Two Hundred Years of Notorious Crimes in the Show-Me State

Join us at the Jefferson County Library-Windsor Branch on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1pm for Two Hundred Years of Notorious Crimes in the Show-Me State. Historian and author James Erwin looks back over the past two hundred years of crimes in Missouri that excited the public’s interest in this virtual presentation. He describes, among others, an infamous duel on Bloody Island, the origin of the Western gunfight, the real-life story behind the folk songs “Stagger Lee” and “Frankie and Johnnie,” the (alleged) murder of the founder of Swope Park, mysterious unsolved murders in Mexico and St. Joseph, serial killers Bertha Gifford and Ray and Faye Copeland, and the “Missouri Miracle” of the kidnapping and recovery of Shawn Hornbeck.