Crime Stories of Key West and the Florida
about Terry Schmida�s True Crime Stories of Key West and the
Florida Keys. Sixteen true tales of arsonists, murderers,
drug smugglers and bootleggers await you within. Former Key
West Citizen crime reporter Terry Schmida masterfully
relates some of the most intriguing stories of the darker
side of paradise, with a sharp wit and keen eye for detail.
� Who ripped off the Beatles, during their 1964 swing
through Key West?
� What drove a Georgia teenager to commit two counts of
senseless, cold-blooded murder?
� When was the last public execution in the Keys?
� Where is convicted former Fire Chief �Bum� Farto?
� How did brazen bank robbers pull off the only big heist in
Key West history?
Explore the answer to all of these questions and more,
inside. It�s arresting!
�Terry has captured some of the colorful stories from the
dark side of Key West�s history. This book is better than
� Tom Hambright, Monroe County Library historian
�From felonies to misdemeanors, Terry's book takes a bite
out of crime that will leave you hungry for more.�
� David Sloan, author of Ghosts of Key West
�Terry Schmida�s captivating writing makes these real-life
stories read like a masterpiece of fiction. The criminals
become characters and their actions are as riotous as Key
West itself. Terry proves in no uncertain terms that truth
really is stranger than fiction.�
� Mandy Bolen, Key West Citizen columnist
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