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The Michigan Murders

Author : Edward Keyes
Publisher : Open Road Media
Page : 360 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 2016-04-19
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 9781504025591


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Edgar Award Finalist: The true story of a serial killer who terrorized a midwestern town in the era of free love—by the coauthor of The French Connection. In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, nineteen-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked body—stabbed over thirty times and missing both feet and a forearm—was discovered, partially buried, on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of twenty-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated. Southeastern Michigan was terrorized by something it had never experienced before: a serial killer. Over the next two years, five more bodies were uncovered around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. All the victims were tortured and mutilated. All were female students. After multiple failed investigations, a chance sighting finally led to a suspect. On the surface, John Norman Collins was an all-American boy—a fraternity member studying elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. But Collins wasn’t all that he seemed. His female friends described him as aggressive and short tempered. And in August 1970, Collins, the “Ypsilanti Ripper,” was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. Written by the coauthor of The French Connection, The Michigan Murders delivers a harrowing depiction of the savage murders that tormented a small midwestern town.

Darker than Night

Author : Tom Henderson
Publisher : Macmillan
Page : 384 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 2006-10-03
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 1429997087


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ON A COLD, SNOWY NIGHT IN 1985, TWO MEN BEGGED FOR THEIR LIVES. In 1985, two 27-year-old friends left their suburban Detroit homes for a hunting trip in rural Michigan. When they did not return, their families and police suspected foul play. For 18 years, no one could prove a thing. Then, a relentless investigator got a witness to talk, and a horrifying story emerged. FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, THEIR KILLERS WENT FREE. In 2003, this bizarre case hit the glare of the criminal justice system, as prosecutors charged two brothers, Raymond and Donald Duvall, with murder. With no bodies ever found, the case hinged on the testimony of one terrified witness who saw a bloody scene unfold-and who was still nearly too frightened to talk. THEN A WITNESS TOLD HER CHILLING STORY Now, the truth behind an 18-year-old mystery is revealed against the backdrop of an unusual, electrifyingly dramatic trial. Raymond and Donald Duvall bragged to friends that they killed their victims, chopped up their bodies and fed them to pigs. A Michigan jury soon had evidence of this brutally methodical execution-evidence that would lead a shocked courtroom through the heart of evil and beyond a shadow of a doubt.

When Evil Came to Good Hart, 10th Anniversary Edition

Author : Mardi Link
Publisher : University of Michigan Press
Page : 209 pages
File Size : 46,8 Mb
Release : 2018-04-18
Category : History
ISBN : 9780472037223


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A new look into the cold-case file of the murders of a wealthy Detroit-area family in their northern Michigan cabin in 1968

Murder in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Author : Sonny Longtine
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
Page : 201 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2014-02-04
Category : Photography
ISBN : 9781625848475


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Residents of the idyllic villages scattered throughout the Upper Peninsula's richly forested paradise live in quiet comfort for the most part, believing that murder rarely happens in their secluded sanctuary3/4but it does, and more often than they realize. This collection of twenty-four legendary murders spans 160 years of Upper Michigan's history and dispels the notion that murder in the Upper Peninsula is an anomaly. From the bank robber who killed the warden and deputy warden of the Marquette Branch Prison to the unknown assailant who gunned down James Schoolcraft in Sault Ste. Marie, Sonny Longtine explores the tragic events that turned peaceful communities into fear-ridden crime scenes..

Isadore's Secret

Author : Mardi Link
Publisher : University of Michigan Press
Page : 281 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2009-08-28
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 9780472050796


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"In Isadore's Secret, Mardi Link shines a journalist's lamp on this dark, quiet corner of Michigan's history, assuring that the tragic story of Sister Janina is not forgotten. Link's telling is fascinating and thorough, making a story you will not soon forget."--Steve Lehto, author of Death's Door A gripping account of the mysterious 1907 disappearance of a young nun in a northern Michigan town and the national controversy that followed when she turned up dead and buried in the basement of her own church. Swinging planks of lantern light shine through the musty air and onto the dirt floor of the church basement. The oddly glowing rectangles syncopate over the damp ground and illuminate even the darkest, stooped-down corners of the space beyond. The only sound is the ragged breathing of two men, a young parish priest and a much older laborer. Aboveground these men belong completely to this place, in both body and soul. A glimpse of their faces anywhere in the sanctuary, the rectory, the school, the barn, or the gardens would be a welcome sight. But here below, these men of Isadore are interlopers. Only trespassers would sneak silently into the church's sloped underbelly without witness to carry out such a sinful and secret errand as this one. Despite their tools, and their lantern, and their resolve, neither is equipped for the task at hand or for what is to come. Mardi Link, a former crime reporter, was named Antioch's Betty Crumrine Scholar for Creative Nonfiction in 2007. Her first book, When Evil Came to Good Hart, also published by the University of Michigan Press, spent four months on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List. This true story was the basis for the Broadway play The Runner Stumbles and the film of the same name. Front cover: Photograph of cemetery © John L. Russell, Great Lakes Images; image of face ©

Murder in Battle Creek

Author : Blaine L. Pardoe
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
Page : 186 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2013-06-18
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 9781625845894


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In 1963, Daisy Zick was stabbed twenty-seven times at her home in Battle Creek, Michigan—and locals are still talking about the unsolved case today. On a bitterly cold morning in January 1963, Daisy Zick was brutally murdered in her Battle Creek, Michigan, home. No fewer than three witnesses caught a glimpse of the killer, yet today, it remains one of the state’s most sensational unsolved crimes. The act of pure savagery rocked the community, as well as the Kellogg Company where Zick worked. Here, Blaine Pardoe offers a detailed chronicle of this shocking and mysterious crime. With long-sealed police files and interviews with the surviving investigators, the true story of the investigation can finally be told. Who were the key suspects? What evidence do the police still have on this cold case more than fifty years later? Just how close did this murder come to being solved? Is the killer still alive? These questions and more are masterfully brought to the forefront for true crime fans and armchair detectives.

Up North Murder

Author : Cheryl Taylor
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2016-10-01
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 0998212202


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A phone call can change your life forever... Abigail Williams gets that phone call. Gordon Dorcey, Abby's uncle and last living relative has drowned in the lake on his property, and Abby is his sole heir. There are a few complications, however. Abby's inheritance is a trout farm in Michigan, but she's a city girl from Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, Abby doesn't believe the official story of her uncle's death. And the biggest complication... the four-legged furry owner of the farm who seems to have her own ideas about how things should be run. Culture shock is the least of her worries. Up North Murder is the first in the Up North Michigan Cozy Mystery series.

Terror in Ypsilanti

Author : Gregory A. Fournier
Publisher : Wheatmark, Inc.
Page : 516 pages
File Size : 45,6 Mb
Release : 2016
Category : Murder
ISBN : 9781627874038


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Between the summers of 1967 through 1969, a predatory killer stalked the campuses of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan seeking prey until he made the mistake of killing his last victim in the basement of his uncle's home. All-American boy John Norman Collins was arrested, tried, and convicted of the strangulation murder of Karen Sue Beineman. The other murders never went to trial, with one exception, and soon became cold cases. With the benefit of fifty years of hindsight, hundreds of vintage newspaper articles, thousand of police reports, and countless interviews, Fournier tells the stories of the other victims, recreates the infamous trial that took Collins off the streets, and details Collins's time spent in prison.

Wicked Takes the Witness Stand

Author : Mardi Link
Publisher : University of Michigan Press
Page : 449 pages
File Size : 43,8 Mb
Release : 2014-11-17
Category : History
ISBN : 9780472051694


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A twisted account of unsolved murder, vindictive prosecution, and a psychotic key witness whose testimony led to the wrongful imprisonment of five innocent men

Murder in the Thumb

Author : Richard W. Carson
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2009
Category : Caro (Mich.)
ISBN : 0922993777


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One night in 1974, fifteen-year-old Robin Adams and her ¿foster sister¿ mischievously consulted a Ouija board. Robin asked the board how long she would live. The board told her she would die before her 17th birthday. About two years later, Robin disappeared from the Caro, Michigan, home where she worked as a live-in babysitter. Local police thought she had run away. Her friends knew better. Robin was having problems with her former boyfriend, who, two weeks earlier, had beaten her. However, with no eyewitnesses, no evidence of forced entry or struggle at the house and no body, the case went cold. In 1982, the case was reopened and assigned to a rookie detective. A ¿psychic¿ began assisting the detective. The psychic predicted that a ¿surprise witness¿ would come forward and identified another suspect who later failed a polygraph test.A break in the case came when the prime suspect¿s younger sister told a boyfriend that she helped commit the crime. She and her brother were charged with murder. The story might have ended after the trial, but it didn¿t. The sister¿s boyfriend suffered a series of injuries, which a medium blamed on black magic. Two trial witnesses died a year apart (same date) and several others connected to the case or members of their families were struck by tragedy. Was some unknown entity extracting vengeance for the shame brought on the killer¿s family? Murder in the Thumb is a powerful true story written by a seasoned journalist.

A Slayer Waits

Author : Rod Sadler
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 384 pages
File Size : 44,8 Mb
Release : 2017-06-24
Category : Law
ISBN : 1478790369


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A Slayer Waits In September, 1955, Nealy Buchanan, a trustee at the State Prison of Southern Michigan, was denied parole. Because of his trustee status, he was assigned to pick up local trash from area farms in a prison truck, which provided the perfect opportunity to escape. Running out of gas near the small town of Stockbridge, Michigan and continuing on foot, he hid out inside the barn of Howard and Myra Herrick, an elderly farm couple. Buchanon was planning to steal their car to further his escape. Surprised when Howard Herrick returned early, he killed the elderly man by crushing his skull with a hand grinder. Hearing the commotion in the barn, Myra Herrick came in and was viciously bludgeoned her to death next to her husband. Their killer quickly hid their bodies under bales of hay. Unable to hot-wire their car, Buchanon hitchhiked to the small town of Mason, caught a cab to Lansing, and bought a Greyhound bus ticket, and fled to New York using Howard Herrick's identity. Thinking Buchanon was still in the area, fearful residents armed themselves, and looked upon strangers with suspicion. Ingham County Sheriff Willard Barnes led the hunt for the killer, searching for months, but the investigation came to a dead end. Harry Doesburg, a neighbor to the Herrick's, raised a $3000 reward, and he contributed much of his own money to find the killer. Doesburg sent wanted posters across the country, and paid for 'wanted' ads in various newspapers and magazines. Thirteen months after the murders, an informant in Baltimore, Maryland, recognized Buchanon from a wanted ad in a magazine and turned him in. Buchanon was quickly returned to Michigan, signed a confession, pled guilty, and was sentenced to life in prison, all within a 72-hour time period. Ten years after his sentence, Nealy began appealing his conviction on numerous grounds, including police misconduct, racial threats, and improper court proceedings. For twenty-five years, Nealy had never been represented


Author : Maggie Nelson
Publisher : Catapult
Page : 200 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 2005-02-10
Category : Poetry
ISBN : 9781593763299


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Part elegy, part true crime story, this memoir-in-verse from the author of the award-winning The Argonauts expands the notion of how we tell stories and what form those stories take through the story of a murdered woman and the mystery surrounding her last hours. Jane tells the spectral story of the life and death of Maggie Nelson’s aunt Jane, who was murdered in 1969 while a first-year law student at the University of Michigan. Though officially unsolved, Jane’s murder was apparently the third in a series of seven brutal rape-murders in the area between 1967 and 1969. Nelson was born a few years after Jane’s death, and the narrative is suffused with the long shadow her murder cast over both the family and her psyche. Exploring the nature of this haunting incident via a collage of poetry, prose, dream-accounts, and documentary sources, including local and national newspapers, related “true crime” books such as The Michigan Murders and Killer Among Us, and fragments from Jane’s own diaries written when she was 13 and 21, its eight sections cover Jane’s childhood and early adulthood, her murder and its investigation, the direct and diffuse effect of her death on Nelson’s girlhood and sisterhood, and a trip to Michigan Nelson took with her mother (Jane’s sister) to retrace the path of Jane’s final hours. Each piece in Jane has its own form, and the movement from each piece to the next--along with the white space that surrounds each fragment--serve as important fissures, disrupting the tabloid, “page-turner” quality of the story, and eventually returning the reader to deeper questions about girlhood, empathy, identification, and the essentially unknowable aspects of another’s life and death. Equal parts a meditation on violence (serial, sexual violence in particular), and a conversation between the living and the dead, Jane’s powerful and disturbing subject matter, combined with its innovations in genre, shows its readers what poetry is capable of--what kind of stories it can tell, and how it can tell them.

Exterminate Them

Author : Clifford E. Trafzer,Joel R. Hyer
Publisher : MSU Press
Page : 220 pages
File Size : 43,6 Mb
Release : 1999-01-31
Category : History
ISBN : 9780870139611


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Popular media depict miners as a rough-and-tumble lot who diligently worked the placers along scenic rushing rivers while living in roaring mining camps in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trafzer and Hyer destroy this mythic image by offering a collection of original newspaper articles that describe in detail the murder, rape, and enslavement perpetrated by those who participated in the infamous gold rush. "It is a mercy to the Red Devils," wrote an editor of the Chico Courier, "to exterminate them." Newspaper accounts of the era depict both the barbarity and the nobility in human nature, but while some protested the inhumane treatment of Native Americans, they were not able to end the violence. Native Americans fought back, resisting the invasion, but they could not stop the tide of white miners and settlers. They became "strangers in a stolen land."

Murder in Grosse Pointe Park

Author : Steve Miller
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 352 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 2015-12-01
Category : True Crime
ISBN : 9780698144491


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Investigative reporter, and author of Nobody's Women, Steve Miller makes a thoroughly researched inquiry into a murder that rocked the privileged world of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Bob Bashara: husband, father, Rotary Club president and community leader. Bob Bashara: slumlord, philanderer and BDSM enthusiast. Did he also hire a hit on his wife? Jane Bashara lived in Grosse Pointe Park, one of Metro Detroit’s wealthiest communities, when she was strangled to death in her own garage by local handyman Joe Gentz. When Joe turned himself in, he told the cops everything— including how he was hired for a hit by Jane’s husband. His payment: $2,000 and a used Cadillac. Born into one of Michigan’s elite families, Bob was sweeping out the back alley of a property he owned when his wife was being killed. He made sure the bartenders at the Hard Luck Lounge saw him there at the time of her murder. He’d often brought girlfriends by the same bar, and for the last year had been seen with one Rachel Gillett—riding around town in her convertible, even showing up at BDSM events in the suburbs of Detroit. When Joe Gentz confessed, his 67 IQ and barfly reputation made him less than credible. Bob successfully denied any part in his wife’s murder. But he couldn’t deny his attempt to have Joe killed in prison. Includes photos.

Cold Case Michigan

Author : Tobin T. Buhk
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
Page : 160 pages
File Size : 50,8 Mb
Release : 2021-09-27
Category : History
ISBN : 9781467148733


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Blanketed by forests, dotted by lakes, crisscrossed by rivers and surrounded by Great Lakes, Michigan is a good place to hide secrets, bury bodies and stash evidence. Dig deep enough and you will unearth something sinister. Is the suicide note of a prominent Detroit physician also a confession of murder? Were inmates unlawfully released from Jackson State Penitentiary to carry out a contract killing on a politician before he could turn state's evidence? Who silenced a fiery radio personality known as the "Voice of the People"? Did a notorious serial killer stalk women in Lansing during the 1970s? Join true crime author Tobin T. Buhk as he excavates some of the most vexing unsolved crimes in the history of the Great Lake State.