Murder In Little Egypt Author:Darcy O'Brien Murder in Little Egypt is an unforgettable-and true-tale of greed, hatred, and revenge; of love, violence, and death. — In December 1984, Dr. John Dale Cavaness, a prominent and respected southern Illinois physician and surgeon, was arrested in St. Louis and charged with the murder of his son Sean. the doctor's patients and friends in Little Eg... more »ypt, as its natives call southern Illinois, were outraged at the arrest. They could not believe that a man whom they knew as a selfless humanitarian and a skilled medical practitioner could be guilty of such a nearly unimaginable crime. Although the incident was not revealed at Dr. Cavaness's subsequent trial, his firstborn son, Mark, had been shot to death in the woods of Little Egypt seven years earlier. That homicide has never been officially solved.
Darcy O'Brien, writing with the narrative power of an award-winning novelist and with the painstaking research of an experienced investigator, lays bare in Murder in Little Egypt the truth behind both of these ghastly crimes. At the heart of the book lies the enthralling portrait of a Jekyll-Hyde personality who terrorized his family and many of his employees and carried on a tumultuous private life of womanizing, barroom brawling, and disastrous financial ventures while capturing the admiration and loyalty of most of the community.
But here, too, is the tender, emotionally wrenching story of Marian Cavaness Green, the doctor's ex-wife, who tried to raise four sons in an atmosphere of appalling abuse and oppression, finally leaving to try to care for her boys on her own, only to have their father pursue them with deadly intent. We come to know Marian, her second son, Kevin, and his wife, Charli, in intimate detail, following their struggles to survive and to escape the doctor's evil designs on them. And we share their ordeal when they decide to testify against the doctor.
Murder in Little Egypt is also a fascinating portrait of a hidden, gothic part of America, where violence and murder form a long and bloody tradition; it is a psychological drama that grows more and more intense as investigators from two states combine to try to secure evidence against Dr. Cavaness. And when a brilliant prosecutor matches wits with St. Louis's top defense attorney, the story takes on the overtones of a Greek tragedy, with mother pitted against father, father against sons.« less