GIRL IN THE ’57 CHEVY: THE MURDER OF LINDA PIERSON

It was a cool, fall, Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m. on November 16th, 1966, when Linda Susan Pierson was last seen cruising along Fairfield Avenue in the passenger seat of a 1957 Chevrolet. She was totally unaware that in a matter of hours she would be brutally raped and murdered. Linda was just eighteen and…

BLACK WIDOW BY PROXY: THE VIRGINIA GIBBS STORY

September 3rd happens to be my birthday. It also happens to be the date that - back in 1945 - local Cincinnati gal Virginia Gibbs chose to move forward with a rather elaborate plan to get rid of her abusive father once and for all. Unfortunately, in order to do this, another man had to…

DISMEMBERED ARMS AND LEGS, OH MY!

Cincinnati is known for a lot of things but in the late 1880's it seems beer, caskets and cadavers were top of the list, and I think this tale links them together quite splendidly. Back then, our city's beer consumption ranked 2 1/2 times the national average. That comes in at about 40 gallons for…

SPIRITED SPIRITS: THE GHOST OF IMOGENE REMUS

One of Cincinnati's most popular ghost stories is the one of Imogene Remus. Legend has it her spirit has haunted the Spring House Gazebo in Eden Park for over 90 years. So how did Imogene become a ghost? You see, back in 1927 Imogene was gunned down in Eden Park by her husband, the infamous…

ARSENIC ANNIE: CINCINNATI’S CUT-THROAT CARETAKER

Meet Anna Marie Hahn, widely known as “Arsenic Annie.” This Cincinnati area serial killer who was the first woman sentenced to die in Ohio's electric chair after murdering at least 5 men. Anna was born into a large Bavarian family back in 1906 and was the youngest of 12 siblings. When she was 18, she…

KILLER SEAMSTRESS: THE MURDER OF LOUISE BERGEN

The murder of Louise Bergen back in 1958 was one of the most talked about crimes of its time here in the Cincinnati area. When three young hunters came across the charred remains of a body at Cowan Lake it set into motion a chain of events that would captivate the city for years to…

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: A GHOSTLY REMNANT OF THE PAST

Aside from some jungle-like overgrowth, a set of railroad tracks and the ruins of a craggy building's foundation this is all that remains of the once bustling Torrence Road train station in Cincinnati. The now defunct depot was built in 1907 as part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. While this aged terra cotta sculpture remains mostly…

CINCINNATI JOHN DOE: NAMUS #UP7739

Did you know that in the United states over 600,000 individuals go missing each year? Fortunately, the majority of these adults and children are found alive and well. However, tens of thousands of these individuals remain missing for more than one year, and when that much time elapses many law enforcement agencies begin to refer…