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About the Author

Tobin Buhk began his true crime research volunteering in a morgue, and the experience motivated him to write his first two books. Buhk is author of True Crime Michigan and True Crime in the Civil War.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626190178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626190177
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,400,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The research on this story is truly amazing. Think back to all those years ago and the types of resources that Mr. Buhk had to cull through - especially with a name changer like Schmidt, whom one can only surmise was pretty cunning and diabolical to have pulled off the crimes that he did, and the sheer volume of the research. If you think that reporters are sensationalists today, their roots go deep in that practice. Mr. Buhk really sets the scene for you because to grasp the full shock of what Schmidt got away with, you have to have an understanding of that era. Along the victims, I truly sympathize with his daughter Gertrude, as well - can you imagine growing up with someone as twisted as her father was, your lifeline in a strange country with no other family to rely upon, to be asked to do strange things like lie about your name and other actions that go against your grain, to have people keep disappearing from your life, and it turns out that your father likely killed your mother as well? This story has more twists and turns than you can imagine and the most decent thing that Schmidt ever did in his life was for her at the very end of the story - for the rest of us, we will just have to wonder about some things forever.
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Good example of narrative informational text. Very well researched.
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This True Crime story is indeed shocking. I sympathized with Augusta Steinbach and was completely engaged by the details about life in the early years of the 20th century. Here I thought that "online predators" were something new! I never imagined such a horrid romantic fraud could be perpetuated through the mail. Tobin Buhk develops the story one step at a time, uncovering facts and hypothesis like the detectives on the case. Just as I reached the point where I felt hopelessly confused by Mr. Schmidt's aliases, Buhk provides the reader with a chronological list that is indeed shocking. An engaging story and fascinating historical perspective, this book is a great starting place for readers new to the True Crime genre.
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