Ron Peterson Jr.
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Ron Peterson Jr.

Ron Peterson, Jr. is a bestselling author whose latest release, EYES OF A MONSTER, recently debuted on the true crime bestseller list. It tells the compelling true story of cold case detective Randy Mayer's hunt for a serial killer responsible for at least three murders in Hampton, Virginia in the '70s and '80s. Peterson's first book, UNDER THE TRESTLE (2018) was named one of the Top 100 True Crime books of all time by Popsugar. The film rights for UNDER THE TRESTLE were acquired by Mactavish Pictures and it is currently in development as a documentary film. The book is a carefully researched account of Virginia's first "no body" murder trial; in 1980 when former Virginia Tech football player Stephen Epperly was charged in the first degree murder of Radford University student Gina Renee Hall, whose remains were never found. Peterson is also the author of CHASING THE SQUIRREL (2020), the amazing true story of notorious Virginia drug smuggler Wally Thrasher, a flamboyant pilot whose adventures flying drugs into the US were "the stuff out of a James Bond movie," according to The Washington Post. Nicknamed Squirrel for his elusiveness, Thrasher allegedly faked his own death in 1984 to elude authorities. US Marshals have spent the past four decades pursuing leads around the globe, as Thrasher is believed by many to be living the good life in some faraway tropical land. Film rights for CHASING THE SQUIRREL were optioned to Los Angeles-based Urban Legends Film Company for development as a streaming television series. Peterson's work as a journalist has been published in many newspapers and in corporate publications for two Fortune 500 companies. He held leadership positions at the Virginian Pilot and Cox Media, where he was awarded the organization's "Outstanding Performance" award. His background also includes managing television advertising campaigns that appeared on TV networks CNN, Discovery, Fox News and ESPN. He is a board member of the Hampton Roads Sports Media Hall of Fame. A dynamic public speaker, Peterson has served as a guest lecturer at several Virginia colleges and universities. He is based in Smithfield, Virginia.
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