Ben’s Bones: The Shocking Discovery of Benjamin Franklin’s Dark Past

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NEWTOWN, PA — A new novel inspired by the shocking true historical account of Benjamin Franklin’s shady dealings in London is being released.

In 1998, workers renovated the basement of the building where Benjamin Franklin lived in London while America’s agent to the Crown, made a gruesome discovery. The skeletal remains of as many as 28 men, women and children had been intentionally hidden. Suspecting a serial killer may be at work, Scotland Yard investigated only to find that the bones dated to Franklin’s time in the home.

But why would America’s Founding Fathers have been involved in hiding dozens of human bodies in his own basement?

In his exhilarating latest novel based on true events, Joseph C. Gioconda weaves a little-known historical tale about Ben Franklin’s secretive life in London and the sinister origins of modern medicine into a suspenseful mystery and tragedy of epic proportions.

Gioconda is also the author of the Amazon bestselling novel The Pope’s Butcher, a tale based on the true story of a serial killer in the medieval Vatican.

Free Advanced Reader Copies of Ben’s Bones are available to reviewers and members of the press. One hundred free digital copies are also being offered in a giveaway on

The new book will be available in paperback, eBook/Kindle on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram Spark and from other retailers and distributors.

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