August 29, 1998 - Kris Ellen Teixeria - Kris Ellen allegedly starved herself and her two daughters while waiting for the Holy Spirit to take them away has pleaded innocent to felony child abuse. A psychiatric evaluation was ordered for Ms.
Teixeria, 37, after she allowed herself and her daughters to only drink water and stayed on the second floor of their Petaluma, California, condominium for three weeks. "She said she was getting her directions from the ringing of her phone," which was supposedly telling her to remain upstairs to be closer to the Holy Spirit, police Sgt. Brian Perkins said.
August 29, 1998 - Charles Ng - Orange County Superior Court Judge John J. Ryan, delayed the start of Charles Ng's murder trial for two weeks to allow more time to gather a jury pool.
August 29, 1998 - Texas Death Row - The PR man for Death Row in Texas, David Nunnelee, was reassigned to write in-house publications for the state's prison system. For 12 years, Nunnelee witnessed 138 executions and stood between the media and the Texas death machine. He answered inquiries, arranged death row interviews and shepherded reporters from all over the globe so they could see and tell how killers die. For this he was paid $36,132 a year.
August 29, 1998 - Antonio Franklin - Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge James Gilvary accepted a jury's recommendation and imposed the death penalty on 19-year-old Antonio Franklin for the 1997 arson-murder of his grandparents and uncle
Franklin had been living with his grandparents in Dayton, Ohio. Prosecutors said he beat his grandfather and his uncle, Anthony Franklin, 38, with a baseball bat, shot his grandmother in the head, then set the house on fire. He also was charged with stealing jewelry from the house. Franklin then drove to Nashville, Tenn., where he was arrested.
August 25, 1998 - John Korman - Investigators believe 48-year-old John Korman of North Plainfield, N.J. -- charged with murdering a suspected prostitute and burying her in his backyard -- should be considered a suspect in the murders of 14 other prostitutes in Essex County and one in Somerset County,
Korman, an unemployed roofer, had ropes tied to his bed and kept a photo album of women tied up in various poses. Several of the women in the photo album are missing. Local heroin addict Nancy Nott -- possibly his last victim -- was found in a shallow grave in Korman's backyard. Dana Patillo, Nott's roomamte, said she had known Korman two months, knew he was into kinky sex with a number of women, and that he had documented his encounters. "He had ropes on his headboard of his bed that he would put on their hands," she said. "He got a photo album of women all gagged and tied up in nasty lingerie like you'd see in a whorehouse. He took the pictures himself; he took some of me with my clothes on one time, and showed me the album and said for me not to be afraid. He said, 'Some girls like it like that.' "
John Cerami, a neighbor and former boss told police that the suspected serial killer, while drunk, had often bragged to him of having killed at least three other prostitutes. Korman did not speak during his brief arraignment before Judge Edward M. Coleman in Somerville. He appeared gaunt and unshaven, his dark brown hair thinning on top and his eyes unable to focus on court papers without his reading glasses. Korman has previously served nearly a year and a half in state prison on a 3-to-5-year sentence for carnal abuse, according to the state Department of Corrections.
August 25, 1998 - Noe Hernandez Chavez - Mexican autorities said Noe Hernandez Chavez, a 19-year-old prisoner being held on charges of raping, decapitating and killing a 6-year-old child now stands accused of strangling another child during a prison visit.
Prosecutors said Hernandez strangled 3-year-old Norma Arely Lopez Galicia while she was in the prison visiting her father on his birthday. In an interview at the state attorney general's office, Chavez told reporters he strangled the girl "for pure pleasure." Interviewed by reporters at the attorney general's office, Hernandez said he had planned the killing for months and even offered gruesome details of the crime.
August 25, 1998 - Marcos Aurelio Dias Alcantara - Former Rio policeman Marcos Aurelio Dias Alcantara, 30, was found guilty of murder and attempted murder for his role in the 1993 killings of eight street kids. Though sentenced to 204 years in jail, under Brazilian law, he cannot serve more than 30 years for the slayings and five other convictions for attempted murder.
Prosecutors said Dias was among the gunmen who attacked dozens of children sleeping on the sidewalk near Candelaria Cathedral on July 23, 1993. Dias and five other former cops have been put on trial for the killings. One was convicted of murder and another of attempted murder. Three were acquitted. Another man was killed before making it to court.
August 25, 1998 - Unidentified Texan Biker - Investigators from two suburbs around Dallas believe that the same gun-wielding biker fatally shot two truck drivers in separate attacks 10 miles and 40 minutes apart. Police in the northern suburb of Plano were working to identify the man who shot a trucker on U.S. 75 just before midnight. Dallas detectives also were trying to find the biker who rolled into a gas station at about 12:30 a.m. and gunned down another trucker.
August 25, 1998 - Unnamed South African Military Officer - The South African National Defense Force set up a board of inquiry after a non-commissioned officer and section leader shot dead five of his platoon members while they slept on a Free State farm in the early hours of yesterday. Two other soldiers were seriously injured. The NCO shot the men with an R-4 rifle. The shooting took place at about 3.30 am, and the officer handed himself over to Fouriesburg police who are holding him in their cells.
August 24, 1998 - Possible Bahamanian Serial Killer - Authorities in Paradise Island, a Caribbean hideaway for the rich and famous near Nassau, believe there might be a serial killer in their tiny island resort. The first body, that of Joanne Clarke, a 24-year-old British tourist, was found covered with leaves in a clump of bushes between the Paradise Island Golf Club and Cabbage Beach. The second body, believed to be that of Lori Fogleman, a 32-year-old American teacher who disappeared last month, was found close to the first body.
August 21, 1998 - Charles Ng - Orange County Superior Court Judge John J. Ryan revoked sadist killer Charle Ng's right to represent himself, accusing him of playing "games within games within games" in an attempt to delay the September 1 start date of his trial.
Ng tried to postpone the morning hearing, claiming that he had been awake all night preparing for it and was too fatigued to ask or answer questions. Ng asked the court to call a mental health expert to "describe how my thinking today is affected by the fatigue... factor." To which the irracible judge responded: "You don't look tired. You don't look confused. "The breakdown, Mr. Ng, is your refusal to cooperate with any attorney the court has appointed for you."
August 21, 1998 - Elton Jackson - A Virginia jury convicted suspected serial killer Elton M. Jackson of a gay sex slaying with simmilarities to 11 more unsolved murders in southeastern Virginia. Jurors were never told of the other slayings. Sentencing has been scheduled for October 27. Jackson has not been ruled out as a suspect in the other cases.
August 20, 1998 - Dr. Sergio Luiz Baptistella - Brazilian police accused Dr. Sergio Luiz Baptistella of murdering four fellow doctors and attempting to shoot another three others. Among the victims of the deadly radiologist were his former girlfriend from medical school and his boss at a hospital in western Rio. Police said Baptistella, 43, used a 9 mm pistol fitted with a silencer to commit the murders, which took place over two years.
In June, Baptistella was imprisoned in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul after trying to avoid arrest on murder charges in the death of a former hospital colleague. As police visited from Rio Baptistella this week made a videotaped confession to three murders and one attempted murder. But Rio police now believe he was involved in at least one other homicide and two additional attempted murders.
August 20, 1998 - David Kaczynski - The back-stabbing Unabrother, David Kaczynski, finally received the $1 million check from the FBIfor turning in his older brother. Racked with guilt, David plans to give most of the money to families victimized by his brother's 16 bombings. "There's no question the money could never compensate for the loss of a loved one,'' the spineless social worker said in an interview from his job at a youth shelter in Albany, N.Y. But he added that he needs to use some of the money to pay off the family's legal bills from his brother's trial.
August 19, 1998 - Francisco de Assis Pereira - Sao Paolo's feared "Park Maniac" made his first court appearance and admitted to raping and killing nine women. Claiming that he was "possessed by an evil force," Pereira is now suspected of three more murders that bear similarities to his confessed kills.
August 17, 1998 - Levern Ward - After being convicted of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and two of her children, and cutting his nearly full-term son from the woman's womb, Levern Ward, 26, was sentenced to life in prison.
August 17, 1998 - Elton Jackson - Jury selection began for the trial of suspected serial killer Elton Jackson. Jackson, who according to Chesapeake Police Chief Richard A. Justice is the "best suspect" in a series of killings that have terrified the gay communities in southeastern Virginia since 1987, has been charged with only one death, that of Andrew D. Smith, 38, of Portsmouth, whose body was found in July 1996 on the shoulder of a dead-end road in Chesapeake. Authorities believe Smith was strangled at Jackson's Portsmouth home. Jackson, through his attorneys, has denied killing anyone but said he and Smith had consensual sex shortly before Smith's death.
August 16, 1998 - Abdallah al-Hubal - Yemen's only known serial killer, Abdallah al-Hubal, was gunned down by police after he killed an officer and wounded three others. The killer -- who authorities have sought for murdering 12 people -- was trapped by police in the town of Beit al-Fakieh in the Hodeidah governorate west of the capital Sanaa.
August 14, 1998 - Yang Mingxin - An axe-wielding farmer in northwestern China hacked nine people to death in a dispute over 10 geese. Yang Mingxin, 39, from Chenggu county in northwestern Shaanxi province killed nine fellow villagers and injured three others in a fit of rage on June 23.
August 14, 1998 - Gary Evans - Suspected serial killer Gary Evans died when he kicked out the window of a police van and jumped -- with his hands and feet shackled -- into the Hudson River while on his way to a court appearance.
August 13, 1998 - Waneta Hoyt - Baby killer Waneta Hoyt, 52, died of pancreatic cancer at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York state, where she was serving a sentence of 75 years to life for smothering her five children from 1965 to 1971.
August 11, 1998 - Mitchell Johnson & Andrew Golden - One of the two young Jonesboro rampagers, Mitchell Johnson-- who turned 14 -- pleaded guilty to five counts of murder. The other boy, Andrew Golden, now 12, pleaded innocent but Juvenile Court Judge Ralph Wilson Jr. rejected Golden's argument and found him guilty after a two-hour trial.
August 10, 1998 - Japanese Poison Scare - Ten people in northwestern Japan were hospitalized when they complained of nausea and other symptoms after drinking green tea made with water from a communal hot pot. Police investigating Japan's latest poisoning scare found initial indications of cyanide, but none showed up in more thorough tests performed later.
August 8, 1998 - Francisco de Assis Pereira - Through his lawyer suspected serial killer Francisco de Assis Pereira, confessed he is Sao Paolo's feared Park Maniac. "My client is guilty. My client is sick," lawyer Maria Elisa Munhol told reporters in comments broadcast by Globo Network television.
August 5, 1998 - Possible Serial Killer in New Mexico - Detectives investigating the killings of five homosexuals in Albuquerque plan to compare notes with Santa Fe police who are looking into the death of a former county commissioner who was gay.
August 4, 1998 - Francisco de Assis Pereira - Sao Paolo's feared Park Maniac, Francisco Pereira, was arrested in Itaqui, state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the border with Argentina, after being on the lam for over a month.
August 4, 1998 - Murder Suicide in Los Angeles - A husband in Los Angeles upset over the breakup of his marriage shot and killed his wife and three children in the family home before taking his own life. The murder-suicide came two weeks after the wife moved out.
August 3, 1998 - Unidentified Japanese Poisoner - Japanese police said arsenic was also used in a pot of curry laced with cyanide which killed four people and sickened 60 others at a town festival late last month. A local police official said the presence of both poisons led police to believe the culprit had aimed to kill as many people as possible. Police had initially said they suspected the person or persons wanted to kill the neighbourhood council president.
July 31, 1998 - Suicides in Colorado - The suicides of four male patients at the Colorado's state mental hospital in Puebla has sparked an investigation. All of the deaths at the Colorado Mental Health Institute occurred over the past 18 months in the hospital's 88-bed maximum-security forensic unit, where the most violent, aggressive patients are housed. The first suicide was in March 1997. The men who killed themselves had been sent to the hospital to be evaluated for mental competency before trial or after they were found innocent by reason of insanity or found incompetent to stand trial.
July 29, 1998 - Unidentified Japanese Poisoner - The person who slipped cyanide into a pot of curry at a festival in western Japan and killed four people might have been a chemical expert. Investigators suspected a chemical expert because the poison was only in the curry, a strong dish that would make the cyanide unnoticeable, the economic newspaper Nihon Keizai reported.
July 28, 1998 - Michael Carneal - According to Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Kaltenbach, psychological experts found that 15-year-old rampager Michael Carneal was mentally healthy when he killed three girls and wounded of five others at his high school.
The finding by the experts hired by the state conflicts with that of psychological experts hired by Carneal's attorneys, who concluded that Carneal suffered from a personality disorder that can results in social and emotional detachment. Carneal's attorneys plan to have him plead guilty to three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder, and to use their experts' diagnosis to seek a reduced sentence.
July 28, 1998 - Swiss Tea Room Massacre - Four men were shot to death in an attack at the Safari Tea Room in the diplomatic center of Bern, Switzerland. Police found the bodies of the men lying in the back of the establishment which had been closed for two months after a change in ownership and was to reopen under the management of a Turkish woman. Police said they had yet to identify the victims. Bloody footprints could be seen today on the stairs to the tea room's basement toilets.
July 25, 1998 - Christine Malevre - A 28-year-old nurse in a Paris-area hospital has admitted to helping about 30 terminally ill patients die before trying to kill herself after learning she was being investigated. The nurse, Christine Malevre, was suspended from Francois-Quesnay Hospital after authorities put her under formal investigation in the deaths.
July 24, 1998 - Gerald Patrick Lewis - Acting on information from a man incarcerated in Alabama, police in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, are excavation equipment and specially trained dogs to search for the remains of a woman who may have been murdered and dumped there more than 11 years ago.
Plymouth County District Attorney Michael Sullivan told The Enterprise of Brockton that they were searching for the remains of a young white woman who may have been picked up in Brockton by Gerald Patrick Lewis, raped and killed sometime between December 1986 and January 1987.
July 24, 1998 - Cyanide Attack in Wakayama, Japan - Japanese police suspect a cyanide poisoning incident that killed four people in western Japan was an attempt at mass murder. Four people died and 42 were hospitalized with cyanide poisoning after eating curry and rice at a summer festival in Wakayama prefecture.
July 23, 1998 - Daniel Blank - Prosecutors have dropped two counts of first-degree murder against the ex-girlfriend of alleged serial killer, Daniel Blank. Police arrested Cynthia Bellard days after arresting Blank on five different murder charges in the river parishes. In exchange for having the charges dropped Bellard has agreed to testify about Blank's seven-month killing spree.
July 23, 1998 - Infant Killer in Ohio - A child suspected of suffocating four young relatives in the past eight months was sent for psychological tests to determine whether charges should be filed. Police confirmed that the suspect in the unexplained deaths in Regina Moreland's home is a child in the family, but would not further identify the youngster.
July 23, 1998 - Heriberto Seda - Telling New York's Zodiac killer that he was "going to die in prison," Judge Robert J. Hanophy sentenced him on three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and several assault and weapons charges to 83 years in prison.
July 23, 1998 - Unnamed Swedish Serial Killer - Swedish police said they are investigating a 23-year-old student for possible involvement in up to eight horrific murders over the past four years. The suspect, who is studying to be a teacher in Stockholm, had already confessed to three murders and would soon be charged. But the news that he is now being investigated for another five murders has shocked Sweden where there are few random killings and where only one serial killer has ever been convicted.
Swedish newspapers said most of the victims were stabbed to death in their own flats after being followed back from communal laundry rooms in their apartment blocks. The killer then gouged out their eyes. "We're dealing with signature murders," serial killer specialist Anders Ostlund told daily tabloid Expressen. "The 23-year-old assaulted the victims long after they had died. That's where the satisfaction lay. This is why there is reason to investigate other murder cases with a strong violent pattern."
July 23, 1998 - Russell & Dominique Keys - A Phoenix woman is accused of killing her British husband Russell Keys, after he allegedly claimed to have killed five women in England.
July 23, 1998 - Luke Woodham - Circuit Judge Robert Goza dismissed conspiracy charges against five teen-agers accused of plotting Luke Woodham's shooting rampage at Pearl High School last fall.
Goza's ruled Delbert Allen Shaw, 19, Wesley Brownell, 18, and Donald Brooks, 18, are free of all charges. Conspiracy charges also were dismissed against Grant Boyette, 19, and Justin Sledge, 17, but they still face trials on accessory to murder charges. Goza said he will allow separate trials for the two. A sixth suspect, 16-year-old Lucas Thompson, had his case transferred to Youth Court, where records are secret and the status of his case is unknown.
July 22, 1998 - Australian Pedophile Killer - In Australia there is a new serial killer who is killing and mutilating pedophiles. The latest victim was the former mayor of Woolongong, Frank Arkell, was bludgeoned to death and had pins stuck into his face and eyes. Arkell had been charged with pedophile offences but had not been tried. Police speculate the killer could be a former victim turned into a vigilante serial killer.
July 20, 1998 - Kip Kinkel - Local Burger King restaurants in Springfield, Oregon, have stopped selling a toy action figure that is tied to the promotion of the movie Toy Soldiers, because the toy's name - Kip Killigan - could arouse memories of high school rampager Kip Kinkel.
July 20, 1998 - Tacoma Restaurant Rampagers - Eight people were charged with murder in the shooting deaths of five others at a Vietnamese restaurant. The shootings came amid a feud between one of those charged and one of the five people wounded in the July 5 attack. Charged were a 22-year-old man and seven teen-agers, one age 19, two age 18, three age 17 and one age 16. Police said three of those charged burst into the Trang Dai Vietnamese restaurant and fired dozens of rounds at those inside. Three others waited outside in cars, and two others stood by the back door with orders to shoot anyone who tried to escape. All eight charged are alleged members or affiliates of the Loc'd Out Crips Cambodian gang.
July 18, 1998 - Tacoma Restaurant Rampagers - Four teen-agers were arrested for the shootings at a Vietnamese restaurant and karaoke bar that killed five people and wounded five others.
July 18, 1998 - Sao Paolo's Park Maniac - Brazilian police named a 30-year-old motorcycle messenger as their main suspect in the serial killing of at least six women in a park in southern Sao Paulo. The man, Francisco de Assis Pereira, was also suspected of sexually attacking at least three other women in the same state-run park. Police published a photograph of Pereira in major local newspapers the very same day the suspect dissappeared. A coworker said he had been acting strangely since July 8. According to authorities the suspect was last seen in the city of Ponta Pora in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, near the frontier with Paraguay.
July 16, 1998 - Reginald Sublet - A twice-fired Texas police officer living in Montana herded his ex-girlfriend, their son and two others into a closed garage and started a car, killing everyone, including himself.
July 16, 1998 - Serial Infanticide in Montgomery County - Police have identified a suspect in the mysterious deaths of four children at two family homes in eight months. Though no charges have been filed, police refused to say whether the suspect was a family member or not. All of the deaths occurred at the homes of Regina Moreland.
The latest, 2-year-old Kelab Moreland, died June 25 after being found unresponsive. Montgomery County Coroner Dr. James Davis on Wednesday said Ms. Moreland's grandson apparently had been suffocated. The deaths of the other three children also were ruled homicides, probably by suffocation or asphyxiation. Those three died at Ms. Moreland's former home in Dayton late last year.
Ms. Moreland's granddaughter DaJainae Phillips, 1, died Nov. 10; great-niece Alexis Marshall, 2, died Nov. 13 and granddaughter Danatta Moreland, 3, died Dec. 24. Environmental causes such as carbon monoxide poisoning were ruled out. Authorities placed Ms. Moreland's children in the care of a grandmother after the third death. Two other family members died in March. Ms. Moreland's husband, Phillip, committed suicide and his 19-year-old daughter, Jamila, died in a traffic accident.
July 16, 1998 - Giant Aborigine Carving - A giant outline of a naked Aborigine man, measuring two-and-a-half miles in length and so vast that it can be seen only from the air, has appeared in the South Australian desert. Police and residents of the Outback town of Marree (pop 60) are baffled by the emergence of the carving, which has a circumference of more than 17 miles, but no indication as to how, or why, it was created.
The figure, carrying a spear, is thought to have been etched with a plough, possibly drawn by a tractor, although no tractor marks have been found nearby. All police have to go on are a small American flag and a brief note, thought to refer to the Branch Davidian cult in the US, found in the center of the drawing.
July 14, 1998 - Murder-Suicide in Balwin, Montana - The decomposing bodies of five people, including two young boys, were found in a homein Bladwin, Montana, in what appeared to be a murder-suicide. St. Louis County Police Lt. John Belmar said the father of one the boys apparently killed the four residents of the home and then killed himself. All five bodies were found in the home's two-car garage, where they had been decomposing for three or four days.
July 14, 1998 - Arturo Juarez Suarez - A ranch worker in Auburn, California, lured the family of his estranged wife to a cattle ranch, killed her niece, nephew and two brothers and buried the bodies under a blackberry thicket. Authorities said the suspect, Arturo Juarez Suarez, also raped his estranged wife's sister-in-law.
July 13, 1998 - "Summer of Sam" - Spike Lee's plan to make a movie about serial killer Son of Sam has gotten a thumbs-down from the father of one of the victims. Michael Lauria is urging the filmmaker to drop the "Summer of Sam" project. Lauria's daughter Donna was Son of Sam's first victim in 1976.
July 12, 1998 - Carlos Joseph Ramirez - A distraught father holding his two young children hostage shot and killed himself and the children, five years to the day after another distraught father did exactly the same thing in the fast-growing suburban town of Antioch in the San Francisco area. This recent murder-suicide came just a half-mile away from the 1993 killings, the latest on a tree-line street two doors away from the mayor's home.
Carlos Joseph Ramirez, 22, who was already wanted for murder, forced his way into the home of ex-girlfriend Cami Viramontes, the mother of Ramirez's two daughters, ages 1 and 4. Cami was forced out of the home along with her parents after Ramirez shot and wounded her father.
Ramirez held the children hostage for about 41 hours while police negotiating by telephone tried to keep him calm, tried to persuade him to surrender. Friends outside held a banner that read: "Carlos, we love you." Then suddenly, negotiations went sour. Police said Ramirez cried out: :What is wrong with me?" Then, "Oh, my God, I love you," followed by the countdown, "5, 4, 3, 2 ..." Shortly thereafter it appeared that the sound of one gunshot was heard by the negotiators
When police couldn't re-establish contact, they decided to enter the residence. In a bedroom of the house they found Ramirez and his younger daughter already dead. His older daughter, still showing some signs of life, died en route to the hospital.
July 11, 1998 - Wayne Williams - Butts County Superior Court Judge Hal Craig denied Wayne Williams' appeal for a new trial. In the appeal Williams, who was convicted of killing two young men in 1982 and blamed for the deaths of two dozen black children, claimed the Ku Klux Klan was involved in at least one of the deaths and that he was framed to avoid a race war in the city. After Williams was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for killing Jimmy Payne and Nathaniel Carter, police closed the cases, attributing 24 killings to the then 23-year-old Williams.
July 10, 1998 - Sao Paulo Serial Killer - Brazilian authorities discovered the bodies of six young women in a large forested area in the Jardim Celeste ("Heavenly Garden") district near the Sao Paulo zoo. All the victims were found lying face down, naked except for their underpants and shoes. Only two have been identified. At least two of them were raped. One body had bites marks. Next to it authorities found two broken teeth, presumably the killer's. A seventh girl managed to escape and is now under police protection. She described her assailant as a educated man posing as a professional photographer who promised her a job.
On January 16, shop clerk Raquel Rodrigues, 23, disappeared. Her body was found in the park on January 29. In May, the remains of an as yet unidentified woman were found. On July 3, drugstore clerk Selma Ferreira Queiroz, 18, disappeared. Her body was found the next day, wearing only her underpants and black shoes. She had been strangled and raped. While searching the park over the next two days, police found 3 more bodies. These were badly decomposed, and have not been identified.
July 9, 1998 - Spokane Serial Killer - Michelyn Derning, 47, whose nude body was found in a vacant lot, is believed to be the eighth victim of the suspected Spokane serial killer. Seven women in Spokane and one in Tacoma killed since last fall are believed to have been victims of a serial killer. All the victims had been involved in drugs or prostitution. They were shot and their bodies dumped in out-of-the-way areas.
Another 43-year-old woman has not been seen since mid-May and could be another victim, police said. The Spokane woman was known to associate with some of the past victims. Investigators also are looking into any links the presumed serial slayings may have with as many as a dozen other unsolved slayings of women in the Spokane area since 1984.
July 9, 1998 - William Lee "Cody" Neal - A 42-year-old painter was accused torturing and killing three women with an ax, and forcing a woman he abducted to watch him rape and bludgeon one of the victims. William Lee "Cody" Neal allegedly confessed over the phone to a TV news director and police shortly before he surrendered to police.
July 9, 1998 - Johnnie Malarkey - A man already in prison for helping his sister in a killing, admitted to killing seven people during a bar robbery and three others in separate attacks. Johnnie Malarkey, 28, pleaded guilty to shooting seven people to death at a Fresno club in 1993 and to three other killings that year. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Malarkey's lawyer said his client proposed the plea bargain to try and put the killings behind him.
July 7, 1998 - Infanticide in the Mid-West - Two children -- a 4-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister -- were found shot in their apartment in Lyons, a suburb west of Chicago. They were shot by a family friend who was later found dead in a relative's apartment. Both children were shot in the head at close range: the boy died in a local hospital, his sister remains in critical condition. Police said the suspected killer, Robert Gordon, 24, had been living with the family and was watching the children while their father was at work and their mother was at a church function.
In a separate shooting in Jasper, Indiana, a recently divorced man went to his ex-wife's home and gunned down his two children and the ex-wife's child from a previous marriage before taking his own life.
July 7, 1998 - Red Army Cuisine - Perhaps explaining the recent rash of shooting rampages beleaguering the Red Army, Russian mililitary prosecutors announced that their cash-strapped forces had been eating canned dog food. Prosecutors who checked army food depots near Moscow, found 1,000 tons of dog food. When they warned the military command about their intention to check several other food depots, Lt. Gen. Vyacheslav Savinov, the chief of the Defense Ministry's food service, submitted his resignation.
July 4, 1998 - Eight Dead in South Africa - Masked gunmen killed eight people who had gathered in a bar to watch World Cup soccer on television in South Africa's troubled KwaZulu-Natal province. Six others were wounded. In a separate incident nearby that was seen as a possible revenge attack, one person died and five others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a taxi.
July 3, 1998 - Sandi Nieves - A Santa Clarita, California, mother undergoing a bitter custody dispute was arrested for asphyxiating her four daughters and setting her house on fire to cover the murders. The four girls -- ages 5, 7, 11 and 12 -- were found next to the stove in the kitchen where Momie Dearest conviced them to have a slumber party.
July 2, 1998 - Michael Ross - Superior Court Judge Thomas Miano said the infamous deal between serial killer Michael Ross and the prosecution was illegal. According to the judge, the deal -- in which both parties agree to do whatever is neccessary to ensure Ross' fast execution -- violates state law, the state constitution and the U.S. Constitution.
"Shortcuts on procedure where an individual's life hangs in the balance cannot be tolerated under our system of criminal justice," Miano wrote. "The defendant does not have the right to subvert the process." The next hearing is on August 5.
May-June, 1998 - Morgue Archives - For previous entries to the Morgue check in the casualties filling the archives.