Reading and Signing: Little Shoes with Pamela Everett

We are pleased to welcome Pamela Everett, author of Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret.


In the summer of 1937, with the Depression deep and World War II looming, a California triple murder stunned an already grim nation. After a frantic week-long manhunt for the killer, a suspect emerged, and his sensational trial captivated audiences from coast to coast. Justice was swift, and the condemned man was buried away with the horrifying story. But decades later, Pamela Everett, a lawyer and former journalist, starts digging, following up a cryptic comment her father once made about a tragedy in their past. Her journey is uniquely personal as she uncovers her family's secret history, but the investigation quickly takes unexpected turns into her professional wheelhouse.


Everett unearths a truly historic legal case that included one of the earliest criminal profiles in the United States, the genesis of modern sex offender laws, and the last man sentenced to hang in California. Digging deeper and drawing on her experience with wrongful convictions, Everett then raises detailed and haunting questions about whether the authorities got the right man. Having revived the case to its rightful place in history, she leaves us with enduring concerns about the death penalty then and now.


A journey chronicled through the mind of a lawyer and from the heart of a daughter, Little Shoes is both a captivating true crime story and a profoundly personal account of one family's struggle to cope with tragedy through the generations.


Pamela Everett is a former broadcast journalist who later earned her law degree at the University of San Diego, where she wrote for the San Diego Law Review. She is on the Criminal Justice faculty at the University of Nevada and a volunteer attorney with the California Innocence Project. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509
Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510731301
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - April 3rd, 2018