Serial killer wreaks havoc in Tuxedo Park

mitp_fcNEW YORKNov. 28, 2015PRLog — Sunbury Press has released Murder in Tuxedo Park, William E. Lemanski’s first novel, set in late Victorian New York state.

The wealthy, gated community of Tuxedo Park, in upstate New York, has been home to many of America’s financial titans and social luminaries for over one hundred years. However, during the later nineteenth century, this staid, secluded enclave became the stalking-ground for one of America’s most heinous, early serial killers. The murder and mayhem continued unabated until an eccentric and brilliant young scientist and his alluring new acquaintance began their pursuit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
William E. Lemanski, a Viet Nam combat veteran, has a former engineering background in the nuclear power industry.  Since retiring from both the New York Power Authority and Entergy Nuclear Northeast, he has been a freelance journalist in the Hudson Valley of New York, has held public office as a councilman and served as a police commissioner in the Town of Tuxedo, New York.  When not researching new book material, he spends time traveling the world on various big-game hunting expeditions.

EXCERPT:
The long, narrow, serpentine road curved beneath the overhanging trees in dappled shadows as it wound through the quiet forest. Barely noticeable in the shadows, a large, stately mansion, will occasionally emerge, setback a distance from the road and shielded by a stone wall or iron gate or a barrier of yew. Some with sprawling gardens, others with boathouses fronting the lake and still others with courtyards and horse stables.

The imposing structures were the abodes of the rich and influential titans of Wall Street and the sporting class of the early 20th Century. The gated enclave of Tuxedo Park, nestled in the Ramapo Hills, a mere thirty miles north of Manhattan, was one of the first planned communities in the country as well as one of the most affluent. And why not, after all, the new elegant dinner jacket worn by the upper class and heads of state is named after Tuxedo. This new look in fashion occurred when the New York gossip columnists would swoon over the Hamptons in the summer along with the Autumn Ball and winter sports of Tuxedo Park as the seasons revolved. The Park was even the national epicenter of that ancient, arcane and elitist sport called court tennis, not to mention the home of some of the nation’s finest thoroughbred racehorses.

Author William Lemanski reclines in his Tuxedo Park residence.

Author William Lemanski relaxes in his Tuxedo Park residence.

Originally created as a forested playground by tobacco magnate, Pierre Lorillard, the uniqueness of the Park became just as eccentric as some of its inhabitants. Aside from its thousands of acres of stonewalled seclusion, it boasted miles of electric street lighting and its own electric generating plant while over ninety-nine percent of the country still burned gas lamps. Just outside its imposing stone entry on the Post Road, a small community, actually a company town was established to house the hundreds of European laborers imported by Lorillard to build his many miles of roads and stone fencing and who also served as the maids, butlers and general staff of the Park’s inhabitants.

One of which, I became.

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Perhaps one of its most eccentric and brilliant property owners was James I. Montague-Smith, who was referred to as Monti. His middle name was bestowed in honor of the famous British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the brilliant and equally eccentric 19th Century character who built the Great Western Railway and the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship. Monti’s father was a British expatriate who, besides working with Brunel in the early years, became a colleague of Nicola Tesla, Edison and many other of the shining stars of 19th Century electrical science. Although also an engineer, Monti’s father focused more on the economic growth of the technology and became fabulously wealthy accruing a fortune from his many business interests.

Monti, although holding degrees in medicine and engineering, lived as a country squire and relied on his vast inheritance while spending his time dabbling in various experiments in his Tuxedo Park laboratory. Curiosity was his driving force having never found a diversion that wouldn’t interest him. His twelve-hour days were spent sequestered in his lab pursuing arcane investigations into obscure and sometimes bizarre topics. Science fiction was not his forte, but rather he questioned “by what force would a pencil drop to the floor?” And why would mass exert attraction to other mass, and just what defined the nature of one’s spirit, and so on into many of the inexplicable and esoteric phenomena of nature’s mysteries.

Murder in Tuxedo Park
Authored by William E Lemanski
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
136 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066997
ISBN-10: 1620066998
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

Coming Soon on Kindle

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Big game hunter and adventurer also served our country in Vietnam

NEWBURGH, N.Y.Sunbury Press has released Adventures in Distant and Remote Places: A Memoir, William E. Lemanski’s recounting of his various quests.

About the Book:
aidarp_fcThis memoir by William E. Lemanski, award winning author of Lost in the Shadow of Fame, covers some of his many adventurous travels in war, sailing, fishing and big game hunting. Spanning well over forty years, Lemanski discusses hunting trips across North America from New Mexico to artic Canada as well as pursuing some of the dangerous game of Africa. A graphic and poignant picture is portrayed of the night-time hostilities around Saigon during the Vietnam War and its emotional impact on a plane load of young paratroopers. His sailing adventures will convey the excitement and danger he and his friends experienced while braving a severe storm far out at sea in a small sailboat. These and other adventures will entertain and excite those of a kindred spirit with an interest in unusual travel – far from the beaten path.

Contents:
1-Sailing through Storm Seas
2-Cruising in Strange Waters
3-Fishing Alaskan Waters
4-A Journey to Hades in the Age of Aquarius
5-Army Duty in a Historic Paradise
6-Hunting Caribou in the Far North
7-In Black Bear Country
8-Moose, the Giant Deer of the North
9-The Fleet footed Phantom of the Great Plains
10-Adventures on the Dark Continent
11-Why do we Hunt?

Excerpt:
On our third day out we spotted the tail end of what appeared to be a sizeable herd. After immediately beaching the canoe I began trudging after Norman who somehow seemed to sense how the caribou would move. Hiking across the tundra becomes quite a physical workout after only a few hundred yards. Due to the perpetually frozen permafrost just beneath the surface and the high winter winds, nothing larger than sparse shrub-brush will grow. Where no large boulders protrude, the ground is covered in a thick blanket of spongy lichens and moss. As you walk across this green carpet, your weight will sink into the growth and squish into a watery layer above the frozen sub-surface, not unlike running on a sandy beach. Adding to this sticky muck are the endless undulations of hillocks rising in some cases to over 50 feet that add to your exertion along with numerous streams and rivulets of water forcing you to either slop through or spend time hopping across rocks.

Norman and I continued in this manner in quick time for about two miles following a few herd stragglers before reaching the main group. After climbing up a rise, spread before us was a congregation of perhaps thousands of caribou, covering many acres of the valley below. Some were feeding on the ground cover and some were prancing about as many of the calves were tagging along behind their mothers.

At this point, the challenge now for the hunter is to pick out what appears to be the best member of the herd within reasonable shooting range, without spooking or inadvertently hitting any of the numerous animals. This is a somewhat difficult task as the wealth of numbers excites the trigger finger and dulls the judgment. Adding to the confusion, females of the species also carry antlers, albeit smaller in size than the male. The ideal goal is to select an animal with large, high curves to the antlers, a large set of spikes pointing to the rear on each, a large set of what are called bez, i.e., two protruding pieces of antler pointing forward and what we call a “double shovel” caribou. This is an animal that will carry two additional symmetrical and wide, palmate antler protrusions just ahead of his eyes. Arriving at an accurate decision of which to take while winded, excited, and overwhelmed seeing this magisterial display of nature for the first time is a test of one’s discipline, not to mention shooting skill.

While lying prone and breathless with my rifle steadied on a large rock, I spied what I thought was a fine trophy bull approximately 200 yards distant. As I set the crosshairs of the .308 Ruger behind the caribou’s shoulder and squeezed the trigger, the 180-grain, Nosler Partition bullet hit home. The animal immediately dropped as the unsuspecting herd continued to graze. Although not a record book quality trophy, the near perfect symmetrical antlers arched fairly high, with long tines pointing to the rear and wide bez that appeared as twin hands with multiple fingers on each.

After spooking the heard while retrieving our kill, Norman immediately gutted the animal and removed the liver. I prepared a small fire with dried moss and pieces of twig I scavenged, and we feasted on the large barbecued organ.

About the Author:
LemanskiWilliam E. Lemanski, a Viet Nam combat veteran, has a former engineering background in the nuclear power industry.  Since retiring from both the New York Power Authority and Entergy Nuclear Northeast, he has been a freelance journalist in the Hudson Valley of New York, has held public office as a councilman and served as a police commissioner in the Town of Tuxedo, New York.  When not researching new book material, he spends time traveling the world on various big-game hunting expeditions.

Adventures in Distant and Remote Places: A Memoir
Authored by William E. Lemanski
List Price: $14.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
140 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065266
ISBN-10: 1620065266
BISAC: Travel / Essays & Travelogues

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