This lead, however, amounted to nothing, and the police began what would be a long and fruitless search for the man the press had nicknamed “the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.
This site makes an attempt to gather all known information and speculation about who is referred to as "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run" or "The Butcher" or what is referred to as "The Cleveland Torso Murders", "The Kingsbury Run Murders", or simply "The Torso Murders".
Cleveland's so called torso murders (chiefly named that because that's usually what they found) were perhaps the most sensational crimes to happen not in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles but in Cleveland, Ohio, home of less than a million people. During a time span of roughly 4 years from 1934 to 1938, at least 13 known victims were and have been attributed to this series of unsolved slayings. The crimes were almost evenly committed against both sexes, 7 males and 6 females, so the murders don't appear to be gender based, ala Jack the Ripper. Also known as the Kingsbury Run murders (after the supposed perpetrator, the "Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run", Kingsbury Run being the principle area the torsos were found) the bodies started appearing shortly after Eliot Ness appeared in Cleveland. With only 2 bodies identified, the killer was either lucky or chose his or her victims well. Ness was never able to solve these crimes and went to his grave a broken, alcoholic shadow of the legend he once was. As the title of at least one book attests, he may have been the 14th victim.
While many people know as the Internet’s 15-year-old repository of crime, its founder Marilyn Bardsley has a very different understanding of the stories it houses. Many of them she investigated personally, including the very first story ever published on the website—the 1938 , committed by a horrific serial killer who would later be dubbed “the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.”