Women Behaving Badly

True Tales of Cleveland’s Most Ferocious Female Killers: An Anthology

John Stark Bellamy, II

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A book for women with a wicked side! Why are women who murder so much more fascinating than their male counterparts? For evidence of that tantalizing truth, dip into this strange-but-true anthology by Cleveland’s top historical crime writer. These 16 tales of willful women and their woeful misdeeds make for awfully entertaining reading.

Hardcover / 255 pages / 5.8 x 8.8 in. / ISBN 9781598510003


“Bellamy once again masterfully brings to life decades-old tales that won’t let you look away.”Cleveland Magazine

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-fated Catherine Manz, the “Bad Cinderella” who poisoned her step-sister in revenge for years of mistreatment, then made her getaway wearing her victim’s most fetching outfit, a red dress and an enormous feathered hat . . .

• Velma West, the big-city girl who scandalized rural Lake County in the 1920s with her “unnatural passions”—and ended her marriage-made-in-hell with a swift hammer’s blow to the skull of her dull husband, Eddie . . .

• Eva Kaber, “Lakewood’s Lady Borgia,” who, along with her mother and daughter, conspired to dispose of an inconvenient husband with arsenic and knife-wielding hired killers . . .

• Martha Wise, Medina’s not-so-merry widow, who poisoned a dozen relatives—including her husband, mother, and brother—because she enjoyed going to funerals . . .

And a cast of other, equally fascinating women who behaved very, very badly. This is wickedly entertaining reading!

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