George R (Bob) Dekle, Sr.


Miscellaneous works of uneven quality published in ebook format.


When I sold "The Last Murder" to the publisher, I had written over 100,000 words with three chapters left to write. The publisher told me they wanted the word count to be under 90,000. I took the knife to what I had written and cut it unmercifully, and then I collapsed the last three chapters into one. I got the word count under the limit, but discerning readers have commented that the last chapter of the book seems somewhat truncated. Yes it does. This is an abbreviated meditation that I probably would have made part of "The Last Murder" if there had been room.


Years ago I was a member of a postal chess club and wrote a column for their magazine on chess history. This is one of the columns. It is a speculation on how the "game of kings" and the "king of games" evolved from a hypothetical ancestor much like tic-tac-toe to its present format.


When I was a freshman in law school I read a short story called, if I remember correctly, "The Case of the Speluncean Explorers," a sort of a meditation on the collision of the crime of cannibalism with the defense of necessity. It was written in the form of an appellate opinion on the conviction of some "speluncean explorers" for cannibalism. The story inspired me to try my hand at a speculation on the criminal responsibility of someone who killed something that walked, talked, and squawked like a human being, and was to all intents and purposes indistinguishable from a human being, but upon autopsy was determined to be something other than a human being.

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Selected Works

Legal History
Surveys all of the homicide cases defended by Lincoln for which we have surviving evidence. Looks at a number of other criminal cases, including some of his prosecutions.
Analyzes the evidence presented at trial and critiques the performance of both the prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Examines Lincoln's performance in People v. Armstrong.
Looking through the eyes of a prosecutor, the book reconstructs the course of the trial of Jesus and critiques the actions of the prosecutors and judge.
True Crime
A compelling first-hand account of the prosecution of one of America’s most notorious serial killers.
Practice Manual
Sound, practical instruction on how to plan and execute a winning cross examination.
Real-world advice for newly-hired prosecutors or law students serving clinical internships in a prosecutor's office.
An experimental volume I self-published which tells the stories of some of the cases I handled during my 32 year career as a trial lawyer.