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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kale Meggs  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1965 in Baytown, Texas

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Illinois Connection

Kale now lives in DeSoto Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Throughout his life Kale has lived in Massachusetts, Maine, and Illinois, and was dubbed by the governor’s office of Kentucky as a Colonel within the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, a most prestigious award. He has lived most of his life throughout the PraiIllinois is a place he has grown to call home. Kale is a local southern Illinois historian and member of the Jackson County Historical Society.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

99 Nooses: Illinois Justice at the End of a Rope, 1779-1896
ISBN: 1618760149

Black Oak Media, Inc.. 2012

Between 1779 and 1896, ninety-eight men and one woman were legally executed by hanging in the State of Illinois. Some were innocent, but most were guilty. Their crimes shocked the small farming communities and developing towns of 19th Century Illinois. 99 Nooses weaves a tapestry of colorful prose based on hundreds of painstakingly researched historical documents. Many of these stories have not seen the light of day for over two generations. Read about the crimes that shocked yesteryear, including: Wapikinamouk, a vengeful Delaware Indian who was hanged for murdering a frontiersman. Nathaniel Van Noy, who scientists attempted to revive after execution using grisly techniques. John Ott, who was hanged for killing women and children in what became known as the Tazewell County Massacre. The story of the Haymarket anarchists. And many more. 99 Nooses concludes with the story of how H.H. Holmes, the most notorious and evil man to ever walk the streets of Chicago, was undone by double crossing a career criminal out of $500. Whether you are a student, researcher, true crime connoisseur, or just someone interested in the darker side of Illinois history, you will enjoy the thrilling tales 99 Nooses has to offer.

Speaking Engagements

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