On a cold, drizzly fall afternoon in 1958,
a trio of duck hunters stumbled on the charred remains of Cincinnati resident
Louise Bergen. When investigators learned that her estranged husband was living
with an older divorcée, Edythe Klumpp, they wasted no time in questioning her.
When she failed a lie detector test, Edythe spilled out a confession. Although
it did not fit the physical evidence, she was found guilty and sentenced to
death in the electric chair. Governor Michael V. DiSalle put his political
career on the line to save Edythe from the death penalty, personally
interviewing the prisoner while she was under the influence of “truth serum.”
But was it the truth? Richard O Jones separates the facts from the fiction in
this comprehensive book about the Klumpp murder.