A Matter of Degree: The Hartford Circus Fire and the Mystery of Little Miss 1565

A Matter of Degree: The Hartford Circus Fire and the Mystery of Little Miss 1565

by Don Massey, Rick Davey
     
 

A MATTER OF DEGREE is a true story and the definitive account of a renowned fire investigator and the nine-year mission of the heart that led to the discovery of arson and political conspiracy in the 1944 Ringling circus fire, an American tragedy equal in scope to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. LT. RICK DAVEY's internationally publicized re-investigation of the… See more details below

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A MATTER OF DEGREE is a true story and the definitive account of a renowned fire investigator and the nine-year mission of the heart that led to the discovery of arson and political conspiracy in the 1944 Ringling circus fire, an American tragedy equal in scope to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. LT. RICK DAVEY's internationally publicized re-investigation of the celebrated case resolved all of the mysteries swirling around the suspicious blaze that destroyed the Ringling circus and killed 168 people including a beautiful but unknown 8-year-old girl who was known for 50 years as "Little Miss 1565."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930601246
Publisher:
Willow Brook Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.10(d)

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A soaking sun rose in the morning sky. Even as the day began, there was no escape from liquid heat as it dripped like candle wax on the city below. Brave souls waded through the thermal tide, certain that this would be a day to remember. Like most American cities, Hartford had seen its share of suffering by the summer of 1944. Thousands of families had lost loved ones in the years since World War II began, but the community was bonded together by a shared sense of purpose, and by the belief that each loss was a contribution to a larger sacrifice, a heroic sacrifice that would surely benefit the world. Mythical as that perception might have been, it served as a unifying principle. Month-old memories of the D-Day invasion were still fresh on a scorching summer morning. The Fourth of July holiday, coupled with the prospect of an Allied victory in Europe, placed the people of Hartford in a festive state of mind. Thousands of residents, most of them women and children, would soon gather beneath a square mile of canvas to witness a rite of summer entertainment called "the greatest show on earth." They would find the time to follow the rhythms of their hearts, to escape to a netherworld of sad-faced clowns and ferocious animals and dangers on the high wire, a netherworld that promised to reveal its mysteries once the canvas threshold had been crossed....

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