MUHLENBERG COUNTY, KY (11/7/11) - Mike Moore probably knows more about local murders than anyone else in the area. In 2004, he published his book, “Murders in Muhlenberg County” which documented 288 murders between the years of 1900 and 2000. His current book is “Murders in McLean County” and features 48 murders between the years of 1795 and the present. The book has 208 pages, 76 photos and took two years of research to complete.
Moore was a coal miner in 1993 when the miners went on strike. He decided to do some research on the unsolved murder of his grandfather from the year 1947. His mission was to prove whether his uncle did or did not murder his grandfather. “If anyone in the family knew, they took it to their grave. I asked my dad on his death bed but he said, 'I couldn't say one way or another and I wouldn't say one way or another'.”
Moore did some writing as a child with his first attempt being a book about baseball. He has also written many songs as he is an accomplished musician, playing the steel guitar. Moore has written two other books, “The Hanging of Harrison Alexander” and “The House on Old Brownie Road”. He recently found out that he had missed a murder in Muhlenberg County and hopes to do a revision of that book to add the new information.
Moore has been married to his wife, Christy, for 30 years. They have five children and 19 grandchildren. They are members of South Carrollton Missionary Baptist Church in Muhlenberg County.
Moore unveiled his latest book at the McLean County Public Library in Livermore on Friday, October 28. The book signing brought out over 30 people. Moore is in the process of planning another book signing to be held in the near future.
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