My colleague Jane Anne Turzillo has published one of my “lost chapters” from Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress on her blog Dark Hearted Women.
Check it out: Edythe’s Divorce.
When a trio of young duck hunters stumbled upon the charred body of Cincinnati woman Louise Bergen one drizzly fall morning in 1958, suspicion quickly fell upon her estranged husband’s live-in girlfriend, the 40-year-old divorcee Edythe Klumpp. In Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal (The History Press), True Crime Historian Richard O Jones details the elaborate lies that Edythe told in her embroidered confessions and tells how her attorney and the governor of Ohio attempted to get to the truth and find justice for Edythe in spite of herself. The author deleted the following scene of the demise of Edythe’s first marriage from the original manuscript to meet the publisher’s word count, but shares it here in this Dark Hearted Woman exclusive to provide further insight into the defendant’s pattern of behavior.
Read the excerpt HERE on the blog Dark Hearted Women…
The Scoundrel James DeWitt of Grayson, Kentucky
Louisville (Kentucky) Courier-Journal, November 22, 1895:
The Scoundrel apparently tried to pin the crime on someone else. Louisville (Kentucky) Courier-Journal, February 23, 1896:
But in the end, justice prevailed. Louisville (Kentucky) Courier-Journal, May 22, 1896:
The Scoundrel Alexander Meyer
Piqua (Ohio) Daily Call, February 12, 1937:
Nine days later:
During his trial, Meyer’s confession was read into the record, reprinted in full in the Pottstown (Pennsylvania) Mercury:
Then, on July 12, 1937, the Mercury reported Meyer’s death:
The Scoundrel Jim Dygart
September 15, 1911
October 19, 1911
November 29, 1911
The Brainerd (Minn.) Daily Dispatch, September 15, 1911.
The Princeton (Minn.) Union, October 19, 1911.
New Ulm (Minn.) Review, November 29, 1911
“City of Scoundrels: George Yerigan Shoots Up the Place”
A World War I veteran gets pinned down by the German army in his Ludlow Street home. In 1926. Turns out it was the Hamilton Police.
7 p.m. Thursday, December 4
Miami University Downtown
Robinson Schwenn Building
High Street at Journal Square