(Farmington, Missouri: September 1st, 1891 - New York City, NY: February 24th, 1963)
Herbert Asbury was an American journalist and writer best known for his true crime books during the 19th and early 20th centuries. He enlisted as a private for World War I and was later promoted to sergeant and second lieutenant. His name to fame came when he wrote in 1926 an article for The American Mercury about a prostitute from his hometown in Farmington. The article caused a sensation. In Boston, the magazine was banned. This caused a boom for the Mercury as trying to ban such stories has only the opposite effect. Everybody wanted to read it.