Michigan's Strychnine Saint: The Curious Case of Mrs. Mary McKnight

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The spring of 1903 proved disastrous for the Murphy family. On April 22, the infant Ruth Murphy died in her crib. Within an hour, her mother, Gertrude, experienced a violent spasm before she, too, died. Ten days later, John Murphy followed his wife and child to the grave after suffering from a crippling convulsion. While neighbors whispered about a curse and physicians feared a contagious disease, Kalkaska County sheriff John W. Creighton and prosecuting attorney Ernest C. Smith searched for answers. As they probed deeper into the suspicious deaths, they uncovered a wicked web of intrigue. And at the center stood a widow in a black taffeta dress.
ISBN: 9781626192577
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Michigan
Series: True Crime
Images: 37
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Tobin T. Buhk is a teacher by day and a crime writer by night, a unique moonlighting that began when Buhk did a brief stint as a morgue volunteer, which led to his first two books, Cause of Death and its sequel, Skeletons in the Closet. Buhk is also the author of True Crime Michigan, True Crime in the Civil War and The Shocking Story of Helmuth Schmidt.
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