The murder of Ken Rex McElroy took place in plain view of dozens of . “In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri,” which was later. According to the novel, In Broad Daylight: A Murder In Skidmore, Missouri, after the death of McElroy, the community felt a relief. However, many were anxious. “In Broad Daylight” tells the story of the killing of Ken Rex McElroy on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri in July McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer, had.

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Views Read Edit View history. If anyone pressed charges, while waiting to go to trial, his lawyer would delay the trail as long as possible and McElroy would terrorize the witnesses. This incident happened only about 30 miles from where I grew up.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ken McElroy robbed, raped, burned, shot, and maimed the citizens of Skidmore, Missouri, without conscience or remorse. Yes No Report this. Get your hands on one of them for a page-turning read. Good story well told about akidmore evil in human form, and a total failure of the justice system to deal with it.

He also explains the idiosyncrasies of Missouri law, which is another reason people may have felt McElroy was getting away with his crimes. Insentenced for the shooting of a popular grocer and free on bail, he was killed by the men of Skidmore, the center of his felonies; they closed ranks against all attempts to identify those who had pulled the triggers. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.


His wife was in the truck when he was shot in broad daylight. Not a very positive commentary on our judicial system.

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Learn more More Like This. Oct 17, Stephanie McGarrah rated it liked it Shelves: MacLean put together an obviously well-researched account of the events leading up to, and surrounding the death of Ken McElroy. Ken was the devil himself. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I have to say, I have the e-book which is riddled with typos and major formatting errors.

His clever attorney delays the court session for more than a year – while Rowan keeps threatening the witnesses. Marshal Paul Harris Tony Frank We get the full life story of Ken McElroy, MacLean also takes us through the year so we get a feel for the type of community it was.

Ken McElroy taught the town of Skidmore their biggest lesson As you read it, think deeply on what alternatives the community had. Start your free trial. It also answers many questions about the killing itself, such as who was involved, and what has bgoad of them. The fanatically uncompromising Len Rowan and his family insult and terrorize the citizens of a small town for years. There abides a kinship among us farmers that I reckon most civilians cannot fully comprehend.

In one case, the bedroom window of a witness faced the road.

Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: He terrorized the citizens of Skidmore dayllight years, raping women, stealing, brandishing a gun and taking advantage of their impressionable youth.

I heard something, a couple of shots and then I hit the ground. Of course that was impossible, most of them knew who shot McElroy.

In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri

Again and again, the law had failed to stop him. Outstanding read for any true-crime buff!


Full Cast and Crew. He stole livestock and possessions from other daylighg houses and anything he could resale. After a brief confrontation in the tavern, the two went outside to his truck. Words were replaced by the wrong ones such as be when it should A crushing disappointment. And so they did. Now, if you’re interested, I’ll tell you dayligh opinion of the book. By the time I finished the saylight, I had the physical layout of the town well-formed in my mind. Words were replaced by the wrong ones such as be when it should have been by.

Isn’t that an ironic turn of phrase? With more than 50 witnesses to the killing, not a one claimed to see or know anything about it.

True Crime Classic “In Broad Daylight”

It was labeled as vigilante justice. I also advise anyone who is extremely uncomfortable with reading about abuse to avoid this book. I read this book because my mom and dad always told me about the Skidmore bully that stole our livestock. View all 3 comments. Jack Wilson John Anderson Nov 13, Mizsouri Ann rated it really liked it.

October Learn how murdet when to remove this template message. One of the killers has died. The author discusses the nature of the moral consequences of the killing for the town and those involved in the killing.