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Book review: 'A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion' by Ron Hansen
Book review: 'A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion' by Ron Hansen

On March 19, 1927, Ruth Snyder and her lover Henry Judd Gray murdered Ruth's husband, Albert Edward Snyder, in his bed in Queens Village, New York. The murder plan was poorly conceived and badly carried out and in less than 24 hours the police had enough evidence to arrest Snyder and Gray. Whose plan was it? Who was the driving force in the murder? Who should get the death penalty? These questions remained for the trial that was held in the Queens County courtroom. It was one of the most publicized, highly attended, written and talked about events in a decade known for debauchery. Prohibition, the Jazz Age, the financial surge before the Great Depression; in hindsight the frantic,...

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