Murder And Mayhem in Rockford

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Murder & Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois

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I recently read a book I bought on my Amazon Kindle called “Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, IL” by Kathi Kresol.

I thought it might be a good read about our history in the area. I am glad I did buy it and read it. I was very impressed with the book.

I was impressed by the in depth research that she did, for her book. She has put a lot of time and effort into the research and history of Rockford. I definitely learned a lot from her book.

Stuff I learned from the book: When Rockford was founded, how it was founded, the first murder happened a year after it was founded, a lot of violent crimes have happened over the years in the Rockford area. The Courthouse collapsed. A Sheriff was murdered. They even held public executions at the Winnebago County Courthouse. This is barely the tip of the iceberg of what is inside this amazing book! This book was well written and a lot of history in it.

Murders that happened locally, went nationwide.  Crimes so violent that you would think that it was in the movies. But it reality, they happened here in Rockford.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

Check it out on her website and many local bookstores.

This is by far one of the better books I have read recently.  And I personally recommend you reading her book.  She has also came out with other books, which I am actually about to buy and read soon.

Not only did I learn a lot, but I am also supporting a Rockford artist/author!

Her website is
Alot of great information on her websites also

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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. ”

Kathi Kresol

I want to close this out by sending her a shout out for putting all the time and effort into her research and sharing it with everyone in this book.

She did an amazing job on it and I learned a lot. It is pretty cool to learn the history of our area. Many kudos!

I was impressed with her work and plan on buying more of her books.

It is good to know there are talented people in the area and I am always happy to support them.

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