The Martyrdom of

Thomas Merton

Book reviews and comments

Island Catholic News Review

with introduction by Patrick Jamison

A Modern Thomas a Becket

by Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

A Labyrinthine Tale of Murder and Deceit

by Sabina Clarke

Irish Edition

Murder of Anti-Vietnam War Monk Thomas Merton

by Phillip F. Nelson

Covert Action Magazine

Was Thomas Merton Assassinated?

by Joyce Rothermel

Thomas Merton Center -Pittsburgh

Profiles in Catholicism Review

by Eileen Quinn Knight

"The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation" - Solidly Convincing

by Matthew Fox - Island Catholic News

Irish Edition

Review by Sabina Clarke

Who Killed Thomas Merton?


Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Cistercium Review of The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton


Francisco Raphael de Pascual, O.C.S.O.

Irish American News Review


Sabina Clarke

Catholic Worker Book Review

The Merton Journal Review


Andrew Walker

Profoundly Grateful for this Courageous and Intelligent Work


Anthony Donovan

Speaking the Unspeakabe: The Assassination and Martyrdom of Thomas Merton


Edward Curtin

The Mysterious Death of Thomas Merton


Phillip F. Nelson

The Truth at Last


Matthew Fox

Bearing Witness to Thomas Merton


John Shuck

Thomas Merton: He Wasn't Electrocuted and He Didn't Take a Shower


Patrick Jamieson

The Shocking Death of Thomas Merton

by James G. Bruen, Jr.

Culture Wars Magazine

Unassailable !

-Brother Matthew Nyland O.S.B.

This is a marvelous book and very well researched,  

-Sister Inez Marie Salfer, P.C.P.A.

I found your book fascinating and troubling.  Your meticulous and extensive research brings out the many contradictions, changing statements, suspicious behavior and confusion surrounding his death and the “investigation” following it… The possibility of murder and a cover-up had never occurred to me, but is a totally believable conclusion after reading your book.   

-Sister Mary Paul, O.P.

I am sure that your contribution to our symposium is going to reveal the hidden truth on Merton's death. Let us hope it will be successful.

-Father Bernard Sawicki, O.S.B.,

Coordinator Monastic Institute at the Pontifical Atheneum, Sant' Anselmo, Rome

Turley and Martin provide detail after detail refuting the false information that has been disseminated for five decades.

- Matthew Fox

Rome now has the beginnings of Father Merton's cause for sainthood.

Rev. Donald Brice, Archdiocese of Washington, DC

"Turley and Martin doggedly track down documents, past interviews, witnesses, written accounts, and anything else they can obtain relevant to the circumstances of Merton's death while trying to unravel the errors, confusion, and contradictions...[Merton biographers Michael] Mott and [John Howard] Griffin...receive much of the authors' venom, and deservedly so."

- Culture Wars, December 2018

In a paper presented this summer in Rome at the Thomas Merton Symposium, David Martin and Hugh Turley presented the findings of their book, The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation, which discloses photographic evidence and picks holes in the accidental electrocution story.  - The Irish Times December 3, 2018

A brave and interesting book that gathers a subtle journalistic investigation about...the death of Thomas Merton..."   -Francisco Raphael de Pascual, OCSO

Until the publication of this provocative book there has never been an investigation into the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Thomas Merton. 

-Sabina Clarke

It is time to begin to not only recognize the value of Fr. Louis, Thomas Merton’s depth of search but his clear rightful station of martyrdom.  - Anthony Donovan