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History Reads Book Club: The Starved Rock Murders

Tuesday, February 4
Starts at 7:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

History Reads Book Club: The Starved Rock Murders

All avid readers are welcome to join us on Tuesday, February 4 at the McLean County Museum of History for the History Reads Book Club. The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Governor Fifer Courtroom. For the first installment of 2020 we will be discussing The Starved Rock Murders, A True Story by Steve Stout.

On March 14, 1960, three women from Riverside journeyed to Starved Rock State Park, near Utica, Illinois, for a few days of rest and recreation. Staying at the park’s majestic lodge, they checked into their rooms, ate lunch at the inn’s dining room and then hiked a few wooded miles across snowy trails into St. Louis Canyon. Two days later, the close friends were found beaten to death in the cold canyon. The crime shocked northern Illinois and led to a manhunt that snared a confessed killer who has been in prison ever since. It also ultimately changed the way Illinois State Police investigated crimes and is one of the most shocking stories to ever occur in this otherwise peaceful region.

This free, quarterly program is brought to you by the Museum and Bloomington Public Library. Discussions will last approximately 60 minutes, and participants are encouraged to explore the Museum before the meeting. Free parking is available on the street and at the Lincoln Parking Deck, located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.

Copies of the books will be available for checkout at Bloomington Public Library or may be requested via interlibrary loan through your local public library. For more information on this program please contact the Museum’s Education Department by email at or by phone at 309-827-0428; or  Bloomington Public Library at