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Published: Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 4:21 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 5:43 PM
The newspapers called him, "Jack The Strangler." From 1900 to 1910. he murdered nine girls in nine years and five of the crimes occurred in the city of Dayton. Now, more than one hundred years later, a local man is investigating the slayings.
"I wanted to tell these girls' stories. That's all I ever wanted to do," said Brian Forschner.
Forscher's great-aunt Mary, was only fifteen when she was beaten, raped and strangled. Her body was left in a barn on the Grafton-Kennedy estate not far from her Keowee Street home. It was the fourth of five murders that gave Dayton a reputation in the press as a "dangerous place for girls." The violence began with 11-year old Ada Lantz, who was strangled and forced head-first into an outhouse vault. Four years later, Dona Gilman's mother looked out the window of her West Dayton home to see her daughter's body in a field across the street. One year later, Anna Markowitz and her boyfriend were attacked in McCabe Park. He was shot and killed and Anna was raped and strangled. Next, came the murder of Mary Forscher. Just a few days later, Lizzie Fulhart was killed and shoved into a cistern behind a synagogue now known as Temple Israel.
"A similar motive in all the cases and similar routes by all the girls. I can place the girls on all the same bus routes and transfer routes. All of them were seen downtown near the First and Jefferson street area," Forscher said.
A man identified as Hick White, a janitor at the synagogue where Lizzie Fulhart's body was found, is the killer of all the women according to Forscher. In 1910, White choked and raped a Springfield girl at the synagogue and Forscher said that was not his first brush with the law.
"His first arrest was in 1900 for trying to drag a little girl underneath the Fairgrounds grandstand," said Forscher.
Although he cannot prove it now, Forscher believes he can also tie White to the murder of four girls in Cincinnati in 1904. Hick White did serve some prison time and died of natural causes.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:51 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Two lanes are blocked on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.
The Ohio Highway State Patrol-Springfield Post, responded to the crash around 4:45 a.m., per initial reports.
According to officials, two vehicles, a mini-van and a pick-up truck, were traveling west on I-70 when a crash occurred, causing both vehicles to hit the median.
The driver of the mini-van was reportedly trapped in the vehicle before crews were able to free him by cutting the door off.
One driver was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and the other was transported to Soin Medical Center.
Both drivers suffered from minor injuries and are expected to be okay, according to sheriff’s.
The crash is still under investigation.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:51 AM
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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM
TODAY: A few showers are expected throughout the day today. While it won’t be a wash-out, you’ll want to make sure you have an umbrella handy if you have plans to be out. Temperatures will be on the mild side in the mid to upper 40s.
TONIGHT: A few light showers can’t be ruled out overnight, but more dry time is expected. Lows will be in the lower 40s.
MONDAY: More rain expected for the day, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy at times with highs peaking in the lower to mid 50s.
TUESDAY: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures will likely fall through the entire day with a chance for snow showers or flurries.
WEDNESDAY: Another cool day expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 30s.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies as temperatures peak in the upper 30s again.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:20 PM
— A few light showers can be expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. “We’re not anticipating much rain to fall, but there will be a few showers from time to time,” he said. Overnight temperatures will drop into the middle to upper 30s.
Sunday: We’ll experience cloudy skies with a chance for drizzle and fog. A few light showers will be possible as temperatures climb into the mid 40s.
Monday: More rain is expected, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Some of that rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: Colder air returns. Highs likely will be in the upper 30s early in the morning, then temperatures will fall throughout the day. There is a chance for some snow whhowers or flurries.
Wednesday: It will be another cool day under partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle to upper 30s.
Thursday: Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s under partly cloudy skies.