Queen City Gothic: Cincinnati's Most Infamous Murder Mysteries

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AuthorHouse, Oct 15, 2009 - History - 482 pages
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Losing a loved one to murder is life’s ultimate tragedy. But when the killer is never captured, a family’s paralyzing grief only compounds. Years pass. Pain grows. Time heals nothing.

Parents, spouses, and children of the victims never find peace. Investigators continue to lie awake night after night, year after year, thinking, “If only...”

 

Cold cases fascinate us because of the endless possibilities. What if Alice Hochhausler hadn’t driven her daughter home from work while a strangler was running loose? What if Oda Apple’s wife hadn’t sent him to the corner drugstore?  What if Linda Bricca hadn’t been so beautiful – and her husband not a workaholic?

 

J. T. Townsend takes us on a sinister journey through thirteen cases, which took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, between 1904 and 1971. You’ll meet Frances Brady, a pretty bride-to-be gunned down at her own front door.  Tommy Coby, age eight, who arrived home to an empty house, and learned later his parents were lying dead in their car. Patty Rebholz, a popular cheerleader, who was bludgeoned in a neighbor’s backyard while walking to break up with her teenage boyfriend.

 

What do these cases have in common? A fleeting, irrational act of violence with no resolution. Somebody literally got away with murder. Each episode took place in sheer moments––but hundreds of innocent people still remember, still mourn, and are still haunted by horrible, unbearable images.

 

Townsend’s riveting accounts include never-before-published details from police files and insights from both investigators and witnesses. Finally someone has managed to put all of the pieces together. Whodunit? We’ll never know for sure––but we can certainly make some informed, calculated guesses.

 

Meanwhile, on these pages, each victim returns to vibrant life, becomes as real to us as to those loved ones they left behind––and still cries out for justice.

 

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This book will appeal to local people Im sure since the names are familiar however anyone who has an interest in unsolved murders may enjoy JTs writing style. He takes an interesting stance at the end ... Read full review

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I don't like the fact my Great Aunt's deceased body picture is used in this book, it is an unbearable image to look at, I think a picture of an actor, acting out the scene would of been ok.

Contents

QUEEN CITY GOTHIC
1
EMBRACE THE BEAST
7
INTO THE WIND
45
THE BRIDE IN THE CASKET
73
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
103
CAUGHT IN A WHIRLWIND TAILSPIN
121
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
151
THE MATRON AND THE METER MAN
173
LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE
257
A VISION OF DEADLY DESIRE
283
TERROR IN THE GASLIGHT DISTRICT
327
PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN
363
MURDER IN THREE ACTS
391
REFERENCE AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
421
PHOTO AND NEWSPAPER CREDITS
429
Copyright

THE WHISTLING SHADOW
211

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