When Barry Roy Groh set out for a hunting excursion in Richland Township, Pennsylvania, on November 29, 2010, he couldn’t have foreseen that it was the last day of his life.
Just minutes before his death, Barry made a call home to his wife to announce that he had snagged a nine-point deer. He was hoping his college-aged son would be arriving home in time to help him prepare it to take home.
But in the blink of an eye, Barry Groh’s life was over.
When police arrive a couple of hours later, they were left to wonder whether this was just a horrendous accident or the act of an overzealous landowner who was also an attorney with the attitude that he was above the law.
David Manilla came from a wealthy, well-connected family and he had long since come of the opinion that the rules didn’t apply to him. Would this spoiled little rich boy finally be on the receiving the punishment that had been a long time in coming?
Journalists Matt Coughlin and Laurie Mason Schroeder follow the case of Barry Groh’s death from the 911 call until it’s fantastic end in their 2012 true crime A Killing In the Woods.
At just slightly less than 7500 words, the book is a quick read that recounts the case in a straight-forward, fluff-less style. Readers will be captivated by arrogance in the beginning and eagerly awaiting the judicial outcome delivered at the end.
A case that may have otherwise gone unaware except to the people of Pennsylvania is an awesome read for fans of true crime – especially those of us who really dig the short stories. And at only $2.99, there’s no reason not to read A Killing In the Woods.
And also make sure you come back to discuss whether your thoughts on the jury’s verdict. Would you have voted Guilty or Not Guilty in the matter of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania versus David Manilla? I’m anxious to hear your thoughts!
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