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Ohio Mysteries

Jun 27, 2021

This is the first in an occasional series looking at the mystery of mob mentality. This episode: In 1904, thousands of Springfield citizens attacked the Clark County jail, murdered a black man who had killed a cop, then burned down a black neighborhood. A year later, sympathetic juries supported the mob...


Jun 24, 2021

In 1970, 6 months after the infamous Charles Manson cult killings in California, southwest Ohio was rocked by its own gruesome crime scene. OSU grad student William Sproat and his girlfriend Mary Petry, who was visiting him in Columbus from her Cincinnati college, were found bound, gagged, stabbed with a butcher's knife...


Jun 21, 2021

A century ago, Niagara Falls tourists enjoyed a winter attraction - ice forming a bridge over the river beneath the falls. When the ice broke free in 1912, a Cleveland youth turned from safety to help a struggling couple. Crowds were helpless to stop the ice floe from sailing them into crushing rapids. But where...


Jun 16, 2021

When Don Mellett became publisher of the Canton Daily News, he vowed to take on the city's underworld and corruption in the Canton Police Department. He was killed for it. In the second of this two-part episode: With local law enforcement among the suspects, a different kind of investigation had to take place. But...


Jun 14, 2021

When Don Mellett was hired as editor, and then publisher, of the Canton Daily News, he vowed to take on the city's underworld and corruption in the Canton Police Department. He was killed for it. In the first of this two-part episode: The events leading up to his murder, and the sultry summer night in 1926 when he...