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The Unwritten Law: A True Crime of Passion [Kindle Edition]

Danny Cantrell
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Book Description

The Historic Trial that Divided the Women of America



Highest Ranking to Date:
#95 in Paid Kindle Store
#1 in Books > History > Americas > United States > State & Local
#1 in Books > Biographies & Memoirs > True Accounts > Murder & Mayhem
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > Americas > United States > State & Local > South

Pearl, a stunning flapper in the Roaring Twenties, has danced for Rudolph Valentino, and enjoys the company of any man she chooses--until she decides to carry on an affair with Morgan, a married rural man with two children.

Morgan's wife, Ina, disguised in borrowed clothing, guns Pearl down when she finds her on a midnight train with her arms around Morgan. The next day, Pearl's body is placed on public display for a town of strangers, and her killer is applauded in the streets by hundreds of country women.

A "dream team" of defense attorneys is hired, and the stage is set for a sensational jazz age clash between two distinct views of a woman’s role in modern society—that of the “virtuous” rural mother dressed in gingham and the “scarlet woman” from the city who would deny a mother and her babies the necessities of life.

Should death ever be the price for adultery? That is the question the jury—and readers—are faced with in THE UNWRITTEN LAW.

Gripping, thought-provoking, and engaging--the reader of The Unwritten Law becomes a participant in one of the most morally divisive murder trials in American history!



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The court scenes are similar to those depicted in the movies Inherit the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird. The author's work and research are definitely worthy of becoming a movie script.
by Lynnae Price

This is really a must read. I was unable to put it down. Finished the book in two days. It grabbed my attention from the first chapter.
By Ernestine

If you read only one book this summer, I suggest this one! It is very well written and I can envision a movie!
by Connie

From the Author

My research and writing of this book had its origins in reviewing microfilm photocopies for a student's college English research paper.  To insure that my English 102 students understood how to use direct quotes and paraphrases, I required them to include photocopies of their cited materials. This particular student's paper was on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago. On the same front page was the news about the opening day of the murder trial which I have described in my book.
 
The more I read about the case, the more obsessed I became with learning all the details that led up to Pearl's murder on the train, and to the eventual verdict handed down to the jealous wife who committed the crime.

Along the way, I was privileged to speak with the descendants of many of the primary participants in The Unwritten Law.  I visited the microfilm room at the University of Kentucky, where I obtained every available newspaper account of this well-publicized trial, later traveled to the Kentucky communities of Whitley City and Somerset, and visited Pearl's surviving sister in a nursing home in Louisville.


Foremost in my mind during the writing of this book was to get every detail as correct as possible so many decades after the events had transpired, while at the same time trying to tell the story without showing bias toward either side in this criminal trial which so symbolized the changing roles of women in American society in the Roaring Twenties.  It is my sincerest hope that the reader will find me successful in these efforts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lofty Ideals, Ink; 1 edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CICMES4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, well written, and thought provoking April 27, 2013
By Chris
Format:Paperback
Danny Cantrell has captured something remarkable in his book, The Unwritten Law. He has captured the conflict in perceptions of women's rights during the early twentieth century. Where the book excels is the description of the historical context and the social perceptions of the rural Appalachia culture during the 1920's. The book forces the reader to examine the question, is murder justified for the act of adultery?

One of the clear strengths of this book is the historically accurate account of the murder trial. The author brings the reader into the courtroom with his description of the social and political tensions that existed at the time. The court scenes are similar to those depicted in the movies Inherit the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird. The author's work and research are definitely worthy of becoming a movie script.

This is a very well written account of one of the most gripping murder trials in the twentieth century. The book is a good read and the writing is excellent and flows easily. I am certain that folks in the communities involved will greatly enjoy reading this work. I definitely recommend the book to others.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMAZINGLY RESEARCHED UNWRITTEN LAW August 8, 2013
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An intriguing look at the justice system in 1920's America .. this book depicts the trial of a female murderer. Dress it up as much as you like, that's what she was...Ina Simmons shot and killed Pearl Owens.
But she got off scott free! Enter the twisted views of the day-the legal justification of the 'unwritten law' that the defense used.
The frail, devoted wife,the loving mother of two, was wronged by her cheating husband. She killed to preserve the sanctity of her family and marriage. It was her right.

On the other side we have the murdered young woman, Pearl. A true beauty who,god-forbid was a 'city woman' who used her feminine wiles to lure poor Morgan Simmons into carnal sin.

The book has incredible research within its pages, and focuses mainly on the trial and it's major players. As you read you come to see how both the defense and the prosecution unfold their sides, the possibilities and probabilities.

Danny Cantrell did his footwork that's for sure....hope there is more to come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What would you do and how would you as a juror vote October 17, 2013
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This book made me think. There are so many unwritten rules we live by, different for each one of us. But this was an unwritten law. The attorneys knew it could not be used as a legal defense, but it could be used as a reason. Still....
a murder was committed. Obviously, this unwritten law is brought up in today's legal system, but, should it be?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unwritten Law December 28, 2013
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Sometimes I start reading a book for curiosity. I don't expect to finish it. This book surprised me. I got drawn into the story and couldn't put it down. It is an accurate and sobering return to a time and place in our history when the letter of the law was secondary to the parochial interpretation of biblical law. There are many places in America where this verdict would be predictable. This is well written, engaging, and fast moving. You will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story December 20, 2013
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I found the story to be very interesting. It never got bogged down in hard to follow legal wording. I feel the author was able to capture the feelings of small town America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read! October 28, 2013
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This book was an interesting read. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the era and crime relating to domestic issues. There is a great deal of information of the earlier times in our country. It is a quick and fascinating book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book! November 19, 2013
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This book isn't just another story about an unfaithful marriage/murder mystery. Some real thought provoking truths about the U.S. government in the 1920's are presented. This book is certainly worth your time and money. Great tempo, enjoyable read! It will reel you right in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unwritten Law. A a true Crime of Passion October 25, 2013
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What a true story. How different a trial was back in the 30's compared to a trial now. It was a sad story for the 3 main characters and nobody really won.
A good book to read as it really happened.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling
I love a true crime story and this one was a real page turner. It was well written and the characters well fleshed out
Just wish it had included photos
Published 13 days ago by chica
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I sat and read this straight through. Very Well done. It Felt like I was reading from the court transcripts.
Published 17 days ago by Barbara Bair
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
I thoroughly enjoyed The Unwritten Law. I love "law" and if i had my career to live over, law would be my choice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna B
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Amazing
Re-citation of a murder trial in the 1920s south. Unfairness of trial will irk modern day sensibilities. Would never happen today.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Wm. Doherty
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting-quick read
Hard to believe that nobody came forward and said they saw Ina shoot and kill pearl. Certainly sounded like a conspiracy. Can't believe that she was acquitted! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jary Heckler
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I found it interesting that the legal process was based more on the moral atmosphere of the time than the letter of the law. However, I wondered if the juries verdict was moral. Read more
Published 1 month ago by calnevamom
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
I felt a wide variety of emotions as I read the book. But the ending and self satisfied presentation of In a when asked that she never believed she would be found guilty made me... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Unwritten Law
Good precise and well documented true story. I found it very interesting since this book was based on things that happened around the place I was born and lived a few years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lea
4.0 out of 5 stars Love gone wrong
The big stories can play again and again and still rivet us to our seat until complete. Still mulling over the end and wondering. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting real life story
Easy read. Very interesting for me. I'm a great niece of Pearl Decker Owens. The Unwritten Law is a interesting topic for women and 1920s and 30s. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neely Hogan
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More About the Author

Danny Cantrell is a life-long resident of the Appalachian region. He has worked in both the coal mining industry and in higher education. He holds an associate degree in mining engineering technology, the bachelors and masters' degrees in English, and the Ed.D. in leadership studies in higher education administration. His hobbies include travel, reading, watching TV dramas, listening to a wide variety of music, and photography. He and his wife, Connie, reside in Cabell County, West Virginia with a Peter Pan dog, four loving cats, and more books and magazines than 10 normal households should contain.

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