The Cleveland Torso Murderer (also known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run) was an unidentified serial killer who killed and dismembered at least 12 victims in the Cleveland area in the 1930s.
From 1934 to 1938, the Mad Butcher brutally murdered at least 12 people, generally leaving only the torsos of the corpses behind. Seven men and six women were murdered, however only two of the victims have been identified. Two men were arrested in suspicion of being the Mad Butcher, but they were never convicted.
The first suspect, Frank Dolezal, had originally confessed but later recanted, and died in custody. The second suspect, Dr. Francis Sweeney, failed a polygraph test but was released due to a lack of evidence. Ness’s journal hints that he knew who the killer was but could never prove it. And if the untouchable Eliot Ness was unable to prove who the killer was, that’s probably a pretty good indication that these are murders that will go forever unsolved.
Most researchers consider there to be twelve definite victims, although new evidence suggests a woman dubbed “The Lady of the Lake” could be included. Only two victims were positively identified; the other ten were six John Does and four Jane Does.
In 1997, another theory postulated that there may have been no single Butcher of Kingsbury Run because the murders could have been committed by different people. No definitive conclusion has been found to date.