When I critiqued Donalie Beltran’s manuscript a few years ago, I had no way of knowing that it would go on to win awards and collect so many five-star reviews. All I knew for sure was that it was one of the best true crime stories I’d ever read. It was the story of a family harboring secrets, a family with murder in its past. And not just any family. This was the story of Donalie’s own family.
After owning her own web and graphic design firm for many years, Donalie has retired to write full time. Writing is her passion. Look for her additional works in the near future.
Murder is a Family Affair
Murder Is a Family Affair follows August Tuxhorn, a business-minded, hot-tempered young man who comes to America from Prussia in the 1850s after his brutal father kills himself. August learns to bribe his way to get what he wants, but he also learns to brutalize and kill those who take advantage of him. Carrying on the legacy, his son Charles grows up with a beautiful face and a stone heart. Evil set in motion by his grandfather and then his father, Charles Tuxhorn carries on the family’s violent temper and disregard for human life.
Author Donalie Beltran’s father, Ray Tuxhorn, said as a boy he heard rumors there was a killer in the family. The adults would not answer questions about such a shameful family secret, so Donalie decided to research the family tree to find answers. She found more than one murderer. Tuxhorn family members had made national headlines more than once for their evil deeds. The research went on for almost ten years before Donalie decided it was a story that needed to be told. The result is her award-winning true crime book Murder Is a Family Affair.
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