THE CLEVELAND TORSO MURDERS, 1934–1938

PANIC IN THE CITY

Who was the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run? This serial killer led one of the US’s premier detectives in a gruesome dance, and terrified the citizens of Cleveland for four bloody years.

“Floating down the river, chunk by chunk by chunk;Arms and legs and torsos, hunk by hunk by hunk!”1

If you’re from Cleveland then there’s a good chance that you have heard this 1930s ditty. The eerie lyrics refer to the Cleveland Torso Murderer. This shadowy individual was exceptionally brutal—decapitating, dismembering, and sexually mutilating his victims, many of whom were still alive when he inflicted these gruesome acts upon them. The Butcher would then litter Kingsbury Run—a shantytown in a creek bed ...

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