This book paints the picture of five girls who were raped and strangled in the Dayton, Ohio area between 1900 and 1909. The working conditions, lack of rights for women and police protection, and the sexism of the age portray these girls as victims not only of a crime but also of their time. As their stories unfold, a common thread appears, a modus operandi that begins to link them together. During that era, police did not recognize the lurking shadow of a predator. But through diligent research conducted by the author, it is now revealed.


This book contains riveting, fast-paced portraits of the personal and family tragedies of these five girls as well as the brutality and victim blaming of that time. Yet the deaths of these girls were not in vain, as they made significant contributions to the Dayton, Ohio area and ultimately, the nation. Sadly though, according to the police authorities of the time, these crimes were never solved.

Using criminological thinking of today, the author attempts to solve these murders/rapes. Did he discover others? Can the suspect be placed at the scene of all of the crimes? Does a serial murderer/rapist emerge in a time even before the coining of the term? The escape of one girl creates a twist that opens the door to solving these crimes.

There are no memorials to any of these girls, nor were any tributes made. As their cases grew cold, their voices were silenced. COLD SERIAL provides the long-overdue justice and the voice they so richly deserve.



The perspective of Brian Forschner has been created through a span of experiences involving the operation of halfway houses, university teaching, writing and research and, more recently, the building and operation of affordable housing for families and elderly Americans, retirement and nursing homes, home health and post-acute services of a major health system. During his career his role spanned from one of teacher, writer, counselor, consultant and CEO to community board member and social advocate.


“Brian Forschner was so vividly descriptive in his storytelling, I felt as if I were an invisible witness as the events unfolded . . . I hope that the recounting of these stories to a wider audience achieves justice, thus bringing peace for these girls and their families!!”

~ Karen D. Brame El Amin, MA, MA

Artist, author, and cultural commentator

“Wow . . . I did not expect the ending to be what it was. I was pleasantly surprised. Your detective work and analysis really solved the mystery in my mind.”

~ Steve Grismer

Retired Dayton Police Sergeant, Dayton Police History Foundation Trustee, and author of  Drenched Uniforms and Battered Badges

“What a great read! I love the way you took something that could have been unwieldy, but instead brought all of the stories together and, I think, solved them all in the end. I also like the way you gave history lessons as well, explaining not only people, but the way it was to live in Dayton at the time and the attitudes of the people.”

~ Curt Dalton

Historian and author of numerous books, including his most recent With Malice Toward All

“It is a captivating story. The dialects, the ineptitude, the period placement, the suspense, the dread, and each character are all well crafted.”

~ Ed Abell

Award-winning author of My Father’s Keep: A Journey of Forgiveness through the Himalaya



“I was blown away by the climax. Without giving spoilers, all I will say is the ending was shocking and thought-provoking.” Official Review

“An impressively well crafted book…” “…a compelling read…”   Midwest Book Review

“Forschner is a natural storyteller,” “…vivid and chilling.”         Megan Purazrang Reporter – Franklin Favorite

“…takes you through each devastating murder in a fast-paced energy exchange you find difficult to put down.”   Crimetraveller – Fiona Guy, Editor

“If you love true crime with a novelist’s flair, add Brian Forschner’s Cold Serial to your bookshelf.”   Don Then, Northern Kentucky Tribune

“… Gripping True Crime Saga.”   All Things Crime Blog – Review by Patrick H. Moore




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