From a renowned trial lawyer, a searing
family memoir of a wild boyhood in Texas that led to the vicious murder
of the author’s brother by actor Woody Harrelson’s father.
1968 David Berg’s brother, Alan, was murdered by Charles
Harrelson—notorious hit man and father of Woody Harrelson. Alan was only
thirty-one when he disappeared and for more than six months his family
did not know what had happened to him—until his remains were found in a
ditch in Texas.
There was an eyewitness to the murder:
Harrelson’s girlfriend, who agreed to testify. Even so, Harrelson was
acquitted with the help of the most famous criminal lawyer in America.
Writing with cold-eyed grief and lacerating humor, Berg shares intimate
details about his striving Jewish family that perhaps set Alan on a
course for self-destruction, and the wrenching miscarriage of justice
when Berg’s murderer went unpunished.
Since burying his
brother, David has never discussed how he died. But then about three
years ago, details from his past crept into his memory and he began to
research his family’s legacy and his brother’s death, informed by his
expertise as a seasoned attorney. The result is a raw and painful memoir
that taps into the darkest human behaviors, a fascinating portrait of
an iconic American place, and a true-crime courtroom murder drama—all