Other Literary Works by Marie Vernon
"Marie Vernon introduces colorful and quirky characters whose inter-action provides a fun read. Elvis fans will relate well with the protagonist's heartfelt desire to visit Graceland and everyone can empathize with the many stumbling blocks life throws in her path, seeming to doom her chances of making the desired trip.
A comfortable book to reach for when taking a brief break from the daily routine. Many thanks to Marie Vernon"
- Rose Zeilman, Charter Member of the "I'll Remember You Elvis," first and only Elvis Fan Club in Jacksonville, Florida
"Graceland Express" is a fast-paced tale of Vangie [O'Toole] who works at the KMart and is trapped in a life which revolves around a mother who is convinced Gypsies are invading her home. The Elvis-4-Ever Fan Club is planning a trip to Graceland and Vangie desperately wants to go...but it looks like the Elvis bus will be leaving Baltimore without her. [Vangie's} devotion to the...children in a Baltimore hospital catch the attention of the ...newspaper and Vangie is thrust into the spotlight.
Humor makes this book a fun read--you find yourself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, especially visualizing the burly truck driver who favors Tom Selleck adn is devoted to his demanding feline, Konstanze.
Then there's Vangie's brother, Floyd O'Toole, who is always positive his next big score will allow him to fell to a tropical paradise with the current woman of his dreams.
Elvis fan or not, you'll get a kick out of "Graceland Express" and its twists and turns leading up to the departure day for Graceland."
- The St. Augustine Record
Vangie O’Toole, is a devoted Elvis fan, but her dream of going to Graceland for the tenth anniversary of Elvis’s death seems doomed until an opera-loving truck driver, an over-the-hill movie star and a cat named Konstanze turn Vangie’s humdrum world upside down. Graceland Express is a crime caper with an Elvis twist that will have you rooting for Vangie and the Elvis-4-Ever Fan Club.
TRUE CRIME BIOGRAPHIES AND MEMOIRS
Written by Marie Vernon and her husband/ co-author, McCay Vernon, Ph.D
"A must for a true crime enthusiast. Well told story and inside in the the mind of this poor creature. Tremendously enjoyable in a scary way."
- Amazon.com Review
"This is a fascinating book about a serial murderer who happens to be Deaf. The subject of this very informative book is Patrick Colin McCullough, a bright Deaf person who, through early misdiagnosis of retardation due to RH blood complications, was placed early in life into institutions for the mentally handicapped which were not equipped to work with individuals who are Deaf. McCullough's deafness was not noted until he was older. Also, McCullough was later assessed with having high native intelligence which, along with an explosive and uncontrollable rage, led to multiple murders.
This book was well written by a prominent psychologist who worked for many years with patients who are Deaf. Dr. McCay Vernon, with Marie Vernon, wrote a very insightful book which can easily be read by lay people. This book represents a case study history which should be of interest to many general readers, true crime book readers, as well as those who want to learn about Deaf people. This book can be viewed as both an excellent study of a psychotic character and as a damning look at institutions which are not appropriately dealing with the real needs of persons with disabilities."
A brutal sex and murder spree beset St. Augustine, Florida, from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, ending with the apprehension of William Darrell Lindsey, who had traveled the South, raping and killing young women with gusto.
He confessed to seven murders but is believed to be responsible for several more. Forensic psychologist McCay Vernon and journalist Marie Vernon tell Lindsey's story in stark detail and, by introducing the victims and their families before turning to Lindsey, allow it to creep up on readers like the serial killer's existence crept up on authorities.
Lindsey's preference in victims--prostitutes, many of them addicts--greatly aided his elusiveness. When a crackhead streetwalker went missing, it wasn't always noticed right away--hey, those girls got in strange cars all the time. Still, the Vernons' portraits of loving families left behind and their harrowing stories of how the victims entered the netherworld of crack and paid sex evoke real sympathy. A fine true-crime thriller, heinous and bloody and awfully well told.
- Mike Tribby Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Florida-based forensic psychologist McCay Vernon and journalist Marie Vernon (coauthors of Deadly Lust) present a striking portrait of Patrick McCullough, [s]o far as can be determined... the first and only deaf man ever to be identified as a serial killer.
McCay Vernon's personal encounters with him both in and out of prison add an authoritative tone to this psychological probe of a man with a volcanic anger and an inability to accept rejection. Despite his IQ of 120, McCullough's relatively late diagnosis of deafness impeded his development of language skills and trapped [him] in a silent world.
Already unmanageable as a three-year-old, McCullough went on to spend time in mental institutions and seven years in prison for two murders committed in the 1980s. His tragic life ended in 2001 with a bloody murder-suicide. But the authors argue, unlike most serial killers, McCullough did not kill for sexual pleasure but because of his rage (caused possibly by neurological damage) and inability to accept rejection. Drawing on a range of sources from court records to interviews with McCullough's friends, the authors provide a disturbing portrait of an atypical serial murderer.
-(May 31) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved..
SPEAKING OF OUR PAST: A NARRATIVE HISTORY OF OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND
Written by Marie Forbes
Marie Forbes employs a novelistic style to bring alive the story of a small farming community that develops over the centuries into a bedroom suburb. Includes oral narratives from those who shared in the community's past.
Speaking of Our Past: A Narrative History of Owings Mills, Maryland
In the mid-1970s, Owings Mills was selected as one of two new "town center" sites for Baltimore County. By that decision a quiet, rural community was catapulted into the throes of major change.
In 1980, the Owings Mills Historical Council was formed, its purpose being to collect, preserve, and disseminate information about the town's history. Part of that effort took the form of an oral history project in which fifty interviews with the town's older residents were recorded. Marie Forbes, an active participant in the Council's activities, and a well-published freelance writer, was inspired to take those recordings and transform them into a written history of the town which would combine and distill the collective memories of the community. This book is the result.
Part I of this book deals with the early history of the community. Since no living representatives of those early times were available to interview, Ms. Forbes has reconstructed, based on her extensive historical research, lively and exciting narratives featuring a series of historical figures which form a series of "Voices Past."
Part II, "Voices Present," contains verbatim extracts taken from the History Council's taped interviews conducted between 1980 and 1988. The extracts have been arranged in an interesting manner by topical headings, and have been supplemented with brief annotations by Ms. Forbes.
Most of the narrators were long-time residents of Owings Mills, and all had a strong connection with the current or past life of the community. As Ms. Forbes has noted, "As the various voices contribute their remembrances of how we ran our homes and businesses, what we did for fun, how we cared for the sick, who among our citizens was unusual or unique, and a wealth of other topics, we obtain not just a narrowly focused view of life in the Owings Mills community, but a widely-angled perspective."