The Last Days of Cleveland: And More True Tales of Crime and Disaster from Cleveland's Past

The Last Days of Cleveland: And More True Tales of Crime and Disaster from Cleveland's Past

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By (author) II John Stark Bellamy

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  • Publisher: Gray & Company Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 254 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 13 October 2010
  • ISBN 10: 1598510673
  • ISBN 13: 9781598510676
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,242,529

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"Heroes and rogues fill the pages of this book. The stories will hold your attention and chill you to the bone." -- Crime Shadow NewsCleveland's master of historical crime and disaster returns with 15 more true tales in this sixth volume of his popular series, including . . . - West Park sisters Helen, 11, and Marguerite, 10, who died after eating Rough-on-Rats brand poison in their grandmother's basement-- victims of a genetic "suicide mania," or driven to death by the cruelest caretaker since Hansel and Gretel's stepmom? - Joseph "Specs" Russell, who vaulted to fame in the summer of 1927 by staging as many as 52 stick-ups and making fools of Cleveland lawmen with his "impossible" escapes from their dragnets; - Jeanette McAdams--just unlucky, or the Lucretia Borgia of Ashtabula County? After the suspiciously similar deaths of her five siblings, neighbors began to take note of the crowded family graveyard; - Salty and ageless George Wallace, who served the city as a fireman for 62 years, 30 of them as chief, and endured to become the oldest fire chief in the world--with a mastery of incessant profanity that could be heard for four city blocks and made mule skinners blush; And more true stories of courage, fear, deception, and villainy--including a disaster caused by the author himself!Sometimes gruesome, often surprising, John Stark Bellamy's tales are meticulously researched and delivered in a literate and entertaining style.

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There are half a dozen murders, several suicides, a shipwreck and the story of a persistent Roaring Twenties holdup man whose prison career was as engrossing as his crime spree. As Bellamy's other books are replete with tragedy on an epic scale, these "tales of woe," a phrase he likes to use, seem somehow intimate. That is, if a beheading can be intimate. The bloodless stories are just as interesting--Barbara McIntyre"Akron Beacon Journal" (12/14/2010)