The Enduring Mystery Of Beverly Jarosz

Jan 18, 2008 Full story: Free Times 1,014

“Monday, December 28, Bev and I got up about 8:30, 9 o'clock. We had breakfast and then washed dishes from the night before.”

Looking back, it seemed that Beverly Jarosz had sensed that Death wanted her. A vague sense of impending danger first stirred in the summer of 1964, around the time the 16 year old received an anonymous present ... via Free Times

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MAC

Henderson, NC

#1001 Sep 13, 2013
Suggestion to Emma, take a chill pill ..... Steed
ghhs1967

Croton On Hudson, NY

#1005 Sep 14, 2013
and God,

Please ensure, guard and preserve the dignity of Bevís memory.

Louise1973

Twinsburg, OH

#1007 Oct 9, 2013
This is my first post. I read this link from the beginning. I grew up in Garfield Hts. I knew Danny Klonowski in high school, our kids later played hockey together, and I was very glad when he spoke up and defended his family. His Mom was my 7th grade music teacher. In 1964, someone not answering the door did not indicate an emergency. Any "thud" Barb may have heard could have meant another family member was in the house and nothing more. I think I would have gone to the other girl's house they were supposed to meet with, but perhaps Barb thought the girls had gone shopping without her, since she had arrived late. I was 9 years old when I heard my parents discussing this horrible crime. I will share all of the stories I have heard over the years, most or all of which are most likely rumors without merit. My neighbor's uncle was a fireman back then and he was a first responder. He said either Beverly's Mom or Dad was so distraught that they tore all of the drapes off of the windows. Although this seems a normal reaction to me, it was later taken as rage (either by the police or public opinion) and made that parent suspect. My Aunt and Uncle lived on Thornton and the police came into their house to examine their clothes line.(In those days everyone had a clothes line to hang clothes on in their basement.) My Aunt reported that she had seen Beverly standing on the corner and talking with a boy, numerous times, throughout the previous summer. That could mean nothing or that Beverly was seeing a boy her parents wouldn't approve of. The summer after Beverly was killed, a young boy committed suicide. His wallet contained Beverly's school picture. The police questioned the suicide to see if it was guilt from committing a murder but nothing came of it. I remember his sister being horrified that her brother was a suspect. Who wouldn't feel that way about their brother? Ten or fifteen years after the murder, a friend told me that a neighbor confessed on his deathbed but it was unclear whether this was reported to the police. When I think of the known facts, or believed facts, of Beverly's actions that day, I have to think of who knew she would not be returning from her Grandmother's without the little sister. Beverly could have left the screen door unlocked and the wooden door open, anticipating Barb's arrival. She could have been upstairs, changing, and the killer came in and locked the screen door behind him or her. Also, her murder was what is known today as a rage killing, which involves a person known to the victim. The lack of rape could indicate a female killer or a male with sexual issues. It is hard to think that someone could feel that much hatred and anger and then just go along, living their life, and never do anything else to arouse suspicion. I do believe that the lack of technology available in 1964 plays a big part in this murder going unsolved. What evidence could be obtained through DNA today is unknown to me, in that, I do not know if DNA is still viable from the evidence obtained that long ago. Or if the medical techs took the proper evidence that would be helpful today. I also do not know if exhuming the body would be of any benefit this many years later. Also time of death and if she was raped are also suspect. I would think that those types of detections were not as accurate as they would be today. It would be great if this murder could be solved. I think it would be difficult with first responders, detectives, many witnesses and maybe even the murderer dead. Kudos to the detectives that reopened the case. Only one thing is clear. Someone very, very sick felt Beverly had done something or possessed something that they were so jealous of that she needed to be butchered and strangled.
Louise1973

Twinsburg, OH

#1008 Oct 9, 2013
Forgot to add something. Ray Stachiewicz was the mayor of Garfield Heights for 10 years. Our families were good friends. In 1964, Ray worked as an attorney and also had an insurance business with Al Picharski - the business was called Stach & Pike. Ray or someone who worked for him, could have called and spoke to Beverly about a legal or insurance matter. Beverly could have had the first name wrong. I grew up with a Steve Stankiewicz, but he would also have been 9 years old when the murder happened.
Debbie

Northfield, OH

#1009 Oct 9, 2013
I too had a brother that was killed in 1964. We never found who did this horrific act and when I contact the police or crimestoppers I get nowhere so I don't see this case to ever be solved even with all the new DNA available I don't think people want to waste their time which is a terrible thing when people need to know.
Louise1973

Ashburn, VA

#1010 Oct 10, 2013
On TV it is portrayed that cold cases are always pursued. How awful that your experience shows the opposite to be true.I am very sorry for your loss. There is a new show on TV called Cold Justice. The cast, a former prosecuter and a former forensic specialist, travel the country trying to solve cold cases. The show advertises to contact them with cold cases but they ask for law enforcement to contact them. I wonder if they would even attempt a case this old.
Maple Resident

Beachwood, OH

#1011 Oct 11, 2013
With all the new technology the police have now, hopefully they can find the murderer of Beverly. I'd have to bet that whoever did murder her is probably dead by now of old age or, could already be in prison for committing another crime.
mrdonut

Tucker, GA

#1012 Oct 19, 2013
Louise1973 wrote:
Forgot to add something. Ray Stachiewicz was the mayor of Garfield Heights for 10 years. Our families were good friends. In 1964, Ray worked as an attorney and also had an insurance business with Al Picharski - the business was called Stach & Pike. Ray or someone who worked for him, could have called and spoke to Beverly about a legal or insurance matter. Beverly could have had the first name wrong. I grew up with a Steve Stankiewicz, but he would also have been 9 years old when the murder happened.
Louise, you seem well informed about events surrounding Beverly's murder, and I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge. Never knew their was a Stachiewicz active in business in GH in 1964. With Grayson driving, it would have been easy for Barb to swing by Gorney's house to see if the girls were still their. Do you know the name of the neighbor who made the deathbed confession?
mrdonut

Tucker, GA

#1013 Oct 19, 2013
ghhs1967 wrote:
mrdonut, MAC or Hmmm do not ask questions about Roger McNamara because they must know all of the answers.
If you are knowledgeable of the case, their collective posts contain an explanation and confession to the horrific death of Beverly Jarosz.
To the writer(s)of the posts: How are you going to honor Bev in this lifetime?...more deceit?
Honor Beverly by convicting her murderer.
ghhs1967

Croton On Hudson, NY

#1014 Oct 20, 2013
mrdonut wrote:
<quoted text>
Honor Beverly by convicting her murderer.
Honor Beverly Ann Jarosz with the truth.
Donald Whoolery

Akron, OH

#1015 Oct 31, 2013
Without naming names, in my heart I believe that the murder was committed by a brother and sister, the sister kept look out while the brother killed poor Bev.Too much was done that day, or I should say was not done that day to cast suspicion on certain people.

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mrdonut

Tucker, GA

#1016 Nov 3, 2013
Donald Whoolery wrote:
Without naming names, in my heart I believe that the murder was committed by a brother and sister, the sister kept look out while the brother killed poor Bev.Too much was done that day, or I should say was not done that day to cast suspicion on certain people.
Hi Don. This line of thinking would support Mr. Jarosz's thoughts about his daughter's murderer. And that would explain why nobody was seen hanging around outside Beverlyís house at the time of the murder. Beverly cuts short her conversation with her grandmother to let the accomplice in who then lets in the murderer. Then the murderer escapes out the backdoor, cuts through some backyards, and winds up on McCracken. The accomplice exits out the side door and walks part of the way home. The only brother\sister I'm thinking of would need the cooperation of their parents. Is that how you see it? What reason would these two children have to commit such a terrible act? Jealous, of what?

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Michelle Salisbury

Gates Mills, OH

#1017 Nov 27, 2013
Donald Whoolery wrote:
Without naming names, in my heart I believe that the murder was committed by a brother and sister, the sister kept look out while the brother killed poor Bev.Too much was done that day, or I should say was not done that day to cast suspicion on certain people.
Who do you think the brother and sister were?
Alex

Santa Fe, NM

#1018 Nov 27, 2013
Michelle,

The reference in post #1017 is to Beverly's friend, Barb Klonowski and her brother. I'm not of that opinion, but it will be most helpful for you to read through all the posts and refer to James Renner's article in his book, The Serial Killer's Apprentice.
Information is available at Cleveland Main Library, too.

I personally have a PDF file from the Cleveland Library; I would be happy to email it to you.

Alex
mrdonut

Tucker, GA

#1019 Jan 25, 2014
Louise, are you still following this site? If yes, do you know the name of the boy your Aunt saw Beverly talking with? And who supposedly made the deathbed confession? Mr. Jarosz said he didnít know anyone named Stachiewicz. Do you have any other thoughts about the murder that you can share?
jododg

Phoenix, AZ

#1020 Feb 6, 2014
Ted Bundy --
Mac wrote:
Thank so much Annie. I'm hoping I can do an interloan library loan for some of the other Ohio papers. I had tried earlier, and the lady at our library who handled the loans, had retired, and they had yet to replace her, soooo that meant NO ONE at our library knew how to order the microfilm of newspapers. Insane, but true. The Press did bring up the Tiffin case, and apparently the GFH detectives went out there. When I have time later, I'll recheck the Press, I think that's where I seen it. The dates you gave of the Lima Paper, were close, that I remember. I'm thinking they ultimately ruled it out, but want to be sure. That security guard thing is really interesting, I think. Thanks again, get back later.
rather not say

Medina, OH

#1021 Feb 19, 2014
Hi all in back, Mrdonut hope all is well. found out a few more things will post in day or so.
snowbunny

Fort Wayne, IN

#1022 Feb 20, 2014
I keep hearing references to the crime scene photos. Are these online and if so what is the website.
saturnVII

Westlake, OH

#1023 Apr 26, 2014
This case will never be solved.

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annie

Maple Heights, OH

#1024 Apr 27, 2014
It's been years since the case was even looked into again why??? Other cold cases are being solved why not this one??? Maybe if they put out more info abut the case they may get info they need.

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