WKU Live! http://wkyufm.org en Author Chronicles Story of 1980s Kentucky Teenage Death Row Inmate http://wkyufm.org/post/author-chronicles-story-1980s-kentucky-teenage-death-row-inmate <p>A novel called "The Killing Jar", by author Gloria Nixon-John, is based on a true story from rural eastern Kentucky in which an incredibly gifted, but mentally disturbed 15-year-old named T0dd Ice is convicted of murdering his neighbor’s 7-year-old daughter and assaulting the neighbor in 1978.<br /><br />The main character – named Ted Lynch in the book – spends several years as the nation’s youngest person on death row until his murder conviction was thrown out on appeal. During a re-trial he is convicted of manslaughter and winds up serving 15 years in prison before being released to a mental institution and then a halfway house.<br /><br />Before his initial trial, Todd (Ted) was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic.&nbsp; He would die in 2010 at age 47 after a dramatic weight gain, partially blamed on the medications he was prescribed.<br /><br />The book is a novel,&nbsp; but the author says she started the project as a non-fiction presentation of events. She says 95 percent of book is based on factual documentation.<br /><br />She will speak at Barnes and Noble in Bowling Green tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Kentucky Live! Series, presented by WKU Libraries.<br /> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:20:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 45375 at http://wkyufm.org Author Chronicles Story of 1980s Kentucky Teenage Death Row Inmate