Cleveland Crime Chronology
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A word. Some of the events listed here are not crimes, nor are they crime related. However, additional information involving something that happened prior to, during or even after an event can lead to an understanding of "state of mind". Likewise, certain events in a sequence could lead someone to think of one "incident" as a trigger or a precursor to following instances. Had certain things occurred in a different order, or not have happened at all, then this event or that event could have resulted in completely different situations that led to and followed crimes of circumstance or opportunity or passion. This type of data is provided in order for you, the reader, to come to a clear understanding of these things that have happened and to, of course, draw your own conclusions.
1853 - December 1, Cleveland Police Watchman John Osborne was killed while on foot patrol. Cause of death: stabbing.
1856 - May 6, Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology was born.
1873 - October 8, Ma Barker was born
1875 - June 15, Cleveland Police Patrolman Michael Kick was killed while on surveillance. Cause of death: shooting.
1876 - The West Virginia Penitentiary opens.
1887 - February 6, Cleveland Police Detective William Hulligan was killed while extraditing a prisoner. Cause of death: assault.
1888 - The Whitechapel Murders begin. (Jack the Ripper).
1891 - The Whitechapel Murders end. (Jack the Ripper).
1891 - May 1, League Park opens in Cleveland, Ohio.
1893 - H.H. Holmes starts killing people in Chicago. (Probably the first American serial killer)
1894 - September 5, Cleveland Police Patrolman Nicholas Sheehan was killed while chasing a suspect. Cause of death: shooting.
1895 - H.H. Holmes stops killing people in Chicago.
1895 - January 1, John Edgar Hoover was born. "Little Alabama Coon" by Len Spencer was the #1 song.
1896 - The Ohio State Reformatory opened for business. Our OSR site
1898 - August 22, Sam Gerber, Cuyahoga County Coroner, was born. "She's More to Be Pitied than Censured" by Steve Porter was the #1 song.
1903 - April 19, Eliot Ness was born. "In the Good Old Summer Time" by Haydn Quartet was the #1 song.
1904 - August 8, James T. Licavoli was born. "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis" by Billy Murray was the #1 song.
1907 - February 21, Alex "Shondor" Birns was born. "My Gal Sal" by Byron G. Harlan was the #1 song.
1908 - March 4, Ash Wednesday, The Great Collinwood School Fire occurs.
1912 - May 26, John T. Scalish was born. He would become the head of the Cleveland family.
1916 - John Nardi was born. He was eventually an ally and partner of Danny Greene.
1917 - April, the United States joins the Allies in World War 1.
1918 - November 11, World War 1 ends.
1919 - January 13, Robert Stack was born, who would go on to portray Eliot Ness.
1920 - Prohibition begins.
1923 - December 29, Samuel Holmes Sheppard was born.
1925 - October 6,The Swamp murders begin in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
1927 - May 21, Charles Augustus Lindbergh completes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight.
1928 - Television is introduced to the U.S.
1929 - May 15, The Cleveland Clinic Fire occurs.
1929 - August 11, Babe Ruth hits his 500th home run in League Park.
1929 - October 29, The stock market crashes on "Black Tuesday". This event triggers the "Great Depression".
1931 - May 3, the Empire State building was completed.
1931 - May 13, Jim Jones is delivered to the world.
1931 - July 1, Cleveland Municipal Stadium opens.
1932 - March 1, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., just 20 months old, was abducted in "The Crime of the Century".
1932 - July 1, The Cleveland Indians play their first game in Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
1933 - The Loch Ness Monster is first sited.
1933 - June 10, F. Lee Bailey was born.
1933 - October 10, A United Airlines 247 is bombed in the first incident of proven sabotage of an airplane.
1933 - November 9, Danny Greene was born. Youtube video is here.
1933 - December 5, The full Repeal of Prohibition (21 Amendment). Beer was legalized 8 months earlier.
1934 - August. Eliot Ness comes to Cleveland.
1934 - August, victim#1, part 1. Jane Doe #1 the "Lady of the Lake" is found (upper half). A body is found in North Perry in pieces and chemically treated (Torso by Steven Nickel). Most sources do not include this body in the list of victims. It was the upper half of the lady of the lake.
1934 - September 5, victim #1, part 2. Jane Doe #1 the "Lady of the Lake" is found (lower half). The first victim of the "Torso Murderer". Body chemically treated. Found by Frank La Gossie.
1934 - November 12, Charles Milles Manson (AKA Charles Manson) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1935 - January 16, Ma Barker dies at the hands of the F.B.I.
1935 - A Portuguese physician and neurologist Named Moniz pioneered a surgery that evolved into the frontal lobotomy. Moniz was given the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1949 for this work.
1935 - March 22, The Bureau of investigation becomes the F.B.I.
1935 - September 8, Huey Long was shot and dies 2 days later.
1935 - September (Labor Day). The strongest hurricane ever to hit the U.S. shore hits the Florida Keys.
1935 - September 23, Monday, victim #2. John Doe #1 is found on Jackass Hill. Head found. Body emasculated. Dead a few days.
1935 - September 23, victim #3. Edward W. Andrassy was found about 30 feet from the #2victim. Head found. Body emasculated. Body chemically treated. Dead for a longer period?
1935 - December 12, Cleveland's Mayor Harold Burton names Eliot Ness the Public Safety Director of Cleveland. (December 11 at 12:30 by Torso by Steven nickel).
1936 - January 26, victim #4, Florence Genevieve Polillo was found behind a business at 2315 E. 20th Street in downtown Cleveland.
1936 - April 3, Bruno Richard Hauptmann dies by electrocution.
1936 - June 5, victim #5. John Doe #2 the "Tattooed Man" is found In the area known as " Kingsbury Run".
1936 - July 22, victim #6. John Doe #3 was found in the Big Creek area in a modest gully between the creek and the B. and O. railroad tracks.
1936 - August 29, John McCain was born
1936 - September 10, victim #7. John Doe #4 along the Nickel Plate railroad tracks.1937 - February 23, 1937 victim #8. Jane Doe #2. Found: Same location as the "Lady of the Lake" Jane Doe 1.
1937 - May 23, at the age of 97, John D. Rockefeller dies and is buried in Cleveland at Lakeview Cemetery.
1937 - May 6, the Hindenburg explodes.
1937 - July 2, Amelia Earhart disappears.
1937 - June 6, victim #9. Jane Doe#3, possibly Rose Wallace. Found: In a burlap bag, in a pile of rocks.
1937 - July 6, the search for Amelia Earhart dominates local headlines.
1937 - July 6, victim #10. John Doe#5. Found: floating in the river.
1937 - December 15, Sam Gerber becomes Cuyahoga County Coroner, succeeding Coroner Pearse.
1938 - the Volkswagen Beetle becomes a production vehicle.
1938 - April 8,victim #11. part 1. Name: Jane Doe #4. Found: Lower leg in the river.
1938 - May 2, victim #11. part 2. Name: Jane Doe #4. Found: The rest of the body is found in two burlap bags.
1938 - August 16, victim #12. Jane Doe #5. Found: Headless, in a dump.
1938 - August 16, victim #13. John Doe #6. Found: In the same dump as Torso Victim 12.
1939 - January 5, Amelia Earhart is declared dead.
1939 - June 30, A woman's body, dismembered was found in a Youngstown, Ohio dump, her clothes found 200 feet away. Jane Doe.
1939 - August 25, "The Wizard of Oz" is released.
1939 - September 23, Sigmund Freud dies.
1939 - October 13, torso found in New Castle near railroad tracks. Head found, 6 day's later 30 miles away in a coal hopper in West Pittsburgh.
1939 - The Swamp murders end in New Castle, Pennsylvania. (The bodies below were killed in December 1939).
1939 - December 15, "Gone With the Wind" premieres.
1940 - May 13, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, 7 pieces of a human body (no head) in a burlap bag was discovered in a boxcar from Ohio. (6 months old).
1940 - May 13, Three cars away from the above another body was found, naked, decapitated (head never found). The word "nazi" was carved on the chest. Victim killed where found. (6 months old).
1940 - May 13 - End of the train line, a woman's body was found. No head, in parts, in a burlap bag. (6 months old).
1940 - Television commercials appear.
1944 - October 20, the East Ohio Gas Company explosion occurs.
1944 - The word "sociopath" is coined.
1946 - The Cleveland Browns start playing football.
1946 - January 31, Eliot Ness marries Elizabeth Anderson Seaver "Betty".
1946 - March 16, The Canadian Torso murder case - Hamilton, Ontario Canada Evelyn Dick is convicted of her husbands murder. Link. Photo
1947 - January 15, the body of Elizabeth Ann Short was found in Los Angeles. This was the beginning of the "Black Dahlia" case. The case was never solved.
1947 - Eliot Ness runs for Mayor of Cleveland and ends up losing.
1950 - May 3, Jeffrey Don Lundgren comes to life.
1950 - July 23, Robert Robertson was found without his head. (He was discounted from the Torso Murders as a copy cat crime).
1951 - August 24, Beverly Rose Potts disappears from Halloran Park. She was never found. link
1954 - July 4, Marilyn Sheppard is found dead in Bay Village.
1957 - May 16, Eliot Ness dies in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.
1959 - August 19, Anthony Sowell takes his first breath.
1959 - October 15, The Untouchables TV show comes out.
1960 - May 21, Jeffrey Dahmer begins life on planet earth.
1960 - June 16, Alfred Hitchcock's movie "Psycho" comes out.
1964 - September 15, the Beatles play at Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio.
1966 - August 14, the Beatles play at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio.
1968 - March 16, The My Lai Massacre occurs in South Vietnam.
1968 - Tedd Browne is killed by Richard N. Robbins, later convicted in the killing of Marlene Steele in 1969.
1969 - Marlene Steele is found dead. Wife of Judge Robert L. Steele of Euclid.
1970 - Sometime in the 1970's, F.B.I. agent Robert Ressler coins the term "serial killer".
1970 - April 6,Sam Sheppard, former doctor, professional wrestler, ex con and some say murderer, dies.
1970 - May 4, the shooting starts at Kent State
1971 - July 2, born on this day Tiffany Jennifer Papesh.
1975 - March 20, Alex "Shondor" Birns is blown to pieces on West 25th Street.
1976 - May 26, John Scalish dies.
1976 - September 10, Murder attempt: John Nardi.
1977 - May 17, John Nardi image, after 2 attempts was killed by a car bomb in the rear parking lot across from the musicians union.
1977 - October 6, Danny Greene dies in a car bombing in Lyndhurst, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb.
1978 - November 18, Jim Jones perpetrates the Jonestown Massacre.
1978 - November 18, Jim Jones dies in Jonestown.
1978 - December 11, Amy Mihaljevic was born.
1980 - June 13, Tiffany Jennifer Papesh goes missing. Her body has never been found.
1985 - November 27, James T Licavoli dies of a heart attack in prison.
1986 - December 15, Doctor Sam Gerber, Cuyahoga County Coroner, retires.
1987 - May 16, Sam Gerber, Cuyahoga County Coroner, dies. Exactly 30 years after Eliot Ness passes away.
1989 - October 27, Amy Mihaljevic winds up missing.
1990 - February 8, Amy Mihaljevic's body was found.
1991 - November 26, Amy Perkins was abducted and killed.
1876 - The West Virginia Penitentiary closes.
1996 - Former Judge Robert L. Steele dies.
1996 - January 13, nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted. The "Amber Alert" was established in 2002. Link
2001 - September 11, The World Trade Center attack occurs.
2002 - The "Amber Alert" was established. Link
2003 - April 21, Amanda Berry dissappears.
2003 - May 14, Robert Stack dies (he portrayed Eliot Ness on T.V.).
2004 - April 2, Gina DeJesus dissappears.
2006 - August 31, Police Officer Jonathan Schroeder, age 37, was killed while serving a warrant. Cause of Death: Gunfire
2006 - October 24, Jeffrey Don Lundgren stops breathing as a result of a State action.
2008 - March 1,Police Officer Derek Owens, age 36, was killed while chasing suspects. Cause of Death: Gunfire.
2009 - October 31, on Halloween, Anthony Sowell is arrested after the police found two bodies on his living room floor two days earlier.
2009 - November 5, the first of Anthony Sowells' alleged victims is identified.
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