Murder In Sylvania, Ohio

As told in 1857

by Gaye E. Gindy



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/13/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781425979188

About the Book

Murder In Sylvania is a true history about a grisly murder that happened in a small, quiet community in northwestern Ohio back in 1857.  Everything contained in this book was prepared from documents that existed at the time of the murder, and the actual names of people and places are used throughout.  The reader will learn about all the gory details of this murder, confessions to other murders, the sentencing and the hanging of a man whose childhood set the stage for this hardened criminal.  The murder, committed by Return Jonathan Meigs Ward, was the first case of capital execution in Lucas County, Ohio, and this brutal murder was the last of a series of slayings committed by this first presumed serial killer in the state of Ohio.


About the Author

GAYE E. GINDY is a free-lance writer and author from Sylvania, Ohio, who has been researching the history of the Sylvania community for 30 years.  She has been employed for the past 30 years for the public entities of Sylvania Township and the City of Sylvania, working in the services of the Sylvania Township Fire Department, Administration offices of Sylvania Township and currently the City of Sylvania Police Division.  She has also been writing a weekly history column for the local newspaper, the Sylvania Herald, for the last five years.


Gaye and husband, Sam, have been married 29 years.  They have two children, Allan and Samantha. 


Gaye Gindy became interested in “Sylvania” history during the United States Bi-Centennial celebration in 1976, when her interest in history was realized.


This is her fourth book.  Other books include: 

  • Next Stop Sylvania, Ohio: A History of the First Train Line West of the Allegheny Mountains, and its Journey Through Sylvania – Published by Sylvania Historical Village Commission - 1998; 
  • Bridging Time: A History Of SylvaniaPublished by Herald Newspapers - 1999;
  • Sylvania, Ohio – Images of America (Arcadia Publishing) by Gaye E. Gindy and Trini L. Wenninger – 2006.