Guilty by Popular Demand : A True Story of Small-Town Injustice

Guilty by Popular Demand : A True Story of Small-Town Injustice

by Bill Osinski
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GregS2012 More than 1 year ago
A very disappointing read. I met with Mr. Osinski as he was researching this book and was looking forward to it; however after reading it I was sorely disappointed. Many of his facts are wrong and he obviously did a poor job of researching the characters in the book. His description of Logan Ohio also missed the mark. Logan is not nor ever was a town in which it's economy was solely dependent on the coal mining industry. In the past Logan was a town strong in production of brick and clay products. In more recent years up through the time the story took place Logan had quite a few other commercial industries; Goodyear; Carborundum; Smead; Metal Bestos and Wolsky Stair to name a few. As the county seat of Hocking county, the court house the book describes as "a squat, two-story structure that is far from imposing" is in fact an attractive three story building with large columns between the second and third floors. Mr. Osinski's bias shows as he stereotypes the community as ignorant; prejudiced and backwards. In chapter 2 he states "... the police were under pressure to come with a suspect fast. An arrest, not the truth or even professional police work, was what the people wanted". Here is a quiet community in which two local teens were found murdered and dismembered, of course people wanted to find the suspects fast. To state the people wanted this crime solved without regard for truth or professional police work is simply an attempt at sensationalism by Mr. Olsinski. According to Mr. Osinski's account in this book, the step-father, Dale Johnston was the only normal person in the county. Too many of the accounts, including those provided by people I know personally are not even close to what truly happened. I've spoken to many people involved with this story, including some of the investigators who broke the case in 2008 and admit mistakes were made in the original investigation and everyone I've spoken to agree that this book is not an accurate, unbiased account of what transpired. The cover of this book states "A true story of small-town justice". What it should say is "loosely based on a true story" and all copies should be moved from the crime section of the book store to the fiction shelf! Save your money - don't buy this book if you want facts.