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Published on Mar 5, 2017
Buckle up. You’re about to be schooled in the intimate insights of a horrific and unique serial killer, Frank Sweeny. Born into abject poverty, he became a protégé of the top teaching surgeon in Ohio. Outwardly, he was a responsible, hard-working family man, the embodiment of the American dream.
Inside, the anatomy of his story was quite different. A significant head injury Sweeney sustained as a medic in World War I caused major behavioral issues. Alcoholism, combined with paranoid schizophrenia, didn't just run in his DNA, it galloped. The demons swirling in his head turned him into a monster. Sweeney preyed on the down-and-out residents of the Kingsbury Run shantytown. His gruesome, but surgically precise dissections terrified the Cleveland community. And they baffled legendary crime fighter, Eliot Ness, then Cleveland's Public Safety Director.
The good doctor’s tragic fall from grace is documented in THE AMERICAN SWEENEY TODD, by true-crime expert and bestselling author Marilyn J Bardsley. Her fictional account is based on intensive research into police records, primary source material, and letters from the “Torso Murderer” -- a nickname bestowed by the media.