Unsolved: The Toledo Clubber

In the fall of 1925, for two weeks the city of Toledo, Ohio was terrorized. At the end of the attacks, 12 women had been victimized. 5 had died from the attacks and the remainder were left severly wounded. Using a heavy object, the attacker would hit his victims from behind and then continue to smash their faces in.The first victim was Mrs. Frank Hall. She was sitting outside her home on November 10th when she was attacked. She was one of the lucky ones though and survived. The next to encounter this madman was Emma Hatfield who encountered him while walking down a dark street. Lydia Baumgartner would fall victim as well, encountering him the sameway as the previous victim. Sadly, both would later die from their injuries. They did manage to give a report to the police but it did no good.

Seven more attacks happened in seven days. The people of Toledo were up in arms. The American Legion put a 1,000 men on the streets to help protect the city. Escorts were provided to women who were now afraid to walk alone at night. It seemed that the city was being held hostage by a faceless monster.

Like with any high profile case, tons of tips came in but none ended in an arrest or serious suspect. The authorities put out a profile on the Clubber, claiming he was a man of super human strength, that he would be beastlike and have fiery eyes. Sounds like something you’d see in a comic book. In reality, he was probably an Average Joe that no one would ever suspect.

After the murders of a 26 year old school teacher and 47 year old housewife, the clubbings ended. To this day, no one has seemed to solve this case. It is truly a mystery.

~ by B on July 13, 2006.

7 Responses to “Unsolved: The Toledo Clubber”

  1. That’s the problem with random, simple attacks like that. Unless the guy is caught in the act or drops his wallet at the scene, what evidence would lead the police to him?

  2. There’s always evidence, but in 1925 they didn’t have the technology that we do now to solve an attack like this. DNA is always left, it’s just a matter of finding it and being able to match it up.

  3. I agree that it could’ve been someone anyone least expected. Also when you think about it, back in those days, it was like a “Witch Hunt” as far as to determine the killer. If only they knew then what we know now.

  4. i farted. <3.

  5. wow i live in toledo and never heard of this lived here fo 30 years almost

  6. They did make an arrest and they put him to death. but they got the wrong person. they lined up all the weirdos and drunks

  7. The lady I take of is 100 yrs old and lived in Toledo at the time of this horrible act. She was telling me the story of the Toledo clubber so I told her I would look it up. She was shocked to find out that it was unsolved because she remembers when they caught the guy. Her and her friends went to the funeral home and were looking in the windows and saw the man being laid to rest. She was about 15 at the time and had to walk home from school about 2 miles. She remembers being scared walking under the bridge for the freight train down Detroit Ave. The man they caught only lived 2 blocks from there. Mary said that everyone was relieved it was over and she did not know any of the victims.

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