Eddie Leonski

The Brownout Strangler

  Active for 1 year
(1942) in Australia

3

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

3

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
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  7. Cognitive Ability
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  9. Death
  10. 6 Timeline Events
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  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 14 Books About Eddie Leonski
  14. 5 External References
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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.

Eddie Leonski Serial Killer Profile

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.

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Eddie Leonski has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 months ago.

Eddie Leonski a known:

Eddie Leonski
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-03-01 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Eddie Leonski
Nickname: The Brownout Strangler
Victims: 3 - 3
Years Active: 1942 - 1942
Ages Active: 24/25 - 24/25
Active Countries: Australia
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1917 - 1942
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Nov 22 - Dec 22
Birth Month: December
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
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Dec 12, 1917
Native Name: Edward Leonski
Given Name: Edward
Birth Location: New Jersey, state of the United States of America
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: at least five brothers or sisters
Rasied By: both parents
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: Amelia Harkavitz, a overprotective and possibly mentally unstable homemaker
Father: John Leonski, an abusive alcoholic general labourer

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 10 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
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)
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
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
Suicide: FALSE
6 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Eddie Leonski

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.

Date Event Description
Dec 12 1917Eddie Leonski was born in New Jersey, state of the United States of America.  #19171212
1942
(Age 24/25)
Eddie Leonski started his serial killing spree. #1942
May 22 1942
(Age 24)
Eddie Leonski arrested. #19420522
Jul 17 1942
(Age 24)
Eddie Leonski was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging at HM Prison Pentridge in Coburg, Victoria, Australia.  #19420717
Nov 09 1942
(Age 24)
Eddie Leonski was executed. cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at Victoria, state in Australia. #19421109
1942
(Age 25/26)
Eddie Leonski ended his serial killing spree. #1942
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Boolean Questions:
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Killer
Answer
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Answered
father drug abuse TRUE 189
mother drug abuse TRUE 191
problems in school TRUE 217
teased in school TRUE 214
physically abused TRUE 227
psychologically abused TRUE 220
alcohol abuse TRUE 221
previous crimes TRUE 362
rape TRUE 445
strangle TRUE 435
living with children FALSE 265
suicide FALSE 214
killed in prison FALSE 208
physically defect FALSE 296
speach defect FALSE 296
head injury FALSE 295
sexually abused FALSE 222
drug abuse FALSE 222
psychologist FALSE 254
forensic hospital FALSE 253
previous jail FALSE 346
previous prision FALSE 331
previous killed FALSE 207
kill at killers home FALSE 314
kill at victims home FALSE 317
used weapon FALSE 446
used gun FALSE 445
torture FALSE 419
stalk FALSE 411
blindfold FALSE 357
bound FALSE 399
sex with body FALSE 424
mutilated FALSE 438
ate part of body FALSE 443
drank blood FALSE 434
posed body FALSE 358
totem body part FALSE 359
totem personal item FALSE 348
robbed FALSE 412


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1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0345524470 Psycho USA 2
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1742622313 On Radji Beach 1
1841506400 World Film Locations 1
0857978241 Certain Admissions 1
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073364046x Murder at Dusk 1
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1925307751 The Serpent's Sting 1
9352141547 Hangman's Journal 1

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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External References
  1. Q723008 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Mar 1, 2019.
  2. Eddie Leonski on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Mar 1, 2019.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Edward Joseph LEONSKI on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Mar 1, 2019.
  4. Peter Pierce, Biography - Edward Joseph Leonski on adb.anu.edu.au, Retrieved on Mar 1, 2019.
  5. Monique Hore, Edward Leonski hanged by US military on Australian soil on www.heraldsun.com.au, Retrieved on Mar 1, 2019.
Internal References

Eddie Leonski is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #17 of 21 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers active in Australia
  2. #33 of 43 [ Page 3 ] of Sagittarius Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #34 of 44 [ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in December
  4. #54 of 649 [ Page 4 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  5. #213 of 248 [ Page 15 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #265 of 304 [ Page 18 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #351 of 649 [ Page 24 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  8. #553 of 649 [ Page 37 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #585 of 649 [ Page 39 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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