Spotlight Series: The Haunting Case of the Bricca Family Murders

Thursday, August 22, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hear from true crime author JT Townsend on the murder of the Bricca family.

Due to maintenance at the Newport Branch, this program will be held at the Callahan Community Center in Bellevue.  Address: 322 Van Voast Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073

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The Haunting Case of the the Bricca Family Murders…

It was an unbelievable crime – hideous, unexpected, baffling.  A crime destined to become the most notorious and obsessive cold case in Cincinnati history.

On that long ago day in September 1966, we were horrified by the blaring Bricca murder headlines.  Jerry, his pretty wife Linda, and young daughter Debbie were found stabbed to death in their home in the city’s Bridgetown neighborhood. Striking between the 4th and 5th slayings of the Cincinnati Strangler, the Bricca killer plunged a city already on edge into an abyss.

Yet opening up a decades-old cold case is daunting.  Evidence is lost, buried, or forgotten.  The truth is elusive, shrouded, or shameful.

Enter Cincinnati crime writer JT Townsend.  The author of Queen City Gothic was given unprecedented access to the Bricca case file and formerly sealed information that never before saw the light of print.

With his new book Summer’s Almost Gone, JT Townsend exhumes this 58-year-old murder mystery and arrives at the probable truth.  And he is now leading the effort to have the DNA evidence retested and submitted for a genealogical forensic match

There looms one huge, lasting question?  Who killed the Bricca family?


Bellevue - Callahan Community Center

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