If Aliza Sherman's family and Cleveland police are right, her killer will eventually be brought to justice. It's just taking more time than anyone expected.
Aliza Sherman, 53, the mother of four, was in the middle of a contentious divorce with her estranged husband Sanford Sherman. She was visiting her attorney's office late on Sunday afternoon March 24. Their divorce trial was set to begin two days later.
She was viciously stabbed 11 times outside Erieview Plaza in downtown Cleveland and a person nearby called 911. EMS rushed her to MetroHealth Medical Center but she died.
Her death sent shock waves through the Jewish community and the Cleveland Clinic community, where she was an infertility nurse. She was murdered the night before Passover.
Cleveland police said they believe she was targeted. On April 22, they released short video from a nearby surveillance camera. It recorded a shadowy figure wearing dark clothing and a hood. Police describe the person in the video as "a person of interest."
Sources told us a few months ago that her estranged husband was questioned. He has hired prominent criminal defense attorney Nikki Schwartz to represent him.
The family has kept her name before the public, creating a Justice for Aliza Facebook page and holding rallies in the intervening months. On July 28 they held a self-defense class for women at the Beachwood Community Center.
On Tuesday the family doubled the reward for anyone with information to $50,000. You can provide information anonymously to CrimeStoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or you can call 216-623-5464.
It's been five months and three days since Aliza Sherman was murdered, a long time for a family to wait for justice.
But this situation is reminiscent of how the families of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus kept their missing daughters' names before the public, holding rallies, searching for them. It took a decade but those families never gave up hope that their daughters would be found.
Back on May 6, they were found, along with Michelle Knight, in what is called the Miracle in Cleveland. It was so unbelievable that I still get shivers when I think about that night in the newsroom when it was confirmed that they were alive.
The national media descended upon Cleveland and broadcast their return around the country and the world.
This is different, of course, since Aliza Sherman isn't missing but was brutally murdered. There is an old saying that "justice delayed is justice denied" but I don't believe that applies in this case.
I prefer to apply "slow and steady wins the race" and that the killer will be brought to justice. I only hope for the family's sake that it will be sooner rather than later.