Between 1934 and 1938, residents of Cleveland, Ohio, were horror-struck by a series of gruesome murders. Forty years before the term was coined, the Cleveland Torso Murder, aka the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Lane, was one of America’s early serial killers. As the body count soared, Cleveland was plagued with rampant corruption in the police department. After bringing down Al Capone, Eliot Ness was recruited as the city’s new Safety Director. As Ness weeded out corruption, the killings continued. Not afraid of getting his hands dirty, Ness added his abilities to these unsolved killings.
American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper by award-winning author Daniel Stashower is a fresh look at a volatile period of history. Citing news stories and firsthand accounts, Stashower shines a light on this series of murders. Alongside these cases, Stashower follows the career of Eliot Ness from his days in Chicago till his death.
Combining the infamous with the legendary, Stashower delivers an exciting true-crime novel. The addition of highlighting many breakthrough police procedures used during the investigations and details of criminal history makes this a must-read.
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|Mystery, Crime, Thriller