two teenage daughters. An illicit relationship develops between Zura and Orrin while Zura is employed as a domestic servant in the Carpenter home. Zura's subsequent pregnancy threatens Orrin's social position and business, and soon after his failure to provide for an abortion for her, Zura is found murdered in lonely Blind Lane. Orrin becomes the chief suspect in Zura's murder and is hounded by the state prosecutor in order to forward his own political career. Detectives for the state set to work to gather evidence against Orrin. These detectives include an honest, but tough ex-policeman

a confidence man from Savannah, Georgia

and a brilliant, but eccentric criminalist who communicates with his dead mother and is guided by her advice. All of this takes place in a town that is too self-righteous and judgmental to forgive and whose Victorian morality is evidenced by its treatment of Orrin Carpenter during and after his subsequent trial for the murder of Missouri Burns.


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