Based on the writings of John Stark Bellamy
Widow Saito Clemens resided at 13314 Cedar Rd., where she was fatally stabbed and strangled on January 18, 1979. Her killer, Jerome Hollins, eventually implicated himself in the murder by his over-eager attempts to collect the reward offered in her slaying.
For many years, the former Symthe Cramer – later Howard Hanna – real estate office at 12435 Cedar Rd. housed a Miller Drug store outlet. It was behind that store that Cleveland Heights Police Captain Edward B. Connelly was shot to death on September 2, 1920. It is probable that Connelly was shot by a suspected burglar, although it may have been an accidental shooting by a fellow police officer.
On February 20, 1948, burglar Barney Davis fatally shot Cleveland Heights Police officer Norman C. Reker during a robbery at 2580 Colchester Rd. Davis was sentenced to the electric chair for the slaying.
Dorothy Dolin, wife of bookie Louis Dolin was brutally and mysteriously murdered in her home at 3602 Grosvenor Rd.
Mary Jardine, mother, divorcee, and murder victim resided at 2276 Grandview Avenue. On the night of May 16, 1959, Jardine went out drinking with “Mr. Goodbar,” who turned out to be Cecil Hanner, the night manager of the Toddle House restaurant at the corner of Delaware Drive and CedarRoad. Sometime later that night Hanner strangled Jardine and dumped her body out in Hunting Valley. The corpse—and Hanner’s telltale tire tracks—were discovered by an early-morning horseback rider. Hanner was convicted of her murder and incarcerated.
John F. Kennedy High School Latin/English teacher William A. Molik, Jr., lived at 3623 Monticello, where he was stabbed to death on August 4, 1983.
Joseph Porello, prohibition liquor gangster, who was murdered at Mayfield Rd., and East 125th St. on July 5, 1930 in Little Italy, resided at 2862 Berkshire Rd. in Cleveland Heights.
On August 5, 1910, prominent lawyer William Lowe Rice was shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death by a person or persons unknown at 2419 Euclid Blvd (later Euclid Heights Blvd.), the site of the English Lutheran Church which later became condiminiums. At the time of the murder, the site was a vacant lot. The crime remains unsolved.
2612 Mayfield Rd. was the childhood home of Richard N. Robbins, who later was convicted for the racially motivated killing of folk singer Tedd Browne in 1968, as well as for the 1969 murder-for-hire of Euclid Judge Robert Steele’s wife Marilyn.
On October 31, 1973, Arthur Snepberger attempted to plant a bomb in Michael Frato’s car, parked at 2780 Mayfield Rd., the current site of a Dairy Mart convenience store. On this site while Frato drank at a nearby tavern, someone blundered: The bomb went off prematurely while Snepberger was still under the hood. Several theories have been advanced to account for Snepberger’s demise. One is that he was simply careless, and the bomb exploded before it was supposed to. Another theory is that Snepberger, not Frato, was the target, and that he was set up for the premature blast. The likeliest possibility, however, is that the bomb, designed to be triggered by a radio-control device, was set off by a device in the neighborhood using the same frequency: perhaps a garage door opener, a low-flying plane, or even some item of police equipment.