In the fall of 1939, my grandfather’s brother, Frank and Frank’s wife, Helena were murdered near their cabin in the Dutch Hills. Frank was a successful prospector in Alaska and left a large estate that included several gold mines and 7,000 acres of property. Their murders have never been solved.
Delayed by inclement weather in Alaska, my grandfather, Charles, was forced to wait until the spring of 1940 to embark on his journey from Southern California to Alaska to claim Frank’s estate. He stayed in Alaska for five months. My grandparents exchanged several letters during his time in Alaska. I am fortunate to have possession of the letters. Among the letters I found a telegram and a letter from the authorities in Alaska and copies of the letter and telegram have been sent to the Historical Museum in Talkeetna, Alaska.
My book is a fiction based on the true story. Writing a story based on fact and fiction was a challenge I totally enjoyed.
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