Author Tom Carr tells stories of murder, robbery and mayhem through the ages in the Great Lakes state. Delivered in a lively manner with irreverence and historical context, the stories include crimes of passion, greed, insanity and just plain awfulness. Since his first book, Blood on the Mitten, was released in 2016, he has told stories of true crimes and dark history at more than 100 engagements in all corners of both peninsulas. Carr is an award-winning reporter and columnist, and worked at daily newspapers in Michigan for more than 25 years and has freelanced for NPR, the New York Daily News, the Detroit Free Press and other local, regional and national news outlets.
Tom Carr is an independent writer and journalist in Northern Michigan who spent 25 years in daily newspapers, primarily the Traverse City Record-Eagle. He’s won journalistic awards for his investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and humor columns. Carr often covered police, courts and crime and reported closely on some memorable and well-known crimes.
As a freelancer, Carr has branched out into other media and has reported and produced many stories for Interlochen Public Radio and has had his work broadcast on NPR and Michigan Radio, as well. His writing and reporting has appeared in the Detroit Free Press, the New York Daily News, traverseticker.com, Traverse Magazine, and other media.
Tom Carr’s latest book, Dark Side of the Mitten: Crimes of Power & Powerful Criminals in Michigan’s Past & Present, was released in November, 2020. Carr is also author of the best-selling 2016 release, Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders, 1700s-Present, and of the popular 2018 release, MI BAD: Robbers, Cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan’s Past and Present. All three titles are published by Mission Point Press.
Carr was born in Grand Rapids, grew up in Northville, graduated from Michigan State and has lived and reported in Sturgis, Sault Ste. Marie and Traverse City. He now lives near Buckley, with his wife Maria, in a farmhouse where they raised their two sons.