True Crime novel

About Urban America's Most Violent Decade, 1965 - 1975




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A Ku Klux Klan sympathizing serial killer driven by his hatred of “colored” people prowled the streets of the black ghetto in Dayton, Ohio.  He stalked and shot black men at random after midnight; the first murder sparked the worst riot in the City’s history.  The shadowy vigilante was a classic ‘loner.’ He believed he was doing God’s bidding in his effort to stop the mixing of races and, in particular, the Federal Court-ordered desegregation of public schools. The streets turned bloody red as he evaded capture.


Dan L. Baker was a police officer in Dayton, Ohio for 25 years during   which he was the Lieutenant of the Violent Crime Bureau, Organized Crime Control Unit and Hostage Negotiation Team. Following that he served for 20 years as Director of Nuclear Safeguards and Security at U.S. DOE sites. He also served as Consultant /Executive Director of the Citizen Complaint Authority in Cincinnati, Ohio and as Executive Director of the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center/ National Forensic Academy (NFA) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Gwen Nalls is a licensed Attorney in the State of Ohio.  She grew up in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from the racially segregated public school system during the period of this story. 

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"Blood in the Streets" has been nominated for the prestigious "Dayton Literary Peace Prize" an "International Award." The annual award for 2015 will be announced this fall. Details are available at  The non-fiction story reminds a reader that America's long and continuing struggle for racial peace, though often dimmed by blood and tears, is not a bridge too far.