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A Presentation About the Cleveland Torso Murder

  • Rocky River Senior Center 21014 Hilliard Boulevard Rocky River, OH, 44116 United States (map)
Save the Date for what promises to be a lively program presented by Dr. James Badal and Mark Wade Stone.

Save the Date for what promises to be a lively program presented by Dr. James Badal and Mark Wade Stone.

On September 5, 1934, while walking along Lake Erie beach near his Cleveland home, Frank LaGassie made a gruesome discovery.

Partially buried was the lower half of a woman's torso, legs amputated at the knees. This "Lady of the Lake," as she was dubbed by the police and the press, was the first in a terrifying series of decapitation murders that haunted Cleveland for the next few years.

From 1934 to 1938, the "Torso Killer" left the corpses of at least twelve victims in and around the Kingsbury Run area of Cleveland. 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 was never arrested, or even officially identified.

Badal presents his evidence carefully, allowing the gruesome facts to speak for themselves. Along the way be dispels some long-held rumors about the crimes and confirms others - such as the legend of Ness's "secret suspect." You don’t want to miss this exciting program!