“Walk Me Home is a big-hearted story, told with clarity and adroitness, so perfectly capturing the essence of Nebraska from 1969 onward. I saw my childhood flash before my eyes.”
Harley Jane Kozak
Two-time winner of the Nebraska Book Award
Every writer waits for a story like this to walk into their lives.
I was busy at work on the overnight shift when one of our local police officers stopped by. Through our conversation, he mentioned that his father–a former Lancaster County deputy sheriff–was working on a book before he passed away. I was intrigued. But not prepared to be blown away.
Russ Kildare was a seminarian in 1969. A seminarian with dyslexia, before dyslexia was a recognized disorder. He ended up at the University of Nebraska as a scholarship wrestler. There, he met Cathy Rada, a cheerleader and special education major. She taught Russ how to read. Later, Rada became the victim of Robert Williams, the last man to face death in Nebraska’s electric chair.
Russ’s journey to cope with Cathy’s murder is a powerful story of grief, rage, and forgiveness. I am beyond blessed to have the rights to tell this story.
John Kildare, Russ’s son, has been an active participant in the writing process for this script/book project. I’m grateful to have his assistance, support, and friendship.