Kafrissen returns to Cranston to talk 'The Missing Films'


On July 18, the Cranston Historical Society at the Sprague Mansion, hosted a lecture by Sam Kafrissen on his new book The Missing Films, a detective story set in Cranston in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

He spoke on his new book, which is the third book in a series called Doherty Mysteries. All novels are based in Cranston at locations he was familiar with and some surrounding areas. His two other books, The Milltown and The Lost Survivor, were also discussed.

Sam Kafrissen grew up in West Warwick and later Cranston. While in Cranston he lived very near to the Cranston Print works and graduated from Cranston East High School. In 1968, he received a B.A. from Syracuse University majoring in American Studies. After receiving his degree, he moved to the Boston area where he earned a Master’s in Education from Boston University and later a Masters in History from UMass-Boston. Kafrissen taught English and history at Lexington High School in Massachusetts for 32 years. Since retiring he has penned three Doherty mystery novels, all set in Rhode Island in the late 1950s and early 1960s.


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