3rd woman’s unsolved 93rd and Kinsman, Harvard area murder terrorizes Cleveland women
3rd woman found stabbed or beaten to death between Manor and Harvard Avenues within 2 miles and 4 months of each other
CLEVELAND, OH – A two mile stretch of East 93rd street between Manor and Harvard avenues is the focal point for three unsolved murders of women who have been either stabbed or beaten to death between December 17, 2012 and March 24, 2013.
Police records show Jameela Hasan, 37, Christine Malone, 45 and Jazmine Trotter, 20, were all murdered within four months of each other. Malone and Trotter were beaten in the head with a “blunt instrument” according to police. Hasan was stabbed 11 times in the neck.
Malone and Trotter’s bodies were dumped and then found about one mile from each other. Hasan’s body was found on December 17, 2012 inside her duplex home within one and two miles of the other murder victims. Two of the victims, Malone and Trotter, left home on foot.
Mayor Frank Jackson’s police chief, Michael McGrath, and safety director, Martin Flask, have not issued any public alerts. None of the murders have been solved and police have publicly stated that they have no leads. Police have told reporters they do not believe the murders are connected. Residents aren’t confident that they’re correct.
“Their deaths raise a red flag for me,’ said Iris Sydney Smith. “Let us hope that there is not another serial killer loose in Cleveland.”
According to police records, Hasan’s 5’4″ and 106 pound body was found in her duplex home at 9428 Manor Avenue after a neighbor noticed she hadn’t been seen in several days and called police. Five days before her body was found, Hasan’s landlord, Paul Smith of 10014 Quebec Avenue, filed an eviction against her on December 12.
Cleveland municipal court records show Hasan being evicted from five residences since 2008. Fifteen court records show she was issued citations for minor traffic violations, disorderly conduct and intoxication. She was also indicted by the grand jury for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Most of the charges against her were dismissed. The majority of her citations were tied to her consumption of alcohol.
Trotter and Malone’s bodies were found within four days and one mile of each other. Both were murdered by being beaten in the head with a hard object. Each woman’s body was dumped on vacant property. They were also connected by Trotter’s aunt who is Malone’s cousin. Malone and her cousin were nearby neighbors. Each woman was found within two days after turning up missing.
Trotter left her boyfriend’s East 108th Street home on Friday, March 22 at 5 a.m. to walk to her job at BMPS, Inc., an office staffing company on 71st Street. He contacted her family and filed a missing person report when she failed to arrive.
Trotter’s mother, Monique Williams, got her son and a cousin to join her in a search of abandoned properties along the path her daughter walked to work. They spotted her make-up bag in the driveway, then her purse and body under a porch behind an abandoned home in the 3900 block of East 93rd Street at around 1:30 p.m. Trotter was the mother of a four-year-old son.
Malone’s family reported her missing about two days before her body was found at around 4:30 p.m. by a group of children who spotted it in a vacant lot near 93rd and Bessemer on March 28th. Daughter Dominique Malone said the family had already taken to the streets to try and find her mother.
Mayor Frank Jackson’s public safety administrators have not held news conferences and opened records of the investigations to the public in an effort to generate leads and heighten public awareness of the crimes for people living in the areas to be more observant. Police Chief Michael McGrath and Safety Director Martin Flask have also not issued community-wide warnings to east side residents, particularly women who live in the area, to be on the alert. That has some Cleveland women concerned.
Smith posted an alert on her Facebook page with a call for women to defend themselves and to remove headphones from their ears while walking or standing on city streets.
“Your entire body can be used as a weapon, and anything, I repeat anything can be a weapon,” she warned. “If you are attacked intend to defend yourself, your life may depend upon it.”
Activist Laura Cowan from Peace in the Hood thinks the entire neighborhood should be on alert. She said the similarities in Malone and Trotter’s murders are too close for comfort. She was shocked to learn of Hasan’s 94th and Manor Street murder last December. She doesn’t agree with police that the similarities don’t suggest the work of a serial murderer.
“We possibly have a serial killer or a revengeful person out there,” Cowan said. “It’s time for action. Tear down these vacant homes that’s a haven for crime and a camouflage for predators.”
Author Rick Hampton who writes under the name Rex Torid thinks Jackson should order Flask and McGrath to open all unsolved murder investigations to the public so the public can help solve the crimes.
“There were a couple more bodies found in that area back in the early 90s. One of those was a young black prostitute,” Hampton said. “Naturally these murders are quick to be put into cold case files.”
Former East Cleveland school board member Rev. Jeffery Jemison thinks the hint of a serial killer connection should not be dealt with hesitantly by Cleveland officials.
“We need to mobilize the community and not wait for our elected leaders,’” Jemison said.
Anyone with information should call Cleveland police homicide detectives at 216-623-5464 or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.