Museum lecture to highlight Lake Erie’s deadly undercurrent

Press Staff Writer

        Lake Erie is known for its beauty and tranquility, but a dark, deadly undercurrent also lurks beneath its surface.      On Wednesday, Oct. 26, join author Wendy Koile as she wades into the depths of this great but deadly lake in the second presentation of the National Museum of the Great Lakes’ 2022 Fall Lecture Series titled “Lake Erie Murder & Mayhem.”
        “Bordering four states and two countries, some might say the ‘inland ocean’ of Lake Erie offers the perfect getaway for criminals of all kinds,” said Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeological and Research Director who also coordinates NMGL’s lecture series. “From bandits and con artists to pirates and murderers, Ms. Koile will join us to bring alive stories in history featuring tales like the robbers who held up the Ashtabula National Marine Bank, a murderer who slipped away on a luxury cruise ship, and the corpse found floating near a lightkeeper’s post.”
        Koile is the Director of Teaching and Learning and a part-time English instructor at Central Ohio Technical College. She holds a master’s in teaching, as well as a master’s in the Art of English and has been an avid Lake Erie lover her entire life.
        Her discussion at the museum will cover many of the stories featured in her same-titled book, “Lake Erie Murder & Mayhem.”
        Offered as a hybrid event, participants can choose when registering to take part in the lecture in person at the museum or online via Zoom with an option to purchase the book for either participation preference. The lecture is free, but registration is required.
        For more information on this event and the final lecture in the Fall Series or to register to participate and/or purchase Koile’s book, visit
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes is located at 1701 Front St., Toledo.


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