The Maniac in the Bushes by John Stark Bellamy II

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Maniac in the Bushes by John Stark Bellamy II
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The Maniac in the Bushes

More Tales of Cleveland Woe

by John Stark Bellamy II

  • Softcover, 298 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-886228-19-1
Morbidly fascinating and wickedly entertaining. — The Plain Dealer

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, mother, brother, niece, and nephews—because she enjoyed attending funerals;

• The legendary Torso Murders, which baffled Cleveland safety directory Eliot Ness, two Cuyahoga County coroners, and the entire Cleveland police force as they tried in vain to catch the perpetrator—whom newspapers dubbed the “Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run”;

• The unspeakably horrible Collinwood School Fire of 1908, in which 172 schoolchildren perished in panic because of obstructed fire exits;

• Hammer-wielding Velma West, a big-city girl of Cleveland's Jazz Age driven to murder her small-town husband by the slow pace of life of Painesville—and her own obsession with another woman;

• The Flats lumber fire of 1914, which leveled Cleveland's industrial Flats, melted bridges, and very nearly set the entire city ablaze;

• The enduring mystery of ten-year-old Beverly Potts, whose puzzling disappearance from west-side Halloran Park in 1951 launched Cleveland's greatest manhunt;

And many other local heroes and villains in these compelling tales of mayhem, melancholy, and mystery.

Illustrations: 90 black-and-white photographs

Reviews
Morbidly fascinating and wickedly entertaining . . . John Stark Bellamy II is the historian your mother warned you about . . . he offers bad guys and wanton women, unspeakable tragedy and murder most foul . . . Strange? Yes, you can certainly say that about a lot of the tales Bellamy includes in his second (and, one can only hope, not his last) collection of Cleveland crime and catastrophe stories. Strange, but awfully entertaining. — The Plain Dealer
Murder, shoot-outs, serial killers, damsels in distress, roller coasters headed to nowhere, killers in the attic, matricide, patricide, black widows . . . Cleveland had it all, as Bellamy deftly and floridly notes in page turners like this. Who knew history could be such great, bloody fun? — The Plain Dealer
Bellamy . . . [is a] Homer of our homicides, wandering through dark places and remembering. — Free Times
Take the titles of his past books and you get the idea. The Maniac in the Bushes, They Died Crawling, Corpse in the Cellar, and Killer in the Attic probably reside in half the residential book cases on northern Ohio. Certainly in mine. They are a guilty pleasure if your mind works that way . . . [Bellamy's] the best writer and historian to come out of Cleveland since George Condon. — News Journal
John Bellamy II has turned crime into an art with the second of his books on local crimes and disasters . . . [He] is a thorough researcher and has mined so much definitive material, you almost believe you are reading and reliving the stories of a current crime. The characters come alive with well defined narrative strength and you are swept up in their lives. — The Times... Of Your Life
The Maniac in the Bushes: More 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:

1908 Collinwood Fire, Accidents, Beverly Potts, Blinky Morgan, Cleveland Fires, Cleveland Gothic Tales, Cleveland Homicide, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Press, Cleveland True Crime, J.J. Phillips, Janet Blood, Kingsbury Run, Martha Wise, Torso Murders, Velma West

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