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The Good-Bye Door (True Crime) [Kindle Edition]

Diana Franklin
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The true story of the first female serial killer to die in the electric chair. Nicknamed “the Blonde Borgia,” Anna Marie Hahn was a cold-blooded serial killer who preyed on the elderly in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district in the 1930s. When the State of Ohio strapped its first woman into the electric chair, Hahn gained a place in the annals of crime as the nation’s first female serial killer to be executed in the chair. Told here for the first time in riveting detail is Anna Marie’s gripping story, an almost unbelievable tale of multiple murders, deceit, and greed. Born in Bavaria in 1906, Anna Marie brought shame to her pious family when, as a teenager, she gave birth to an illegitimate son, Oscar. She was shipped off to America in 1929 where she initially lived with elderly relatives in Cincinnati. A year later she married Philip Hahn, a Western Union telegrapher, with whom she bought a new house and opened a delicatessen/bakery.Pressed economically by the Great Depression, the ever-resourceful Anna Marie found other ways to get the money to support her passionate past-time—betting on horses. She tried burning down the house, then the deli, for the insurance; and she tried killing her husband, also for the insurance. Then she took to befriending the neighborhood elderly, latching on to their life savings before feeding them arsenic with deadly results. For weeks her Cincinnati trial for “the greatest mass murder in the history of the country” was a front-page sensation across the nation. A thousand or more curiosity seekers came daily to the courthouse to try to get just a glimpse of her. Nearly 100 witnesses gave damning testimony against her, and the jury’s guilty verdict put her on the path to the electric chair. Finally, after a year, all appeals were exhausted, and Anna Marie, age 32, was executed on December 7, 1938, at the state penitentiary in Columbus. True crime buffs, historians, legal professionals, and others seeking an extraordinary story will find The Goodbye Door a compelling addition to true crime literature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press (May 10 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005146X74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Diana Britt Franklin has managed to turn a 1930's true story into an exciting account that reads like a novel, I practically read the book in one sitting. The amount of information and research the author must have gathered is amazing. Quite a story and a superbly well written book. I loved it
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating True Crime Story! Feb. 14 2007
By A. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating true story about America's first female serial killer to die in the electric chair. The book covers Anna Marie Hahn's life as a favored child in Bavaria, to her descent into crime as a serial killer, and finally to her execution. The book is an easy, but compelling read--I couldn't put it down and read it in less than 2 days! I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Diana Franklin, and discussing the book with her. Diana's thorough research investigating these murders (which took place in the mid- to late-1930s) and the resulting trial and media coverage is clear. She was able to recreate Anna's actions in astounding detail. Anyone who is interested in reading true crime stories should definitely add this book to their list of "must reads"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERFUL RECREATION !!! May 17 2007
By Marlene - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Good-bye Door" is a masterful recreation of a heinous crime that took place almost 80 years ago. The manuscript is so vividly crafted that I felt like a voyeur, watching every move made by this serial killer, Anna Marie Hahn. When she finally was arrested, I was there when police questioned her. When her trial began in a crowded Cincinnati courtroom, I was sitting in the first row. When she stood rigidly before the bar, I felt the judge's pain at having to pronounce the death sentence. And when she went to the electric chair after a year in the Ohio penitentiary, I was swept up by the emotional scene in front of me. Readers will be amazed, as I was, at the author's skill in bringing this story to life. A wonderful book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good-bye Door Jan. 28 2007
By William Blackburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As an avid reader of true crime, I thoroughly enjoyed "The Good-bye Door." How this incredible story, told in such captivating detail by the author, escaped attention all these years is hard to fathom. In its day, it was describled as "the greatest mass murder in the history of the country." Fortunately for history, this author took the time to chronicle Anna Marie Hahn's arrest, trial, incarceration, and execution in Ohio. "The

Good-bye Door" is engrossing from beginning to end. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mesmerizing True Tale June 4 2008
By James F. Sundquist - Published on Amazon.com
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To those of us who are naïve enough to think that serial killers are a product of our generation, one only needs to remember the oft quoted philosophy of George Santayana: "Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The words were penned prior to 1906.

In "The Good-bye Door," author Diana Britt Franklin reweaves the story of Anna Marie Hahn, a prolific killer in Cincinnati. Though the terminology had yet to be coined -- the term used in her day was "mass murderer" -- surely Anna fits the bill of "serial killer". As Franklin transports us back to the 1930's, we are mesmerized by a tale of avarice, lies, and murder.

Except that the verdict is revealed in the prologue, we follow Anna's life as silent onlookers, wondering what the outcome of her actions will bring. As death follows upon death, then arrest and trial arrive, we still are unsure whether she is capable and guilty as charged. Lies are ever present, but part of us wants to believe her.

Just as we accept the evil that has been done and the verdict, we are confronted by Anna Hahn's time spent on death row and our own conflict between justice and mercy.

If this were fiction it would be remarkable, but as a true story it is sensational, thanks to the exhaustive research Ms. Franklin has done to bring alive this disturbing tale.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right in the Middle of an incredible story July 1 2007
By Joy R. Stupl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Few true crime writers I have read can match Diana Franklin's inpressive ability to re-create an incredibe story such as this and place the reader right in the middle of it. This is not a bloody tale of an ax murderer who ran amuk, but it is just as shocking today as it was 80 years ago. I was astounded that this woman, Anna Marie Hahn-of whom I had never heard-could ingratiate herself to so many elderly men and women, then snuff out their lives so callously. She must have had super powers of persuasian to get them to trust her, giving her hundreds of dollars in "loans". I did have sympathy for her husband as he maintained his dignity throughout the ordeal. Her son, however, although young, came across to me as a willing pawn to his mother's activities with lies and subterfuge. However, any child that would have to endure a mother's trial, incarceration, and death in the electric chair deserves some sympathy from the reader, I suppose. This story is absolutely fascinating merely because if it were not true crime, it hardly would be believeable. The author's skillful dedicationto details makes it so.
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