Book Rec: In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland’s Torso Murders

It’s been a while since I’ve done book recs, and I feel really bad about that. Now that’s it’s getting to be fall, and a lot of my favorite books are best read during this time of year, I think it’s time for a book rec overload. I’m starting with a fascinating account of one of America’s first serial killers, someone who was never caught. The Cleveland Torso murders are disturbing,, horrific, and for me, absolutely fascinating.



“This is the first detailed, book-length examination of the horrific “Torso Murders” that haunted Cleveland from 1934 to 1938. 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, who left the corpses of at least twelve victims in and around the Kingsbury Run area of Cleveland, was never arrested or even officially identified.” “In the Wake of the Butcher is based on police reports, autopsy protocols, personal interviews with the descendants of victims and investigators, and unpublished manuscripts and is illustrated with maps, rare crime scene and morgue photographs, and newspaper photos. The author dispels some long-held rumors about the crimes and confirms others. In the Wake of the Butcher presents its compelling case and leaves readers to come to their own conclusions about the notorious Cleveland murders.”

If you’re a fan of true crime, do not miss this one. It’s surprising to me more people aren’t aware of this, given how horrific it was. It’s worth to note that many think The Black Dahlia was one of The Mad Butcher’s first victims, an experiment, if you will. 


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