Family and faith spur latest book

Spring 2017 Edition

Andy Marso

Andy Marso

A fatal crime spree that involved a family friend inspired Andy Marso to write “The Klinefelter Legacy: A Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness.”

But the book's title reveals another inspiration: Marso became interested in the story of how the Klinefelter’s family forgave the three men who murdered their loved one.

Brian Klinefelter was killed in the crime spree on Jan. 29, 1996. Klinefelter served as an officer for the St. Cloud Police Department in Marso’s hometown of St. Cloud, Minnesota.

“I remembered that event pretty clearly. It was a really big deal in my hometown,” said Marso, a 2004 J-School graduate. “St. Cloud’s not particularly big, and to have a police officer killed was really kind of a pivotal thing for the whole community."

 “The more I learned about the story, the more I realized there was a whole lot of positive things that people had worked to bring out of this terrible tragedy."

Marso said that interviewing the Minnesota subjects while he worked in Kansas was the most difficult part of writing the book.

“I don’t know that I would be in a rush to do it again that way,” Marso said.

The book, published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Minnesota, was released in January 2016 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Klinefelter’s death.

This is Marso’s second book. His first, “Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me — Then Changed My Life for the Better,” chronicles his recovery from a near fatal bout with bacterial meningitis while he was a KU student.

Marso’s advice for J-School students is contradictory to what they undoubtedly usually hear: He says not to worry too much about the big picture, such as finding jobs or internships. Rather, they should focus their energy on doing the best journalistic work possible.

–– Erik Nelson is a junior from Hopkins, Minnesota, studying news and information.