Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Kingsbury Run Murders or Cleveland Torso Murders


Sources for this feature story include newspapers, books, letters and postcards, personal memoirs, police reports, medical records, autopsies, university records, and personal accounts.

The primary newspapers used as sources were the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Press, and the Cleveland News.

Special collections include files, scrapbooks, and photographs from the Cleveland Public Library, the Cleveland Press archives at Cleveland State University, and the Western Reserve Historical Society Library.

Critical individual first-hand sources of information were Dr. Royal Grossman, Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson Ness, Lt. David L. Cowles, Thomas Whalen Esq., Mr. Alex Archaki, Dr. Robert Hosler, Lt. Roy Karlovec, Howard Beaufait, Dr. Samuel Gerber, Captain David Kerr, Mr. Dan T. Moore, and numerous members of the Cleveland Police Department. Other sources wished to remain anonymous.

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Books included (alphabetically by author's name):

Bardsley, Marilyn J., Eliot Nessthe Man behind the Myth, Great Falls, VA: Dark Horse Multimedia, 1998. Internet web site availability only:

Badal, James Jessen, In the Wake of the Butcher. Cleveland's Torso Murders. Kent State University Press. 2001.  This book is the most factual and complete account of this murder case and is highly recommended as a detailed account of this most unusual murder series.

Bayer, Oliver Weld, editors. Cleveland Murders. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1947.

Collins, Max Allan, Butcher's Dozen, New York: Bantam, 1988

Martin, John Bartlow. Butcher's Dozen and Other Murders. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950.

Nickel, Steven, Torso: The True Story of Eliot Ness & the Search for a Psychopathic Killer Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1989.

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