The True Crime of Samuel J. Keelor
Early one winter morning in 1903, Sam Keelor of Hamilton, Ohio, awoke with a cooper’s hammer in his hand dripping blood and his pretty young wife Bertha dead in their marriage bed next to him. This “novelette” length true crime story details the family quarrel that led to the mess and the delivery of turn-of-the-century justice. Read about Sam’s spat with his mother-in-law and the tense drama the night before the murder.
The True Crime of Belle Wardlow and Harry Cowdry
When the farmer Lorel Wardlow died from an acute case of quinsy after a long illness, the country doctor who took care of him signed off on the death certificate without an autopsy, but the little town of Kyle was soon buzzing with gossip about his widow. The scandal that rocked Southwest Ohio in 1917 includes an exhumation of the body, three trials, one hung jury and a prison break. Read about The Belle of the Trial.
The True Crime of Charlie King
Late one fall night in 1929, the barber Charlie King opened the gas lines of his home and left his four sons and wife sleeping in the deadly fumes, then hopped on a freight train heading north. It was a year before he would show up behind a barber chair 250 miles away. Read about Charlie’s attempt to fake amnesia when the police show up to take him home.
The True Crime of George Schneider
Everyone in the Schneider family presumed that the matriarch Catharine was staying with her favorite son George on his remote farm. But when George, his wife Margaret and their seven children showed up to a family dinner without her five weeks after anyone had seen her, suspicions ran high. This true crime terror details the trial and the terrible price George Schneider paid for his rage. Read about how a pair of sneaky reporters found a way to hear George’s confession to his priest.
The True Crime of Grace Lusk
On June 21, 1917, the Waukesha veterinarian Dr. Roberts received a phone call summoning him to the boarding house where his mistress Grace Lusk lived, only to find his wife mary dying on the parlor floor, a gunshot wound to her heart, and Grace bleeding from a self-inflicted wound. For nearly an hour, Grace held three grown men–including the chief of police–at bay from the top of the staircase. Read the thrilling opening here…