A Shallow Grave for Addie

Yesterday afternoon, I was showing my daughter Crystal these newest photos of Addie, and she was in awe of the fancy outfits  and the quality of the professional photography. She said something that really stunned me, and truly summed up the whole of this sad,...

Diphtheria? Not So Fast.

Dr. William Oatway proclaimed that Addie’s fast-acting diphtheria was the most virulent form of the disease he’d ever witnessed. In fact, he said “[the diphtheria] had advanced with unusual rapidity…it was the most stubborn, and rapidly...

Addie’s House, as Seen in Addie’s Time

In late October and early November, I was back in Lake Mills, striving to fulfill a plethora of municipal and legal requirements to get my Aunt Addie’s body exhumed, so that we might learn more about her suspicious death. During my stay in Lake Mills, I stayed...