Award-winning crime writer Jane Ann Turzillo recounts the stories of Ohio's most notorious vixens, viragoes and villainesses.
The Buckeye State produced its share of wicked women. Tenacious madam Clara Palmer contended with constant police raids during the 1880s and '90s. Only her death could shut the doors of her gilded bordello in Cleveland. Failed actress Mildred Gillars left for Europe right before World War II. Because she fell in love with the wrong man, she wound up peddling Nazi propaganda on the radio as "Axis Sally." Volatile Hester Foster was already doing time at the Ohio State Penitentiary when she bashed in the head of a fellow inmate with a shovel. The sinister Anna Marie Hahn dosed at least five elderly Cincinnati men with arsenic and croton oil and then watched them die in agony while pretending to nurse them back to health.
About the Author
Jane Ann Turzillo is the Agatha-nominated author of Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio and the National Federation of Press Women's award winner for Ohio Train Disasters. Wicked Women of Ohio is her seventh book with The History Press. A full-time author and speaker, she concentrates on true crime and history, and she is a graduate of The University of Akron and a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and the National Federation of Press Women. Visit her website at www.janeturzillo.com or read her blog at http://darkheartedwomen.wordpress.com.
Table of Contents
1 Double Murder at Axtel Ridge: Inez Palmer (1926-27) 13
2 Launched into Eternity: Hester Foster (1844) 27
3 Ohio's Madam: Lizzie (1871-1908) 30
4 The Love Plot: Jean Maude Lowther (1930 31) 47
5 Within the Scaffold's Shadow: "Big Liz" Carter (1890) 61
6 Axis Sally, World War II Traitor: Mildred Gillars (1941-45) 70
7 The Madams of Ottawa County: Rose Pasco and Lillian Pasco Tailford Belt (1930 71) 84
8 The Devil Put Me Up to It: Martha Wise (1925) 99
9 The Woman Who Could Not Cry: Dovic Blanche Dean (1952) 111
10 The Demimonde of Cleveland: Clara Palmer (1881 97) 121
11 The Blond Borgia: Anna Marie Hahn (1937) 130
About the Author 159