Myths and Mysteries of Wisconsin: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained

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Fourteen Mind-Boggling Tales from the Badger State
 
Was Joe Davis, Civil War veteran and Menominee Indian, really the son of Confederate president Jefferson Davis? 
 
What really happened the night that banker H. C. Mead ...

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Overview

Fourteen Mind-Boggling Tales from the Badger State
 
Was Joe Davis, Civil War veteran and Menominee Indian, really the son of Confederate president Jefferson Davis? 
 
What really happened the night that banker H. C. Mead was murdered inside the Exchange Bank of Waupaca? 
 
Did a flying saucer really land in Joe Simonton’s yard, and did the aliens aboard ask for a jug of water and serve him pancakes? 
 
From pirate ships to pancakes from outer space, Myths and Mysteries of Wisconsin makes history fun and pulls back the curtain on some of the state’s most fascinating and compelling stories.

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“Most Wisconsin history books cover important highlights, but somehow they miss the stories of headless bankers, the part-time Santa visited by a saucer from space, and the Wisconsin pirate who killed a man. With a piano. You can’t make that stuff up, but Michael Bie didn’t have to because these tales of molls and mobsters, murders and mysteries are all a part of Wisconsin’s past, and our history is richer for their telling.”
—Dennis McCann, former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist; author of Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762769834
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Series: Myths and Mysteries Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,361,952
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Bie was formally educated at UW-Stevens Point and informally educated at the Upper Wisconsin River Yacht Club, Stevens Point; Del’s Bar, La Crosse; and The Joynt, Eau Claire. A freelance writer, he is also the author of It Happened in Wisconsin (Globe Pequot Press).

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Holy(?) Apparitions 1

Chapter 2 "Waukaukaummahaut: Son of the Southern President 13

Chapter 3 The Lost Prince 25

Chapter 4 A Capitol Offense 36

Chapter 5 "A Horrid Dread": The Unsolved Murder of H. C. Mead 48

Chapter 6 "Plaster John": The Miracle Healer of Somerset 61

Chapter 7 The Life and Crimes of Pirate Captain Dan Seavey 71

Chapter 8 Valley of the Molls 80

Chapter 9 Doomed: The Winter Dance Party of 1959 94

Chapter 10 Pancakes from Space 106

Chapter 11 Vanished: The Enduring Mystery of Leo Burt 117

Chapter 12 Beerman: The Mobster "Who Made Milwaukee Infamous 131

Chapter 13 The Myth of the Marinette Mercenary 144

Chapter 14 The La Crosse Serial Killer 158

Bibliography 171

Index 183

About the Author 190

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