About Me

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Kimberly Tilley

I’m a non-fiction author and have always loved to write. I’m also the co-founder of Pivot Discovery Career Services. I really enjoy being a coach and helping people discover what they love to do and how to find their ideal career.

I’ve written three historical true crime books about cases that happened at the turn of the century (circa 1900).

The Poisoned Glass was released in August 2019. When the lifeless body of 17-year-old Jennie Bosschieter was discovered beside the Passaic River in October 1900, the outrage in Paterson, New Jersey was palpable. But when the identity of the killers came to light, public opinion divided. Some people still demanded justice for the brutal crime, while others now insisted Jennie’s murder was her own fault.

The Poisoned Glass was an Amazon category #1 best seller in True Crime and American history in the United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

Cold Heart was released in December 2020.
1903, Buffalo, New York. Ed Burdick, a wealthy manufacturer known for his kindness and generosity, and his wife Alice had a life few could imagine. The couple had three beautiful daughters, and they were fixtures in the elite Elmwood Avenue set. Despite rumors of trouble in the Burdick marriage, few believed it until Ed ordered his wife out of their home and filed for divorce. The whispers about their separation abruptly ended when Ed Burdick was brutally murdered in his den while his family slept upstairs. The police found a mosaic of conflicting clues at the crime scene. The investigation uncovered shocking information about the Buffalo tycoon’s life, and no shortage of suspects with a motive for murder. The murder of Ed Burdick is the true story of the great unsolved mystery during the Gilded Age and a terrible wrong that was never put right.

Cold Heart was an Amazon category #1 best seller in True Crime and American history.

Has it Come to This? will be released in March 2022. Somebody got away with murder on Christmas Eve of 1900 in Savannah, Missouri. Frank Richardson, a wealthy merchant who had repented of his wayward past and was determined to make the most of the second chance he was given, was shot dead in his home. His killer had vanished, but investigators were determined to find and punish the murderer. The evidence they discovered exposed Frank’s secret life to the world and scandalized the residents of Savannah. Of all the clues they found, none was more fascinating than Frank’s enigmatic last words, uttered the moment before he was shot: “Has it come to this?” Suspicion fell at once on Frank’s former paramour, Goldie Whitehead; his charming wife, Addie; and Stewart Fife, the suave young clerk of whom he was known to be insanely jealous. All the clues and evidence in this unsolved true crime are assembled here for readers to unravel the truth behind who killed Frank Richardson.

Old Spirituals covers a lot of true crime stories from the turn of the century. The people I write about on this site are a mixture of well-known people, like Evelyn Nesbit, Mata Hari, and the Romanovs, and obscure ones, like Charlie Hall and Margaret Rowan.

Have a question or comment about Old Spirituals or my books? Visit the discussion pages on this site for Cold Heart and The Poisoned Glass. Or you can contact me at Kimberly@OldSpirituals.com