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"John Doe V" is the ninth canon victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer.


The victim was found by a National Guardsman by the West 3rd Bridge in the wake of a passing tugboat in the Cuyahoga River. The next few days, police recovered the rest of body except for the head. No clothing was found. Additionally, it appeared the abdomen was gutted and the heart was ripped out.

The victim, called "John Doe V," is also referred to as "Victim #9" of the Cleveland Torso Killer. Between 1935-1938, the Cleveland Torso Killer was responsible for the murder and dismemberment of twelve transients and hobos in which only two were ever identified. Investigators believe there are additional victims. Although investigators had several suspects, most notably Frank Dolezal and Dr. Francis E. Sweeney, no one was ever charged and convicted for the murders.


  • "Well-groomed" fingernails.


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