The Potato Masher Murder Author Talk

Posted on September 29, 2020

by Daphne Bechrakis

Join author Gary Sosniecki, author of “The Potato Masher Murder” for this virtual author talk on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00pm. The book details the shocking murder of the author’s great grandmother, Cecilia Ludwig, by her husband in Mishawaka in 1906.

“Albin Ludwig was furious. He had caught his wife, Cecilia, with other men before; now, after secretly following Cecilia one evening in 1906, Albin was overcome with suspicion. Albin and Cecilia quarreled that night and again the next day. Prosecutors later claimed that the final quarrel ended when Albin knocked Cecilia unconscious with a wooden potato masher, doused her with a flammable liquid, lit her on fire, and left her to burn to death. Albin claimed self-defense, but he was convicted of second-degree murder.”

Mr. Sosniecki will talk about the book for 30 minutes and will take questions after. This program will be great for true crime fans and Indiana history buffs. Check out the book before the talk at LPCPL! Read more on the author’s Facebook page and the publisher’s page.

The program will be streamed live through La Porte County Public Library’s Facebook page. Participants can also join through zoom:

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne is a Public Services Librarian and Harry Potter enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys reading, adding books to her ever-growing “to-be-read” list, hiking, and watching terrible movies with friends. One of her current life goals is to collect the entirety of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Her bucket list includes seeing the Aurora Borealis and going to Yellowstone National Park. She is the proud owner of a spider-plant named Skullcrusher III, first of its kind, which she has somehow managed not to kill yet.
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