Monday, February 18, 2013

Murder Mystery For Monday...!

Hey, that title sorta rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Cool!

Actually, there's nothing funny about this mystery. In fact, the whole thing is pretty creepy, if you ask me. It takes a special type of individual to commit crimes like this. Somehow, the term insane doesn't come close to describing the killer, I think!

Cleveland Torso Murders

Most people think of Eliot Ness and immediately associate him with Al Capone. However, the famous American lawman was also involved in one of the most infamous and brutal serial murder cases in United States history, only this time Ness would not get his man. In fact, to this day the Cleveland Torso Murders, perpetrated by a man known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, remain unsolved. In fact, his inability to find the murderer is said to have been the cause of his descent into alcoholism.

From 1934 to 1938, the Mad Butcher brutally murdered thirteen people, generally leaving only the torsos of the corpses behind. In all, seven men and six women were murdered, with only two victims ever having 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.

I guess that we need to remember that this was during the time when murder and killing was pretty commonplace. There must have been no shortage of suspects, but the evidence and proof (which disappeared regularly, I imagine) was hard to come by.Makes today seem pretty tame, don't you think?

Another day nice enough to have coffee out on the patio, I think. I love this weather!


Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Another good mystery. Where do you find 'em?
Too cold and windy for the patio here so I'll look forward to sitting at yours. I'll bring cream puffs for a change!

linda m said...

Great mystery for Monday. Still to cold to sit outside here so I'll sit on your patio. I get envious when I think of your warmer weather - I am getting cabin fever. Counting down to Spring. Thanks for the cream puffs Phyllis!

JO said...

Good Mystery today. I don't think I ever knew Ness died an alcholic how sad.

I'll have coffee on your patio still a little nippy here and when it warms up the wind kicks into high gear.

BBC said...

During the old days of Deadwood they fed them to the pigs...

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Most of the mysteries I find come from Very interesting site, I think!

Cream puffs sure do sound good to me!

Raining here now, so we might have to move inside!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Linda...
I can certainly understand about the cabin fever thing. Never had it, but I don't want to experience it either.

Thanks so much for dropping in today!

Hey Jo...
It was a nice day until it started to sprinkle. Now the wind is picking up a tad!

I sure am glad you could come by for a visit this morning!

Hey BBC...
That's certainly one way to dispose of evidence.

Thanks for the visit.

BBC said...

Then they butchered the pigs and sold the meat to the miners, enjoy your bacon. Hahahaha

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