True Crime Author James T. Bartlett

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True Crime Author Presentation with James T. Bartlett

Calling All True Crime and Crime Noir Readers! Meet author James T. Bartlett in this virtual presentation where he will discuss his new true crime book, The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America.

Registration is required and can be completed online below. You may also register by calling 309.590.6168 or by visiting the Adult Services Desk in person. Registrants will receive an email confirmation which contains the link to join this online program. 

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Book Synopsis

Cecil Wells, a wealthy Fairbanks businessman, was shot dead, and his wife Diane claimed they were the victims of a brutal home invasion. Blonde, glamorous, and 20 years younger than Cecil, the police were immediately suspicious of Diane's account, and the investigation soon turned toward her alleged lover, musician Johnny Warren. Now, almost 70 years later, journalist James T. Bartlett has uncovered new evidence, including an unpublished memoir and unseen photographs, and has re-examined the FBI files. Hear how he tracked down and met the people close to the case to reveal the story of “the most notorious and baffling murder in the history of Fairbanks.”

About the Author

Originally from London, James T. Bartlett has been living in Los Angeles since 2004. 

As a travel and lifestyle journalist and historian, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, BBC, Los Angeles MagazineALTA CaliforniaHigh LifeHemispheresWestwaysAmerican Way, Atlas Obscura, The GuardianDaily MirrorReal CrimeRipperologist MagazineHistory IrelandBizarre and Variety, among others.

In 2012 he published Gourmet Ghosts – Los Angeles, an alternative guide to the history and ghost stories behind some of the city’s oldest bars, restaurants and hotels, while 2016’s Gourmet Ghosts 2 focused on true crimes that took place at more of L.A.’s notable locations and eateries.