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    16 Facts About The Cleveland Torso Murders That Prove It's One Of The Most Gruesome Unsolved Mysteries

    The 10th victim was found with his heart ripped out, and his abdominal area gutted.

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    This week's (and previous) episodes of BuzzFeed Unsolved are now available on Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Roku TV. On this episode of BuzzFeed Unsolved, Ryan and Shane investigate the The Cleveland Torso Murders. Here are 16 of the many details they discussed.

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    1. In Cleveland, between 1934 and 1938, 13 people were murdered by a serial killer.


    Six of the victims were women, seven were men.

    2. Of the 13 people killed, only three were identified.


    Almost all of them were vagrants or sex workers.

    3. All of the victims were decapitated, and in some cases, their heads weren't found.


    The killer often dismembered the body through the torso. In no instance was a body found fully intact. This is why the serial killer was labeled, "The Cleveland Torso Killer."

    4. On September 5, 1934, the first victim was found.


    She was an unidentified woman in her thirties. All that was found was part of her torso, thighs, and other body parts. Her skin was leathery and red, from a chemical preservative.

    5. On September 23, 1935, a 28-year-old man named Edward Andrassy was found.


    His naked body had been drained of blood and castrated, with rope burns on his wrists.

    6. That same day, the third victim was found.


    The unidentified man had been decapitated and castrated similarly to Edward Andrassy, and his body had the same chemical preservative found in the first killing.

    7. On January 26, 1936, Florence Polillo was found.


    She was found wrapped in newspaper, inside bushel baskets near a manufacturing building.

    8. On June 5, 1936, the head of an unidentified male was found.


    This victim's head was wrapped in trousers. The rest of the body was found the next day, in front of a police building.

    9. The sixth victim was an unidentified 40-year-old man.


    There was blood on the ground, suggesting the victim had been killed on-site, and not dumped there, as the other bodies had.

    10. On September 10, 1936, the seventh victim, an unidentified man, was found killed by decapitation.


    The coroner noticed that the decapitation had been done in one stroke, indicating that the killer knew human anatomy.

    11. Many local papers were reporting the murder spree on a daily basis, but there were no suspects or clues.


    Two detectives interviewed over 1,500 people, and one even went undercover as a vagrant in search of clues.

    12. On February 23, 1937, parts of an unidentified woman were found. June 5, 1937, another victim named Rose Wallace was found — her remains were only a skull and a bag of bones.


    July 6, 1937, the tenth victim, an unidentified man in his thirties, was found in a river. His heart had been ripped out, and his abdominal area was gutted.

    13. In April/May of 1938, parts of the eleventh victim were found in a river.


    This was the first victim to have drugs in their system, which may've been recreational, or could've been administered by the killer.

    14. On August 16, 1938, the 12th and 13th victims were found. Their bodies were unidentified.


    Two days later, on August 18, detectives and officers raided a homeless area in search of clues. The killings did stop after this raid, though investigators were no closer to identifying the killer.

    15. There were multiple people suspected of being the Cleveland Torso Killer, starting with Frank Dolezal.


    Dolezal lived with one victim, and personally knew two of the others. He admitted to murdering the fourth victim, Florence Polillo, but later he recanted his confession, claiming to have been beaten into a confession. He suffered broken ribs in custody, and evidence suggests he was forced into claiming any responsibility.

    16. The other suspect is Francis E. Sweeney, a doctor who would've had the skill and knowledge to perform the killings.


    Shortly after the final murder, Sweeney checked himself into a mental institution, after which the killings stopped. In 1956, Sweeney was diagnosed as schizophrenic. He remains the most popular suspect.

    There are a lot of details regarding the murders, their victims, the suspects, and investigators, and it's all covered in the video.


    Despite what's known about the killings, the identity of the Cleveland Torso Killer remains unsolved.