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Coal Country Killing

Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/14/2023

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Coal Country Killing

A Culture, A Union, and the Murders That Changed It All

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696613309


A triumphant, uplifting true justice story led by jury trial expert, Richard A. Sprague—the indomitable, nationally renowned prosecutor who engaged in the most intense manhunt investigation in police history.

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Coal Country Killing revolves around the cold-blooded 1969 assassination of United Mineworkers of America "reform candidate" Jock Yablonski, and the murder of his wife and daughter in their Pennsylvania farmhouse. But driving the story are the extraordinary efforts of a special prosecutor and his "army" of investigators to bring the gunmen, the union boss who ordered the murders, and his henchmen who saw them carried out, to justice.

Initially, three bumbling small-time criminals, dubbed "The Hillbilly Hitmen," were arrested and charged. But they were the tip of the iceberg as the murders were directed by then-UMWA President "Tough Tony" Boyle as revenge for Yablonski running against him in the bitterly contested 1968 union election and to prevent his corruption from being exposed.

Legendary Philadelphia homicide prosecutor Richard A. Sprague and his investigators spent nearly nine years doggedly working their way up the ladder of those responsible to the final showdown with Boyle.

Written by former New York County Assistant District Attorney Robert K. Tanenbaum, a lifelong friend of Sprague's, and Steve Jackson, Coal Country Killing is a tour de force for those who love justice.

Author Bio

Robert K. Tanenbaum is a New York Times bestselling author who has written thirty-two books, including Echoes of My Soul, about a case cited by Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren in the famous Miranda decision. Tanenbaum is also one of the most successful prosecuting attorneys, having never lost a felony trial. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Steve Jackson has written fourteen nonfiction books in true crime, history, and biography genres; he has also written fourteen crime fiction thrillers for the Times bestselling Butch Karp series in collaboration with Robert K. Tanenbaum.