7 episodes

Aliza Sherman, a 53-year-old in-vitro fertilization nurse and mother of four, was stabbed 11 times March 24, 2013, in downtown Cleveland. She died later that day, and a decade later, her murder remains unsolved. News accounts of her brutal murder in broad daylight often describe Aliza Sherman in a sentence or two. But from those few short lines, you can't begin to understand the depths of who she was or what she meant to so many. Hosted by Cleveland journalists Mike Butz and Sara Shookman, this podcast will introduce you to Aliza, update you on her case, and explore the ways she made — and continues to make — a difference in people's lives.

Aliza: Her Story at 10 Years Cleveland Jewish News

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    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

Aliza Sherman, a 53-year-old in-vitro fertilization nurse and mother of four, was stabbed 11 times March 24, 2013, in downtown Cleveland. She died later that day, and a decade later, her murder remains unsolved. News accounts of her brutal murder in broad daylight often describe Aliza Sherman in a sentence or two. But from those few short lines, you can't begin to understand the depths of who she was or what she meant to so many. Hosted by Cleveland journalists Mike Butz and Sara Shookman, this podcast will introduce you to Aliza, update you on her case, and explore the ways she made — and continues to make — a difference in people's lives.

    A Q&A With Hosts Mike Butz and Sara Shookman

    A Q&A With Hosts Mike Butz and Sara Shookman

    Podcast co-hosts Mike Butz and Sara Shookman sit down with producer Amanda Koehn for this bonus episode to reflect on their experiences reporting for the podcast, and share updates since the series was completed last August. The co-hosts discuss previously underreported aspects of Aliza Sherman’s story, their relationships to the case, what they learned making the podcast, feedback on the series and more.

    • 42 min
    4: System failures and inspiring change

    4: System failures and inspiring change

    What does justice for Aliza Sherman look like in 2023? It includes convicting her killer, of course, but 10 years later, it also means inspiring change — in Aliza's honor — to improve systems that failed her and continue to fail other victims of violence. In this episode, co-hosts Mike Butz and Sara Shookman examine the problems and possible solutions, and they share how the Aliza Sherman Fund at Cleveland Clinic will ensure Aliza's legacy is one of healing and helping those in need.

    • 51 min
    3.2. Who Killed Aliza Sherman? — Part 2

    3.2. Who Killed Aliza Sherman? — Part 2

    Theories abound regarding the identity of Aliza Sherman's killer. But police have never named a suspect. In Part 2 of this two-part episode that focuses on the investigation into Aliza's murder, co-hosts Mike Butz and Sara Shookman detail the role of the only person ever charged in connection with her death -- her own divorce attorney, Gregory Moore. They also sit down with the team at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Cold Case Unit, who are actively working Aliza's case in 2023.

    • 33 min
    3.1. Who Killed Aliza Sherman? — Part 1

    3.1. Who Killed Aliza Sherman? — Part 1

    Theories abound regarding the identity of Aliza Sherman's killer. Police have never named a suspect, and only one person has ever been charged in connection to her death — but that charge wasn't for murder. In Part 1 of this two-part episode that focuses on the investigation, co-hosts Mike Butz and Sara Shookman revisit the scene of the crime, discuss the evidence available to authorities, detail the challenges the investigation presents and look at what role Aliza's estranged husband might've played. 

    • 37 min
    2. March 24, 2013: The Day Everything Changed.

    2. March 24, 2013: The Day Everything Changed.

    Join co-hosts Mike Butz and Sara Shookman as Aliza Sherman's friends and family recount what they experienced that fateful day in 2013. You'll also hear from Kenny Shepherd, the network operations center technician who ran down from his fourth-floor office to try to save Aliza. And, you'll get a glimpse at how — despite the agony and sorrow that surrounds March 24 — Aliza's memory and spirit have brought new meaning to that date and allowed for new relationships to blossom.

    • 41 min
    1. Who was Aliza Sherman? Daughter, Sister, Nurse, Mother

    1. Who was Aliza Sherman? Daughter, Sister, Nurse, Mother

    For some, Aliza Sherman’s name is associated only with tragedy: Beachwood nurse on the verge of a disputed divorce trial. Stabbed 11 times and left for dead on the sidewalk. But the truth is more complicated – and more interesting. In this first episode, we explore Aliza's rare brand of kindness.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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Must Listen

Excellent storytelling!

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Great podcast

Such a captivating story. Highly recommend!

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