Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher

Arcadia Publishing
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“Looks at the twists and turns in the investigation, possible perpetrators . . . as well as some of the good that eventually came out of this tragedy” (Wauwatosa Patch).
 
In 1925, the peaceful Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa found itself involved in mystery and horror. Eight-year-old Arthur ‘Buddy’ Schumacher Jr. was last seen by three of his friends after they hopped off a freight train they’d jumped to get a ride to a nearby swimming hole. For seven weeks, the community and state searched desperately to find the boy until his body was found just a mile from his house with his clothing torn and a handkerchief shoved down his throat. The police pursued several promising leads, but to no avail.
 
Includes photos.
 
“Tosa native Paul Hoffman reconstructs the case . . . and finds it more than cold . . . He conjures up a picture of a much different Wauwatosa than we know today.” —Shepherd Express
 
“More than 85 years later, the murder of Buddy Schumacher remains unsolved. There were suspects at the time and their stories and the cases against them are included in Murder in Wauwatosa.” —OnMilwaukee
 
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Paul Hoffman walks us back to the scene of the crime and through the reasons it was never solved.

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Arcadia Publishing
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Published on
Jun 26, 2012
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Pages
131
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ISBN
9781614235729
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Language
English
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Genres
History / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
True Crime / Murder / General
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