Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick and my radio interview with the author

by Zinta Aistars
Published and aired on WMUK 102.1 FM radio
Aired on the Arts and More Program, August 20, 2013

Daisy Zick (Photo credit to The History Press)

In 1963, Daisy Zick was stabbed 27 times at her home in Battle Creek, Michigan. It’s an unsolved case that locals are still talking about today. It’s also the subject of Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick by Blaine Pardoe.

I occasionally do on-air radio interviews with authors and artists for WMUK 102.1 FM radio, the NPR affiliate station in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Today, I talk to Blaine Pardoe about the fascinating cold case of Daisy Zick:

Blaine Pardoe (The History Press)
Pardoe will hold a reading and book signing on Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Willard Library in Battle Creek, Michigan. 
Pardoe says, while working on another book, people kept telling him about the story of Daisy Zick. He says he was fascinated by the way the story was so interesting to people in the area 50 years later. Unlike most true crime books, there is no closure in Murder in Battle Creek. Since the case has yet to be solved, Pardoe says he just presents the facts in the book and lets the readers decide who they think did it. 
The Murder
Daisy Zick was murdered about a mile and a half from where Pardoe used to live in Battle Creek. She was at her home on January 14th of 1963, hours before she would have gone to work at the Kellogg Corporation. Pardoe says it was one of the coldest days of the year, which is one of the things that makes this case so difficult to solve. The killer was bundled up for the cold, so the few witnesses in the case could not make an accurate description of the killer. According to police records, Pardoe says the killer was ...

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