Info for Book Groups

I’d be happy to come and discuss Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon's love Cult, with your book group if it's in Lincoln County or Florence, Oregon.

T- McCracken

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Discussion Questions

Were the families justified in committing the Holy Rollers to the insane asylum?

None of the Holy Rollers came out and said, “Yes, I had sex with Edmund Creffield.” Do you think they did?

Even if they didn’t have sex, did they do something scandalous? In other words, would things that were considered scandalous in the early 1900s be considered scandalous today?

Was George Mitchell justified in killing Edmund Creffield?

Do you really think George was insane when he committed murder, or was pleading not guilty by reason of insanity a legal tactic?

What did you think of John Manning, Multnomah County’s District Attorney, writing a letter to Kenneth Mackintosh, King County’s Prosecuting Attorney, saying that if George had killed Creffield in Portland he’d let him off scot free?

Do you think it’s possible that God really was in communication with Creffield and the Brides of Christ?

Descendents of the Holy Rollers didn’t want the story published almost a century after the events had taken place and all the participants were long dead. How would you feel if someone wrote about something about your great grandparents that would embarrass them if they were still alive?

Do you think you could ever be lured into a cult?


Edmund Creffield's Mug ShotTo get into the mood, you might think about getting an Edmund Creffield Mug Shot T-shirt, just the thing to wear should you have the urge to roll. Shirts, mugs and other stuff with this image are available at CafePress.

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