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And so it is… Sunday has finally arrived and the first part of my day is to sit quietly and meditate reflecting on the past week: Coffee in hand of course.
Clearing my head this morning has been quite the difficult task, given the past week of activities.
Having just arrived from an extensive trip back from England this past Thursday my psychic mind has had a few stressors to say the least. However as soon as my feet touched US soil my mind has been on New Investigations and catching up with my like minded friends for all the Paranormal gossip, I must say there has been a haven of activity and ive got alot to catch up on.
I have already conducted two psychic circles this past week as well as a further investigation into the wonderful areas of Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus.
The area literally seems to call me everytime I get back here and radiates with a physically vibration every time I arrive and pay our friends a visit. The activity has no time constraints either, and bares no mind to make themselves know to me, be it day or night.
This visit was a mid afternoon visit, researching the grave yard for some plot names to verify the prior clairvoyant meeting with my friends at the very same location that I began last March 2012.
When thinking things through I feel in my mind that I am breaking some of my own personal ground here in regards to the metaphysicalphenomenon that is taking place at this location. For it is by far stronger than when I first arrived last year and now each time I arrive more and more is shown to me and each experience further expands my mind and educates me within that space between.
The afternoon was beautifully sunny and relatively warm, so much warmer than that of the coldness that I left behind in Europe. There was no wind and clear skys making the walk around the cemetery very calming and meditative. The peace and serenity of these types of old locations are by far some of the best places to reflect and calm the soul.
One area of the cemetery was of special interest to me, the grave of the notorious Dr.James Howard Snook of which his burial location was until recently keep a closly guarded secret for over some 75 years by the state of Ohio. Recently the location has been disclosed and visits can now be made, however not that I needed his location, as on my last visit during an overnight investigation of GreenLawn Cemetery, the very Dr. James Howard Snook himself led us directly to his resting place.
Before I go further, for anyone not aware of who Dr. James Howard Snook was I will provide a brief history:
Dr, James Howard Snook was born, 17 September 1879 in West Lebanon, he became an athlete and veterinarian in Columbus Ohio.
He invented the snook hook a surgical instrument which is still used in the spaying of animals today. He also was a founding member of the Alpha Psi veterinary fraternity. Doctor James Howard Snook was living the good life. He was a professor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University, as well as being a horse surgeon. He had many successes in life: a devout wife, a child, two Olympic gold medals for pistol shooting, and the respect of the entire city of Columbus. Snook had a secret though, a forbidden love affair with OSU student Theora Hix.
The affair began in June of 1926 when Soon, then 46, offered Theora, 21, a ride back to her dorm room at Mack Hall one evening. Three weeks after they met, they became lovers. Early in their relationship, Snook and Hix often met at various locations around Columbus and would sometimes drive out to the country to have their relations. Between 1926 and 1929, Snook rented a rooming house at 24 Hubbard Avenue so he and Hix could have a more permanent meeting place. They would meet there as many as two to three times a week, usually between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Many thought of Theora as an innocent victim of an older man, but she was no angel. She was often moody and disagreeable stating to Snook that her other lover, Marion Myers, was sexually superior to Snook and gave her much more pleasure. She recommended that Snook study-up on sexual matters and referred him to several book. Snook complied. Clearly Hix wore the pants in the relationship, often making demands of the doctor and, at times, could be very cruel. Snook later stated that their relationship was purely sexual, neither loving the other. “We satisfied each other’s needs,” he later testified in court.
During the course of their relationship, Hix became frightened after a break-in at her dorm room. Snook gave her a Remington derringer for protection and the two often went to the New York Central shooting range on Fisher Road near McKinley Avenue to practice. It is in the weeds of that shooting range where the body of Theora Hix was discovered on June 16, 1929, by two 16-year-old boys. Her roommates, Beatrice and Alice Bustin, had filed a missing person report on Theora Hix earlier that day after she did not return home. They later identified Theora’s body. Theora’s roommates identified several of her “boyfriends,” but it was not until Mrs. Margaret Smalley, who rented the Hubbard Avenue love nest to Snook, identified him as the man who rented the home after seeing his photo in the newspaper. She stated that he rented the place as Howard Snook, saying that he was a salt salesman and Theora was his young wife.
Snook was later arrested and his trail gained national attention. The courtroom was packed everyday with curious people wanting to hear the seedy testimony first-hand. Some began to wait as early as 3:00 AM on the street in front of the courthouse for a good seat. During the trial, Snook testified that he and Hix drove to the Scioto Country Club to make love. Once they arrived, Hix determined that the spot was not suitable because she “would like to go someplace where I can scream.” Snook then drove his Ford coupe to the New York Central shooting range where they tried to have sex in the small car. They decided that it was unsatisfactory for both of them and Snook told Hix that he needed to leave to prepare a trip to his mother’s house out of town.
Snook then testified that Theora became very angry saying, “Damn your mother. I don’t care about your mother. Damn Mrs. Snook. I’m going to kill her and get her out of the way.” Snook continued to testify that Hix continued to threaten his family, even to go so far as killing his young daughter. The doctor then stated that Theora grabbed open his trousers and began to bite and pull at his private area so hard, he could not tolerate the pain. Snook said he grabbed the ball-peen hammer from his kit in the back of the car and hit her with it. When he freed himself from her grasp, Snook testified that Hix stated, “Damn you, I will kill you too.”
According to Snook, Theora then slid out of her car and began digging through her purse. Afraid that she was searching for her pistol, Snook struck her in the head several times with the ball-peen hammer until she fell to the ground. Snook’s story of cutting Hix’s neck varied. He first stated that he did not know how her neck had been cut open, but later said that he had cut her throat because he did not want to see her suffer. The cut across her jugular vein and carotid artery was so precise that only someone knowledgeable and experienced in anatomy could have made them.
The evidence was stacked against Snook as well. Theora’s blood was found inside his car, on the clothing he wore the night of the murder, on his ball-peen hammer, and on his pocket knife. Snook had attempted to clean the items, but the cleaning job apparently was not thorough enough. The details of the case were so lucid that its dirty details were removed from “complete” transcripts of the trials published in Columbus newspapers. persons under the age of 18 were not permitted in the courtroom. In fact, one author stated “If this trail had been a movie, it would have been a blockbuster.”
The trial lasted less than a month and on August 14, 1929, the jury returned a verdict of “guilty of murder in the first degree as he stands charged in the indictment,” after just 28 minutes of deliberation. Snook was sentenced to die in the Ohio Penitentiary’s electric chair. Just before his execution, Snook supposedly confessed to the warden that the murder had been premeditated. The warden stated that Shook had placed the hammer and knife in the car so they would be close at hand when the opportunity presented itself. The rendezvous at the shooting range had been his first opportunity for the murder, which he made look like the workings of a maniac. Snook described the murder as a “logical and inevitable conclusion to a ‘convenient arrangement.’” It is believed that the warden’s account of Snook’s full confession had been completely fabricated by the warden and that Snook’s signature was likely forged on the document. After several attempts by Snook to obtain a new trial or change the verdict to manslaughter or second degree murder, Snook was executed on February 28, 1930 in the electric chair at the Ohio Penitentiary. A short service was held at the King Avenue Methodist Church and he was given a private burial at Green Lawn Cemetery.
The story does not end here obviously. Now going back to the evening in March 2012. The investigation into GreenLawn Cemetery did not come to me without its problems. Firstly I had to obtain permission from the plot directors of GreenLawn itself before I was allowed to even walk the grounds at night.
The size of GreenLawn founded in 1848 is a real problem in itself for any Paranormal Investigator, covering over 360 acres (1.5 km2) it contains nearly 150,000 interments, making it a huge undertaking during both day and night to access and getting lost even in daylight is a given.
There are gravestones everywhere, with crypts spanning the breadth of late-Victorian and turn-of-the-century architectural movements, including some styled in the Mesopotamian–Egyptian style favored during the burst of “Egyptian mania” enjoyed after Howard Carter‘s discovery of King Tut‘s tomb in 1922. Some of the largest family crypts that can be seen are those of the Hayden, Battelle, and Packard families. Also entombed here with their own private burial plots surrounding the central crypt is the Lazarus family, the patriarchal line that founded and ran the popular department store chains known as The F&R Lazarus & Company, The John Shillito Company, and Federated Department Stores.
There are specialized burial areas similar to those found in many other large cemeteries. Specifically, there is “Lullabye Land” where stillborns and infant deaths are laid to rest. Also here are six distinct areas for war veterans, each one a section dedicated to a specific American war and including the oldest section towards the western rear of the cemetery for Civil War veterans of Ohio infantry battalions. A famous monument is erected towards the westernmost boundary for the “Soldiers and Sailors” memorial movement.
The center building of the cemetery is the mausoleum and chapel. This building was originally erected in 1902, and then was subsequently added to with an additional wing and carillon bells in the 1960s. Here can be found intricate precious-stone mosaics on the walls and stained-glass windows commissioned by the Board of Trustees from the famous Tiffany glassworks studio.
Some notible people have found their resting place there:
- Charles A. Bond, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio (1908-1909) and founder of Bond Clothing, the first United States national men’s clothing chain store company
- Thomas Blakiston, an English explorer and naturalist (1832-1891)
- John W. Bricker, Ohio Governor, U.S. Senator, Vice-Presidential candidate as Thomas Dewey‘s running mate in 1944.
- Samuel Bush, industrialist and grandfather of U.S. President George H.W. Bush and great-grandfather of George W. Bush.
- William Dennison, Ohio Governor (1860-1862)
- Henry Beecher Dierdorff, engineer and mining pioneer
- Cromwell Dixon, aviation pioneer, first person to fly over the Continental Divide (1911)
- Washington Gladden, minister, social reformer
- Otis Harlan, actor, voice of Happy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- P.W. Huntington, founder of Huntington National Bank
- Alexander Livingston, creator of the paragon tomato which yielded a uniform fruit over a harvest season, allowing it to be the first commercial tomato.
- John G. Mitchell, American Civil War general in the Union Army
- Max Moorhouse, merchant and first person to commission air freight delivery of goods (November 7, 1910)
- Frank Packard, architect
- Joseph H. Potter, American Civil War general in the Union Army
- James A. Rhodes, Ohio Governor (1963–71, 1975–83), Mayor of Columbus, Ohio (1944-1952)
- Eddie Rickenbacker, WWI flying ace, race car driver, industrialist and one-time owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and CEO of Eastern Air Lines
- Alice Schille, watercolor artist
- James H. Snook, Ohio State University Professor and convicted murderer
- Lucas Sullivant, land surveyor, founder of Franklinton, Ohio
- James Thurber, humorist, author, and New Yorker columnist
- Charles C. Walcutt, Civil War general and postbellum Mayor of Columbus
- Rev. Thomas Woodrow, grandfather of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
To add to the scare factor, the Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry sits on the entrance of GreenLawn which houses some savory persons that are allowed leave with passes given daily. So to fall upon a patient roaming the cemetery both day and night is not entirely unheard of along with the unsavory human factors of our society that find GreenLawn a haven at night for all kinds of unethical and unsaverable activity.
So the fear factor of a women walking around the grounds at night alone without your vehicle and given the barriers at the entrance are down at dusk not allowing car access makes it hard to escape, so using your car as shelter and a quick get away is by far, not an option.
The Investigation in 2012 was eventful but a little unnerving, along with many other feelings, emotions, noises, orbs and many spirits as well as the notorious Dr. Snook suddenly appearing and deciding to lead us and point out his resting place. However with much regret that suddenly the evening was called to an abrupt close as the City of Columbus Police Department showed up and advised us to leave due to a wanted person involved in their police chase was there running through the cemetery to make his escape from the local PD.
Dr. Snook I feel appeared to us back in 2012 briefly along side his grave site around 2am that evening before disappearing suddenly. I was completely unaware of his history at the time, then after he disolved in an instant turning the area colder than a refrigerator and turning myself and my fellow Investigator very core, colder than ice. Now one may very well say “Oh it was the guy the police was after” it may well have been the wanted person running from the CPD that evening but if the person we saw standing next to Dr. James Howard Snooks grave site was literally in a suite and tie with his body seeming to be without legs then MAYBE ..hmmmm?
It is now March 2013 and im back and ready for a second investigation, the Investigation will be during the midnight to 3am hours and there will be more team members, this time I do not wish to be alone, even with my fellow investigator last time, the whole ambience of GreenLawn at night is clearly a very different animal than by day.
Watch this space.
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