In 1966 the nation was shocked when a young man named Charles Schmid was arrested for killing three teenage girls in Tucson, Arizona. It was Life magazine that nicknamed Schmid the “Pied Piper of Tucson” and gave the cases a national spotlight. At the center of it all was Schmid’s closest confidant, Richard Bruns. It was Bruns who eventually turned Schmid into the authorities, resulting in Schmid’s conviction for multiple murders. After Schmid’s arrest, Bruns wrote this firsthand account, which has now become public for the first time.
This is not a book of memories distorted after years of passing. Rather, this was written 50 years ago at the time of the trials. Here, Bruns takes you into the scenes and events as only an insider can, shedding new light on the infamous “Pied Piper of Tucson” murders.
Richard Bruns is the man who turned Charles Howard Schmid Jr. aka “The Pied Piper of Tucson” into the authorities and was the star witness for the prosecution in the cases against Schmid. He wrote his firsthand account at the time of the trials in 1966 through 1967. Once finished, he packed the manuscript away like a time-capsule. He was ready to close this chapter of his life. Fifty years later, his daughter’s have uncovered the manuscript and have convinced him to release his side of the story.
Bruns is a retired teacher and continues to reside in Tucson, Arizona. He takes great pride in his three daughters and three grandchildren and has a passion for collecting antiques. Richard can be contacted through his book website at: www.Iasquealer.com. He can also be reached through his publisher at www.twinfeatherpublishing.com.
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