Book – Murder & Mayhem in Rockford


Haunted Rockford owner and local historian Kathi Kresol publishes a regular column “Voices from the Grave” in “The Rock River Times”, and her very popular history articles have appeared in multi-contributor anthologies Secret Rockford and Rockford Writes, and also on  Kathi Kresol’s first individual project Murder and Mayhem in Rockford is now available.


Murder & Mayhem in Rockford is a collection of never-before-published articles on the history of Rockford, Illinois.  Written by local historian, and owner of Haunted Rockford, Kathi Kresol.

excerpt from Book Back~

“Rockford rightly prizes its prosperous heritage, earned by manufacturing concerns like the Rockford Watch Factory and the Manny Reaper Company. But the town once named Midway also harbors a history of crime and calamity. Gunfire broke out in the streets when networks of Prohibition informants slid sideways. In 1893, John Hart forced his own sisters to drink poison. Three years later, James French shot down his wife in the street. Over the years, a courthouse collapsed, a factory exploded and trains collided. Join local historian Kathi Kresol as she explores the mayhem milling about in Rockford’s past. ”


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