The Enduring Mystery Of Beverly Jarosz

The Enduring Mystery Of Beverly Jarosz

There are 1085 comments on the Free Times story from Jan 18, 2008, titled The Enduring Mystery Of Beverly Jarosz. In it, Free Times reports that:

“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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Marilyn Skadra

United States

#61 Feb 8, 2009
All I want to know is....who did the detective William Horrigan who passed away a number of yrs. ago....WHO DID HE SUSPECT? In an article prior to his death he said that he had a very strong suspicion of who did this, but would not give the name. Why would he want to keep this a secret.?
Dawn Scott

United States

#62 Feb 14, 2009
That is a good question Marilyn. Did the detective Horrigan leave any notes behind that the new investigators could possibly get some information from? Sometimes a fresh set of eyes sees things that weren't so obvious before. This killer needed some place that he could quickly hide into so as not to be noticed. I still believe that someone saw something and is not talking. Growing up in Cleveland I still remember not being able to cut through people's yards without getting yelled at. Someone was always perched at a window and knew who went where and when. To this day that is still ingrained in me. The killer lived in very close proximity. Does anyone else out there share this feeling?

Since: Dec 08

Tucker, GA

#63 Feb 14, 2009
Someone did see something and talked about what he saw to the police. Remember the man at the window, Mr. Krawczyk, who told police he saw a young man walking down the driveway, cross the street, and drive-away. He also made no mention of seeing a young girl, or anyone for that matter, hanging around the Jarosz’s front steps. Mr. Krawczyk was quick to recant his eye witness account, however. And as RNS noted earlier, someone needs to check Mr. Krawczyk’s bank account, in anticipation of a hefty deposit into the account of the “striking” White Motors employee. Horrigan might have suspected the Klonowski’s, but new he could not go public with his suspicions due to their influence. Until the day someone comes forward with first-hand knowledge of what actually happened, all we can do is speculate. Lots of questions looking for some answers.
Marilyn Skadra

United States

#64 Feb 21, 2009
OK everybody...I just saw a new book out by the Cleveland author James Renner. It is entitled THE COLDEST CASES IN TRUE CRIME FROM CLEVELAND OHIO. There are a number of cases INCLUDING Beverly Jarosz. You can go to James Renner's web site to read a brief synopsis of the cases. I found the book on Amazon.com and can get used for $9. It will be interesting to see his ideas. He seems quite knowledgable about many of the cold cases in Cleveland. Little Amy Mihalavic, etc. I've not heard of Renner but have read all of John Stark Bellamy's. Should be interesting reading. I'll email Mr. Renner perhaps he can join our blog.
guest

Strongsville, OH

#65 Feb 23, 2009
mrdonut wrote:
In addition, James Renner's, Free Times Press article, mentions a phone call to the Jarosz home, answered by Beverly, minutes before she was murdered. The caller identified himself as Stephen Stackowicz, ask to speak with her father, a fact duly noted by Beverly on a pad near the phone. Ask by the police, who Stephen Stackowicz is, the father didn't know anyone by that name. Further in Renner's article, he mentions the Raymond Stackowicz Justice Center in Garfield Hts. Is it just me, or does anyone else find it strange the re-occurance of the Stackowicz name on the Justice Center? Who is\was Raymond Stackowicz, and what's his connection to Garfield Heights and if any, the Jarosz murder case? Once again the thought of cover-up and with-holding pertinent information to help solve this case come to mind
i noticed the coincidence also with the name stackowicz, however, it does not necessarily mean this family was involved in beverly's murder. it is a possibility that this 'steve stackowicz' used the name to arouse suspicion against raymond stackowicz or his family, whoever they may be. i would be interested to know who raymond stackowicz is also, or if he had anyone who may want to frame him.
nsm

New Philadelphia, OH

#66 Feb 23, 2009
Raymond A Stachewicz was mayor of Garfield Hts. from 70-79. They named the Justice Center after him in 1995.

Don't know if he had family named Steve or whereabouts Stachewicz family lived in 64.
Dawn Scott

United States

#67 Feb 25, 2009
Marilyn, I recently purchased Mr. Renner's book and found it interesting. I am also developing an interest in the Amy Mihaljevic case. Mr. Renner was close to Amy's age when she was kidnaped and took a personal interest in her disappearance. He wrote a book specifically on the case and is still following up leads to this day. He needs to pursue the Jarosz case as he is very detail oriented and seems to not worry about stepping on peoples toes. I also wondered about the Stachiewicz name being used in the phone call. It seems a close coincedence that the name being used was also associated with a person in the government of Garfield Heights. Was the Jarosz family questioned as to who they went out with on a social basis? I still go back to the Klonowski family.
Henry Oleksiak

AOL

#68 Feb 27, 2009
mrdonut wrote:
Henry, Do you mean Dubaniewicz? Which way was the boy running on 112, towards McCracken or towards Wallingford? Did anyone find his pants?
A pair of tan khakis were found in a tree on the corner of Turney and Elmwood, as well as a pair of white socks which led investigators to believe the owner was of Polish decent. The boy ran through the backyard of one Delores Dupakowski, at the time, she claimed he was nude.
mrdonut

Tucker, GA

#69 Feb 28, 2009
Welcome back Henry. Where ya been? Do you happen to know the waist and length size of the pants in the tree? Also the sock size? That kid must have been in pretty good shape to have run from Thornton to Elmwood and Turney, especially after having expended an incredible amount of energy previously. If you or someone like yourself could assemble that data, and add to it your knowledge of Polish peole, a profile of the possible killer could begin to take shape. Maybe you, Pingiatore, Dupa, and Siatta, could put your heads together and let the rest of us know what you come up with?
Marilyn Skadra

United States

#70 Feb 28, 2009
mrdonut wrote:
Welcome back Henry. Where ya been? Do you happen to know the waist and length size of the pants in the tree? Also the sock size? That kid must have been in pretty good shape to have run from Thornton to Elmwood and Turney, especially after having expended an incredible amount of energy previously. If you or someone like yourself could assemble that data, and add to it your knowledge of Polish peole, a profile of the possible killer could begin to take shape. Maybe you, Pingiatore, Dupa, and Siatta, could put your heads together and let the rest of us know what you come up with?
Mr. Donut-you are so funny! This Henry guy. Maybe if there were white socks the culprit was on his way to Parma for bowling and then kielbas & sauerkraut at Aunt Ida's. Thanks for the laugh. Poor Beverly. No wonder we haven't been able to get justice for her.
Marilyn Skadra

United States

#71 Feb 28, 2009
Dawn, that Stankowicz name has me stumped. But why would the man who called to assure himself that Bev was home alone (as I think we can all agree that's what this call was for)....why on earth would he leave a real name. Maybe all he could come up with quickly was Stankowicz and put Steve with it. Any ethnic-sounding name like that could have been used as they all pretty much ended in WICZ or SKY or SKI, etc. Boy, there probably aren't any phone records anymore from Ohio Bell anywhere. But I still think it is the guy who lived two doors away as he could get in and out of there really quick, unobserved and run back home real quick to shower, etc. It's one of the men who were mentioned previously who lived close. Really he would have been covered with blood as the scene was a total bloodbath. Is he going to walk around Turney? Take a bus? Get in the car. He was close - used the back cut through yards and got away with murder.
parmagirl

AOL

#72 Mar 1, 2009
Have been reading all your posts, this murder has also been bothering me for many years. Remember when I read about it in the Cleveland Press, scared the hell out of me, I must have been 8 years old (showing my age here)
I don't remember reading about the naked boy running down the street, was this in Renner's book?
Seems to me the person who used the name Stackowicz on the phone was probably just using the name to find out if she was home, just used a name he thought would not arouse suspicion.

I believe the detective who said he knew who the killer was did not divulge the name knowing the persons lawyer could use that as bias or slander could it ever come to court?

Keep up the good work, it is good to know that she is not forgotten...
Henry Oleksiak

AOL

#73 Mar 3, 2009
O.K., now I think I got it: Barb and her cousin go to thornton to kill Bev. While Barb is acting as a lookout Paul goes to turn up the radio. Just then the neighbor boy runs into the house, past Paul and up the steps to tear up Bev. Barb gets a ride from a local Pole while Paul is picked up hitchhiking from Ray Stachowitz, who is not yet Mayor. Ray then drives Paul to the Bank of Cleveland where his father is seen running to the Police station with his checkbook, where he buys off the cops who are all on the take. Now poor Marilyn can relax...there, that explains it all...
daniel klonowski

Wickliffe, OH

#74 Mar 5, 2009
the comments on this post are misinformed. my brother, paul klonowski, and my sister, barbara klonowski, were never suspects. paul was not sent to europe. he has never been to europe in his life, to my knowledge. this horrible incident changed the lives of my family members forever. we all slept in the same bedroom for weeks following the murder. before the murder we never locked the doors to the house. afterwards, the doors were always locked. we even had to change our phone number to avoid crank phone calls, which, by the way, were similar to a lot of the postings here. before the amateur detectives and former neighbors presume to speak about this matter, they should check their facts. many of the comments made are hurtful, if not libelous. should any of my former oak park neighbors wish to shed their computer anonimity and discuss the facts face to face, i would be happy to oblige. sincerly, daniel j. klonowski, attorny-at-law
Henry Oleksiak

AOL

#75 Mar 7, 2009
I was waiting for someone from your family to step up and object to the comments made by these know-nothing idiots who claim to know more than the Cleveland Police and Cuyahoga County Cornoners office. This unsolved murder, like scores of others, will never be solved.(perhaps due to the fact that Garfield Hts Police botched the initial crime scene, which is why the coroners office ordered Cleveland to investigate). There was a Woman named Klonowski who was my music appreciation teacher at the Junior high back in 1968, In knowing her and her family, these were high calibre highly intellegent people, unlike "Mr donut", "Marilyn Skadra" et al. Keep your stupidity to yourselves, you have no Idea what your talking about....
daniel klonowski

Broadview Heights, OH

#76 Mar 8, 2009
thank you, mr. oleksiak. i could not allow the misinformation continue. the nonsense about my family is the product of ignorant gossip. my grandfather, founder of the bank of cleveland, and my father, its president, were the most ethical and law-abiding people one could ever encounter. to think that my brother and sister were complicit in poor beverly's murder and to contemplate that "the bank money" covered things up is absurd. the trash spewed on this site by some of the "contributors" is very unfortunate. what is even more disappointing is the humor that these people glean from this horrific event that ended the innocence of the city of garfield heights and the families touched by it. by the way, your music appreciation teacher was my mother. thanks for remembering. dan klonowski
mrdonut

Tucker, GA

#77 Mar 8, 2009
Speaking for myself, it’s not my intention to hurt anyone’s feelings, including your family. Please accept my apology. I am not a mean-spirited person. I just want to learn about a murder that has bothered me for over 44 years. And this forum has afforded me the opportunity to ask and answer questions of serious people who have a similar interest and who want to share their thoughts and feelings with other like-minded individuals. Probably nothing of what’s been discussed here is new to you. I am sorry your family’s name surfaced in this forum, but it did so for whatever reasons. Other surnames have surfaced in this forum also, and have been written about in books as well. Up until this forum, I had never even heard of your family. I honestly believe the posts in this forum were penned free of any malice towards any individual addressed in this forum, including your family. And I don’t feel anyone posting here knowingly wrote something they believed untrue and would hurt someone. True, we might be misinformed, and I welcomed your effort to straighten us out on some things. I do appreciate your candor and respect your thoughts and feelings and what you know to be true? Sorry, but the only posts I read gleaning any humor out of the horrific event that indeed ended the innocence of Garfield Heights is from the person you thanked. And I disagree with Oleksiak’s conclusion and believe this murder will be solved someday.
Henry Oleksiak

AOL

#78 Mar 8, 2009
I never found or cited any humor in this trajic event. What I found amusing was the idea that a few junior "detectives" would use this forum as a way to convey their stupid questions and opinions without regard for the feelings of the familys involved. This murder will be solved only when some one confesses and not until then as the law does not provide for the arrest and persecution of anyone based on the opinions of others. Find another hobby...
mrdonut

Tucker, GA

#79 Mar 8, 2009
Henry, if you don’t want to accept responsibility for what you posted, so be it. But you shouldn't throw stones.
annie

AOL

#80 Mar 11, 2009
I was 10th grade when the murder happened I was never so scared in my life. Everyone asumes she let the killer in but what if he was all ready in there it was probably not hard to pop a lock or window and what if hge was trying to get out the side door but saw her friend sitting or walking around and ran out the back door as far as I read she was very carefull keeping doors locked and with the gifts she had gotten and the fact her friend was due shortly I don't think she let anyone in or she would have told her mom someone else was there. She was taken by surpriseand it sounds like a rage crime. Someone jealous enough to kill.Who ever did it knew what neighbors were home to be able to vanish so quickly without being seen my money is on her neighbor or some hid around a neighbors house till her friend left then made his run. As faras reading the mail maybe the friend was just looking for something to read while waiting but I can't understand not being alarmed at what she had heard unless she thought Beverly had not heard her or thought she was avoiding her. I sure hope they keep looking I live in the area and have a daughter.

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