Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing
Bath Massacre
Author(s) Arnie Bernstein
Published 2009
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Country United States
Pages 216
ISBN 9780472116065

Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing is a book by Arnie Bernstein, published by University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI, in 2009.


On May 18, 1927, the small town of Bath, Michigan, was forever changed when Andrew Kehoe set off a cache of explosives concealed in the basement of the local school. Thirty-eight children and six adults were dead, among them Kehoe, who had literally blown himself to bits by setting off a dynamite charge in his car. The next day, on Kehoe's farm, what was left of his wife---burned beyond recognition after Kehoe set his property and buildings ablaze---was found tied to a handcart, her skull crushed. With seemingly endless stories of school violence and suicide bombers filling today's headlines, Bath Massacre serves as a reminder that terrorism and large-scale murder are nothing new.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Prologue: April 16, 2007 xi
One – A Community in Michigan 1
Two – Andrew P. Kehoe 6
Three – Dawn of a Decade 16
Four – New Man in Town 20
Five – The Bath Consolidated School 25
Six – A Growing Storm 39
Seven – Electricity 55
Eight – A School, a Farm 88
Nine – The Valley of the Shadow of Death 115
Ten – Requiems 127
Eleven – In the Matter of the Inquest as to the Cause of Death of Emery E. Huyck, Deceased 138
Twelve – Summer 144
Thirteen – Tulips 157
Victims' Names 177
Acknowledgements 181
Notes 185
Selective Bibliography 199


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