No Witnesses: The story of Robbery and Murder at the Cabinet Supreme Savings and Loan

No Witnesses: The story of Robbery and Murder at the Cabinet Supreme Savings and Loan

by Kate March


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"No Witnesses." Those two words and the thinking behind them drove three petty thugs to become mass murderers. Their crime, which rocked the sleepy suburban Delhi Township, did, in fact, have witnesses, before and after it was committed, including the women they killed. This is the story of how top notch police work, emerging technology, and interdepartmental cooperation led to the murderers' arrests.
No Witnesses was written based upon full examination of the interview tapes, the trial transcripts, and interviews of the key characters involved, including John Leigh.

After being sentenced to death, the three killers' sentences were commuted to life in prison. "No Witnesses" also gives a glimpse inside the Ohio prison system, uncovering the underground markets, gangs, and characters Ohio locks away to protect its citizens.

The 1994 parole hearing for John Leigh stunned the prison world: he was not to receive another hearing for 20 years. The callous murders he and his partners committed still shocked the community after 25 years. Leigh's story inside the Ohio prison system reveals more of the character that was capable of such a crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781436310291
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 08/04/2008
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

One Wednesday morning, when she had been editor of the weekly Price Hill News for just a year and a half, Kate March stood talking to a journalism class at the Cincinnati Bible Seminary, intended to teach students how to deal with the press. Kate had prepared material angled at methods to get good works into print. After talking for about 12 minutes, she invited questions, and was bowled over. Those nice youngsters never even got close to the kind of helpful things she tried to tell them.
"How," they asked, "would you have covered the Posteal Laskey story if you had been here then?" Kate was stunned. That was a high-profile murder case in Cincinnati. Laskey was a black man who became known as the Cincinnati Strangler, and was convicted of the murder of a young white woman in Price Hill. The students were unhappy with what they believed was sensationalism by the local press. Kate told them that frankly, she didn�t know, that she had never been in such a position, that she believed she would handle such a story with accuracy and professionalism.
The opportunity came quickly. As she walked out through the seminary lobby, she was called to the phone. It was her office. "Kate, you better get back here quick. There�s been a holdup in Delhi. Four women have been shot."
She would win an award from the Ohio Newspaper Association for part of the tale of "The Cabinet Supreme Murders" which now includes sordid details of the life of a man who would become an inmate in the same prison as Posteal Laskey.
Kate March worked 18 years as a newspaper woman, mostly editing weekly newspapers in suburban Cincinnati and in Lombard, Ill. She was a stringer for the Cincinnati Enquirerand was on the staff of the Pulitzer Prize winning Daily Gazette of Xenia, Ohio.
She has covered crime stories and police departments large and small and has been exposed to such strangeness as being called as a juror in a sensational murder case about which she had written the original stories.
The most gripping of all her stories, she says, is the Cabinet Supreme murders, which is told in her book, "No Witnesses," from the dissolute and corrupt youth of the shooter plus his violent and illicit activities as a convict, through the time he became an acquiescent inmate.
At the time of his third parole hearing in 1994, the shooter made history, as the first man in Ohio to be refused another parole hearing for twenty years.

Kate March has won numerous awards for her writing from various organizations, including the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association; the Ohio Newspaper Women's Association; the Ohio Newspaper Association. Included in her awards was recognition from the Ohio Newspaper Assoticaion fore her coverage of the Cabinet Supreme murders. She was also recognized by the Price Hill Civic Club as a Woman of the Year in Business Life, and received certificates of appreciation from the Delhi Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and the Greater Price Hill Improvement Association.
Kate has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (formerly known as Sigma Delta Chi) since 1977, and a member of the Miami Valley Literacy Council since 1988.

Kate March passed away February 2007 at the age of 80.

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