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On a bitterly cold morning in January 1963, Daisy Zick was brutally murdered in her Battle Creek home. No fewer than three witnesses caught a glimpse of the killer, yet today, it remains one of Michigan's most sensational unsolved crimes. The act of pure savagery rocked not only the community but also the Kellogg Company, where she worked. Here, Blaine Pardoe artfully takes the reader into this true crime thriller. Utilizing long-sealed police files and interviews with the surviving investigators, the true story of the investigation can finally be told. Who were the key suspects? What evidence does the police still have on this five-decades-old cold case? Just how close did this murder come to being solved? Is the killer still alive? These questions and more are masterfully brought to the forefront for true crime fans and armchair detectives.
About the Author
Blaine Pardoe is the author of 10 novels with Penguin as well as paranormal, non-fiction military, true-crime and business-management books. His media resume includes interviews with Bill O'Reilly, The New York Times and radio shows all over Michigan and the country. The Michigan Historical Society gave Blaine the State History Award in 2011. David B. Schock runs Delayed Justice, a website dedicated to solving cold cases. Schock is a former associate professor at Hope College in Holland, MI. There he worked with students in documentary and other media classes where they discovered that telling a story can lead to powerful results.
Table of Contents
Foreword David B. Schock 9
1 Daisy's Last Day Alive 23
2 To the Bitter End 34
3 The Mysterious Man on Michigan Avenue 55
4 The Affairs of Daisy Zick 67
5 New Hopes 90
6 The Cold Sets In 101
7 A New Generation of Investigators 113
8 The Prisoner, the Postman and the Ever-Chilling Trail 124
9 Twilight 132
10 The Myths and Theories 142
Timeline: January 14, 1963 155
About the Author 160
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This true crime book is not like most of the genre. The crime it covers is in 1963 and remains unsolved to this day. Blaine Pardoe takes the reader on a journey back in time to Battle Creek Michigan in 1963 and painstakingly recreates the vicious murder of Daisy Zick and the five decades of investigation into her death. You feel like you are stepping into a time capsule when you read this book! Police techniques were so different then and the author does a great job of not just portraying the victim, but the officers that dedicated years of their time looking into her murder. A must read for true crime fans!
This was well written. Althought it does not give the murderer's idenity, the facts and theories are riviting. I recommend reading this book. Another excellent book based on facts is "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. This book is only 99 cents on the Nook right now. Both books are excellent and deserve A+++++++
i think the publishers are wonderful,also Blaine Par doe and Barnes and Noble for giving us such exciting reading material.
This is a very interesting book especially so considering I worked for Daisy Zick's son and had no idea about this incident until I came across this book. The author did a fine job researching and delving into the archives. I couldn't help wishing that Truman Capote had written it for the richness and depth that he could have brought to the story.
True unsolved crime.