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Richard
01-18-2005, 11:15 PM
Decapitated Man Discovered June 5, 1936 Cleveland, Ohio

Here is an old John Doe case which dates back 69 years to 1936. Does anyone know anything about the other homicide cases that this is reportedly connected to?

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Unidentified Caucasian Male
Located on June 5, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio
Death had occurred late Wednesday, June 3, or early Thursday, June 4, 1936.
Cause of death was homicide. The victim had been decapitated.

Vital Statistics
Estimated age: Mid-twenties
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'11"; 155 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Reddish brown hair; blue eyes. Slender build, well-nourished with small hands and feet. Narrow handsome face with high cheekbones, a fair complexion, strong jaw and a slightly prominent nose. The coroner commented the victim looked to be of Slavic or possibly Scandinavian descent.
Dentals: Missing five teeth - one upper and three lower molars on the right side and a lowar molar on the left.
Clothing: Dark brown cashmere pants with a zipper. Found in the area were three shirts; one a white knit polo shirt with a Park Royal Broadcloth label. An old brown cap, a white pair of undershorts; with blue stripes and a laundry mark variously reported as "J. D. X.", "JD" or "J. D. A.". And a pair of tan oxford shoes (size 7 1/2), rather worn, with their laces tied together and a pair of thick socks stuffed inside.
Tattoos: He had six tattoos; One on the left calf was the character Jiggs from the comic strip Bringing Up Father. On the right calf was an anchor under a superimposed Cupid. On the right forearm was Helen-Paul over a dove. A butterfly on the right shoulder. On the left forearm was crossed flags. Also on the left forearm were the initials WCG with an arrow through a heart. The tattoos may have suggested a naval background of the victim.

Case History
The victim was located on June 5, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. The victims head was found near the Shaker Rapid Transit tracks. The torso was found between the New York Central and Nickel Plate tracks by an old freight shed. The body was nude but unmutilated, and was found only about fifteen hundred feet away from the head.
There was no blood on the ground, indicating that the unknown victim had been killed elsewhere and his head and torso then flung into the wastes of Kingsbury Run.
A railroad workerís testimony that the head was not in the vicinity at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, and an eyewitnessís report of a late-model Cadillac seen under the Kinsman Road bridge about 11:00 p.m. that same night suggested the latter time as the dumping hour.
The physical evidence of the decapitation suggested it had been done while the victim was alive. The head had been cut off between the first and second cervical vertebrae. There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in the victimís body, and nothing to suggest that he had been tortured or bound before being killed.
The case may be related to several other homicides in the area at the time.

The Doe Network: Case File 121UMOH

Source Information:
The Maniac in the Bushes And More Tales of Cleveland Woe
Cleveland Police Museum
Kingsbury Run
Torso by Steven Nickel

Link
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/121umoh.html

tennessee
01-19-2005, 07:31 PM
I thought I recognized this description. He was part of the Elliot Ness investigations there wasn't he? I read that story on the CrimeLibrary. Very interesting.

WasBlind
01-21-2005, 09:47 PM
Doe link (http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/121umoh.html)

You would think with all the data on this guy someone would have come forward by now. Sad to think it could have come across as a match on NCIC and no one noticed it, yet.

Does definitely need some help in getting their names back.

Another article (http://www.grayco.com/cleveland/mib/sample2.html) with more information, including the victims photograph.

More here (http://www.clevelandpolicemuseum.org/torso1.htm)

Kingsbury Run (http://www.deadohio.com/Kinsbury.htm)

With HOPE, Lanie

Richard
01-23-2005, 10:00 AM
I thought I recognized this description. He was part of the Elliot Ness investigations there wasn't he? I read that story on the CrimeLibrary. Very interesting.

I did a little research, and I believe that you are correct. Eliott Ness, who had been head of the prohibition enforcement unit "The Untouchables" was hired by the city of Cleveland in 1935 to be their Director of Public Safety (Chief of Police).

Starting in September 1935 and running thru 1938 Cleveland was plauged by a terrorist killer dubbed the "Mad Butcher" who murdered his victims by dismembering them. In 1935, two men and a women were his victims in separate incidents. In 1936 two men (including this victim) were beheaded. In 1937 a black woman, and later a man were killed. In 1938 two more men and one women became vicitms. Most of the victims were from the ramshackle Kingsbury Run neighborhood of shacks and shanties.

Ness burned down the shanty town in August 1938, and that seemed to stop the killings. He continued to look for the killer, whom he "profiled" as follows: Ness felt that because of the number of male victims, that the killer was a homosexual. He had to be big and strong enough to overpower his victims. He had to have a car to transport their bodies, and had to have a house clear of inquisitive neighbors. He would also have to have a sufficient amount of money to maintain a house and car in those Depression Era years.

Ness developed and interviewed a prime suspect, but that individual would not confess to anything. 1n 1939, he turned himself into a mental home where he died. Ness felt that he was the Mad Butcher.

Evidently, some of the other victims were identified, but not this one.

2sisters
01-23-2005, 12:13 PM
It is possible that a family somewhere is still looking for him, maybe his childrens children. I would figure if it was the depression he was maybe a transient, looking for work where he could find it.

tennessee
01-23-2005, 06:19 PM
I think that lots of families lost communication during that time and even earlier. There are better methods of keeping in touch now.

One thing that I am interested in is why people aren't reported missing. Could this man have been homosexual? Couldn't this have been a reason that he wasn't reported? Maybe his family disowned him and perhaps his name was banned from future generations?

I know that I am probably wrong but it just seems strange that sometimes no one will report a disappearance. Any thoughts?

WasBlind
01-23-2005, 08:10 PM
I think that lots of families lost communication during that time and even earlier. There are better methods of keeping in touch now.

One thing that I am interested in is why people aren't reported missing. Could this man have been homosexual? Couldn't this have been a reason that he wasn't reported? Maybe his family disowned him and perhaps his name was banned from future generations?

I know that I am probably wrong but it just seems strange that sometimes no one will report a disappearance. Any thoughts?

Sadly, it is quite common for adults not to be reported missing due to several misconceptions about missing persons reports and even LE telling people they will not take a report for a time period. It is now national law that they be in the NCIC database within 24 hours of being reported missing, so there is really no excuse now. That's why education is so important.

We know several family members that are on national committees to raise awareness, not just in LE, but also in the community. There are bills being pushed to help the various agencies with their work.

LE cannot do their jobs alone. They need our help. Without grass roots movements to circulate missing persons cases across the nation, many cases would grow cold.

Several of the strongest advocates for the missing (imho) post here on the missing forum (http://websleuths.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=16) . One even keeps a journal (http://rachelcookesearch.org/journal.html) of his activities on various projects for the missing.

I hope I live to see all the legislation they have fought so hard for being passed into law. We saw quite a bit signed as National Law with the April 30th, 2003 signing of the Children's Protection Act of 2003 by President Bush, which also encompassed several adult bills, including "Suzanne's Law".

With HOPE for all still missing, Lanie

Dexter Mills
10-10-2005, 08:19 PM
I think that lots of families lost communication during that time and even earlier. There are better methods of keeping in touch now.

One thing that I am interested in is why people aren't reported missing. Could this man have been homosexual? Couldn't this have been a reason that he wasn't reported? Maybe his family disowned him and perhaps his name was banned from future generations?

I know that I am probably wrong but it just seems strange that sometimes no one will report a disappearance. Any thoughts?
I think it's certainly possible that the "Tattooed Man" may have been homosexual, but we'll probably never know for certain. Three other male victims of the Kingsbury Run killer were castrated as well as beheaded (Victims 1 and 6, Edward Andrassy.) It's possible the emasculation may be a symbol of latent homosexuality on the part of the killer. Perhaps he knew what he was and hated the fact that he was attracted to men. An intriguing possibility.

Stacy Horn
10-13-2005, 08:45 AM
When I was writing my book about New York City's Cold Case Squad, the police department let me go out to a warehouse in Brooklyn, where they stored the records for the oldest cold cases they still possessed.

They have 187 boxes holding about 7,000 cases there, going back to the 20ís. That doesnít represent all the cold cases in NYC. Thatís just the ones they still have records for. There are thousands and thousands more.

For a couple of afternoons I just went through the boxes. These cases are done. Chances are no detective is ever going to pick up any of these unsolved murders and solve them. I was drawn to the oldest. The box marked ď1921Ē has several cases from the early twenties including the following four cold cases: Cecil E. Landon, a 19 year old from Portland who was murdered just after returning from military service in France, 12-year-old Virginia Walker who was murdered on her way to buy cream, 17-year-old Ream Constance Hoxsie who was hit in the head with a hammer eight times, then posed on a bed, and the severed head of an unknown Italian man that was found in Bronx Zoological Park by two boys looking for fresh water crabs. Several days later, two women searching the same area for mushrooms found the torso.

I realize I am basically haunted by the human condition, it is what it is, but if you sit in a huge warehouse mostly alone, with all these boxes of death, you try to remember that all these old papers represent what was once a vibrant life. You canít help trying to bring them to life again. This poor kid Cecil. After doing his duty, and surviving, he came home to start his life, he was still so young, and probably so excited and then he was murdered. Constance was probably murdered for being a pretty young thing that someone else couldnít have. Cases like these haunt me.

Chances are, everyone who knew these people are dead. No one alive in this world knows that they ever lived and suffered such a horrible wrong. Death in one form or another comes to us all, and this inevitable disappearance into time, but still!

It's sad. And there's nothing to be done about it.

Mr. E
10-13-2005, 11:39 AM
I think I have similar reactions to cases that are so old and cold that no one even really cares about them anymore, other than that they are an interesting mystery. I guess that's why I come here, and to Doe Network, and to Charley Project.

One case I remember hearing about concerned two children who found, I believe, a stick of TNT. They were killed, and there wasn't even enough left of them to make a good composite of one child. I sit there and look at the composite of the other child and think, "How is it that they are still unidentified? Didn't anybody lose two children from the area and wonder where they went?"
Cases like The Torso Killer in Cleveland -- I assume this man was one of his victims -- and Zodiac and others just blow me away. Did somebody get away with murder? Is there even anybody alive any more who cares? I guess we do, or we wouldn't be here, but is it enough?

Richard
10-13-2005, 12:37 PM
When I was writing my book about New York City's Cold Case Squad, the police department let me go out to a warehouse in Brooklyn, where they stored the records for the oldest cold cases they still possessed.

They have 187 boxes holding about 7,000 cases there, going back to the 20ís. That doesnít represent all the cold cases in NYC. Thatís just the ones they still have records for. There are thousands and thousands more.....
And yet, it might still be possible to solve a few of those many cold cases today. True, it gets harder with passing years due to deaths of witnesses, loss of evidence and files, changes in crime scene, etc. But if the questions are asked, the answers will come. Maybe not all of the answers, and maybe not immediately, but they will come.

A few years back I cleaned out an old house which had been owned by the same man for about 50 years. It contained some files and correspondance and books which pre-dated the house. One book, which was packed away in the attic, was a large scrap book containing a series of newspaper stories about crime and corruption in Atlantic City, NJ. The dates of the papers were all about 1930. This scrapbook had been prepared by the Newspaper's editor and sent to a man who sat on a board to consider entries for some Journalism awards. I don't know whether or not it received any awards, but the articles were well written and the paper had contributed significantly toward cleaning up some of the crime in Atlantic City. The scrap book provides some very interesting "time travel" back to 1930. But it also points out a lot of unsolved murders and kidnappings which probably remain unsolved today.

mysteriew
10-13-2005, 12:43 PM
You know the possibility of the man being homosexual is intriguing. What was hidden in those days is now right out there in public. There are all kinds of gay rights orgs. which will have members of all ages. Has anyone considered sending the info to any of those websites or organizations in the homosexual community to ask if he was known in that community, or for info about him?

Marilynilpa
10-13-2005, 12:53 PM
And yet, it might still be possible to solve a few of those many cold cases today. True, it gets harder with passing years due to deaths of witnesses, loss of evidence and files, changes in crime scene, etc. But if the questions are asked, the answers will come. Maybe not all of the answers, and maybe not immediately, but they will come.

A few years back I cleaned out an old house which had been owned by the same man for about 50 years. It contained some files and correspondance and books which pre-dated the house. One book, which was packed away in the attic, was a large scrap book containing a series of newspaper stories about crime and corruption in Atlantic City, NJ. The dates of the papers were all about 1930. This scrapbook had been prepared by the Newspaper's editor and sent to a man who sat on a board to consider entries for some Journalism awards. I don't know whether or not it received any awards, but the articles were well written and the paper had contributed significantly toward cleaning up some of the crime in Atlantic City. The scrap book provides some very interesting "time travel" back to 1930. But it also points out a lot of unsolved murders and kidnappings which probably remain unsolved today.
There are so many very old cold cases, and obviously we can't solve them all. But looking at things from a fresh perspective allows us to consider possibilities that weren't considered at the time. Sure, most of these cold cases will remain just that. But they deserve a second look.

Stacy Horn
10-13-2005, 03:22 PM
You're all absolutely right of course, there's always a chance. They all deserve another look. I was just musing aloud, and thinking strictly realistically. There is almost no chance of any of the older cases being solved.

I was channel surfing last night and caught the very end of the movie Gangs of New York. Itís the 19th century, and itís a scene in a graveyard overlooking Manhattan. The character (Leo DeCaprio) says something about the fact that they will not be remembered. No one will remember their struggles. And then the camera shows the graveyard and New York changing as time moves forward. New York gets bigger and higher and grander, and the grave stones slowly sink and sink and disappear. It was heartbreaking.

Thatís what is happening to those cases (and will happen to all of us). The paper the detectives notes were typed on is fragile and disentegrating. Every year, more and more records are lost or destroyed. No one will remember 19-year-old Cecil Landon, 12-year-old Virginia Walker, and 17-year-old Ream Constance Hoxsie. Pretty soon they will disappear for good.

Auggie21
10-13-2005, 03:43 PM
Maybe the only place these people are remembered and honored is in the hearts of people like you all.

One of my friends recently worked on an archealogical dig up in Washington state. In additon to many native burials, they found a young woman who had been strangled and shoved under the floor of a wood mill. They nick-named her Gracie. The team theorized that she was a prostitute (there weren't may other kinds of women in the area at the time) who had been murdered any time from the turn of the century to when the mill burned (or was abondoned, I can't remember) decades later. Sad, young girls disapeared even that long ago.

Anyway, they are not sure there is any way to find out who she is since it is unlikely anyone was looking for her. The last I heard, the tribe had agreed to rebury her, but there is an issue about it, since she is not native. At one gathering we had a toast in her honor and offered best wishes for peaceful rest.

Stacy Horn
10-14-2005, 11:07 AM
That is exactly that kind of thing that just kills me. It's so sad. (But nice how everyone tried to acknowledge her.)

anthrobones
06-08-2006, 07:01 PM
Decapitated Man Discovered June 5, 1936 Cleveland, Ohio

Here is an old John Doe case which dates back 69 years to 1936. Does anyone know anything about the other homicide cases that this is reportedly connected to?

A lot of info is in In the Wake of the Butcher by James Badal

Richard
06-14-2006, 08:51 AM
It has been 70 years since this case and others like it were being investigated. While it is likely that this man was one of a series of murders, he has never been identified. And there is debate on who his killer was.

anthrobones
06-14-2006, 07:47 PM
I thought I saw somewhere a drawing of what the tattoos looked like...in a book or something??

Angels_Not_Forgotten
06-14-2006, 10:40 PM
I am very naive about things (sorry my spelling is horrible :() but did the millitary have fingerprints on file back then to compare? Its hard to think NO ONE knew this guy with all the tat's...

beakiebean
06-15-2006, 08:57 PM
One of his tatoos was the names Helen and Paul over a dove. I wonder if he is Paul and Helen was his wife?

anthrobones
08-15-2006, 11:08 PM
I thought I saw somewhere a drawing of what the tattoos looked like...in a book or something??
Nevermind. Yes, I am quoting myself. I was mistaken. The drawings of the tattoos that I saw belonged to a case in Louisiana.

http://doenetwork.us/cases/187umla.html

anthrobones
08-15-2006, 11:09 PM
One of his tatoos was the names Helen and Paul over a dove. I wonder if he is Paul and Helen was his wife?
I will have to find the books written on the Butcher to see what they say about this. I think they thought either Paul and Helen were he and his wife or his mother and father. I think....I need to look in the books.

KJERVIS
08-18-2006, 02:03 PM
The coroner commented the victim looked to be of Slavic or possibly Scandinavian descent.

Tattoos: He had six tattoos; One on the left calf was the character Jiggs from the comic strip Bringing Up Father. On the right calf was an anchor under a superimposed Cupid. On the right forearm was Helen-Paul over a dove. A butterfly on the right shoulder. On the left forearm was crossed flags. Also on the left forearm were the initials WCG with an arrow through a heart. The tattoos may have suggested a naval background of the victim.
The comment about the victim being slavic or scandinavian along with the tattoo of Jiggs made me do a bit of research on this character Jiggs. Apparently Jiggs was brought to Finland to produce sound versions of the character. He was a huge hit in Finland, even spawning slang within the finnish culture. This information coupled with the fact that he has naval tattoos leads me to believe that he was more than likely he was not a permanent resident of the US or had recently arrived. This would explain the inability to identify him if he was from another country. Of course this is merely conjecture but my grandfather was swedish and in the shipping business. His travels took him all over the globe and more importantly he was covered in tattoos. He didnt stick with one company but would hire on in the port at which he delivered his contents. This could be what happened with this man though his presence near train tracks may indicate traveling via that method.

The tattoo containing Helen-Paul could also be the names of his parents. I know people often get their parents names tattooed on their bodies as a memorial when their parents are deceased. I would also be curious to know what were the flags that were that are mentioned as being an additional tattoo.

Kate

anthrobones
08-18-2006, 06:15 PM
The comment about the victim being slavic or scandinavian along with the tattoo of Jiggs made me do a bit of research on this character Jiggs. Apparently Jiggs was brought to Finland to produce sound versions of the character. He was a huge hit in Finland, even spawning slang within the finnish culture. This information coupled with the fact that he has naval tattoos leads me to believe that he was more than likely he was not a permanent resident of the US or had recently arrived. This would explain the inability to identify him if he was from another country. Of course this is merely conjecture but my grandfather was swedish and in the shipping business. His travels took him all over the globe and more importantly he was covered in tattoos. He didnt stick with one company but would hire on in the port at which he delivered his contents. This could be what happened with this man though his presence near train tracks may indicate traveling via that method.

The tattoo containing Helen-Paul could also be the names of his parents. I know people often get their parents names tattooed on their bodies as a memorial when their parents are deceased. I would also be curious to know what were the flags that were that are mentioned as being an additional tattoo.

Kate
I found the books I had, but apparently the information is conflicting between the two books.
The books are: Torso and In the Wake of the Butcher.

In the Wake of Butcher specifies that the following tattoo's were in the following locations:
"a butterfly on the left shoulder, the comic strip character Jiggs on the outer surface of the left calf, crossed flags and the letters W.C.G. on the left forearm, a heart and anchor also on the left forearm, a cupid and anchor on the outer surface of the right calf, and the names Helen and Paul on the right forearm".

Torso says:
"on the left forearm , the intials WCG with an arrow through a heart; also on the left forearm, cross flags; on the right forearm, "Helen-Paul" with a dove beneath; on the right shoulder, a butterfly; on the left calf, the cartoon character Jiggs; and on the right calf, a cupid superimposed over an anchor".


Will type more later.

Richard
08-19-2006, 09:07 AM
It is quite possible that the man was in the Merchant Marine. That is - a sailor who shipped on various types of Merchant ships at various times and visiting many different ports. Tattoos (in the 1930's) were something which one would see on sailors more than any other trade or profession, especially a large collection of them. The anchor tattoo is definitely of Naval or seagoing origin.

Unlike US Navy sailors, who are assigned to a specific ship for a number of years, and whose whereabouts are accounted for several times daily, a Merchant Mariner works for wages and signs on for specific ships and voyages on a case by case basis. If one wanted to take time to travel around the US for an extended period of time, he could do so without being declared AWOL or a Deserter.

Travel by rail would have been a strong possibility, since as a Mariner who travels at sea and stops at various ports, he probably would not have owned a car - and might not even know how to drive one. It is possible that he might have been in the Cleveland area seeking employment on the Ore ships of the Great Lakes - maybe he was enroute from the East to West coast, or perhaps he was just traveling to visit friends or family. He probably had no family or friends in the Cleveland area because nobody came forward to identify him, even though his description would have been front page news.

I agree that the crossed flag tattoo probably was a good clue. My guess is that it would have been a US flag crossed with the flag of his home country.

The Character Jiggs, I believe, was that of an Irish American. His wife was Maggie, who ran the household and was always hitting Jiggs on the head with a frying pan, or rolling pin when he would come home late drunk. Jiggs was a sort of Ner' Do Well who wore a very elegant suit of coat with tails, top hat, spats, gloves and cane. He was fond of strong drink and staying out late with the boys.

Marilynilpa
08-21-2006, 01:45 PM
I'm back after a LONG absence and the first place I went was to the cold cases!

There were other cases of bodies being found beheaded around the same time as the Cleveland killings that were also never solved. In particular, some decapitated bodies were found in West Virginia. I know I posted some info about this back in October or November, I'll see if I can find it. Anyway, there were rumors that the "Torso Killer" may have been involved. However, there were other rumors that the bodies in WV were killed by the Mafia and left there.

Richard
03-01-2008, 08:28 PM
Here are some links to other cases which were related to this one:


http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase248.html

http://doenetwork.org/cases/121umoh.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase249.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase250.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase253.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase256.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase247.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase251.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase252.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase254.html

http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase255.html

anthrobones
03-01-2008, 10:48 PM
I often wonder what the killer did with the parts that were not found.

agriculturegal
05-02-2008, 08:42 AM
It is quite possible that the man was in the Merchant Marine. The anchor tattoo is definitely of Naval or seagoing origin.


I agree that the crossed flag tattoo probably was a good clue. My guess is that it would have been a US flag crossed with the flag of his home country.



Could the WCG tattoo be the Wisconsin Coast Guard, a branch that serves in the Great Lakes region? Maybe the crossed flags would indicate which naval branch...

The Jiggs tattoo is interesting. Possibly the laundry mark 'JD' indicates his nickname was Jiggs. Wonder if his real name was Paul "Jiggs" D___.

In the Wake of the Butcher by Mr. Badal indicates that someone identified these tattoos as belonging to a young man from the Brace Memorial Newsboy Home in NYC in June of 1932.

Would love to gain access to records....

anthrobones
05-02-2008, 09:59 PM
What is the Brace Memorial Newsboy Home?

anthrobones
05-02-2008, 11:56 PM
http://www.prairieghosts.com/torso.html

agriculturegal
05-03-2008, 12:08 AM
What is the Brace Memorial Newsboy Home?

I found this online - a lodging house for homeless boys. Looks like the building was eventually purchased by the Coast Guard, but can't find the year that this happened. Coincidence?

Check out:
http://nineduane.queenitsy.com/gen2.html

The home was part of the 'orphan train' to place children from orphanages.

anthrobones
05-03-2008, 12:25 AM
From: http://www.prairieghosts.com/torso.html

In January 1939, the Cleveland Press newspaper reprinted a letter that had been sent from Los Angeles, allegedly from the Butcher himself. It read:
Chief of Police Matowitz -
You can rest easy now, as I have come to sunny California for the winter. I felt bad operating on those people, but science must advance. I shall astound the medical profession, a man with only a D.C.
What did their lives mean in comparison to hundreds of sick and disease-twisted bodies? Just laboratory guinea pigs found on any public street. No one missed them when I failed. My last case was successful. I now know the feeling of Pasteur, Thoreau and other pioneers.
Right now I have a volunteer who will absolutely prove my theory. They call me mad and a butcher, but the truth will out.
I have failed but once here. The body has not been found and never will be, but the head, minus the features, is buried on Century Boulevard, between Western and Crenshaw. I feel it is my duty to dispose of the bodies as I do. It is God’s will not to let them suffer.
X


Anyone know what "D.C." refers to here?

outofthedark
05-03-2008, 02:14 AM
From: http://www.prairieghosts.com/torso.html

In January 1939, the Cleveland Press newspaper reprinted a letter that had been sent from Los Angeles, allegedly from the Butcher himself. It read:
Chief of Police Matowitz -
You can rest easy now, as I have come to sunny California for the winter. I felt bad operating on those people, but science must advance. I shall astound the medical profession, a man with only a D.C.
What did their lives mean in comparison to hundreds of sick and disease-twisted bodies? Just laboratory guinea pigs found on any public street. No one missed them when I failed. My last case was successful. I now know the feeling of Pasteur, Thoreau and other pioneers.
Right now I have a volunteer who will absolutely prove my theory. They call me mad and a butcher, but the truth will out.
I have failed but once here. The body has not been found and never will be, but the head, minus the features, is buried on Century Boulevard, between Western and Crenshaw. I feel it is my duty to dispose of the bodies as I do. It is Godís will not to let them suffer.
X


Anyone know what "D.C." refers to here?

I found "Doctor of Chiropractic" courtesy of Wikipedia- referred to as D.C. or DC as the letter mentions the medical profession

Venom Goose
08-01-2009, 09:22 PM
Bump. There is a picture of him on this Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Torso_Murderer

Here's a picture of the casting of his head: http://lfugett.com/casting.html

And a large picture of his head: http://lfugett.com/head.html

miznoir
11-15-2010, 02:26 PM
This is a tenuous connection...but...

If you search for "helen and paul" and "tattoo" on the web, one of the first hits that comes up is a website dedicated to a tattoo artist named Franklin "Paul" Rogers. His wife was named Helen. He was a well known tattoo artist who worked in South Carolina, on the circus circuit and later in Norfolk, Va. (Huge naval town.)

Paul Rogers started tattooing in the late 1920s. He was active in the 1930s during the time frame of the Torso Murders. Most frustrating is that Paul lived up into his 80s and 'almost' remained with us into the Internet Age. If he was alive today, all it would take was one email query to find out if he knew of the murders or ever recognized this particular victim.

As I say, a very long shot. But an intriguing possible connection to this case. However, as many have already postulated, the tattooed man might have been named "Paul". His wife or girlfriend might have been "Helen". Or his parents might have had those names.

We will probably never know. But here is the link to that website.

http://www.tattooarchive.com/history/rogers_paul_timeline.htm

Ambercat
05-05-2011, 06:12 PM
I have known people who have their family members' name tattooed in memory of that person if they pass away before their time, so maybe Helen and Paul are the tattooed man's siblings or cousins. I agree with the people who believe that the man was not from the area and from Europe and that is why he was not recognized (despite being front page news).

Irish_Eyes
10-17-2011, 01:26 AM
I think the coast guard possibility is intriguing. I also found this about the Marines:

Since 1922, the United States Marine Corps has used Bulldogs as its mascots.[1]
U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler introduced the first Marine mascot, named "Pvt.Jiggs," who lived at Marine Barracks, Quantico. He quickly rose in the ranks to Sergeant Major. He was the first in a series of bulldog mascots.

So perhaps there is a Marine connection.

With names like Helen and Paul his parents were probably American or British, Irish, etc. (If Helen and Paul refer to his parents). A dove may mean they predeceased him.

Cleveland at this time was one of the largest cities in the nation. Its terminal tower was second only to the Empire State Building as the tallest building in America. It was a very busy port in those days. It would have been a place that drew immigrants and others looking for opportunities. He could have come from anywhere.

I have always been fascinated with this case. It's local, so when I read where the victims were found, I know exactly where they are talking about (although these areas look much different today, I'm sure.) A distant relative of mine actually found what some believe to be the first victim. Ironically, a girl I grew up with was related to one of the chief suspects (although I don't believe he was guilty.)

Ambercat
01-07-2013, 01:17 AM
:bump: I noticed that a few older cases were on NamUs recently and I thought "the Tattooed Man" might be included, but he is not listed in NamUs at this time.

Fuuro
04-13-2013, 01:24 AM
Don't know if this has come up before, but I have the morgue photo (head only) if anyone is interested. I honestly think that the morgue photo and the reconstructions look completely different. Maybe it's just me.

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121umoh morgue photo (http://i.imgur.com/pKWanEC.jpg)

Ambercat
11-22-2013, 05:43 AM
I wonder if Eetu Vainonen (a 29 year old man missing from Ontario, Canada) has been looked into as being this UID? While his description doesn't mention any tattoos, he was from Finland originally and one of the previous posters said that the character of Jiggs was very popular in Finland.
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/images/EVainonen.jpg
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/4146dmon.html
https://secure.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/missing-disparus/case-dossier.jsf?case=2006025299&id=0

STANDREID
12-01-2013, 07:48 PM
I think this victim is perhaps regarded as the most perplexing because, of the unidentifieds, he seems to be the one with enough features that he should have been identified.

The Helen-Paul always intrigued me - was it his parents (I doubt), some close friends (possibly) or was he Paul and Helen a love interest (seems to make the most sense to me)?

I have seen the inference that he was possibly a homosexual but I don't know exactly why that would be thought. He was young, apparently good looking and in good shape so if he was homosexual I would think some old gay would be keeping him. His worn clothing didn't indicate that. I guess he could have been a homosexual prostitute either because he was gay or purely out of desperation.

STANDREID
12-17-2013, 10:31 PM
Quite possibly, he was just a down and out guy who had no family or close friends to miss him. Sad, when you think about it.