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    OH - Bratenahl, 'Lady of the Lake' WhtFem 885UFOH, in Lake Erie, Sep'34

    The remains of a woman washed up on the shore of Lake Erie in Bratenahl, Ohio. She known as The Lady of the Lake. She was likely killed by a unidentified serial killer who terrorized Cleveland area from 1935 to 1938. The unidentified serial killer is dubbed Kingsbury Run Murders or Cleveland Torso Murders. The killings claimed at least 12 to as high as 40. Two suspects have been mentioned, Frank Dolezal and Dr. Francis E. Sweeney. Some think this could be work of multiple killers. Some think The Black Dahlia is connected to the Cleveland Torso Murders.

    Date of Discovery: September 5, 1934
    Location of Discovery: Bratenahl, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
    Estimated Date of Death: 3 to 4 months prior
    State of Remains: Partial torso only
    Cause of Death: Homicide

    The Lady of the Lake Profile
    Estimated Age: Mid 30s
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: Unknown
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Unknown
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
    Dentals: Not available.
    Fingerprints: Unknown
    DNA: Unknown

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/885ufoh.html
    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/s...y/index_1.html
    Cleveland Torso Murderer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by KateB; 04-06-2015 at 03:37 PM. Reason: repair url tag.




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    Sad thing is, the Lady of the Lake isn't the only unidentified victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer. Ten out of the twelve ''canonical'' victims remain unidentified (eleven out of thirteen if you count the Lady in, since she's not actually a confirmed victim).

    Sorry for hijacking the thread with other UIDs, but I'm looking at missing persons from the 1930s and a few look a bit promising. Neither are the Lady of the Lake but I think they could be victims of the Cleveland Torso Murderer, canonical or not:

    This girl isn't a candidate for the Lady since she disappeared three years after the body was found, but Ruth Baumgardner vanished from Ohio in 1937 and has never been located. I don't know the stats of the other Jane Does but maybe Ruth was one of the murderer's victims? She disappeared from Delaware, Ohio - two hours from Cleveland:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1800dfoh.html

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/2797/2/
    This man, Joseph Halpern, disappeared in 1933 but some reports place him in different states in 1934 and 1935. It's possible that he joined the Lewis Brothers Circus. Maybe he was in Ohio at some point? This site (http://www.circushistory.org/Routes/LewisBros.htm) has a list of stops the Lewis Brother Circus made and there are a total of 94 stops in Ohio from 1938 - 1940.

    I don't think the killer will ever be found; it's been 70 years and I'm positive that at least some important evidence has been lost. And any close relatives of these victims are likely to be dead. But if a great-grandparent of mine went missing 70+ years ago, I'd want to know what happened to them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migmuu View Post
    Sad thing is, the Lady of the Lake isn't the only unidentified victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer. Ten out of the twelve ''canonical'' victims remain unidentified (eleven out of thirteen if you count the Lady in, since she's not actually a confirmed victim).

    Sorry for hijacking the thread with other UIDs, but I'm looking at missing persons from the 1930s and a few look a bit promising. Neither are the Lady of the Lake but I think they could be victims of the Cleveland Torso Murderer, canonical or not:

    This girl isn't a candidate for the Lady since she disappeared three years after the body was found, but Ruth Baumgardner vanished from Ohio in 1937 and has never been located. I don't know the stats of the other Jane Does but maybe Ruth was one of the murderer's victims? She disappeared from Delaware, Ohio - two hours from Cleveland:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1800dfoh.html

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/2797/2/
    This man, Joseph Halpern, disappeared in 1933 but some reports place him in different states in 1934 and 1935. It's possible that he joined the Lewis Brothers Circus. Maybe he was in Ohio at some point? This site (http://www.circushistory.org/Routes/LewisBros.htm) has a list of stops the Lewis Brother Circus made and there are a total of 94 stops in Ohio from 1938 - 1940.

    I don't think the killer will ever be found; it's been 70 years and I'm positive that at least some important evidence has been lost. And any close relatives of these victims are likely to be dead. But if a great-grandparent of mine went missing 70+ years ago, I'd want to know what happened to them...
    I am aware of unidentified victims of the Cleveland Torso Murders. The reason I posted this one was it was the oldest from Ohio at the Doe Network website.

    The killer(s) are dead, so there will be no charges against them.




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    postscript

    Of the estimate 12/13 victiums of Torso killer

    3 victims:
    Edward Andrassy
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...r&GRid=6938150

    Florence Polillo
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...114706&df=all&


    Rose Wallace {teneative id}
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...058922&df=all&


    5 victiums 1934-1937 of Torso killer are Buried in Highland Park Cemetery {Potter field}
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...GSfn=&GSln=Doe

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    Quote Originally Posted by HMSHood View Post
    Date of Discovery: September 5, 1934
    Location of Discovery: Bratenahl, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
    Estimated Date of Death: 3 to 4 months prior
    State of Remains: Partial torso only
    Cause of Death: Homicide

    The Lady of the Lake Profile
    Estimated Age: Mid 30s
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: Unknown
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Unknown
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
    Dentals: Not available.
    Fingerprints: Unknown
    DNA: Unknown
    Although it was unknown at the time, the upper half of the torso had been found 30 miles east and two weeks previous in North Perry, Ohio. The man who found it originally thought it was part of an animal but contacted authorities when he heard about the Euclid Beach find. The two halves matched. In late July, a little girl wading off shore nearer the city also claimed that she had stepped on a human leg in the water but it was never found. Further searches into the month of September only turned up a portion of an upper arm off Euclid Beach that probably belonged to the victim. The head, lower legs and the rest of the arms were never found.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


    Stan Reid



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