Kevin Collier

Kevin Scott Collier is the author and/or illustrator of over 100 books for children and teens. He began his career as an author in 2004 with his first published book, the critically acclaimed barthpenn@heaven.org. He recently wrote and illustrated a book series for the “Tanked” TV programs, which airs on the Animal Planet Network. Collier has also a graphic designer and columnist for the Grand Haven Tribune newspaper for over 30 years and is a member of the Dusty Dozens historical group of Ottawa County, Michigan. In the past few years, Collier released a series of books titled “Strange Grand Haven” based on paranormal stories and folklore originating in and surrounding his hometown. The theme has also become a weekly column in the daily newspaper Collier works for. Today, he lives with his wife and son near the shore of Lake Michigan in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Final Doom: The Frederick Hollman Story

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The Untold Story of One of America’s First Serial Killers

Overlooked by history, this book reveals one of our nation’s first serial killers in the modern sense of the term, Frederick William Hollman. Coming to America from Brandenburg, Germany in 1883, Hollman settled in Grand Haven, Michigan where he gained a reputation for misogyny and domestic violence. By 1891, Hollman had left his family and developed a hatred for all women that resulted in a series of murders in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Dubbed “the second H. H. Holmes” by the press, Hollman’s capture in Ford County, Illinois and execution by hanging in 1897 revealed a Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde personality that astounded men of science for years. The condemned man assisted in the construction of his own gallows upon which he posed for a photo for public sale. In his final moments, Hollman cursed those who sentenced him to death and swore he would return to haunt them. Final Doom presents, for the first time, the story of history’s lost serial killer.