By Arnie Bernstein

"With the meticulous cognizance to element of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of fact on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."
---Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling writer of Starvation Heights
 
"A chilling and historical personality learn of the unfathomable soreness that desperation and fury, as soon as unleashed inside of a twisted brain, can wreak on a small city. modern mass murderers Timothy McVeigh, Columbine's Dylan Klebold, and Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho can each one hint their awful family tree of terror to 1 guy: tub institution bomber Andrew Kehoe."
---Mardi hyperlink, writer of When Evil got here to stable Hart </I>  On may well 18, 1927, the small city of tub, Michigan, was once without end replaced whilst Andrew Kehoe trigger a cache of explosives hid within the basement of the neighborhood institution. Thirty-eight young ones and 6 adults have been useless, between them Kehoe, who had actually blown himself to bits by way of surroundings off a dynamite cost in his automobile. tomorrow, on Kehoe's farm, what was once left of his wife---burned past acceptance after Kehoe set his estate and constructions ablaze---was discovered tied to a handcart, her cranium overwhelmed. With likely unending tales of faculty violence and suicide bombers filling today's headlines, <I>Bath Massacre serves as a reminder that terrorism and large-scale homicide are not anything new.

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Huyck pushed hard to earn the school that holy grail of education: accreditation. Accreditation would prove that the Bath Consolidated School was serious about the future of its students. Essentially educational accreditation is a quality certi‹cation granted by a third party, an assurance that the school has set rigorous goals to achieve excellence. In the case of the Bath Consolidated School, the accrediting agency was the University of Michigan. The criteria were basic: speci‹c educational backgrounds were required for all teachers, classes must meet Michigan state regulations, and members of the faculty and administration must adhere to proper standards of conduct for people of their profession.

As treasurer his books were always— always—balanced to the penny. This reputation for meticulous accounting came into play when Maude Detluff, the township clerk and wife of the blacksmith/auto repairman (and fellow school board member) Albert Detluff, unexpectedly passed away in April 1925. Local Republican Party of‹cials asked Kehoe if he would be interested in completing the last year of Maude Detluff’s term, a part-time position with some remuneration. A stepping-stone to something bigger, it seemed.

The idea of consolidation raised numerous challenges that many people felt were insurmountable. How could nearly three hundred children be transported from home to school? Who would feed them lunch? Where would the teachers come from? What body would oversee the new school? And most important—in some eyes—who was going to pay for all this? A meeting was held on July 22, 1921. A high-ranking state of‹cial was brought in to make the case for consolidation. An of‹cial vote was held three days later.

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