The Ax Murders of Saxtown

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Ax MurdersAn entire household massacred. A family feud. A sheriff found dead. Neighbor turned against neighbor. Reports of ghosts, bounty hunters, deathbed confessions, and legacy fortunes.

Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce the release of THE AX MURDERS OF SAXTOWN: The Unsolved Crime that Terrorized a Town and Shocked a Nation, by Nicholas Pistor (January 14, 2014, 978-07627-8697-8; $24.95 hardcover), a gripping tale of suspense and suspicion that exposes brand new information about the century-old killing of the Stelzriede family of Saxtown, Illinois, and showcases the flaws of the nineteenth-century justice system.

In 1874, the Saxtown massacre rocked a nation reeling from economic depression and shattered a small German immigrant farming community in Illinois. THE AX MURDERS OF SAXTOWN tells the true story of the family’s murder. A crime that led investigators through forests and farmland, chasing footprints, bloody tobacco leaves, and the marks of an ax dragged away from the scene.

Nicholas J. C. Pistor is a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who has broken stories on some of the biggest crimes in the Midwest and has been a consultant for CBS’s 48 Hours true crime series. He has appeared on nearly every major television news network, including NBC’s Today Show, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN’s Nancy Grace. He grew up a few miles from the Saxtown murder scene, where talk of the crime kept him awake as a boy. He currently lives in downtown St. Louis, MO. Visit him at nickpistor.com.

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