Known Victims (Ordered by Discovery Date)

1934

  • The Lady of the Lake – Sometimes referred to as victim 0, The Lady of the Lake was not officially tied to the case until two years after her discovery. The lower half of her torso was found on September 5, 1934, floating onto the shores of the Euclid Beach area. Her head was missing and her legs had been cut off at the knees. The top portion of her torso, minus her arms and head, were recovered nearly 30 miles away. Additionally, a chemical agent had been used on her skin, causing it to turn red and leathery.Though she is not technically considered a victim of the Mad Butcher, the similarities between her murder and the other murders are too uncanny for experts in the case to dismiss and it has been ruled that she was more than likely murdered by the same person responsible for the other murders.

1935

  • Edward Andrassy – Believed to be the second victim of the killer. The body was discovered on September 23, 1935 in the Jackass Hill area of Kingsbury Run. The body was decapitated and emasculated. It is believed that he was dead for approximately two to three days.
  • John Doe I – Believed to be the first victim of the killer. The body was discovered on September 23, 1935 near the body of Edward Andrassy in the Jackass Hill area of Kingsbury Run. Like Andrassy, John Doe I was emasculated and decapitated. A chemical agent, used to treat the body, caused the skin to take on a red tone and a leathery texture. The man was dead for approximately three to four weeks before discovery.

1936

  • Florence Genevieve Polillo (Martin) – Believed to be the third victim of the killer. Parts of the dismembered body were discovered on both January 26 and February 7, 1936 between 2315 and 2325 East 20th Street in Downtown Cleveland and 1419 Orange Ave, respectively. Her head has never been found. She is believed to have been dead between two and four days before discovery.
  • John Doe II (The Tattooed Man) – Believed to be the fifth victim of the killer. The body was found on June 5, 1936 in the Kingsbury Run area. The victim was decapitated. He was believed to have been dead for approximately two days before the time of discovery. The Victim had a six unique tattoos including the names “Helen and Paul” and the initials W.C.G. The underwear on the body had the initials J.D. written on the inside.
  • John Doe III – Believed to be the fourth victim of the killer. The body was found on July 22, 1936 in the Big Creek area of Brooklyn, just west of Cleveland. The victim was dismembered while still alive. This is the only body to be discovered on the Cleveland’s West Side. He was believed to have been dead for approximately two months before discovery.
  • John Doe IV – Believed to be the seventh victim of the killer. The body was discovered on September 10, 1936 found near the Nickle Plate railroad tracks in the Kingsbury Run area. Only half the torso was discovered, everything below the hips were missing, and his head has never been recovered. He was believed to have been dead for approximately two days before discovery.

1937

  • Jane Doe V – Believed to be the eighth victim of the killer. The body was found on February 23 1937 on the Lake Erie shore, near the Euclid Beach area. This was the same area “The Lady of the Lake” was discovered in 1934. Her head was never found. It was believed that she had been dead for approximately three to four days before discovery.
  • Jane Doe VI (Possibly identified as Rose Wallace) – Believed to be the sixth victim of the killer. The body was found on June 6, 1937 in a burlap sack underneath the Lorain-Carnegie bridge. This was the only African-American victim. The body had been decapitated and was found to be missing a rib. It is believed that she had been dead for approximately a year before discovery.
  • Jane Doe VII – Believed to be the ninth victim of the killer. The body was discovered on July 6, 1937 floating in the Cuyahoga River near the Cleveland Flats. The victim was decapitated and the head has never been recovered. It is believed that she was dead for approximately two or three days before discovery.

1938

  • Jane Doe VIII – Believed to be the twelfth victim of the killer. The lower leg of the victim was discovered on April 8, 1938 in the Cuyahoga River, near the Cleveland Flats. On May 2, 1938 one of the victim’s thighs was found floating in the Cuyahoga River just east of the West 3rd Street bridge. Near the bridge a burlap sack containing a headless torso cut into halves, the other thigh, and the victim’s left foot were found. The head along with the rest of the body were never recovered. This victim was the only victim found to have drugs within her system. It is believed that she was dead for approximately three to five days before initial discovery.
  • Jane Doe IX – Believed to have been the eleventh victim of the killer. Her body was found in the East 9th Street Lakeshore Dump. The body had been decapitated. It is believed that she was dead approximately four to six months before discovery.
  • John Doe X – Believed to have been the tenth victim of the killer. His body was discovered on August 16, 1938 in the East 9th Street Lakeshore Dump. He was discovered at the same time as Jane Doe IX. His body had been decapitated and his head recovered from a can. It is believed that he was dead for approximately seven to nine months before discovery.

Non-Canonical Victims

These victims are only speculated to be connected to the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.

The Murder Swamp Murders – 1921-1939

  • 1921 – An elderly woman is found decapitated within her own home near the area known as “The Murder Swamp” by New Castle, PA residents. None of the women’s belongings appeared to have been tampered with or stolen.
  • 1923 – The dismembered body of a young girl was found floating in the Beaver River located near the murder swamp.
  • October 6, 1925 – The body of a decapitated man was discovered by a hunter walking along the trails of the Murder Swamp. His head was found two days later, buried in the ground underneath a log. Also found near the same area was a bundle of burnt clothing, a length of rope, and a hat.
  • October 17, 1925 – A group of teenage boys hunting in the area of the Murder Swamp uncovered a human skeleton missing its skull. A hunt for the skull led investigators to seven more human skeletons.
  • October 16, 1934 – Two men taking their dogs out on the trails near the Murder Swamp stumbled upon the body of a badly decomposed man. Unlike the others the man’s skull was still intact. Buried along with the body was an empty whiskey bottle and a iron spike.
  • 1939 – The body of a man was discovered in a pile of burnt debris near the Murder Swamp.

Most of the Murder Swamp victims were never identified. Reports of bone fragments and skeletal remains being discovered in the area continued until at least the 1970s.

McKee’s Boxcar Murders – May 3, 1940

  • Victim 1 – Identified as a male, sliced into seven pieces and wrapped in a burlap bag. The man was missing his head and newspapers from Youngstown were scattered around the train car his body was found in.
  • Victim 2 – Identified as male, the victim was decapitated and had the word “NAZI” carved into his chest. The letterers were approximately five inches high and the Z was purposely written backwards. The I extended down from the victim’s neck.
  • Victim 3 – Identified as a female. She was found in a similar state as Victim 1. Her head was missing and her body had been sliced into seven pieces. Her remains were wrapped in a burlap bag and covered under crumpled old newspapers.

The Black Dahlia – 1947

  • January 15, 1947 – The body of Elizabeth Short was discovered near Leimert Park in Los Angeles, CA. Her mouth had been slit at the corners and her body had been sawed completely in half. Her murder remains one of the most popular unsolved murders within the country.

The murder of Elizabeth Short is loosely connected to the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run based on circumstantial evidence which assumed that a man named Jack Anderson Wilson was not only her killer, but a serial killer who made his way across the nation, popping up in the area of similar murders between the time of the Cleveland torso murders and Short’s murder in Los Angeles.

Mad Butcher of Fayette County – 1962-1964

  • July 3, 1962 – 76-year-old Ernest Gwinn’s skull was found with a bullet hole in it.
  • October 30, 1962 – 33-year-old Sammy Smith went missing and was presumed to be a victim of the Fayette County Butcher. His body was never found.
  • December 19, 1962 – 19-year-old Mike Leo Rogers, a mentally disabled man, was found on top of Gauley Mountain. His body had been chopped into pieces and it appeared as if his liver had been chewed on.
  • July 27, 1963 – 40-year-old Louis Bennett was killed by dynamite.
  • November 22, 1963 – 33-year-old Navel officer, Gene Arthur was reported missing. His body was never recovered.
  • December 7, 1963 – 40-year-old Sgt. James Lee Haynes decided to hitchhike home to see his family for a holiday get-together. He never made it to his destination and his body was never recovered.
  • February 1964 – Bobby Mack Agee went missing. His body has never been recovered.

It should be noted that most experts believe that The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run was not active after the 1950s, either due to death or incarceration. Though little information is available on the Mad Butcher of Fayette County, what is available suggests that these murders were not at all related to the Cleveland torso murders occurring throughout the 1930s.

Robert Robinson 1950

  • July 22, 1950 – The decapitated body of Robert Robinson was discovered alongside a business on Davenport Avenue in Cleveland.