Our guest today, Diane Goeres-Gardner, is well-versed in the darker side of life here in Oregon. She has authored several books on the history of the Oregon instituions, including Inside Oregon State Hospital: A History of Tragedy & Triumph and Images of America: Oregon Asylum, as well as and Images of America: Oregon Penitentiary (with John Ritter). The impetus for her books began when the major renovation project of OSH was proposed. She found there were no true archives available and felt that the history of this institution should be recorded before the building was demolished. She researched tomes of documents and uncovered many photographs in the process of writing this book. The material is this book then lead her to develop another book for Arcadia Publishing, the first being Images of America: Roseburg.
Diane said her interest in this side of history began while she was researching her family's genealogy and came across several stories about hangings in early Oregon. Her professor friends didn't know anything about these stories so she took it upon herself to document these events for posterity. Her research into the facts of local executions in Oregon through 1905, when the law was passed that all executions would take place in Salem at the Oregon State Penitentiary, was the basis for her book Necktie Parties.
When she learned that a woman had been imprisoned in the Penitentiary from the very beginning of the institution, she decided to focus her attention on crimes involving women, leading to her latest book Murder, Morality and Madness.
You can purchase her books at the major book suppliers or from her website at: www.dlgoeres-gardner.com