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The man from the train : the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery / Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James.

By: James, Bill, 1949- [author.]
Contributor(s): James, Rachel McCarthy [author.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York Scribner 2017Edition: First Scribner hardcover editionDescription: xi, 464 pages ; 24 cmISBN: 9781476796253; 1476796254; 9781476796260; 1476796262Subject(s): Serial murderers -- Iowa -- Villisca -- History | Serial murder investigation -- Iowa -- Villisca -- History | Mass murder investigation -- Iowa -- Villisca -- History | Mass murder -- Iowa -- Villisca -- History | Serial murderers -- Middle West -- History | Serial murder investigation -- Middle West -- History | Mass murder -- Middle West -- History | Mass murder investigation -- Middle West -- HistoryGenre/Form: True crime stories.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Man from the trainDDC classification: 364.152/3209777 Other classification: HIS036060 | SOC004000 | TRU002010
Contents:
Villisca -- Section I: 1909 to 1912. The bloody penny ; Logan's turnpike ; The scandalous Schultzes ; Marshalltown ; The New Orleans axeman ; Which is not really a chapter ; Martin City ; The Casaways ; Oregon ; The double event ; Monmouth ; Ellsworth ; Paola -- Section II: Summer 1912. Villisca 2 ; Villisca 3 ; Villisca 4 ; Villisca 5 ; Dynamite Pfanschmidt -- Section III: 1900 to 1906. Stepping backward ; Trenton Corners ; Standing by Henry ; An uncertain set of names ; Just when you thought this story couldn't possibly get any uglier ; Hughes ; The Christmas Day murders ; West Memphis ; Jacksonville ; Cottonwood, Alabama ; Murder in the cold ; The worst one ever ; The Lyerly family -- Section IV: Hiatus. The crimes of 1908 -- Section V. Conversation with the reader ; Hurley ; Beckley and beyond ; The Zoos and the Hubbells ; Clementine Barnabet ; Harry Ryan ; The first crime ; Brookfield and Villisca ; Where the evening is spread out against the sky ; Hinterkaifeck.
Summary: "From legendary writer Bill James, in collaboration with his daughter, Rachel, a compelling, dramatic, and meticulously researched narrative about a century-old series of unsolved axe murders across America, and how the authors came to solve them. A hundred years ago, a traveling axe murderer horrified the nation, leaving a ghastly trail from Florida to Washington State and looping back again. He was a very clever fiend, and he'd worked out a method whereby he could murder perhaps a hundred people without being caught. Piecing together information from thousands of sources, baseball writer Bill James set out to create a full picture of what the man had done, and drew up a plan for how the monster might be identified--never really expecting that his plan would work. But it did. Using twenty-first-century research tools beyond the imaginations of people one hundred years ago, James and his coauthor sorted through hundreds of similar cases, compiling a list of thirty-four habits that identify The Man from the Train's crimes. Beginning with the murders of eight people in Villisca, Iowa, in 1912, the authors chased the story backward through the years eventually finding its origins near the end of the nineteenth century. Innocent people were executed for crimes that the real killer had committed. Innocent people were also murdered by lynch mobs for his crimes. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as an axe, Wye Man from the Pain paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of small-town justice systems overwhelmed by the crimes and exploited by opportunists. The authors' groundbreaking research will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history."--Jacket.Summary: "Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villisca, Iowa murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James first learned about these crimes, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the analytical acumen he brings to baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery. They learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal, and in turn, uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man From the Train is a groundbreaking approach to true crime that will convince skeptics, delight aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history"--
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Villisca -- Section I: 1909 to 1912. The bloody penny ; Logan's turnpike ; The scandalous Schultzes ; Marshalltown ; The New Orleans axeman ; Which is not really a chapter ; Martin City ; The Casaways ; Oregon ; The double event ; Monmouth ; Ellsworth ; Paola -- Section II: Summer 1912. Villisca 2 ; Villisca 3 ; Villisca 4 ; Villisca 5 ; Dynamite Pfanschmidt -- Section III: 1900 to 1906. Stepping backward ; Trenton Corners ; Standing by Henry ; An uncertain set of names ; Just when you thought this story couldn't possibly get any uglier ; Hughes ; The Christmas Day murders ; West Memphis ; Jacksonville ; Cottonwood, Alabama ; Murder in the cold ; The worst one ever ; The Lyerly family -- Section IV: Hiatus. The crimes of 1908 -- Section V. Conversation with the reader ; Hurley ; Beckley and beyond ; The Zoos and the Hubbells ; Clementine Barnabet ; Harry Ryan ; The first crime ; Brookfield and Villisca ; Where the evening is spread out against the sky ; Hinterkaifeck.

"From legendary writer Bill James, in collaboration with his daughter, Rachel, a compelling, dramatic, and meticulously researched narrative about a century-old series of unsolved axe murders across America, and how the authors came to solve them. A hundred years ago, a traveling axe murderer horrified the nation, leaving a ghastly trail from Florida to Washington State and looping back again. He was a very clever fiend, and he'd worked out a method whereby he could murder perhaps a hundred people without being caught. Piecing together information from thousands of sources, baseball writer Bill James set out to create a full picture of what the man had done, and drew up a plan for how the monster might be identified--never really expecting that his plan would work. But it did. Using twenty-first-century research tools beyond the imaginations of people one hundred years ago, James and his coauthor sorted through hundreds of similar cases, compiling a list of thirty-four habits that identify The Man from the Train's crimes. Beginning with the murders of eight people in Villisca, Iowa, in 1912, the authors chased the story backward through the years eventually finding its origins near the end of the nineteenth century. Innocent people were executed for crimes that the real killer had committed. Innocent people were also murdered by lynch mobs for his crimes. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as an axe, Wye Man from the Pain paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of small-town justice systems overwhelmed by the crimes and exploited by opportunists. The authors' groundbreaking research will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history."--Jacket.

"Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villisca, Iowa murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James first learned about these crimes, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the analytical acumen he brings to baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery. They learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal, and in turn, uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man From the Train is a groundbreaking approach to true crime that will convince skeptics, delight aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history"--

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