They Died Crawling

And Other Tales of Cleveland Woe

John Stark Bellamy II

$15.95

The foulest crimes and worst disasters in Cleveland history are recounted in 15 incredible-but-true tales. Delves into the city’s most notorious moments, from the 1916 waterworks collapse to the Cleveland Clinic fire to the sensational Sam Sheppard murder trial. These gripping narratives deliver high drama and dark comedy, heroes and villains.

Softcover / 253 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 70 photos / ISBN 9781886228030

Description

“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.

Additional information

Weight0.71 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Cleveland’s Saddest Fourth (The 1908 S. S. Kresge Fireworks Explosion)

2. Horror On The Heights (The 1910 Murder of William Lowe Rice)

3. “They Died Crawling” (The 1916 Waterworks Tunnel Explosion)

4. She Got Her Money’s Worth (Eva Kaber, Lakewood’s 1919 Lady Borgia)

5. Streets Of Hell (The 1944 East Ohio Gas Company Explosion and Fire)

6. “God, The Devil, Man or Beast” (The Incredible 1923 Saga of John Leonard Whitfield)

7. “Five Minutes Out of Nowhere” (The 1932 Ellington Apartments Inferno)

8. “Cold Lead for Breakfast” (The 1870 Galentine-Jones Melodrama)

9. “Horror of All Horrors!” (The 1895 Central Viaduct Disaster)

10. Death Takes a Powder (Hazel Gogan’s Bizarre 1950 Demise)

11. Third Man at Hamilton (The Rise and Fall of Judge William H. McGannon, 1921)

12. Red Dawn in Cleveland (The 1919 May Day Riots)

13. High Noon at Bedford (The Violent Saga of “Jiggs” Losteiner, Cleveland’s Baddest Man)

14. Breath of Death (The 1929 Cleveland Clinic Disaster)

15. “We’re Going to Burn You . . .” (The Enduring Sheppard Tragedy)

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