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Queen City Gothic: Cincinnati's Most Infamous Murder Mysteries Hardcover – October 12, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1449018917 ISBN-10: 1449018912

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 482 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449018912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449018917
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. T. Townsend is a freelance writer and lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He is the former true crime historian for Snitch Magazine, and his work has appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Word Magazine, and Clews. In addition, he appeared in the 2008 British Documentary Conversations With a Serial Killer. This is his first book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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It was certainly well researched and intelligently written.
Robin Cox
J. T. Townsend's book presents thirteen cold cases spanning from 1904 to 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Patricia A. Stephenson
Seriously, I love historical true crime and this book is fantastic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Stephenson on December 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
J. T. Townsend's book presents thirteen cold cases spanning from 1904 to 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Although each murder is distinct, a common thread of heartbreaking loss binds the chapters together. Townsend is able to deftly convey the frustration of the police and captures the vestige of haunting desperation left behind by an unsolved murder. His writing style is richly descriptive while it maintains a smooth and natural flow. It is the dogged attention to detail though that shines through and carries the book. I was never in want of another angle considered. All in all, it's required reading for those fascinated by tales of true crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie Cincinnati on February 22, 2011
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This book was recommended to me by a friend. Growing up in The Cincinnati area I was able to envision these areas and imagine what they were like when these crimes were committed. The author makes each case a chapter, detailing and analyzing the evidence and then giving us his take on what happened. The photos and old newspaper clippings added a nostalgic touch to very gruesome and tragic events. This is a good book if you like 'who-dun-its'! But beware, these are unsolved murders..... the culprits could be still out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W. Gray on November 7, 2009
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J. T. Townsend has created the most interesting crime book I've had the pleasure of being intrigued by in his new work, "Queen City Gothic." Thirteen chapters, thirteen mysterious unsolved Cincinnati murder cases from the twentieth century. Townsend lays out the facts of each case for the reader to see, then solves the cases as he leads us through plots of passion, jealousie, greed and all the sordid human frailties that lead to murder. If you like solving mysteries treat yourself to "Queen City Gothic".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ohio Reader on September 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't put this book down till I finished it and then I started reading it again.

As a kid I remember seeing headlines in the Cincinnati newspapers about these cases and being forbidden by my parents to read any more. These cases are still haunting, especially those of Eugene Pearson and Sally Brown, so close to home when they were struck down.

Many of the victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is fitting there should be a record of their lives, as short as they were.

I look forward to a sequel also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Mcgill on December 31, 2009
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j.T. Townsend has done a great job. The book contains stories of cold cases from the Cincinnati area from 1904 thru 1970. He has included information from the original police reports, court records, and newspaper accounts of 13 of the most infamous murders from this great city. All of the reported facts are there, its up to you to come up with what you think happened. Fast read, nicely done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Smith on December 9, 2011
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J.T. Townsend knocks it out of the ballpark with Queen City Gothic. In these unsolved cases there lies equal parts interest, fascination and frustration that the authorities have never solved the mystery. Each case keeps the reader up at night turning pages, but the one that I can't stop thinking about is the Bricca case, and the eyes of the beautiful little girl that will never age. Equally frustrating are the cases that were solved (sometimes with a confession!), but were botched due to police incompetence or O.J.-level jury stupidity. A well-researched, outstanding first book the reader won't be able to put down. Looking forward to the author's next!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Foertmeyer on November 27, 2011
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I don't write many reviews, as I am always busy writing my own books. However, I wanted to tell every murder mystery buff about this fantastic book. My personal interest in this book was the most comprehensive coverage I have ever seen of the 1963 Greenhills, Ohio murder of 15 year old cheerleader Patty Rebholz. This is a tragically fascinating story, and only one of thirteen such mystifying cold cases placed on your doorstep in J.T. Townsend's Queen City Gothic. As an author myself, I appreciate the work and effort that has gone into this amazing book. I highly recommend it to all mystery or history fans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Petersen on November 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book of fascinating stories engages the reader on many levels and should not be missed by any true crime follower. The facts are presented in a straight forward style followed by intriging vignettes recreating the crimes as they might have unfolded. Analyzing the evidence gives you the chance to think like a detective to solve the murders.
Every city has it's dark ghosts, and anyone who lives in Cincinnati will find that the current photos of the crime locations gives them a different view of familiar neighborhoods. For those who remember some of the murders when they occured, this book puts to rest some of the rumors that were spread at that time.
A mystery that cannot be explained is that several of the victims seemed to know that something was going to happen to them. Truth is always stranger than fiction.
I hope J.T. Townsend has another book in the works, I anticipate more tantalizing stories.
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