February 18, 2020
From Bullets to Books
The CIHS presents the forgotten, notorious life of Captiva loner Reimund Holzhey (1866-1952).
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Captiva Civic Association
11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Ticket price: $10
Includes refreshments & soft drinks
Limited seating. Reservations recommended!
Or call for more details and reservations at: 239-472-2323
Reimund Holzhey, who came to Captiva Island around 1930 lived the last 20 plus years of his life in peace. Before that he robbed stagecoaches and trains and in 1889 he became the most notorious villain of Wisconsin and Michigan. After killing a man in his last robbery, he was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.
It was in prison that he made a transformation, turning into a model prisoner. He became the prison photographer, librarian, writer, and a successful investor. In 1913 he was pardoned and released.
His life attracted the attention of newspapers in the entire United States, and even European newspapers wrote about him and his transformation.
Author and historian, Professor Dr. Gabri van Tussenbroek works for the University of Amsterdam and the city of Amsterdam. Tanja Holzhey is also a historian, working as an editor in a publishing house and is a relative of Reimund “ Black Bart” Holzhey. Working on this project since 2012, Gabri and Tanja are following Reimund’s trail in Germany, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida."
For the first time, Holzhey’s entire life is presented on Captiva Island, the place where he died in 1952.