Nebraska Authors

Jeff McArthur

Born 1971 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Jeff McArthur is the grandson of Lincoln attorney John McArthur, who represented Caril Ann Fugate in the Starkweather murder spree case. With his law partner Merill Reller and Jeff's father James, John McArthur continued to represent Caril through her parole in the 1970s. Jeff McArthur's book Pro Bono is based on these insiders' knowledge of the story.

McArthur's book The Great Heist is based on the September 1930 robbery of Lincoln, Nebraska's Lincoln National Bank. The record-breaking 2.7 million dollar robbery had ties to the Capone gang in Chicago, and helped shift the nation's thinking about law enforcement. Investigators included representatives of Lincoln's own political elite and influenced local politics for years after the robbery.

Other local law enforcement history see: Monty McCord. Legal memoirs see John Stevens Berry

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Burbank, CA
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Local History; Lincoln, Nebraska; Starkweather murders; Science Fiction; Drama; Television Screen Writing


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, New York University


Hollywood screen writer


Pro Bono: The 18 year defense of Caril Ann Fugate. 2011.
The Table of Truth. 2009.
Relic Worlds : Lancaster James and the Search for the Promised World (Volume 1). 2014.
The Great Heist: The Story of the Biggest Bank Robbery in History...and Why the Money was Returned. 2013.
Two Gun Hart: Lawman, Cowboy, and Long Lost Brother of Al Capone. 2013.
The American Game. 2014.
Command Combat: Civil War - 1864. 2015.
Relic Worlds : Lancaster James and the Shattered Remains of Antiquity. 2019.
Relic Worlds : Lancaster James and the Salient Seed of the Galaxy. 2021.
Dirty Old War: Tales from Vietnam. 2021.

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