In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland's Torso Murders

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Kent State University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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On September 5, 1934, while walking along Lake Erie beach near his Cleveland home, Frank LaGassie made a gruesome discovery. Partially buried was the lower half of a woman's torso, legs amputated at the knees. This Lady of the Lake, as she was dubbed by the police and the press, was the first in a terrifying series of decapitation murders that haunted Cleveland for the next few years. From 1934 to 1938, the Torso Killer left the corpses of at least twelve victims in and around the Kingshury Run area of Cleveland. A frightened city turned to its safety director, the legendary Eliot Ness, who focused more energy and manpower on this investigation than any previous police action in Cleveland. But the killer was never arrested, or even officially identified. In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland's Torso Murders is the first detailed, book-length examination of these horrific crimes. Where previous examinations of the Kingsbury Run murders have relied almost exclusively on contemporary newspaper coverage, this compelling account is based on police reports, autopsy protocols, personal interviews with the descendants of victims and investigators, and unpublished manuscripts. Illustrat
 

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The fact that the murders went unsolved almost guarantees that this account isn't going to go anywhere (giving us innumerable descriptions of citizens stumbling across body parts, police moving in to ... Read full review

Review: In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland's Torso Murders

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The fact that the murders went unsolved almost guarantees that this account isn't going to go anywhere (giving us innumerable descriptions of citizens stumbling across body parts, police moving in to ... Read full review

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James Jessen Badal is an assistant professor of English and journalism at the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. He has served on the board of trustees of the Cleveland Police Historical Society since 2001. His previous books for The Kent State University Press include Twilight of Innocence: The Disappearance of Beverly Potts (2005), Though Murder Has No Tongue: The Lost Victim of Cleveland s Mad Butcher (2010), and Hell s Wasteland: The Pennsylvania Torso Murders (2013). He is currently working on a book devoted to the unsolved 1964 murder of 16-year-old Beverly Jarosz in Garfield Heights just outside of Cleveland.

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