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.
“Tosa native Paul Hoffman reconstructs the case . . . and finds it more than cold . . . He conjures up a picture of a much different Wauwatosa than we know today.” —Shepherd Express
“More than 85 years later, the murder of Buddy Schumacher remains unsolved. There were suspects at the time and their stories and the cases against them are included in Murder in Wauwatosa.” —OnMilwaukee
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Table of Contents
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
About the Author 127
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
This true story of the death of Buddy is well written and has been well-researched. I enjoyed this book.
Well done book by an outstanding reporter. A page turner. Read it in one sitting. I hope there's a follow up.