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His second wife was the singer and entertainer Ruth Etting, whom he married in 1922 and whose career he aggressively promoted. In 1927, the couple moved to New York City where Etting landed a starring role in the Ziegfeld Follies. After a move to Los Angeles where Etting had a film contract, the couple's marriage fell apart, and they were divorced on November 30, 1937.
In 1938, Snyder shot and wounded Etting's pianist and boyfriend Myrl Alderman; after which, Snyder was charged with kidnapping and attempted murder. In a sensational trial in L.A., he was found guilty and sentenced, but on appeal was released after a year in prison.
Portrayal on film
- Laura Damuth and Anita Breckbill. "Ruth Etting: Chicago's Sweetheart and L.A.'s Little Lady" in NLA Quarterly, Vol 31. No 4. Winter 2000 pp. 18–23.
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