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The 'Peyton Place' Murder: The True Crime Story Behind The Novel That Shocked The Nation

The 'Peyton Place' Murder: The True Crime Story Behind The Novel That Shocked The Nation

by Renee Mallett

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This true crime history examines the surprising connection between an infamous small-town murder and the bestselling novel it inspired.

Born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Grace Metalious shocked the nation in 1956 with Peyton Place, her sexually charged debut novel about murder in a small town. It spawned a series of novels, two Hollywood movies, and a long-running television series on ABC. It also made Metalious a pariah in her hometown, where she became tabloid fodder until her untimely death at the age of thirty-nine.

Unknown to most readers, the fictional story was inspired by a real crime known as “The Sheep Pen Murder,” which took place in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, in the late 1940s. Now historian Renee Mallett skillfully weaves together the lives of Metalious and Barbara Roberts, the confessed killer behind The Sheep Pen Murder. In The “Peyton Place” Murder, Mallett explores what happens when true crime and literature meet.

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ISBN-13: 9781952225611
Publisher: WildBlue Press
Publication date: 01/15/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 17,748
File size: 953 KB

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