“Near Miss: The Attempted Assassinaton of JFK”. It details an incident in December 1960 while Kennedy was president-elect. Richard Paul Pavlick was stalking the president-elect.
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Left: U.S. Secret Service arrest photo of Richard Paul Pavlick, December 15, 1960
He left his home in Belmont, New Hampshire after the November 8, 1960 election day with the intent to prevent JFK from ever being inaugurated as president. He visited the same cities Kennedy visited and eventually arrived outside the Kennedy home in West Palm Beach, Florida. There he wired his car and himself with dynamite and ignition switches. His intent was to ram the president’s car and set off an explosion. Pavlick was not known to the Secret Service until the postmaster in Belmont, Thomas Murphy reported suspicious mail he received from Pavlick to his inspectors, they in turn called in the Secret Service.
Secret Service Chief, U.E. Baughman, in his autobiography stated that the Pavlick attempt “ranks with the closest calls any President ever had. I believe few know the real facts and hardly anybody realized just how near we came one bright December morning to losing our President-elect to a madman.”
Using previously unavailable U.S. District Court records and Secret Service files I am examing this “near miss” in detail including the Constitutional ramifications of the death of a president-elect before his confirmation by the Electoral College. My book tells the true story of the attempt, the life of Richard Paul Pavlick, and the what-ifs – that is what would have happened if Pavlick had been successful. I think anyone with an interest in the 1960’s or history will be fascinated as I am by this story. Copyright 2007, Steve B. Davis
Stumblin` Through Life: Writings of a Do-it-Again Dad
Published in early 2012 this is a collection of short stories from my life experiences, birth, school, marriage, kids, divorce, single-again, remarriage and kids again. I`m confident this will bring smiles to the reader.
Prohibition Lawman: The Amazing Story of Steve Lawson. Published in 2015.
In the aftermath of an attempted illegal liquor run and an ensuing Alberta Provincial Police pursuit Picariello and associate Florence Lassandro gun down an unarmed Alberta Provincial Police officer outside his office and home in downtown Coleman. After their arrest and a sensational trial the two are hanged the following year,
Forgotten in the splash of media coverage are the victims, Steve Lawson, and his wife and five young children who witnessed his cold-blooded murder.Read how the inadequate resources of the Provincial Police, and an unenforceable law, prohibition, resulted in Lawson’s death and the lawlessness of the Crowsnest Pass.
This book is the true story of a war hero and lawman, Steve Lawson, and the impact of his murder on his family and society. It is an untold story that will surprise and touch the reader.
Too often crimes and criminals are glamourized at the expense of their victims. This book focuses not on the story of the crime, but on the life of a victim.
Short Story/Article Projects
I`m always getting ideas and writing some short stories and attempting to have them published. I find it challenging, but enjoyable. Here are just some of the stories written or in progress (Fiction and Nonfiction):
The Invisible Immigrants: One Child’s Story (nonfiction) – published in March/April Issue of Saltscapes magazine. This is a mainstream glossy published and distributed in Eastern Canada. Paying market. I retain rights.
The Silo – an end of the world scenario. (fiction)
*Feb 10, 2009 accepted for publication in Halloween compilation of horror stories by NVP Publications. No payment, but lots of great exposure and I retain rights.
The Relic – a controversial artifact is found by astronauts exploring Mars. (fiction)
The Shower – an erotic tale of a married couple. (fiction)
Wounding the Bull Moose: The Shooting of Theodore Roosevelt – attempted killing of candidate Roosevelt during the 1912 presidential election campaign. (nonfiction)
Ambush At Pincher Creek: The Unsolved Sopow/McNab Murders – narrative nonfiction of unsolved murders in southern Alberta.
Cruising: crime thriller short story with a twist. (fiction)
* Published in e-zine Darkest Before the Dawn in 2009.
Taps: poignant war story of an ordinary soldier at D-Day. (fiction)
Seaway Robbery: Story of a bank robbery my father experienced in his first assignment as a bank manager.
* Published in The Country Connection 2011.