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10/11/2013 8:04:00 AM
Unthawing the mystery of the Iceman
Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily CourierAuthors Oliver Thomas and his daughter Kenda McHale sign copies of “The Mystery of the Iceman” at Hastings in Prescott last month. The two will sign copies of their new book at the Family Christian Bookstore in Prescott Valley on Oct. 18.
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Authors Oliver Thomas and his daughter Kenda McHale sign copies of “The Mystery of the Iceman” at Hastings in Prescott last month. The two will sign copies of their new book at the Family Christian Bookstore in Prescott Valley on Oct. 18.
Patrick Whitehurst
Special to the Review

Paulden author and pastor Oliver Thomas and his daughter, writer Kenda McHale of Phoenix, spent a lot of father/daughter time digging into the past.

Their hobby? The two are fascinated by the 5,000-year-old mummy known as Otzi, found in the mountains between Italy and Austria, and the biblical figure of Cain. Otzi, according to experts, is one of the best-preserved, and oldest mummies on record.

They eventually co-authored a book on the subject. Called "Mystery of the Iceman," the book makes an argument that the iceman may in fact be the biblical figure of Cain. The book is written in such a way to allow readers

to form their own conclusions, however.

Both Thomas and McHale will visit the Family Christian Bookstore, located at 3088 N. Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley, for a book-signing event Friday, Oct. 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

Thomas and McHale spent five years on the project, including two years of research, before making their final product available. Their findings, published in July by WestBow Press, are now available.

The book, from WestBow Press, is available online and can be purchased in a number of countries across the world. Family Christian will have copies of the book available for purchase as well, Thomas said.

McHale, who lives in Phoenix, has been writing most of her life, according to her father.

"In my opinion, she was a prodigy. She was taking college courses when she was in 12th grade. She's a very good writer," Thomas said.

Thomas said he's made a study of biblical history over the last 15 to 20 years.

"I began to tell her stuff I found out about this and it was kind of a curiosity. We started putting two and two together and the end result was this book. She began to document and do her own research," Thomas said.

"This was just kind of a hobby that we had and it turned into this book," McHale said. "He did more research on the biblical side and I did more research on the iceman side. It was really bizarre, all the similarities that we found, with the scientific research of the iceman and the ancient historical records of Cain. There were actually about 50 different things, when we were finished, that we found."

Like the biblical accounts of Cain, Otzi also appeared to have been done in by an arrow. A head wound is also suspected, according to scientists.

"It's the oldest paleo crime scene in history, because it's pretty much the oldest body," McHale said. "It was really interesting to see that both men died the same way, both men looked like an animal at that point in time."

Follow reporter Patrick Whitehurst on Twitter @pwdcourier.

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