Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Kingsbury Run Murders or Cleveland Torso Murders

Edward Andrassy

Fingerprints identified Victim Two as Edward A. Andrassy, one of the first men found decapitated by the 1935 Serial Killer, of 1744 Fulton Road who was approximately 28 years old at the time of his death. At one time, he had been an orderly in the psychiatric ward at Cleveland City Hospital. He met a nurse at the hospital and married her in 1928, but she left shortly afterwards and bore him a daughter sometime later. When he left the hospital job in 1931, he sold magazines for awhile. At the time of his death, he had no job or visible means of support.

Edward Andrassy
Edward Andrassy

His parents, Hungarian immigrants from a once aristocratic family, were very concerned about the kind of life he led and the people he chose as associates. His father Joseph Andrassy and his brother John identified the body at the County Morgue. They had last seen Edward four days earlier.

The tall, slender Andrassy was a dark-haired, handsome man with an extremely unwholesome reputation. He had once been arrested on a concealed weapons charge and had spent time in the Warrensville Workhouse. He had also been picked up several times for intoxication.

Andrassy's mother Helen told police that two months earlier a middle-aged man came to their home and said he was going to kill Edward for "paying attentions to his wife." Just before he left home for good, Andrassy had been afraid to leave his house. He had told his sister that he stabbed an Italian in a fight and that the mob was after him.

His father said that his son frequented the E. Ninth Street and Bolivar Road area and associated with people of questionable character. One of the detectives remembered him as a "snotty punk...the kind of fellow gives a cop a lot of lip when he's questioned. Once I had to knock him down."

In John Bartlow Martin's book Butcher's Dozen he recounts a bizarre story told by a married couple to the police: "The man, who had known Andrassy most of his life, said that early in the summer Andrassy had remarked 'how bad' the man's wife looked. 'She had female trouble,' the man said. Andrassy then spoke up and told them that he was a 'female' doctor and that he would like to examine her. In doing so Andrassy committed sodomy upon her (it isn't clear whether her husband did not protest because he didn't understand or because Andrassy was bigger than he was). He then told the couple that if he would go home and get his instruments he could fix her within a month, so that she could have children. But they told Andrassy not to bother."

There were some of his associates that believed Andrassy to be bisexual. While rumors abounded, the only thing police found that might give credence to any interest in men was the five physical culture magazines they found in his room. Still, there were too many people who claimed that he had male lovers to be completely ignored. Some of his close friends were known to be homosexual.

Steven Nickel in his book Torso summarizes some of the sordid discoveries: "Andrassy had dealt in pornographic literature; he had smoked marijuana; he had gone to Detroit earlier in the summer and had been forced to leave suddenly after angering an Oriental gangster; he had been romantically involved with a married woman whose husband had vowed to kill him. Few people would have made a more likely candidate for murder than Edward Andrassy."

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