Re: RARA-AVIS: The Postman Always Rings Twice

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 23 Oct 2003

Here's an article that covers the case in more detail, including the infamous shot of the actual execution of Ruth Snyder. Note, however, the article erroneously attributes Cain's interest in the case to his writing of DOUBLE INDEMNITY. While the case may have indirectly (though doubtlessly) influenced that novel, Cain's own words cite it as the direct inspiration for POSTMAN, not DOUBLE. Otherwise, it gives a good overview of the case.

Ron C.

> PS The site also has information on the
> Snyder-Gray case which Cain said helped inspire
> the book.
> David Wright
> Seattle Public Library

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