Skull in the Ashes
On a cold February night in 1897, the general store in Walford, Iowa burned to the ground. The next morning townspeople found charred remains believed to be those of proprietor Frank Novak. That was, until a local laborer turned up missing. That discovery launched an investigation and cross-country manhunt. Host Ben Kieffer gets the gruesome story from author Peter Kaufman. It's the basis of his book Skull in the Ashes published by University of Iowa Press.