Richard H. Underwood, American legal scholar and legal nonfiction and true crime writer, is the Edward T. Breathitt Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His most recent books are Gaslight Lawyers: Criminal Trials and Exploits in Gilded Age New York (2017) and CrimeSong: True Crime Stories from Southern Murder Ballads (2016).Underwood was born in Columbus, Ohio, where he spent his early years. He graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 1969 and then entered the army. He served four years, with tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam, and later served as the security officer at the Presidio of San Francisco. Underwood left the army with the rank of captain, and he received numerous decorations, like the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star. Then he attended the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1976, after serving on the Ohio State


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