So I was signing books at this Dark History Con last weekend, and was interviewed by a reporter from the Rantoul Press.
Here’s my portion (as published on-line, even with my name wrong):
Richard O. Jones writes historical true crime that spans time from 1884 to the 1950s.
“Very crazy stories, some of them,” he said.
His most recent effort is “Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal.” It’s the story of a woman accused of killing her lover’s wife.
Jones covered the arts for the Hamilton, Ohio, newspaper until last year when he was offered a buyout by his employer. He turned to “a life of writing true crime.”
He digs into history for unusual crime stories, documents the details and writes in a style that he said reads like a novel.
Despite the varied settings — Oregon, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and southwest Ohio — he found the stories had common themes: the love triangle, fugitive from justice and poisonings.
When asked if he noticed historical trends, he identified more recent focus on the psychological aspects of the crime as well as a slow down in the speed of the justice system. One of the killers he wrote about he thought might have had multiple-personality disorder. Another was caught, prosecuted and hung within five months.
Jones said some of the stories he has uncovered are too unbelievable to be true.
“Life certainly is crazier than fiction sometimes,” he said.
I didn’t really say that some of the stories were “too unbelievable to be true”, but that some of the stories are so bizarre–the story of Richard M. Brumfield, for instance–that “you will find it hard to believe they are true.”
I won’t pick on it any more… It’s hard to be on the other end of a newspaper story after having written so many thousands of them…