Isthmus: A mesmerizing story

Peters’ scholarly, yet accessible, prose takes readers into the shadowy corners of Minneapolis and the sinister mind of a “man without a soul,” as Hayward was deemed. This sordid tale is packed with mesmerism, psychopathy, spiritualism, yellow journalism and capital punishment.

The Infamous Harry Hayward (Shawn Francis Peters)“I don’t believe in supernatural powers, but Harry was a dynamic individual who could bend people to his will,” Peters, 52, says. “He was clearly a psychopath. People at that time did not understand how to explain that in scientific terms, so they thought it was something supernatural.”

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Published in: Isthmus
By: Michael Popke