|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1941|
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1951|
Beverly was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Potts. She was a good student who was about to enter the fifth grade at Louis Agassiz Elementary School. A shy, polite and obedient little girl, she had a happy and stable family life, and was the apple of her daddy's eye. On the evening of August 24, 1951, she and a friend, Patricia Ann "Patsy" Swing, rode their bicycles to attend the Showagon, an annual summer festival held. Beverly loved shows, and the Showagon took place in Halloran Park, just a few blocks from her home, which was a park where all the children loved to go and play. However, the area around Halloran Park in 1951 had a number of large trees which obscured the streetlights which made the street almost completely dark after sunset, and area vagrants sometimes frequented the park at night. Beverly had been forbidden to go to the park since coming home from there late a few days previously, but her mother gave her special permission to attend the Showagon festival, partly because her mother was a dancer and her father worked as a stage hand. Beverly and Patsy arrived at the park shortly after 7:00 p.m., but then came home again and left their bicycles, going back to the park and arriving at the carnival for the second time at 8:00 p.m. to see the show. Beverly had been given permission to stay until the show was over, but Patsy had to be home by dark and so she left at 8:40 p.m. She stated that she last saw Beverly watching the show, standing in front of a small plump woman that had her hand on Beverly's shoulder. The woman may have had a child who was performing in the Showagon. The last confirmed sighting of Beverly was at 9:30 p.m., when the Showagon had ended and Halloran Park was emptying. A thirteen-year-old acquaintance saw a girl he believed to be Beverly walking diagonally across the park, headed in a northeast direction towards her home. Her parents reported her missing at 10:30 p.m. when she had not come home and their search of the area failed to turn up any sign of her. She is not believed to have left with anyone of her own accord, as she was also unusually cautious, particularly around men and boys, and would flee when approached by a stranger. She had been warned against unknown men but not against women, so authorities speculate that it is possible she was enticed by a woman. In spite of a very thorough investigation and many leads from the public, investigators never found any trace of Beverly. Her mother died in 1956 and her father in 1970. Her older sister, Anita, continued to search for her until her death in 2006. Police believe Beverly was abducted and murdered, probably by someone she knew and trusted, since she had such a shy nature and a great fear of strangers. Because she was never found, this memorial is little Beverly's only place of remembrance.
In 2000, an unidentified man wrote three letters to a Cleveland Plain Dealer news reporter. The writer stated that he was dying, and confessed to molesting and murdering Beverly Potts on the night of her disappearance. An investigation was launched to find the author. The letters were all written by the same person, but he was never found and is presumed to be elderly and now deceased. Many investigators believe the letters to be genuine.
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Cleveland, Ohio
Created by: Always with Love
Record added: Mar 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25466811