JERRY ALLEN POTTER
Jerry Allen Potter was born on January 14, 1941 in Weslaco, Texas,
a farming community near the Mexican border and the Gulf of Mexico.
The eldest of five children and the son of a blacksmith, Mr. Potter
began writing stories as a small child. In his teen years, he
worked as a sports stringer for five newspapers in the Texas area.
He also covered sports for the school paper, and soon landed a job
doing the same for his hometown weekly. Mr. Potter attended Bethany
Nazerene College (class of '64), earning a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy.
There, he met and married Prebble Jordan, an Education major.
Upon graduation, Mr. Potter became an ordained minister, and served
as a pastor until 1968 when he left the church to teach, also learning
to write and paint.
For a brief period, he pursed a career as a book salesman for a distributor
and publisher, then moved to Monterey, California (1975), where
he opened his own art gallery, painted marine works, and continued
His first novel, Silence in Eden, was published by Crowell-Harper
and Row in 1978. Publisher's weekly reviewed the book, calling
it "darkly erotic and powerfully written." Over the
next five years, Mr. Potter published three more novels, all mysteries:
A Talent for Dying, If I Should Die Before I Wake, and Needle.
His fifth book, Dalhart Windberg, Artist of Texas, was
published by the University of Texas Press in 1984. He then
co-authored the book The Windberg Technique of Oil Painting,
with Dalhart Windberg.
Soon afterward, Mr. Potter became interested in the MacDonald case.
He accepted a position as Sales Manager for a medical book distributor,
in order to support himself while investigating the case.
He and co-author Fred Bost spent twelve years conducting interviews,
reading Freedom of Information Act releases of theretofore secret
case files, and compiling the data necessary to write Fatal Justice:
Reinvestigating the MacDonald Murders.
We mourn the loss of Jerry Potter on June 25, 2004, after a valiant
struggle with cancer.