The Man from the Train

The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery
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Awards:2018-Best Fact Crime-Nominee-Edgar Award
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Product Number: DD42619
Released: Apr 02, 2019
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ISBN: #9781508284956
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An Edgar Award finalist for Best Fact Crime, this "impressiveopen-eyed investigative inquiry wrapped within a cultural history of rural America" (The Wall Street Journal) shows legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applying his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Some of these cases—like the infamous Villisca, Iowa, murders—received national attention. But most incidents went almost unnoticed outside the communities in which they occurred. Few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated true crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal and uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America. "A suspenseful historical account" (Publishers Weekly, starred review), The Man from the Train paints a vivid, psychologically perceptive portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, when crime was regarded as a local problem, and opportunistic private detectives exploited a dysfunctional judicial system. James shows how these cultural factors enabled such an unspeakable series of crimes to occur, and his groundbreaking approach to true crime will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history. "A beautifully written and extraordinarily researched narrativeThis is no pure whodunit, but rather a how-many-did-he-do" (Buffalo News).

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Narrator(s): John Bedford Lloyd
Product Number Z100136537
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508241492
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Product Number EB00688998
Released: Sep 19, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781476796277