Local Matters

Recent comments

Community Sponsors

local

November 30, 2017 - 2:51pm
Event Date and Time: 
December 2, 2017 - 9:30pm to December 3, 2017 - 1:30am

Savage Cabbage plays The Willow Bend Saturday night 9:30pm-1:30am.

March 7, 2014 - 8:27am
posted by Paul Draper III in music, local, LIVE.

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 21, 2012 - 5:07pm
Event Date and Time: 
February 29, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

 

 

JOIN US FOR A WINTER GEOCACHING LEAP DAY EVENT !!

 

Event:  GC39DCC - LEAP....MEET....and RIDE! (http://coord.info/GC39DCC)

What:  A geocaching event celebrating the third Leap Day in geocaching history and promoting the Herschell Carrousel Museum

When:  Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Time:  5:30pm - 7:30pm

Where:  Herschell Carrousel Museum, North Tonawanda

January 16, 2012 - 1:32pm

 

The Animal Rescue Site Logo

This information. and much more, can be found at The Animal Rescue Site.

Volunteers for Animals  Logo

To vote for Volunteers for Animals, please click HERE!


 

Hi!  I'm writing to tell you about The Animal Rescue Site $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge of 2012 - together with Petfinder.  The Animal Rescue Site is awarding $300,000 in grants to eligible Petfinder.com member rescue organizations to help animals.  The grand prize in each voting round is a $5,000 grant, and there are many other prizes!  Visit The Animal Rescue Site to vote every day and learn more.  You don't have to register, and voting is FREE!  Support your favorite shelter and vote today! 

How long is the Challenge, and how can we increase our chances?
This voting round begins on January 9, 2012, and ends at midnight (PT) on March 18, 2012. There will be other voting rounds throughout the year - more chances for your organization to win! The more friends you can rally to vote for your favorite rescue organization, the better its chances of winning. Every vote, every day counts - shelters can pull ahead even during the last few days with enough support. Get people involved! Your favorite rescue organization is counting on you!

What kind of grant could my shelter win?
Seventy (70) grants will be awarded for a total of $75,000 to eligible Petfinder.com members during the very first voting round of the 2012 Challenge. The grand prize will go to the eligible Petfinder.com organization with the highest accumulative votes for the duration of the Challenge as specified in the rules.

The Prizes Are:
Grand Prize:  One $5,000 grant!
Dark Horse Grand Prize:  One $2,000 grant!
Dark Horse Runners Up:  Five $1,000 grants.
State Winners:  Fifty-one $1,000 state grants
  (50 U.S. states and Washington D.C.)
Canadian Winners:  One $1,000 grant will be awarded.
International Winner:  One $1,000 grant will be awarded.
Weekly Winners:  Ten $1,000 grants will be awarded, one for each week of this voting round of the Shelter+ Challenge.

May 23, 2011 - 2:25pm
posted by Sarah Noble Moag in technology, agriculture, dairy, local, teamwork, working with animals.
Company Name: 
Noblehurst Farms Inc.
Job Type: 
Full-Time

February 25, 2011 - 6:21pm
posted by Session Placeholder in business, local, Home.

BROCKPORT…Fountain of Youth Organics, a new health food store in the village of Brockport will hold a grand opening celebration for Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Product samples, give-aways, and a basket raffle are planned for the day. SUNY Brockport’s radio station, WBSU will be broadcasting a live remote from the store at 46 Main Street, Brockport.

Visitors can also sign up to become a “FoYO Member” and receive $15.00 off the usual sign-up fee. Members can take advantage of members-only sales events, receive a quarterly newsletter, recipe-of-the-month, and will also get a free FoYO t-shirt and biodegradable jute FoYO shopping bag.

Fountain of Youth Organics focuses on unique gluten- and allergen-free products, organic dairy, and a full line of vitamins and supplements. Patty Hawley, co-owner of FoYO along with her husband Ted says, “We work hard to seek out small, independent labels. Many of our products come from local, organic sources with an eye toward originality. We carry a vegan, gluten free chocolate sauce that hails from Ithaca, 100% grass-fed yogurt from Maple Hill Creamery, and a brand new Kombucha from BAO Organics, born in Brooklyn and available - until recently - in greater metropolitan New York exclusively.”

Hawley continues, “Customers will have the opportunity to sample various local foods like Whole in the Wall Pesto (Ithaca, NY); BAO Kombucha; Lively Run goat cheese (Finger Lakes), and break-the-mold-delicious gluten-free cookies from WOW Baking Co. Organic, fair-trade coffee and cocoa will also be available to sample.”

While the Hawley’s have recently opened the Brockport store, they are no strangers to business. Together they owned and operated Personal Storage Systems, the Bank Street Road business was the first self-storage facility in Genesee County (which they later sold in 2006). Mr. Hawley currently owns Genesee Data Management, a record retention and shredding service in Batavia. “We’re passionate about health, wellness, and fitness; we knew that we wanted to open a health food store. The question was ‘where?’,” according to Ted.

A few months of research led the couple to Brockport where they purchased a building in the historic district on Main Street. After extensive exterior and interior restoration, the couple opened February 8. “We’re very pleased with the response so far and look forward to serving the community well into the future.” For more information about Fountain of Youth Organics contact 585.637.3696 or email [email protected].

April 5, 2010 - 1:24pm
posted by Chelsea O'Brien in batavia, local, shop.

This morning I had to run a few errands on the "big box" side of town. One of our aquarium's filters stopped working last night, and unfortunately Neptune's Gardens doesn't carry some of the products I prefer to use. So, I went to pet co, and then needed some first aid supplies from Target.

 

On my way to the stores I saw outside of Jerry Arena's Pizzeria there was a charcoal grill and few people. So, on my way back I got a nice, fresh, red hot. Boy was it tasty. I might have to run a few more errands on my days off just to get one!

Subscribe to

Calendar

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Copyright © 2008-2019 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
 

blue button