I feel that Buddy’s story is not yet complete. The book is the start. But there are still questions to be answered. Not sure how many answers I’ll get. But I’m still digging.
Among the topics I’m delving into most heavily right now are:
*The state of the Milwaukee County hospitals at the time of Buddy’s death. There was an asylum and a home for dependent children near the site where Buddy’s body was found. What kind of people ran these places? How were the patients, or “inmates,” treated? What kind of access did these patients have to “the outside world?”
*People who might have had access to or control of children, especially those children without stable home situations. As we have seen from several recent high-profile cases, there have existed pedophiles in high positions whose criminal behavior has been ignored or covered up so as not to besmirch the reputation of a particular organization these people belonged to. Is it possible one of these such men had something to do with either Buddy’s disappearance, molestation, death and/or coverup of who may have been involved?
I can’t say whether this investigation will eventually lead to a definitive answer as to who killed Buddy Schumacher, but at the very least, it will give me an even better understanding of the time and place.
I’ve researched the hobo lifestyle of the 1920s, a little about Prohibition and gangsters of the era and continue to seek information on those topics. In fact, I purchased a four-movie DVD package about these topics the other day and watched “The Roaring Twenties” with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart just the other night.