David Meyers & Elise Meyers Walker

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David Meyers is a graduate of Miami University and The Ohio State University. His lifelong interest in history has led him to turn out a number of non-fiction books on a variety of topics, especially those neglected by others. He frequently collaborates with his daughter, Elise. He has also authored several novels and a handful of works for the stage, including two full length musicals.

Elise Meyers Walker earned degrees from Hofstra University and Ohio University. A former board member of the Columbus Historical Society and the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville, she describes herself as an analyst, researcher, performer, author, organizer, project manager, event planner, teacher, saleswoman, Lego artist, mother, and adventuress. Her particular interest is true crime.


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Speaking Engagements

Both authors have given numerous presentations throughout Ohio at libraries, museums, festivals, historical societies, and elsewhere. Their programs are based on the topics of their books.


David Meyers & Elise Meyers Walker's Books

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OHIO'S BLACK HAND SYNDICATE: THE BIRTH OF ORGANIZED CRIME IN AMERICA (2018): Organized crime was born in the back of a fruit store in Marion, Ohio.

Before America saw headlines about the Capone Mob, the Purple Gang, and Murder Inc., the specter of the Black Hand terrorized nearly every major city. Fears that the Mafia had reached our shores and infiltrated every Italian immigrant community kept police alert and citizens on edge. It was only a matter of time before these professed Robin Hoods formed a band. And when they did, the eyes of the world turned to Ohio, particularly when the local Black Hand outfit known as the Society of the Banana went on trial.

Authors David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker unfold this first and nearly forgotten chapter on crime syndicate history.

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November 2, 2019
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