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Detective Lloyd B. Trunk, Badge Number 56 was in charge of the Bureau of Criminal Identification from 1935 through 1944.  He made plaster death masks of the Torso Murderer’s victims in hopes that they might be viewed and identified by members of the public.  This photo was taken in front of his workstation on the third floor of Central Station, 2001 Payne Avenue.

 

Check out the Torso Murder Tour coming soon to a local Cuyahoga County Library near you.    Information on our Events Page.

 

"Our Story, Our Way"

Eliot Ness &
His Role in Cleveland History

 

In December of 1935, Cleveland's Mayor Harold Burton recruited Eliot Ness to serve as the city’s new Safety Director. That very year, Cleveland was the fifth largest metro area in the nation, and was considered to be the most dangerous city in the United States. Ness went on to spearhead a campaign that nearly eliminated corruption in the police department, brought the fire department up to modern standards, and instituted the latest traffic technologies that brought national safety awards to Cleveland.

 

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The Kingsbury Run Murders

Between 1935 and 1938, an officially unidentified serial killer murdered and dismembered at least 12 victims - only 2 of which were ever positively identified.

Read more about the most infamous open case in Cleveland history here.

 

Cleveland's Fallen Officers

 

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