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Rachel McCarthy James

The Man from the Train: A Midwest Murder Case for the History Books

Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James’ The Man from the Train opens with the brutal murder of 8 people in the quiet town of Villisca, Iowa during the summer of 1912.

The murders rocked the tiny town and fed the newly burgeoning press scene with half truths and speculation. Though the press could be wildly unhelpful, authorities could now see a continued pattern of murders stringing along the rail lines from small town to small town in the Midwest thanks to the reporting and sharing of information across county and state lines. Read More..

Author Talk: Legendary Statistician Solves a Serial Killer Mystery

On ThursdayNOV 9 from 7-8:30 PM, celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James, along with his daughter and researcher Rachel McCarthy James, will be here to talk about their new book, The Man From the Train.

When James first learned about a string of murders between 1898 and 1912—all within walking distance from the local train station—he began to investigate others that fit the same pattern.

After sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery, and in turn, they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America. We’ll meet in the Auditorium.

Photo courtesy of The Kansas City Star