“On a fall evening in Corvallis 1967, seventeen year old Richard Kitchel, a senior at the high school, disappeared after attending a party. Several days later, his body was spotted as it floated down the Willamette River. Nearly 50 years later, New York Times Bestselling author Rebecca Morris returned to her hometown to write about how the murder changed a town, a school and the lives of his friends.”
In A Murder in My Hometown, Morris, a Corvallis native and classmate of Dick Kitchel, digs into the first investigation and a second one decades later. There was never an arrest. Part true crime and part memoir, A Murder in My Hometown is set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic years in America, 1967-68.
Morris is an award-winning journalist who worked in Portland, Ore, New York City, and Seattle, Wa. She lives in Seattle. A Murder in My Hometown is her seventh book.