He’s largely forgotten now by history, even in Kentucky, where he made his political name. But William Goebel is, to this day, the only sitting U.S. governor ever assassinated.
Now, it has often been said by criminal defense attornies that in a murder case the real issue is, did the victim deserve to die? And most people who knew Willilam Goebel would agree that he was pretty deserving. He destroyed lives, usurped power, undermined democracy and was a murderer. Even his political allies really didn’t like him.
But how did he get that way?
That’s where Howard McEwen comes in. His book “Wrath” is the fictionalized story of William Goebel, a power hungry politician who used every trick in the book to get his way.
Using what we know of Goebel’s personal history and the history of our country, McEwen has come up with a fictional motivation for how a man could become like this.
Listen to Howard McEwen