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Book Looks Into 'Who Killed Betty Gail Brown?'

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) It's a question that has gone unanswered for more than 50 years. Who killed Betty Gail Brown? One retired UK law professor has written a book about the cold case.

In 1961, the 19-year-old Transy student was found inside her parked car on campus. She had been strangled to death with her own bra.

For two and a half years now, retired UK law professor Robert Lawson combed through hundreds of pages of police reports in the case that captivated Kentucky, all for the book, 'Who Killed Betty Gail Brown?' 

"It was the headlines in the newspaper, you didn't have network television in those days, and so it was just a very sensational event," said Lawson.

Lawson was also a part of the case, he was the defense attorney for the only person ever tried in the case, Alex Arnold Jr. 

Arnold was a known alcohol. He confessed to the murder four years after Betty Gail Brown's death, but he was eventually set free when the jury deadlocked. Arnold was never retried and the murder remained a mystery.

"I tried to write it in a totally accurate way so there would be a good, historical record of it, but I tried to also do it in an interesting way," said Lawson.

If you read the book to find out who killed Betty Gail Brown, Lawson says you may be disappointed.

"It's an unsolved case, and it's probably going to stay that way," said Lawson.

If you want to hear what Lawson thinks happened to her, he says he's not exactly sure, but he has some ideas he discusses in the book. To find out how you can get your hands on Lawson's book, click here

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