An Intriguing Name: How This Lake’s Name Came to Be

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New book tells the horrifying tale of a lake and the black people weeping around it

Author Ruth Jackson stirs readers with a story interwoven with race, religion, and justice. Whore’s Lake, her new book published through Xlibris, unravels the mystery that lies beneath the deep, black waters of one mystifying lake.

Whore’s Lake, a lake located on the outskirts of the quiet town of Drew, Mississippi, has always had intriguing stories of how it came to be called. These stories are associated with the lake being a dumping site of black women who were allegedly beaten, raped, and murdered by white men, or who were killed and thrown by white women who found out they were their husband’s mistresses. Jackson, in this thought-provoking release, takes a deeper look into one angle of the perplexing tale as she brings readers into the drama and mystery of a small town rocked by a series of murders of young women.

Drew, being resided by about two thousand blacks who worked in the farms of the whites, only had one police officer, Sherriff Big John. A mean, grumpy white man, Big John’s abuse of power turned into a nightmare for the townspeople as he started on a murder craze, beating, raping, and then pissing on the victim’s body before he left them dead by the lake. His marathon went on even after being fired from his work, eagerly driving to neighboring towns for his next victim. Mercilessly, he murdered black teenagers and little girls, justifying that his forefathers would have wanted him to do it.

With the victims’ families crying for help, the black community was now ranged with anger and fear. How would they find justice in a world already prejudged by their color? Readers are in for an engrossing read as they unveil the horrifying tale of the Whore’s Lake.

This book will be featured in the 2010 Illinois Library Association Book Exhibit in Chicago, IL, on September 29-30, 2010. For more information on this book, log on to

Whore’s Lake * by Ruth Jackson
Publication Date: January 27, 2010
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 48 pages; 978-1-4500-1156-3
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 48 pages; 978-1-4500-1157-0

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7479. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7876.

For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at


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