Select It Sunday: Beverly Potts

Selected by Christina S.: Beverly Rose Potts, one of Charley’s oldest cases. She disappeared from Cleveland, Ohio on August 24, 1951 — that is, sixty-two years ago. In the unlikely chance that she’s still alive, Beverly would be 73 years old next month. Her Charley Project casefile is quite long with over 1,000 words about the case history, with its many twists and turns and dead ends. She was last seen walking home from a nearby park. She almost made it home safe. But she didn’t.

Author James Jessen Badal wrote an excellent book, Twilight of Innocence, on the Potts case. I highly recommend this book to MP buffs, and if you have a Kindle you can buy it for less than eight bucks. From what I recall from the book, Badal believes Beverly was probably killed on the night of her disappearance, and that her body might very well be buried on her own street.

Beverly’s parents and sister are dead, and the person(s) responsible for her disappearance is probably dead also. I highly doubt this case will ever be solved. The best we can hope for is maybe her body being found.

7 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Beverly Potts

  1. Angie March 23, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    That has to be the most detailed clothing description I’ve ever seen on Charley Project. Did her mom keep an inventory of all her clothes or something?

    • forthelost March 23, 2014 / 6:53 pm

      My guess it was published in some paper right after she vanished or it was in the police report.

  2. marycarney March 23, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    My guess (regarding the detailed clothing description) is that people in general didn’t have anywhere near the number of clothing items that they do today. Esp. since back then, girls were required to wear only dresses to school, this might have been one of the only pant-type outfits she owned. It’s too bad that HIPAA likely prevents the police from putting together a list of nursing home admits and comparing it to former neighbors, etc.

  3. Princess Shantae March 23, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    It sounds very much like those were play clothes. I mean it sounds like a lot of the stuff was old and in bad shape, unless of course girls’ panties back then didn’t usualy have elastic in the legs.
    She was dressed warm for August, even in Cleveland: undershirt, turtleneck and jacket. I know I never wore an undershirt in summertime growing up; I quit wearing them altogether once I started wearing a bra.

  4. Kim March 28, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    I am about to download this on my Kindle. It seems apparent though that Beverly may have been kidnapped and killed locally right in the neighborhood. Back then did they not have bloodhounds to track the girls scent to maybe figure out what house she could have gone into? If she was killed by a neighbor very surprised houses not thoroughly searched. a freshly dug hole or fresh laid cement would be a big clue. Who know. I look forward to reading this and maybe get some closure on what happened to this poor girl.

    • Meaghan July 22, 2014 / 5:45 pm

      Have you read the book yet? If so, what did you think?

  5. aryanbehan October 24, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    What worries me is the possibility that Beverly was kidnapped by an Albert Fish-type that turned her into a real life version of what the aliens wanted to do to the humans in the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man”.

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