Things Will Never Be the Same*

Crime Writer Margot Kinberg

When people think about murder victims (whether they’re real or fictional) they often think about the person/people who’ve been killed. But murder doesn’t just impact the victim. It impacts the victim’s family and friends, often for years afterwards. And it can impact the lives of the accused’s family members, too. Acknowledging that impact can add real sadness to a crime novel. But it is realistic, and that impact can also add character depth and plot layers to a story.

Agatha Christie explored that impact in several of her stories. For example, in Five Little Pigs (AKA Murder in Retrospect), Carla Lemarchant hires Hercule Poirot to investigate the sixteen-year-old murder of her father, famous painter Amyas Crale. At the time, Crale’s wife, Caroline, was assumed to be guilty, and there was plenty of evidence against her. In fact, she was arrested, tried, and convicted in connection with the crime. She…

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True Crime series: Murder in Michigan w/ author Tobin Buhk May 19, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

True Crime series: Murder in Michigan w/ author Tobin Buhk

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Caroline Kennedy Library
24590 George St.
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Cost: FREE

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Come face to face with the malefactors who stained the pages of Michigan history with blood spatter: The Killer Dentist, a Grand Rapids native who tried to poison his way into his wife’s inheritance; The Detroit Bluebeard, who prowled matrimonial ads for victims.

The Michigan Borgia, who removed an entire branch of her family tree with Strychnine; The Lonely Hearts Killers, whose mail-order fraud business became felonious on the southwest side of Grand Rapids.

Andre Kehoe, who engineered the bloodiest school day in history. Serial killers John Norman Collins and Coral Watts, whose crimes terrorized southeastern Michigan’s co-eds. And others.

Join crime historian and author Tobin T. Buhk as he unveils the truth behind some of Michigan’s most fiendish crimes.

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

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