Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer Audiobook, by Harold Schechter Play Audiobook Sample

Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer Audiobook

Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer Audiobook, by Harold Schechter Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Braden Wright Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781713527015

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Longest Chapter Length:

19:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:44 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

09:28 minutes

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Publisher Description

Harold Schechter, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Hell’s Princess, unearths a nearly forgotten true crime of obsession and revenge, and one of the first—and worst—mass murders in American history.

In 1927, while the majority of the township of Bath, Michigan, was celebrating a new primary school—one of the most modern in the Midwest—Andrew P. Kehoe had other plans. The local farmer and school board treasurer was educated, respected, and an accommodating neighbor and friend. But behind his ordinary demeanor was a narcissistic sadist seething with rage, resentment, and paranoia. On May 18 he detonated a set of rigged explosives with the sole purpose of destroying the school and everyone in it. Thirty-eight children and six adults were murdered that morning, culminating in the deadliest school massacre in US history.

Maniac is Harold Schechter’s gripping, definitive, exhaustively researched chronicle of a town forced to comprehend unprecedented carnage and the triggering of a “human time bomb” whose act of apocalyptic violence would foreshadow the terrors of the current age.

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Schechter delves into Kehoe’s life, along with the circumstances leading up to the bloodbath he wrought, and discusses other major news events of the time period that eclipsed coverage of the bombing. In his usual way, Schechter engrosses the reader without being sensationalist, and fans of his previous work would do well to pick this up.

— Booklist 


  • “In this gripping account, Schechter (Hell’s Princess) charts the descent of farmer Andrew Kehoe into madness…thorough research matches the assured prose. True crime buffs will want to take a look.

    — Publishers Weekly
  • The minute-by-minute account of the event and the firsthand reports create a strong sense of place and time and bring this chilling story to life…a vivid narrative that’s sure to please those interested in historical true crime tales.

    — Library Journal
  • Exhaustively researched but written in an accessible style, Schechter balances true crime, an immigration story, and a look at our fascination with true crimes, to spellbinding effect.

    — Amazon Book Review
  • A shocking but little-remembered tragedy unfolded at a primary school in Michigan one day in 1927—leaving 38 children and six adults dead. With careful research and captivating scenes, Schechter probes how echoes of the massacre reverberate even today.

    — Newsweek

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About Harold Schechter

Harold Schechter is the author of more than forty books in a series of historical true-crime narratives about America’s most infamous serial killers, including Hell’s Princess. He is professor emeritus at Queens College, City University of New York.

About Braden Wright

Braden Wright is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.