The Bright Forever

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Lee Martin's second novel, The Bright Forever , is a painful, agonizing tale of guilt and loss, a tragedy told with all the tortured wisdom of hindsight and plenty of psychological damage to go around.

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“PIZZA BURGERS YUM!!”

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#1 Feb 16, 2009
Does anyone remember the accurate story of the Kavanaugh girl who was brutally murdered?
This book is based on that murder - It appears as thought names and places have been changed.

“I smell like rasberries”

Since: Jan 09

Lawrenceville

#2 Feb 16, 2009
I thought there used to be a pretty strong article on Crime Library but I couldn't find it.

Also-

Peggy Litherland. Anyone remember that story? She was murdered in St. Francisville. I couldn't find anything about either of these stories.
joe

Noblesville, IN

#3 Feb 17, 2009
I remember when it happened. I remember people were looking for her everywhere.They found her body in the woods by the highway that runs past the power plant in Mt.Carmel

“PIZZA BURGERS YUM!!”

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#4 Feb 17, 2009
Was she about the same age as you? Younger?
Do you remember what year it was.
This book says the character was 9 -
The real girl was 12 is what i have heard.
joe

Noblesville, IN

#5 Feb 18, 2009
I want to say she was 9 or so.I knew her cousin and she is my age.She always wore Dottie"s watch.
mindy powles-fidler

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Feb 21, 2009
I grew up in an old two story house across from the hospital on state street, where the highway splits. growing up, the neighborhood kids used to tell me that the mansion style house that sits at the top of the hill (where the hwy and state street splits) was the home of the cavanaugh girl before her abduction and murder. I just want to know if this is indeed correct.
Email me with any insight @ mindyjfidler@hotmail.com
joe

Noblesville, IN

#7 Feb 23, 2009
I dont think so... I worked for the couple who lived there while in High School.This was 1979-1982.I dint know when they bought it but,I never heard that.Richard Dunseth owned it then
HeavensBlessing

League City, TX

#8 Apr 19, 2009
macuser wrote:
Does anyone remember the accurate story of the Kavanaugh girl who was brutally murdered?
This book is based on that murder - It appears as thought names and places have been changed.
Yes i remember when this happend. She was 8 years old and I was 10. I didnt know her at the time but i do know the family now.
deb

Terre Haute, IN

#9 Jul 6, 2009
I was 18 when Dottie Kavanaugh was murdered - I lived in Robinson, IL - she was 8 yrs. old - William Gonder was convicted of her murder and had tried to pick up another young girl in the Olney, IL area prior to this
joe

Noblesville, IN

#10 Jul 7, 2009
Gonder... Thanks!! I could not remember the guys name.
deb

Terre Haute, IN

#11 Jul 7, 2009
I don't know why it says I'm from Lincoln NE - still here in Robinson - I've tried to pull up archives from that time period but can't find anything on Gonder or Dottie - any luck?
no name

Washington, IN

#12 Jul 7, 2009
In case no one has seen these before, here's a couple of links to images of newspaper columns that were written back then.

http://local.evpl.org/views/viewimage.asp...

http://local.evpl.org/views/viewimage.asp...
Sue

Monroeville, OH

#13 Jul 26, 2009
I was a witness in that trial. Had heard there was a book about Dottie's murder but didn't know its title. Will read it soon.
Lori

Lawrenceville, IL

#14 Jul 27, 2009
I find stories of this interesting as I have live in LC my whole life. I find mysteries and history interesteing when talking about our small toen. I'd like to research this more and know more about this story...as in what was his reasoning, where did the murder take place, etc. is this book an accurate account of the events? If so I'd love to read it.
Patty

United States

#15 Oct 22, 2009
mindy powles-fidler wrote:
I grew up in an old two story house across from the hospital on state street, where the highway splits. growing up, the neighborhood kids used to tell me that the mansion style house that sits at the top of the hill (where the hwy and state street splits) was the home of the cavanaugh girl before her abduction and murder. I just want to know if this is indeed correct.
Email me with any insight @ mindyjfidler@hotmail.com
I always thought it was the white two story home to the North of the mansion. Home has pillars that go up to the second story, just a few houses from State Street.
ditto

Washington, IN

#16 Oct 23, 2009
Patty wrote:
<quoted text>
I always thought it was the white two story home to the North of the mansion. Home has pillars that go up to the second story, just a few houses from State Street.
Same here. I was always told she lived in that white two story.
formerly law co

Marlborough, MA

#17 Apr 27, 2010
The book is fiction... inpsired by the this particular murder but details/outcome/facts are changed.. totally different story..
kim

United States

#18 Nov 17, 2010
macuser wrote:
Was she about the same age as you? Younger?
Do you remember what year it was.
This book says the character was 9 -
The real girl was 12 is what i have heard.
i cant find this book anywhere
kim

United States

#19 Nov 17, 2010
macuser wrote:
Does anyone remember the accurate story of the Kavanaugh girl who was brutally murdered?
This book is based on that murder - It appears as thought names and places have been changed.
whats the name of the book
Pappy

Winchester, VA

#20 Jan 7, 2011
The Bright Forever

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