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The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroits Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery
The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroits Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery | Karen Dybis
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Detroit was full of stark contrasts in 1931. Political scandals, rumrunners and mobs lurked in the shadows of the city's soaring architecture and industrious population. As the Great Depression began to take hold, tensions grew, spilling over into the investigation of a mysterious murder at the boardinghouse of Hungarian immigrant Rose Veres. Amid accusations of witchcraft, Rose and her son Bill were convicted of the brutal killing and suspected in a dozen more. Their cries of innocence went unheeded--until one lawyer, determined to seek justice, took on the case. Author Karen Dybis follows the twists and turns of this shocking story, revealing the truth of Detroit's own Hex Woman.
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OrangeMooseReads
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True crime? Set in Michigan? Only $1.99? Please and thank you.

Crazeedi This Looks good!! 7mo
OrangeMooseReads @Crazeedi it may have to be my next read 7mo
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What a lousy book. 120 pages and maybe 30 were of this case. Very chopped up and hard to follow. Let‘s try to shorten it. Rose was from Hungary and moved to the neighborhood in Detroit. Her husband died, leaving her with 3 sons, so she opened a boarding house. It was during the Depression, so most of her boarders were unemployed or worked odd jobs. One of them climbed a ladder to repair a window, fell, and died. Rose and her son had 2 trials. 2😑

Kaye * The majority of the book told a tiny snippet about Detroit history, then about the judge, then about the crooked prosecutor, then about illegal whiskey...just on and on piles of boring.......it would have been much better to stick to one topic and follow it through. If you want to read a book about a REAL boarding house owner who was a killer, read 2y
MoniqueReads305 Thanks for including an alternative in your review. 2y
Kaye You‘re welcome @moniquereads305 Hate to see anyone waste their time on a less than good book. The other is much more interesting and well written. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads So they were tried for a murder that was just an accident? 2y
Kaye Yes, she was seen as a strange person since she barely knew English and couldn‘t converse much with people. Her husband died from Carbon monoxide poisoning so people said she had a hand in that. Several men who lived in her boarding house died but there wasn‘t much info on their ages or health or cause of death. It sounded as if people just had rough lives during those years. She wore black (mourning) so due to all that she got called a witch. * 2y
Kaye * she also had a guy testify that she pushed the man out the window of the house rather than him falling from a ladder. She had a lousy lawyer who could have easily proved she wouldn‘t have had the strength to push a man of his size out the window. The police grilled her for 100 hours. She could barely speak or understand English. Not enough info to make a call that she was guilty. Her second trial she had an interpreter and a lady lawyer. 2y
Kaye @OrangeMooseReads Ran out of space. She was found not guilty the second time. But ended up staying in jail for like 12 years. See above for complete answer. I think she got a bum deal and couldn‘t speak up for herself. Most of the men had a little life insurance and put her name as beneficiary mainly because they owed her past rent plus had no one else to leave it to. Just not enough info to make a proper call on it. Unorganized story. (edited) 2y
OrangeMooseReads Interesting. Thank you for the in-depth answer 👍🏼 @Kaye (edited) 2y
Kaye You‘re welcome. Not enough room in the review section to give a complete review. I struggle with that a lot, as I am quite a gabber if you haven‘t noticed. @OrangeMooseReads 2y
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Kaye
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Next up.
Now this little old lady doesn‘t look dangerous, does she ?
I‘m going to read a bit about her and see what I think.
Another short one of 120 pages.

JenlovesJT47 Ooh this looks good! 2y
AmyG Ha...how many people did she kill? 😬 2y
Kaye Well, I haven‘t gotten that far yet. I was gabbing to the Hubster 🤪🧐🤭🙄. 2y
Tamra Ohhh, interesting! 2y
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