Northeast Ohio's 50 Most Frustrating Cold Cases

Northeast Ohio's 50 Most Frustrating Cold Cases

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12. Who Bombed the Thinker?

Crime Scene: Cleveland Museum of Art, March 24, 1970.

The Mystery: One of the most recognizable sculptures in history, Rodin's the Thinker, sits at the entrance to the Museum of Art. Next time you visit, take a good look at its base. The steel is all twisted and the man's feet are missing. Why? Because someone placed a bomb, as powerful as three sticks of dynamite, beneath it in 1970. It's believed the domestic terrorist group, the Weather Underground, did it as a political statement, but nobody ever claimed responsibility and nobody has been arrested for the crime.

Send tips to Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, Detective Bureau: 216-443-6130.

13. Who Killed Beverly Jarosz?

Crime Scene: Garfield Heights, Dec. 28, 1964.

The Mystery: 16-year-old Beverly Jarosz looked like a young Zooey Deschanel. The Catholic schoolgirl had no shortage of suitors in Garfield Heights — and at least one stalker as well. One anonymous admirer left a ring and bracelet on her back porch. But the attention made her suspicious and she started carrying a sharp letter opener for protection. Then, a few days after Christmas, someone murdered Beverly in her bedroom when she was home alone. She was stabbed 42 times and strangled with a rope. Suspects include her boyfriend, an ex, a neighbor boy, and a traveling salesman. But no one has ever been charged.

Send tips to Garfield Heights police detectives: 216-475-5686.

14. The 1987 Akron Murder Spree

Crime Scene: Akron, August through December 1987.

The Mystery: Three women were brutally murdered in similar ways in 1987, and their deaths may be the work of a serial killer. On August 10, 31-year-old Janice Christensen went jogging along the Hudson Bike and Hike trail. Someone sexually assaulted her and stabbed her to death. Her body was found the next day, just off the trail. On Oct. 24, the body of JoAnn Bartholomew was discovered in the woods behind Chapel Hill Mall after she failed to return from church. She too had been raped and stabbed. Marcia Kay Potter, 36, was reported missing Dec. 14. They found her body in a northwest Akron apartment complex. Someone had stabbed her to death. It's possible these murders may be related to Barbara Blatnik's homicide as well.

Send tips to the Akron Police Detective Bureau: 330-375-2490

15. Did a Serial Killer Leave His Victims in Berlin?

Crime Scene: Berlin Reservoir, 1994

The Mystery: 14-year-old Sarah Boehm left her family's house in Rochester, Pennsylvania, one night, telling her brother that she was going to a friend's house. She never made it there. Her body was later discovered in Berlin Reservoir, a rural Ohio park, less than a half-mile from where the nude body of 17-year-old Kathryn Menendez was found. Menendez was from Alliance and had run away before. Both girls were murdered in the summer of 1994. The FBI believes the crimes may be the work of a serial killer.

Send tips to the FBI: 216-522-1400.

16. Who Really Killed Ramona Krotine?

Crime Scene: Brook Park, March 20, 2003.

The Mystery: Someone shot this suburban mom in the head, execution-style, and left her body in the trunk of her own car at a seedy RTA station on the west side. Her husband, realtor Jeff Krotine, was tried three times for her murder but was ultimately acquitted. Police suspected he was involved after they caught him getting rid of carpeting from their bedroom. A witness named Sam Mazzola, who ran a bear-wrestling business, claimed he knew who the real killer was. Mazzola died in 2011; he suffocated on a dildo while dressed in leather and handcuffed to his bed. Jeff Krotine died last year of natural causes.

Send tips to the Brook Park police: 216-433-1239.

17. What Happened to Beverly Potts?

Crime Scene: Cleveland, August 24, 1951.

The Mystery: Probably Cleveland's most famous unsolved mystery, just about everyone has heard of Beverly Potts and her case remains a mystery. On August 24, 10-year-old Beverly went to Halloran Park with a friend to see an end-of-summer arts program. Her friend left early. Beverly was last seen walking toward the intersection of Linnet Avenue and West 117 around 9:30 p.m. It is assumed that she was abducted and murdered, but her body has never been found.

Send tips to Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, Detective Bureau: 216-443-6130.

18. Who Killed Michelli Wilson and Ed Rhodes?

Crime Scene: Barberton, May 2000

The Mystery: When Delialah Rollons dropped by her mom's house on Mother's Day, in 2000, she found her mother, Michelli Wilson, and her boyfriend, Edward Rhodes, dead, inside. Details of the murders have never been made public and the police are still investigating the cold case.

Send tips to Barberton detectives: 330-848-6709.

19. Who Started the Shootings That Killed Four Kent State Students?

Crime Scene: Kent State University, May 4, 1970.

The Mystery: Following a weekend of protests related to the escalating war in Vietnam, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a group of unarmed students, killing Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder. Several of the guardsmen claimed they only opened fire after hearing a gunshot from the area of the protestors, but many of the students said they heard an order to fire given by a ranking officer. Later, an FBI informant named Terry Norman, who was standing with the protestors, admitted to having a loaded gun with him that day. An analysis of the weapon showed that it may have been fired that day.

Send tips to Kent police: 330-673-7732.

20. What Happened to Yvonne Regler?

Crime Scene: Fairview Park, Aug. 8, 1977.

The Mystery: 17-year-old Yvonne Regler usually worked at the Sunoco in North Olmsted, but on August 8, 1977, she filled in for an employee at the Lorain Road location, in nearby Fairview Park. When another attendant showed up for the 1:30 shift, they found Yvonne's purse, with money and ID still inside, but there was no sign of Yvonne. No money was missing from the register. Police believe she was abducted, but her body has never been found.

Send tips to the Fairview Park police: 330-356-4415.

21. Where is Ashley Summers?

Crime Scene: Cleveland, July 6, 2007.

The Mystery: Ashley Summers was 14 years old when she disappeared from Cleveland west side in 2007, not far from where Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were abducted. When police found Amanda, Gina, and Michelle Knight inside Ariel Castro's homemade sex prison, some suspected Castro of abducting Ashley as well. Then, just a couple months ago, a woman who bares a striking resemblance to Ashley was caught on camera at an ATM in Rhode Island. Was she murdered in 2007 or did she run away to start a new life?

Send tips to Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, Detective Bureau: 216-443-6130.

22. Who Torched Joe Cimperman's House?

Crime Scene: Tremont, July 2008.

The Mystery: Someone set fire to Cleveland city councilman Joe Cimperman's house on West 12th in the middle of the night, while he, his wife and his week-old daughter slept inside. Luckily, he escaped. When asked if there was anyone he suspected wanted to kill him, he quipped, "How much time do you have?" Shortly before the fire, he'd received threatening letters signed by the "local KKK."

Send tips to Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, Detective Bureau: 216-443-6130

23. Who Killed Brandon Cartellone?

Crime Scene: Tremont, July 27, 2011.

The Mystery: The body of a promising young student from Cleveland Institute of Art was found in his apartment on Professor Avenue, around 1 a.m., by a friend who immediately called police. Brandon Cartellone had been shot in the stomach and someone had bound his wrists and ankles. Detectives found cash and a pot-growing setup in the apartment, located in the hipster enclave of Tremont. A new detective has just been assigned to the case.

Send tips to Cleveland homicide detectives: 216-623-5464.

24. Who Killed Aliza Sherman?

Crime Scene: Cleveland, March 24, 2013.

The Mystery: Two days before her divorce trial was to begin, someone stabbed Aliza Sherman to death outside her attorney's office, in downtown Cleveland. Robbery was not the motive; her attacker left her purse and car keys behind. In January, police claimed they had a person of interest and an indictment was imminent.

Send tips to Cleveland detectives: 216-623-5464.

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