Murder in Manteo: the Stacey Stanton case featuring Delia D'Ambra, John Railey & Chris Mumma


One of Downtown Books' best-selling authors is back with another cold-case expose in which he painstakingly unravels the scandal-filled knot that is the Stacey Stanton case. Stacey Stanton, a beloved resident of Manteo, was found stabbed to death in her apartment on the afternoon of February 3, 1990. The slaying was the most horrendous crime the town had seen in years. With tourist season coming on and Manteo in the midst of a revitalization, a rushed investigation followed. Overlooked leads and racial tension led to the conviction of an innocent man. This riveting narrative, built on access to the state's investigative file and multiple interviews with case insiders, delves into the truth behind the murder. Investigative journalist John Railey explores the mistakes made and finally arrives at the long-hidden truth of what happened to Stacey.

Joining John for this one-of-a-kind event will be investigative journalist, podcast creator and former Manteo resident Delia D'Ambra whose podcast Counter Clock also took a deep dive into the Stanton case. Rounding out the discussion panel will be Chris Mumma, Executive Director of the N.C. Center on Actual Innocence (, where she has worked for over two decades representing inmates asserting credible claims of innocence. Ms. Mumma has represented fourteen North Carolina citizens who walked to freedom after serving decades in prison for crimes they did not commit and plays a role in this story as well. 

This trio will be discussing John's new book, Murder in Manteo, the case, the resulting conviction of an innocent man and more on Thursday, May 16 in Veteran's Hall at COA-Dare in Manteo. Sponsored by Downtown Books and COA-Dare, copies of Murder in Manteo will be available for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to the public but we do recommend pre-ordering books to ensure your seat at what is going to be a very popular event. 

Event date: 
Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
205 Highway 64
Manteo, NC 27954
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