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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dennis Shere  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Cleveland, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Dennis Shere has formerly served as an assistant public defender in Kane County, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dennis Shere is the author of Cain's Redemption, a book about the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Shere graduated from Ohio University in the early 1960s with bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism. He has served as publisher of the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, and as general manager of Moody Bible Institute's media operations in Chicago, Illinois.In 2000, Shere chose to pursue a lifelong dream of attending law school. He graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and passed the Illinois bar in the summer of 2003.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison
ISBN: 1881273245

Northfield Publishing. 2005

Formerly known as America's bloodiest prison, the 18,000 acres that comprise Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary are now home to 5,000 inmates, a full range of seasonal crops, a 9-hole golf course, yearly rodeos, a Bible seminary, a museum, and much more. All of this came into being at the behest of Warden Burl Cain, who is now the longest-standing warden in the history of Angola prison. Under his leadership, the inmate population of 5,000 has gone from regular knife fights to Bible studies. Cain is a strong believer in the ability of the gospel to turn the most incorrigible of sinners into productive, moral citizens. Because eight out of ten prisoners are serving life sentences without parole at Angola, Cain has taken upon himself the task of making the lives of these prisoners productive and educational. Through a partnership with New Orleans Baptist Seminary, prisoners have the opportunity to get a bible degree and even be transferred to other prisons as a missionary.

The Angola phenomenon has been covered by such media outlets as Time Magazine, Christianity Today, and in the award-winning film documentary, The Farm: Angola, USA. Author Dennis Shere combines his background in journalism and law to bring readers this account of redemption and life change in the most unlikely of places: a maximum security prison.

The Last Meal: Defending an Accused Mass Murderer
ISBN: 0982720629

Titletown Publishing, LLC. 2010

It took almost 10 years for investigators to arrest two men for the brutal murders of seven workers in a fast food restaurant in suburban Chicago. The tragic events captured headlines nationwide. When arrests were finally made, the evidence against one man was virtually irrefutable. His DNA was found on chicken bones recovered from a trash bin at Brown's Chicken and Pasta investigators contended that he ate pieces of chicken before killing the victims, the so-called last meal. He confessed, indicating that he got caught up in the moment as he slit the throat of one victim. If someone ever deserved the death sentence, he did. The Last Meal is the story of a horrific crime. It is also the riveting account of how a team of defense attorneys fought to show their client did not commit the killings, and what happened when that failed to save him from a death sentence. This true crime story is unique as it is written from the perspective of the defense attorneys rather than the prosecutors.

(Dennis Shere)

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability Dennis Shere is available for speaking engagements, particularly in Chicago area libraries. Contact