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Wicked Cleveland, Wicked

Award-winning true crime author Jane Turzillo brings together the strippers, gangsters, robbers, shady politicians, and more from Cleveland's rough and rowdy past.

From world-class museums and popular sports teams to peaceful parks and charming neighborhoods, Cleveland has a lot to offer. But it has a wilder, darker side. Along the one-block passageway called Short Vincent, tourists and celebrities mixed with bookies and mobsters for drinks and dinner, underworld gossip, and all kinds of "entertainment." In 1969, Ted Conrad disappeared with $215,000 in stolen cash. An obituary more than fifty years later finally told authorities where he went. In the wee hours of March 24, 1970, someone slipped up to the front of the Cleveland Museum of Art and planted a bomb on the marble pedestal that supported Rodin's The Thinker. Who and why remain unknown.

Jane Ann Turzillo

Author Jane Ann Turzillo is a multi-National Federation of Press Women award winner for her books and journalism. She has been nominated twice for the Agatha for her books Wicked Women of Ohio (2018) and Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio (2016), both published by The History Press. A full-time author and speaker, she concentrates on vintage true crimes and history. She is a graduate of the University of Akron with degrees in criminal justice technology and mass-media communication. She is a member of National Federation of Press Women, Society of Professional Journalists, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Visit her website at and read her blog at

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