The Torso Murder Flushing, Queens October 28, 1926
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
The ax murder of Robina Lyttle is most ironic because her killer was a seemingly meek individual. While he was imprisoned Patrick McClafferty's fellow inmates were surprised to see how harmless he appeared in his cell. However he killed his Irish Catholic girlfriend with a single violent blow with a rusty ax. He also tried his best to burn her after he had cut off her head, hands and limbs.