Who Murdered Mary? : Pete GeisslerWho Murdered Mary?

Based on real events perpetrated by real people, Who Murdered Mary? is a gripping tale of shortsighted decisions, heartless animal cruelty, and needless murder of an innocent circus elephant that was aided and abetted by mob rule and officials of a prosperous railroad.

The tale unfolded during three tumultuous days in September 1916 in the peaceful but ill-fated towns of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Erwin, Tennessee.

Who murdered Mary?

The owner and publicist of the circus for whom Mary toiled with uncanny, crowd-pleasing talent?

The fearful citizens of Erwin who became vigilantes and demanded her death?

The Mayors of Johnson City and Erwin who caved into a mob?

Officials of The Clinchfield Railroad? The Progressive Era?

Our contemporary attitudes toward animal cruelty?

Did all of them contribute to this grisly spectacle that refuses to go away?

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Who Murdered Mary? : Pete Geissler

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