Eddie Leonski (Edward Joseph Leonski) an American soldier and serial killer known as The Brownout Strangler. Leonski confessed to the strangulation, rape and murder of three women in Melbourne, Australia. He was picked from a lineup of American servicemen by the uncle of one of his victims. Leonski claimed he killed to obtain the voices of his victims. Leonski's crimes were committed in Australia, but his trial was conducted under American military law. Leonski confessed to three murders and was sentenced to death. In 1942, Eddie Leonski was executed by hanging at Her Majesty's Prison Pentridge in Coburg, Victoria, Australia.
Serial Killer Eddie Leonski (aka) The Brownout Strangler, was active for 1 year in 1942, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 3 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Australia
Eddie Leonski was born on December 12th 1917 in New Jersey, state of the United States of America. He was raised by both parents. He had at least five brothers or sisters. His father, John Leonski, an abusive alcoholic general labourer. His mother, Amelia Harkavitz, a overprotective and possibly mentally unstable homemaker. His mother and father abused alcohol and/or drugs. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems, including being teased or picked on. Eddie Leonski was physically psychologically abused at some point of his life.
Eddie Leonski a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He completed 10 years of school, no degree received. He never married. He had no children mentioned.
Prior to his spree he had commited crimes. He was known to abuse alcohol.
In 1942 (Age 24/25) Eddie Leonski started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, and murder his victims. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, as a private in the 52nd Signal Battalion of the U.S. Army while stationed in Melbourne, Australia during World War II, where he was known to work as a criminal, serial killer, soldier.
He was arrested on May 22nd 1942 (Age 24), convicted on July 17th 1942 (Age 24), sentenced to death by hanging at HM Prison Pentridge in Coburg, Victoria, Australia. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Eddie Leonski was executed on November 9th 1942 (Age 24).
Eddie Leonski died on November 9th 1942 (Age 24), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at Victoria, state in Australia.
Eddie Leonski has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Nickname:||The Brownout Strangler|
|Victims:||3 - 3|
|Years Active:||1942 - 1942|
|Ages Active:||24/25 - 24/25|
|Life Span:||1917 - 1942|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♐ Sagittarius |
Nov 22 - Dec 22
|Marital Status:||never married|
|Children:||no children mentioned|
|Living With:||himself, as a private in the 52nd Signal Battalion of the U.S. Army while stationed in Melbourne, Australia during World War II|
|Occupation:||criminal, serial killer, soldier|
|D.O.B.:||Dec 12, 1917|
|Native Name:||Edward Leonski|
|Birth Location:||New Jersey, state of the United States of America|
|Siblings:||at least five brothers or sisters|
|Raised By:||both parents|
|Mother:||Amelia Harkavitz, a overprotective and possibly mentally unstable homemaker|
|Father:||John Leonski, an abusive alcoholic general labourer|
|Highest School:||10 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||no degree received|
|Arrested:||May 22, 1942 (Age 24)|
|Convicted:||Jul 17, 1942 (Age 24)|
|Sentence:||death by hanging|
|Prison Location:||HM Prison Pentridge in Coburg, Victoria, Australia|
|Executed:||Nov 9, 1942 (Age 24)|
|Death Date:||Nov 9, 1942 (Age 24)|
|Manner of Death:||capital punishment|
|Cause of Death:||executed by hanging|
|Death Location:||Victoria, state in Australia|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 6 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Eddie Leonski. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Dec 12 1917||Eddie Leonski was born in New Jersey, state of the United States of America. #19171212|
|Eddie Leonski started his serial killing spree. #1942|
|May 22 1942|
|Eddie Leonski arrested. #19420522|
|Jul 17 1942|
|Eddie Leonski was convictedand sentenced to death by hanging at HM Prison Pentridge in Coburg, Victoria, Australia. #19420717|
|Nov 09 1942|
|Eddie Leonskiwas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hangingat Victoria, state in Australia. #19421109|
|Eddie Leonski ended his serial killing spree. #1942|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Eddie Leonski (1942-1942).
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|father drug abuse||TRUE||192|
|mother drug abuse||TRUE||195|
|problems in school||TRUE||221|
|teased in school||TRUE||218|
|living with children||FALSE||268|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||323|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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|0857978241||Certain Admissions||Gideon Haigh||Eddie Leonski||1|
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|0857960822||Carl Williams||Adam Shand||Eddie Leonski||1|
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Edward Joseph Leonski (December 12, 1917 – November 9, 1942) was an American soldier and serial killer responsible for the strangling murders of three women in Melbourne, Australia. Leonski was known as the Brownout Strangler, given Melbourne's wartime status of keeping low lighting (not as stringent as a wartime blackout).
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