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Author of family murder memoir to speak in Prescott

Author S. Kay Murphy will talk about the process of writing and publishing at a meeting of the Professional Writers of Prescott 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, in the Founders Suite of the Prescott Public Library.

In her memoir, "Tainted Legacy: The Story of Alleged Serial Killer Bertha Gifford," Murphy explores what happened when, at age 35, she discovered her great-grandmother, a practical nurse in a small Missouri town, had murdered a number of people in her care. The subject was "hush-hush" among Murphy's mother's generation, but Murphy was determined to find the truth. She spent two summers in Missouri researching the circumstances and uncovering the mystery.

Murphy has a master's degree in English and teaches English and journalism at the high school level in California. She has been a freelance writer for more than 30 years, with bylines in the Writer, Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. "Tainted Legacy" is her second book. Learn more about her at

For more information about the meeting, call Leslie Hoy at 445-4218 or visit


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