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Run, Brother, Run : A Memoir of a Murder in My Family

Author: David Berg
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a searing family memoir of a wild boyhood in Texas that led to the vicious murder of the author's brother by actor Woody Harrelson's father. In 1968 the author's brother, Alan, was murdered by Charles Harrelson, notorious hit man and father of Woody Harrelson. Alan was only thirty-one when he disappeared and for more than six months his family did not know what had happened to him, until his remains were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Named Person: Alan Berg; David Berg; Alan Berg; Alan Berg; Alan Berg; David Berg
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Berg
ISBN: 1476717052 9781476717050
OCLC Number: 862348187
Description: 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: David Berg.

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This is a searing family memoir of a wild boyhood in Texas that led to the vicious murder of the author's brother by actor Woody Harrelson's father. In 1968 the author's brother, Alan, was murdered by Charles Harrelson, notorious hit man and father of Woody Harrelson. Alan was only thirty-one when he disappeared and for more than six months his family did not know what had happened to him, until his remains were found in a ditch in Texas. There was an eyewitness to the murder: Harrelson's girlfriend, who agreed to testify. Even so, Harrelson was acquitted with the help of the most famous criminal lawyer in America. Writing with cold-eyed grief and lacerating humor, the author, a trial lawyer himself, shares intimate details about his striving Jewish family that perhaps set Alan on a course for self-destruction, and the wrenching miscarriage of justice when Alan Berg's murderer went unpunished. Since burying his brother, the author has never discussed how he died. But then about three years ago, details from his past crept into his memory and he began to research his family's legacy and his brother's death, informed by his expertise as a seasoned attorney. The result is a raw and painful memoir that taps into the darkest human behaviors, a fascinating portrait of an iconic American place, and a true-crime courtroom murder drama, perfectly calibrated.

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