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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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.
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