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Columnist Dick Feagler revisits a evocative column about Beverly he wrote for The Plain Dealer

THE PEOPLE


Beverly Rose Potts was born April 15, 1941 to parents whose next older child was already 12. Beverly was said to be the apple of her father's eye, a quiet, shy girl who her mother was devoted to. Reportedly Beverly was warned often against strangers, and was especially wary of men
In his time, John Franzen was a police officer the department turned to for cold case work - including the Torso Murders and one of the 1990s revivals of Beverly's case

Cleveland's literary dean of all things calamitous and macabre, John Stark Bellamy II offers meaning to Beverly's life

Brent Larkin, an editor at The Plain Dealer, got two letters in 2000 confessing to a hand in Beverly's disappearance. It was merely the latest in a string of tantalizing dead ends

Officer Bob Wolf was asked by the chief of police to spend 90 days investigating a confession sent to The Plain Dealer in 2000. It turned into two years and early retirement

Doris O'Donnell Beaufait was among the many reporters who worked for Cleveland's three daily papers, and who staked out the Potts' neighborhood for days

Louis Seltzer, the publisher whose Cleveland Press sponsored the Showagon performances that summer. The paper covered Beverly's case using little restraint

Fred Krause, who delivered papers on Beverly's street, attended Showagon that Friday, and is the only witness to report seeing Beverly leaving at the end of the show


A Television Documentary by Storytellers Media Group, Ltd


Beverly was a sweet, unassuming little girl from Cleveland's West Side when this picture was taken in the late 1940s. It was several years later, August 24, 1951, when the 10 year-old mysteriously disappeared from a neighborhood Showagon performance at Halloran Park, only three blocks away from her family home. Nothing conclusive has been found to this day

In this photo taken the summer she disappeared, Beverly's shorn braids represent clear signs of a little girl growing up. This photo was still in a family camera when she vanished, and was developed a week after she was gone


Beverly's sister, Anita - now living in Texas - breaks a half-century of family silence. She was 22 when her little sister disappeared in 1951; Anita left Cleveland for good in 1952

Beverly was as typical a child as could be, which made her case all the more terrifying and baffling for Cleveland parents and children alike

Author James Jessen Badal recounts the details of Beverly's case - both what is known and, the greater portion, what is not known
Beverly's & Anita's parents, Robert and Elizabeth Potts - she had been a dancer, he was a stagehand at the Allen Theater - were nearly as much victims as Beverly may have been. Press and public reaction was unprecedented, foreshadowing modern day measures about missing children

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