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Hutton Honors College

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The Girl in the Yellow Scarf

A True Story About When Evil Begets Goodness



Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room (811 E. Seveth St.)
Free and Open to the Public


Award-winning journalist Sandra Chapman will talk about her investigation into the brutal 1968 murder of a young African American woman on the streets of Martinsville, Indiana. Her book, "The Girl in the Yellow Scarf," recounts in sobering detail how the case was "cold" until the killer's daughter, who witnessed the crime at age 7, turned her father in to law enforcement authorities in 2002. This is a complex and paradoxical case of how in the midst of the darkness of evil and emotional agony, it is possible for people with the deepest bonds of family and community can decide to and do the right, good thing. There will be ample time for discussion and questions, and there will also be a book signing. This Themester program, which we hope will generate more conversations throughout the academic year and beyond, is hosted by the Hutton Honors College and co-sponsored by The Research Project on Transcultural and Intercultural Studies.

Sandra Chapman is an award-winning reporter for WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis, where she has received state, regional, and national recognition for her work. Chapman joined the WTHR 13 Investigates team after a 10-year stint at WISH-TV in Indianapolis. In 2012, Chapman received a National Headliner Award, was named an IRE Finalist, garnered two Emmy Awards, and captured top honors as the Indiana Associated Press Best Reporter.


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