Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here?

Hello, and welcome to Ohio Untold. My name is Shelley and Ohio has been my lifelong home. From a very early age, I have been fascinated by history and mysteries. I would go the the library and bring home books filled with ghost stories and scare myself to the point of being too terrified to sleep. My favorite things to watch were shows such as Real Scary Stories, Goosebumps, Eerie, Indiana, The X-Files, and Scariest Places on Earth. I had developed this fascination with anything scary, historical, or mysterious and it’s stuck with me to this day.

I originally had the idea to make a blog exclusively about Ohio’s true crime cases. That all changed, however, while I was at the nail salon (of all places, right?) and overheard the person behind me. A man was getting a haircut and telling his stylist a story about a Cincinnati lawyer who was also a bootlegger, allegedly killed his wife, and then represented himself at his trial (we’ll be talking about him in a future post). “Wow,” I thought, “I totally never knew anything about this guy!” It made me wonder about other unusual facts about my home state that I had never known, and if working in a library (and educating myself to become a “real librarian”) has taught me anything it’s how to research. And that, my friends, is what brought me here.

So, initially I created an Instagram page and posted about little-known murder cases in Ohio. The page started getting followers almost immediately; not a huge flood but there are around 150-200 the last time I looked. True crime is so popular right now and there are so many people with Instagram accounts, Facebook pages, podcasts, YouTube channels, and blogs about true crime that I soon began feeling discouraged. I know it’s said that if you’re truly passionate about something competition shouldn’t matter, but that’s a hard mindset to embrace sometimes when you’re trying to stand out in such a large community.

Needless to say, between my discouragement and life in general keeping me busy, I pretty much stopped posting. I began to rethink exactly just what I wanted to achieve from making these posts and doing the research, and honestly I decided that all I wanted a place to share anything I found. I also want to have social interactions with my readers; I want to share things that will make people tell me about their paranormal experiences or about how their grandparents lived in Kingsbury Run at the same time the Cleveland Torso Murders happened. Instagram has its advantages and you can definitely interact with followers, but as you can tell from this initial post I tend to be a bit long-winded and that’s way too much typing for a tiny little iPhone keyboard, so I decided a blog was a much better choice. The Instagram will still be used, just in a different way and the majority of my posts will happen here.

If you’ve made it this far, reward yourself with a cookie because dang! Long story short, if you’re interested in reading about weird facts, history, crime, and spooky stuff all originating from Ohio, then you’ve found the right place. Be on the lookout for my first post soon, which will be a much more detailed version of my first Instagram post. The constantly aforementioned Instagram account will also be linked here and I’ll use that as a way to update everyone for new blog posts, updates and changes, and maybe some randomness now and again. Thanks for reading everyone and I’m excited to finally begin this journey with you.

Fun fact: the photo in the header is one that I took from the car driving down the new Portsmouth bypass to Kentucky. It’s edited of course, but I thought it would make a cool header for a ~mysterious~ blog.

-Shelley