Journalist Recounts Researching Grandfather's Murder at Kansas City Public Library

For Immediate Release:
October 19, 2009
Contact: Paul Smith
816.701.3668
Journalist Recounts Researching Grandfather's Murder at Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library hosts investigative journalist Richard Serrano for a presentation based on his book My Grandfather’s Prison: Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City on Sunday, October 18, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 w. 10th St.

 

A drunk living on Kansas City’s skid row, James Patrick Lyons was arrested 80 times for public intoxication. On the night of his last arrest, he was taken to the city jail and held in solitary confinement. The next morning he was dead. Officials said it was natural causes - yet they could not explain his broken neck.

 

Serrano is a former reporter for the Kansas City Times and former Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He is also author of One of Ours: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

 

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

 

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library.