Michigan’s Haunted Capital City

HAUNTEDLANSCOVERHastily chosen as Michigan’s new capital in 1847, Lansing overcame derision and setbacks to become a booming metropolis. Yet, its rich history hides chilling secrets. A young boy plays tricks on the unwary at the Capitol Building, where he fell to his tragic death over a century ago. One of Lansing’s founding families keeps a spectral vigil over its homestead, the Turner Dodge Mansion. Malevolent spirits stalk the derelict Michigan School for the Blind- believed to be either neglected former students or victims of an ancient secret society. A witch’s vengeful curse follows those who trespass on Seven Gables Road, one of the state’s most haunted stretches. In this collection of terrifying tales, local author and founder of Demented Mitten Tours Jenn Carpenter introduces readers to the dark side of the Capital City. Published September 3, 2018 by Arcadia Publishing.


Passion. Greed. Murder. Corn Flakes.

ckc book coverAt the convergence of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo rivers lays Cereal City, USA. Named after a bloody battle between natives and land surveyors, Battle Creek is most famously the home to the Kelloggs, a family of eccentric inventors and entrepreneurs who would go on to rule the world of breakfast foods. But before their worldwide fame came the sanitarium. And the questionable deaths. And the fires. And after their downfall came the complicated legacy that would result in tragedy for decades to come. Author and podcaster Jenn Carpenter reveals how cereal, Battle Creek’s lifeblood, also served as the root cause of bloodshed in the city many times over. Published July 26, 2021 by Arcadia Publishing.