Books: Ruth & Judd

To THE GALLOWS I MUST Go—T. S. Matthews—Knopf ($2).

When in Long Island, Judd Gray, corset salesman, murdered Albert E. Snyder, 45, husband of Ruth Brown Snyder, 32, the Manhattan dailies were shocked beyond the drunkenest tabloid editor's most gaudy dream (TIME, April 4, 1927). The Manhattan public was somehow puzzled. How came a curly-haired, weak-mouthed little vendor of female garments, in the vegetable suburbs of a great city, to such a pitch of excitement that he could smash a man's skull with a sash-weight? The tabloids, who followed Judd Gray and...

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