is a book that crosses 400 years of history
beginning in the seventeenth century and
wrapping up in twenty-first century Georgia.
Along the way the discussion includes the
earliest days of eastern Mississippi, several
important families of Meridian and lands right
smack in the middle of a murder in Marietta,
Georgia. And that's not even mentioning the sad
story of the Cooper family or the hiding out in
The incidents covered in this book are
extensively researched and presented in detail.
More than three years went into verifying and
documenting Dark Secrets. Mr. Clarke reviewed and analyzed what police detectives
call the "Murder Books" for these cases. These
so-called murder books, consisted of more than
1,600 pages and included crime scene photographs
and sketches, autopsy and forensic reports,
transcripts of investigators' notes and witness
interviews. Mr. Clarke interviewed 15 witnesses,
read a great many hearing transcripts and sorted
though literally dozens of private photographs.
Some of the dialogue you'll be reading are
direct quotes from the people who struggled
through the incidents on which Mr. Clarke
reports. In Dark Secrets you can be sure that
the history you're reading is accurate and the
stories are complete.
It was cold that afternoon on Christmas Day when
Freddie's family opened the door at the
Broadhead Associates sales office and were
shocked to find Freddie trying to clean up blood
on the floor. The lead detective later said,
"This case has it all -- 1600 pages of police
investigation of a murder and sex, drugs and
rock and roll.
Dark Secrets is a true story, a tale of two
famous families from Meridian, Mississippi, the
rich and adventurous Broadheads and the
brilliant high-toned Coopers, both families with
great achievement and tragic failure.
Publisher: Lone Star Press
Date Published: October 2017
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