Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library will host local true crime author Jane Ann Turzillo for a discussion and signing of her book, “Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio,” on Thursday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. Main Library is located at 60 S. High St. in downtown Akron.
The book “recounts the misdeeds of 10 dark-hearted women who refused to play by the rules. They unleashed their most base impulses using axes, guns, poison and more. You’ll meet Perry’s Velma West, a mere slip of a girl who was unfortunately too near a hammer during an argument. New Philadelphia’s Ellen Athey–no lady herself–had a similar problem with an axe.”
Turzillo combines her love of history and true crime with actual experience on the police beat. As one of the original owners of the West Side Leader, she covered police and fire news and wrote a historical column.
Turzillo’s Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio was nominated for an Agatha Award and won the Ohio Professional Writers award for adult non-fiction/history. It was given an Honorable Mention from the National Federation of Press Women. Ohio Train Disasters also won the Ohio Professional Writers award and won top honors from the National Federation of Press Women.
The Aug. 17 event at Main Library is free and open to the public. For info, contact the library’s Business & Government Division at 330-643-9020.