GAYLORD - In 1976 and 1977, four children from affluent Detroit suburbs were abducted and held captive. Days later, their still-warm bodies were tossed in the snow near public roadsides.
The Oakland County child killer case spawned panic across southeast Michigan, triggering the most extensive manhunt in U.S. history. Yet, after less than two years, the task force formed to find the killer shut down without naming one suspect.
Author Marney Rich Keenan will discuss her book, "The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation," at 6 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Otsego County Library, 700 S. Otsego Ave. in Gaylord.
Keenan is a journalist whose work spans four decades, including 26 years as an award-winning reporter and columnist for The Detroit News, where she broke this report. Over the last 10 years, she has conducted hundreds of interviews, poured over thousands of pages of police files, personal emails, news clippings and viewed old television footage. She has long-standing relationships with all four of the victims' families and has conducted extensive interviews over the years with principal figures in the many law enforcement agencies involved in this case.
This program is offered at no charge and no registration is required. For more information, please contact Jackie Skinner, library director, at (989) 732-5841 or via email.
This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Author to speak at Otsego County Library about murder cases from 1970s