Chief William A. Krueger served in
law enforcement for 35 years. After retiring from the Lincoln Police Department (Illinois), he became the
chief of police of the Salem Police Department (Illinois). Chief Krueger earned a BS degree in education
and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation national academy. Additionally, he is a U.S. Navy
veteran of the Korean War. William A. Krueger is the author of A Force for Evil: Assassination in a Small Town
and Between Moonlight and Murder: The Girl in Between Moonlight and Murder.
According to the book description
of a Force for Evil: Assassination in a Small Town, it “is the true story of the Fry Murder
Case, which occurred in Lincoln (Illinois) in the summer of 1976. According to the book, “it is a
reflection on the crime of murder: how murder affected the community, the families of the victims and how the crime was solved.
The story takes you from the time the killer was a child up to and including his commission of the crime, his arrest,
trial, conviction an sentencing. It involves the process of the investigation as seen through the eyes
of the author, who was one of the investigation detectives.”
According to the book description of
Between Moonlight and Murder: The Girl in Between Moonlight and Murder, it “is a story of the violence
and passions that play out in rural Illinois in the late19th century. The story is about the destruction of not only the lives
of a young, beautiful woman and a prominent married man and his family, but also the unconscionable abuse of power by a politically
ambitious prosecutor, the bitter frustration of a rejected fiancé, and an unethical conduct of the defense lawyer.
The story opens with farm wife Kate Dewitt's discovery of a body along the side of the Blind Lane road. The narrative
then shifts to the background of the family of Billy Burns, a wounded, Confederate veteran who made his home in St. Elmo after
spending the last months of the American Civil War in a Yankee prisoner-of-war camp in Tennessee. Billy's alcoholism aggravates
his already malicious, cruel nature.
His brutal treatment of his wife, Flora
Jane, results in her death, and his remarriage to the widow, Millicent Zimmer, appears to be following the same course, until
Millie unexpectedly stands up to him. Missouri - called Zura - is a daughter of Billy Burns. She leaves her fathers house
to escape his drunkenness and brutality and to seek her fortune in the larger communities in the North. As the account proceeds,
the focus shifts to the family of Orrin Carpenter, a married man of wealth and prestige and the father of two teenage daughters.
An illicit relationship develops between Zura and Orrin while Zura is employed as a domestic servant in the Carpenter home.
Zura's subsequent pregnancy threatens Orrin's social position and business, and soon after his failure to provide
for an abortion for her, Zura is found murdered in lonely Blind Lane. Orrin becomes the chief suspect in Zura's murder
and is hounded by the state prosecutor in order to forward his own political career. Detectives for the state set to work
to gather evidence against Orrin. These detectives include an honest, but tough ex-policeman; a confidence man from Savannah,
Georgia; and a brilliant, but eccentric criminalist who communicates with his dead mother and is guided by her advice. All
of this takes place in a town that is too self-righteous and judgmental to forgive and whose Victorian morality is evidenced
by its treatment of Orrin Carpenter during and after his subsequent trial for the murder of Missouri Burns.”