Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory, published by Xlibris, The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole, published by Southern Illinois University Press, Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell, published by Chipmunka Publishing Company, Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals, published by History Publishing Company, Dark Days in Chicago: The Rehabilitation of an Urban Street Terrorist, published by History Publishing Company, and Blood of my Shadow: The Rise & Fall of the Syndicate also published by the History Publishing Company.