on the misty morning of sept 29 1983 the small town of ruthon minnesota was stunned by two murders rudy blythe the local bank president and toby thurlin his chief loan officer died in a sudden fusillade of preciselly aimed bullets the murders the first in a string of violent outburst across the troubled midwest were symptoms of painful changes creeping across the vast countryside forever altering the farms towns and cities of the heartland and the nation itself
Jim Jenkins was a Minnesota farmer who believed in hard work and the American Dream. He couldn't understand it when all that his hard work produced was a growing pile of debt.
Rudy Blythe was a banker who wanted to help people achieve the American Dream. But he couldn't help it when circumstances forced him to call in loans and foreclose on farms.
This was the stuff of tragedy - a tragedy that cast a long and brooding shadow on the Midwest heartland and, on September 29, 2983, exploded in a hail of bullets and a shower of blood...