Troy library program to reveal villains with Michigan connections

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 5, 2019

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TROY — Who knew stagecoach robberies, bank robberies and burglaries were part of Michigan history?

Author Tom Carr will talk about his latest book, “MI Bad: Robbers, Cutthroats & Thieves,” which shows “a different kind of Michigan,” 6:30-7:45 p.m. March 11 at the Troy Public Library.

In his previous book, “Blood on the Mitten,” published by Mission Point Press, Carr, an award-winning journalist who worked at the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 20 years, wrote about notorious murders that occurred in Michigan from 1763 to 2016.

He will talk about both books during the program.

Adult Services Librarian Dominic Scappapicci said that he thinks the program will be a hit with patrons due to the popularity of true crime books and podcasts.

“This plays on that to a program accessible in the library,” he said.

“The first bank robbery in the country was actually led in Grand Haven,” Carr said. The book explains how Baby Face Nelson got his big-time break into a life of crime with an actual baby in Grand Haven during the Depression.

“The last stagecoach robbery occurred in the U.P.,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know about these Michigan connections.

“The human stories are a fun window into history,” he added. “The stories usually don’t have a good ending (for the bad guys).”

“Blood on the Mitten” and “MI Bad: Robbers, Cutthroats & Thieves” are available online on Amazon, through the publisher and at some booksellers.

Carr will sign previously purchased copies of his books at the event. The library will have Carr’s books available to check out.

Register for the Troy Public Library program at or call (248) 524-3534.

The Troy library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.