Crime Scene Photography · Ohio · Serial Killers

The possible first victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer is found

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… Continue reading The possible first victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer is found

Ohio · Serial Killers

The final Cleveland Torso Killer victims found

August 16, 1938 Cleveland, Ohio The bodies of the final 2 victims of the Cleveland Torso Killer are found During a three-year span, the Torso Killer killed, decapitated, sometimes castrated, and occasionally dismembered at least 12 victims. However, as the bodies of the victims were found months or years after their deaths, it's probable there… Continue reading The final Cleveland Torso Killer victims found

Newspaper clippings · Sweden

The first piece of a dismembered woman, whose death and investigation inspired The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, found

July 18, 1984 Solna, Sweden The first body parts of Catrine da Costa, a prostitute in Stockholm, are found in a plastic bag Various pieces of da Costa's body were found between July 18 and August 8, but her head, internal organs, genitals, and one breast have not been located. Due to the missing body… Continue reading The first piece of a dismembered woman, whose death and investigation inspired The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, found

England

Man murders, dismembers wife after argument, discards body piece by piece across town

June 15, 1851 Norwich, Norfolk, England William Sheward stabs his wife to death with a pair of scissors following an argument before dismembering her and casually scattering pieces of her body around town The Shewards quarreled about money, and in a fit of rage William stabbed Martha to death with a pair of scissors and… Continue reading Man murders, dismembers wife after argument, discards body piece by piece across town

Executions · Ohio

Man hanged for the murder and dismemberment of his wife (includes graphic details from his confession)

June 12, 1857 Toledo, Ohio Return Jonathan Meigs Ward is hanged for the murder of his wife Ward had been abusing his wife Olive for some time before the murder. Olive sent her children from a previous marriage to other homes, and attempted to flee on a train. In an effort to detain her, Ward… Continue reading Man hanged for the murder and dismemberment of his wife (includes graphic details from his confession)