Two months before my parents married in 1950, my mother's brother was murdered in a hold-up in the liquor store he owned in West Hartford, Connecticut. The murder and its aftermath shaped their wedding (no music, because they were in mourning), their marriage (fraught with misery), and my life (one good time after another...). In recent years, after my parents died, I returned to the scene of the crime and spent a year learning and writing about the murder and its effects. My essay, "Murder One: Mad Dog Taborsky and Me," appears in the summer issue of Daedalus, a journal published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
For a free copy of the essay, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will email you the essay - or buy the issue and/or the article on-line ($13 for the journal itself; $10 for the essay): http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/daed
I also have an essay, "Why Not Say What Happened?" about my recollections of Elizabeth Hardwick, in the summer issue of Tin House, available in bookstores or for purchase on-line: www.tinhouse.com.