November 20, 2013 · 7:30 PM
Pat will be at our October meeting on the 30th and will be bringing copies of her book for sale. We will then discuss it in November, at which time she will return to get our feedback and join the discussion. Below is her bio.
Patricia M. Salmon was the Curator of History at the Staten Island Museum. Before retirement she oversaw the collections and activities of the Museum’s History Archives and Library. A Staten Island resident from 1962 until 2012, she was a Naturalist/Historian at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve for eight years. Ms. Salmon has authored the books Realms of History: The Cemeteries of Staten Island and The Staten Island Ferry: A History. A board member of the Tottenville Historical Society, she is an adjunct lecturer at Wagner College in Staten Island.
Here is a blurb about the book:
Murder and Mayhem on Staten Island tells the meticulously researched stories of Staten Island’s most sensational murders. Several have intrigued murder mystery lovers and historians for decades, while others have not been heard of for over a hundred years. It provides in-depth information as to who was murdered, who was accused, and how the killings are relative to the island’s colorful past. Both serious students of Staten Island history and lovers of true murder mystery will be fascinated by these stories.
In Murder and Mayhem on Staten Island readers discover the brazen and the bold including Edward Reinhardt who murdered his wife, stuffed her into a barrel and audaciously pushed it along Victory Boulevard to bury her, perhaps alive, at Silver Lake. Readers will encounter prominent physician, Dr. William J. Bryan. Engaged to Mary Tobin, a woman who his peers stated was well “beneath his position in society,” after he left her alone at a north shore train station she was never seen again. That is until her body washed up on the rocky shoreline at Clifton. Here too is recalled the Christmas Day fire that yielded the burned bodies of mother and daughter Emeline and Ann Eliza Housman. Murdered before the blaze, Emeline’s sister in law Mary “Polly” Bodine stood trial three times for these hideous murders. These and other fascinating narratives from Staten Island’s buried past are featured and documented in Murder and Mayhem on Staten Island.