|THE MORGUE ARCHIVES - SEPT-OCT, 1998|
October 31, 1998 - Indonesian Witch Killers - Angry mobs of Indonesians beat to death three people they suspected of being involved in a murder spree that has claimed at least the lives of 153 sorcerers and muslim clerics. The lynching came as the military urged the public to give it more time to solve the murders which have plagued East Java for more than three months.
According to Lieutenant-Colonel Isnarno, the chief of police in Moga, the victims were just planning to rob houses, but the angry mob grew suspicious and attacked. Locals said they killed the victims because they had refused to answer any questions.
October 30, 1998 - Miranda Shaw - Distraught over being accused of theft, Miranda Shaw locked the doors of her house in Miami, doused it with gasoline and lit a match, killing herself and her three children. Shaw, a 34-year-old school cafeteria manager, and her three children -- Valencia, 14, Willie, 6, and Warren, 4 -- were burned beyond recognition. The day before the fire, Miranda was accused of theft after being caught by a hidden camera swiping cash from the Maya Angelou Elementary School cafeteria. School officials said they planned to let her resign without filing charges.
October 29, 1998 - Charles Ng - Jurors in the Charles Ng trial saw a tape in which Charlie and Lenny torture and humiliate Kathy Allen in a bunkerlike workshop near their Calaveras County cabin. "If you create any problems whatsoever, you could very well die," Lake says off-camera. In another scene, Allen lies stomach-down with her hands and feet are tied while Lake accuses her of trying to force the cell door and making noise, and threatens to beat her, saying "I would get a great thrill out of it."
Instead, in a strange game of serial killer dress-up, Allen is made to put on a sheer nightie with lace panties, then made to change again into a bra and black slip. Throughout the tape Ng couldn't be clearly identified, although Lake does say at one point: "My name you don't know. His name's Charlie, but screw it."
October 29, 1998 - Charles Whitman - Larry Faulkner, president of the University of Texas, wants to reopen the school's infamous tower observation deck, from where Charles Whitman snippered 16 people and several students have committed suicide. According to Faulkner the time has come to create "positive experiences for new generations" rather than leaving Texans "with nothing but the history of unfortunate experiences associated with the tower."
October 28, 1998 - Charles Ng - Two jurors were replaced in Charles Ng's Santa Ana trial. One juror's husband died during the night and a male juror was dismissed for illness. Two women alternates were seated, leaving nine women and three men on the jury. Four more alternates remain.
October 27, 1998 - Elton Manning Jackson - Suspected Portsmouth serial killer Elton Manning Jackson, 43, was found guilty of killing 38-year-old Andrew D. Smith after the two had sex. The murder is similar to 10 others in Virginia in which police have identified Jackson as the prime suspect. Most of the victims were gay, some were hustlers and nearly all were drifters. Most were strangled and all were found nude. Jackson has denied killing anyone and has not been charged with the other killings.
October 27, 1998 - Mark Spotz - A mid-December execution date has been set for convicted Clearfield County killer Mark Spotz. The 27-year-old was convicted of a 1995 crime spree through Central Pennsylvania that left four people dead.
October 26, 1998 - Robert Sherman - Former postal worker and suspected Long Island serial killer Robert Sherman is going on trial for allegedly killing several women and dismembering their bodies. The 44-year-old Hicksville resident allegedly hid the body parts in the house he shared with his brother.
October 26, 1998 - Charles Ng - The trial of Charles Ng, California's most notorious non-convicted killer, began with the prosecution showing a videotape of Mr. Ng -- who was sporting a stun belt during his court appearance -- cutting away the shirt and bra of a bound woman identified as Brenda O'Connor. Off camera, Leonard Lake, Ng's friend and accomplice, tells her she has a choice: cooperate by cleaning, cooking and having sex with the two, or be raped and shot immediately. "You'd better believe us, Brenda, or you'll be dead," Lake tells her. "I believe you," she replies. Not surprisingly, she is one of Ng's twelve alleged victims.
The defense countered with their own videotape of Lake telling of his plans to build a cell for a sex slave. In his opening statement, attorney William Kelley, saying his client was the victim of a judicial system looking for a scapegoat, laid the blame for the killings on Lake, who committed suicide in 1985 by taking cyanide while in police custody in South San Francisco. Kelley called Lake a pathological woman-hater who had been abandoned my his mother as a child, and in 1982 went underground.
Though Ng, 37, is accused of killing seven men, three women and two babies in their remote cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills, police say as many as 25 people may have been sadistically killed by the lethal duo. Many victims are still unidentified because the killers dismembered the bodies and scattered the bones.
"I have feelings. I need to eat, sleep; I need to have friends and I want to vindicate myself when I am falsely accused," Ng told The Orange County Register in a jailhouse interview. "I don't like to blame people for certain things, when they have no chance to defend themselves," Ng said. "But this is the evidence. They have Lake's diary, but they want me to be the scapegoat."
October 23, 1998 - Aum Shinrikyo - The Tokyo District Court sentenced former Aum leader Kazuaki Okazaki, 38, to death for murdering four people in two separate attacks -- the November 4, 1989 strangling of Tsutsumi Sakamoto, an anti-cult lawyer, his wife and their infant son, and the murder a cult member who had tried to quit the religious group in February 1989.
October 22, 1998 - Joseph Franklin - White supremacist serial killer Joseph Franklin was found guilty in the 1980 murders of two black teen-agers on their way to a corner store. Franklin, 48, who is on death row in Missouri, was convicted of the racially motivated killings of two youngster, cousins Darrell Lane, 14, and Dante Evans Brown, 13. Prosecutors said Franklin had a rifle and was waiting atop a Cincinnati railroad trestle when he shot the teens because they were black.
October 21, 1998 - Spokane Serial Killer - Authorities in Pierce County believe the Spokane serial killer may have struck again in Pierce County. It appears that a body found at Parkland could have been dumped there by the Spokane killer.
October 21, 1998 - Gerald Parker - Santa Ana's "Bedroom Basher" -- whose killing spree terrorized Orange County in the 1970s -- was convicted on six counts of first-degree murder.
Gerald Parker, 43, was accused of killing five women aged 17 to 31 and attacking another who was pregnant in the "Bedroom Basher" assaults from 1978-79. The woman lost her full-term fetus.
Her then-husband, Kevin Green, was convicted and served more than 16 years in prison. In 1996, DNA samples taken from Parker, a former Marine staff sergeant who was convicted of rape, were matched with traces from five unsolved crimes and the Green case. Green was released in 1996. He now lives in Missouri.
Green's ex-wife, Dianne D'Aiello, said she believes she was attacked by both Parker and her ex-husband. "The jury didn't have all the information," D'Aiello said, waiting outside in the hallway as the verdicts were read. "The D.A., you know, there was so much that he didn't ... wasn't bringing out."
October 20, 1998 - Japan's Suicide Forest - A record number of suicide victims have been found this year in a sprawling forest at the foot of Mount Fuji known as the "Suicide Forest.". This year authorities have already recuperated 58 bodies in the area. Most of the victims were discovered by hikers, picnickers and students who explore caves in the area.
The suicides were either by hanging or poison, police said. In some cases, only bones and a rope remained to indicate what had happened months, or possibly years, before. The forest is considered a prime suicide spot because of its isolation, and was recommended in a book about suicide a few years ago.
October 20, 1998 - Benny Joe Stevens - Four people, including two young boys, were killed in a shooting spree at a mobile home in what may have been a dispute over child support. Benny Joe Stevens, 40, of Marion County, was arrested shortly after the shooting and will be charged with four counts of capital murder, police said.
Killed were Stevens' ex-wife, Glenda Lee Reid, 38, her husband, the 11-year-old son of Stevens and Reid, and a 10-year-old boy who was spending the night. Authorities said Stevens' 16-year-old daughter was wounded in the shooting but managed to climb out a window and get help.
October 18, 1998 - Triple Murder in Atlanta - Three men were found shot to death, execution-style in a room at an upscale hotel in downtown Atlanta. A maid discovered the bodies in a room on the 24th floor of the Atlanta Hilton & Towers. The victims had been forced to the floor and shot in the head -- probably at pointblank range, he said. Authorities said the three dead men were not thought to be college students or tourists, and narcotics were probably involved in the deaths.
October 18, 1998 - Robert Cleavenger - Enraged because his estranged wife wasn't home, Robert Cleavenger, 40, waited for her to return, then stabbed her and his daughter to death and seriously injured his son before jumping from a second-story balcony. Cleavenger suffered head injuries in what police believe was a suicide attempt and died a day after being hospitalized. Authorities said they believed Cleavenger was recently released from a nearby psychiatric hospital.
October 16, 1998 - Kenneth Allen McDuff - A Waco federal judge lifted the stay granted just two weeks ago to convicted serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff and scheduled his execution by lethal injection for November 17.
October 16, 1998 - Concerned Christians - More than 50 members of a Denver doomsday group called Concerned Christians have vanished, raising the possibility of a mass suicide. The group's leader, Monte Kim Miller, who had been prophesying the end of the world for a couple of years, said he would die in Jerusalem in December 1999 and be resurrected three days later.
Denver police officer Mark Roggeman said at least 20 cultist have contacted relatives and promised to keep in touch. "Some said they were on an overseas mission, or out of the country," Roggeman said. "One woman said she was by the sea."
October 16, 1998 - Indonesian Witch Killers - Shocked by the mysterious murders of at least 153 people accused of sorcery, Indonesia's justice minister proposed outlawing black magic. The killers strike against the sorcerers at night, cutting their throats and sometimes hanging mutilated bodies in trees or tossing them in the street.
October 14, 1998 - Kenneth Allen McDuff - Hundreds showed up for the memorial service of 21-year-old Colleen Reed who disappeared from an Austin car wash in 1991. After a tip from an informant, searchers found her skeleton buried in a shallow grave near the Brazos River. She is believed to have been murdered by convicted serial killer Kenneth McDuff.
October 14, 1998 - Kendall Francois - More than a month after police began pulling the corpses of missing women from his garbage-strewn home, Kendall Francois was indicted on eight counts of first-degree murder. .
The looming 6-foot-4-inch and 300-pound former middle school hall monitor pleaded innocent. As relatives of his victims jeered at him, the alleged serial killer threw his head back, smiled and chuckled as he was taken away in handcuffs.
Authorities unsealed statements Francois made to police after his arrest when he described paid sexual encounters in his house or car that ended when he strangled the women with his hands. "I killed them. I did it," Francois allegedly told police when confronted with photographs of missing women. He allegedly said he became angry with most of his victims for either trying to "rip him off" or for trying to stop sexual intercourse.
October 14, 1998 - Possible Miami Serial Killer - Miami police investigating possible links between the recent murders of two gay men. Authorities released the victims' identities and photographs in an effort to help their investigation. Leonides Ramos, 51, and Osvaldo Fino Carballo, 39, both Cuban refugees living in Allapattah, were shot to death six days and six blocks apart. "We are treating (the murders) as though they are connected," homicide Lt. John Campbell said. "The more we look, the more similar they appear."
October 14, 1998 - Gerald Parker - In a Santa Ana, California, courtroom Gerald Parker's attorneys conceded that he went on a homicidal rape spree that sent an innocent man to prison for 16 years. Prosecutors, however, want the jury to be sure they have the right man. As testimony began in Parker's trial, prosecution witnesses introduced the jury to genetic "fingerprinting" and a forensic investigator linked Parker to at least one of the six murders he is charged with.
Parker, a convicted rapist, was to be released from prison in the mid-1980s when authorities using new DNA technology found genetic markers linking him to five unsolved murders and one "solved" one. One of the murders was that of the unborn fetus of Kevin Green. Green, now 40, served 16 years of a possible life prison sentence for killing his wife's full-term fetus by beating and raping her in 1979. Green's wife had testified that he was the one who beat her nearly to death in an attack that caused her to lose her memory.
Green protested all along that he was innocent, but it was years before DNA "fingerprinting" became accepted as an identification tool. He was exonerated and freed in 1996.
October 11, 1998 - Justin Sledge - The trial of 17-year-old Justin Sledge was granted a continuance sought by both prosecutors and defense attorneys who need more time to review information obtained from interviews with Luke Woodham. Sledge faces accessory to murder charges for allegedly persuading Woodham to go on the October 1, 1997, shooting rampage that killed two students and wounded seven others in Pearl High School.
In June, Woodham was convicted of three murders and seven counts of aggravated assault. He is serving three consecutive life sentences and seven consecutive 20-year terms. The trial of Grant Boyette, the other youngster facing accessory to murder charges, remains scheduled for December 14.
October 11, 1998 - Possible Anchorage Serial Killer - Anchorage police believe there's a new serial killer to the tune of six women reported missing this year. The latest victim -- who has not been identified -- as found in a ravine near the aptly named Arctic Boulevard.
October 10, 1998 - Veronique Hubert & Sebastien (?) - A French teenage couple fascinated by the Hollywood film "Natural-born killers" were sentenced to prison terms of 15 and 18 years for killing a classmate in especially perverse circumstances.
The court at Bobigny in the Paris suburbs sent Veronique Hubert, 18 at the time of the 1996 killing, and her boyfriend Sebastien, then 17, to prison for terms of 18 and 15 years respectively. Sebastien's family name was not given since he was a minor at the time of the killing.
The lethal duo lured another teenager, Abdel, 16, to Sebastien's home with the promise of having sex with Veronique. There Sebastien watched as the couple had sexual relations during which Veronique suddenly urged her boyfriend to kill Abdel. The victim was stabbed 39 times.
October 10, 1998 - Herb Baumeister - Police are now considering the possibility that the unidentified I-70 Killer -- who was responsible for the murders of at least seven gay men along Interstate 70 in Indiana and Ohio during the 1980s -- could have been Herb Baumeister.
An FBI profiler said that Baumeister's cavalier pattern of openly dumping his victims' corpses in his backyard was a sign he had killed many times before. Herb, who insinuated to a potential victim that he had killed 50-60 people, was known to have travelled on the I-70 from Indiana to Ohio around the time of the killings.
October 10, 1998 - Dr. Harold Shipman - Detectives investigating a Britain's Dr. Death have exhumed a fifth body as the scope of their investigation widens. Dr. Harold Shipman, 52, from Hyde in Greater Manchester, has already been charged with the murder of Joan Melia and Winifred Mellor, both 73, Bianka Pomfret, 49, and Kathleen Grundy, 81. Detectives are investigating the deaths of 28 people other who died under his care. However, the deadly doctor is suspected of causing up to 75 deaths. The greedy type, Shipman was charged with murdering his patients and forging their wills to obtain cash and property.
October 10, 1998 - The Spokane Prostitute Killer - Authorities investigating the Spokane serial killings have visited a man in North Dakota suspected in three local deaths and two disappearances in the 1970s and 1980s. The man was ruled out as a suspect in the Spokane case following his interview with detectives.
Lewiston Police Lt. Alan Johnson would not comment on what transpired during the meeting. Task force investigators interviewed the man after receiving a tip that he might somehow be involved in the serial killings, said Capt. Doug Silver of the Spokane County Sheriff's Department. "We do those kinds of interviews almost every day," Silver said. "This isn't unusual." However, the unidentified man remains the prime suspect in the Lewiston killings.
October 8, 1998 - Aum Shinrikyo - According to Jaapanese authorities the Aum Shinrikyo is making a comeback. The cult, known for it's deadly forays into chemical warfare, is regrouping, recruiting new members at home and abroad, and raising vast sums of money.
October 8, 1998 - Donald Miller - Serial killer Donald Miller was told that he will remain in prison until at least 2018. Though he could have been released in February by earning ten years off for good behavior, a Michigan judge deemed he's still too dangerous to be released. In 1979, Miller was sentenced to 30- to 50- years for the attempted murder and rape of two teenagers. He's also confessed to killing four other women. Miller was convicted last month of possessing a weapon in prison.
October 7, 1998 - Myra Hindley - With the conclusion of her appeal hearing, Moors murderer Myra Hindley awaits the ruling by three British Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether she could be released from prison or will spend the rest of her natural life behind bars. On the last day of the appeal hearing Hindley's lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald QC, said the decision to keep her in jail until she died was flawed because it was based on fears of "a public outcry" if she were freed. Mr Fitzgerald said the refusal to give the 56-year-old hope of release was inhumane, unfair and unjust. He said she had been intimidated and corrupted into taking part in the murders by her co-accused Ian Brady.
October 7, 1998 - Execution-Style Murders in Mexico - The bodies of five men, each with a single bullet wound to the head, were found on a dirt road north of Mexico City. The men, who appeared to be between 20 and 30 years old, have not been identified and the motive of the killings was not known, the state attorney general's office said. The bodies were found by a passer-by on a road connecting the municipalities of Villa Nicolas Romero and Cuautitlan Izcalli.
October 7, 1998 - Kenneth Allen McDuff - Police in Texas believe they have located the bodies of three victims of serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff. The last find -- possibly the skeletal remains of Colleen Reed, an Austin accountant -- was discovered by authorities using shovels and a bulldozer along the Brazos River. Another body believed to be that of Brenda Thompson, a prostitute, was found off a road north of Waco. The remains believed to be those of another McDuff victim, Reginia Moore, were found near Waco a week ago. All three women were last seen in 1991. McDuff has been convicted of Reed's death, but not the other two. Police were able to make the discoveries with the help of a source officials have yet to identify.
October 6, 1998 - Indonesian Sorcerer Killers - Indonesian police have given shelter to almost 300 sorcerers who fear they may be the next targets for gangs of killers who have gone on a murder spree in East Java. More than 100 Muslim clerics and people suspected of dabbling in black magic have been murdered at the remote East Javanese town of Banyuwangi over the past two months. Though the military is suspected of being involved in the killings, the commander of the Indonesian armed forces said that he had ordered police to bring an end to the mayhem
October 5, 1998 - South African Witch Hunters - Three elderly women, accused of practising witchcraft, have been murdered in their homes at Nmadolo near Tsolo. Police spokesman, Captain Nkosinathi Nomvalo, said that three gunmen were reportedly responsible for the three attacks.
October 5, 1998 - James B. Grinder - A man being held in Missouri in connection with a 1984 slaying was charged with the 22-year-old murders of three teen-age girls. Investigators said James B. Grinder, 53, admitted killing Crystal Donita Parton, 13, Teresa Williams, 14, and Cynthia Mabry, 13, on December 2, 1976, and hiding the bodies off a dead-end road near a cemetery in Arkansas. Apparently the restless type, Grinder was already in a Missouri prison on burglary charges when charged in March with first-degree murder in the 1984 stabbing death of a 25-year-old woman near Macon, Montana.
Police said Grinder admitted last week to having sex with Crystal and Teresa, then strangling and stabbing them and covering their bodies with brush. Grinder then took Cynthia a distance away, raped her and bludgeoned her. Cynthia's body was never recovered, though Grinder gave investigators clues to its whereabouts.
October 5, 1998 - Youngsang (Everlasting Life) Church - Six doomsday cult members and their leader were found burned to death in a mini-van in a suspected self-immolation ritual. The dead cultist were identified as members of the Youngsang (everlasting life) Church, one of the dozens of doomsday cults active in South Korea.
October 5, 1998 - Michael Carneal - McCracken Circuit Judge Jeff Hines accepted Michael Carneal's plea of guilty but mentally ill on the condition that he would life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years at sentencing December 16.
Defense attorney Chuck Granner said that Carneal believed that his classmates ridiculed him and that the shootings would bring him acceptance. "These feelings of inadequacy were overwhelming to Michael, and he was unable to cope with them. Things that were said about Michael challenged his manhood." Granner added that Carneal understands his feelings at the time of the shooting were wrong and characterized him as paranoid, with a schizophrenia-like personality disorder.
Carneal will be held in a juvenile detention center until his 18th birthday, when he will be transferred to an adult prison.
October 3, 1998 - Aida Nur el-Din - An Egyptian court overturned the death sentence against a nurse who was convicted of injecting patients with a harmful substance by reducing a premeditated murder charge to manslaughter.
Though the Alexandria Criminal Court convicted 25-year-old Aida Nur el-Din of murdering Mohammed Abdel-Qader Ibrahim and trying to kill 29 other patients by injecting them with respiratory muscle relaxants, the l killer nurse was retried on the grounds that it hadn't been proven she was trying to kill. Aida received national attention after she fell from the third story of a police station before an interrogation. The circumstances of the fall were unclear.
October 2, 1998 - Drug Massacre near Ensenada - The alleged drug-trafficker who survived the massacre of his extended family in Baja California last month died of complications from two bullet wounds he suffered in the attack. Eighteen members of Castro's extended family were roused from their beds Sept. 17 by gunmen and were executed in the small Indian community of El Sauzal.
Police said Castro -- who appeared to be the main target -- was shot in the head and was in a coma in a hospital in Ensenada near the U.S.-Mexican border until his death. Up to now police have arrested 14 suspects in connection with the massacre.
October 1, 1998 - "The Vampire Clan" - Thousands of copies "The Vampire Killers," a paperback book by Cliff Linedecker about vampire cult leader Rod Ferrell and his teen-age vampire clan, have been recalled and destroyed because it had the wrong photo on the book's cover.
Along with pictures of the four teen-agers who pleaded guilty to various roles in the bludgeoning death of Richard Wendorf and Naoma Ruth Queen there was a picture of Jeremy Hueber, the former boyfriend of Heather Wendorf, the slain couple's daughter. Not surprisingly Hueber -- who had no connection to the vampire cult -- said he was ticked off.
Linedecker, the book's author, noticed Hueber's picture on the cover when he first received some advance copies from St. Martin's Press, the book's publisher. As soon as the mistake was discovered the New York publishing house ordered the 16,000 printed copies destroyed and started working on a second edition without Hueber's picture.
October 1, 1998 - Michael Carneal - Lawyers for 15-year-old Kentucky rampager Michael Carneal have asked to change his plea from innocent to guilty but mentally ill.
The motion filed at the McCracken Circuit Court said that the defendant "is guilty of the above offenses, that he has admitted that he is guilty of the above offenses, and that he has never denied that he is guilty of the above offenses." However, Carneal's lawyer told Judge Jeff Hines that Michael is mentally ill and need treatments, even if he did not "suffer from any severe mental conditions constituting insanity" at the time of the shootings.
September 30, 1998 - Serb Massacre of Albanians in Kosovo - The bodies of at least 18 Kosovo villagers massacred by Serb troops were found strewn in a wooded area around the town of Obrija. All victims -- which included elderly men, women and children under 10 -- had their throats cut or were shot through the head. The discovery of the site, among the most damning evidence yet of the methods used in the conflict by Serbian forces, came as Western ambassadors met in Kosovo for talks warning Belgrade that the threat of Nato air strikes was real and impending if they kept targeting civilians.
September 30, 1998 - Unidentified Muti-Killers - South African authorities suspect a gang of muti-killers who peddle body parts for money of being responsible for the spate of headless bodies have been turning up in streams and rivers near Delmas. The discovery of the decapitated bodies over the past few weeks had police baffled and pointed to the possibility that a serial killer, possibly an escaped mental patient, was at large in Mpumalanga.
South Africa's top criminal psychologist, Micki Pistorius, who was called in to assist in probing the deaths, said that her investigations had suggested that the motive for the murders was financial gain from the sale of body parts, and the decapitations were not committed by a single serial murderer or mentally disturbed person.
"The fact that the heads were dumped 20km away in a river indicates a rational attempt at preventing the identification of the victims. It is not the work of a mentally disturbed person," she said. She also pointed out that he necks of all the victims had been removed from their bodies, indicating that the killers may have been after these parts of their anatomy.
Police are still searching for a mentally deranged man who decapitated a young girl in Delmas in 1990 and tried to sell her head. The man, Johannes Mohale-Monareng, was reportedly released on supervised leave from Weskoppies psychiatric institution near Pretoria last month where he had been serving a 25-year sentence for murder.
September 29, 1998 - Ira Einhorn - A French court freed the American fugitive guru Ira Einhorn and scheduled a December hearing on a U.S. extradition request. The judge ruled that Einhorn -- a hippie guru convicted in absentia of the murder of one of his female followers -- had to report to his local police station once a week until his December extradition hearing. This constitutes the second time French authorities arrest and days later release the fugitive guru.
September 27, 1998 - Patrick Fitzgerald - In another grim case of familicide, a New York police officer fatally shot his wife, his two children, and his wife's daughter before taking his own life. Patrick Fitzgerald, 38, and his family were found dead at their home in Greenville, about 75 miles northwest New York City, after a 911 call from one of the young victims was cut short by the enraged killer.
The 911 call from Ashley -- the daughter of the killer cop's wife -- described her father assaulting her mother. Fitzgerald later phoned his precinct and said he killed his family and was about to take his own life.
The familicidal cop -- a 13-year veteran who worked in Manhattan's 34th Precinct in Washington Heights -- used his personal gun instead of his service revolver to shoot Ashley, 4-year-old Shane, 4, and Leanne, his 38-year-old wife. The bodies of the children were found on the bed in their parents' first-floor room, near their dead father. Their mother was found in a second-floor bathroom.
September 25, 1998 - Zhang Lisong - A 30-year-old Chinese peasant dubbed the "Monster Murderer" was executed for killing nine people and raping six in a one-year crime spree. Zhang Lisong, the convict, was "stripped of political rights for life" and shot after a public sentencing rally in the central province of Hubei.
Zhang, the second serial killer convicted in China this year, was caught last March, one year after he started his province-wide murder, rape and robbery spree. The first one, Bai Baoshan -- China's public enemy number one -- was executed in May for murdering 14 people.
September 24, 1998 - Arthur Shawcross - According to state corrections officials serial killer Arthur Shawcross won't be getting any conjugal visits from his wife. The unrepentant cannibal killer was found unsuitable for the Family Reunification Program because of his 250-year sentence. "The purpose of the program is to maintain family ties so when the inmate gets out, there is a family to maintain ties to," corrections spokesman James Flateau said. In Shawcross' case there's no need to ensure a strong family to rejoin when he leaves prison.
September 23, 1998 - Andr Solomons - Flower Gangster Andr Solomons -- accused of participating in the massacre of three people on a Nieuwoudtville farm -- confessed to four other killings. Solomons -- along with his fellow "Flower Gangsters" Lastan Chavula, Charles Adams, Johannes Bruintjies and Dawid "Doggy Dog" Ruiters -- had pleaded not guilty to murdering Hendrina Louw, 57, Julia Fairbank-Smith, 37, and her daughter Emma, 4, on Mrs Louw's farm on September 24, 1996. Andr told the Cape High Court that he thought of himself as some sort of Robin Hood when he broke into the Laaiplek farmhouse to "steal from the rich to give to the poor".
Solomons previously testified that he had killed a friend, Willem Mongia, three days before the farmhouse massacre "But between these two dates I killed three white men and a woman," he said. He did not name the people or say where he killed them.
"I am a scoundrel who likes to break in to homes and steal." Later he said he did not know why people feared him. "I am not that dangerous, I only killed a few people and that's no big deal." He added it was "easy come, easy go", referring to the ease with which he committed such crimes.
September 23, 1998 - Timothy McVeigh - Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh wants an appeals court to overturn his conviction on the grounds that one of the juror's remarked that "we all know what the verdict should be."
September 22, 1998 - Ira Einhorn - Longtime fugitive guru Ira Einhorn was re-arrested in France under a new extradition warrant for the 1977 murderin Philadelphia of a Texas womany. Einhorn's attorneys said he will fight his return to the United States after having fled in 1981. Justice Department officials refused to comment.
September 22, 1998 - "El Depredador of Ciudad Juarez" - Mexican Federales announced that two individuals in custody in the United States might be responsible for the string of slayings terrifying the border community of Ciudad Juarez. Since 1993 up to 70 girls and young women have been found dead in the Chihuahua desert in the outskirts of Juarez. At the time of this writing the names and nationality of the arrested individuals is unknown.
September 21, 1998 - John Rodney McRae - Police in Harrison, Michigan, say John Rodney McRae -- 63-year-old convicted murderer -- may be responsible for the nation's longest string of serial killings. Mcrae, who served 21 years for the murder and sexual assault of 8-year-old Joey Housey, will go on trial tomorrow for the 1987 slaying of 15-year-old Randy Laufer.
McRae was just 15 when he killed Housey in 1950, mutilating the body with a straight-edged razor before burying it in a wooded lot near St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He is also suspected in the 1979 disappearance of two Florida youths. Police say McRae took part in searches for the Michigan boys and the missing Florida youths. The Detroit News says McRae was the prime suspect in the Laufer case for years but police, unable to find the body, were reluctant to press charges. The body was found last summer.
After his parole ended in 1975, McRae moved to Florida, where he was hired as a state corrections department guard. In spring 1978, he befriended a 12-year-old boy who later disappeared. The next year, a 19- year-old inmate under McRae's supervision escaped from the Brevard Correctional Institution. The inmate was never heard from again.
September 21, 1998 - Suspected Bahamanian Serial Killer - An unnamed 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the slaying of two female tourists in the exclusive Bahamian Paradise Island resort.
September 20, 1998 - Possible Mpumalanga Serial Killer - South African police are investigating the possibility that there's a new serial killer hunting foreigners in the small town of Mpumalanga. Over the past two weeks . residents and police in Delmas have found three heads in the Wilge River and three headless bodies on a nearby mielie farm.
Police have determined that the three heads are those of a man, a woman and a child aged between 10 and 14 years. The decapitated bodies of two women and a man were found in the same week, lying in separate pools of water on the farm.
DNA tests have linked the head and body of the man and the head and body of one of the women. Police are still searching for the child's body and the second woman's head. Investigating officer Captain Riaan Jacobs said at least two of the victims could be from Mozambique or Zimbabwe.
He said it was possible they were murdered by one or more locals who knew the area and had access to a vehicle. Motives ranging from muti to xenophobia were being investigated. Micki Pistorius, South Africa's top police psychologist, is expected to assist the police in their investigations.
September 19, 1998 - William "Cody" Neal - Confessed killer William "Cody" Neal says he wants to be executed for the midsummer Jefferson County ax murders of three women. During a jailhouse interview, Neal described the motives and methods of his six-day rampage. He also expressed remorse for the families of his victims and bravado at the prospect of execution - and then angrily blamed his violent rampage on childhood sexual abuse.
"I'll plead guilty to any stinking charge they got, without a plea bargain," Neal said. "I want the death penalty. I believe I deserve it." Neal, 42, has been charged in the brutal slayings of Rebecca Lynn Holberton, 44, Angela Fite, 28, and Candace Anita Walters, 48. The women, who all had relationships with Neal, were found dead at a gruesome crime scene in Holberton's townhome July 8. Neal also allegedly raped a fourth victim and held her and two others hostage for three days before surrendering and confessing to authorities July 9.
Neal said he liked all three of his murder victims but was finally moved to kill them when threatened with exposure of his other criminal activity. "There wasn't anybody here in Denver that I trusted," he said. "I was involved in illegal activities - theft, extortion, fraud, embezzlement, forgery. I could keep listing them. I knew they'd be potential snitches. I was right - none of them were trustable."
September 18, 1998 - Janette Ables and Barbara & Ricky Brown - Three parents in West Virginia whose five children died in a house fire last November were indicted on 15 federal counts, including arson resulting in death, mail fraud and conspiracy. According to the federal indictment, the fire was set to cash in on a $91,000 homeowners' insurance policy and $5,000 life insurance policies that Ms. Brown had taken out on each of her three children.
September 17, 1998 - Drug-Related Massacre near Ensenada - Mexican authorities reported the a probable drug-related massacre of 18 people -- including women and children -- at a ranch near Ensenada, south of the U.S.-Mexican border. There were reports of two survivors but this could not be confirmed. A Federal Highway Police officer said eight of the dead were children.
September 17, 1998 - Kendall Francois - Nearly two weeks after authorities pulled eight dead women from the home of suspected serial killer Kendall Francois, the corpses have been returned to their relatives for burial.
September 15, 1998 - Charles Ng - A pool of 1,000 prospective jurors began preliminary screening for the Orange county trial of serial killing sadist Charles Ng.
September 10, 1998 - Eriko Iida - The Tokyo High Court shaved six months off a seven-year jail term for the Aum Shinri Kyo cult member Eriko Iida, 37, convicted of helping abduct a man who later died. The court lowered the sentence after the Iida agreed to make compensation payments to another kidnapping victim of the doomsday cult.
September 9, 1998 - Theodore Kaczynski - On the wake of the salacious Starr Report, authorities released the prison psychiatrist's report on Teddy K.'s sexual deviance. The report details the Unabomber's fantasies about mutilating a girlfriend, killing psychiatrists and having a sex-change operation.
September 9, 1998 - Alexander Kuzminykh - A 19-year-old sailor on a Russian nuclear submarine stole a machine gun and shot eight crewmen to death before barricading himself in the vessel's torpedo section. The shooting spree occurred on a Bars class submarine in Severomorsk, near the northern city of Murmansk. Usually such subs are armed with nuclear cruise missiles and torpedoes, but the submarine had no missiles on the submarine because it was in port.
September 9, 1998 - Mass Murder in Aurora, Colorado - A body at first believed to be a sixth victim of the Aurora rampage was identified as that of a suspect, 18-year-old Michael Martinez. Police then tracked down the second suspect, a 17-year-old boy, at a home in the suburb, and he was taken to the police station accompanied by his father. Police believe he shot Martinez.
September 8, 1998 - Kendall Francois - After eight decaying women's bodies were found in Kendall Francois' home, the suspected serial killer was arraigned on one count of second degree murder in his first public appearance since his September 2 arrest.
September 8, 1998 - Mass Murder in Aurora, Colorado - Police in Aurora, Colorado, are looking for two young men accused of going on a killing spree that left six people dead in three locations. The main suspect, Michael Martinez, 18, and another teen-ager wore bandanas and carried shotguns as they barged into an upscale, baby blue two-story home and fatally shot a woman and two teen-agers.
Later in the evening, when police identified a suspect in the first shooting, they returned to the second residence and found the two bodies of two teen-agers. Clues there led them to a sixth body in a field 10 miles away. Witnesses told police that at the scene of the triple killing, the suspects "just walked in, fired the shots and walked out." Witnesses also said they saw two young men leaving the house with weapons wrapped in shirts.
September 8, 1998 - Jeffrey Hutchinson - Police in Crestwiew, Florida, said a man dialed 911 to confess to the shotgun slayings of his girlfriend and her three young children at the house they shared. Jeffrey Hutchinson, 35, was charged with four murder counts after surrendering.
Okaloosa County sheriff's spokesman Rick Hord had no explanation for the shooting. The victims were identified as Renee Flaherty 32, a postal worker in Niceville, and her children, Logan, 4, Amanda, 6, and Jeffrey, 8. Police said Hutchinson told investigators he had moved into the house with them six or seven months ago.
September 6, 1998 - Khoua Her - Six children were found slain in their St. Paul, Minnesota, home after their mother, Khoua Her, a 24-year-old Hmong immigrant who had her first child at age 13, called 911.
When paramedics and police got there, they found the mother inside the doorway with the children. They tried to revive the children -- three girls and three boys ranging from 5 to 11 years old -- but couldn't. Police said she was disoriented when she was found at her home with an extension cord wrapped loosely around her neck. Apparently Khoua spoke of suicide in the 911 call but they were unsure whether she had actually harmed herself.
September 5, 1998 - Kendall Francois - A fourth body has been dug up from the property around the Poughkeepsie home of Kendall Francois. His parents and the letter carrier delivering mail to the house all commented about the funky smell in the house but thought it was a dead animal that got stuck in a wall. Francois told police that the women were strangled and hidden in the crawl spaces inside the house.
September 4, 1998 -Kendall Francois - In the usual post-arrest serial killer media blitz, some neighbors said Francois, a former school helper known to the children as "Stinky", was "mild-mannered" and "friendly." Others said he was an obese, unemployed slob who smelled bad and reminded them of the cartoon character "Fat Albert." His pants were undone, his belly hung out and "stuff" caked the outside of his lips, said a neighborhood teen ager who Francois recently asked for a date.
September 4, 1998 -Infanticide in St. Paul - Six children were found dead in their apartment in St. Paul, Minnesota, and their mother was in custody as a suspect, police said. Police would not say how the children -- ages 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 -- had died. Three of the victims were girls and three were boys. The mother, 24, was found lying on the porch of the home, when police responded to a 911 call. She was taken to a hospital, and police would not release her condition except to say she was in custody.
September 3, 1998 - Kendall Francois - Authorities in Poughkeepsie, New York, think they have snared a new serial killer after finding two bodies and a number of other body parts in the family home of 27-year-old Kendall Francois.
Francois -- who is black -- has been linked to the deaths of at least eight women who had disappeared from the same gritty Poughkeepsie neighborhood since October 1996. All the missing women had histories of prostitution and drug use. In custody, the bulging serial killer admitted some things that led to a search of the home he shared with his mother, father and younger sister.
September 3, 1998 - Spokane Serial Killer - A missing woman from Spokane, Washington has been added to the list of eight other women presumed to be the victims of a serial killer. Investigators put Melody Ann Murfin on the list after spending more than three months trying to locate her. Although she has not been confirmed dead, investigators do not believe the 43-year-old drug addict and part-time prostitute is still alive. Murfin disappeared May 13.
July-August, 1998 - Morgue Archives - For previous entries to the Morgue check in the casualties filling the archives.