The year was 1965. The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and The Righteous Brothers filled the air waves. Television shows like “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett” and “The Andy Griffith Show” mirrored the innocence of life in the dusty city of Tucson, Arizona. But the sun-baked desert surrounding Tucson was hiding a sinister secret. A psychopath named Charles Schmid, later nicknamed the “Pied Piper of Tucson” by Life magazine, would steal that innocence away, along with the lives of three beautiful teenage girls.
At the center of these cases was Schmid’s closest friend and confidant, Richard Bruns. It was Bruns who eventually turned Schmid into the authorities, resulting in Schmid’s arrest and conviction for multiple murders. After Schmid’s arrest, Bruns wrote his firsthand account sharing the evolution of his friendship with Schmid, the details of getting involved way in over his head, and how he finally summoned the courage to blow the whistle to end Schmid’s deadly rampage. His firsthand account is now being released to the public for the first time.
This is not a book of memories distorted after years of passing. Rather, this was written over 50 years ago at the time of the trials. Here, Bruns takes you into the scenes and events as only an insider can, shedding new light on the infamous “Pied Piper of Tucson” murders.
Here’s what reviewers are already saying about “I, a Squealer”:
“A fascinating and disturbing account of Bruns’ friendship with, and ultimate betrayal of, serial killer Charles Schmid.” -5-Star Review, Reader’s Favorite
“Bruns succeeds in honoring the inviolability of friendship despite unmasking a barbaric fiend beneath the guise of his friend.” -5-Star Review, Foreword Reviews
“I, a Squealer gives a rare opportunity to read an insider’s view. It provides a thought-provoking read that is absorbing from the very first page.” -CrimeTraveller.Org
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Richard Bruns is the man who turned Charles Howard Schmid Jr. aka “The Pied Piper of Tucson” into the authorities and was the star witness for the prosecution in the cases against Schmid. He wrote his firsthand account at the time of the trials in 1966 through 1967. Once finished, he packed the manuscript away. He was ready to close this chapter of his life. Fifty years later, his daughter’s have uncovered the manuscript and have convinced him to release his side of the story. Bruns is a retired teacher and continues to reside in Tucson, Arizona.