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Murder Capital: Stories of Murder and Mayhem in Jacksonville

Speaker Series Program — Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m. — In person at Old St. Andrew’s Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Program begins with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Free for JHS members; $10 suggested donation for non-members. Sign up here or at the door to become a member.

For at least the last century, Jacksonville has stood out nationally for its murder rates. “Florida’s Murder Capital,” headlines call it. The eight stories in Tim Gilmore’s 20th book tell of Cuban Revolutionaries, of little-known serial killers and a phony serial killer, of a man who courted and murdered mother-daughter pairs, of lynchings and Southern good-ole-boy corruption, of “Satanic Panic,” of a white supremacist killer with a black male lover. These stories each stand on their own, but together interrogate the long violent history of Florida, the Deep South, and the city where those two entities intersect.

Tim Gilmore is the author of 20 books, including Channeling Anna Fletcher (2018) The Mad Atlas of Virginia King (2015) and In Search of Eartha White, Storehouse for the People (2014). He’s the founder of JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival, now in its eighth year, and creator of, a project exploring place and identity through nearly 600 stories about his hometown. He teaches Writing at Florida State College at Jacksonville, where several of his dramatic writings have been staged, including the “Covid Monologues” of the production A World Distanced (2021), Repossessions: Mass Shooting in Baymeadows and Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic (2016).

Gilmore has written for numerous Florida and national publications and has won several awards, including the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s 2018 “Literary Artist of the Year,” FSCJ’s Distinguished Faculty Award and the City of Jacksonville Melody Starr Anne Bishop Community Service Award. He served as co-chair for the Civil Rights history timeline subcommittee for Jacksonville City Council’s Civil Rights History Task Force in 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida.

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