The Cleveland Torso Murderer, also known as the "Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run," was a prolific serial killer who tormented the citizens of Cleveland, OH, between 1934 and 1938. The string of cases was compared to England's elusive Jack the Ripper, as neither culprit was captured, despite a large number of suspects. There are some differences, however. Jack the Ripper exclusively preyed on "ladies of the night," while the Mad Butcher targeted transients, homeless people, and other victims of the Great Depression who lived in local shantytowns. Another difference lies in the fact that Cleveland's infamous predator was notorious for dismantling his victim's bodies before dumping them in various places on the East Side.
During the 1930s, Eliot Ness, fresh from his success in dealing with Chicago's underworld problem, became the safety director of Cleveland. He was tormented by the Mad Butcher, both literally and figuratively, and the unsolved case essentially destroyed his career. To this day, the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run case remains open.
The Mad Butcher Dumped The Headless Torso Of A Woman Into Lake Erie
He Removed The Head And Genitals Of Edward Andrassy While He Was Still Alive
He Wrapped Half Of Flo Polillo In Newspaper, But Her Head Was Never Found
He Removed The Heads Of Several Victims While They Were Still Alive
He Terminated Six People In 1936 Alone
He Used A Chemical Preservative On Some Victims And Refrigerated Others