Biography

MarilynBardsleyMarilyn J. Bardsley is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author and the editor of Crimescape®. She is the former executive editor and founder of Time Warner’s Crime Library, the premier true crime site on the Internet. Ms. Bardsley has written extensively on true crime and is an expert on serial killers. She also appears frequently on news programs and documentaries for the History Channel, The Learning Channel and Carolina Public Television. Her feature story on the Atlanta child murders, co-authored with Rachael Bell, was required reading for the police task force investigating the Green River serial murder case. Her most popular feature articles were on Jeffrey Dahmer, Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, the Boston Strangler, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, the Son of Sam, Charles Starkweather, Albert Fish, the Hillside Stranglers, John Dillinger, Fred and Rose West, Leopold and Loeb, and Ted Bundy. Ms. Bardsley has written full online biographies of Al Capone, Eliot Ness and J. Edgar Hoover.

Before starting the Crime Library, Ms. Bardsley was a telecommunications marketing executive for several multibillion dollar companies, including British Telecom North America and MCI. She started up and general managed an electronic messaging business for BellSouth Advanced Networks and provided consulting services to all of the “Regional Bell Operating Companies.” Additionally, she was an Internet investment consultant for large Asian multinational companies.

Marilyn J. Bardsley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Case-Western Reserve University.

While she lived in Cleveland, she uncovered a decades-old secret kept by Eliot Ness, who was head of the Cleveland police and fire departments in the 1930s. During that time, Cleveland was terrorized by a serial killer that killed by swift decapitation known as “The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run” and “The Cleveland Torso Murderer.” Officially it is an unsolved case, but the murders stopped abruptly in the late 1930s. Ness determined that Dr. Francis Edward Sweeney, a talented surgeon who succumbed to alcohol and drugs, was the killer and forced him to enter a veterans’ hospital in August of 1938. Out of deference to Dr. Sweeney’s respectable immediate family and the reputation of his powerful first cousin, Congressman Martin L. Sweeney, the case never went to trial and only a handful of people knew that Eliot Ness had solved the case. In the early 1970s, Bardsley got a tip from the former court psychiatrist that Ness had solved the case, but he had been sworn to secrecy by Ness. Months of investigative work finally yielded the name of the killer, which was finally verified by the few people that had remained silent for decades.

Marilyn J. Bardsley now lives with her family in beautiful, semi-tropical Savannah.