By Arnie Bernstein
"With the meticulous recognition to aspect of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of fact on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."
---Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling writer of Starvation Heights
"A chilling and ancient personality learn of the unfathomable soreness that desperation and fury, as soon as unleashed inside of a twisted brain, can wreak on a small city. modern mass murderers Timothy McVeigh, Columbine's Dylan Klebold, and Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho can every one hint their bad family tree of terror to at least one guy: bathtub institution bomber Andrew Kehoe."
---Mardi hyperlink, writer of When Evil got here to stable Hart </I> On could 18, 1927, the small city of bathtub, Michigan, used to be perpetually replaced whilst Andrew Kehoe trigger a cache of explosives hid within the basement of the neighborhood institution. Thirty-eight kids and 6 adults have been lifeless, between them Kehoe, who had actually blown himself to bits by way of atmosphere off a dynamite cost in his vehicle. the following day, on Kehoe's farm, what used to be left of his wife---burned past popularity after Kehoe set his estate and structures ablaze---was chanced on tied to a handcart, her cranium overwhelmed. With possible unending tales of college violence and suicide bombers filling today's headlines, <I>Bath Massacre serves as a reminder that terrorism and large-scale homicide are not anything new.
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Indeed, Bath was a thriving model of self-ef‹ciency in the wake of the Great War. For those looking for electrically powered entertainment beyond dancing, there was always a moving picture show in Lansing. Douglas Fairbanks ruled the silver screen for drama and adventure, while his reallife spouse Mary Pickford provided a sense of innocent romance. For a good laugh Charlie Chaplin was all the rage. Then there were the slapstick movies of Mack Sennett and his stable of comedians. A staple of the Sennett ‹lms was dynamite.
35 In July of 1926, all of Bath turned out for the annual school meeting. It was asked that the voting rules be suspended so two pro-Huyck trustees could be reelected by acclamation. Through a series of procedural confusions the standard rules were followed, but Huyck’s supporters were easily retained. Kehoe’s tight‹sted ways were clearly no longer in favor with the citizenry. 36 Kehoe’s public life was spiraling. He was looking less like a crusader and more like a crank. Still, the buttoned-down farmer had some standing in the community as an active participant in school interests.
14 Transportation was another issue. In the one-room schoolhouse era, students simply walked to school. A consolidated facility required more sophisticated means of travel. Six motor-driven vehicles were initially acquired, ‹ve of which were standard buses. The sixth was a Model T Ford ‹tted with a detachable body. 17 Modern education had come to Bath. The 1920s promised to be a time of bene‹cent growth. Perhaps Mark Twain put it best when he wrote in Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, “In the ‹rst place God made idiots.