“OH MURDER, I AM SHOT!”: THE TRAGIC DEATH OF CLEMENT VALLANDIGHAM

Sometimes when you frequent an establishment you can take its historical significance for granted. It is especially easy to do in a picturesque, small town with great architecture and an idyllic main street to enjoy. I am reminded of this when visiting The Golden Lamb. While I've not been recently, this place has been our…

EASTER MASSACRE: THE RUPPERT FAMILY MURDERS

It's been 45 years since one of the deadliest shootings inside a private residence in U.S. history, and it all happened right here in southwest Ohio. It was Easter Sunday, 1975 on a quiet street when 41-year-old James Ruppert killed eleven members of his family while they gathered for a holiday dinner. Multiple generations annihilated…

CLYDE BARROW’S CAPTURE MEMORIALIZED IN MIDDLETOWN

Walking into the lobby of the Middletown Police Department one probably wouldn't think they'd come face to face with one of the most notorious outlaws in American history. But you will - his mugshot anyway. 91 years ago today Clyde Barrow was arrested by Middletown, Ohio police. To honor this moment in local history they…

THE SILHOUETTE OF MARGARET SCHILLING

The story of Margaret Schilling, 'The Lost Lady' may be one of the region's most compelling ghost stories. In 1978 Schilling was a patient at the then century old Athens Lunatic Asylum. Margaret, who was a seemingly trusted patient, was allowed to walk freely around the grounds of the large facility but on December 1st did…

THE HEINOUS CRIMES OF DR. OLIVER C. HAUGH

Dayton, Ohio physician Oliver C. Haugh was quite an item back in the day. In the early 1900's he made international news for all the wrong reasons. He was accused of murdering his father, mother and brother and then burning down the family home to conceal the crime. Apparently that was just the tip of…

THE MURDER OF MARILYN SHEPPARD

People have often said this notorious case out of an idyllic Cleveland suburb was the inspiration for the popular 1960's television series turned feature film, The Fugitive. It was in the early morning hours of July 4th, 1954 when Marilyn Sheppard, the wife of prominent Ohio neurosurgeon Sam Sheppard was bludgeoned to death in the…

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PATRICIA ADKINS

It was on June 29, 2001, exactly 18 years ago today that 29-year-old Patricia 'Patti' Adkins packed her bag and headed to her job at the local Honda Plant in Marysville, Ohio. The single mother of one young daughter was looking forward to her last shift before what she thought would be a romantic getaway…

THE MYSTERY GIRL IN THE RIVER

The articles below detail the grisly murder of a young woman, found decapitated, floating in the Ohio River in early May, 1936. There was speculation for a brief time that she was Evelyn Hatfield from Cincinnati, but detectives later determined that missing young woman was alive and well, she'd actually run off to join the…

OHIO STATE REFORMATORY

Built in 1886 The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield is known for a heavy presence of paranormal activity, it is frequently rated as the single most haunted location in the state. Not only was the Ohio State Reformatory featured prominently in the film The Shawshank Redemption, it has been featured on countless ghost hunting shows…