Corpse in the Cellar

Overview

The third book in this popular series delivers 25 more incredible but true stories of Cleveland crime and disaster, including:

• Crotchety old vigilante Jarvis Meach, who shot down robbers in cold blood with his beloved shotguns, “Old Bunty” and “Little Pet.”

• Medina's Wickedest Stepmother, Mary Garrett, who locked her stepdaughters in their bedroom, set fire to the house, and did all she could to get the furniture out unharmed.

• The horrible Ashtabula Bridge Disaster, which killed more than 80 holiday ...

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Overview

The third book in this popular series delivers 25 more incredible but true stories of Cleveland crime and disaster, including:

• Crotchety old vigilante Jarvis Meach, who shot down robbers in cold blood with his beloved shotguns, “Old Bunty” and “Little Pet.”

• Medina's Wickedest Stepmother, Mary Garrett, who locked her stepdaughters in their bedroom, set fire to the house, and did all she could to get the furniture out unharmed.

• The horrible Ashtabula Bridge Disaster, which killed more than 80 holiday travelers trapped in a fiery inferno after their passenger train plunged 82 feet to the snow-covered ground;

• The strange death of Minnie Peters, who bashed in her own head with her husband’s machinist’s hammer in a most gruesome act of suicide;

• Cleveland’s saddest circus, when 15 minutes of raging fire killed more than 50 animals. The show went on again that evening;

Bellamy’s signature style brings to life the colorful characters who took part in some of Cleveland’s most exciting and tragic moments. Crooks and cops, heroes and villains, ordinary folks who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

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Editorial Reviews

Akron Beacon Journal
Bellamy has no trouble finding just the right tidbits to fascinate readers.
— Craig Wilson
Lake County Tribune
While the content of Bellamy’s book is somewhat gruesome, it is also strangely fascinating and gives readers insight into criminal minds of the past, the way such crimes were reported, and—most shockingly—the manner in which some old-time law enforcement agents treated suspects.
— Teresa Milanese
Medina County Gazette
As with all the books in his Cleveland crime series, Bellamy writes with razor-edged wit and his own particular brand of charm.
The Chronicle-Telegram
Colorful and richly detailed writing.
— Steve Fogarty
The Plain Dealer
The Edgar Allen Poe of Cleveland . . . [Bellamy] proves that even the murders of ordinary people can make for edge-of-your-seat reading.
— James Shelley
West Life
Bellamy blends details culled from old newspaper clippings, trial transcripts and other sources into an exploration of the city’s seamier side.
— Cynthia Eakin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886228337
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 1,384,614
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. “Jesus save me from the chair”: The Lonesome Death of Michael Hahnel (1924)

2. “Murderer in short breeches”: The Gothic Doom of Maggie Thompson (1889)

3. The Incredible Vanishing Killer: Cleveland’s “Black Widow” (1922)

4. Murder on Millionaires’ Row: Herbert Noyes’s “Danse Macabre” (1900)

5. “We are going down!”: The Ashtabula Bridge Disaster (1876)

6. City Hall Cadaver: Robert Mercer’s Unquiet Grave (1913)

7. Medina’s Wickedest Stepmother: The Garrett Tragedy (1887)

8. Stand by Your Man: The Joe Filkowski Story (1931)

9. A Shot in the Dark: The Rayner Tragedy (1910)

10. “To get a woman or else”: The Sheila Ann Tuley Horror (1948)

11. Revenge of the Graybeards: The Fabulous Meach Brothers of Rochester (1902)

12. “With demons you’re dealing”: Dr. Chapin’s Date with Death (1917)

13. “They ought to give him the whole works”: The Ruth Steese Murder (1932)

14. The Case of the Careless Killer: The Mentor Marsh Murder (1923)

15. The Scovill Avenue Mystery: The Murder of Sonny Hoenig (1907)

16. “Jump, boys, it’s a crash!”: The Doodlebug Deathtrip (1940)

17. “All will have gone to decay”: The Billy Whitla Story (1909)

18. Death on a Davenport: The Assassination of William E. Potter (1931)

19. “Shootin’ and shootin’ and shootin’”: The Awful Death of Mary Kelly (1877)

20. “Step aside, Daddy, and I’ll fill him full of lead!”: The Insouciant Mabel Champion (1922)

21. “This is my last day!”: The Strange Death of Minnie Peters (1906)

22. Cleveland’s Saddest Circus Day: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Fire (1942)

23. “In the name of violated chastity”: The Terrible Stalking of Tamsen Parsons (1865)

24. Assassin from Nowhere: Christina Lispcomb’s Terrible Secret (1908)

25. The Phantom Flapper Killer: The Mystery of Margaret Heldman (1928)

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