An Evening with Thom Nickels, Author of Death in Philadelphia

Thursday, July 6th, at 6:30 PM

Please join us on July 6th for An Evening with Thom Nickels as he discusses his upcoming book, Murder in Philadelphia: The Murder of Kimberly Ernest.


When the body of a young female jogger was found at the bottom of a stairwell near Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square in the early morning hours of November 2, 1995, the brutality of the crime shocked the city and led to an outpouring of grief that caused the mayor to weep publicly. The victim, who came from a prominent Illinois family, had been attacked by two petty car thieves with a history of terrorizing local residents. Yet nothing in this case was what it seemed to be. The suspects claimed that their signed confessions were forced by police officers in a hurry to prosecute. DNA evidence not compatible with the killers' profiles led the sequestered jury (in a rush to go home) to declare a not guilty verdict. When a rogue attorney eager for publicity entered the picture and presented "evidence" that the killer of the jogger was really the son of a prominent city lawyer, the new charges led to a complex web of criminal types from the city's drug and prostitution underworld. The Center City jogger's death still cries out for justice.


Thom Nickels is a Philadelphia-based journalist/columnist and the 2005 recipient of the Philadelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Award for Architectural Journalism. He writes for City Journal, New York, Frontpage Magazine, Broad and Liberty, and the Philadelphia Irish Edition. He is the author
of fifteen books, including Philadelphia Architecture, Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This (a Lambda Literary Award finalist), Out in History, Literary Philadelphia, Philadelphia Mansions, and From Mother Divine to the Corner Swami: Religious Cults in Philadelphia. Nickels is the co-author of the play Rendezvous in Bangkok: Who Killed Thomas Merton, which had its premier in 2022.


Event date: 
Monday, June 19, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Head House Books
619 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Death in Philadelphia: The Murder of Kimberly Ernest (America Through Time) By Thom Nickels Cover Image
ISBN: 9781634994583
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Published: America Through Time - May 29th, 2023