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Terror In Ypsilanti John Norman Collins Unmasked

Author: Gregory A. Fournier
Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
ISBN: 1627874046
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Between the summers of 1967 through 1969, before the term serial killer was coined, a predatory killer stalked the campuses of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan seeking prey until he made the arrogant mistake of killing his last victim in the basement of his uncle's home. All-American boy John Norman Collins was arrested, tried, and convicted of the strangulation murder of Karen Sue Beineman. The other murders attributed to Collins never went to trial, with one exception, and soon became cold cases. With the benefit of fifty years of hindsight, hundreds of vintage newspaper articles, thousands of police reports, and countless interviews, Terror in Ypsilanti: John Norman Collins Unmasked tells the stories of the other victims, recreates the infamous trial that took Collins off the streets, and details Collins' time spent in prison. Terror in Ypsilanti compiles an array of physical and circumstantial evidence drawing an unmistakable portrait of the sadistic murderer who slaughtered these innocent young women.

The Michigan Murders

Author: Edward Keyes
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504025598
Size: 54.62 MB
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Edgar Award Finalist: The terrifying true story of savage murders, a terrorized midwestern town, and the serial killer who could have lived next door In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, nineteen-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked body—stabbed over thirty times and missing both feet and a forearm—was discovered, partially buried, on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of twenty-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated. Southeastern Michigan was terrorized by something it had never experienced before: a serial killer. Over the next two years, five more bodies were uncovered around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. All the victims were tortured and mutilated. All were female students. After multiple failed investigations, a chance sighting finally led to a suspect. On the surface, John Norman Collins was an all-American boy—a fraternity member studying elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. But Collins wasn’t all that he seemed. His female friends described him as aggressive and short tempered. And in August 1970, Collins, the “Ypsilanti Ripper,” was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. Written by the coauthor of The French Connection, The Michigan Murders delivers a harrowing depiction of the savage murders that tormented a small midwestern town.

Zug Island

Author: Gregory A. Fournier
Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
ISBN: 1604945850
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Zug Island: A Detroit Riot Noveltells a Huck Finn-meets-heavy-industry tale about a suburban white kid who gets a crash course in race relations. Set in 1967 against a backdrop of industrial blight and urban decay, the book follows Jake Malone and Theo Semple as they stumble in and out of rhythm on Detroit's mean streets to discover that the face of racism comes in every shade of color. After getting kicked out of college, Jake needs to find work in Detroit's frozen rust belt. Armed with a shovel and a keen sense of self-preservation, he enters the dark reaches of Zug Island and must prove his worth, not only to himself but to everyone around him. He is befriended on the job by Theo; their friendship grows until put to the test outside the well-defined boundaries of the coke ovens. There they find that racial discrimination, enshrined behind Detroit's segregated suburban neighborhoods for decades, is alive and well. Then one sweltering, early Sunday morning, an aggressive Detroit police squad puts into motion a raid on a "blind pig" that ignites the heart of the city, setting old hatreds ablaze, leaving much of the town in ruins and suburbia witness to its worst fears. Hell has come to town.

The Three Christs Of Ypsilanti

Author: Milton Rokeach
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590173848
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At Ypsilanti State Hospital in 1959, the social psychologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics. The men had one thing in common: each believed himself to be Jesus Christ. Their meeting and the two years they spent in one another's company serves as the basis for an investigation into the nature of human identity, belief, and delusion.

Lost Towns Of Eastern Michigan

Author: Alan Naldrett
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1626197784
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"Many of eastern Michigan's old boomtowns and sleepy villages are faded memories. Nature reclaimed the ruins of some while progress paved over the rest. Discover the stories of lost communities hidden in plain sight or just off the beaten track. The vanished religious colony of Ora Labora fell into a state of near-constant inebriation when beer became the only safe liquid to drink. Lake St. Clair swallowed up the unique currency of Belividere along with the place that issued it. Abandoned towns still crumble within Detroit's city limits. Alan Naldrett delves into the fascinating history of eastern Michigan's lost settlements."-- From back cover.

Laughing Mad

Author: Bambi Haggins
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813539850
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Prior to the civil rights movement, comedians performed for audiences that were clearly delineated by race. Black comedians performed for black audiences and white comedians performed for whites. Yet during the past forty-five years, black comics have become progressively more central to mainstream culture. In Laughing Mad , Bambi Haggins looks at how this transition occurred in a variety of media and shows how this integration has paved the way for black comedians and their audiences to affect each other. Historically, African American performers have been able to use comedy as a pedagogic tool, interjecting astute observations about race relations while the audience is laughing. And yet, Haggins makes the convincing argument that the potential of African American comedy remains fundamentally unfulfilled as the performance of blackness continues to be made culturally digestible for mass consumption. Rather than presenting biographies of individual performers, Haggins focuses on the ways in which the comic persona is constructed and changes across media, from stand-up, to the small screen, to film. She examines the comic televisual and cinematic personae of Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, and Richard Pryor and considers how these figures set the stage for black comedy in the next four decades. She reads Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock as emblematic of the first and second waves of post-civil rights era African American comedy, and she looks at the socio-cultural politics of Whoopi Goldberg's comic persona through the lens of gender and crossover. Laughing Mad also explores how the comedy of Dave Chappelle speaks to and for the post-soul generation. A rigorous analytic analysis, this book interrogates notions of identity, within both the African American community and mainstream popular culture. Written in engaging and accessible prose, it is also a book that will travel from the seminar room, to the barbershop, to the kitchen table, allowing readers to experience the sketches, stand-up, and film comedies with all the laughter they deserve.

Blood On The Mitten

Author: Tom Carr
ISBN: 9781943995363
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Michigan's blood-red past includes crooked sheriffs, ruthless gangsters, serial killers, mass murderers, Wild West-style bandits, and pirates. These miscreants, and more, do their dastardly deeds in "Blood on the Mitten," an aptly-titled case book documenting the more infamous scenes in Michigan history.

The Hunt For Zodiac

Author: Mike Rodelli
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0998623172
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From December 1968 until July 1974, a man who called himself the Zodiac terrorized the people of the San Francisco Bay Area with cold-blooded murders and chilling hand printed letters to the editors of the local newspapers. In these letters, he boasted of his crimes, threatened unspeakable mayhem, he taunted and ridiculed his police pursuers, and even hinted that he was leaving clues to his true identity. The Zodiac killer has been called a “sexual sadist,” a “sexual killer without the sex” and a “loser who was compensating for his feelings of inadequacy” after killing five people and then writing about his exploits under his now infamous pen name. None of that is the truth and when you learn the truth about his identity, it will surely shock you as much as it did me. In June 1999, I had what I thought to be a simple-minded idea to use the killer’s letter writing behavior as a weapon to identify him. That idea led to just one name. The first step in identifying the Zodiac killer will be to redefine him through behavioral profiling that was not available to the police in the 1960s. That profile will be based on the killer’s crime scenes and on how he interacted with his victims. As a result of an inaccurate profile of the Zodiac killer, for many years people both inside and outside of law enforcement have been looking for the killer in all the wrong places. This book is the product of over 18 years of diligent research. I have worked very hard to remain objective and honest when interpreting the vast amount of information I amassed from my research, the case knowledge I gained, and the evidence and findings that led me to my suspect and ultimately revealed his behavior and the double life he led. My goal in this book is to put the truth as I see it about the identity of the Zodiac Killer before the public...that truth may not be what people expected in their wildest dreams, nor what anyone who knew my suspect could have imagined in their worst nightmares.

The Traveler S Best Seller

Author: Rick Incorvia
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781721819607
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Imagine for a moment that you could be sent back in time to witness the life of any historical figure. The Traveler's Best Seller is a fiction novel about a humble school teacher who gets that opportunity. Having already suffered great loss and now facing a terminal cancer diagnosis, he embraces a bizarre "travel" opportunity offered by an unorthodox trio who seem unusually interested in fulfilling his dying wishes. It begins as a very human struggle with his fate, and plunges deeper into an odyssey of heart and soul as he surrenders to the adventure, eagerly returning to his classroom to share his newfound knowledge with his increasingly engaged students. This book is a reminder to live your life without fear or the limitations and insecurities brought on by worrying about what others think. It will challenge how you feel about dying and dreaming, about your purpose, and about love and living in the here and now. This is a must read for teachers, students, and anyone facing mortality issues through cancer or the untimely loss of a loved one.

That Lonely Section Of Hell

Author: Lori Shenher
Publisher: Greystone Books
ISBN: 1771640944
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From her first assignment in 1998 to explore an increase in the number of missing women to the harrowing 2002 interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, Lori Shenher tells a story of massive police failure—failure of the police to use the information about Pickton available to them, failure to understand the dark world of drug addiction and sex work, and failure to save more women from their killer. Shenher explains how police unwillingness to believe the women were missing or murdered, jurisdictional squabbles, and a fear of tunnel vision conspired to leave women unprotected and vulnerable to a serial killer nearly three years after she first received a tip that Pickton could be responsible. She unflinchingly reveals her own pain and psychological distress as a result of these events, which left her unable to work with or trust the police and the criminal justice system. That Lonely Section of Hell reveals the deeper truths behind the causes of this tragedy and the myriad ways the system—and society—failed to protect vulnerable people.