In DIXIE’S LAST STAND, readers will follow the turbulent lifestyle of Defiance, Iowa, resident Dixie Shanahan, but nobody had a more pivotal role in the outcome of the case than Iowa prosecutor Charles Thoman.
Thoman drew the assignment from his bosses at the Iowa Attorney General’s Office to handle the criminal proceedings against Dixie. In DIXIE’S LAST STAND, you will learn how Thoman was almost bypassed for the assignment, based on his own accord. He had just finished up a long and quite stressful murder case at the courthouse in Le Mars, Iowa.
Once Thoman took over the case against Dixie Shanahan, he found himself bombarded with stinging criticism and scorn from various domestic violence groups across the country.
“Before, during and after trial there was an ongoing notion that it was wrong to prosecute Dixie Shanahan for any crime,” Thoman told me earlier this week.
I’ve been able to interview Thoman about his lasting impressions and some of the key moments involved in the Iowa murder case against Dixie Shanahan over the past couple of weeks. As a result, Thoman’s comments will be reflected throughout DIXIE’S LAST STAND: WAS IT MURDER OR SELF-DEFENSE? which comes out in mid January through WildBlue Press. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q7COQP0
“I never felt cross examining the defendant Dixie Shanahan would be a ‘slam dunk,'” Thoman told me. “In fact, I expected it would be difficult.”
In DIXIE’S LAST STAND, Thoman offers a unique perspective on this fascinating and bizarre Midwestern Iowa murder case that true-crime readers won’t want to miss!