About Richard O Jones


Photo by Sandra M. Orlett
Photo by Sandra M. Orlett

About Richard O Jones

After 25 years writing the first draft of history as a writer and editor for his hometown newspaper, the Hamilton Journal-News, Richard O Jones left the grind of daily journalism in the fall of 2013 for a life of true crime. He is the author of two books on the History Press imprint, Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal (October, 2014) and Ohio Bluebeard: The Strange Confessions of Alfred Knapp (Spring, 2015), and maintains the True Crime Historian blog (www.truecrimehistorian.com) where he remembers the scoundrels, scandals and scourges of America’s heartland and publishes the Two-Dollar Terror series of novella-length ebooks. Mr. Jones, a creative writing graduate of Miami University, Ohio, spent most of his career as an arts journalist and has won numerous awards for his reviews and profiles. In 2004, he was named a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts Theatre and Musical Theatre program at the Annenberg School of Journalism. The Ohio Associated Press named him Feature Writer of the Year in 2011. Since leaving the newspaper world, Mr. Jones has become an active member of his local history community as a board member of the Butler County Historical Society, a member of the History Speakers Bureau and a regular presenter at Miami University in a program titled “Yesterday’s News.” The Michael J. Colligan History Project of Miami University presented Mr. Jones with a Special Recognition for Contributions to Public History for his coverage of the Centennial Commemoration of the Great Flood of 1913. He also maintains a community information blog, heyhamilton.com.



8 thoughts on “About Richard O Jones

  1. Mr. Jones:
    Thank you for your article on the 1904 Cincinnati Privy Disaster. Your elaborate description has moved me greatly, and I appreciate what you have done. I am in Lebanon visiting my brother today and tomorrow and would like to talk with you.

    Our mother was a survivor of the tragedy. If possible, please respond to me while I am here in Ohio.

    Because this is so emotional I prefer talking rather than writing. Thank you for your consideration of my request.


    Ellie Keeney

  2. Mr. Jones,
    Just discovered your podcast and I love it. Was wondering can you tell me what the acoustic background music was that you set in the Dillinger’s Bloody Escape episode?
    Fantastic shows. Thank You

  3. I am fascinated with the crime story of Edythe Klumpp, mainly because of where I live. When I moved into 1751 Bloomingdale, Cincinnati OH in December of 1974, I did not know the history of the house’s famous lady until I became acquainted with the neighbors who had lived on the street since the early 1950s. Several of them supported her innocence in the crime, saying she was framed by her lover Bergen and that she didn’t commit the crime. They remembered seeing her children around their house and yard. After I learned she had been released from prison, I always expected a knock on the door from Edythe to see the old homestead she shared with Bill and her four children. I learned that she died on Christmas Eve in 1999 in Kentucky. She lived in McCreary County, Ky with her new husband, Dennie Taylor. This is the obituary link for Edythe M. Reis Taylor: http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi/pages.suddenlink.net/%3C/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24232599.

    1. Yes, I agree. I think Bergen set her up when she failed the lie detector test. I thought about checking in with the neighbors, but I had so much material to work from and a tight word count to adhere to. I did meet with her children. They weren’t happy about my writing a book about it, but they cooperated and even gave me some pictures of her in her later years, but they didn’t get into the book.

      Thanks for checking in!

  4. I’m really enjoying your podcasts. My father always spoke of Damon Runyon.I especially like the pig lady! I had never heard his voice nor read him. Now I know more about my dad. It’s fitting as the anniversary of his passing is this week. Thank you.

    I also thought Id mention that I tried to use your web site and had difficulty navigating it.

    Best regards,

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