Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer

Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer Details

Harold Schechter, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Hell’s Princess, unearths a nearly forgotten true crime of obsession and revenge, and one of the first—and worst—mass murders in American history.

In 1927, while the majority of the township of Bath, Michigan, was celebrating a new primary school—one of the most modern in the Midwest—Andrew P. Kehoe had other plans. The local farmer and school board treasurer was educated, respected, and an accommodating neighbor and friend. But behind his ordinary demeanor was a narcissistic sadist seething with rage, resentment, and paranoia. On May 18 he detonated a set of rigged explosives with the sole purpose of destroying the school and everyone in it. Thirty-eight children and six adults were murdered that morning, culminating in the deadliest school massacre in US history.

Maniac is Harold Schechter’s gripping, definitive, exhaustively researched chronicle of a town forced to comprehend unprecedented carnage and the triggering of a “human time bomb” whose act of apocalyptic violence would foreshadow the terrors of the current age.

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  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    4.5 StarsFor the love of God! This man, Andrew P. Kehoe, was a twat-ass-bastard-piece of sh*t! I didn’t know anything about this man until this book...or maybe I did and chemo brain fogged the histo...

  • Saylor

    Happy publication day!! This was a great read! Maniac is an amazing piece of work, but it also hurts like hell. Harold Schechter is thorough and devastating in this true crime chronicle of a "human ti...

  • Vonda

    Quick, rapid flowing short book that tells the story of a sheer monster. I had never heard of this early serial murderer that started as most with killing small animals but there was such unadulterate...

  • Debra (having surgery will be off for a few days)

    May 18, 1927Bath Michigan's School disaster/mass murder remains the deadliest of its kind in the history of the United States.The heartbreak, the tears, the pain, the tragedy. One man, Andrew P. Kehoe...

  • Carol Macarthur

    Harold Schechter juxtaposes the heinous actions of "seriously troubled" Andrew P. Kehoe against the backdrop of U. S. and world events in the early decades of the Twentieth Century in this novel that ...

  • Melissa

    This is a vivid account of a school bombing in 1927 that took the lives of 38 children and 6 adults. Some of it was hard to read due to the detailed descriptions of the injuries and destruction. Andre...

  • Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    I can't believe I had no idea about this case. In 1927, a new and modern (for it's time) primary school had opened in Bath, Michigan. Andrew P. Kehoe whom was the school board treasurer, and local far...

  • HollyLovesBooks

    This book was truly a surprise. It’s a true crime story focusing on one man in the town of Bath Township in Clinton County Michigan, the home of a mass murderer that most people have never heard any...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘On 18 May 1927, Andrew P Kehoe dynamited the Bath Consolidated School in Bath, Michigan.’I had never heard of this mass killing, which resulted in the murder of thirty-eight children and six adul...

  • Nancy

    We had not lived in Lansing, MI very long before people referred to the Bath school bombing. I had never heard of Bath, MI or the school bombing. But the history was legend in Lansing.In 1927 a farmer...