Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Ohio History


Book Description

Each volume in this series features fifteen to twenty short biographies of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary if misunderstood thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from the history of a given city, state, or region of the U.S. The villainous, the misguided, and the misunderstood all get their due in these entertaining yet informing books.

Ohio has more than its fair share of stories of women who chose arsenic as the way to eliminate "problems" from their lives, along with corrupt politicians, thieves, unscrupulous gamblers, and other con artists. Read about Dr. John Cook Bennett, who made a fortune off his belief that diplomas were better bought than earned; Olympic gold medalist James Snook, whose sordid affair took a deadly turn; and Nancy Farrar, whose culpability for one man's murder was as unclear as her mental status.

About Sawyer, Susan

Susan Sawyer enjoys exploring the past and writing about historical topics. History serves as the centerpiece for many of her writings, taking form in both fact and fiction. Susan is the author of sixteen books, including Ohio’s Remarkable Women, 2nd edition, More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Tennessee Women, It Happened in Tennessee, and Myths and Mysteries of Tennessee (all by Globe Pequot Press).

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Susan worked as a magazine editor and communications consultant before establishing a career as a freelance writer and published author. Today she writes from her home in the suburbs of Chattanooga, Tennessee.