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Ohio Mysteries

Dec 23, 2021

(This is our annual repeat of a seasonal favorite.) For more than 50 years, the country accepted without question that Wooster, Ohioimmigrant August Imgard was the first to decorate a Christmas tree in America. His charming story from 1847 was told and retold by newspapers from coast to coast every December. Then, a...


Dec 20, 2021

In 1880, citizens of Lexington in Richland County thought they saw the notorious outlaw Jesse James and his gang visiting a local horse thief and toiling around some hidden caves. For decades, treasure hunters tried following their footsteps. Modern day researchers say there's good reason to think the story is more...


Dec 16, 2021

An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal crossover
In 1991, Manher and Jyoti Patel and their 6-year-old daughter Alka were executed in their home in Green. The Patels owned the notorious pay-by-the-hour Steve's Motel. Summit County detectives have come to believe it was a professional hit over a business deal - and for...


Dec 13, 2021

In 1904, the Cumminsville neighborhood of Cincinnati was rocked with the brutal murders of three women. Six years later, there were two more gruesome attacks within that one-mile radius. More than a century later, all five homicides - and whether they were the work of one or more villains - remains a mystery.


Dec 9, 2021

In 1846 Edward Roye, native son of Newark, Ohio, set sail for Liberia, a new independent country that was attracting thousands of black Americans who wanted to escape racial prejudice. He became the country's richest man, and then its fifth president. But he vanished during a political coup, and was never seen again.