The Man From the Train

Bill James, Rachel McCarthy James
Sabermetrics savant Bill James applies his research and analytical skills to true-crime solving, making a convincing case that a more than century-old string of murders was the work of a single serial killer. He is joined by daughter and co-author Rachel McCarthy James.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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6:30 pm
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Sabermetrics savant Bill James forever changed the way we measure performance on big-league baseball fields. Now, employing the same research and analytical skills, he is altering our view of a series of more than century-old murder cases from Florida to Kansas to Oregon – tying them to a single, ax-wielding serial killer.
 
In a discussion of his new book The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery, James and his co-author, daughter Rachel McCarthy James, recount an exhaustive investigation that began with their attempt to solve the gruesome slaying of a family of six and two houseguests in Villisca, Iowa, in 1912. They found similar murders and a pattern: proximity to train stations, use of an ax, victims’ valuables left untouched. Digging further, they pointed convincingly to a lone homicidal suspect.
 
Co-presented by Rainy Day Books.