Mystery and Intrigue Surround Us – May 13, 2020

Join us for an episode filled with mystery and intrigue with authors Jack King and Thomas Davis.

Jack King, author of “Beyond Blood” – When Detective Cliff Husto investigates the deaths of a well-respected couple in Houston, the meager evidence points to a murder/suicide fueled by jealous rage. But Husto’s instinct tells him otherwise. He’d just stumbled onto the invisible trail of a fiendishly clever mass killer. A homicidal maniac who leaves no physical trace and no hint at a possible motive. As several employees of the iconic advertising agency Mathis & Oliver suddenly begin piling up dead, Husto begins a tangled cross-country search that ultimately leads to a horribly depraved family past, and a gruesomely executed present. But time is running out to catch this Madman. Because Cliff Husto, his lovely wife, their two young sons, and Irish setter Reagan are next on the killer’s agenda.

Thomas Davis, author of  “In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams” – “… we were going to West Harbor to hear Negro Bennett preach in 1854 … Bennett was about sixty years old at the time. I think the largest negro settlement in the county, if not the state, was at West Harbor in the early fifties.” [From Jesse Miner, 1937. History and Anecdotes of Washington Island: Duo Van Publishing Company]Washington Island, Wisconsin in the 1850s was about as remote from the slave-holding southern states as it was possible to get in the United States. Before the passage of the second Fugitive Slave Act, which made it legal for bounty hunters to capture any black person they claimed was an escaped slave in the abolitionist states, a number of black families established a fishing community on the island.This is the tale of those slaves who escaped from the boot of Missouri and eventually made it, under the leadership of the charismatic black preacher Tom Bennett, and with the invaluable help of the Underground Railroad, to a new life in freedom ~ and what happened then.

 

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