Robert van Hook

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Robert van Hook
BornRobert J. van Hook
(1960-01-14)January 14, 1960

Sharonville, Ohio, U.S.
💀DiedJuly 18, 2018(2018-07-18) (aged 58)
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
Lucasville, Ohio, U.S.
July 18, 2018(2018-07-18) (aged 58)
💼 Occupation

Robert J. van Hook (also stylised as Vanhook; January 14, 1960 – July 18, 2018) was an American death row inmate from Ohio.[1] He was sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection[2] for the 1985 murder of David Self, whom van Hook killed after picking him up at a bar in downtown Cincinnati in February 1985. His case achieved notoriety because of his failed homosexual panic defense. Ultimately his conviction was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and Governor John Kasich of Ohio rejected his bids for clemency.[3][4]


  1. "Offender Details". 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  2. "Killer in 'homosexual panic' case is executed, singing until the drugs kick in". The Mercury News. 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  3. "Ohio executes killer who tried "homosexual panic" defense after 1985 murder". Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. Staff, AOL. "Ohio death row inmate Robert Van Hook executed for 1985 murder of gay man". Retrieved 21 July 2018.

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