Wheat Ridge reads about Lindbergh kidnapping

A compelling true story written by local investigative reporter Adam Schrager


The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission’s choice for the summer’s Wheat Ridge Reads program is, a compelling true story of forensic science, criminal law, and American history. The reading program encourages a community literary experience during the summer months, culminating in two community discussions about the book in September.

Written by Adam J. Schrager, a former 9News investigative reporter and University of Denver journalism instructor, tells the tale of a mild-mannered forensic scientist, Arthur Koehler, whose diligence would help solve the 20th century’s greatest crime. 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 book is available at Jefferson County library locations, in local bookstores, and in e-book format.

Schrager will join the first community discussion at a Books and Brew event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Colorado Plus Brewery,, 6995 W. 38th Ave. He will also attend a discussion at the Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m.

Schrager, now an investigative producer and reporter with WISC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Madison, Wis., is also the author of , the story of former Colorado governor Ralph Carr, and of He recently finished , a biography of former Arizona governor and Sen. Paul Fannin, which will be published later this year.

Wheat Ridge Reads is a program spearheaded by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission to promote literacy and a common experience among Wheat Ridge residents.

For more information, contact Gay Porter DeNileon, 303-274-4066 or gpdenileon@gmail.com.


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