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Cleveland's Mad Butcher

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Cleveland's Mad Butcher

Post by Karen on Tue 29 Mar 2011 - 9:23


CLEVELAND - (U.P.) - This million city's "Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run," torso killer of 13 persons in four years, already is being compared with the notorious mass murderers of history.
Crime students, fascinated by the bizarre decapitation saga, are comparing the similarities in point with the depredations of England's "Jack the Ripper," or of Henri Desire Landru, France's infamous "bluebeard."
Others compare the beheader with the notorious Fritz Harrman, the German dealer in illicit meat during the acute meat shortage in Hanover.
Physicians have established definitely that Cleveland's killer possesses more than a rudimentary knowledge of anatomy. Each body has been beheaded, dissected and the human sections secreted in squalid, out-of-the-way places, generally near or in water - Lake Erie or the Cuyahoga river, a tributary - and in areas geographically near but socially far from downtown Cleveland.

Landru Murdered Ten.

Landru, the French slaughterer, made love to 283 women, became engaged to 13, and murdered 10.
He was the son of a merchant in Paris. Before the World War, he had been a studious, religiously-inclined boy. Some emotional change came, however, and he was convicted of petty frauds and served two short terms in prison.
Landru later advertised in matrimonial journals, offering to buy furniture. In this way, he met hundreds of women. Police estimated they numbered 283.
He lured his victims to Vernouillett, where he slew them. The bodies were dismembered with thin saw blades and were burned in a cooking stove.
While Cleveland's "mad butcher" has murdered both men and women, Landru preyed only on women.
Police had their first thread to Landru's identity when they found his notebook listing "one-way" tickets to Vernouillett. He had been arrested on an old theft charge.

Clews in Book and Stove.

The book gave the names of the women who had disappeared mysteriously, and the cook stove supplied the clew to bits of bones in the ash pile nearby.
Then there was "Jack the Ripper." This soubriquet became a by-word throughout the world more than two generations ago. In 1888, Jack the Ripper committed the first scalpel slashing murder in the Whitechapel section of London.
During that year, there was in all a score of victims. The mutilation of each showed that the slayer was ambidextrous.
But the crimes ceased and Jack the Ripper never was identified positively. A poison killer of three women, George Chapman, whose name originally had been Severine Knoskovski, erstwhile a surgeon, was convicted and hanged, however. Chapman was found to have been equally dextrous with both hands and he had been in Whitechapel at the time of the murders.

Probably Active in U.S.

When a series of similar crimes broke out in America, after the killings ceased suddenly in London, Chapman was known to have emigrated to the United States. And so, when Chapman was hanged, Scotland Yard men were convinced that he was Jack the Ripper.
Fritz Harrman, the German dealer in illicit meat, when caught finally, bragged complacently in court of 30 or 40 killings. Twenty-seven actually were proved.
Hungry, fatherless boys were enticed to Harrman's shop. They never reappeared. Other boys, playing along the Leine river, found the skulls and bones of their playmates.
Unlike these European killers, Cleveland's "mad butcher" preys upon seemingly unknown and almost anonymous individuals. Relatives do not appear to complain that their loved ones have disappeared.

Source: The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Brainerd, Minnesota, Thursday October 6, 1938, Page 5

Karen Trenouth
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