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October 25, 2019 - 3:45pm
posted by Holland Land Office in author, book signing, the linden murders.
Event Date and Time: 
December 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Come and meet the Author of "Linden Murders... Solved", "The Twisted Tree, The Final Thoughts on the Linden Murders" and "Swinging in the Rain" from 6-9 p.m. Saturday Dec.14th. Rob R. Thompson who has a background in working with the mentally ill, specifically those with schizophrenia aided him in his research about the Linden murders. His book "Swinging in the Rain" which will be the main focus of the event, focuses more on the executions in Genesee County. All three of these books will be available for purchase at the Book Store or you can bring in your own for the author to sign.
August 16, 2019 - 12:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, christianity, news, author, devotional.

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The hectic and chaotic business of everyday life can distract us all from what is really important. But what if you could sit down at the beginning of every day and think about what really matters, to take a few minutes, commune with God, and think about His teachings?

Batavia resident Marlene Burling, in her 365-days devotional book, “A Daily Walk with God,” offers her readers this exact opportunity.

She offers musings on the scriptures and God’s teachings, encapsulated in daily messages, one for each day of the year.

Many of them were written in the aftermath of her husband’s death as part of the grieving process, and finding renewed meaning in her life. Marlene’s husband, Autry, was a preacher, and they worked together for many years before his passing.

This is Marlene’s second spiritual book; her first book,“Morning Walks with God,”was received gratefully by many seeking to be closer to God. This book is perfect for those seeking meaning in a life often filled with superficialities and materialism. It offers readers a chance to take a moment every day and think about God’s purpose for their life, and presents them with opportunities to take steps to bring them closer to God.

“A Daily Walk with God” is thoughtful, insightful and beautifully written.

“A Daily Walk with God” is available at Amazon and your favorite online book retailers. You can check out more about her books from his website at https://marleneburling.com/

About the Author 

Marlene Burling, a resident in Batavia, is a widow. She was a pastor’s wife. She has three married children, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She and her husband began their ministry as home missionaries and later served in regular pastorates.

She has been a teacher of children, youth and ladies, and has been a speaker at ladies’ banquets and workshops. She has written articles for newsletters, a children’s book titled “Grandma, Tell Me the Easter Story,” and has compiled a workshop titled, “There’s Life After Death—(Living in Widowhood),”  which she is able to present to churches, ladies’ groups, or other groups.

She started a widow’s ministry in her church for widows and singles. The group is called The King’s Daughters. She lived with her in-laws as their caregiver until their deaths. She was a graduate of Elba Central School in 1962. She and her husband graduated from Elohim Bible Institute in Castile in 1979. 

June 23, 2017 - 9:50am
posted by Maria Pericozzi in Lisa Ann Scott, batavia, news, author, Back on the Map.


Lisa Ann Scott always wanted to be a writer and decided to give it a shot when she was laid off from her job as a TV news anchor in 2008.

Her newest novel, “Back on the Map,” is about an 11-year-old orphan, Penny, who will do anything to keep her and her twin brother, Parker, together. They’ve been bounced from home to home and are running out of relatives to take them in. Penny believes that if she can get their town, New Hope in North Carolina, back on the map, they’ll finally stay in one place.

Scott first got her idea of the character Penny a couple years ago, before she began writing the story.

“For me, I walk around and the character sort of unfolds from me,” Scott said. “It just kinda spun into this story.”

The character feels real to Scott, who said she feels like she is going to meet Penny one day.

Scott lives in Batavia, but is originally from Marilla. Scott spends her time writing and voice acting, and has loved writing since her first creative writing assignment in second grade.

The first novel she wrote was “School of Charm,” which was published in 2014. Scott said she has lots of books in the works, with more ideas than time.

After Scott finished the novel, it took about half a year for revisions and about a year after that before it was published.

“I think it’s a better book thanks to my editor’s input,” Scott said.

From her book, Scott said she hopes people will see that everyone is deserving of love.

“It takes [Penny] a long time before she realizes that she can reach out and ask for help and ask for love,” Scott said.

This book would be good for parents and children to read together, Scott said.

“If you want your kids to read, you need to read in front of them,” Scott said.

There is nothing more satisfying than reading a book, Scott said.

“I hope that people who have maybe gotten away from [reading] take time and just pick up a book and remember how relaxing it is,” Scott said.  “Even though there’s access to all these amazing TV shows these days, a book is still a totally different experience.”

Scott will be doing a book signing and a wooden family tree workshop class at 6:30 p.m. on July 13 at Jade Pottery. Preregistration is required and can be done here. Any questions can be directed to 585-813-1836.

July 11, 2013 - 6:53pm
posted by Bonnie Marrocco in local, author, linden murders.

It's WNY's most notorious cold case -- the Linden Murders.

It's gone unsolved for 80 years, until now, or so says local author Rob R. Thompson, who spent a year meticulously researching and writing his book, “The Linden Murders...Solved.”

In 1917, 1922, 1924 and 1934 six people were butchered and the killer was never caught. Studying the existing case files and using modern profiling techniques, along with the aid of a former FBI profiler, Thompson claims to have solved the murders and names the killer.

Thompson is a native of Livonia in Livingston County and spent 12 years working as a mental health caseworker in Memphis, Tenn.

When Thompson moved to Attica in 2006, it was his wife, Kendra, who told him about the infamous murders in the tiny hamlet of Linden, near Bethany, between Attica and Batavia. 

"While working in mental health, I worked with some of the most violent of mentally ill individuals one could imagine…in doing so I most certainly gained an insight into human behavior,” Thompson said. "I became intrigued by the Linden murders and I spent countless hours at Genesee County History Department and Holland Land Office. I immersed myself in boxes of files containing evidence from the District Attorney’s Office.”

Thompson enlisted the help of Mark Safarik, a retired FBI agent and media expert on serial killers, whose NBC Universal show “Killer Instinct” explores notorious crimes as seen through the eyes of an FBI criminal profiler.

“Based on all existing materials still available from those crimes and based on the profiling of those suspected, I believe Linden local, Andrew Michel, was the Linden murderer,” Thompson said.

"He was the only one who had means, motive and opportunity and who fit the psychological description of a psychopath...98.6% sure he killed Frances Kimball, Hattie Whaley, Tom Whaley, Mabel Morse and Ben Phillips in Attica as M.O. and signature of the crime were identical. Quite sure he killed 'Ruth' in 1917 as well."

“He was a manipulative, deceitful man who knew the difference between right and wrong and he just didn’t care. He possessed all the traits of a psychopath and felt success in life by keeping others in a constant state of fear."

"It was about control. These were not murders committed for financial or sexual gain. He also struck fear into the hearts of the other residents of Linden, likely preventing them from telling authorities enough to result in his arrest.”

Thompson believes that by today's standards, with modern profiling techniques, Michel would be convicted of the murders.

“Andrew Michel, in my opinion, can be credited with at least six kills...it's hard to believe that 'Ruth' in 1917 was his first. I am working on recreating his life between 1890 and 1915 and do believe when all is said and done, he will be found out to be one of the most prolific serial killers in NY state history,” Thompson said.

He is currently working on two books including one on Buffalo’s 3rd Catholic Bishop, James Quigley. He’s also working on developing a TV pilot, which begins filming in October.

Other books written by Thompson include:
  • The Bills Are Due
  • From Hell -- The Final Days of Jack The Ripper
  • Attica Gateway to The West
  • Attica Gateway to Time and Tales
  • Attica Gateway to The Civil War -- The Story of The Dragoons

Thompson will be signing copies of "The Linden Murders...Solved" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 13, at Coffee Culture in Batavia. Copies are $20.

Photo by Bonnie Marrocco

January 25, 2013 - 1:31pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, talks, book discussion, author.
Event Date and Time: 
March 7, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Peter Troy, author of “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You,” the 2013 selection for A Tale for Three Counties will present a talk at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia on March 7 at 7:00 pm.  This area-wide book discussion project is for Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties and encourages everyone to read the same book, to join in discussions, and to meet the author.  The author’s talk will be followed by a book signing, and copies of the book will be available to purchase.

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