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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: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:04 AM
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Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 12:37 AM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Temperatures will fall back into the mid-40s by Friday morning and give way to lots of sunshine to start the day.
Clouds will arrive in the afternoon, along with the chance of passing showers in the evening and then again later Friday night.
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Temperatures will reach into the mid-60s moving into Saturday, when a bit of clouds and another chance of a passing shower or sprinkle will be evident.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:20 PM
MIAMI VALLEY — Despite the cold winter, severe weather season actually got off to a quick and intense start, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
On Feb. 25, the state's first tornado of the year touched down in Clermont County, just outside of Cincinnati.
March was also active but with flooding more of a concern than severe winds or hail.
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But that changed again as we rolled into April with several tornadoes touching down across the Miami Valley and the state.
So far in 2018, there have been nine tornado touchdowns in Ohio. Usually by this time of year, we've had an average of three tornadoes.
But since early April, the weather turned cool across the Ohio Valley and really about the eastern half of the country.
The cooler weather has all but squashed severe weather across much of the region.
In the central plains, what is typically known as "Tornado Alley" has been unusually void of tornadoes. Typically, Oklahoma and Kansas have had about 20 tornadoes each by this time of the year.
So far, there have been no tornado touchdowns in either state.
Amazingly, there have been more tornadoes in California and Ohio than in anywhere in the northern or central plains.
As May gets underway, a more active -- typical -- spring pattern is expected to evolve.
This will likely bring the threat of severe storms back into areas that typically see it this time of year.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:55 PM
MORAINE — The Moraine Police Department is issuing a warning to parents and guardians to keep an eye on children as the warm weather brings more of them outside to play.
The department, in a social media post tonight, related that police took a complaint from a 13-year-old girl who said a white male, 40 to 50 years old with brown hair, brown hat and dark sunglasses tried to lure her into his vehicle.
Officer Jay Klemmensen said the incident occurred sometime between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
The incident occurred in the area of Lauderdale Drive and Genoa Street, according to the social media post.
The would-be assailant claimed to have a dog in the back of the vehicle, police said in the post. He also exposed himself to the girl, who police said was able to run to safety.
The suspect was believed to be driving an older four-door sedan, dark gray with a rusted front end.
Officer Klemmensen noted that the suspect followed the girl from Alex-Bell Plaza.
If you have information about this incident or believe you saw the incident, you are asked to call Moraine police at 937-535-1166.