M-119 travels along the Lake Michigan shoreline thought the famous ” Tunnel of Trees.” The small town of Good Hart is located on the scenic route and the General Store is a popular stop. Not far away is the historic St. Ignatius Catholic Church and a path that leads to a deck overlooking Lake Michigan. It is a beautiful and peaceful area to enjoy a sunset.
About 50 years ago in June of 1968 the small resort community was rocked by the murder of the Robison family. Richard Robison was an advertising executive in Metro Detroit. He and his wife Shirly had a summer cabin not far from Good hart. The couple along with their four children were murdered in their cabin one summer night. The murder, for the most part, remains unsolved to this day.
Author Mardi Link has written about the murder in her book When Evil Came To Good Hart. I have read a lot of Michigan history books doing research for my website and this is one of my favorites. It is a tragic tale but well written. Link has done an excellent job of telling the facts but also telling the story of what life in a rural northern Michigan town was like back in the 60s. You can see more about the book on Amazon HERE, Be sure to check with you local book store to see if they have a copy, maybe they offer pickup so you can help them out and have a good book to read.
P.S. The Robison family cottage has been razed and no longer stands in Good Hart so I figured I would post a pic of the sunset to remember them by. If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop and take a break at the Lake Michigan overlook and remember how precious life is.
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