Book Talk: With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice, with Dorothy Marcic, Tuesday, 11/13, 4-5pm

306 Russell

Why would a New York City playwright and Teachers College professor shake up her comfortable life to investigate a family murder—and in doing so risk her life? In With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice (Citadel / Kensington Books, 2018), Dorothy Marcic writes about the crime that has troubled her since she was a teenager: the 1970 murder of her uncle Vernie in Oregon, Wisconsin. 

The official story — that Vernie’s second wife Suzanne shot him — never made sense to Dorothy or her cousin Shannon, who is Vernie’s daughter. Suzanne even confessed, but the two young girls suspected there was more to the story. How did Suzanne get off on an insanity plea when other wives with similar-sounding murder cases got life in prison? And how did she get so much insurance money from Vernie’s death, despite being his confessed killer? 

In 2014, Dorothy got a call from Shannon: she knew where Suzanne was, and how to contact her. Suzanne was in her 80s and in ill health, living in rural Tennessee…

Dorothy Marcic is is a playwright whose productions have played in over seventy cities, including over seven years of her Off-Broadway musical, SISTAS, which has also aired on BET-TV. A new musical, This One’s for the Girls, opened in October. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Adult Learning and Leadership at Teacher College, Columbia University and a former professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, has three masters and a doctorate, and is the author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers Understanding Management and RESPECT: Women and Popular Music. Dorothy has appeared on C-SPAN, CMT, and Bravo Network. Her website is

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Organization and Leadership. Victoria J. Marsick, Professor of Education/Co-Director J.M. Huber Institute, and Program Director of Adult Learning, will welcome attendees and introduce the author.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, November 12th.

Where: 306 Russell


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Last Updated: 6:52 pm, Tuesday, Oct 16 , 2018