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Gold Medal Killer: The Shocking True Story of the Ohio State Professor --an Olympic Champion -- and His Coed Lover

Gold Medal Killer The Shocking True Story of the Ohio State Professor an Olympic Champion and His Coed Lover One of the most sordid murder trials ever staged in an American courtroom unfolded in Columbus Ohio during the summer of The case against Ohio State University professor Dr James Howard Snook s

  • Title: Gold Medal Killer: The Shocking True Story of the Ohio State Professor --an Olympic Champion -- and His Coed Lover
  • Author: Diana Britt Franklin
  • ISBN: 9780982659724
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Perfect Paperback
  • One of the most sordid murder trials ever staged in an American courtroom unfolded in Columbus, Ohio, during the summer of 1929 The case against Ohio State University professor Dr James Howard Snook scandalized a nation reveling still in the waning era of speakeasies, bathtub gin, flappers and machine gun wielding mobsters Gold Medal Killer, by Diana Britt Franklin withOne of the most sordid murder trials ever staged in an American courtroom unfolded in Columbus, Ohio, during the summer of 1929 The case against Ohio State University professor Dr James Howard Snook scandalized a nation reveling still in the waning era of speakeasies, bathtub gin, flappers and machine gun wielding mobsters Gold Medal Killer, by Diana Britt Franklin with Nancy Pennell, tells for the first time the true story of this sensational and brutal crime Snook, 49 at the time of the murder, was a full professor of veterinary medicine at the Ohio State University in Columbus He had a wife, an infant child, and a pair of Olympic gold medals for pistol shooting How could a university professor go from the Olympic podium to the electric chair That journey, as recounted in Gold Medal Killer, is so remarkable, so unexpected, that decades later the story still has the power to shock the reader.

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    1 thought on “Gold Medal Killer: The Shocking True Story of the Ohio State Professor --an Olympic Champion -- and His Coed Lover

    1. Gold Medal Killer is an interesting story of murder, affairs, and trials. James Snook is a Ohio State professor, and he's also a Olympic Champion in Pistol Champion. For a while he has been having an affair with Ms. Theora Hix, a student at OU. After a while of affair, Theora is found dead at a shooting range. The murder weapons being a hammer and a knife.Snook is soon found accused of the murder.Snook is thrown in jail, and soon the trial begins and the affair thrown out in the open. Evidence a [...]

    2. This is the true story of an Ohio State University professor, Dr. Snook, taking place in 1929. He is married with a young child and has an affair with a young coed: he brutally murders her. The book chronicles the trial and the aftermath. Should he have died in the electric chair? Was it pre-mediated murder? So many unanswered questions to this tragic situation.

    3. The Snook case is notorious at Ohio State. I mean, this is the only professor ever executed for murdering a student (though no doubt others have contemplated it). A member of my old writer's group, Writer's Roundtable had access to the trial transcripts through a relative, and was interested in doing something with it, but never did. Another friend, an artist, once did an installation of the case. So, I knew the bones of the case, but never the meat. Snook was definitely guilty of the murder, bu [...]

    4. Wow! This is certainly a salacious book! The story moves quickly and is quite interesting. In addition to the scandalous relationship between the professor and the medical student and the crime itself, I also found it very fascinating to learn more about the legal process and court system in the 1920s. With so many legal thrillers on the TV these days, it seems like so many of us are very familiar with at least the basics, like the Miranda rights, which weren't in existence then. The added detai [...]

    5. Early O.J this book narrates the tale that created a sensation in the Columbus, Ohio area in 1929. A local professor was executed for the murder of his co-ed lover. The testimony that painted the intimate details of the relationship resulted in overflow crowds from across the nation. Admirable use of the word "salacious" throughout the book. Well researched. The writing can be a bit dry, but the many facts and tidbits included make it an entertaining, informative and sometimes disturbing read.

    6. This book had a lot of promise. I live in Columbus, Ohio so I have heard of this case and was highly disappointed by the book. Perhaps it was the "team-authoring" that made it seem very jumbled and incoherent but nevertheless, I read half of it before giving up.

    7. I picked this up at the library where it was displayed for an upcoming author visit. It is a compilation of information about an early 20th century murder that occured in Columbus. That local connection made it more interesting but I can't really recommend it.

    8. The author of this book, Diana Britt Franklin, will be at John McIntire, discussing her work with our True Crime Reader's Group this fall. (Watch for Newsletter announcement.)

    9. Given the topic, this could have been a very readable non-fiction thriller. However, the writing is mediocre, at best. The presentation plods along. "just the facts, Ma'am.

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