Author: 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 51: The Koenig Murder/Suicide of 1870

William Koenig came to America with his family for a better opportunity. On a warm August night in 1870, it…

The Koenig Murder/Suicide of 1870

Some have said that the most dangerous people that you can ever come across are people that have nothing to…

Episode 50: The Girl in Room 30: The Murder of Marie Wick

In 1921, 18-year-old Marie Wick checked into a Fargo hotel while travelling to visit her aunt. What happened that night…

The Girl in Room 30: The Murder of Marie Wick

Earlier thisĀ  year, I was driving down Illinois Route 84, heading north toward the town of Fulton. The road runs…

Episode 48: Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 2: Home Front

In 1918, Americans on the home front were supporting their troops fighting in Europe while waging a war of their…

Episode 46: Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 1: Arrival

As America prepared to fight World War I, the deadliest pandemic the world has ever seen arrived silently. 50 million…

Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 3: Burial

Mt. Zion is a small cemetery outside of Newton, Iowa. For decades, farmers and their families have buried their loved…

The Devil You Know: The John Hoskins Murders

I have always loved Adams County. Located in the southwestern portion of the state, Adams county is the least populous…

Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 2: Home Front

When I was attending Iowa State University, I decided that I needed to take up running. Up until that point,…

Table Scraps, Vol. 2

History is a forgetful creature. While there is much about our past that we know, there is so much more…