They Died Crawling by John Stark Bellamy II

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They Died Crawling by John Stark Bellamy II
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They Died Crawling

And Other Tales of Cleveland Woe

by John Stark Bellamy II

  • Softcover, 253 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-886228-03-0
A rollicking, no-holds-barred account of the facts (and continued speculation) about some of the darkest events and weirdest people in Cleveland's history. — Youngstown Vindicator

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 Company explosion and fire of 1944 that destroyed the entire east-side Norwood–St. Clair neighborhood;

• The chilling 1919 Dan Kaber murder, in which three generations of Lakewood women—mother, daughter, and grandmother—conspired to dispose of an inoffensive husband with arsenic and knife-wielding hired killers;

• Genius inventor Garrett A. Morgan's dramatic gas-masked rescue efforts during the gruesome 1916 waterworks collapse;

• Cleveland Electric Railway Car 642's horrifying plunge off the Central Viaduct into the Cuyahoga River in the Flats;

• The weird tale of industrialist Joe Gogan's trial for murdering his wife—by hitting her in the face with a bag of rat poison;

These gripping narratives deliver high drama and dark comedy, heroes and villains, obsession, courage, treachery, deceit, fear, and guilt—all from the streets of Cleveland.

Reviews
Despite its grim theme, this is the year's most entertaining book on Cleveland. — The Plain Dealer
A rollicking, no-holds-barred account of the facts (and continued speculation) about some of the darkest events and weirdest people in Cleveland's history. — Youngstown Vindicator
Blood and tears drip from the pages. — Akron Beacon Journal
Bellamy's wit is in evidence . . . The tales are told with clarity, compassion and a frankness of style. — Medina County Gazette
They Died Crawling: And Other Tales of Cleveland Woe, by John Stark Bellamy II
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About John Stark Bellamy II
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. More About John Stark Bellamy II

Contains References to:

Central Viaduct Disaster, Cleveland Accidents, Cleveland Clinic Disaster, Cleveland Fires, Cleveland Gothic Tales, Cleveland Homicide, Cleveland Murder, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Press, Cleveland True Crime, East Ohio Gas Company Explosion, Eva Kaber, Jiggs Losteiner, Joe Gogan, John Leonard Whitfield, Judge William McGannon, May Day Riots, Sam Sheppard, William Corrigan, William Lowe Rice,

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