Woman Slugged; Left for Dead: The True Crime of Handsome Jack Koetters

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On November 14, 1912, house detectives at the Saratoga Hotel in Chicago discovered the body of a woman in room 409 on a blood-soaked mattress. The labels in her clothing led police to Cincinnati, where Mrs. Emma Kraft, a highly-respected widow who had recently taken up with a much younger man of dubious reputation, one "Handsome Jack" Koetters, and a nationwide manhunt was on. More

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About Richard O Jones

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 The First Celebrity Serial Killer: Confessions of the Strangler Alfred Knapp (May, 2015). In 2016, he began a twice-weekly podcast "True Crime Historian" (www.truecrimehistorian.com) where he tells stories of the scoundrels, scandals and scourges of the past through newspaper accounts in the golden age of yellow journalism. He created 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.

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About the Series: Two-Dollar Terrors
In the spirit of the dime novel and the pulp magazines of old, true crime author Richard O Jones established this series of affordable novella-length stories of the scandals, scoundrels and scourges of the past.

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Review by: Stacy Kielczynski on Feb. 11, 2018 :
This was another superbly researched and written historical crime by Mr. Jones. What I like best about these accounts is that it shows beyond any reasonable doubt that "the good old days" is largely a myth. Keep them coming, Mr. Jones
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