Gold Medal Killer (Marquette Books) by Diana Britt Franklin is a recommended story, a fast and fascinating case study.
The murderer at issue is Ohio State University Professor James Snook. He distinguishes himself in the pantheon of mistress-killers by boasting an Olympic gold medal. He is the only recipient of same to be executed for murder.
Professor Snook is a classic character, the lecherous professor. As his own Dean would later say of him, he was "a delinquent who for many years had carried the title of full professor in a great university. Under the academic cloak, he carried on affairs so secretly and skillfully that not even his most intimate associates discovered them...." (Read: psychopath.)
The exceptionally brutal manner in which he killed his last young mistress is shocking even to the jaded 21st-century student of crime. No less scandalous is the admitted killer's testimony on the witness stand that in a phrase could be called the "rough sex defense." In other words, the killer himself used his testimony to savage his victim's reputation.
Needless to say this case in its day sold some newspapers and inspired some impressive allocution from the trial lawyers.
Author Franklin very much impressed me with her award-winning book The Good-Bye Door about Anna Marie Hahn, which also so happens to be the all-time best-selling book on this site. Kudos to the author for finding another fascinating story from the annals of Buckeye history.
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