Other unsolved mysteries of the Firelands

Although the Cassidy case may be the most notorious unsolved crime in the area, it is certainly not the only one: 195
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Although the Cassidy case may be the most notorious unsolved crime in the area, it is certainly not the only one:

1950s

• April 21, 1950

The body of Jannie Bell Brown of Sandusky was discovered by a passerby at about 2 p.m. dumped on the side of Bogart Road between Columbus Avenue and Campbell Street. Brown, last seen alive at an east side “after-hours joint,” was strangled to death. Brown’s unsolved case is the oldest file on record in Erie County.

Investigating agency: Erie County Sheriff’s office

1960s

• July 27, 1967

A Monroeville widow and mother of seven was discovered beaten in the face and head by a brick in her Baker Street home.

The woman’s teenage daughter found her mother after returning from a date at about 12:45 a.m. Alma F. Miller, 47, was taken to the hospital and died shortly thereafter. The attack occurred about three hours earlier at 9:30 p.m. The house was locked and nothing was noted to be taken. Outside was a stack of bricks where the attacker might have found his weapon.

Police determined Miller was the victim of an attempted rape and the killer entered through her bedroom window as she slept. While she was beaten, Miller’s mother and another child were asleep upstairs. The same week Monroeville experienced its first murder in 30 years, residents were plagued by obscene anonymous phone calls.

“I’m going to resubmit some of the evidence to see if the new technology will bring us anything,” said Monroeville police Chief Mike Ruggles.

Investigating agency: Monroeville Police Department

1970s

• Jan. 29, 1973

Shipkeeper Robert J. Neal, 68, of Toledo was found dead in his quarters on the lake freighter George E. Seedhouse docked at the foot of King Street. He was shot in the head and a bullet was found on the boat.

Jones, the only person on the ship