Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Alex ‘Shondor’ Burns and Danny Green: Cleveland’s killer celebrities

The colorful stories of two Cleveland crime bosses, Alex “Shondor” Birns and Irishman Danny Greene. Both men vied for power over the Cleveland rackets, especially the numbers. Danny Greene made his big score with the Teamsters union, and then the trash collectors union. Both were in competition with the Mafia and helped bring about its demise.

Mugshot: Defiance and duckface

Angela Green did not want to check out of her hotel, did not want to pay to stay, did not want to give her name to police and ultimately did not want to get arrested. Having her mugshot taken does not seem to have been a problem.

Anthony Sowell: The Cleveland Strangler

The complaints against Sowell, the reports of missing women and the stench around his house went ignored by Cleveland police for years — until a naked woman threw herself through his front window. At that point police did take action, but it was too late for the 11 victims they found moldering in his home.

The bizarre case of Duane Hurley and Daniel Kovarbasich

Friday, January 22, 2010, started out like any other typical winter’s day in North Ridgeville, Ohio, until Duane Hurley was found bludgeoned to death in his home, and young Danny became the prime suspect. Danny’s confession confirmed what police already suspected, but would come as a shock to all those who knew them both.

Kevin Neal: Messages from the Dead

Kevin Neal called 911 to report his children missing. Neal said he was inside cleaning when he suddenly no longer heard the children playing outside. Forensic experts were able to use insect activity to eventually catch a sexual predator — and they started by looking at Kevin Neal.

Dahmer home for sale, PETA suggests converting it to vegan restaurant

On its website PETA suggested that the Akron, Ohio, home of cannibal killer Jeffrey Dahmer, which is up for sale, could be re-purposed as a vegan restaurant. We salute anyone, especially anyone who shuns meat, who thinks they could eat a meal in that house, or even in the yard, after reading this.

Alice Mae Van Alstine still missing after 38 years

The unsolved mystery of a young mother of four, missing nearly 40 years and presumed dead. Police and family believe she met with foul play, possibly at the hands of her abusive ex-husband or the right wing group with which he was affiliated. It’s also possible, though unlikely, that the terrified woman just ran for her life.

Mailman attacked, bitten three times on the leg — by angry man

An Akron, Ohio, postal patron was anxiously awaiting a check in the mail, but when it didn’t come last Saturday, he took matters into his own hands, and took in out on the mailman.

Today in Crime History: Police find the bodies of the Avery family

On January 3, 1990, following a tip, police searchers found the bodies of the missing Avery family. They quickly made the connection to cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren, who claimed his authority came from God, but who embraced acts of violence and sexual assault that culminated the murders of five of his followers, two adults and three children.

Shadow of a doubt: The Clarence Elkins story

On December 15, 2006, Clarence Elkins was free, exonerated after seven years of imprisonment for a murder he did not commit. Read his story of faith and perseverance.

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