Thursday, May 26, 2011

There's been another murder

The swelling in my eyelid has gone down significantly, but the size of the chalazion is still about the same. Surgery should be tomorrow.

Since the eye feels better it has been a little easier to read. Managed to fit a book in this week.

You do not think of Columbus as being much of a crime capital, at least violent ones but David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker found quite a few doozies from the last hundred years or so of Columbus' history. From digging up graves for medical research to the murder of Dimebag Darrell at the Alrosa Villa, the book encompasses many years.

I wanted to like Historic Columbus Crimes, but it's a slender volume lacking a lot of details. It is a labor of love, written by a father and daughter and when a chapter starts with the sentence, "On an otherwise unremarkable Monday, Mrs. Addie Sheatsley, a few hours after serving lunch to her husband and four children, crawled into the coal furnace of her Bexley home and shut the door behind her." You want to cheer them on.

Unfortunately that's the most colorful phrase in the book. In that particular story we find that the authors did not investigate the story of the story with great enthusiasm. Leaving out such details of the actual address, when other addresses are given in other chapters. I did not expect the authors to try and solve some of the crimes, but a bit of follow up would have added some depth to the text.

If you want to know more about an ax murder on Norwich or a vicious gunfight at Broad and High after some serious tabloid snark go for it, I'll give Taggart a shot instead.

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