Death Ride at Euclid Beach by John Stark Bellamy II

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Death Ride at Euclid Beach by John Stark Bellamy II
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Death Ride at Euclid Beach

And Other True Tales of Crime & Disaster from Cleveland's Past

by John Stark Bellamy II

  • Softcover, 265 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-886228-85-6
Has more than its fair share of violence, sex, debauchery and reversals of fortune . . . But what emerges between the lines are stories of human suffering, stories of class struggle, stories that speak as much to the criminal mind as to the crime itself. — Sun Newspapers

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 Murder,” in which a swank Shaker Heights society party was interrupted by low-class thugs with deadly intentions;

• Truculent barkeep Thomas Martin, whose idea of a good time was shooting the lunch buckets out of unsuspecting laborers' hands as they came off their Whiskey Island shifts;

• A strange international photo hoax in which Lakewood lad John May Warren became “The boy with Hitler's face”;

• Sleepwalking Harry Krause, who dreamt one night of battling a gigantic snake but awoke to the real nightmare: he had strangled his own beloved mother in her bed;

• The shocking murder of sweet 16-year-old Beverly Jarosz in her Garfield Heights bedroom—one of Cleveland's most baffling murder mysteries ever;

And 20 more local true stories of courage, fear, deception, treachery, tragedy, violence, and guilt. Sometimes gruesome, often surprising, Bellamy's tales are meticulously researched and delivered in a literate and entertaining style.

Illustrations: 103 black-and-white photographs and illustrations

Reviews
Has more than its fair share of violence, sex, debauchery and reversals of fortune . . . But what emerges between the lines are stories of human suffering, stories of class struggle, stories that speak as much to the criminal mind as to the crime itself . . . And Bellamy clearly relishes his criminals. Sometimes he pokes fun. Sometimes he wonders at the humanity of it all. But always he tells his tales with sympathy, compassion and a good old-fashioned, if not antiquated, flair for storytelling. — Sun Press
To look at John Stark Bellamy, you wouldn't think this that friendly-faced guy in a sportcoat and tie was the keeper of the Cleveland Crypt, as author of five volumes of what he likes to call “Cleveland dismalia.” But then, many a dark, roiling inner life is concealed behind a mild faŤade. — Free Times
Interesting how murder and mayhem can prod one's historical curiosity. Bellamy even makes it fun by including many familiar places—no matter where you're driving, you'll take the occasional detour to check out some of the book's ghoulish crime scenes. — Call & Post
Take the titles of his past books and you get the idea. “The Maniac in the Bushes,” “They Died Crawling” and “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 . . . The best writer and historian to come out of Cleveland since George Condon, whose “Best Kept Secret” is a marvelous book on the city's story. — News-Journal
Bellamy tells these and other tales with his usual flamboyant yet sympathetic panache, once again creating a volume that just isn't easy to put down, especially for local history or crime buffs. — Maple Heights Press
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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:

Cleveland Accidents, Amusement Parks, Beverly Jarosz, Bostock Animal Riots, Celia Barger, Cleveland Gothic Tales, Cleveland Homicide, Cleveland Stockyards Fire, Cleveland True Crime, Communist Relief Riots, Communist Relief Riots, Hitler Baby, John Shipp, Joseph Senk, Lawrence Bader, Public Hall, Rosa Colvin, Russo Wine Company Fires, Ruth Baumgardner, Tina LaMont

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