07 28, 2021

Discover the true criminal history of Lake County’s own mad hatter

By |2021-07-28T09:00:07-04:00July 28, 2021|

Discover the true story of a conman who went from the stage at Mentor High School to the big house.

Discover the true story of Lake County native Nelson Radabaugh, an inveterate conman who scammed hundreds of people out of millions of dollars with fraudulent gold mines.

Local historian Ginnie Jeschelnig will talk about Radabaugh’s life and crimes during a program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at our Main Branch.

Radabaugh led a fascinating life that took him from the stage on Mentor High School to designing custom hats for wealthy women to federal court.

Jeschelnig’s program is free to attend, and registration is required. People can sign up on our website at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

For more local true crime:

11 2, 2020

Learn about the stranger friendship between Ted Bundy & Ann Rule

By |2020-11-02T19:00:22-05:00November 2, 2020|

Discover the strange relationship between serial killer Ted Bundy and true-crime writer Ann Rule. Mollie Burns from Mentor Public Library discusses the connections between these two very different but inextricably linked people. Due to the graphic nature of Bundy’s crimes, viewer discretion is advised.

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11 6, 2019

Author Jane Ann Turzillo talks true crime, ‘Wicked Women’ & westerns

By |2019-11-06T06:00:06-05:00November 6, 2019|

Jane Ann Turzillo visited our library in October as part of our Mentor Mystery Month.

After her program, we chatted with Turzillo about how she researches historic crimes, what motivates her “wicked women,” and her love of photography and westerns.

Turzillo has written several books about Ohio’s criminal past, including Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio, Murder and Mayhem on Ohio’s Railsand Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio. You can borrow these and more of her books from our library.

By the way, you can see interviews with more of our Mystery month authors, including James Badal, D.M. Pulley, Vivien Chien, and Brad Ricca on our YouTube channel.

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