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University of Michigan Regional

Bath Massacre, New Edition: America's First School Bombing

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The new edition of this Michigan Notable Book includes a new introduction and stories from interviews with two additional survivors, Myrna (Gates) Coulter and Ralph Witchell, which took place after the first edition was published in 2009.

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.


Author: Arnie Bernstein
Publisher: University of Michigan Regional
Published: 01/31/2022
Pages: 236
Binding Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9780472039036