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Originally Posted by suethesaz View Post
Well, everybody finally found all the information in the Plain Dealer archives at the main Library.

The most important person in this story is the victim Barbara Ann Ambrose a pretty bright 23 yr. old. Barbara was a surgical nurse who worked at Parma Community Hospital. She befriended her murder when he was a patient at the hospital. She agreed to meet with him on Tuesday, April 27, 1965 when she got off work at 10:30 p.m. The suspect had already stolen 2 cars from the parking lot at Parmatown that day and had consumed a couple of bottles of wine. Barbara Ann had an interest in psyciatry that went back to her student days at St. Elizabeth's Hosp. in Dayton. She had also graduated from Nazareth Academy in Parma Hgts. After leaving work with her murderer he took her to the parking lot of St. Ignatius school at West Blvd. and Lorain. Where he sexually assulted her and choked her. He then took her body to Kiddie Park on Memphis in Brooklyn and dumped her in the gravel parking lot. When Barbara Ann did not come home from work her mother reported her missing. Hopsital employee's told the Police who she was last seen with. Police were familiar with her murderer as he had already been incarcerated at TICO in Columbus, Ohio twice and was considered an escapee. He failed to return after being released for medical treatment in Cleveland. Wednesday around 8:00 pm he and a female companion led the Police on a high speed chase and were apprehended. He admitted to killing Barbara Ann.
The suspect is Frank Burdel Jr. 16 yrs old of 3488 W. 100 St. He was bound over and tried as an adult. He first started getting into trouble in 1961. Though his fall from a bicycle when he was 13 scarred the right side of his face is blamed for causing his emotional issues. His psyciatrist stated since the injury kids made fun of him, he couldn't get a girlfriend and people would stare at him. Though he was not diagnosed at psychotic his Dr. did state he showed aggression and was immature. He was was allowed to leave TICO to have additional surgery done on his face. I have not been able to find a death certificate on him. I do know in the mid to late 1980's he was living on the west side of Cleveland and he had a sister. I have to make another trip to the library to get the trial information as all I know is he was tried as an adult. It took two days of searching with a retired Cleveland Police Det. to get all this info from the news articles. I will make another post when I get the information.
This was a turning point for that area, for St Ignatius and for my family. The day after the murder, as I was leaving school at St Ignatius through the south side of the new building, Frank Burdel was approaching the door and asked after his sister. I knew her and we were friends. Her name was Pat Burdel. There was another sister younger and with a different last name. He asked about the one in my class, Pat Burdel. I told him she was not at school today even though he said he was her brother, something felt wrong. I was lying. When it hit the news and I told my parents about my encounter, they were really concerned about the decline of the neighborhood. When I got back from Girl Scout Camp at the end of July, the house was sold. We moved to the distant suburbs 2 weeks into my eighth year. I never really thought about it again until I found thread while trying to remember if the incident had happened before or after they sold the house while I was away at summer camp. I'm more freaked out thinking back on it than I was at the time. Thank God for that 6th sense that told me not to let him go into the school to look for her.
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