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Author Visit: True Crime in Royal Oak?

Wednesday, October 23
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Friends Auditorium


Join us on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm as we welcome Tobin T. Buhk, Grand Rapids, Michigan true crime and forensic science author. Mr. Buhk teaches English and history near Grand Rapids and has written or co-written five books, all involving true crime, mostly historical.

His first two books – Cause of Death: Forensic Files of a Medical Examiner (Prometheus Books, 2007) and Skeletons in the Closet: Stories from the County Morgue (Prometheus Books, 2008) – were collaborations with Kent County coroner Stephen D. Cohle, intended to “expose the real world of forensic pathology, as opposed to TV.” He followed these up with his first solo book, “True Crime: Michigan: The State’s Most Notorious Criminal Cases” (Stackpole Books, 2011).

Mr. Buhk will discuss his latest book, “The Shocking Story of Helmuth Schmidt: Michigan’s Original Lonely Hearts Killer.” Set mainly in Royal Oak on the eve of Prohibition (which came to Michigan one year early, largely thanks to lobbying by Henry Ford), the book examines the case of Augusta Steinbach, a German emigre working as a maid in New York, who answers a matrimonial ad placed by one Herman Neugebauer and follows him to Royal Oak in 1917. Soon after, she disappears, and foul play is suspected.

Copies of Mr. Buhk’s book will be available for purchase and signing after his talk.

Registration is requested. Fill out the form below or call the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727. Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

81 of 100 places available.
50 of 50 places available on the waitlist.

The registration is closed

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