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  • 21 Oct 2023
  • 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Hybrid – Prospect Heights Public Library and Zoom




by Steve Shukis

Join us to hear how an interesting afternoon at the local library gradually grew into years of earnest research, trips to courthouses and archives across the state, and eventually a promise to set the record straight on one of the most fascinating series of murders in American history. Learn how an amateur genealogist solved a real-life serial killer mystery and became an award-winning author.

Steve Shukis is a sixth-generation Chicagoan, and has been an amateur genealogist for more than thirty years. His book Poisoned tells the fascinating story of Herman Billik, a mysterious Bohemian fortune teller accused of slowly poisoning Martin and Rose Vrzal, and their four children in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood in the early 1900s.

(Note: This is not a Prospect Heights Public Library District sponsored program.)

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