American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper

American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper

by Daniel Stashower
American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper

American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper

by Daniel Stashower


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The best true crime books read like a mystery novel. Daniel Stashower's American Demon does exactly that. A 1930s cat-and-mouse plot unfolds as Eliot Ness hunts the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. This is narrative non-fiction at its best and most suspenseful.

New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award-winner Daniel Stashower returns with American Demon, a historical true crime starring legendary lawman Eliot Ness.

Boston had its Strangler. California had the Zodiac Killer. And in the depths of the Great Depression, Cleveland had the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.

On September 5th, 1934, a young beachcomber made a gruesome discovery on the shores of Cleveland’s Lake Erie: the lower half of a female torso, neatly severed at the waist. The victim, dubbed “The Lady of the Lake,” was only the first of a butcher’s dozen. Over the next four years, twelve more bodies would be scattered across the city. The bodies were dismembered with surgical precision and drained of blood. Some were beheaded while still alive.

Terror gripped the city. Amid the growing uproar, Cleveland’s besieged mayor turned to his newly-appointed director of public safety: Eliot Ness. Ness had come to Cleveland fresh from his headline-grabbing exploits in Chicago, where he and his band of “Untouchables” led the frontline assault on Al Capone’s bootlegging empire. Now he would confront a case that would redefine his storied career.

Award-winning author Daniel Stashower shines a fresh light on one of the most notorious puzzles in the annals of crime, and uncovers the gripping story of Ness’s hunt for a sadistic killer who was as brilliant as he was cool and composed, a mastermind who was able to hide in plain sight. American Demon reconstructs this ultimate battle of wits between a hero and a madman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250905727
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2023
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 17,218
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DANIEL STASHOWER is a New York Times bestselling author, acclaimed biographer and narrative historian, and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards, and the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP: The Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler as well as other publications. His books include The Hour of Peril, Teller of Tales, and The Beautiful Cigar Girl.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Last of the Good Guys

Part I: Al’s Nemesis
1 The Lady in the Lake
2 Chicago Has Fallen
3 Jackass Hill
4 Snorky’s Last Ride

Part II: The Mad Butcher Strikes Again
5 Capone Nemesis Gets Big Job
6 Woman Slain, Head Sought in Coal Bins
7 “Let’s Go”
8 The Tattooed Man
9 Lake Torso
10 Voodoo Doctors and Chicken Freaks
11 Steel and Bone
12 Do You Know This Room?

Part III: Who Is This Mad Torso Killer?
13 Gaylord Sundheim
14 Misguided Zeal
15 The Hot Seat
16 There Goes Eliot Ness
17 The American Sweeney
Epilogue: Eliot-Am-Big-U-ous Ness


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