Buzzfeed tackles the Cleveland torso murders in true crime series ‘Unsolved’

February 8, 2018

Buzzfeed tackles the Cleveland torso murders in true crime series ‘Unsolved’

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The case of the Cleveland torso murders has haunted the city for more than 80 years. The real-life, unsolved mystery has been told and re-told in newspaper articles, documentaries and a graphic novel. There’s currently a film in development about it.

On Friday, the web series “BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime” reopens the case of the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run in an episode premiering at 6 p.m.

The serial killer terrorized the city starting in 1934 by gutting and dismembering his victims -- 13 of them -- while baffling investigators including Eliot Ness during his post-Al Capone days as the city’s public safety director.

“BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime,” which has attracted 300 million views since it premiered in 2016, tells the stories of unsolved crimes through the perspective of its hosts, amateur Internet sleuths Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej.

“The torso murders are morbidly fascinating to me because the perpetrator seems to have had a kind of looming presence over the city. You’ve got these horrible crimes being committed and a city gripped by terror as this murderous phantom is seemingly taunting the law. It’s a thrilling bummer,” said Madej.

“I actually didn’t know much before I started researching, just broad strokes. But, I will say, I did not know of the secret interrogation of the main suspect,” Bergara added. “The fact that the case is considered solved by some is something that we don’t see too often. Also, I can’t recall many cases we’ve covered where there is a star investigator involved.”

“BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Roku and BuzzFeed.com.