Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky by William Van Meter
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Free Press
In 2003, college student Katie Autry was murdered in her dorm room at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. She had been raped, stabbed and then sprayed with hairspray before being set on fire. This horrific story not only rocked the Commonwealth, but it also made national headlines.
Van Meter is a journalist originally from the town of Bowling Green and he explores Autry’s notorious murder case. The book details the events of the murder all the way up to the trial in March 2005. Although many of the residents of Bowling Green and WKU's administration were not happy about the release of this book, it is compelling reading and hard to put down. I felt connected to Autry and I empathized with her family.