HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Bob O'Connor has long been fascinated by the story of infamous abolitionist John Brown and various curiosities associated with his tale.
He shares many of those intriguing facts in his first book, a historical novel, "The Perfect Steel Trap: Harpers Ferry 1859."
For instance, future Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth - another historical figure O'Connor has had a lifetime fascination about - was at Brown's execution.
Many of the curiosities or coincidences are left for the near-end of the book.
O'Connor spent 2 1/2 years researching the story of John Brown, who led a raid on an arsenal at Harpers Ferry in an attempt to use the weapons to liberate slaves. He was hanged for crimes including treason.