|Bill Kurtis and Company|
A CBS interview opportunity for Through the Decades with Bill Kurtis--about the John Norman Collins murders--brought me to Southern Michigan last week. Just as I thought interest was dying down after a year and a half on the market, Terror In Ypsilanti still has some legs. This interview segment is scheduled to air sometime in August. The national exposure is welcomed.
While in Ypsilanti, I was pleased to discover that WEMU producer Patrick Campion won an "Excellence in Broadcasting Award" from the Michigan Broadcasters Association for his radio feature "Hidden in Plain Sight--John Norman Collins." Patrick did a fine job. There is a link to the program at the end of this post.
|Museum and Archives|
Beginning in 2007, YHS docents George Ridenour and Lyle McDermott began collecting any documentation they could find. Responding to their Freedom of Information Act request, Michigan State Police produced 1,100 documents related to this case, some more enlightening than others. A number of relevant documents were clearly missing also.
In 2011, George and Lyle interviewed Richie's last living classmates who remembered him. They were in their mid-eighties. These interviews were the last materials George and Lyle were able to collect. It was George's intention to write a book telling this piece of Ypsi's hidden history, but his health failed him. George passed away in 2016.
George helped me with local research on serial killer John Norman Collins for my Terror In Ypsilanti true crime book. When Lyle McDermott asked if I would be interested in taking on George's project, I was honored to take on the challenge of making George's vision a reality. It took me two years to puzzle the pieces of this tragedy together and to begin the publication process. This summer, The Richard Streicher, Jr. Murder--Ypsilanti's Depot Town Mystery--should be available.
|In 2016, a fundraiser was held to purchase a headstone to mark Richie Streicher's gravesite.|
Link to PBS/WEMU's Hidden in Plain Sight John Norman Collins interview: