Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Doctor Hyde

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The 1909 murder case surrounding the wealthy Swope family of Independence, Missouri, gripped newspaper readers throughout the nation. This book gathers the facts behind the suspicious fates of three Swope family members: the eccentric Colonel, millionaire donor of Kansas City, Missouri's Swope Park, his affable cousin, and a young nephew and heir.

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Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Doctor Hyde

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The 1909 murder case surrounding the wealthy Swope family of Independence, Missouri, gripped newspaper readers throughout the nation. This book gathers the facts behind the suspicious fates of three Swope family members: the eccentric Colonel, millionaire donor of Kansas City, Missouri's Swope Park, his affable cousin, and a young nephew and heir.

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Nadia Pflaum
Fowler’s book uses historical data as source material, as well as the often-breathless accounts of reporters working for what was then a highly competitive field for newspapers, which included the Kansas City Times, Kansas City Post, Kansas City Journal, and The Star. The accounts of the horrors that befell the Swope family and the subsequent autopsies, court hearings and appeals are all fascinating. Just as interesting is the portrait Fowler paints of Kansas City as it was 100 years ago,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931112918
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 325,468
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Kansas City in 1934, Giles Fowler joined the city’s prominent newspaper, the Kansas City Star, following his graduation from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. During his 24 years at the Star, Fowler worked as a reporter, film and theater critic, and editor of the paper’s Sunday magazine. He transferred this considerable background in journalism to teaching in 1980 and held positions at Kansas State University and Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism, from which he retired in 2002. Fowler currently resides in Ames, Iowa, and has contributed academic articles to Journalism Educator and Journalism Quarterly as well as short fiction to the Sewanee Review.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2015

    Fantastic!

    I loved this book! As a life-long Kansas City resident, I was facinated with this story. All of the photos just made it that much more "real". You'll be very glad you chose this one to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Deaths on Pleasant Street

    The book is fascinating. If you live here in the Kansas City area you can identify with the places and people in the book. it must have been a huge sensation in our area. Great book

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