MI BAD: Robbers, Cutthroats & Thieves in Michigan’s Past & Present — Tom Carr
The Great Lakes State has seen more than its share of sensational crimes in the last couple of centuries. MI Bad shines a searchlight on several of the most jaw-dropping capers and rogues, including:
A couple of 1880s prostitution procurers who roll drunken lumberjacks for their wages in a whorehouse and buried bodies in shallow graves. The two die drunk and destitute in a freezing shack.
Baby Face Nelson gets his big-time career start — with an actual baby — in a bank holdup in Depression-era Grand Haven.
A 1970s, cinema-esque escape from Jackson State Prison that falls apart quickly once outside the razor wire.
Train-robbing brothers who get away with fortunes all over the Midwest, until one of them puts a bullet in the head of a well-liked Grand Rapids cop.
A 1960s cop and a 2010s fifth-grade teacher break bad.
Huge posses of armed Michiganders rush out to help — and sometimes hinder — a bank stickup.
A 19th Century U.P. boomtown finally has enough of a brothel owner who beats the women he holds captive.
Plus many more blood-and-money tales of Wolverine-state intrigue, suspense or just plain awfulness.
Retail price: $17.95
Series: Great Lakes Murder Series
Highly illustrated/archival photos
Publisher: Mission Point Press (September 2018)
Product dimensions: 6.69 x 9.61 inches
MI Bad is author Tom Carr’s follow-up to his successful, Michigan historical true crime debut, Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders, 1700s-Present, also published by Mission Point Press/Chandler Lake Books.