D.L. Dennis set out to write a book about a century old chapter in his family's history as well as the history of one west central Illinois town. The Witwer Files follows his grandfather's time as marshal in the Greene County community of Hillview. In 1915, Witwer shot and a killed a man and was brought up on charges of murder. He was eventually acquitted.
Dennis was later raised by his grandparents. "He carried that burden with him," Dennis said. "I think he himself wondered if maybe he was too reactive with the gun."