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About the Author

Jeff McArthur grew up surrounded by the story related in Pro Bono. His grandfather was John McArthur, who represented Caril Fugate through the '50s and '60s, and his father represented Caril through her parole in the 1970s. Jeff McArthur then moved on to New York where he went to school studying film. Afterward, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in the film industry for 15 years before coming back to the story with which he grew up and placed it into a book entitled Pro Bono. He has also written the drama 'The Table of Truth' and the sci fi series 'Relic Worlds'. He has also made the documentary 'The Forgotten Grave', all available on Amazon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479108375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479108374
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff McArthur grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where he wrote stories, worked in the theater, and made small films. He went to film school at New York University, then moved to LA to work in the movie industry. Fifteen years later, he returned to his roots to write a book about his grandfather, a lawyer who represented Caril Fugate in one of the most infamous cases in American history. The book is called Pro Bono. McArthur has also worked on a number of other books, such as The Table of Truth, and the Relic Worlds series.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nancy H on November 6, 2012
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I just finished reading Jeff's book Pro Bono. As a young child living in Lincoln when the murders occured I grew up believing what I read that Caril was guilty. I started to have doubts when Ninette Beaver made her documentary on Caril but there was no one to bounce thoughts off of as to whether they saw things as I now did. This book answered so many questions for me. I urge everyone to read this book - the only one out there that actually used the trial transcripts and first hand knowledge from the author's father and grand-father who were Caril's attorneys.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Pohl on September 12, 2012
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I did find information in this book that I had not read before about this famous case. The author made his points fairly well, but I did note some editing errors. For example, actor Brian Dennehy's name is consistently spelled Denehy. As of this date, the pictures in the ebook do not load.
I hope people read the book with an open mind and try to judge the case based on facts, not rumors or assumptions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandi S. on March 1, 2013
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What a refreshing true crime novel. The author focuses on the people instead of the violence. You get a feeling of who the victims were along with the perpetrator. I believe that the author bent over backwards to give both sides of the story using actual evidence instead of rumor! Well worth the read whether you are interested in the crime or the laws & changes from the 1950's to the 1970's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reada on January 13, 2013
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This was such a well researched and explained version of a story the media was so biased on. It's heartbreaking to see a life taken away and one of someone who was so kind and gentle. It was a book that helped me see something in myself that I was keeping imprisoned. I appreciate the work the McArthur men did on Caril's behalf and that they made it public.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb on May 23, 2014
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Since I have lived in the Lincoln vicinity my whole life I have heard all the Starkweather stories. It was interesting to read because I am familiar with the locations,and have heard of the people that were involved with the police department and the judicial system at that time. I don't have a first hand memory of this because I was a baby at the time it happened. I have always felt that Starkweather must have been a crazy person and very guilty of the murders. I always figured Caril played some part in the murders but didn't know how much. I have heard various versions of what happened,but always wondered what the true facts were.
I think this book gave a good accounting of the facts and leaves the reader to form their own opinion. I have changed my feelings about Caril after reading this. A young girl living in Nebraska at that time was probably very innocent and gullible and not too street wise .It is
easy to see how she could have been manipulated by him and forced to see and do horrible things. I learned quite a bit of history by reading this. There was so much more to the story than I had ever heard before.
Overall I thought this was an interesting book to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Yates on January 29, 2013
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Not much information with regard to the actual events, more a look at various theories. Well written but perhaps not as interesting as it could have been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ClintonHill on January 21, 2014
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I have not only read most of the books on this subject, but also spent time in various official archives in Lincoln, Nebraska studying the case and its legal documents.

This author is biased but very upfront and honest about this -- he is, after all, the grandson of Caril Ann's defense attorney. Still, the "case" that he makes for Caril's (possible) innocence in this book is compelling, well-researched and well-supported. And even still, in the end, he admits that only one person alive in the world today knows what happened -- Caril Ann herself.

Great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra C. Verrier on January 18, 2013
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Great characters. Gripping story. Easy to relate to the frustration of the characters.Underscores how the jury system can work poorly.
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