A new true-crime book by former Greenwood resident Felder Dorn, titled, “The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson: Texas Society Marriage and Carolina Murder Scandal” is being released April 2 by Arcadia Publishing.
Author T. Felder Dorn will be signing books from 10 a.m. to noon, April 14 at McCaslan’s Book Store and Office Supply, 208 Main St., Greenwood.
The book is the final work in a trilogy about three women who occupied adjacent cells in the Woman’s Prison of the South Carolina State Penitentiary in 1942.
Dorn tells the story of Mrs. Burleson, who was arrested and tried for murder in Columbia in the spring of 1940, after she fatally shot her ex-husband’s second wife at lunchtime, in the cafeteria of the Jefferson Hotel.
Through Burleson’s grand-niece, Dorn had access to family records and correspondence that gave him insight into events that unfolded, according to a release about the book.
Felder Dorn attended Greenwood High School and is married to the former Sara Ruth Higgins of Greenwood County.
Information about the author from Arcadia Publishing, indicates Dorn graduated from Duke University in 1954 with a bachelor’s of science in chemistry and received a doctorate in that discipline in 1958 by the University of Washington.
Dorn was a member of the chemistry faculty at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, from 1958–69 and then served four years on the program staff of the College Board in New York.
From 1973 to 1991, he held administrative positions at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, serving as associate dean, dean and vice-president for academic affairs. His last ten years at Kean were spent as professor of chemistry. He retired in 2001. Felder Dorn and his wife, Sara Ruth, have resided in Millburn, New Jersey, since 1973.
Other titles by Dorn include:
“The Guns of Meeting Street: A Southern Tragedy”
“Challenges on the Emmaus Road: Episcopal Bishops Confront Slavery, Civil War, and Emancipation”
“Death of a Policeman, Birth of a Baby: A Crime and Its Aftermath”
“Tompkins School 1925 1953: Community Institution”