January 1889: detectives track a savage killer who murdered a middle aged woman in her sleep. They follow a trail from the blood-spattered crime scene in Jackson to Detroit’s underworld of bordellos, revealing a shocking truth that would stun the entire community and lead to a murder trial that made national headlines. Study the crime scene, follow the clues, and ponder the motives of the “The Michigan Matricide”—a man so feared and despised, he inspired several attempts to bring the electric chair to the Great Lake State. Take a peek inside The Michigan State Penitentiary during the late nineteenth century and learn about the prison’s most infamous inmates, sadistic wardens, forms of corporal punishment, and what it really meant for a prisoner to earn his stripes. A ghost or two might even make a spectral appearance! This presentation is available upon release of Pardonable Matricide (McFarland, 2019), which will be available everywhere books are sold in the Spring of 2019.
Take a peek behind the walls of the old Detroit House of Correction, the only Michigan prison to house female inmates serving long-term sentences, and meet some of the most dangerous women in Michigan history: a serial poisoner who killed over a dozen because she wanted to don her black dress and attend the funerals; a woman who drowned her unwanted children, one by one, in a nearby river; a wife who used an ax to sever her marriage; and a con artist known as "Queen of the Underworld." True crime author Tobin T. Buhk will introduce the audience to these and many other morbidly intriguing characters in "Michigan's Most Dangerous Women."
Michigan's Forgotten Serial Killers:
Meet the serial killers who terrorized yesteryear Michigan: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 Scorecard Killer, who scored two of his alleged fifty victims in Grand Rapids. The Lonely Hearts Killers, whose mail-order fraud business became felonious on the southwest side of Grand Rapids. And others.
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.
True Crime in the Civil War:
A psychopathic general who decapitated his enemies and stacked the heads in piles; an early serial killer who used the war to settle scores; an entire family murdered and thrown into the Mississippi; Soiled Doves who made money off of the war. While the boys in blue and gray traded lead on the battlefield, these malefactors terrorized soldiers and civilians alike. Learn about these characters, and many others in this look at the "un-civil" side of the Civil War.
Discoveries by Moonlight:
Join author Tobin T. Buhk as he discusses shocking discoveries made during the research of his various historic, true crime publications. Learn about the Civil War guerilla who only existed on paper; the story of woman with two birthdays; the man sentenced to die before his trial took place; pictures not worth a thousand words; questionable crime scene sketches; signatures that expose a “bluebeard’s” multiple identities; the Ellis Island shenanigans of a con artist; the dual grave, missing remains, and other postmortem dead ends. Using archival documents and photographs, Buhk will discuss these and other fascinating mysteries unearthed during his research as well as his process of pulling up the stones of time to find what lies beneath.
Inside A Real Life Morgue:
Ever wanted to know what really takes place behind the closed, steel doors of a morgue? True crime author and former morgue volunteer Tobin T. Buhk opens the door to reveal how forensic professionals learn the secrets of the dead and determine cause of death. NOTE: Not for the faint of heart!
Who Am I?
Tobin T. Buhk is a freelance author specializing in historic true crime. To research his first book, Cause of Death, he volunteered in a county morgue. His subsequent true-crime publications include Skeletons in the Closet, True Crime in the Civil War, and Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids. Mr. Buhk lectures frequently on historic crime and provides a number of presentation options. Please inquire at email@example.com for rates and availability.
(Booking now. see below for details)
Wednesday, January 9@6pm, Centerline Public Library
Tuesday, January 15@1pm, Lyon Township Library
Wednesday, January 23, Waterford Township Library
Thursday, February 7@7pm, Royal Oak Public Library
Friday, February 8, Schoolcraft College Lifelong Learning (reg. required)
Wednesday, February 13@7pm, History Hounds (Lansing)
Thursday, February 21@6pm, Tamarack District Library (Lakeview)
Wednesday, March 6@6:30pm, Southfield Public Library
Tuesday, March 12@6pm, Hackley Public Library (Muskegon)
Wednesday, March 13@6pm, Warren Public Library
Tuesday, March 19, Milford Public Library
Wednesday, March 20@7pm, Farmington Hills Public Library
Thursday, March 21@6pm, Detroit Public Library (Chaney Branch)
Saturday, March 23, Michigan in Perspective Conference
Wednesday, March 27@6:30pm, Lincoln Park Public Library
Thursday, March 28@6:30pm, Sturgis District Library
Thursday, April 4, Fowlerville Public Library
Tuesday, April 23@6:30pm, Highland Township Public Library
Thursday, June 6@6pm, Lenawee District Lilbrary (Adrian)
Friday, June 7@First Fridays with Ella Sharp at Cell Block 7 Museum
Thursday, June 13@1:30pm, OLLI at Aquinas College (Reg. Required)
Monday, July 8@7pm, Troy Public Library
Tuesday, July 9@7m, Georgetown Township Public Library
Monday, August 12@6:30pm, Clinton-Macomb Public Library
Thursday, September 19@ 6:30pm, Mason Public Library
Tuesday, September 24@6:30pm, Bacon Memorial Library (Wyandotte)
Wednesday, October 9, Mich. Assoc. Ret. School Personnel (Livonia)
Monday, October 14@6:30pm, Grand Ledge Public Library
Wednesday, October 23@7pm, Leslie Public Library
Monday, October 28@6pm, Centerline Public Library
Wednesday, October 30@6pm, Royal Oak Public Library
Friday, November 1@6:30pm, Dow Memorial Library (Midland)
Wednesday, November 6@1pm, Dowagiac Junior Arts Club
Thursday, November 14@6:30pm, Webster Memorial Library (Decatur)