A member of the Jefferson College Historical Society, Bob Ianarelli, has written a book, A Ride to Eternity, about a murder that took place between Canonsburg and Muse in 1939. Bob was born and raised in Canonsburg but now resides in South Carolina.
The synopsis of the book is as follows:
In 1939 an eighteen year old girl left her godparents' home in Canonsburg in western Pennsylvania. At some point along the three mile walk to her home she somehow ended up in a stranger's car. She was soon found severely injured lying under another car along a country road several miles from her intended destination. Less than twelve hours later she died in Canonsburg General Hospital. Although the perpetrator was captured a little over a week later, the only evidence used to convict him was his own confession of what transpired that day. How much of his version of events was true and how much was fabricated to put himself in the most favorable light? The facts of the case point to there being more to the story than what the perpetrator was willing to confess. The trial and aftermath point to a complete miscarriage of justice. The whole truth will never be known. This is Mary's story as it began in Italy and eventually ended on a beautiful fall day many years ago.
The book can be purchased as an eBook or in paperback on Amazon as well as several of the other online booksellers.