Nebraska Authors

David L. Strauss

The author's book Barbarous Souls is an account of the Lincoln, Nebraska's Darrel Parker case. In 1955, Lincoln City Forester Parker was convicted and imprisoned for a murder that Nebraska death-row inmate Wesley Peery later confessed to his lawyer, as privileged information. No one who knew Parker, including his wife's parents, who in part funded his defense and appeals, believed him guilty. Author Strauss married the daughter of Judge Thomas J. McManus, who had been Parker's defense attorney, and continued to represent Parker's innocence and feel the burden of what he saw as a terrible injustice, finally revealed for all to see after the death of the actual murderer.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


True Crime; Legal; Nebraska subjects


Barbarous Souls. 2010.

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David L. Strauss

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