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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.

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