Cindy Amrhein

For fans of:True Crime, David Kent, Phillip Sugden, Truman Capote

Cindy Amrhein was the Historian for the town of Alabama, NY from 1997 to 2007. She also served as a museum aide at the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, NY. Cindy became fascinated with the town's history when she moved into the area in 1990. She wrote her first book Bread & Butter The Murders of Polly Frisch published in 2000, with her good friend, Ellen Lea Bachorski. The story has been given a new life by publishing a revised, updated 2nd edition in 2014.

After working for ten years as a freelance abstractor for a title search company, Cindy changed her focus to title searching only historic properties and Native American land. From 2004 to 2006 Cindy was a weekly columnist for a Native American newspaper in northern New York State, The Akwesasne Phoenix Sundays (now out of print) under the pen name of HistorySleuth, the handle she still uses online. She is currently editing her book on the subject of Native American land rights titled, "Right of the Soil: An Abstractor's View of Indian Land Title in New York."

Cindy now lives in Wyoming County, NY where she has been the Assistant County Historian since 2007, and frequently publishes in the historian's quarterly Historical Wyoming. She is a founding member and webmaster for the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York. When she's not doing land research in the clerk's office or writing historical true crime, you can find her plotting out murder mysteries. She often posts snippets of her current writing on her blog