By David Fong
TROY — At the time, John Fulker had no way of knowing one week of his senior year in high school would forever change his life, spurring him on to greater heights as both an attorney and author.
“My senior year in high school, I had expressed some interest in studying law in college — and my dad told me, ‘Bud, you need to start going and watching some trials,’” Fulker said. “My parents contacted the principal and told him I wouldn’t be in school that day because I was going to watch a trial. I was so fascinated by it, that I went back the next day. I would end up spending the whole week watching that trial.
“Finally, the principal ended up calling my parents and telling them I needed to get back to school — but I never did get in trouble for missing that week.”
Following his graduation from Troy High School, Fulker would earn his undergraduate degree from Miami University and his law degree from Columbia University. He has been a practicing attorney in Troy for more than 60 years.
For decades, that first trial would stick with Fulker. When he was re-telling the story of the murder case to some of his partners at the firm of Faust, Harrelson, Fulker, McCarthy and Schlemmer in the early 1980s, they convinced him it would make a good book. In 1982, that trail indeed became the subject of his first book, “And True Deliverance Make.”
Since then, Fulker has gone on to publish five more true crime books, the latest of which, “Home Run: A Murder Conundrum,” is now available. Fulker will appear at a book signing 2 p.m. Saturday at Jay and Mary’s Book Center in Troy.
Fulker’s sixth book follows his previous works, “The View From Above,” “Chicken Soup, Cheap Whiskey and Bad Women,” “Shards, Pellets and Knives” and “Cash, Cars and Kisses.”
Unlike his previous works, however, “Home Run: A Murder Conundrum” deals with a relatively recent case, one that took place in Miami County in 1999. It’s the story of what started out as a seemingly simple insurance claim, but turned into a murder case. Most of Fulker’s previous offerings went back much further into history.
“Some of them went back to murder cases in the 1850s,” he said. “This was a case in which I was personally involved.”
Fulker is averaging one book every five years or so, while still maintaining his career as a well-respected attorney in Troy.
“I do most of my writing after everyone else has gone to bed,” he said of finding time to write books while at the same time maintaining his career. “I’ve always been something of a night owl.”
With six books to his credit, Fulker said his career as an author may be finished — but doesn’t rule out the possibility of writing another.
“I may be finished … unless something strikes my fancy or interests me,” he said.
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