Trailed : One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles
2023 Edgar Award Finalist
One of the New York Times' Best True Crime Books of 2022
In May 1996, two skilled, free-spirited backcountry leaders, Lollie Winans and Julie Williams, entered Virginia's Shenandoah National Park for a week-long backcountry camping trip. During the couple's final days in the park, they descended the narrow remnants of a trail and pitched their tent in a hidden spot. After the pair didn't return home, park rangers found a scene of horror at their campsite: their tent slashed open, their beloved dog missing, and both women dead in their sleeping bags. The unsolved murders of Winans and Williams continue to haunt all who had encountered them or knew their story.
When award-winning journalist and outdoors expert Kathryn Miles looks into the case, she discovers conflicting evidence, mismatched timelines, and details that just don't add up. With unprecedented access to crucial crime-scene forensics and key witnesses--and with a growing sense of both mission and obsession--she begins to uncover the truth. An innocent man, Miles is convinced, has been under suspicion for decades, while the true culprit is a known serial killer, if only authorities would take a closer look.
Intimate, page-turning, and brilliantly reported, Trailed is a love story and an urgent call to make wilderness a safe space for women--a story destined to become a true crime classic.
"Trailed is meticulously investigated, achingly intimate, and doggedly persistent in the pursuit of justice." --Robert Kolker, bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road