Case File: 1789UMOH
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The severely decomposed, decapitated remains of a white male were located in the sparsely populated Big Creek area of Brooklyn near a hobo camp, west of Cleveland. This was the only known West Side victim.
The police conducted a thorough search of the area and found the man's head, which was little more than a skull at that point. Cheaply made, bloodstained clothing was found nearby. The pathologist discovered a large quantity of dried blood that had seeped into the ground beneath the man's body, indicating he was killed at the location. For the first time, the murderer had gone way across town from Kingsbury Run, and instead of transporting the victim had killed him in the place he was discovered. The victim's long hair, his poor clothing, and the location of the body near a hobo camp suggested he was one of the many hobos who rode in and out of the city on the nearby railroad tracks.
The unidentified male became known as "victim 5". 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, the so-called Victim Ten, was killed in April of 1938 even though remains of so-called Victims Eleven and Twelve were found in mid-August of that year.
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Last Updated: 9/30/12 - By: DD / Hot Case Coordinator