Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Florida Atlantic University
John Kelly amd Virginia Snyder.
(Throughout my life, I have probed more than one hundred h...)
Throughout my life, I have probed more than one hundred homicides, including fifteen death-row cases, whereby I helped save six men from execution. My cases have included a retired teacher whose dismembered body was hidden in a trunk; a pedophile who killed a sixteen-year-old and got away with murder because he was an informer for the police department; an attorney who held one of his elderly clients hostage; and a Cuban fry cook, Luis Diaz, who was unjustly convicted and imprisoned as a serial rapist for twenty-six years. But And Justice for All is more than individual cases; it is also about the corruption and callousness of many officials who were and are major players in our justice system.This book is about my searching for justice in Florida; but based on my extensive reading and experience, I believe that circumstances are similar elsewhere in our country. This story is about my successes, as in the Louis Diaz case, and about my continuing challenges, those cases I have not resolved to my satisfaction. I do not believe in the concept of failure because, even as a child, it has never been in my nature to quit. I have fought city hall and won. I know what one person can do to challenge the system.
Snyder received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government & Politics from Florida Atlantic University in 1965.
Snyder began her career as an investigative journalist for Fort Lauderdale News in 1966. Five years later she took the same position for Boca Raton News and held it for three years.
Also in 1976, she opened her own private investigative agency. She investigated challenging cases, some involving people facing life in prison or the death penalty. As a result of her efforts, six men were freed from death row and others who were sentenced to life in prison for crimes they did not commit were released. Virginia confronted with Ku Klux Klan, powerful Colombian drug lords, and corrupt police departments.
Snyder’s work was credited with helping to free Luis Diaz, a Cuban fry cook wrongly imprisoned for the Bird Road rapes in Miami. She never lost faith in Diaz’s innocence during the 25 years he was behind bars. She wrote a column for the American Hereford Journal and worked in a cattle-breeding laboratory.
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Snyder was a member of National Organization of Women, Florida Poetry Society, Virginia Poetry Society, West Virginia Poetry Society, Poets of the Palm Beaches and Professional & Business Forum. She was a president of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton.
Quotes from others about the person
“"She was a strong woman and such a force. She’d walk into a room and everyone gravitated toward her." - Nicole Campbell”
On January 28, 1939 Virginia Snyder married Hendrix C. Royston, with whom she divorced in 1952. Then on July 20, 1954 she married Ross S. Snyder. They had an adoptive son.