Ep. 146 - The Andover restaurant explosion

Ep. 146 - The Andover restaurant explosion

Ep. 149 - Mob Mentality: The dynamiting of Akron City Hall

Akron started the new century off with a bang when, in 1900, a mob intent on lynching a black man accused of rape went to city hall, exchanged gunfire with police, set the block on fire, and leveled the city building with dynamite. Two children were killed in the melee, dozens we ...  Show more

UNRESOLVED Ep. 5: Jeannette Bartee and Roy Addison

An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal crossover In 2002, Akron police had a busy day when investigative teams were called to two different homicide scenes - an unidentified man shot dead on a West Akron street, and a mother of three girls executed in her West Akron bedroom. Befo ...  Show more

Ep. 148 - What caused the Cleveland Clinic x-ray fire?

In a ghastly 1929 tragedy, a storage room full of x-rays at the Cleveland Clinic's first facility in Cleveland caught fire and exploded, sending deadly fumes up through ducts and killing 123 people - many of them dropping dead where they stood. Investigators debated two theories ...  Show more

10-Minute Mystery: The legend of Jack Trice

In 1923, Jack Trice, a talented black football player from Hiram, Ohio who was recruited to play for Iowa State University, died of injuries in his first major college game. Historians have since debated whether his injuries were accidental, or whether he was roughed up unfairly ...  Show more

Ep. 147 - The mystery of the USS Maine

In 1898, a mysterious explosion sunk the USS Maine in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, killing 266 military personnel and sending America into war with Spain. The cause of the blast was never discovered. The ship and the aftermath of this tragedy has numerous ties to Ohio. www.ohiomys ...  Show more

10-Minute Mystery: Shakira Johnson

In 2003, a Cleveland neighborhood was rocked by the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl during a block party. When her skeletal remains were found a month later, Shakira Johnson became a citywide household name. But a jury disagreed with prosecutors and police on the top suspect ...  Show more

10-Minute Mystery: Carolyn and Amanda Adams

In 1986, 4-year-old Amanda Adams disappeared from her bedroom in a west side Columbus home. Before the month was out, Amanda and two more people would be dead. Detectives think they know what happened, even if they can't prove it. www.ohiomysteries.com feedback@ohiomysteries.com ...  Show more

Ep. 145 - The Great Train Robbery

In 1935, a couple of Akron gangsters were convicted of the robbery of a mail truck in Warren after a mail pouch and some of the stolen booty was found floating in the nearby Portage Lakes. But after FBI Public Enemy No. 1 Alvin Karpis robbed a train in Garrettsville - the last gr ...  Show more

Ep. 144 - The crash of the USS Shenandoah

In 1925, The US Navy's first zeppelin - the USS Shenandoah - was ripped apart by turbulence over Noble County. The 14 crew killed included her Ohio-born captain, Zachary Lansdowne. But after area residents stripped the crash site of its wreckage, investigators had little physical ...  Show more

10-Minute Mystery: The curse of Rocky Colavito

In 1960, the Cleveland Indians traded one of the most popular players in the team's history - record-setting slugger Rocky Colavito. Since the team hasn't won a world series in 73 years, superstitious fans and sports writers blame that ill-conceived trade as a sign that the sport ...  Show more

Ep. 143 - The strange ending to William Quantrill

William Quantrill, a Dover, Ohio youth who turned into a Civil War guerilla for the south, is considered by many historians to have been a psychopath, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians. He met his end at the age of 27, a month after the war had ended. But decade ...  Show more

UNRESOLVED Ep. 4: Leslie Ann Barker

An Ohio Mysteries/Akron Beacon Journal crossover In 1978, Akron school teacher Leslie Ann Barker attended a matchmaking event at the popular Reds discotheque in Akron, Ohio. But three hours after leaving the bar, she was found in her burning car, a few blocks from home. Ohio Myst ...  Show more

Ep. 142 - Mob Mentality: The Who concert, 1979

In 1979, 11 concert-goers were crushed to death trying to get inside Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium to see British rockstars The Who. Investigations afterward pieced together the series of bad decisions and unfortunate circumstances that led to the tragedy, and inspired new law ...  Show more

10-Minute Mystery: Vicki Koch

In 1980, Circleville school teacher Vicki Koch was reported missing after she failed to show up for a weekend with her family back home in Sandusky. Police soon learned nobody had seen her for a few days, since she'd attended a play with friends. After her skeletal remains were f ...  Show more

Ep. 104 - Elizabeth Stiles and the Madison Seminary

Elizabeth Stiles was asked by Abraham Lincoln himself to spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, and she served with distinction through many close calls. Could her spirit be among those that some say haunt the Madison Seminary where she died in old age? www.ohiomysteries.co ...  Show more

10-Minute Mystery: Carey's shrine of miracles

In Carey, Ohio, a tiny white church built n 1875 was granted an opening day  miracle, according to 1,000 people in attendance. As word spread, pilgrims from all over started coming to the town to pray. Today, the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation has collect ...  Show more

Ep. 141 - What started the Ohio Penitentiary fire?

Still one of the worst fires in U.S. history, a 1930 blaze at the Ohio Penitentiary in downtown Columbus killed 322 inmates. A century later, researchers and historians still debate the cause: Did prisoners start the fire as part of a planned jailbreak, or did prison officials fr ...  Show more

10-Minute Mystery: The Cassidy family

In 1968, 17-year-old Michael Cassidy arrived at his Milan, Ohio home after work to find his parents shot to death in their beds, and his 12-year-old sister Patty bludgeoned in her bed. Authorities have always been stumped for a motive, since the only thing missing was a family sh ...  Show more

Ep. 140 - Mob Mentality: Mercer County, 1872

In 1872, a mob broke into the Mercer County jail and whisked away three men suspected of raping and killing 13-year-old Mary Arabelle Secaur. Two of the suspects were lynched, the third was spared. But a couple of years later, one of the mob's leaders made a deathbed confession t ...  Show more