When Evil Came to Good Hart, 10th Anniversary Edition

When Evil Came to Good Hart, 10th Anniversary Edition

by Mardi Link

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In this page-turning true-life whodunit, author Mardi Link looks into the cold-case files of the murders of a wealthy Detroit-area family in their northern Michigan cabin in 1968, detailing and reviewing all the evidence to date. She crafts her book around police and court documents and historical and present-day statements and interviews, in addition to exploring the impact of the case on the community of Good Hart and the stigma that surrounds the popular summer getaway. Adding to both the sense of tragic history and the suspense, Link laces her tale with fascinating bits of local and Indian lore, while dozens of colorful characters enter and leave the story, spicing the narrative.

During the years of investigation of the murders, officials considered hundreds of tips and leads as well as dozens of sources, among them former secretaries who worked for murder victim Dick Robison; Robison's business associates; John Norman Collins, perpetrator of the "Co-Ed Murders" that took place in Washtenaw County between 1967 and 1969; and an inmate in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, who said he knew who killed the Robison family. Despite the exhaustive investigative efforts of numerous individuals, decades later the case lies tantalizingly out of reach as an unsolved cold case.

This edition, published at the 50th anniversary of the murder, includes a new Afterword by Mardi Link. In it, Link discusses information that’s come to light since the book’s original publication and reflects on how the Robison murders might have been handled differently today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472037223
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 04/18/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 459,346
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mardi Link is a journalist; a former police reporter; and the author of several titles, including two other true crime books, Isadore’s Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town and Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan.

Table of Contents

A Note to Readers xi

A New Note to Readers xiii

A Stranger Comes to Town 1

Call the Law 4

Will Be Back 10

The Boss 18

The "Mentals" 27

The Phony 32

Gun Country 39

Following the Money 44

The Tipsters 60

A Leg Man 67

The Alibi 75

Closing In 86

The Case for Prosecution 91

The Leavenworth Letter Theory 101

Another Killing 113

Manhunts in the North Woods 117

The Sleuths 123

The Good People of Good Hart 132

A Bliss House 138

The Literary Ladies of Lamkin 144

A Healing 149

Epilogue: Status of Case No. 7471 154

Afterword 161

Who's Who 171

Sources and Resources 175

Further Reading 184

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