Friday, January 29, 2016

Haunts in the old Trolley Barn in East End

About a block down the street from the school you will find what is known today as the East Liverpool Street Department building. It was originally built as a a trolley barn over 100 years ago. It also has a chilling history and a ghost story.
I talked to a man who worked there. He said he was working a night shift and at around midnight he was eating lunch. He looked up from his meal to see a dog looking at him. It was a friendly dog wagging his tail. The man was annoyed because a dog in the building meant someone left a door open. Still, he decided to share his lunch with the dog. He opened his lunch box to get the dog a bite. When he looked up the dog was gone.
He searched for the dog but never found it. He also didnt find any open doors. Thinking the dog got out and the wind shut the door, his night went on uneventful.
The next day found the man warning everyone to be on the lookout for the dog and to make sure the doors were closed. His co-workers exchanged looks so the man asked what the problem was.
Every hair on his body stood up as they told him that back in the 1930's the building had a more ominous use. Hundreds of stray dogs were euthanized inside on a weekly basis, using carbon monoxide. 

The man telling me this story believes he met the ghost of one of those unfortunate dogs.

G12P GONE FROM THE EAST END JR HIGH

G12P TOOK ON THE SCHOOL IN OCTOBER OF 2015.  BECAUSE WE WERE BOOKED FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE DIDN'T GET TO START DOING ANYTHING IN THE SCHOOL UNTIL NOVEMBER.  WE GOT TWO PUBLIC INVESTIGATIONS IN, NOV 14 AND DEC 12.
IN NOVEMBER, EAST LIVERPOOL ELECTED A NEW MAYOR.  WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT KIND OF AN IMPACT THIS WOULD HAVE ON WHAT WE WERE DOING AT THE SCHOOL.  AS OF JAN 1, HOYA, THE YOUTH GROUP OPERATING THE SCHOOL, WAS OUT.  THE MAYOR DECIDED THE BUILDING COST TOO MUCH FOR THE CITY TO DEAL WITH ANYMORE.  THAT ULTIMATELY MEANT US ALSO.
WE FOUND OUT ON JAN 28 FOR SURE THAT WE WERE NO LONGER IN THE BUILDING.  WE HAD HOPED THEY WOULD LET US STAY, BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE.
FOR THE RECORD, HAD WE KNOWN THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, WE WOULD NEVER HAVE TAKEN ON THE SCHOOL.  WE JUST GOT STARTED AND WE ARE OVER ALREADY.  NOT WHAT WE WANTED.  
WE APOLOGIZE TO ALL THE GROUPS WE HAD TO CANCEL ON.  
WE ARE BACK TO LOOKING FOR A NEW BUILDING, MAYBE THIS TIME, ALL OUR OWN.
GOOD BYE HAUNTED EAST END JR HIGH.  WE WILL MISS YOU AND YOUR GHOSTS.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Third Victim of the 1940's East Liverpool Serial Killer



Alice Lyons was in reality possibly the second victim of a serial killer stalking the East Liverpool area streets from 1940 through 1944.  Alice, who was only 17, went missing on August 20, 1943.   She was a newlywed of just five months.  Her husband, John Lyons,  was only 22. He was jailed and questioned about what happened, but denied having anything to do with her death.  At  the time of her disappearance, the couple was living with his parents in East End.  She was not happy about living there.  She wanted her own house and on the day of her disappearance, she had left a note stating she was leaving.   She was one month pregnant.
She was found on October 2, mostly decomposed.  She had no clothing on.  Cause of death was not certain, but they were fairly sure she was strangled.  Found near her body was a pair of blue pumps she had borrowed from an inlaw and an anklet that was still on her leg.



She was also found along Dresden avenue, back then referred to as California Hollow, very near where the Motor Lodge is today.
Her murder, like those of the other two women, was not solved.  She is buried at Columbiana County Memorial Cemetery.  For a little more about the story please see:
East Liverpool Historical Society Web Site
An example of what 1940's pumps looked
like.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Upcoming Events at the Haunted East End Jr. High

The next dates we have events at the school are as follows:

January 9-Scary Movie Night 7pm to 12am.
January 16-Public Investigation from 9 to 3am
February 15-Haunted Valentine Ghost Hunt-9pm to 3am

For more info, please text to 330-303-6374


Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Barrel Lady Of East Liverpool-Julia Wall

Photo from the Evening
Review in October of
1940, which I found myself
and copied at the library.
Another vicitim of a possible serial killer that may have been lurking in the East Liverpool area in the early 1940's was Julia Wall.  She was about 46 years old at the time of her death.   She was strangled and stuffed into a barrel jack knife style.  Her body was so tighly stuffed into the barrel that the metal hoops had to be cut off to free her, hence the name Barrel Lady.  The barrel was found at the corner of Jennings Avenue and St. Clair Avenure.  Her body was still warm when they found her.
There was a suspect in her murder, a man by the name of Frank Casio. Due to lack of evidence all charges were dropped against him.  Her murder was never solved.
She is buried in an unmarked grave in Spring Grove Cemetery in East Liverpool.
Two other women were murdered in the early 1940's.  Alice Lyons in 1943 and the Carnival Girl in 1944.
While little is known about the Carnival Girl, Alice and Julia were both newlyweds. Both ladies were also murdered closer to fall, their bodies both being found in October.
In about the center of this pic you can see a person and the tree they are standing beside is the burial sight of Julia Wall.
For more information, see the East Liverpool Historical Society  Web site.