Press & Testimonials
Ann Marie Ackermann has penned a fascinating account of a long-ago murder
“In her excellent work, Death of an Assassin, Ann Marie Ackermann has penned a fascinating account of a long-ago murder; a murder that should have remained tucked away somewhere in the dark archived files of history, never again to see the light of day. Thankfully for us, however, the author has not only rescued this strange tale from obscurity, but has brought to light a story that begins with the murder in Germany, and ends up in the pre-Civil War America of Robert E. Lee, where the killer begins an eventful new life.
A story that begins with the murder in Germany, and ends up in the pre-Civil War America of Robert E. Lee
“With a sharp eye for detail, Ackermann painstakingly reconstructs the lives of the participants from long-hidden facts, and then, having breathed life back into them, paints a vivid literary picture throughout the pages of her riveting book. It’s a tale that will pull you in from the very first page.”
— Kevin M. Sullivan, author of The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History and Custer’s Road to Disaster: The Path to Little Bighorn
This is a brief, exciting, and above all unusual murder story
“The murder of the former mayor of Bönnigheim, Johann Heinrich Rieber, is one of the most spectacular criminal cases in the history of Württemberg….This is a brief, exciting, and above all unusual murder story that the former American prosecutor Ann Marie Ackermann has written for the new Ganerbenblätter of the Historical Society of Bönnigheim (vol. 37, 2014). It’s a story in which disappointment, murder, homicide, and heroism are intricately connected and nevertheless separated by a 37-year time span…. The author … has written a concise case history that illuminates an uncomfortable period of Bönnigheim history and bridges the gap to the present day.”
— Jörg Palitzsch, Südwest Presse, Mörder flüchtet nach Amerika: Bönnigheimer Ganerbenblätter dokumentieren einen ungewöhnlichen Kriminalfall [Murderer flees to America: Bönnigheims Ganerbenblätter document an unusual criminal case], December 17, 2014
The most spectacular murder case in Bönnigheim and its connection to American history
The numerous members of the Historical Society and Booster Club for the Museum in the Steinhaus felt like they were transported to a murder mystery reading when Ann Marie Ackermann gave a lecture about the most spectacular murder case in Bönnigheim and its connection to American history…. Almost exciting as her description of the crime and the attempts to solve it was [Ackermann’s] report of her detailed research and the facts she discovered. The participants thanked the speaker with a huge applause for her talk, which in the words of Kurt Sartorius, was a “carefully researched and vividly presented report of this extraordinary criminal case that made history, all the way out to America.”
— Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung, Versammlung ist spannend wie ein Krimi [Meeting is as exciting as a murder mystery], March 20, 2015.
[An] 1835 assassination … solved 37 years later in America
“She actually wanted to write about Bönnigheim’s birdlife, but suddenly she found herself in the middle of a murder case: The former U.S.-American prosecutor Ann Marie Ackermann is researching the 1835 assassination of Bönnigheim’s mayor Johann Heinrich Rieber, which was solved 37 years later in America.”
— Dorothee Kauer, Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung, Historischer Kriminalfall: Ex-Staatsanwältin forscht über Mord an Schultheiß [Historical Criminal Case: Former Prosecutor Researches Murder of Mayor] October 10, 2014
A mysterious murder
“Stone memorializes a mysterious murder: Ann Marie Ackermann guides a tour to the crime scene of Bönnigheim’s 1835 criminal case. What exactly happened on the night of October 23, 1835? [Based on] her lengthy research on the murder of former mayor Johann Heinrich Rieber, former [American] prosecutor Ann Marie Ackermann presented her results.”
— Uwe Deecke, Bietigheimer Zeitung,”Stein erinnert an mysteriösen Mordfall,” September 29, 2015.