The Unsolved Casefile: Hunting the Torso Killer

Posted at 6:58 AM, March 23, 2021 and last updated 3:02 PM, July 26, 2023

CLEVELAND, Ohio (SCRIPPS) — It is one of the darkest chapters in Cleveland history.

From 1934 to 1938, a serial killer stalked the town, claiming at least a dozen victims.

The killer, known as both the “Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run” and the “Torso Murderer,” for the way he dismembered his many victims — cutting off heads and limbs.

For decades, the mystery has captured the attention of those in Cleveland and beyond.

But the foremost expert on the cases, Dr. James Badal, says he is 99.9 percent sure he knows the killer’s true identity.


This story was originally published October 31, 2018, by Homa Bash of WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio.