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January 1889: detectives track a savage killer who murdered a middle aged woman in her sleep. They follow a trail from the blood-spattered crime scene in Jackson to Detroit’s underworld of bordellos, revealing a shocking truth that would stun the entire community and lead to a murder trial that made national headlines. Study the crime scene, follow the clues, and ponder the motives of the “The Mic
Take a peek behind the walls of the old Detroit House of Correction, the only Michigan prison to house female inmates serving long-term sentences, and meet some of the most dangerous women in Michigan history: a serial poisoner who killed over a dozen because she wanted to don her black dress and attend the funerals; a woman who drowned her unwanted children, one by one, in a nearby river; a wife
February 1949: RCA introduced the first 45rpm record; President Truman began his second term; the first TV soap opera debuted; and the couple who would become infamous as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they committed a crime that would bring an end to their cross-country crime spree. Learn about the Michigan crimes of Beck and Fernandez as well as other "Cupid
A body that floated across Lake Michigan. Another found incinerated in a blueberry patch. A middle school kid who never came home. These are the cases that haunt Michigan residents. Plunge into the world of unsolved homicide and cold cases. Examine the evidence, ponder the forensics, and consider the suspects along side true crime author and former morgue volunteer Tobin T. Buhk, who discusses how forensic professionals learn the secrets of the dead and determine cause of death. NOTE: Not for the faint of heart!
Meet the serial killers who terrorized yesteryear Michigan:The Killer Dentist, a Grand Rapids native who tried to poison his way into his wife’s inheritance; The Detroit Bluebeard, who prowled matrimonial ads for victims; The Michigan Borgia, who removed an entire branch of her family tree with Strychnine; The Scorecard Killer, who scored two of his alleged fifty victims in Grand Rapids. The Lonely Hearts Killers, whose mail-order fraud business became felonious on the southwest side of Grand Rapids. And others.
Come face to face with the malefactors who stained the pages of Michigan history with blood spatter: The Killer Dentist, a Grand Rapids native who tried to poison his way into his wife’s inheritance; The Detroit Bluebeard, who prowled matrimonial ads for victims; The Michigan Borgia, who removed an entire branch of her family tree with Strychnine; The Lonely Hearts Killers, whose mail-order fraud business became felonious on the southwest side of Grand Rapids. Andre Kehoe, who engineered the bloodiest school day in history. Serial killers John Norman Collins and Coral Watts, whose crimes terrorized southeastern Michigan's co-eds. And others. Join crime historian and author Tobin T. Buhk as he unveils the truth behind some of Michigan’s most fiendish crimes.
A psychopathic general who decapitated his enemies and stacked the heads in piles; an early serial killer who used the war to settle scores; an entire family murdered and thrown into the Mississippi; Soiled Doves who made money off of the war. While the boys in blue and gray traded lead on the battlefield, these malefactors terrorized soldiers and civilians alike. Learn about these characters, and many others in this look at the "un-civil" side of the Civil War.
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