Hello all, for this years Spookapalooza I will be posting about my true crime The Crime of the Century-murder in a small town. This double homicide turned relative against relative and scarred the small town of Logan, Ohio forever. I will be awarding two people who comment a free paperback copy of one of my four books. So please do comment. So let’s get the party started.
October 4, 1982, started out as an ordinary autumn evening. The sticky summer was gone. The ground was blanketed with gold and red leaves, and the last full moon before All Hallows’ Eve was complete. A cosmic cycle said to stir passions in some, anger and rage in others.
“Beggars’ Night” was just around the corner. Homes were elaborately decorated with papier-Mache witches and goblins, as carved pumpkins of all sizes sat on porches and in yards, made even creepier with lit candles.
Yes, it would have been an average evening, if not for two unnerving events. First, the arrival of the notorious motorcycle gang, The Devil’s Disciples. The group frequented the Home Tavern, a sordid bar, on the corner of Gallagher and Motherwell.
According to police reports, having a thirst for alcohol, the bikers and their sweaty, leather-clad women produced numerous problems while in town. Calls from residents, concerning fistfights and disorderly conduct, flooded the police station. Locals reported spotting some members of the gang roaming the streets as the reports of vandalism kept the police busy.
The second incident involved sex, lies, lust, and murder as gunfire emanated from the opposite end of the cornfield. The pleasant conversation between mother and daughter abruptly ended as they looked toward the woods only a few hundred yards away. The sound of shots echoing from the nearby cornfield was such a common sound that it caused them little concern.
“That’s just kids hunting rabbits,” said the twenty-three-year-old daughter. “They do it all the time.”
Somewhat farther away, thirty-four-year-old Pete Bennett, a husband and father of three, heard the same shots as he locked up his business, the National Supply Company, for the day. He would later tell authorities that he heard a volley of three shots that seemed to come from a small caliber weapon, followed by four or five more.
What the trio, and others living nearby heard, was a series of grisly, mysterious, and baffling scenarios that horrified the nation and were dubbed “the crime of the century” for a small industrial town in Ohio.
JoAnne currently lives in Plano, TX. and is a Recording Arts graduate. Besides being a cross-genre writer JoAnne canvas paints and writes song lyrics, screenplays and works part time as a film actress. JoAnne is currently working on her 8th paperback entitled “Murder Most Foul 2: Batya” and her 9th entitled “Invaded by the Galaxy”, which is a SyFy comedy.
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