The Sixteenth Rail
The Evidence, the Scientist, and the Lindbergh Kidnapping
“Framing the story around the kidnapping case, Schrager has written a much-needed biography about Koehler and his important work in the early days of forensic science. Dynamic and compelling, Schrager’s book is a perfect read for anyone interested int he history of criminal justice.” –Library Journal
“Plenty of intriguing yet tragic details come to light in this chronicle of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of Charles A. Lindberg Jr., the 20-month-old son of the first aviator to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and the ensuing manhunt for the kidnappers…this is a comprehensive addition to the literature about the case.” –Publishers Weekly
“Adam Schrager has done a masterful job by providing new information in what is perhaps the greatest forensic case in history.” —Paul Dowling, Creator and Executive Producer of Forensic Files
In Madison, WI-based Adam J. Schrager’s new true-crime expose about the Lindbergh kidnapping, The Sixteenth Rail, readers will discover that before there was CSI and NCIS, there was a mild-mannered forensic scientist whose diligence would help solve the twentieth century’s greatest crime. Arthur Koehler was called the Sherlock Holmes of his era for his work tracing the ladder used to kidnap Charles Lindbergh’s son to the culprit. The subject of an upcoming Smithsonian Channel show, this is a gripping tale of science and true crime.
Adam J. Schrager is an investigative producer and reporter with WISC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin. He has covered politics for more than 20 years, and has won numerous journalism accolades, including more than twenty Emmy awards. He taught journalism at the University of Denver and at Marquette University in Milwaukee for a number of years, and has conducted dozens of seminars on the impact of the media on politics. Schrager has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University.