Ron Franscell

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Ron Franscell
BornJanuary 29, 1957[citation needed]
OccupationAuthor, journalist
NationalityUnited States
Period1995–present
GenreMystery fiction, crime
Website
www.ronfranscell.com

Ron Franscell (born January 29, 1957) is an American journalist, novelist and true crime writer best known for the true account The Darkest Night about the 1973 crimes against two childhood friends in the small community where Franscell grew up.

Personal life[edit]

Franscell was raised in Casper, Wyoming, where he attended Kelly Walsh High School. He attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and Casper College, where he was editor of the school newspaper (The Chinook). He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming in 1979.

Franscell and his wife live in Placitas, Sandoval County, New Mexico. His wife, Mary Franscell, is a high school English teacher. He has two children.

Career[edit]

He worked as a journalist in Wyoming, New Mexico and California for Gannett newspapers from 1983–1989 and is a past president of the Wyoming Press Association.[1]

When Hurricane Rita made landfall in Texas, Franscell, managing editor at the time for the Beaumont Enterprise, rode out the storm with staff members in the newspaper's building.[2][3]

In 2001, he was hired as a senior writer and columnist to write about the American West by the Denver Post, where he stayed two years. Following 9/11, he went on assignment for the Post to the Middle East. He worked for the Hearst Corporation from 2004–2008.

He was a judge for Knight Ridder newspaper's Top Books of 2003[4] and the International Association of Crime Writers Hammett Prize in 2017.

In 2008, the book Fall: The Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small Town, Franscell's book about a crime against two young girls who were his next-door neighbors in Wyoming, was republished by St. Martin's Press with the new title The Darkest Night.[5]

His book Delivered From Evil, for which he interviewed survivors of notorious mass killings in America, was released in January 2011. After the assassination attempt near Tucson, Arizona the same month of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords', when 18 other people were shot, six of whom died, Franscell was asked to comment for media outlets about mass murders.[6][7]

True Crime Zine gave Franscell's ninth book, The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Washington, DC released by Globe Pequot Press in September 2012, a five-star review.[8] The Huffington Post reviewed The Sourtoe Cocktail Club, about a father-and-son road trip before Franscell's son Matt left for college.[9]

Franscell's The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Pennsylvania was released by Globe Pequot in October 2013.[10]

Awards[edit]

In 2017, the true-crime book, Morgue: A Life in Death, was nominated for an Edgar award by the Mystery Writers of America. In 1995, Franscell was awarded the Freedom of Information Award from the National Newspaper Association.

He was awarded the 1996 Wyoming Literary Fellowship for his first novel Angel Fire.[11] In 1999, Angel Fire was named in the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West.[12]

In 2003, he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award by Casper College.[13]

"The Darkest Night" won ForeWord Reviews magazine's gold medal for 2007 Book of the Year in true crime.[14]

Books[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • The Obituary: A Winchester Bullet Mystery (2003) (ebook editions)
  • The Deadline: A Winchester Bullet Mystery (1999) Write Way Publishing. (ISBN 1885173733)
  • Angel Fire: A novel (1998), Laughing Owl Publishing (Reissue: Berkley/Penguin Putnam 2000). (ISBN 0965970124)

Non-fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Franscell publishes first novel". The Outrider. February 1998. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Beaumont Newspaper Determined to Keep Printing". NPR. 2005-09-24. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Lessons of a Baseball Upbringing". NPR. 2005-10-22. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Columnists offer up top 20 books of 2003". Knight Ridder Tribune. 2003-12-14. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Grisly Wyoming Crime And Aftermath Recalled". San Antonio Express-News. 2006. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Making peace with a monster". CNN. 2012-07-26. Archived from the original on 2012-08-19. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Former Beaumont editor is a new specialist on mass murders". Beaumont Enterprise. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Washington D.C. by Ron Franscell". True Crime Zine. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Sourtoe Cocktail: Father And Son Bond Over Drinking Dead Man's Toe". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-09-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ True-crime writers recount many local cases in new book; signing is set for Oct. 29. – Book Reviews, LancasterOnline.com; accessed January 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "Book Review: Angel Fire". DenverPost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Readers rank the 20th century's best nonfiction this side of the Rockies". San Francisco Chronicle. 1999-05-27. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Award". Casper College. Archived from the original on 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "BOTYA 2007 Finalists in True Crime". ForeWord Reviews. 2007. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Book review: Delivered From Evil". Failure Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Book review: The Sourtoe Cocktail Club". Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. 2011-08-19. Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2012-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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