Cleveland history buffs and true crime fans will be thrilled (and chilled) to get their hands on John Stark Bellamy's latest collection. Killer in the Attic contains more gruesome, horrible, tragic, and despicable—but true—tales from Cleveland's history. In Bellamy's latest book, the history expert serves up 26 more detailed and compelling accounts of the unspeakable.
“A narrative of 26 stories of Northeast Ohio horrors and tragedies that are fascinating and yes entertaining . . . often in a bizarre way that leaves the reader feeling guilty for being so entertained.” — Medina County Gazette
“Bellamy's morbid subject matter, vividly drawn characters and flowery prose are reminiscent of Victorian murder mysteries, although the subjects hit closer to home. While disasters illustrate humanity's stalwart refusal to learn from itself, Bellamy says murders show how people live and relate to each other. However, his subjects weren't chosen for their social lessons, but rather for how 'ineptly evil' they were.” — Maple Heights Press
“A chatty, amiable little book that thankfully delivers a lot less gore than it promises. Bellamy's [stories] focus more on re-creating the setting than spelling out grisly details . . . What also works in this quirky collection is Bellamy's willingness to pass judgment . . . With long-ago people and places coming so vividly to life--Bellamy's research is meticulous--Cleveland readers will enjoy this compilation of crime on every corner.” — The Plain Dealer
“Bellamy knows more about death and disaster in our city than anyone.” — WQAL FM Radio
“Bellamy has titillated and enthralled Northeast Ohio readers with four prervious volumes of crimes & disasters from Cleveland history.” — The Chronicle-Telegram
“John Stark Bellamy II once again regales readers with tales of Cleveland's most dastardly deeds in his fourth complilation.” — Cleveland Magazine
“You'd have a tough time finding somebody in town more learned--or enthusiastic--about the city's history of death and disaster.” — Scene Magazine
“Few locals know more about such tragedies better than author John Stark Bellamy II.” — Free Times
“These stories, illustrated with photos, drawings and headlines from the newspaper accounts fo the day, make addictive reading.” — News Journal
“Bellamy regales readers with tales of 26 of Cleveland's most dastardly deeds . . . [His] way with words turns history into a current event.” — Ohio Magazine
“[Bellamy's] books, which detail some of the most grisly murders and disasters in Greater Cleveland's history, are often stranger than fiction . . . the true crime series he has created is literally the stuff of local legend . . . Bellamy employs an extremely mannered prose, inspired largely by his fascination with 18th century English writers. And his highly stylized writing, along with the fact that he will not touch stories that still touch contemporary nerves, are reasons the books can be thought of as entertainment.” — Sun Newspapers
About John Stark Bellamy II
John Stark Bellamy II is the author of five books 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.
Contains References to:
Child Murder, Cleveland Disasters, Cleveland Mafia, Cleveland Murderers, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Press, Cleveland Thieves, Cleveland True Crime, Courtroom Drama, Cuyahoga River Fires, Electric Chair, Ernst Watzl, Execution, Hanging, Major accidents, Melvin Horst, Reichlin Murder, Sarah Victor, Shondor Birns, Terminal Tower, Thompson Trophy, West 117th Street Explosion, Willow Bridge Scow Disaster