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Case File: 1792UMOH

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: August 16, 1938
  • Location of Discovery: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • Estimated Date of Death: 7-9 months prior to discovery
  • State of Remains: Skeletal remains
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 30-40 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'6" to 5'8"
  • Weight: 135-150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown, long and coarse.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Unknown
  • Fingerprints: Unknown
  • DNA: Unknown
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    On August 16, 1938, the skull and bones of an unidentified male were found at a dump at the end of East Ninth Street while searching for the remains of an unidentified female. The unidentified male became known as "victim 12."

    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.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Doe Network
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: N/A
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  • Agency Case Number: Victim 12
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
  • Former Hot Case Number: 256
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • Cleveland Police Museum
  • Crime Library
  • Kingsbury Run
  • Wikipedia: Cleveland Torso Murderer

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    Last Updated: 7/10/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator


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