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American Demon by Daniel Stashower
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I first learned of the Butcher of Kingsbury Run, (AKA The Cleveland Torso Murder) twenty years ago while researching a book. To say this killer was twisted, brutal, and sociopathic didn’t quite cover it. It was 1935, Cleveland, and the country was still dealing with The Great Depression and the remnants of Prohibition. Eliot Ness and his Untouchables had helped bring down Scarface Al Capone and Ness had moved from Chicago to Cleveland where he became the Director of Public Safety, meaning he oversaw the police department and other city entities. During a three-year period, twelve corpses turned up. Beheaded, mutilated, dismembered, and scattered, many parts were never found, many victims never identified. The city was on edge, and everyone looked to Ness to bring the killer to justice. The pressure was massive, as the clues and viable suspects were sparse. This is as much a story of Ness as it is of the serial killer but make no mistake this is the definitive story of this bizarre series of events. The vivid characters and the twists and turns of this case will keep the reader enthralled.

DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series
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