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.

Ms. Holly

Jeffery McCain was going to school. Jeffery, or Jeffy, as everyone called him, loved school, especially reading. Books allowed him…

Episode 42: Deadly Relations

An early December blizzard chilled Iowa to the bone. It still wasn’t as cold as the heart of a father…

Deadly Relations

The rain began to fall steadily across Iowa. The weather was warm for early December, hovering right around the 40-degree…

Episode 41: The Edward Crampton Murders of 1921

Malone, Iowa, is perhaps the best hidden town in Clinton County, Iowa. In 1921, it also played host to one…

The Ed Crampton Murders of 1921

No expects to see a life-sized hippo along an Iowa roadside. A deer, raccoon, or even a coyote? Sure. But…

Episode 40: The Bandits in the Blizzard

If you had just spent eight years in prison, would you return to a life of crime? If you did,…

The Bandits in the Blizzard

Paul Schroeder ran through the repair shop, trying to avoid the hail of bullets flying towards him. He raised his…

Episode 39: The Robbers Who Should Have Quit

In 1921, a former newspaper editor and a barber decided to rob a bank in rural Iowa. Expecting little resistance,…

The Robbers Who Should Have Quit

Some people just don’t know when to quit. Granted, that’s a trait that we normally admire. The sports team that…

Episode 38: The Spencer Family Massacre, Part 2

The murder of the Spencer family was one of the worst crimes to ever take place in Clark County, Missouri….