Floyd Burton Loveless became the youngest person ever executed by the state of Nevada, when, at age 17, he was sent to the gas chamber in Nevada State Prison on Sept. 29, 1944.
His execution sparked a national controversy over the constitutionality of juvenile capital punishment. What led Loveless to his demise is a tragic story of family catastrophes and terrible decisions, many of which Reno author Janice Oberding details in her latest book, “The Boy that Nevada Killed.”
Oberding is the featured speaker for the September Writers’ Wednesday at the Nevada Historical Society. The event is Wednesday, Sept. 13 and starts with a book signing at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 5:30 p.m.
The author of numerous books on the paranormal, history and true crime, Oberding said Loveless’ story is one she has been wanting to tell for many years.
“I discovered Loveless’ story while working on another story and could not let it go,” she said. “The book is a culmination of 25 years work.”
The Writers’ Wednesday Lecture Series, held the second Wednesday of each month. The intent of the program is to highlight writers that specifically focus on Nevada, the Great Basin or the West in general. The authors talk about the content of their books, but also share details about the creative process.
Admission to Writers’ Wednesday is $5 for adults; free for members and children 17 and younger. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get their seats. For more information, call (775) 688-1190. The Nevada Historical Society is located at 1650 N. Virginia St.