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The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery (utgåvan 2017)

av Bill James (Författare), Rachel McCarthy James (Författare)

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2018 Edgar Award Finalist--Best Fact Crime Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villasca, Iowa, murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal. In turn, they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man from the Train paints a vivid, psychologically perceptive portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, when crime was regarded as a local problem, and opportunistic private detectives exploited a dysfunctional judicial system. James shows how these cultural factors enabled such an unspeakable series of crimes to occur, and his groundbreaking approach to true crime will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history.… (mer)
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Titel:The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery
Författare:Bill James (Författare)
Andra författare:Rachel McCarthy James (Författare)
Info:Scribner (2017), Edition: Reprint, 481 pages
Samlingar:Own
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Taggar:ebook, True Crime, Non-Fiction

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Enjoyable and in-depth with just the right amount of comedy to keep the multiple murders from bringing me down ( )
  Conni_W | Jul 7, 2021 |
The murderer known throughout this book is the man from the train, because he seems to murder families and then leave by train. The murders in the series happened from 1898 to 1912. The first murder in the book is the axe murder in Villasca, Iowa. The author and his daughter did research into the various murders they feel the man from the train committed. They used several factors that seemed to occur in murders of victims over and over. The author reveals who he believes the man from the train was, near the end of the book. Some of the crimes are lost to history and have very little information. Then there are others like Villasca, where there are many newspaper accounts and some evidence is still available through court records, etc. If you are true crime buff or interested in the investigative techniques at the turn of the century this is a good book. ( )
  dara85 | Jun 14, 2021 |
Here's the premise. 100 unsolved murders from 1890-1920 in the SE United States and this book is 400 page investigation/closing argument ending with the answer. And pretty much every word of it is factual, calm yet unbelievably thrilling. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
In the past, Freight trains thundered through most American communities, big and small, several times a day. I owned a home in a very small Kansas community in the 1990's. Coal trains would clatter through shaking the windows and making that easily recognizable, loud clack-clack whine and whistle. The trains and their noise became a regular, comforting part of life. When the trains became fewer and fewer, the lack of that sound seemed wrong and somehow disturbing. But it is also true that sometimes drifters and criminals rode the trains, jumping off to cause problems in the town and nearby farms. At times they were just travelers, modern day hobos....but at other times they were looking to do harm or steal.

The front cover of this book caught my eye immediately. It's a sight that is disappearing in many towns.....railroad tracks going off into the distance. In Western NC, the county I live in has re-purposed most of its train routes into paved fitness rail-trails with the real train traffic going through the more rural, smaller towns. It isn't like in decades past where livestock and freight trains were essential for all communities across the country.

In the early 1900s, trains were the lifeblood of most communities. But, someone evil rode the rails. Not just another hobo, freely riding, strumming a guitar like in all those country songs. But a killer. A serial killer who murdered from one end of America to the other. He was never caught. Nobody ever noticed the massive scope of his killing streak until now. Bill James and his daughter, Rachel researched and found the killer's trail 100 years after the fact. The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery presents the facts and their conclusions. It's a tale of a murder and unprepared small town law enforcement and justice systems. The story makes me incredibly appreciative of modern forensic science and investigation techniques. The murders were never linked or properly investigated because of communication and investigation problems, plus lack of modern scientific processes. Plus, by the time the bodies were discovered, the murderer was long gone, riding the rails to another town and other potential victims.

The first section of the book focuses on details and background of crimes that the authors believe were perpetrated by the same man. The second section shares details about law enforcement procedures in the early 1900s and the limitations of forensic testing at the time,and more details of crimes the authors believed can be traced to The Man From the Train. In the last section, the authors reveal their conclusion and present a suspect that they believe was The Man on the Train. The man who killed multiple families in the middle of the night, in their own homes over several years in the early 1900s.

This book is very different from most true crime books. The information presented combines researched factual accounts of crimes mixed with added conjecture based on the authors' research and opinion. There is no way to jet back more than 100 years in time and put the research and theories to the test, so in the end, readers are left to form their own opinions. The writing style is an interesting mix of factual reporting, humor and conversational tone. I didn't mind the mix, as a former reporter I fully understand that humor makes it possible to more easily discuss horrible details. Plus, the conversational tone and occasional jokes make this a much more readable book. It pulled me in and made me feel more engaged with the writers...like they were sharing their information with me rather than formally presenting bare evidence. I wouldn't have enjoyed 450 pages of dry facts about 100 year old axe murders. But I enjoyed this book immensely. If this were a book about a more recent crime spree where evidence, documentation and witnesses were still available to interview, then this writing style might be inappropriate. But, given the passage of time, the subsequent limitations on research, and the fact that guessing is pretty much required in this case, the more relaxed style works.

The authors make a lot of assumptions about the researched data, but I enjoyed reading about their theory and the potential suspect. All in all, an enjoyable read that will have me pondering for days, wondering if they got it right. Especially when I'm walking, alone at night, on the rail-trail.

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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
I'm surprised this book received so many low ratings. I have absolutely no doubt that Bill James and his daughter hold the world record for solving the coldest case. They simply screened old newspaper accounts of axe murders and compiled a list of the ones that shared the same M.O. There are about seventeen facets to the M.O. which makes the argument highly persuasive. For example, you might expect that an axe murder is done with the sharp edge of the axe and I suppose that is most often the case, at least that is how I would do it if I was so inclined. But no, all these killings were done with the blunt side of the axe head. Of course, when the serial killer started he made mistakes and refined his technique. And when fingerprinting was developed he began wiping away that evidence.

There is a two-chapter digression about the aftermath of the most notorious of the murders, the ones in Vilisca, Iowa but I think the Jameses tell the reader where to skip ahead to if they are not interested.

The descriptions of the murders themselves and the solving of them would have been enough to make this a worthwhile read but the Jameses also tell the story of the mortal dilemmas of those falsely accused of the crimes and of the sorry state of crime solving that allowed this serial killer to always escape detection. I found Bill James' informal diction and tone extremely enjoyable. At one point in describing the serial killer's stealth and cunning he writes that he would have shit his pants if he had been in the victim's situation!

So this deserves an Amazing! rating because they solve the crimes; not just provide a profile of some shadowy hypothetical villain for others to follow up on but actually provide a name. ( )
  JoeHamilton | Jul 21, 2020 |
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2018 Edgar Award Finalist--Best Fact Crime Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villasca, Iowa, murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal. In turn, they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man from the Train paints a vivid, psychologically perceptive portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, when crime was regarded as a local problem, and opportunistic private detectives exploited a dysfunctional judicial system. James shows how these cultural factors enabled such an unspeakable series of crimes to occur, and his groundbreaking approach to true crime will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history.

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