CSI Fort Thomas: The Horrific Death of Pearl Bryan

Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location for this event is the Mess Hall at Tower Park.

A gruesome discovery of a headless body in 1896 is the basis of Larry Tippin’s book, The Betrayal of Pearl Bryan: Unraveling the Gilded Age Mystery That Captivated a Nation.  Based on meticulous research, Tippin reveals new information about the short life and tragic death of 23-year-old Pearl Bryan, who was betrayed and murdered in the Fort Thomas area.

How did she die and why was she murdered?  What happened during the four fateful days Pearl was in Cincinnati?  What do we know about her family and background?  And what do we know about the two men accused and executed for her murder?

The audience will be riveted with documentation that provides fascinating details of the 19th century investigation and how the uncharacteristically tiny size 3 shoes led investigators to Greencastle, Indiana, and ultimately the identification of the young woman who was cruelly decapitated.  He’ll also discuss facts about the two men convicted of her murder, Scott Jackson and his apparent accomplice, Alonzo Walling, who were eventually hanged.  It was the last public hanging in Campbell County.

The author will sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase.

Please register.

This author visit event is a partnership among the Campbell County Historical Society, the Fort Thomas Military and Community History Museum, and the Campbell County Public Library.  After the event, enjoy refreshments while looking at small exhibits and items on display from the sponsors.


Age Range:   Adults

Snacks Provided:   Yes

Fort Thomas Tower Park