In 2002, I was a reporter at The Mountain Eagle, a weekly in Whitesburg, Ky. On Sunday, February 17, of that year, Timothy L. Cook and his four-year-old son T.J. were found murdered in their home. After a desperate, four-day search, police arrested Jerome Boggs, an ex-convict, and his 20-year-old wife April. Precious Blood is the story of those murders, the investigation, and court proceedings that followed.
The murders permanently marked the people of Whitesburg and Letcher County. There had been other murders in county, but these were the first in the city limits of Whitesburg in 20 years. That T.J. was a well-known precocious four-year-old made the crimes even more unspeakable.