Although local author Christine Hunt has made about a dozen public appearances with her book The Orchid Murder: Untangling a Web of Unsolved Murders and Legal Malpractice since May 1, Thursday, Oct. 24, will be her first appearance at a library.
“For the most part, I’ve been appearing at book clubs and community centers as well as in front of legal groups in the area,” Hunt said. “I’m talking at the Roberts library because I have several friends who go there and they have been asking me to come there for a while.”
Hunt’s book recounts the 23-year battle of an innocent man from the Twin Cities who was accused of the death of a former employee in 1973. She will talk about the book and how easy it is for an innocent person to find themselves accused and found guilty of something they had nothing to do with.
“My presentation at the library deals with the injustice inherent in any legal system and why it is crucial to our freedom for each of us to understand how our legal system works, including significant differences between criminal and civil law and the litigation we can, even when innocent, become swept up in,” Hunt said. “I slant my presentations differently depending on the audience I am speaking in front of but my primary goal for each one is the same. It is very important to know about these things so you don’t get caught in a bad situation.”
The audiences at Hunt’s presentations have reacted positively, according to Hunt, and many of the people who listen to her speak have come up to her afterward to express their feelings on the subject.
“A lot of people tell me how amazed they are about how easily some innocent person can find themselves wrapped up in something they weren’t involved in,” Hunt said. “I have gotten a phenomenal response to my presentations and there has been a lot of interest generated, especially with people around here who were alive during it or who just didn’t know what had happened.”
Hunt’s presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, and she will also be appearing at a library in Stillwater on Nov. 1.
“Learning the difference between criminal and civil law is very important and I go over that in my presentation,” Hunt said. “This story in particular is fascinating and people like to hear about what happened to this man and how his family stayed together through it all.”