WAYNESBURG – New York Times best-selling authors Daleen Berry and Geoffrey C. Fuller, who collaborated on a book about the killing of Star City, W.Va., teenager Skylar Neese, will be at Bowlby Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Their writings about the murder have been featured on “Dateline,” “Dr. Phil,” “20/20,” and in the September 2014 issue of Elle magazine.
People Magazine also carried an August 2014 excerpt of Berry’s and Fuller’s, “Pretty Little Killers: The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese.”
“Pretty Little Killers” is a comprehensive, detailed and in-depth source on the Skylar Neese murder. The original ebook, “The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese,” published for trial watchers, peaked at No. 12 in March 2014 on the New York Times bestseller list.
The story behind the disappearance and savage murder of Skylar Neese has been all over local and national news since July 2012. Eight months after she disappeared, her remains were publicly identified, and her two best friends pleaded guilty to stabbing her to death.
Stabbed so savagely she was almost decapitated, Neese was left bloody on the side of the road, buried beneath rocks and branches in Wayne Township, Greene County. The community was stunned when Rachel Shoaf of Morgantown, W.Va., confessed to Skylar’s murder. The budding actress and singer accused the third member of the inseparable trio, Shelia Eddy, also of Morgantown, of being the ringleader. People were even more shocked to learn the murder was not a crime of sudden rage – but premeditated.
Daleen Berry is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning journalist. Her four books include a memoir, “Sister of Silence,” now being used in colleges and universities around the country. Berry is a keynote speaker at national conferences, invited for her insight into attitudes about parenting, social issues, and the empowerment of women and children.
Most recently, she gave a talk at Connecticut College. A freelance writer, her work appears in The Daily Beast, XOJane, The Huffington Post, and at DaleenBerry.com. An award-winning journalist and columnist, Berry has been covering crime since 1988, when she landed her first reporting job at the Preston County Journal.
Geoff Fuller is a New York Times best-selling author. He has been a working writer-editor in West Virginia for over 25 years. He is the award-winning author of “Full Bone Moon,” a crime thriller inspired by the 1970 murder-decapitations of two West Virginia University students, and co-author of three other books.
Fuller wrote articles for many literary and commercial magazines, from Appalachian Heritage to Dirt Bike magazine. As a regular contributor to Writer’s Digest, Fuller served on the magazine’s advisory board for a number of years. Along the way, he was awarded prestigious writing fellowships by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. He now teaches writing privately and conducts workshops at writers’ conferences.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Bowlby Library at 724-627-9776.