Patrick Gallagher has been a “jack of all trades, master of one,” the “one” being a U.S. Customs Broker and logistics specialist. But over a course of a lifetime Patrick has worked as a farm laborer, forest fire fighter, process server, retail store manager, preacher, warehouseman and dishwasher. However, founding and managing a business in international logistics was the career he loved.
Now retired, Patrick and his wife enjoy their four children and twelve grandchildren, and their home at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado.
After retiring in 2016, Partick’s new goal became writing the story of an infamous murder that occurred in Oregon in 1946. This is Patrick’s initial foray into the world of writing.
The author believes the story of the murder of Dr. Willis D. Broadhurst carries itself in its intensity and the sheer amazement that any person, let alone a woman in the 1940’s, would move from husband-to-husband in cold, calculated steps.
Patrick’s grandfather, P.J. Gallagher was the lead defense attorney for the widow accused of first-degree murder in the death of her new husband. This became one of the most sensational murder trials ever conducted in Oregon, and it garnered nationwide attention in the news media.
Years ago, Patrick inherited from his grandfather a box full of ardent love letters from the Doctor to his wife. Knowing these letters were the basis for a story that must be told, Patrick committed to learning the story of this woman and her crime. Over the course of four years, Patrick researched the story through the trial transcripts, newspaper articles and over the internet. The result is a compelling story of one woman careening from husband to husband in search of something. What that “something” is becomes a central theme in the book ‘TIL DEATH DO US…’.