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Ripple : a long strange search for a killer / Jim Cosgrove.

Cosgrove, Jim, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781586423247
  • ISBN: 158642324X
  • Physical Description: viii, 200 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Lebanon, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, [2022]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Ripple in still water -- A touch of grey -- Roll away the dew.
Summary, etc.:
For nine years, South Carolina officials struggled to identify "the boy in the woods," a young man whose body had been discovered just south of Myrtle Beach in a fishing village called Murrells Inlet. Meanwhile, 1,200 miles away in Kansas City, Missouri, Frank McGonigle's family searched for him at Grateful Dead concerts and in the face of every long-haired hitchhiker they passed. Consumed by guilt for how they'd treated him, Frank's eight siblings slowly came to understand that--like Jerry Garcia sang--he's gone and nothin's gonna bring him back. Frank McGonigle was finally found--and identified as "the boy in the woods." Four years later, the case still unsolved, Jim Cosgrove, a McGonigle family friend and investigative journalist, picked up the trail of Frank's cold case and began uncovering connections to a ruthless local crime boss and blunders by the threadbare sheriff's department. When his research began to stall, a chance meeting with the soft-hearted, straight-talking "energy reader" Carol Williams provided a metaphysical spark that reignited Jim's resolve. Although his work as a journalist trained him to be skeptical, Cosgrove found himself starting to become a believer when Carol provided details about Frank's murder that turned out to be freakishly accurate. In 2019, Cosgrove returned to Murrells Inlet with one of Frank's brothers to dredge up some old leads and settle Frank's case once and for all.
Subject: McGonigle, Frank > Death and burial.
Cosgrove, Jim.
Murder > Investigation > South Carolina > Case studies.
Murder > South Carolina > Case studies.
Missing persons > Investigation > Missouri > Kansas City > Case studies.
Women psychics.
Kansas City (Mo.)
South Carolina.
Genre: True crime stories.

Available copies

  • 3 of 5 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Crawford County.


  • 2 current holds with 5 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crawford County Library-Bourbon 364.15 COS (Text) 33431000627412 New Non-Fiction Available -

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