Notorious 313 “Michigan’s Original Lonely Hearts Killer” True Crime Bus Tour

Notorious 313 “Michigan’s Original Lonely Hearts Killer” True Crime Bus Tour

Where the real crime is not taking this tour!

Date TBA shortly / 12:30 PM- 5 PM / $39


Notorious 313 Bus Tour tells Shocking Story of Helmuth Schmidt
Notorious 313 Bus Tour tells Shocking Story of Helmuth Schmidt

Before the advent of Craigslist and popular online dating sites such as eHarmony, and Christian Mingle, people  turned to newspaper personal ads in hopes of landing the spouse of their dreams.  Unfortunately, instead of happily ever after, many romantic hopefuls landed a date with death instead.

The Shocking Story of Helmuth Schmidt: Michigan’s Original Lonely Hearts Killer is one such tragic tale.

Things were going rather well for German immigrant Augusta Steinbach in New York where she worked as a domestic for a prominent family until she was lured to Detroit via a promise of marriage from a Ford Motor Company toolmaker  – whom she only knew through letters. The prospect of wedded bliss – even to a suitor she never met –  was too good an offer for this thirty-something spinster to resist.

Stood up and stranded by Prince Charming at Michigan Central Station should have been signal enough to send this starry-eyed woman packing. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Soon afterwards, Ms. Steinbach mysteriously disappeared . . . never to be seen alive again!

Historian & true crime writer Tobin T. Buhk to guest narrate March 30, 2014 Notorious 313  bus tour
Historian & true crime writer Tobin T. Buhk to guest narrate March 30, 2014 Notorious 313 bus tour

Join historian and true crime author Tobin T. Buhk for this Notorious 313 bus tour that transports us back to World War I  as we travel through Detroit, Highland Park and Royal Oak, following in the footsteps of shrewd detectives who worked diligently to unravel the tangled web spun by Michigan’s original lonely hearts killer – a criminal mastermind the Detroit News dubbed “one of America’s master outlaws.”

Set against the backdrop of Prohibition, rise of the automotive industry, Northern migration and mass immigration, anti-German sentiment, espionage and intrigue, Buhk not only shares the grisly details of this horrific case, but he provides insight into Detroit history during this booming era as well as forensic techniques, police practices and legal procedures of the day.

Like a little mystery with your history?  Then this tour is for you!

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*Discount Code: Notorious313 saves you $5 off ticket price. Use discount code when ordering tickets online or mention it when ordering by phone. (Discount valid through midnight Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Where & When

Tours depart promptly from The Park Shelton lobby located at 15 E. Kirby (Kirby at Woodward), Detroit, MI 48202. The Park Shelton offers secure parking for a fee inside the adjacent parking structure (Woodward Avenue entrance). Additional public parking available in nearby lots. For tour information, contact  Hometown History Tours at 734.642.5712, not The Park Shelton.

Hometown History Tours Park Shelton Ticket office opens one hour prior to tour start. Call 734.642.5712 for questions or further information.

To insure everyone has a quality experience, ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space permitting, we will take same day reservations. Tickets are not refundable. 

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From Belle Isle to Eight Mile, down Woodward Avenue – an original American byway  and site of the nation’s first mile of concrete highway, to Gate 4 of Ford’s infamous Rouge Plant bridge to the Gateway to Freedom at the river’s edge, Hometown History Tours reveals the stories of Detroit that beg to be told.


3 thoughts on “Notorious 313 “Michigan’s Original Lonely Hearts Killer” True Crime Bus Tour

    1. Thanks Sherry. Am still working on this post and accidentally pushed publish instead of save. Glad I did though because you caught the date error. I know this yet I keep deferring to 31st. LOL. Thanks for reading, and catching this for me and your continued good wishes! The best to you as well!

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