The Kitchen Table Historian

I am an author and historian who writes about long-forgotten and out of the way events and places. I love the bizarre, the unusual, and the downright weird. I write a regular blog at my website, www.johnbrassardjrcom.wordpress.com, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

Episode 71: The Body on the Island: The Final Days of Margaret Treese

  In 1947, a woman’s mutilated body was found on Credit Island, near Davenport, Iowa. Little did investigators know, the case was going to be one of the most brutal crimes in the history of the region.         Sources “Margaret Beatrice Treese” –  Iowa Cold Cases – Margaret Treese “The Tattooed Lady: …

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The Body on the Island: The Final Days of Margaret Treese

George Whitbeck pointed to the patch of grass where he had found the body that morning. The photographer for one of the local papers had asked him to pose for a picture, indicating the place where it had been. He did his best, standing still, feet together, pointing. When he had driven onto Credit Island …

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Episode 70: The Body in the River: A 1911 Murder in Fort Wayne, Indiana

When two children found a body floating in the river, Fort Wayne, Indiana, police were baffled. The man had clearly been murdered, but there was no identification on the body. Their search for who he was would begin a mystery that lasts to this day.         Sources Directory of Deceased American Physicians, …

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The Body in the River: A 1911 Murder in Fort Wayne, Indiana

When Steve Lanigan first saw the bloated shape floating in the St. Mary’s River, he wasn’t sure what it was. Neither was his companion, Joe Redmenski. They had both played at the Fort Wayne dump before, but they had never seen anything like that. And that was what made it so much more exciting. The …

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The Missing Bell – The Clinton County, Iowa Courthouse War

Courthouses are, without a doubt, iconic structures within our civilized societies. However, many people would probably be shocked to discover the lengths – both legal and illegal – that pioneers would go to in order to get one To many people, courthouses represent justice. They promise us law and order, that we will be judged …

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