Forty-three years ago today, the body of Nancy Morgan was found in the back of a car in the mountains of North Carolina. The twenty-four-year-old’s life was tragically cut short just as she was ready to start a new adventure in New York. Being only two years younger than Nancy was at the time, I can relate to Nancy’s youthful optimism for her future. She was a romantic who subscribed to an idealistic perception of the world. A friend once noted, “Nancy wanted to make the world a better place, but quietly.” A young adult just gaining access to her freedom, Nancy, like me, still wore the rose-tinted glasses of childhood.
Nancy’s school years came during a time of political unrest and the country’s own turbulent identity crisis. She committed to VISTA in September 1969. As a federal antipoverty worker, Nancy was assigned to work in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina. Among her personal belongings was the novel Christy, a story of a young woman who goes to teach school in the mountains of Tennessee. Perhaps Nancy had some hope of bringing Christy’s tale to life in her own philanthropic quest. Little did she know that her mysterious death would inspire journalist and author Mark I. Pinsky to pursue a forty-year investigation of her case. Now, Pinsky presents the results of this investigation in his true-crime book, Met Her on the Mountain, as he tells the story of a lost life and one man’s quest to redeem it.
For more on Pinsky’s quest for justice, read “My Phantom Valentine: Across the Years With Another Woman” from the Huffington Post. Met Her on the Mountain will be published by John F. Blair, Publisher in October 2013.
This post was written by Blair’s summer intern, Catherine Wright. Catherine graduated from Wake Forest University this past spring with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Chinese language and culture. Raised in eastern North Carolina, she is naturally drawn to Southern traditions, but also finds excitement in traveling and learning about different cultures. From a young age, both of Catherine’s parents instilled a love of literature into her life. This passion for books led her to explore the world of publishing at John F Blair, Publisher.