Rannah Gray, the American writer whose book - Familiar Evil – recounts the hunt for one of the UK’s most notorious child predators, returns to the small medieval town where it all began in April.
Familiar Evil follows the unusual twists and turns that uncovered how dangerous child predator Scott Rogers fled the U.K. and became a popular TV personality before meeting his final fate in Gray’s hometown in Louisiana.
The book relies on interviews with several former students who described how Rogers created a false image of himself as the benevolent principal of a performing arts school that operated in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk while physically, psychologically and sexually abusing students.
Twenty years before the story told in Familiar Evil begins, a hung jury in a London courtroom allowed Rogers to avoid prison on charges he sexually assaulted a young student. For 13 years, another former student searched for Rogers until he found his name published online in a newspaper letter to the editor written by Gray and contacted her.
For 365 days, the two worked together from opposite sides of the Atlantic to expose the truth, becoming confidential informants in a U.S. government investigation that uncovered Rogers’ path of deceit. Building to an explosive conclusion, Familiar Evil tells the story that sent shock waves across two continents.
Gray will hold a book talk on Familiar Evil at the Library in Bury St. Edmunds, UK located at 2B St. Andrews Street N, on Saturday, 7 April at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. She will speak and answer questions about the case.
On Monday, 9 April, she will present at the 10th International Congress on Child Abuse being held at the University of Warwick in Coventry and on Tuesday, 10 April she will attend the London Book Fair to promote Familiar Evil to the UK book market.
Familiar Evil has won 12 international book awards and is now available in paperback in the UK and in all eBook formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks by Apple.