Bellingham historian Todd Warger talks about long-ago murders in Whatcom County

Bellingham historian Todd A. Warger reads from his new book, “Murder in the Fourth Corner: True Stories of Whatcom County’s Earliest Homicides,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

The book is a series of 13 true-crime stories from 1880 to 1933 that highlight the more unsavory history of early Bellingham and Whatcom County. There were beheadings, shootings, stabbings, poisoning, hangings, strangling and bludgeoning. Some of the chapters are “The Maple Falls Monster,” “Tunnel No. 21” and “The Barber of Bellingham.”

Warger is an Emmy Award nominee for the documentary film “The Mountain Runners” and is a recipient of the Washington State Historical Society’s 2008 David Douglas award for the documentary film “Shipyard.” He is also the co-author of “Images of America: Mount Baker.”