About John Stark Bellamy II

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John Stark Bellamy II, author of Women Behaving Badly

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    John Stark Bellamy II

    John Stark Bellamy II is the author of six books and two anthologies about Cleveland crime and disaster. The former history specialist for the Cuyahoga County Public Library, he comes by his taste for the sensational honestly, having grown up reading stories about Cleveland crime and disaster written by his grandfather, Paul, who was editor of the Plain Dealer, and his father, Peter, who wrote for the Cleveland News and the Plain Dealer.

    Books by John Stark Bellamy II

    The Last Days of Cleveland by John Stark Bellamy II
    The Last Days of Cleveland
    and More True Tales of Crime and Disaster from Cleveland's Past
    by John Stark Bellamy II

    Cleveland'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 th . . . [Read More]

    Cleveland's Greatest Disasters! by John Stark Bellamy II
    Cleveland's Greatest Disasters!
    Sixteen Tragic Tales of Death and Destruction--An Anthology
    by John Stark Bellamy II

    An anthology of the 15 best true disaster stories from the popular book series by John Stark Bellamy II. Revisit the most terrible tragedies in Cleveland history, including:

    • The apocalyptic East Ohio Gas Company explosion and fire of 1944, which d . . . [Read More]

    Women Behaving Badly by John Stark Bellamy II
    Women Behaving Badly
    True Tales of Cleveland's Most Ferocious Female Killers: An Anthology
    by John Stark Bellamy II

    Women who murder . . . why are they so much more fascinating than their male counterparts? For evidence, dip into any of the sixteen strange-but-true tales collected in this anthology by Cleveland's leading historical crime writer. You'll meet:

    • Ill . . . [Read More]

    Death Ride at Euclid Beach by John Stark Bellamy II
    Death Ride at Euclid Beach
    And Other True Tales of Crime & Disaster from Cleveland's Past
    by John Stark Bellamy II

    More true tales of woe from Cleveland's crime and disaster expert. The fifth book in John Stark Bellamy's popular series delivers 26 accounts of Cleveland-area crimes and disasters from 1900 through 1950, including:

    • The depression-era “ Blue Book M . . . [Read More]

    The Killer in the Attic by John Stark Bellamy II
    The Killer in the Attic
    And More True Tales of Crime and Disaster from Cleveland's Past
    by John Stark Bellamy II

    The fourth volume in John Stark Bellamy's classic Cleveland crime and disaster series features 26 more gruesome, horrible, tragic, and despicable— but true— tales, including:

    • Love-crazed Clark Hill, who warmed up his teenage girlfriend with an overd . . . [Read More]

    The Corpse in the Cellar by John Stark Bellamy II
    The Corpse in the Cellar
    And Further Tales of Cleveland Woe
    by John Stark Bellamy II

    The third book in this popular series delivers 25 more incredible but true stories of Cleveland crime and disaster, including:

    • Crotchety old vigilante Jarvis Meach, who shot down robbers in cold blood with his beloved shotguns, “ Old Bunty” and “ Lit . . . [Read More]

    The Maniac in the Bushes by John Stark Bellamy II
    The Maniac in the Bushes
    More Tales of Cleveland Woe
    by John Stark Bellamy II

    The second volume in Bellamy's popular series includes 13 more incredible true stories of Cleveland crime and disaster, including . . .

    • Martha Wise, Medina's not-so-merry widow, who poisoned a dozen relatives with arsenic— including her own husband . . . [Read More]

    They Died Crawling by John Stark Bellamy II
    They Died Crawling
    And Other Tales of Cleveland Woe
    by John Stark Bellamy II

    The foulest crimes and worst disasters in Cleveland history are recounted in these 15 incredible-but-true tales, including:

    • A no-holds-barred account of the infamous and sensational Sam Sheppard murder trial;

    • The apocalyptic East Ohio Gas Compan . . . [Read More]

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