Sundown at Sunrise: A Story of Love and Murder, Based on One of the Most Notorious Ax Murders in American History

Sundown at Sunrise: A Story of Love and Murder, Based on One of the Most Notorious Ax Murders in American History

by Marty Seifert


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Based on a true tale from the early 1900s, this work of historical fiction gives life to murderer William Kleeman, a handsome young farmer from southwestern Minnesota who courts the beautiful Maud Petri. After a quick engagement and marriage, the couple produce four children and are joined by boarder Mary Snelling, who teaches at the country school across the road. This addictive story winds through many twists before ending in a deadly rampage that results in one of the most notorious ax murders in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592987948
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/14/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 739,571
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents v

Preface x

Acknowledgments xiii

1 The Petries 1

2 Going to Redwood 7

3 The Dance that Changed Lives 13

4 Plans at the Restaurant 21

5 Getting Serious at the Dance 25

6 Heading Home 35

7 Killer in the Coop 41

8 Getting to Church 47

9 Looking at Options 57

10 The Boys Go To Town 69

11 The Suitor Finally Calls 91

12 Painting the Buggy and the Shed 99

13 Off to Clements 107

14 A Surprising Fall 117

15 The Carriage Ride 121

16 Henry Runs for Sheriff 127

17 William's Big Decisions 131

18 Getting the First Car 135

19 Poppin' The Question 141

20 Convincing the Folks 145

21 Changing Frank's Location 155

22 Getting the Minister 159

23 Gettin' Hitched 163

24 Leaving for the Honeymoon 169

25 The Newlyweds Return 175

26 New Kids and a New Car 181

27 Checking out the New Place 187

28 Home Forever 207

29 Seeking a New Member of the Flock 211

30 The School Board Asks a Question 217

31 The New Teacher Takes a Look Around 225

32 The Boarder Takes Up Residence 233

33 School Starts 241

34 Breaking the Moral Turpitude Clause 247

35 Sunday Beckons 255

36 Mary Takes Ill 259

37 Till Death Do Us Part 267

38 The Discovery 283

39 The Inquest 297

40 Claiming the Bodies 303

41 Moving the Bodies to Town 321

42 The Boys Come Home 331

43 Preparing for the Funeral 339

44 Negotiating Burials 347

45 Funerals 355

46 The Aftermath 361

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Sundown at Sunrise: A Story of Love and Murder, Based on One of the Most Notorious Ax Murders in American History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Hansen351 More than 1 year ago
Marty Seifert nailed it! Sundown at Sunrise was able to bring back the life and memory of the Kleeman family in a way that was previously not recognized. Readers will finish this book as if they knew the family, as it reads like a movie script. Seifert’s understanding of human nature and the times is extraordinary and that is what makes this book such an easy read. It reads more like a novel than a history book. It has details wonderfully described that create mental pictures in your mind of the times, the people, and the world in which they lived. The narrative is so rich, that it fits impeccably into the wider picture. The story of love and murder sucks you in and makes the book impossible to put down. Sundown at Sunrise is a wonderful book that makes other murder books look like hollow shells in comparison.
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