Photos from the White River library program

Thanks to everyone who came out to my program on Feb. 3 at the White River branch of the Johnson County Public Library. Here are a few photos to prove it really happened.

Learning to be a leader

I am fortunate to be a member of Leadership Johnson County (Indiana) this year. The program is a nine-month, intense program designed to enhance leadership skills among residents and employees in leadership positions within their companies.

I’ve worked in Johnson County the past 15 years as special publications editor at the Daily Journal newspaper.

I have learned so much since the opening weekend in September. Not only have I learned leadership skills, but I’ve learned so much more about the people and culture of the area where I work, and so much more about just how and why things that affect communities work. Things like infrastructure, TIF districts, how to give a good interview to a reporter and much more. I’m also in a project group within the LJC Class of 2016 that is in the process of bringing art-healing or art-therapy programs to at-risk children within the county.

Each month, LJC staff produce a newsletter. One of the features in this year’s newsletters are biographies of this year’s members. Below is mine that ran in the January newsletter.

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Come to my White River Twp. (Center Grove) library program

I’m looking forward to giving a presentation based on my book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” at the White River branch of the Johnson County Public Library on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

The program is titled “Cold Case Files: Murder in Wauwatosa with Paul Hoffman”

Here are the details:

Location: WRB-Community Room (Whole room) at 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, IN 46142. See map to right. Click here to see a map of all Johnson County Public Library locations.white-river-map

Library phone: (317) 885-1330

Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult-Teen
Date: 2/3/2016
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM (or a little earlier depending on how everyone behaves)

Description: Want to solve a crime? Join Daily Journal Special Publications Editor, Paul Hoffman, as he discusses his book, “Murder in Wauwatosa.” In 1925, 8-year-old Buddy Schumacher was found murdered in the small town of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. The case was never solved, and the investigation had many inconsistencies.

Registration Ends: 2/3/2016 at 6:00 PM

Books will be available for purchase afterward (just $10 each, which saves you plenty over the retail price of $19.99 and the cost of getting me to mail you an autographed copy, which is $15)

If you’d like to register, click here.

Permanent price reduction on autographed books

I’ve gone ahead and lowered the price on autographed copies of “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” to $15 (shipping and tax included). List retail price is $19.99.

This price will remain in effect as long as I still have books in my basement. Which may  not be much longer if I can help it.

Send a check for $15 per book to: Paul Hoffman, P.O. Box 2611, Columbus, IN 47201

Or send money via PayPal to

The book makes an excellent gift for fans of history, true crime, Prohibition and social justice; for Wisconsinites or former Wisconsinites; and lots of other folks.


Autographed copies of ‘Murder in Wauwatosa’ on sale!

Who doesn’t love saving money at this time of year?

From now through the end of 2015, you can get an autographed copy of “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” at the ridiculously low price of $15 (shipping and tax included). List retail price is $19.99.

Send a check for $15 per book to: Paul Hoffman, P.O. Box 2611, Columbus, IN 47201

Or send money via PayPal to

This makes an excellent gift for readers; fans of history, true crime, Prohibition and social justice; Wisconsinites or former Wisconsinites; as well as left-wing, right-wing and middle-of-the-road enthusiasts and people who just want to see me be able to afford to continue writing.

Hurry! Order before I run out of copies in my basement.


Arson delayed opening of new Wauwatosa West building

TosaConnection mastheadThe second installment of my Tosa Connection column focusing on some aspect of my hometown’s past has been published.

I chose to write about the 1969 arson that delayed the opening of the new (and current) Wauwatosa West building for a year. See the story in its entirety here.

The magazine, which was originally  planned to publish three times a year, has seen such a tremendous reception that the production schedule has already been increased to five times a year. And the second edition has a bunch more pages than the initial issue.

If you live or work in Wauwatosa, or really close by, chances are really good the magazine has been mailed to you free of charge. Make sure to patronize the advertisers, who make the product possible, and let them know you saw their ad in Tosa Connection.

If you don’t live in those areas, or missed the magazine in your mail, check out the website here.

Look for issues each odd-numbered month except July. That would be January, March, May, September and November.

If you have any ideas on topics I can write about for future issues, just email me at


Author’s Fair this Saturday!

I’m looking forward to participating in an author’s fair at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Columbus, Indiana, this Saturday! Authors will give readings from their works, whether prose or poetry,  every 15-20 minutes. I’ll be reading from 12:15-12:30 p.m. Stop by if you can!AUTHOR'S FAIR

Spotlight on authors, overcoming hurdles

Kyrian Home Page 11-07-2015

I need to thank fellow author, Kyrian Lyndon for putting me in her “spotlight” for the month of November 2015.  She looks for authors who have overcome something significant in their lives, then profiles them, their work and does an interview about their work and aspirations. She also allows the authors she profiles to explain in their own words what they overcame and how they did it. I wrote about overcoming sexual abuse.

Click here to see Kyrian’s spotlight on me.

The road to this interview started when a mutual author friend, Michael John Sullivan, introduced us. Kyrian said she was doing this project where she profiled authors who had overcome some sort of hurdle.

Other than discussing the abuse with a couple of fellow church members several years ago, and with a very small, select group of close friends, I had never mentioned it. I hadn’t even told my wife, although part of the reason is that by the time I started dating her, I’d finally overcome that hurdle.

To read about how this affected me, and how after many years I was able to finally put it behind me, click here or scroll to the bottom of the Kyrian’s spotlight page on me. There are links at the bottom of the page to my abuse story as well as the various ways people can connect with me.

Hopefully, talking about it publicly will help someone else who has endured something similar. Or, maybe it will help someone who has considered doing this to someone else or who has committed such an act already realize just how harmful it can be to the victim and just how long the suffering goes on. Maybe it will help prevent an occurrence. Either way, I hope my talking about it does some good somehow.

‘Murder in Wauwatosa’ featured in new Wauwatosa magazine

I was thrilled with the opportunity to write a column for a new magazine regarding some of theTosa Connection Fall 2015002 social issues I’ve been able to speak about since the publication of “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” three years ago.

View the column on the Tosa Connection website by clicking here.

I knew the publisher of “Tosa Connection” when he was a wee lad living a few blocks from me in Wauwatosa. Peter Haise, one of the founders of the satirical newspaper “The Onion,” asked me if I’d contribute a columnTosa Connection Fall 2015003 of local interest to the magazine, starting with one on my book, which is the true story of the murder of an 8-year-old Wauwatosa boy in 1925.

The initial issue of “Tosa Connection” was direct mailed to virtually every household and business in Wauwatosa in the middle of September.There are a slew of stories of local interest.

Peter, who also owns Bridgetown Framing Gallery in downtown Tosa, tells me he plaTosa Connection Fall 2015 Cover001ns on publishing three times annually. I’m planning on contributing a column each issue on a topic of historical interest.

Check it out at or on Facebook -Tosa Connection or Twitter.

Schumacher/Hoffman house on the market

8118Hillcrest Sept2015

8118 Hillcrest Drive, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. September 2015

The house that Art and Florence Schumacher moved into in 1927, about two years after their son’s death, is on the market for only the second time since Art moved out in 1969 to spend his final years at a nursing home. The house has had only three owners total.

This is also the house that my father bought from Art Schumacher in the spring of 1969. I grew up there and have many fond memories of the house, the yard and the neighborhood. My parents sold it to the current owner in 2004. The house is at 8118 Hillcrest Drive in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee.

You can view the listing here. There are plenty of photos of the inside of the house, which has been updated quite a bit in the 11 years the current owner has been there. The garage has been expanded, the wooden floors restored in the living room and dining room, and the paint scheme is much brighter and bolder than when I lived there.

Art Schumacher’s son, Arthur “Buddy” Schumacher, is the subject of my book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher.” The book is available through bookstores, online and from me. It’s also available in e-book format.