Dorothy Marcic, With One Shot

Dorothy Marcic
With One Shot

Family Murder and a Search for Justice
Thursday, April 5, 7pm

Why would a New York City playwright and college professor shake up her comfortable life to investigate a family murder—and in doing so risk her life?
In WITH ONE SHOT: FAMILY MURDER AND A SEARCH FOR JUSTICE Dorothy Marcic writes about the crime that has troubled her since she was a teenager: the 1970 murder of her uncle Vernie in Oregon, Wisconsin. Dorothy wants to set the story straight and find justice for the murder that's affected her family for decades.

The official story—that Vernie’s second wife Suzanne shot him—never made sense to Dorothy or her cousin Shannon, who is Vernie’s daughter. Suzanne even confessed, but the two young girls suspected there was more to the story. How did Suzanne get off on an insanity plea when other wives with similar-sounding murder cases got life in prison? And how did she get so much insurance money from Vernie’s death, despite being his confessed killer? 

Then in 2014, Dorothy got a call from Shannon: she knew where Suzanne was, and how to contact her. Suzanne was in her 80s and in ill health, living in rural Tennessee. If they were ever going to find out what really happened that day in 1970, they had to act fast. So Dorothy flew down and spent over 14 hours in the home of her uncle’s alleged killer, asking questions that Suzanne would rather keep buried.

Dorothy interviewed Suzanne, her adult children, and more than 60 people connected to the case, including detectives.  She delved into court documents, real estate records, and coroner's report.  She also became certified in the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, in order to measure Suzanne's propensity to be a psychopath.  The more Dorothy researched, the stranger the case became, and the more dubious the official story.

With One Shot  Dorothy Marcic weaves a spellbinding tale of unmet justice and the truth behind a shocking family tragedy.

Dr. Dorothy Marcic is a playwright whose productions have played in over seventy cities, including over seven years of her Off-Broadway musical, SISTAS, which has also aired on BET-TV. A new musical, This One’s for the Girls, opened in October. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a former professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, has three masters and a doctorate, and is the author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers Understanding Management and RESPECT: Women and Popular Music. Dorothy has appeared on C-SPAN, CMT, and Bravo Network. Her website is

Event date: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
54 Fairfield St.
Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07042
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ISBN: 9780806538556
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Published: Citadel Press - March 27th, 2018