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Anna Lardinois

Anna Lardinois is an award-winning tour guide and author of 13 books of regional history and lore, including Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Storied and Scandalous Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends.

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Nonfiction

Nonfiction

Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends (Haunted America) 

The History Press, 2018

The overbearing spirit of Frederick Pabst keeps persistent watch over the mansion that shares his name. The remains of the Newhall House Fire, the city's deadliest disaster, may lie beneath a new building, but those who lost their lives that night refuse to rest in peace. Even the suburbs hold their share of ghoulish secrets, including the furtive dwarves of Haunchyville, the fabled Bray Road Beast and the stubborn spirits lurking in Deacon West's house. Tour guide and founder of Gothic Milwaukee Anna Lardinois shares the spine-tingling tales of the Beer City's famous, and not so famous, specters and legends.

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Storied & Scandalous Wisconsin: A History of Mischief and Menace, Heroes and Heartbreak

2020, Globe Pequot
 

True, shocking tales from Wisconsin's seamy past. Author Anna Lardinois synthesizes well-researched information into cohesive tales of terrible fires, vengeful call girls, famous flim-flam men, and eye-brow archingly suspicious deaths. Meet mob boss Frank Balistrieri and discover the havoc he wreaked. Read the stories of red light districts, rum runners, crimes, and tragedies.

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes: Tragedies and Legacies from the Inland Seas

2021, Globe Pequot

It is estimated that over 30,000 sailors have lost their lives in Great Lakes wrecks. For many, these icy, inland seas have become their final resting place, but their last moments live on as a part of maritime history.

The tales, all true and well-documented, feature some of the most notable tragedies on each of the lakes. Included in many of these tales are legends of ghost ship sighting, ghostly shipwreck victims still struggling to get to shore, and other chilling lore. Sailors are a superstitious group, and the stories are sprinkled with omens and maritime protocols that guide decisions made on the water.

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