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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 8:43 PM

Ottawa author delves into real-life murder mystery

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer

Diana Staresinic-Deane, Ottawa, holds her book, “Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder.” The book is about an unsolved murder in Coffey County, involving Florence Knoblock, a farmer’s wife in a small town. (Photo by Abby Eckel/The Ottawa Herald)

It was a series of fortunate events, Diana Staresinic-Deane said.

An unsolved murder case literally fell at her feet one day while she was chasing kids around the Emporia Public Library, she said. Hand-labeled “Knoblock murder,” the folder on the floor contained old newspaper clippings from the Emporia Gazette.

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