SODUS POINT — What terrible secrets were uncovered at Rolling Hills? Who was the grave digger Lawrence and what was found buried behind the Rochester Insane Asylum? What happened to the beautiful Nellie Bly inside The Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell Island? What was the notorious device “The Utica Crib” used for? Who haunts Buffalo State Hospital even to this day?
At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, author Michael Keene will enthrall listeners with a presentation that includes mayhem, folklore, and madness. This free event, sponsored by the Sodus Bay Historical Society, will be held at the Sodus Point Village Hall, 8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point. After the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session followed by a book signing of Keene’s latest work, Mad House: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th Century New York.
Michael Keene worked for twenty-five years in the financial services industry as a financial planner. In addition to Mad House, he is the author of Murder, Mayhem, & Madness: 150 Years of Crime & Punishment in Western New York and Folklore and Legends of Rochester: The Mystery of Hoodoo Corners & Other Tales. He also is the award-winning producer of Visions, True Stories of Spiritualism, Secret Societies & Murder. He lives in Pittsford, with his wife, Diana, and their daughter, Michele, and grandson, Joshua. His website is
The Sodus Bay Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of the Sodus Bay area. The society operates the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, which is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between May 1 and Oct. 31. For more information, call 483-4936 or visit