Should be required reading for anyone who cares about the well being of our city. Used as the jumping point off point to explore Jewish connections to the civil rights era and Desegregation of Dayton Public Schools.
--- Marshall Weiss, Editor. A three-part series "50 Years Later", The Dayton Jewish Observer. September 25,2016
This book on what happened in Dayton fifty years ago makes for fascinating reading because it is told so very well, and is worth reading and appreciating now when the past seems to have come alive again --- this time in many cities all around the country --- including Ferguson, Philadelphia, Dallas, /Atlanta, and many other places. Read this book --- and pray that what it describes is only history and not a portender of coming events.
---Jack Riemer South Florida Jewish Journal
Used this book as key source material for a three-part series, September 4-6th, 2016. "Lasting Scars; 50 Years ago - West Dayton Boiled Over."(1966 Riot and the city's most violent decade that followed)
----Dayton Daily News Reporter Josh Swigert
"Enjoyed candid description of lack of coordination during riots; not written in an offensive way, but truthful...Learned a lot from those experiences making policing a profession; thanks to people like Dan Baker."
----- R. Labatzky, Major. Dayton Police Department (Ret.).
"Couldn't put it down...great job by both authors...cried twice when I read about the murder of two police officers."
-----D. Pack, Cold Case Detective, Dayton Police Department (Ret.).
"I enjoyed reading about homicide detectives in the days before DNA and highly trained CSI's. Characters came to life...unexpected emotion drew me in...eager to turn the pages."
----Nathan Lefebvre, Director Forensic Training Source, Cumming, GA.
"I had a front row seat to history...held my interest all the way...impressive research...reminded me of crime stories by James Patterson and Joseph Wambaugh."
-----Timothy 'Bets' Wegner, Dayton, Ohio.
"I was spellbound...terrific descriptions of the hard life in the hills of Eastern Kentucky and the move north by thousands to find work...held my interest throughout...as if I looked over the shoulders of cops on the job."
-----D. Sizemore, history buff. Cincinnati, Ohio.
"...Takes the reader to hallowed places known only to cops and soldiers...I challenge anyone to keep a dry eye after reading the gut-wrenching murder of a cop...a bare-knuckled description of how there is only one color 'blue'...the unbreakable code of never abandoning each other...a must read at every police academy...describes how Dayton began reconciliation in the embrace of the families of a white cop and a black civil rights leader slain on the same day."
-----Wes Hills, Journalist, Investigative Reporter (Ret.) Dayton Daily News.
"Dayton Ohio is not just the home of famous writer Paul Laurence Dunbar; it is also home to a growing renaissance of local writers, penning books across a variety of genres. Out of this large number, occasionally a book comes along that is so well written and so profound that it deserves a national audience. 'Blood in the Streets'... written by Dan Baker and Gwen Nalls is such a book.As children growing up in this era, this story hit home to my husband and I. We both have memories of the same childhood game called 'Sniper'. An unknown car would come down the street, and the first person who saw it would yell, “Sniper!” Every kid on the street would scramble for cover until the mystery car passed. I never understood why we played that game until I read Blood in the Streets. It was only partially a game, rooted in a reality that drew innocent children into an adult world. We lived this. We remember the signs telling us we weren’t wanted. Yet, we made friends across racial lines. We did exactly what this sniper did not want. He wanted to stop it My husband was nearly brought to tears as he read the account of the killer.
Baker and Nalls don’t stop at the story of the sniper; they also delve deeper into the heart of an officer with virtually no exposure to black people until he was assigned the West Side beat. You will journey with Dan as he experiences his own internal struggles and learns to understand the people in the world to which he was assigned. In light of today’s ongoing struggle with racism, this book is a must read. Not only for law enforcement, but also for teachers, social workers, or anyone who works in a social service agency."
----African-American Lena Arnold is the author of several books including, "In the Absence of My Father and Scenes from the City: Poetic Pictures of Urban Life." Emperor Publishing.
"..The book moved me deeply. I previously lived in Dayton, Ohio during the decade and lived in the 'safe' East Side'. The authors helped me get inside the [events] and inside the life of a cop. I could not put the book down. It is well written, emotional and heart-breaking....A must read for those interested in history, police work and reconciliation."
----- Reverend David C. Fisher, PhD. Author, "The 21st Century Pastor."
"A great story...amazing detail...pictures and scenes painted with attention to every sensory and emotional aspect." -----Dr. T. Rueth, PhD Psychologist. University of Dayton, Professor Emeriti.
"A truly insightful and riveting tale of one of the most important racial incidents in America. Dayton, Ohio illustrated that the racial divided was not limited to the South.
----- J. Hemmerly, Dayton International Peace Museum.
"The book took over my weekend! Totally absorbing...style is masterful...an understated Hemmingway-esque impact that elevates details of time, place and action. A commanding and gripping story!"
-----Mona Steel, Executive and Educator.
"I couldn't put it down...Wrapped many elements into the story that captured the times in Dayton and America. Even though as a cop I knew where the story would lead, I was still in suspense reading the new information about the serial killings."
---- Sergeant Steve Grismer, DPD( Ret.). Charter Member, Dayton Police History Foundation.