“This was my first time filing a Freedom of Information Request with the FBI,” said the author from his Chicago offices. “But I ended up with over 300 pages of reports that gave me insight that was just not available anywhere else I turned for information about the crash. I had reports signed by Melvin Purvis and J. Edgar Hoover that outlined suspects and investigative tangents that agents had to follow to try and find the culprit. It was fascinating.”
The incident took place in October 10, 1933. Commercial passenger flight across the country was still a relative novelty and a United Airlines plane carrying seven people exploded over Chesteron, Indiana, as it was headed for Chicago. All seven on board died and, it was later discovered, a bomb containing nitroglycerine had been placed on board. The FBI was called in, but a culprit was never found.
“I felt like this was a story that needed to be told,” explained Mr. Alaspa. “No one knows about it and people think that terrorism is a new thing. Back then, they didn’t even call it terrorism. And even the people who lived in Chesterton at the time said they had heard it was bootleggers trying to assassinate a U.S. Attorney. However, the notes from the FBI show that there were other potential suspects and theories.”
The book is currently complete and in the process of being edited. Mr. Alaspa has decided to release the book under his own imprint, a first for his non-fiction and true crime books. He plans the release the book for Kindle, Nook and ereader users this June. If the book is a success, he may release it in print down the road.
“I got information from people who lived through the event, most of them as children who remembered being taken to the crash site,” said Mr. Alaspa. “It was a remarkable experience writing this book and I hope I do justice to the victims and the people of Chesterton, Indiana.”
About Bryan W. Alaspa
Bryan W. Alaspa is a novelist and writer that was born and raised in the Chicago area. He has been writing in one form or another since he sat down at his mother’s electronic typewriter in the third grade. He is the author of the following works of fiction: The Ballad of the Blue Denim Gange, The Vanished Child, Dust, RIG: A Novel of Terror, Gone, Sin-Eater: Book One, After the Snowfall: a Thriller, MYTHOS: A Thriller and Sin-Eater: Book Two - Destiny. He is also the author of the following non-fiction works: Ghosts of St. Louis: The Lemp Mansion and Other Eerie Tales, Chicago Crime Stories: Rich Gone Wrong, Chicago Disasters, Forgotten Tales of Illinois and Silas Jayne: Chicago’s Suburban Gangster.