Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing

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"With the meticulous attention to detail of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of truth on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."
---Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling author of Starvation Heights
 
"A chilling and historic character study of the unfathomable suffering that desperation and fury, once unleashed inside a twisted mind, can wreak on a small town. Contemporary ...

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Overview

"With the meticulous attention to detail of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of truth on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."
---Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling author of Starvation Heights
 
"A chilling and historic character study of the unfathomable suffering that desperation and fury, once unleashed inside a twisted mind, can wreak on a small town. Contemporary mass murderers Timothy McVeigh, Columbine's Dylan Klebold, and Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho can each trace their horrific genealogy of terror to one man: Bath school bomber Andrew Kehoe."
---Mardi Link, author of When Evil Came to Good Hart
 
On May 18, 1927, the small town of Bath, Michigan, was forever changed when Andrew Kehoe set off a cache of explosives concealed in the basement of the local school. Thirty-eight children and six adults were dead, among them Kehoe, who had literally blown himself to bits by setting off a 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 handcart, her skull crushed. With seemingly endless stories of school violence and suicide bombers filling today's headlines, Bath Massacre serves as a reminder that terrorism and large-scale murder are nothing new.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472033461
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 373,717
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: April 16, 2007 xi

One A Community in Michigan 1

Two Andrew P. Kehoe 6

Three Dawn of a Decade 16

Four New Man in Town 20

Five The Bath Consolidated School 25

Six A Growing Storm 39

Seven Electricity 55

Eight A School, a Farm 88

Nine The Valley of the Shadow of Death 115

Ten Requiems 127

Eleven In the Matter of the Inquest as to the Cause of Death of Emery E. Huyck, Deceased 138

Twelve Summer 144

Thirteen Tulips 157

Victims' Names 177

Acknowledgments 181

Notes 185

Selective Bibliography 199

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    compelling!

    This book is an incredible account of the first school bombing in our nation's history. Skillfully laying the groundwork of the events in the months and years leading up to this disaster, the author leads us through this all but forgotten tragedy, bringing it back to life with an almost minute by minute account of the the day of the disaster.

    The reader is introduced to the children and families of victims and survivors both, and is given an almost chilling look into the mind of Andrew Kehoe and what possibly triggered this event.

    This book had me riveted from beginning to end and I couldn't recommend it more. This fascinating account is a story that needed to be retold so that it's not forgotten. Loaded with first hand accounts, the reader has a front row seat to the shocking, numbing horror of that day, and can almost smell the dust and smoke and hear the screams of children and parents alike. While the author brings the reader into the horror if the day, he manages to keep it from becoming sensationalistic tabloid style writing. Kudo's to Bernstein for telling the complete story while maintaining respect for both the living and the dead of this event.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    Author opens history up so we can see it clearly, and thus understand it a little better.

    Arnie has done a remarkable job of taking a difficult story from the history of our community and presenting it in a honest yet considerate view.
    The details are there to reveal the mind of someone few of us can understand, and the pain of those who suffered at his hands. Arnie puts us there at the time of the explosion so we can just begin to "feel" what our parents felt as children caught in this terrible nightmare. It is accurate history set in a reading style that catches the reader up in the drama and the heartache.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2009

    Very Interesting

    I am from Michigan so I found this book to be really interesting. I also have some family who live in Bath, so I also found it familiar. I liked it and give it a thumbs up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Great book

    I found this book to be very interesting, and well written.

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