Our second part of The Cleveland Torso Murders is here and though it is the conclusion, we aren't left with comfort. The Butcher takes several more lives but try as the investigators might, they simply were never able to find out his true identity. Have no fear though, DT Alaina gives us THE SUSPECT OF THE CENTURY!
Thank you to the mystical and beautiful David White for research assistance!
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The Cincinatti Post. 1938. "City's New Safety Unit to Find How Cleveland Cut Its Auto Toll." The Cincinatti Post, December 28: 18.
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—. 1936. "Mad Butcher's Seventh Victim Found By Boys." The Oklahome News, September 15: 14.
—. 1938. "Ten Mile Area Fails to Reveal Single Clue." The Palm Beach Post, August 27: 3.
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