Weep For The Living

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A survivor's firsthand account of attempted murder in St. Francisville, Louisiana. A former warden of Angola Prison shoots his wife five times with a pistol, then sits down to watch her die on her plantation home porch. The victim, author Anne Butler, survives to tell this true crime story, detailing the unraveling of her seven-year marriage and how it led to her near-murder. Interspersed with simple black and white snapshots, this stranger-than-fiction story of murder, survival, and forgiveness offers keen insights into the mind of both victim and criminal.
ISBN: 9781589803169
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Images: 25
Pages: 312
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Anne Butler has led a life of diversity, with interests ranging from criminology to cooking, homes located from the East to the West Coast, and jobs ranging from plantation owner to writer. A native of New Orleans, Butler received her bachelor's degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and graduated from Humboldt State in California with a master's degree in English. Having worked as a journalist, writer, and editor, she has written articles for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Country Woman, New Orleans Magazine, and Country Roads. She has also written a number of fiction and nonfiction books based on her numerous interests and lifestyles. Wishing to share the history of Louisiana and of her own family, Butler operates a bed and breakfast on the Butler Greenwood Plantation, which dates to the 1790s. She claims to now know "just about everything there is to know about the area" and is spreading her knowledge farther through her award-winning children's books, travel books, and cookbooks. Her first cookbook, Audubon Plantation Country Cookbook, named Best New Cookbook of the Year by Louisiana Life magazine, includes history, humor, people, places, vintage photographs, and, of course, delicious recipes to create a wonderful view of life in Audubon plantation country. Butler's companion piece, Bayou Plantation Country Cookbook, offers the same wonderful mix of ingredients for the Louisiana bayou area. Louisiana Life describes her work as "an illustrated gastronomic tour of this area's society, culture, and economics . . . a veritable social history in the guise of a cookbook." Butler frequently speaks at a number of venues, including schools, churches, book clubs, and civic meetings, to discuss topics such as writing, running a bed and breakfast, historic preservation, and crime. She conducts historic tours combined with book reviews in her home and writing studio. A member of many organizations, such as the Louisiana B&B Association and the West Feliciana Historical Society, Butler has appeared on a number of television news and talk shows, including Court TV with Catherine Crier and the Sally Jesse Raphael Show. She lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, and has two children, Chase and Stewart.
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