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National Writer’s Series: An evening with Dr. Benjamin Gilmer

September 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0


In-person tickets for this event can be reserved through the City Opera House. Livestream tickets for this event can be purchased through our site. 

Based on one of the most popular This American Life stories of all time, The Other Dr. Gilmer is a powerful true story about a shocking crime and a mysterious illness that will forever change your notions of how we punish and how we heal. Soon to become a feature film, the book is equal parts true crime, medical mystery, heartbreaking saga of intergenerational abuse and a look at how a disease ravaged a family.

Fresh out of medical residency, Dr. Benjamin Gilmer joined a rural North Carolina clinic only to find that its previous doctor shared his last name. Dr. Vince Gilmer was loved and respected by the community— right up until he strangled his ailing father and then returned to the clinic for a regular week of work. Vince’s eventual arrest for murder shocked his patients.

How could their beloved doctor be capable of such violence? The deeper Benjamin looked into Vince’s case, the more he became obsessed with discovering what had pushed a good man toward darkness.

Fans of true-crime podcasts, medical mysteries, and compelling personal narratives will all want to be on hand when Dr. Gilmer takes the stage at the City Opera House on September 21st!


In-Person Tickets: $5 for students, $15-$25 for adults. Tickets can be purchased through the City Opera House site or through the Box Office. Fees apply for online and phone purchases.


September 21, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0