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Published 9:43 pm Thursday, October 8, 2015
We were afraid you’d be tired of Grac Jones after 18 installments in the series about his death were printed in consecutive editions of the Suffolk News-Herald this summer.
To be sure, the series — researched, written and produced by Suffolk historian Kermit Hobbs — was interesting, engaging and entertaining. Just like our readers, we eagerly anticipated each new part of the serial account of the life and death of Grac Jones, who was known as something of a scold and a busybody in Holland at the turn of the 20th century. We wondered along with readers who murdered him and whether the man arrested for the crime would be convicted for it.
But we must confess to a certain level of trepidation over the question of whether folks would stay with the series to the end or just get bored with it and move on. Judging from the number of calls, emails and visits we got, the answer was clear: Folks loved it. We nearly depleted our supply of back issues for that period, and we soon began to hear friendly complaints about our lack of extra copies of the newspaper, along with suggestions that we should print the whole lot in one publication.
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You spoke, and we listened. In fact, we’ve worked with Hobbs to put together a 52-page, full-color book that includes lots of extra content we were unable to fit into the series that appeared in the paper during the summer. You’ll find an extra installment, an author’s commentary, more photos and an exhaustive list of sources. Hobbs, to whom the newspaper owes a debt of gratitude for his work on this project, considers it one of his best works of history ever, and we could not be more excited to be a part of it.
Copies of “The Murder of Tiberius Gracchus Jones” are available for $10, plus tax, at the Suffolk News-Herald office or from Hobbs himself.
But do yourself a favor and drop by the newspaper’s tent at Peanut Fest on Friday or Saturday between 2 and 5 p.m. for a chance to meet Hobbs, talk to him about the mystery and purchase a signed copy of the publication. We’re sure you’ll find the book to be even more engaging than the newspaper series, and Hobbs always has interesting tidbits to share.
Thanks for asking for this publication. We could hardly be more proud to be a part of it.