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The Last Days of Cleveland: And More True Tales of Crime and Disaster from Cleveland's Past
The sixth volume in Bellamy's popular series of true crime and disaster includes Joseph "Specs" Russell, who vaulted to fame in the summer of 1927 by staging 52 stick-ups and making fools of Cleveland lawmen with "impossible" escapes from their dragnets . . . West Park sisters Helen, 11, and Marguerite, 10, who died after eating Rough-on-Rats brand poison in their grandmot ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 13th 2010 by Gray & Company Publishers
(first published October 2010)
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It always makes my month to find that Bellamy, a former Cleveland resident, has released a new compilation of Cleveland disaster tales. This one has several new stories. I think my favorite was the one dealing with longtime firefighter George Wallace. By "longtime" we're talking more than 60 years (I don't have the book in front of me). He was an interesting and colorful character. The story didn't exactly fit in with most of the other stories -- which cover crime and disaster -- but it was fun ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series and have had the pleasure of hearing the author give his lectures on his books at my library, the very same where he worked. The staff let me know about this one, knowing I am a fan of his. I got to hear the last tale from the author himself at his last lecture before he retired.
I won this book as a door prize at a writing conference last autumn where Bellamy was a speaker. Not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it. Great grim stuff. You don't have to be from Cleveland to "enjoy" it. The first story of the child suicides will probably never leave my mind.
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 ...moreMore about John Stark Bellamy II...