poisoned-bookSteve Shukis’ Book POISONED: Chicago 1907, A Corrupt System, An Accused Killer, And the Crusade to Save Him tells the fascinating story of Herman Billik, a mysterious Bohemian fortune teller accused of slowly poisoning an entire family—a couple and their four children—with arsenic. Billik is still remembered after over a century as one of the most heartless serial killers of all time, but a closer look reveals convincing evidence that the Chicago Police force convicted the wrong man.

This Saturday, November 5, Steve will be joining us to share how he was doing a little research on his family tree in an index of records of the Cook County Coroner when he stumbled on the Vrzal family. An interesting afternoon at the local library in Chicago gradually grew into years of earnest research, trips to courthouses and archives across the state, and eventually a promise to set the record straight on one of the most fascinating series of murders in American history. Learn how an amateur genealogist solve a real life serial killer mystery and become an award winning author. The author’s website is http://chicagotruecrime.com/poisoned.html for more details. Steve will have a limited number of books for purchase. He will also sign your personal copy.

This free presentation is our Society’s regular 1st Saturday of the month program. We meet at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton, Chicago, and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Newberry Library does not have a visitor parking lot. There are many transportation options to get to the Newberry Library. Check out the Newberry Library website transportation page http://www.newberry.org/directions for details.

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