Maria Bouroncle is a Swedish author. An economist by profession, she spent over 25 years in the field of international development before publishing her first novel in 2018. It Came to Me on a Whim has been translated into several languages and is currently used on the Scandinavian Crime Literature course at UCLA. She lives in Washington, DC.

Maria’s book tells the story of her great-aunt who killed her three children at the age of twenty-seven in 1929. Through exhaustive research, she has strived to shed light on what led up to this tragedy, which had been a tightly guarded family secret for over seventy years. At the event, Maria will also show film director Carl Eneroth’s short documentary ”The Child Murderess in Vesene”, based on her book. It was the winner of ”Best Short Documentary” in London, New Jersey and Miami in 2021.

This Saturday October 14, 2023 program is free and open to the public. It will start at 1 p.m. in the Steeple Building Museum, located at 103 North Bishop Hill State. Contact the BHHA at 309 927-3899 or at for more details. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation.