A Peculiar Tribe of People
May 25, 2011
Author: Richard Jay Hutto
Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: Lyons Press (October 19, 2010)
Reminiscent of the book "In the Garden of Good and Evil", A Peculiar Tribe of People tells the true life story of a whole pile of eccentrics in which money, mayhem, mental illness and murder are all involved.
In 1960 George Burge's wife was murdered and he was blamed. Many people believe that the reason he was blamed was that he was fairly disliked in the town, what with his shady ways of making money and also the fact that he admired men as much as women. There was also much truth in the rumor that he surely didn't marry his wife for anything but her large amounts of money.
Regardless of the fact he was in the hospital at the time of his wife's murder he was accused of the crime and dragged from hospital bed to jail. While they had him they also accused him of sodomy due to the affair he was having with his chauffeur.
Richard interviewed quite a few people while writing this book and many were surprisingly forthright in their answers. I had the opportunity to hear Richard discuss the book and there are more twists and turns in it than I can tell you about.
Your mouth will fall open a little bit more each time you remember that this is a true story.