Ep. 40: Andrew Kehoe


Andrew Kehoe was an engineer, a failed farmer, a treasurer of the school board, a husband, son, and mass murderer. With few accomplishments to his name and deeply in debt at 55, Kehoe made a bloody mark on history when he detonated a bomb at the Bath Consolidated School on May 18, 1927.

In this episode, we explore the personal history of one of America’s first domestic terrorists. We cover his fraught family life, his combative personality, and a long string of suspicious behaviors that are all too sinister in retrospect. By the end, we’ll show how Kehoe created the American prototype for many of the school shootings and bombings that scarred the 20th and 21st century.

This episode is Part II of our coverage of The Bath School Massacre. Listener discretion is advised.


Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing” by Arnie Bernstein. University of Michigan Press, Regional. 2009.

Chapter 3 — The Life of Andrew Kehoe” by Monty J. Elsworth. The Bath School Disaster. First published in 1927.

School Dynamiter First Slew Wife” by [no byline available]. The New York Times. 20 May 1927.

Andrew Philip KEHOE” via Murderpedia.

Injustice Collecting


Additional Resources:

Bath School Disaster” via readtheplaque.com.

The Bath School Disaster” compiled by Arnold Victor Bauerle.

How Long is a Rod? via Wikipedia


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