Kim Cross - In Light of All Darkness: The Polly Klaas Legacy
Event date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 6:30pm
Featured Book: 
In Light of All Darkness: Inside the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and the Search for America's Child



Copperfield’s Books and the Polly Klaas Foundation are honored to welcome Kim Cross to the Petaluma Community Center for an unparalleled discussion about her new book - In Light of All Darkness: Inside the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and the Search for America's Child.

Hear firsthand from the FBI agents, Petaluma detectives, and local volunteers what truly happened 30 years ago—and how it changed their lives.

Kim will be joined by many special guests, including her father-in-law, Eddie Freyer, Senior FBI Agent in charge of the case. For the first time ever, deep insiders will share their account of a case that ended tragically but also inspired life-saving changes in investigative procedures.

This is a ticketed event in partnership with the Polly Klaas Foundation:  

$15 General Admission (limited quantity)

$45 General Admission + Signed Book

$10 from every ticket will be donated to the Polly Klaas Foundation – a Petaluma non-profit dedicated to the safety of all children, the recovery of missing children, and public policies that keep children safe in their communities.

About In Light of All Darkness:

Paced like a thriller and full of insider information on the history and science of Crime Scene Investigation, In Light of All Darkness embeds readers in one of the most famous true-crime stories of our generation—the kidnapping of Polly Klaas—a case as pivotal in the history of the FBI as the Unabomber or Oklahoma City bombing. 

On October 1, 1993, a 12-year-old girl was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom in Petaluma, California, during a sleepover with two friends, while her mother slept soundly in the room next door. This rarest of all kidnappings—a stranger abduction from the home—triggered one of the largest manhunts in FBI history.  

Many Americans remember Polly's face, which appeared on the national news every night, on the cover of People magazine, and on more than 8 million flyers distributed as far as China. The emotional gravity of Polly’s story touched every agent, police officer, and forensic technician who worked on her case. Many of these investigators have never shared their stories—until now.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Cross has written the first comprehensive account of what happened on that fateful night in October, as well as how the case forever transformed the Bureau’s approach to solving crimes. With unprecedented access to case files, crime scene photos, a videotaped murder confession, and inside sources, In Light of All Darkness follows the investigators who pieced together the evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of the kidnapper—and made the victim a household name and a girl who will never be forgotten.

Author: Kim Cross is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and historian known for meticulously reported narrative nonfiction. Her stories have been recognized in “Best of” lists by the New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, The Sunday Longread, Longform, Apple News Audio, and Best American Sports Writing. She lives in Boise, Idaho.

Event Location: 
Petaluma Community Center
320 North McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 3rd, 2023


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