By Bob Dyer, Akron Beacon Journal

Geraldo Rivera brought you The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault.

Today we bring you The Mystery of John S. Knight’s Safe.

Geraldo’s 1986 syndicated TV show drew 30 million viewers.

Our nonsyndicated Saturday afternoon adventure drew five — including the safecracker.

At the end of Geraldo’s two-hour extravaganza, he discovered virtually nothing: a few empty bottles and some dirt.

We actually found things. It wasn’t earth-shattering stuff, to be sure, but it was a lot more than Geraldo came up with. If nothing else, the safe’s contents should be of particular interest to an Akron woman whose name is on a $115 check.

This came about because Don Parsisson, who manages Summit Artspace on East Market Street near the Akron Art Museum, told me about an abandoned safe that once belonged to legendary Beacon Journal Editor John S. Knight.

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