A veteran journalist, Ron Franscell is the author of 17 books, including Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story, his new true crime. A narrative nonfiction of truly Shakespearean proportions, it’s about a loving couple that, separately and together, committed four—probably five—murders. They lived happily ever after for almost 40 years while desperate cops frantically tried to connect all the dots. The book was released last spring by Prometheus Books.
His Edgar-nominated true crime Morgue: A Life in Death and international bestseller The Darkest Night, a true-crime memoir, were hailed by Ann Rule and Vincent Bugliosi as direct descendants of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. His atmospheric and muscular writing has established him as one of the most provocative voices in crime writing. (Morgue: A Life in Death, co-authored with renowned medical examiner Dr. Vincent Di Maio, now appears in six languages and has been optioned as a possible cable-TV series.)
Ron’s first book, Angel Fire, was a literary novel that became a USA Today bestseller and was eventually listed by the San Francisco Chronicle among the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West. His success grew from blending techniques of fiction-writing with his daily journalism. The result was dramatic, detailed, and utterly true storytelling.
Besides his vivid prose, Ron has established himself as a plucky reporter, too. As a senior writer at the Denver Post, he covered the evolution of the American West but shortly after 9/11, he was dispatched by the Post to cover the Middle East during the first months of the War on Terror. In 2004, he covered devastating Hurricane Rita from inside the storm.
His book reviews and essays have been widely published in many of America’s biggest and best newspapers, such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and others. He has been a guest on CNN, Fox News, NPR, the Today Show, ABC News, and he appears regularly on crime documentaries at Investigation Discovery, History Channel, Reelz, and A&E.
He and his wife Mary now live in San Antonio, Texas, where he is working on a new true crime about a historic, horrifying, and little-known serial-killing case that changed modern crime investigation.
About Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story
Would you kill for love? True-crime master Ron Franscell tells the grisly story of a loving couple who killed at least four, and lived happily ever after–while cops desperately tried for decades to piece together a petrifying tale of murder and secrets. The appalling details are made even more vivid by the author’s familiarity with the Wyoming times and places that formed the backdrop of his national bestseller The Darkest Night.
After Alice, a desperate young mother in a gritty Wyoming boomtown, kills her husband in 1974 and dumps his body where it will never be found, she slips away and starts a new life with a new love. But when her new love’s ex-wife and two kids start demanding more of him, Alice delivers an ultimatum: Fix the problem or lose her forever. With Alice’s help, he “fixes” the problem in an extraordinarily ghastly way … and they live happily ever after. That is, until 2013, almost forty years later, when somebody finds a dead man’s skeleton in a place where Alice thought he’d never be found.
Featuring a femme fatale whose manipulative, cold-blooded character rivals Lady Macbeth, this page-turner by bestselling true-crime author Ron Franscell revisits a shocking cold case that was finally solved just when the murderers thought they’d never be caught.