In the Wake of the Butcher Cleveland's Torso Murders

ISBN-10: 0873386892
ISBN-13: 9780873386890
Edition: 2001
Authors: James Badal
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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based on police reports, autopsy protocols, personal interviews with the descendants of victims and investigators, and unpublished manuscripts.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

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
September 5, 1934: The Lady of the Lakep. 22
September 23, 1935: Double Murderp. 29
January 26, 1936: A Frozen Corpsep. 49
June 5, 1936: The Decapitated Tattooed Manp. 60
July 22, 1936: Murder without a Cluep. 69
September 10, 1936: Circus at a Stagnant Poolp. 75
Cleveland's Shamep. 86
February 23, 1937: A Second Lady of the Lakep. 103
June 6, 1937: Bones in a Burlap Bagp. 111
July 6, 1937: Savagery along the Cuyahogap. 117
April 8, 1938: Drugs and the Maidenp. 126
August 16, 1938: Double Murder Again?p. 134
August 18, 1938: A Descent into Hellp. 145
1939-1943: Murder, Mutilation, and Mayhemp. 151
July 22, 1950: An Echo from the Pastp. 161
Portrait of a Killerp. 166
Suspectsp. 175
Epiloguep. 239
Mapsp. 243
Bibliographyp. 248
Indexp. 250
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