Home » Cleveland Jane Doe 1937: Victim 8 Of The Torso Murderer
This is one of the oldest cases I’ve written about for Our Black Girls. In June of 1937, the skeletal remains of an unidentified woman were found in Cleveland, Ohio (referenced as “Cleveland Jane Doe” for this article). She was found under the Lorain-Carnegie bridge inside of a burlap bag.
Along with her body was a newspaper that was dated June of the previous year, leaving investigators to conclude that she was killed at that time. The newspaper also listed an advertisement for a performance at the Palace Theater. When the theater was contacted, a manager at the location confirmed with detectives that the “Nils T. Grantlund Girls” did put on a show there. Still, he didn’t have any information regarding the individual identifications of any women in the review. He also said he hadn’t heard anything about any of the ladies being reported missing.
Police Thought They Found Jane Doe’s Identity
During their investigation, police were notified that Cleveland Jane Doe may be a prostitute by the name of Rose Wallace. Both Dr. Gerber and Sergeant Hogan later determined that the unidentified woman wasn’t Rose because she only went missing ten months prior, not a year. Rose’s son, however, believed that the found victim was his mother, and Detective Merylo shared the son’s sentiment.
More About The Cleveland Torso Murderer
Cleveland Jane Doe would be commonly referred to as “Victim 8,” as there was a serial killer on the loose in the Cuyahoga Falls and Cleveland area dubbed the “Cleveland Torso Murderer.” There were 12 victims attributed to the killer. Still, police think he or she is responsible for dozens of deaths in the cities of Cleveland, Youngstown, and even in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, many associated with missing person reports. There are several unidentified victims in the Cleveland Torso Murderer case. The killings are believed to have stopped in 1938, and the murderer was never found.
Cleveland Jane Doe: What To Know
No one has officially identified who Cleveland Jane Doe is, but we do know that when she was living, she had a name. A medical examiner stated that she was petite, standing 4 feet 11 inches or shorter. She had black/dark brown, kinky hair, and extensive dental work that included gold crowns. DNA and fingerprints are listed as “unknown.”
The Doe Network reports: “On examination there is an extremely wide nasal aperture. The alveolar ridges are quite prominent, with considerable prognathism. The texture of the bone is quite fine. Due to this, the wide nasal aperture and the prominent alveolar prognathism, together with the penchant for gold crowns prominently displayed on the teeth suggest the victim to be a Black female.”
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