Summary of Offense:
On February 18, 1985, Van Hook murdered 25-year-old David Self in his Cincinnati apartment. Mr. Self had met Van Hook that evening at a downtown bar called the Subway Bar. Van Hook strangled Mr. Self until he was unconscious, stabbed him in the head and multiple times in the neck, which nearly decapitated Mr. Self. Van Hook then cut open Mr. Self's abdomen, stabbed him multiple times in the liver and heart and left a bottle, its cap and a cigarette butt in Mr. Self's abdominal cavity.