On May 18, 1927, in a horrific conflagration of dynamite and blood, a madman forever changed a small Michigan town. Bath Massacre takes readers back more than eighty years to that fateful day, when Andrew Kehoe set off a cache of explosives concealed in the basement of the local school, killing thirty-eight children and six adults. Among the dead was Kehoe, who literally blew himself to bits by setting off a concealed dynamite charge in his car. The next day, on Kehoe's farm, what was left of his wife - burned beyond recognition after Kehoe set his property and buildings ablaze - was found tied to a hand cart, her skull crushed and objects placed with macabre ritualism next to her body.With the horrors of Oklahoma City and 9/11 still fresh in Americans' minds, the seemingly endless stories of school violence epitomized by the Columbine shooting, and suicide bombers around the globe, Bath Massacre resonates powerfully for modern readers and reminds us that terrorism and murder on a large scale are thing new. Bolstered by cooperation with survivors and their descendants, the book includes interviews with the people who lived through the horror of that day.
A native of Chicago, Arnie Bernstein earned a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College. He has authored three nonfiction books: The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago's Civil War Connections, The Movies Are: Carl Sandburg's Film Reviews and Essays, 1920-1928, and Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago & the Movies.