True Crime & History Programs

True Crime Historian Richard O Jones is available to speak to your book club, civic group or other organization.

His repertoire includes a variety of dark history stories with optional slide shows, including:

  • Deleted Scenes from Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress. A reading of passages edited from the final manuscript, including “After the Trial,” “The Draper Affair,” “Sewing Class,” and “The Klumpp Marriage.”
  • Deleted Scenes from The First Celebrity Serial KillerA reading of passages edited from the final manuscript, including narratives of some of Alfred Knapp’s confessed crimes and jailhouse interviews with the prisoner.
  • City of Scoundrels: Hamilton’s Murderer’s Row. A historical overview of some of True Crime Historian’s hometown Hamilton, Ohio, and its long history of remarkable murders, including three family massacres, two brutal wife slashings and one confessed serial killer.
  • The Little Chicago Gang Wars.  A reading of historic newspaper articles from the Prohibition Era reporting on a reign of terror in the city of Hamilton that included the murders of a prohibition agent and a “soft drink parlor” owner, and the related assassination of some of Southwest Ohio’s most notorious gangsters–and one moll.
  • Luke Brannon Thwarts a Lynching. The 1903 street fair in “the classic village” of Oxford goes from bad to worse as a “shirt-tail parade” by Miami University students escalates into the murder of the local justice of the peace in a barroom brawl. An indignant community then tries to lynch the man who pulled the trigger, but his neck is saved by the nick-of-time arrival of Deputy Sheriff Luke Brannon. This action-packed story from the pages of the Hamilton Evening Sun includes a showdown between the mayor and the university president, a storming of the Oxford jail, and  a daring escape through a thunderstorm.
  • George Yerigan Shoots Up the Place. A World War I veteran gets pinned down by the Germans in his Ludlow Street home. in 1926. Turns out it was the Hamilton Police. Hear about George’s valiant stand and the heroic efforts of his wife and friends in calming the man down.
  • Hamilton’s Family Massacres. An in-depth look at the true crimes of Francis Lloyd Russell (1925; 8 victims), Charlie King (1929; 5 victims) and James Urban Ruppert (1975; 11 victims).
  • Hamilton’s Hangings. A discussion of the executions and public punishments inflicted upon Hamilton’s accused criminals, from the hanging of a trio of deserters from Fort Hamilton to the 1885 execution of George Schneider, a Darrtown farmer who murdered his mother.

True Crime Historian has binders full of scoundrels from all over the country and can tailor a program to suit your group’s interests.

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