A black and white illustration of Eliot Ness on top of a map of the midwest, with a dotted line drawn from Cleveland to Chicago.

Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and Cleveland’s Torso Murderer

Episode #224

2023-06-23 05:00:02


In 1934, a man collecting driftwood along the Lake Erie shore found a human torso on the beach.  No one could figure out what had happened. Over the next several years, more bodies were discovered. Eventually, a coroner assembled something he called the “Torso Clinic” to work on the case. It was made up of about 30 people – doctors, professors, police officers, and a young Prohibition agent named Eliot Ness.

Daniel Stashower’s book is American Demon: Eliot Ness and The Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper.