Almost Midnight: An American Story of Murder and Redemption

Almost Midnight: An American Story of Murder and Redemption

Michael W. Cuneo


The haunting real tale of a triple homicide within the Ozarks, enthusiasts at the lam, and a death-row inmate kept by way of the pope.
On a spring day greater than ten years in the past, sixty-nine-year-old Lloyd Lawrence was once gunned down in rural Missouri. The shooter additionally grew to become his twelve-gauge shotgun on Lawrence’s spouse and their paraplegic grandson. The crime came about in a sector identified ordinarily for Pentecostal fervor, state track, and family-friendly tourism. yet quickly the murders could divulge a dismal underbelly within the Ozarks: Lloyd Lawrence used to be a notoriously violent crystal-meth kingpin, killed through an aspiring drug broker named Darrell Mease.Capturing the uncooked conditions that took Mease from his clean-cut formative years to front traces of Vietnam and an aftermath of drug use, Almost Midnight unites an unforgettable diversity of characters in a few of America’s so much atypical locales. while Mease and his female friend fled to the Southwest on a hair-raising street journey, this simply introduced Mease toward loss of life row. After his conviction, he claimed to obtain a non secular revelation making certain that his existence will be kept through excellent intervention, a long-shot prediction that got here precise. A strange coincidence introduced Pope John Paul II to Saint Louis, the place he pleaded with Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan to go back and forth the sentence simply months ahead of Carnahan’s deadly aircraft crash. In a triumph of investigative journalism, Michael Cuneo received unheard of entry to Mease and immersed himself within the tradition of the Ozarks, exploring its bucolic farms and seedy strip joints, and the lives of its preachers, cockfighters, and outlaws. via turns chilling and riveting, nearly Midnight brilliantly inspires the lifetime of debatable renegade Mease, and the stranger-than-fiction global he nonetheless inhabits.

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