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Books on the Bath School Disaster

The following books are available at the Bath Charter Township Offices. All monies collected go to the Bath Middle School Museum.

 

Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing by Arnie Bernstein - $20.00

On May 18, 1927, the small town of Bath, Michigan, was forever changed when Andrew Kehoe set off a cache of explosives concealed in the basement of the local school. Thirty-eight children and six adults were dead, among them Kehoe, who had literally blown himself to bits by setting off a dynamite charge in his car. The next day, on Kehoe's farm, what was left of his wife—burned beyond recognition after Kehoe set his property and buildings ablaze—was found tied to a handcart, her skull crushed. With seemingly endless stories of school violence and suicide bombers filling today's headlines, Bath Massacre serves as a reminder that terrorism and large-scale murder are nothing new.

 

 

Mayday: The History of a Village Holocaust by Grant Parker - $10.00

Lindbergh's imminent flight notwithstanding, the 1927 headlines screamed a different story. "An unparalleled atrocity had been committed...Bath had become suddenly the center of the world."

Set against the background of the heated struggle to replace America's one room country schools, Mayday is more than a reconstruction of the country's most horrendous mass murder. Focused, too, is the stricken village in recovery -- and the public which was drawn to her. Included is Jim Couzens, former Detroit Mayor and partner of Henry Ford, who becomes key to the attempted recovery of the village.

Mayday returns to Bath some 50 years later for a final judgment of the impact on the village and the survivors, but only after placing the murderer under the microscope of historical and psychological analysis.

 

The Bath School Disaster by M.J. Ellsworth - $10.00