If you are a fan of true crime books and/or books about the Cleveland area, you’ve probably read books by John Stark Bellamy II. John used to work at the Fairview Park branch of the Cuyahoga County Library as their local history specialist. I’ve read John’s books and enjoyed them. I knew him personally at one time–we attended the same church for awhile. I’d heard that he’d retired and moved to Vermont, but I’d been wondering if he might have done anything recently. I did a Google search and found that he has, indeed, been busy having authored his first e-book for the Cleveland Digital Library of Cleveland State Univerity Library’s Special Collections of the Cleveland Memory Project (it’s their first e-book as well).
It’s titled By the Neck Until Dead and it is a history of hangings that have taken place in Cuyahoga County–fare that we have come to expect from John. If you click on the title, you will find yourself at the beginning of the book which you may read online. It will not be published in paper form. It is the seventh in a series of books on murder and mayhem in Cleveland. In case you are not familiar with the others, they are:
Just click on any title above to reserve a copy for yourself.
Lest you think that Mr. Bellamy only explores true cases of murder and mystery in his hometown, let me point to a book he produced about his new home in 2007:
I think it will be a long time before John retires his pen.
If you have some time on your hands, take a few moments to explore the other e-books in the collection of the Cleveland Memory Project. It’s a great source of interesting facts, pictures and information about Cleveland, not all of it criminal.