Marshall alum receives national recognition for award-winning true crime book

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Jim Hollock smiles after receiving the gold medal for true crime by the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards for his book Born To Lose: Stanley B. Hoss and the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation.
Jim Hollock smiles after receiving the gold medal for true crime by the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards for his book Born To Lose: Stanley B. Hoss and the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –  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, which 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, Pa. 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.

 

Born to Lose is part of Marshall University's Authors' Collection at the Drinko Library,” Hollock said. “It is a regional best-seller and has received favorable comparisons with such American crime classics as Mailer's The Executioner's Song, Capote's In Cold Blood or Wambaugh's The Onion Field.”  

 

Involved with academics, student government and athletics during his four years at Marshall, a crowning achievement for Hollock was his inclusion in the 1970 edition of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.  Hollock said he is a proud part of the Marshall community.

 

“There is no doubt of the influence my ‘Marshall Years’ have had on me,” Hollock said. “My academic confidence started there and has served me well ever since.”

 

To learn more about Hollock and Born to Lose, contact him at j23hollock@comcast.net. For further information on Marshall alumni and their accomplishments, visit www.herdalum.com online. For more information on the programs within the College of Health Professions, visit www.marshall.edu/cohp online.

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