J.W. and Carrie Sparling were happy newlyweds in 1882 with a promising life ahead of them.  They lived and farmed in the rural "Thumb" of Michigan.  Nine years later their family had grown to include one daughter and four sons.  By all accounts, the family was happy and prosperous. 
 
 
Starting in 1908, however, the Sparling family was plagued by the unexplained deaths of four family members, one by one.
 
 
What was happening to the Sparlings?
 
 
This was my question as I gathered information.  After researching the story through court records and testimony, newspaper articles, medical records, insurance forms, and oral history, I had accumulated the foundation for this book.  "The Thumb Pointed Fingers" can best be described as historical fiction.
 
 
 
 The Thumb of Michigan