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

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About the Author

Diana Britt Franklin is the author or co-author of a dozen books, including The Good-bye Door, a multi-award winner in true crime and featured on television's Investigation Discovery channel. She worked as journalist for three major dailies and wrote a cooking column for Universal Press Syndicate for more than 25 years. She lives in Dublin, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Marquette Books LLC (March 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982659725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982659724
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On a daily basis we watch shows like the CSI's and Criminal Minds not realizing the fiction is often based on real life. Diana Franklin's "Gold Medal Killer" is a real life Law and Order that takes the reader from the discovery of a body, into the police investigation, an arrest, and finally through the detailed court trial. It is not only on TV where college educated murderers think they are smarter than the police, or where the police don't respect all the civil rights of the accused. But then the crime takes place in 1929. Infidelity is always risky business, but when you are an Olympic Gold Medal winner and a college professor who is about to have your secret revealed, you take action since you are working at a time when even the hint of such improprieties are grounds for dismissal from your job.
Gold Medal Killer is a well researched easy read true crime story by a respected author and journalist, Diana Franklin. You will not be disappointed by its purchase.
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Yes, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
And, Gold Medal Killer, the story of Dr. Snook - an Ohio State University Veterinary Medicine professor and an Olympic golf medalist - proves that adage.
Over the years, I had heard about the infamous murder of Dr. Snook's coed lover, the subsequent trial and execution, but Diana Franklin's book really made it come to life for me.

I am an avid crime reader and this book [ASIN:0982659725 Gold Medal Killer: The Shocking True Story of the Ohio State Professor -- an Olympic Champion -- and His Coed Lover] is among the best.

The fact that I attended The Ohio State University made is even more powerful.
I enjoyed every page.
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This book drips with sticky sweet scandal and perversion as the story of Dr. Snook and the murder of his co-ed lover is revealed in the fashion of a good documentary. If Ken Burns wrote a book about the trial of Dr. Snook and Theora Hix, this would be it. Franklin (author of "The Good Bye Door") takes the real-life drama of unsuspecting and unlikely characters and reveals it to her readers in page-turning detail. Hard to put down. In each of her true crime novels, she takes you on a personal journey with the victims, the accused, their families, and the full cast of law enforcement and judicial characters so much so that your heart pounds as the guilty mentally and physically prepares and, ultimately, takes the walk to the electric chair in the end.

A great read. Fast and eyebrow-raising. Franklin has an easy style of writing that tells a riveting story in an intriguing way. Don't miss this one. And while you are buying, purchase a copy of "The Good Bye Door", too. You won't regret it!
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Diana Franklin did it again! As with the "Good-Bye Door" she has pulled together all the facts and details, with just the right amount of embellishment to make "Gold Medal Killer" a book you can't put down. As you are taken back in time to 1929 and become immersed in the judicial, societal and morality of that era, you become aware of just how much humanity and society has changed, or not! What grips you is the fact that this is real life drama and not a fictitious story. I definitely recommend this book if you are drawn to reading factual, True Crime.
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It was a facinating book. It was so surprising how open and frank the thongs told in the book in light of the time period in history. It was more interesting to me, because I grew up in the town and areas that the book describes. I also knew the later generations of his family, the ones that stayed in the area. All in all, even if a person does not have a connection to the story, it is a very interesting read for a hot or cold afternoon.
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I purchased this book because being an Olympic historian and Ohio State alum and Columbus resident, the Snook case has always fascinated me. The book reads like an old paperback murder mystery - but that is because the Snook case was an old-fashioned murder mystery. It holds your attention and leaves some questions unanswered. Everyone at the time paints the victim, Theora Hix, as a virginal innocent girl that was corrupted by the devious professor. Reading about her behavior and activities just does not sit ride. Snook was scum, but she was not too far behind. The book also gives a good insight into 1920s Middle America. If there is, one thing that is disappointing about the book it is the weak bibliography. A vast majority of sources was a retelling of newspaper accounts from the time. The author seems to leave out some original sources. Were the police records consulted? She mentions the booklet of the trial transcript that was smuggled out of the courtroom and sold the next day at newsstands, until the police shut them down. However, the author did not list the booklet in the bibliography. Was it consulted? It is not too hard to find. There is one in the main library and I purchased two copies at antique shows over the years and still see them frequently. All and all this is a fascinating and entertaining book and worth it's price.
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"Gold Medal Killer" is riveting! It is hard to believe that a respected university professor and Olympic champion was charged in 1929 with the murder of a coed. But then the details of their three-year salacious affair came pouring out in trial testimony so steamy that newspapers could not print it. The calm demeanor of Dr. James Howard Snook throughout is a fascinating study into the complex character of this man. Diana Franklin skillfully captures this incredible true story in a manner that ensures the reader will feel the electricity that surrounded the entire case. Dr. Snook is the only Olympic gold medal winner to die in the electric chair.
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