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.

The Stoic Farmer: The Gilbert Family Murders, Part II

  Warning: This material contains content that may be sensitive for some readers. Reader discretion is strongly advised.    The argument was the same. It never changed. Sell out and move to town, she said. “We’re not moving, Hazel,” Guy replied. And round and round they went. Guy was always reserved, never emotional. He didn’t …

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Episode 64: The Quiet House: The Gilbert Family Slayings

Guy Gilbert returned to his South Dakota home to find that his visiting son had committed suicide. When the police went to notify his family of his untimely death, they had no idea of the horrors that awaited them inside their quiet house in Iowa.   Sources Friend says Gilbert threatened to kill family. The …

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Episode 62: Table Scraps Short Stories, Vol. 3: Accidents Will Happen

Another collection of short tales from Midwest history, Volume 3 deals with accidents too awful to contemplate, yet too horrible to forget.     Sources   Leroy Sowell is Instantly Killed Today. The Daily Democrat and Leader, 1920 Leroy Stowell. http://www.findagrave.com Woman Saves Nephew from Death by Gas. The Capital Times, 12/28/1923 p. 2 Crowd …

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Episode 61: Unquiet House: The Murder of Bessie Moore

Shortly before Christmas 1946, 35-year-old Bessie Moore trip to bake cookies with a friend ended in tragedy. The events of that December day still echo 75-years later.     Sources Conduct Search for Slayer Here. La Crosse Tribune, 12/18/1946, p.1 Love Theory Enters Murder of Waitress in La Crosse. The Journal Times, 12/19/1946 Still Seeking …

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