I've had some time lately to follow up on some old leads that have been kind of stagnating.
Around the time I started hearing about Dean Runkle, I got a number of tips about another guy who lived near the site where they found Amy's body. Guy's name is Robert "Bob" Alaimo. Runkle's stuff made it's way to the top of the pile and the stuff on Bob ended up on the bottom. A retired detective contacted me recently and reminded me about Alaimo and so I went out to his place earlier today.
Back in 1989, Alaimo worked at a dry cleaners at the corner of Dover and Center Ridge Roads, in close proximity to Tradin' Times, where Amy's mother worked. Alaimo also lived in Bay Village but had property in Ashland, a mile or so away from CR 1181, and moved into a log cabin there after or during a bitter divorce. He would drive to Bay Village often, though, to pick up his kids at soccer. He drove a Ford Fiesta. He looks like the composite sketch, but so do a lot of people.
Alaimo is still down there in Ashland, today. He's about 70. He said a few interesting things. He's read my book. Thinks it's garbage (he has company, there). The FBI took samples of carpeting out of his car. He says he was questioned a number of times by police and FBI and remembered one day when the police brought him into the station.
"They led me past one of those two-way windows and I remember thinking the girl who witnessed the kidnapping was probably on the other side." An odd thing to say, especially given that--as far as I know--the fact that Amy's abduction was witnessed by a girl was not released until my book. I think the papers, if they mentioned it at all, used the word "classmate".
He claims to have a photographic memory. "I know where I was every day of my life. For instance, July 4, 1959." Where was he then? "I was in prison." Why? "That's for me to know and you to wonder about."
He says he was born in New York, but moved to Cleveland when he was quite young. I can find no record of this arrest. So, 100 Master Class points to whoever can track that down, first.
He also has several Fiestas rotting in his yard. He says the police haven't spoken to him since 1989, but those who know Alaimo have been interviewed by detectives as recently as 2006.
Update: Alaimo was accused of domestic violence in 1984.