While the Midwest may be known for salt-of-the-earth folks, it's also home to murder and mayhem.
In Murderous Acts: 100 Years of Crime in the Midwest, Keven McQueen explores a century of true crimes committed in 10 Midwestern states, from the 1840s to the 1940s. With a touch of gallows humor, McQueen relies on original research to recount infamous transgressions—including Michigan's Robert Irving Latimer case, the serial murders of Nebraskan Jake Bird, and the bloody deeds of Kansas's Bender family—as well as gruesome tales that are less well known, such as the Wisconsin man with a penchant for swinging an axe at the necks of men he didn't care for, the Hoosier who killed his sweetheart in the midst of a Halloween ball, and the French nobleman who wreaked havoc in a St. Louis hotel.
Murderous Acts will intrigue and delight fans of true crime and will send a shiver down the spine of any reader fascinated by the dark history of America's Heartland.
1. Murderous Missouri
2. Michigan Mayhem
3. Ill-Tempered Illinois
4. Naughty Nebraska
5. Criminal Kansas
6. Minnesota Massacres
7. Iowa Exterminations
8. Indiana Imbroglios
9. Ohio Obliterations
10. Wasted in Wisconsin
"Keven McQueen strikes again with a well-written and well-researched collection of what grandma and grandpa refused to talk about. More proof that 'The Good Ole Days' were that way in name only."~Daniel Hearn, author of Legal Executions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri, 1866-1965, author of Legal Executions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri, 1866-1965
"McQueen writes with assured swiftness as he progresses through retellings that don't show much to applaud in the way of justice served. A hundred years later, it's still easy to 'blame the victim.' . . . McQueen sleuths his 'historical true crimeand real-life surrealism' throughout the realm of newspaper accounts."~Rita Kohn, NUVO
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