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Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher

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In 1925, the Peaceful Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa found itself involved in mystery and horror. Eight-year-old Arthur "Buddy" Schumacher Jr. was last seen by three of his friends after they hopped off a freight train they'd jumped to get a ride to a nearby swimming hole. For seven weeks, the community and state searched desperately to find the boy until his body was found just a mile from his house with his clothing torn and a handkerchief shoved down his throat. The police pursued several promising leads, but ...

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Overview

In 1925, the Peaceful Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa found itself involved in mystery and horror. Eight-year-old Arthur "Buddy" Schumacher Jr. was last seen by three of his friends after they hopped off a freight train they'd jumped to get a ride to a nearby swimming hole. For seven weeks, the community and state searched desperately to find the boy until his body was found just a mile from his house with his clothing torn and a handkerchief shoved down his throat. The police pursued several promising leads, but to no avail. Paul Hoffman walks us back to the scene of the crime and through the reasons it was never solved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609496739
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 937,718
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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In 1925, the peaceful Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa found itself involved in mystery and horror. Eight-year-old Arthur "Buddy" Schumacher Jr. was last seen by three of his friends after they hopped off a freight train they'd jumped to get a ride to a nearby swimming hole. For seven weeks, the community and state searched desperately to find the boy until his body was found just a mile from his house with his clothing torn and a handkerchief shoved down his throat. The police pursued several promising leads, but to no avail. Paul Hoffman walks us back to the scene of the crime and through the reasons it was never solved.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Chapter 1 Mrs. Harwood Knows 9

Chapter 2 Media Coverage 12

Chapter 3 The Schumachers 17

Chapter 4 Wauwatosa in the 1920s 25

Chapter 5 Buddy Disappears 29

Chapter 6 The Search Begins 35

Chapter 7 "We'll Never Give Up" 41

Chapter 8 Leads All Over the State 47

Chapter 9 No Sign of the Boy 52

Chapter 10 The Hunt Grinds to a Halt 57

Chapter 11 The Body Is Finally Found 64

Chapter 12 An Arrest Is Made 71

Chapter 13 Suspect Linked to Murder Weapon 79

Chapter 14 The Case Suddenly Falls Apart 85

Chapter 15 A Confession 90

Chapter 16 Who Was William Brandt? 96

Chapter 17 More Violence Against Kids 106

Chapter 18 The "Moron" Danger 113

Epilogue 123

About the Author 127

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    Not just for the locals!

    Great attention to the details, twists and turns in the investigation makes this a page-turner. It could be any small town in the early 20th century, and the national exposure and response from the public when we did not have the media to spread the word makes for a fascinating read! A real history lesson for the newspaper reporting and lack of forensics during this period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Well done book by an outstanding reporter. A page turner. Read i

    Well done book by an outstanding reporter. A page turner. Read it in one sitting. I hope there's a follow  up.

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