"Sin and vice have had a home on the shores of Long Island Sound, and Bridgeport's past has been home to stories of pirates, mobsters, bizarre Victorian murders and even rumors of a doctor's attempts to reanimate the dead.
Historian Michael J. Bielawa investigates such crimes as the unsolved murder of philanthropist James Beardsley and the discovery in Yellow Mill Pond during the 19th Century that helped legitimize forensic science. Bielawa navigates a path through the misdeeds in the city in his new book, Wicked Bridgeport." --The Huntington Herald
Bielawa has been collecting tales of the Park City's "most infamous scoundrels, master criminals and mad men" for the past 30 years. The book goes back to the late 17th century to chart the activities of pirates and bandits who terrified residents, as well as such supernaturally tinged anecdotes as the stories of early scientists' attempts to raise the dead. --News Times
About the Author
Historian Michael J. Bielawa has authored several regional histories, and his essays have addressed such diverse topics as the mysterious creature of Lake Champlain, Bridgeport's crying stone statue and the bizarre disappearance of a Hartford, Connecticut minor league baseball manager, as well as baseball symbolism in James Joyce's Ulysses. Bielawa has lectured on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts "The Big Read" in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he is a moderator for the Connecticut Humanities Council's "Literature for a Lifetime" discussion series. Since the mid-1970s, Michael has conducted research, interviews and journeyed extensively throughout the Northeast in search of the unexplained. During his travels, Bielawa has uncovered secret rooms, tracked down historical vampire cults, interviewed a Massachusetts witch, searched for mythical creatures and pirate treasure, inspected haunted houses and wandered New England ghost towns. He has served as a guest curator for the Barnum Museum and as a special consultant to the Fairfield Museum and History Center.