The Unsolved Murder of Lisa Pruett of Shaker Heights


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry

Storyteller: James Renner



Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $25
  • This week’s menu
    • Chopped Salad
    • Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes & Vegetables
    • Coconut Bars


Story topic this week…

The Unsolved Murder of Lisa Pruett of Shaker Heights


In September of 1990, in Shaker Heights, sixteen-year-old Lisa Pruett, a poetry lover and member of a church youth group, was on her way to a midnight tryst with her boyfriend, when she was viciously stabbed to death only thirty feet from the boy’s home.

The murder cast a palpable gloom over the upscale community and sparked accusations, theories, and rumors among Lisa’s friends and peers. Who had the capacity for such unchecked violence? What monsters still lurk in the dark? After more than thirty years, questions like these continue to fester among the community of Shaker Heights, still deeply scarred by wounds that remain hidden, unspoken, and unhealed.

Copies of Little, Crazy Children will be available for purchase.


James Renner Bio

James Renner is an award winning journalist and author. His books include The Man from Primrose Lane and True Crime Addict. His latest book, Little, Crazy Children is about the unsolved mystery of Lisa Pruett. He currently hosts the podcast, True Crime This Week and is the director of The Porchlight Project, a nonprofit that raises funds for new DNA testing and genetic genealogy for Ohio cold cases. Visit JamesRenner.com to find out more.

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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