A veritable parade of murder, mayhem and madness, this handsome adaptation of Michael Lesy's classic book peers deep into the haunted heart of turn-of-the-century Midwestern life. In 1973, Lesy performed a remarkable bit of necromancy: Digging deep into
Wisconsin state archives, he carefully culled 140 images of rural life during the final decade of the 19th century, and augmented them with newspaper clippings, bits of gossip and local history. The world that sprang to life within the pages of Wisconsin Death Trip
came as a shock:
Insanity, arson, murder, suicide, disease, starvation, financial ruin, infant death, premature burial, incest and much, much more...