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Case File: 1788UMOH

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: September 23, 1935
  • Location of Discovery: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • Estimated Date of Death: 1 to 4 weeks prior to discovery
  • State of Remains: Unknown
  • Cause of Death: Homicide - Decapitation, hemorrhage, and shock
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 40-45 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: He had one testicle missing (it is unclear if this was pre or post mortem).
  • Dentals: Unknown.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Unknown.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: None located.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    The decapitated remains of a white male were located in weeds at the foot of East 49th Street and Praha Avenue. Located next to him was another decapitated male who was later identified via fingerprints as Edward A. Andrassy. Andrassy had been dead for two to three days and was approximately 28 years old at the time of his death. At one time, he had been an orderly in the psychiatric ward at Cleveland City Hospital. He met a nurse at the hospital and married her in 1928, but she left shortly afterward and bore him a daughter sometime later. When he left the hospital in 1931, he sold magazines for awhile. At the time of his death, he was unemployed and had no visible means of support.

    Evidence suggests that the unidentified victim's body was saturated with oil and set afire after death. The fire merely scorched the skin leaving it with a peculiar condition of having a reddish yellow color and being tough not unlike bacon rind. The skin was carefully washed in benzol, dried, and examined under the microscope. Nothing of importance, other than the hair follicles minus the hair, was noted. It appeared as though the hair had either been shaved or burned off. The skin itself was hard and tough, and very resistant to both acids and alkalis. Warm or hot water caused it to swell and curl although no difference in texture resulted. It was finally decided that scorching would produce such a condition on dead tissue only.

    The unidentified male became known as "victim 1." The Cleveland Torso Murderer was an unidentified serial killer active in the Cleveland, Ohio, area in the early 20th century. The official toll of the murderer was 12, killed between 1935 to 1938, but some believe that there may have been as many as 40+ victims in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown, Ohio, area between the 1920s and the 1950s. Two strong candidates for addition to the list of those killed are an unidentified victim known as "Lady of the Lake," found on September 5, 1934, and Robert Robertson, found on July 22, 1950.

    The serial killings officially stopped in 1938. The last victim, victim Ten, was killed in April of 1938 even though remains of Victims Eleven and Twelve were found in mid-August of that year.


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  • Agency Case Number: Victim 1
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
  • Former Hot Case Number: 248
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    Information Source(s)
  • Cleveland Police Museum
  • Crime Library
  • Kingsbury Run
  • Wikipedia: Cleveland Torso Murderer

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