UA Little Rock to host book signing with ‘Murdered Without Cause’ Author Genie Massey

Author Genie Massey holds a copy of her book, "Murdered Without Cause." Submitted photo.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a book signing with Genie Massey, author of “Murdered Without Cause,” on Wednesday, April 17. 

The book signing will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UA Little Rock Campus Bookstore in the Donaghey Student Center.

“Murdered Without Cause” is a true crime story regarding the murder of Massey’s aunt, Tresia Jester, at the hands of an armed gang at a filling station in Pine Bluff on March 21, 1992.

Sherman Noble, a Little Rock resident, and two companions attempted to steal a BMW from Jester, who was parked by a pay telephone at a service station. As Jester tried to leave in the car, Noble fired a sawed-off shotgun and killed her.

The book was written to educate and support survivors of victims of homicide and domestic violence who are devastated with grief from losing a loved one. Her book shares the ripple effects and impacts that Massey and her family endured following the death of her aunt.

“There was no book or grief group in 1992 that could inform us of the aftermath we would face for many years to follow,” Massey said. “We suffered unfathomable turmoil before any renewing of the spirit could take place. Reaching out to other survivors that are suffering grief in this way, as my family once did, promotes justice, gives support, and restores lives.”

Massey, a legal assistant and Christian writer born in Arkansas, has worked as a counselor in rehabilitation centers and shelters for domestic violence and rape victims. With the publication of Jester’s story, Massey continues to give back to the community of survivors, in this case victims of homicidal acts, encouraging a sense of hope and the strength to move into a new purpose in life.

The event is sponsored by the UA Little Rock Campus Bookstore and the Department of Criminal Justice. Copies of “Murdered Without Cause” are available for purchase in the Campus Bookstore for $18.95.

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