The Third Rainbow Girl - Monday Night Intrigue (Virtual)
March 8 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Get ready to flex your armchair detective skills and journey into stories that will chill you to the bone with Monday Night Intrigue, our true crime book club. Contact the Reference Desk at 330.335.1294 for more information. Registration is required to receive a secure virtual meeting invitation.
In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived; they traveled with a third woman however, who lived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas - turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries.