Is Casper Llewelyn based on the boxer Stanley Ketchel?

At our One Read discussion with Tribune columnist Bill Clark we discussed a boxer, Stanley Ketchel. Bill believes Rose’s deceased husband, Casper Llewellyn is based on the real life boxer, Stanley Ketchel. Stanley started his boxing career in Butte, Montana in 1904 and had a reputation for living in the “fast” lane. He died in Conway, Missouri in 1910. For more information about Stanley Ketchel go to

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