September 5, 1934
Cleveland, Ohio
A woman’s lower torso and upper thighs are found on the shore of Lake Erie

The woman’s body was found in a rough and reddened, suggesting chemicals had been applied to her skin. Her head was never found, and because of this, she has never been identified. She was dubbed “the Lady of the Lake.”

A little over a year later, the first two official victims of the Cleveland Torso Murderer were discovered, the first of 12 official victims. Due to the similarities between the other victims (all had been dismembered with their trunks found, often the heads were never recovered) and the location of the body (the Lady of the Lake was found in almost the same spot where Jane Doe I was found on February 23, 1937), the Lady of the Lake is often considered to be the first known victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer and is sometimes referred to as Victim Zero.

More about the Cleveland Torso Murders:
Victims 1 and 2 (Graphic)
Victim 3
Victim 6 (Graphic)
Victims 11 and 12

Horrific history from today:
1930: FLW: Insults to a slow executioner (2017)
1966: Man drags man to his death, is shot by police (2017)
1966: 10 young people injured by shotgun blast following a fight (2017)
1970: Man murders, dismembers, and cannibalizes 8 (2017)
1932: Director found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder (2018)

Horror-related anniversaries:
Today in Horror History: September 5

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