James Badal, author of In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland's Torso Murders, revisits the gruesome killings in a string of slideshow presentations this month at various Cuyahoga County Public Library branches. We caught up with Badal for a Q&A.
Q: How will this differ from previous presentations?
A: We add a section on who did it and how we came to that conclusion. It will be a combination of material from the documentary The Fourteenth Victim, my lecture and some additional material.
Q: What sort of crowds are you expecting?
A: Usually people will turn out because they have heard about the case. This time, of course, we will be going into who the perpetrator was.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I'm deeply into the Beverly Jarosz case right now. She was a 16-year-old girl who lived in Garfield Heights. On Dec. 28, 1964, she was murdered in her second-floor bedroom, strangled with garrote and stabbed 39 times. It's never been solved.