The Unveiling: A Mother’s Reflection on Murder, Grief, and Trial Life


Ruth Markel’s tenacious fight for justice on behalf of the murder of her son, Dan Markel, and the struggle to be legally reunited with her grandchildren.

Ruth Markel is the mother of the late Dan Markel, the noted law professor who was murdered in Tallahassee in 2014.

In The Unveiling, she describes her experiences since the day of Dan’s death from several distinct perspectives:

  • As a devastated mother with a unique human perspective on the situation of becoming a homicide survivor and victim.
  • As a woman whose attempts to achieve normalcy and live a healthy life are continually interrupted by painful reminders; a rollercoaster life of waiting for hearings; frequently changing trial dates, verdicts, and appeals.
  • As an engaged citizen who wants to use the lessons she’s learned to help other victims of homicide and violent crimes recover from trauma and have a hopeful outlook on life.
  • As an insider who can show how our collective network of family, friends, and experts—including a murder coach—have helped her family remain involved, motivated, and hopeful.
  • As a grandmother in anguish who has not been allowed to see her grandchildren in many years.
  • And as an experienced and published author, who has written nine books and is able to use the written word to effectively address how to shift from grief to promise.

Two years after the murder and the first set of arrests, it is being described as a murder-for-hire. Will Dan ever receive justice? To this day, we do not have a clue.