Literary success for Marshall alum
HUNTINGTON -- After a dozen years of research and writing, James G. Hollock published his first book titled "Born To Lose: Stanley B. Hoss and the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation."
The book tells the violent story of a Pennsylvania cop killer who later confessed to killing a young Maryland woman and her child. After his conviction, Hoss continued his crime spree in prison through his brutal murder of an African American corrections officer.
Hollock, a 1970 graduate of Marshall University's department of communication disorders, said he had a 30-year career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
He held various positions along the way at Western Penitentiary, a maximum security prison in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was here Hollock became intrigued with the tale of Stanley B. Hoss.
"This story is arguably the most notorious and remembered criminal episode in western Pennsylvania and, perhaps, western Maryland," Hollock said. "I researched five years before I wrote a word. I interviewed scores of individuals who lived the roles depicted on the pages. Hoss's victims of assault and rape, police and prison personnel, assorted cutthroats, the prosecution and defense, judges, the wife and mistress -- all talked for the first time on record."
"Born To Lose" was published by Kent State University Press in May 2011. It is the gold medal winner for true crime by the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards and also a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. Hollock said in 2013, the book was put on Kindle and later the same year received an uncommon distinction with its selection by the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled for nationwide distribution as an audio book.
Hollock said although "Born To Lose" has been procured by nearly 600 universities across the U.S. and Europe and is on the shelves of the law libraries of such prestigious institutions as Princeton, Yale and Harvard, he is most proud of its placement in Marshall's own Drinko Library.
To learn more about Hollock and Born to Lose, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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