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Cleveland: The Torso Murders
Cleveland: The Torso Murders
Clever Cleveland legend Cassie Chadwick met one of her husbands at her own brothel in the 1890s — but managed to convince him that she thought she'd been running a legitimate boarding house. The 20th-century story with prostitution links that isn't quite so amusing. An unknown attacker killed and dismembered at least 12 (and possibly as many as 40) Cleveland residents in the late 1930s. Noted investigator Elliott Ness (pictured, left) suspected that an alcoholic doctor, Francis Sweeney (pictured, right), was behind the crimes, but the case was never officially solved. Cleveland's columnists had a lot of theories about the crime too, including one that the killer believed that God had ordered him to kill prostitutes and gay men.

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