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

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

by Giles Fowler

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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. The mystery pits the Swope matriarch against her disfavored son-in-law, Dr. Bennett Clark Hyde. Charged with poisoning the Colonel and suspected of multiple other attempted murders, Dr. Hyde endures national media attention for this crime of the century. The series of trials and appeals that followed explores the question: Was he a diabolical villain bent on inheriting Swope’s millions or the unfortunate victim of a family grudge? This account of gothic-era America follows streetcar tracks from the courtrooms of Kansas City to the typhoid-plagued Swope mansion in nearby Independence. The author delivers an engaging and accurate retelling of these 100-year-old events in the literary journalism tradition by analyzing court transcripts, newspaper coverage, and personal memoirs. Readers also get a new scenario based on modern science for what may have happened in the dark hallways of the mansion on Pleasant Street.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014023801
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 394,325
File size: 1 MB

About 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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Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Doctor Hyde 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Eliz12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DO NOT miss your opportunity to read this spectacular book. This is a true story of murder and mystery from Independence, Missouri, where a doctor is accused of killing off his wife's family for - what else - money. The story itself is intriguing, filled with unresolved questions and a cast of characters worthy of their own daily soap opera. But the real treat here is Fowler's writing, from his brilliant details (like the man who loved passing out gumdrops to children) to his wicked sense of humor. I ignored everything while I read this book. A tidal wave could have swept through my home and I wouldn't have noticed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago