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The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery By Bill James Rachel McCarthy James The Man from the Train The Solving of a Century Old Serial Killer Mystery Edgar Award Finalist Best Fact CrimeUsing unprecedented dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack

  • Title: The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery
  • Author: Bill James Rachel McCarthy James
  • ISBN: 9781476796253
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery By Bill James Rachel McCarthy James 2018 Edgar Award Finalist Best Fact CrimeUsing unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in thei2018 Edgar Award Finalist Best Fact CrimeUsing unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth Some of these cases, like the infamous Villasca, Iowa, murders, received national attention But few people believed the crimes were related And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station.When celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern Applying the same know how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal In turn, they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America.Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of a
    The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery By Bill James Rachel McCarthy James

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    1. Julie on said:

      The Man from the Train The Solving of a Century Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James is a 2017 Scribner publication A most unorthodox approach to True Crime, but interesting and fascinating Right from the start, the author explains he mainly writes books about baseball I know nothing about the sport or the statistics that Bill James writes about But, whatever it is he writes about the sport, it obviously requires the ability to analyze, theorize, and puzzle out vario [...]

    2. Nancy Oakes on said:

      This book has a great premise, to be sure in a 2016 article in The New Yorker Mr James notes that a hundred and four years ago eight people are found dead, murdered with an axe, inside this locked house, in a quiet, small town in the southern part of Iowa It s a famous crime, and the reason that it became famous is that at the time it was obvious that it was the latest in a series of similar attacks I had the idea that I ll bet there are others like this which have not been tied to the same murd [...]

    3. Tom Mathews on said:

      Years ago, I read on a website listing top unsolved murders a report of the 1911 murders of six people in two adjacent houses on West Dale Street in Colorado Springs These murders were of particular interest to me as I once lived on West Dale Street in Colorado Springs Both families were apparently bludgeoned in their sleep in the middle of the night Nothing was stolen and the houses were then closed up and the murder weapon, a bloody axe, was found leaning against the wall of one of the houses [...]

    4. Juli on said:

      In the past, Freight trains thundered through most American communities, big and small, several times a day I owned a home in a very small Kansas community in the 1990 s Coal trains would clatter through shaking the windows and making that easily recognizable, loud clack clack whine and whistle The trains and their noise became a regular, comforting part of life When the trains became fewer and fewer, the lack of that sound seemed wrong and somehow disturbing But it is also true that sometimes d [...]

    5. Rob Neyer on said:

      This was a difficult book to put down, as Bill tells a great number of compelling stories without allowing the details to bog down the narrative As the subtitle might suggest, one of the big selling points of the book is presumably that the co authors have solved a century old mystery Who was the axe murderer responsible for probably many dozens of murders in the early part of the 20th century And the passage in the book on this serial killer s presumed identity is compelling, no question But th [...]

    6. ♥ Sandi ❣ on said:

      3.75 stars Had this book not had such an effect on me I would probably have rated it higher This is the only book I can ever remember giving me nightmares I had to read it almost one chapter at a time to get through it I finally finished this book Many times I thought I would just quit reading it I am far from the flighty, scaredy cat type, however this book had me leaving on lights at night and double locking my doors Never before has a book had such a visceral effect on me Intellectually I kne [...]

    7. Kirsti on said:

      Enthralling If you don t like true crime books, I doubt this one will convince you, but if you think reading about a horrific series of axe murders is a pleasant way to spend a rainy Sunday, HOLD ON TO YOUR EFFING HAT Bill James puts his laser focus and his quirky writing style to work answering the question Were there serial killers in the olden days Along the way, I learned a lot about the early 1900s in the United States, including law enforcement, media coverage, prejudice, con artists, soci [...]

    8. GoldGato on said:

      I always used to wonder about all those axe murders which took place in the early 1900s in the rural areas of the United States In fact, it seemed every time I read about 1899 1912, there was at least one murder of a Midwestern family with an axe Very curious I just assumed that was the murder weapon du jour for that era It never occurred to me that the reason for so many like minded killings was because one nutbucket was behind it all.This book takes the concept of so many multiple murders alwa [...]

    9. Casey Wheeler on said:

      I received a free Kindle copy of The Man from the Train by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James courtesy of Net Galley and Scribner, the publisher It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley , Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as the description sounded very interesting It is the first book by the authors that I have read.The subtitle, The Solving of a Century [...]

    10. Pamela on said:

      My thanks to NetGalley, Bill James and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The Man From the Train reads like an investigative record.e it is The research of homicides at the turn of the last century is extraordinary It is interesting to note how a crime is solved without ballistic testing or forensic work hearsay, unreliable witnesses, gut instincts of the accusers Lynchings were common Guilt by loose association, and definitely guilt unless one could prove the [...]

    11. Lea on said:

      Really enjoyed this one the author has a very conversational tone that I found engaging He does tend to be a little repetitive, but I didn t find that overly distracting As a reader of history and true crime, I found the book to be especially interesting, and it presented many details of life in the early 1900s that were fascinating I ve seen people comment that the author s tone seemed disrespectful to those who were killed, but I didn t find it to be so I felt James was extremely sympathetic, [...]

    12. McKenzie on said:

      Imagine sitting down in a cozy diner booth and talking for hours about murder Not just any murder, but the murder of entire families across America by a train hopping, axe wielding deviant Sounds dark, but when you do it with Bill James brilliant, folksy, and sincere you never want to leave The Man From the Train is an absolutely addictive trip though old America, following the bloody footprints of what must be one of the most prolific serial killers in history Charming, creepy, and almost acade [...]

    13. Emily on said:

      The subject matter was fascinating and the authors clearly did a lot of research They make a convincing case for the crimes being committed by the same person and for their hypothesis about the identity of the killer That being said, this book was bizarrely written and I found that the writing style took away from the effectiveness of the book I don t think that non fiction needs to be dry and boring, and I have read non fiction books that were both well written and humorous This book, on the ot [...]

    14. Bonnye Reed on said:

      GNab I received a free electronic copy of this crime history from Netgalley, Bill James, and Scribner Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me I like the style of Bill James If he is not sure of something, he will tell you so and then present his opinion for you to take, or leave And this is an excellent look at the turn of the twentieth century crime spree from 1898 through 1912 and a bit beyond Surprisingly an axe was the weapon of choice for killing your family members during part of [...]

    15. Diana on said:

      Book received from NetGalley.Ok, the author of this book believes that he has proven that there was a serial killer riding the rails in the early 1900 s This is the first book he has written on this subject, he admits from the beginning he s a sports writer However, something about the various ax murders during this era piqued his interest The main reason I wanted this book was that he mentions the Ax murders of Villisca, Iowa in it He does have quite a few facts that make you wonder if there ha [...]

    16. Kim on said:

      This book was awful It seemed to go on forever I was listening to the Audible book which meant I couldn t skip ahead The author took tangents that had nothing to do with the main murders and went on for chapters This book needed a strong editor At times the author tried for a folksy tone that fell flat I hated this book and wish I had not wasted my time listening to it.

    17. Amy Gennaro on said:

      I was given an advance copy of the book from NetGalley in order to give my unbiased review.WOW What a compelling read I read this story in 4 days.d 3 of those were work days Bill James lays out a compelling tale that was painstakingly researched and seems to have solved a centuries old mystery It is well written and gruesomely realistic More disturbing than the actuall brutal murders, is the reality of how poorly these crimes were handled The horrible truth is that no one believed that these mur [...]

    18. Mike on said:

      Bill James introduces one of the most savage serial killers in American history Spanning between 1898 1912, families living near train stations were brutally murdered during their slumber with the blunt side of an axe The author pieces criminal patterns and disturbing facts of each atrocious scene to reveal comparable evidence Using local press, transcripts and public records, James commits to an investigative style of writing that cuts through the euphemism and lingers long after its conclusion [...]

    19. Amy "the book-bat" on said:

      I wanted to rate this book higher, but the writing style really bugged me to the point where I just couldn t The style was too conversational for this type of book Also, it was very repetitive at points It absolutely drove me crazy when the author would introduce an idea and then say but I ll discus that later or I m not going to discus that now then why bring it up The information was interesting and the conclusions drawn make a lot of sense.

    20. Danette Martinez on said:

      So many axe murders So many Maybe too many Is that a thing

    21. Stephen Newman on said:

      This book was a marathon, not a sprint As others have said, the premise is a good one solving a hundred years old serial murder And their conclusion about his identification is a logical one It just took so long to get there After awhile the case by case recounting became tedious The authors sometimes seemed to reach in their conclusions that one man is likely responsible for the majority of these murders, perhaps due to their own confirmation bias Also as others have also noted, the two distinc [...]

    22. C.R. Elliott on said:

      Billed as what can only be termed a forensic true crime story, The Man From the Train is a must read The style of the book is very deliberately researched and therefore leans heavily on being a forensic analysis of the available documents dating back to the period between 1898 and 1912 when, Bill James convincingly argues, a serial killer road the rails through various states killing families in a signature fashion Bill James doesn t sensationalize but rather he lays out his and Rachel s researc [...]

    23. Jen Juenke on said:

      I received an ARC from Netgalley This book blew me away It took me three days to get through, just so that I could process all of the information that the author was throwing at me I would read a third of the book and then have to put it down so that I could process all of the information It was so good, that I was constantly thinking about the evidence, the authors writing style, and the poor victims.The Man from the Train is the true story of a string of horrific murders that occurred from 190 [...]

    24. Dave on said:

      Fascinating analysis of historical journalism proving the existence and possibly, identity of a turn of the century American serial killer Bill James it s mostly his voice is at his cranky, sarcastic, statistically relevant best here Though the structure is repetitive and there are side issues that James can t leave alone Apparently, I am hell on editors, he says , he makes a convincing case and makes additional points about research, racism, and the unwillingness to face unlikely unpleasant tru [...]

    25. Joe on said:

      Bill James yes THAT Bill James, the creator of sabermetrics and author of the long running Bill James Baseball Abstracts uses his statistical superpowers to solve a 100 year old serial killer case.Good reads

    26. Eustacia Tan on said:

      I requested this from NetGalley because I find true crime fascinating and I read that the author is a baseball statistician so I was hoping that this is a book that uses data to solve the crime Unfortunately, while the cases are extremely tragic and told in a fascinating way, the book suffers from a lack of focus.So from around 1900 to 1912, a series of murders started to take place near railway lines All of them were senseless, cruel murders which had a few points in common such as an axe being [...]

    27. Caitie on said:

      While the premise of this was interesting, the actual execution no pun intended wasn t very good in my eyes Basically, over a twenty year or so period, a whole bunch of families were killed with an axe inside their homes in rural areas Including the famous Vilisca Iowa axe murders of the Moore family and the visiting Stillinger girls this house is still standing and is supposedly haunted Anyway, I feel like there s no real evidence to say who committed these crimes This is partly because these c [...]

    28. juliemcl on said:

      Bill James, of baseball statistics fame, has a no nonsense style I enjoy, but this book can get a little tedious good for those who don t mind one axe murdered family after another after yet another in quick succession early part of last century, American south and midwest He s respectful towards the many victims in detailing their deaths by which I mean not gruesome and not titillating which of course is not always the case in lots of the true crime genre I very much enjoyed his previous book, [...]

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