JAMES J. Badal

Profile Updated: June 8, 2011
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Cleveland, OH USA
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College teacher & published true crime writer.

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james.badal@tri-c.edu

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Still teaching. Why the hell should I retire? Pay is good, benefits great, good colleagues, having a blast.

I also have served on the board of trustees of the Cleveland Police Historical Society for about ten years.


Very dark reputation in Cleveland thanks to true crime books published by the Kent State University Press:
"In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland's Torso Murders" (2001), "Twlight of Innocence: the Disappearance of Beverly Potts" (2005), "Though Murder Has No Tongue: the Lost Victim of Cleveland's Mad Butcher" (2010). Now working on "Hell's Wasteland: the Pennsylvania Torso Murders".

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That's yours truly in the middle. I host a series on PBS called "Doris O'Donnell's Cleveland." We picked up a couple of Emmys a year ago. Producer/director Mark Stone on the left, composer Carl Michel on the right.
Coming out party for my latest book, Aug. 22, 2010.
A couple years back, I was invited to speak at the international Jack the Ripper conference in Baltimore. Yeah!! You read right!! A Jack the Ripper conference! I'm with British author Robin O'Dell, one of the deans of modern-day Ripper research.
Me holding forth on the radio about Eliot Ness's years as Cleveland's safety director and the Kingsbury Run murders.
Part of the crowd at my latest book signing.
The team at the 2009 Emmy Awards. L to R. Katherine Boyd, former reporter WKYC; Bob Cermak, board of trustees
cleveland Police Historical Society; Me; Sue Cash, Marketing KSU Press; Mark Stone, producer Storytellers Media Group; Doris O'Donnell, long time Cleveland newspaper reporter and subject of programs up for awards; Will Underwood, head of the KSU Press, publisher of my books and Doris O'Donnell's.
A dramatic moment during my talk at the Jack the Ripper conference.