February 28, 1999 - Catherine Hilton - The mother of Charles Loayza, the man police said threatened his ex-girlfriend's building with arson, has been arrested in connection with the fire in Lynn, Massachussetts, that killed five people. Catherine Hilton, 52, was scheduled to be on murder and arson charges. Her son who is no longer a suspect in the case, was originally arrested for violating a restraining order authorities said.
February 27, 1999 - Ciudad Juarez Serial Killings - Two investigators looking into the serial slaughter in Ciudad Juarez say their efforts have been blocked by state authorities. Oscar Defassiux Trechuelo and Eduardo Muriel Melero, of the National College of Criminologists, said they were being impeded because evidence in some of the killings implicated police officers. The two criminologists accused Chihuahua state Attorney General Arturo Gonzalez and a special prosecutor assigned to the case, Zully Ponce Prieto, of hampering their work. "We know that the truth is being hidden," said the investigators.
February 26, 1999 - Dorangel Vargas - In Venezuela -- a country with hardly any serial killing history -- the self-confessed cannibal Dorangel Vargas has become a national media darling after confessing to have eaten up to 10 men in the last two years. Dubbed the "Hannibal Lecter of the Andes" by the local press, Vargas was arrested two weeks ago in the city of San Cristobal, near to the Colombian border.
February 25, 1999 - Arson Killings in Lynn, Massachussetts - A Massachussetts man who threatened to burn down the home where his girlfriend lived was arrested a day after the home burned, killing five people. Hours before the fire, witnesses said the man came to the home and yelled, "If I don't get to see my kids I'll blow the (expletive) house up." He also allegedly called his girlfriend two hours before the fire and said to get the kids out of the house because he would burn it down.
Sonia Hernandez, her husband Heriberto Feliciano, their two daughters and a niece were found dead by firefighters huddled near a third-floor window. The blaze also left 12 people homeless. Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said it appeared the blaze began shortly before 11 p.m.on a porch on one of the house's lower floors.
February 25, 1999 - LaVictor Williams - Sheriff's detectives say it appears 18-year-old Deszeray Heath was murdered in her Orlando apartment, then her body was set on fire to cover the crime. Her two pre-school children, two-year-old Quanzetta Unique Williams and her nine- month-old brother, Quavick Lenard, were left in their beds to die from smoke inhalation. Detectives say the victims' husband and father, 21-year-old LaVictor Williams, has become a strong suspect. He found the bodies February 17th.
February 25, 1999 - William "Cody" Neal - Triple murderer William "Cody" Neal pleaded guilty to the rape, torture and ax slayings of three women in a Golden, Colorado, condominium last summer. Forty-three-year-old Neal, who recently fired his attorney and was representing himself, entered the plea at his arraignment. Investigators had said he confessed to the crimes less than a week after they took place.
Neal was "very calm, very collected, very sure" of himself during the arraignment, says Russell. "He made these choices intellegently, very knowingly. He seemed competent." Neal pleaded guilty to all 13 counts against him, including three counts of first-degree murder; two counts of second-degree kidnapping; two counts of first-degree sexual assault; two counts of criminal extortion; two violent crime charges related to the kidnapping; and one count of felony theft.
February 24, 1999 - Captain Kung Tai-an - A Taiwan fishing boat captain who claims he fatally shot two Chinese crew members for threatening mutiny in the Indian Ocean is now accused of firing his gun in a drunken rage and killing several sailors previously assumed missing. Four crew members interviewed by the China Times in Port Louis after their release by Mauritius police said they saw only four Chinese sailors, "scared for their lives," jump into the sea from the Chin Ching No. 12, and not 13 as previously reported.
Captain Kung Tai-an was arrested when the boat docked in Port Louis for allegedly killing two Chinese sailors Yang Yong and Li Xingzheng. Nine other crew, including four Taiwanese, three Chinese and two Filipinos, still aboard were detained for questioning. Pan Ko-fu, a ranking crew member from Taiwan, said Kung forced the survivors aboard the boat to throw the bodies of fellow crew members into the sea after the killings occurred February 16 when the vessel was fishing near the Seychelles.
Pan said he witnessed Kung shoot only four sailors, but that more than four bodies were dumped into the sea. Chief engineer Chen Meng-ning said most victims died from one bullet into the temple. Pan said four sailors jumped ship. Although they had no time to wear life jackets, they took a rubber raft and a transmitter for SOS signals with them. Pan said the voyage was Kung's first as a captain and that he was under heavy pressure to prove his capability.
February 24, 1999 - Bobbie Joe Long - Condemmed serial killer Bobby Joe Long accused the Capital Collateral Regional Council, the office defends death row inmates in appeals, of violating the attorney-client privilege by revealing his private letters to a book author. He also repeated accusations that the lawyers of the agency placed bets in a pool on which of their death-row clients would be executed next. Long is one of several death row inmates tha thas asked that the agency be removed from their cases.
"These people go through lawyers like it's unbelievable. Everybody I know who is on death row - and this agency is handling their cases - they don't know who their lawyer is from month to month because they can't keep lawyers on staff," Long said. An investigation concluded allegations were unfounded that a lawyer in Capital Collateral began a "death pool" on whether inmates would live or die during a string of executions.
February 24, 1999 - Russell Ellwood - Authorities in New Orleans say they'll drop one of two murder charges against Russell Ellwood. Investigators now say he could not have committed the crime. Though originally accused of killing seventeen women, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said a continuing investigation revealed that Ellwood was in Ohio when Dolores Mack, 40, of Metairie, was murdered. Ellwood will only be charged in the case of a 1993 murder where a woman's body was dumped in a canal in Hahnville. Prosecutors have admitted they have no physical evidence to place Ellwood, now 48, at the crime scenes. Ellwood, in a telephone interview from jail, predicted that the second murder charge would also be dismissed. "It's obvious that these charges are fraudulent," Ellwood said. "This is the biggest railroad case ever in the state of Louisiana."
February 24, 1999 - Douglas Whitton - With a jury seated and the state Supreme Court refusing to intervene, testimony in a quadruple murder trial of a Texas native charged in the October 1997 slayings of his housemates is set to begin today in the Criminal District Court of New Orleans. Douglas Whitton, 39, originally of Canton, Texas, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning and stabbing deaths of four people, including a 9-year-old boy. Whitton, a recovering alcoholic and self-professed professional wrestler who has pleaded innocent to the charges, was arrested a day after the bodies were found.
The family met Whitton at a church and took him in after Whitton signed himself out of a substance-abuse center. In a confession to police after his arrest, Whitton said he guessed he'd committed the murders, because when he woke up, all were dead. He said he stayed in the home for several days with the bodies, before leaving, spending a couple of nights at motels, and going to the movies.
February 24, 1999 - The Lusaka Serial Killer - The Zambian serial killer who has tallied between 30 and 70 victims in farming areas around Lusaka is still believed to be on the loose as the number of victims continues to rise with regular frequency. Recent jubilation over the arrest of a suspect turned out to be misplaced as the man was released after another woman was hacked to death by a man who used a hoe - the serial killer's trade mark. Month-long assurances by the police that they are closing in on the killer are now being doubted by the public. There is now growing pressure on the police to prove their worth by arresting the killer who is described as a sweet- tongued, tall and strong man withan axe or hoe.
February 24, 1999 - Charles Ng - A Santa Ana jury found Charles Ng guilty of 11 counts of first-degree murder. To expedite the process, the one deadlocked count count, No. 4, was dropped by the judge. The jury also found special circumstances of multiple murder that makes Charlie eligible for the death penalty, that will be determined in a separate penalty phase of the trial. Ng looked down at the defendants' table as the verdicts were read and showed no reaction.
February 24, 1999 - Alexander Koryakov - The man who confessed to the brutal stabbing deaths of three small girls and their teacher at a Latvian kindergarten told police he wanted to become as famous as Andrei Chikatilo. The daily Diena said Aleksandr Koryakov told police that he wanted the kindergarten massacre to be the start of a killing spree that would make him as notorious as the infamous Russian cannibal killer.
"(Koryakov) had carefully studied all available materials on...murders carried out by the Russian criminal Chikatilo," Diena quoted Gulbene Police Chief Gunars Betlers as telling journalists. The newspaper said Koryakov had planned the massacre for a year and had even considered killing members of his family first to test his resolve, though he later decided against this. Two before the killing he went to Riga to buy a hunting knife, two meat cleavers and gas spray. Teachers said Koryakov, a Russian speaker, had called the school to ask where the Russian children were kept. All of the children he killed were Russian speakers.
February 23, 1999 - American Psycho - Canadian anti-violence and victims' rights groups want to stop the filming of Brett Easton Ellis' novel, "American Psycho," in Toronto. Critics of the project petitioned City Hall to try to force the city to refuse to allow producer Lions Gate Films to shoot the picture.
The novel tells the gruesome tale of a yuppie Wall Street stockbroker with a penchant for torture, rape, mutilation, murder and Whitney Houston. Most recent media reports in Canada noted that serial killer Paul Bernardo had a copy of the novel at his bedside.
February 23, 1999 - Charles Ng - Jurors deliberating 12 murder verdicts against Charles Ng told the judge that they were deadlocked on one count. "We are deadlocked on one count. What do we do?" said a jury note to Superior Court Judge John J. Ryan.
February 23, 1999 - Alexander Koryakov - Three children and a teacher were hacked to death with a meat cleaver in a kindergarden in the town of Gulbene, 115 miles northeast of the capital Riga. The children girls aged 4, 5 and 6 were killed by the Alexander Koryakov who slipped into the kindergarten room while they were napping. The teacher was killed when she tried to stop the massacre. A nurse at the school was also injured in the attack. Koryakov, 21, was arrested as he tried to flee the area.
Latvian President Guntis Ulmanis said on national TV that the murders were one of the worst acts of violence in their country in recent years. He said new security measures for schools should be considered.
February 23, 1999 - Harold Shipman - General practitioner Harold Shipman of was charged with seven more murders bringing the total number of murder charges against him to 15. The new charges mean that Dr Shipman, 53, will stand accused of being one of Britain's most prolific serial killers of modern times. The seven alleged victims all attended his practice in Market Street, Hyde, Greater Manchester, and died between March 1995 and February 1998. All but one were cremated. Previous allegations against the GP have involved the deaths of patients who were buried.
February 23, 1999 - Dale R. Anderson - Now that Robert Ressler has put into doubt Gregory Bowman's guilt in relation to the strangling deaths of two Belleville women 20 years ago, St. Clair County sheriff's deputy, Sgt. Robert Miller, admitted he tricked Bowman into confessing. The county's then chief prosecutor said last week that had authorities known about the deputy's trick, the confession could have been thrown out and the case against Bowman dismissed. The deputy said it was his idea to have a jail-house snitch approach Bowman and tell him he'd help him escape if he confessed. "Convince him you can get him out if he says something" about the murders, Miller said he told the other prisoner.
February 22, 1999 - Unnamed Helsinki Killer - A 30-year-old woman was arrested in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, for murdering three men and seriously wounding another in a local gun club. The suspect allegedly walked into the Helsinki Shooting Club and shot the five men execution style. The victims were all target shooting and wearing earmufflers. The fifth man narrowly escaped certain death after seeing her coming up from the corner of his eye. He turned around and shot at her while she fired straight at his face. It is unjcertain whether he wounded her. A sixth man escaped the situation unharmed and ran to a nearby pizza parlor and called the police. The suspected killer was arrested by authorities at the Helsinki International Airport. (Reported by Mats Elmeskog)
February 21, 1999 - Sipho Agmatir Thwala - The trial of South Africa's alleged "Phoenix Strangler", who is suspected of raping and strangling 19 victims with their underwear before burying them in shallow graves, is set to get under way in the Durban High Court. Sipho Agmatir Thwala, 31, of KwaMashu, became the most wanted man in the KwaZulu-Natal region during an alleged year-long reign of terror around the sugar cane fields of Mount Edgecombe, near Phoenix.
February 21, 1999 - Dale R. Anderson - According to ex-FBI wiz Robert Ressler, convicted double-murderer Dale R. Anderson, has most likely killed five other women. Describing Anderson as a "model serial killer," Ressler said: "There has been no one that I've seen as of late who fits the pattern of a serial killer as strongly as he does." If Ressler is right about Anderson, two men have spent a total of 30 years behind bars for murders they didn't commit. Anderson, who denies killing anyone, was convicted of the 1989 murders of a mother and her young son near Belleville.
February 20, 1999 - Robert Harris - Police are poring over a list of 89 names titled "My Victims" that was written by convicted pedophile Robert Harris, 34, who was recently arrested New York's Chinatown after he was seen playing with children. The phrases "in the flesh" and "RIP" appear next to several names on the list kept by the child molester. "The 'RIP' we're kind of nervous about," said Richard Levy, a parole official. "Are these homicide victims? We are very concerned about that." Harris began singing church hymns when he was arrested by parole officers, who caught him hanging around children at the church, officials said. "I'm doing God's work," Harris told the officers.
February 19, 1999 - Darryl Holton - A Shelbyville father charged with killing his four children is demanding a new attorney. Darryl Holton appeared in court, saying he disagrees with the way his court-appointed attorney plans to defend him. Holton claims his lawyer asked for a plea agreement, and told the court Holton was a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning at the time he allegedly shot his kids in 1997. Holton says those claims are untrue.
February 19, 1999 - Arhon Kee - Miami Police arrested 25-year-old Arhon Kee who is wanted in New York for at least one murder and two rapes. Surveillance teams tailing him decided to move in when he was located at the Sun Hotel in downtown Miami. Two SWAT teams cleared out the rest of the hotel and found him in a room on the top floor.
February 19, 1999 - Oscar Ray Bolin - Not suprising anyone, a jury in Tampa, Florida, once again found Oscar Ray Bolin guilty of murdering Natalie Holley. Bolin was first convicted in Holley's death, and in the deaths of two other young Tampa Bay area women, in the early 90's. But those convictions were overturned when the state appeals court ruled that improper testimony had been allowed in those trials. In this retrial, the second of three ordered by the appeals court, the jury took two hours and fifteen minutes to convict him. Rosalie Bolin, who divorced her well-known attorney husband and married the death row inmate in 1996, sobbed in a courthouse restroom. Bolin was convicted, and sentenced to die, in the first retrial. The third retrial is supposed to start next week.
February 18, 1999 - Charles Ng - The jury in the trial of Charles Ng concluded its second week of deliberation with no verdict. Before recessing for a long weekend, the nine-woman, three-man Orange County panel heard a readback of Ng's Jan. 27-28 testimony on two of the alleged victims. They were Kathy Allen, a 18-year-old supermarket clerk from San Jose, and Cliff Peranteau, a former co-worker with Ng at a San Francisco moving company.
Ng's testimony and work records don't appear to account for his whereabouts at the time Allen may have been killed, but they do for Peranteau's disappearance on Jan. 19, 1985. Ng was at work that day, according to his testimony and time sheets from the moving company. Ng testified that he had introduced Peranteau to Lake on a San Francisco streetcar after leaving work, but he denied allegations that he talked up Lake's marijuana business to lure his co-worker to Wilseyville.
February 18, 1999 - Ira Einhorn - A French court agreed to extradite American fugitive Ira Einhorn to the United States, then ordered him set free pending his appeal. Einhorn, now 58, is wanted in Philadelphia for the 1977 murder of his girlfriend, Helen "Holly" Maddux, whose corpse was found stuffed in a trunk in a closet next to his bed.
In Philadelphia, District Attorney Lynne Abraham expressed concern that Einhorn would run again. "He has proved to be elusive and resourceful in the past," said Abraham, interviewed on WCAU-TV. "My guess is that he will do everything he can to flee the country." In Washington, Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder called on France to take "the necessary steps" to ensure Einhorn is returned to the United States to stand trial if the extradition is upheld.
February 17, 1999 - Kip Kinkel - Judge Jack Mattison delayed the trial of teen-rampager Kip Kinkel, saying he wanted to give defense lawyers more time to prepare. Kip, 16, was scheduled to go to trial April 6. The judge asked both sides to meet next week to determine a reasonable time frame for the trial. Kinkel's attorneys argued they needed more time to interview witnesses, obtain records and complete a psychological evaluation. They have yet to say whether they will employ a defense that claims Kinkel suffered from some mental defect. Prosecutors argued that any delays in the trial would be unfair to the community.
February 12, 1999 - Oscar Ray Bolin - The second of three retrails of condemmed serial killer Oscar Bolin got under way in Tampa Bay, Florida. This time, the former truckdriver will be retried for the murder of Natalie Holley. In the early 90's, Bolin was tried and convicted for killing Holley and two other Tampa Bay-area women. His three death penalties were overturned in an appeals court and retrials were ordered because improper testimony was used in the original trial.
February 17, 1999 - Sterling Spann - The South Carolina Supreme Court granted a new trial to death row inmate Sterling Spann, convicted in 1981 of murdering 81-year-old Melva Niell of Clover. In a unanimous decision, the S.C. Supreme Court cited new evidence that suggests a serial killer murdered Niell and two other elderly Clover women. All three victims were strangled to death and sexually assaulted between July and November 1981. The three victims were elderly, heavy-set white women, living within 12 miles of one another. The first two victims were left in the bathtub, while the third victim was drenched in fruit juice because the bathroom was outside the house.
Much of the new evidence surrounds Johnny Hullett, a Bowling Green man convicted of murdering 69-year-old Bessie Kate Alexander -- the third murder in the series. He is also the suspect in another elderly murder case. In a diary kept by a relative, Hullett admitted to committing the murder blamed on Spann. Skidmore said the diary entry included details of the murder that never came out in the trial or in subsequent appeals.
No one has ever been arrested for the first murder. Mary Ring, 57, was found dead in her bathtub in Clover on July 18, 1981. Spann's defense included three experts to try to prove the serial killer theory. Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic pathologist, said the three victims were killed with a unique chokehold he had not encountered in his 43 years of practice. A forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Emanuel Tanay, said a "sexual, sadistic murderer" committed all three crimes. The third expert was a former FBI ace-agent (and accomplished author) Robert Ressler who said the circumstances of the three murders indicated they were committed by a white male in his 20s or 30s with a dysfunctional marriage and a history of psychological problems. Spann is black, was not married in 1982 and was not diagnosed with mental problems. On the other hand, Hullett fit the profile, Ressler said in a 1996 appeal.
February 17, 1999 - "El Depredador of Ciudad Juarez" - A teenage girl has become the latest victim in the six-year murderous rampage haunting Ciudad Juarez. The 14-year-old girl, found in a vacant lot strewn with garbage and weeds behind a middle school, was apparently raped and suffocated with a plastic bag. Her death brought the rape-murder toll on thi Mexico-Texas border town to six this year and nearly 200 for the six-year slaughter.
February 17, 1999 - Detroit Arsonist - A suspected arson fire swept through a house in Detroit Detroit Arsonist - A suspected arson fire swept through a house in Detroit killing a mother and three children. The arson suspect, an older man who allegedly fought earlier with the building's owner, was taken into custody at the scene. Witnesses say the arsonist dumped kerosene on a kitchen floor and lit a match. Seven adults and six children escaped. Most of the people in the house were related.They also say a grandmother of at least one victim confronted the suspect after the fire began and hit him in the head with a shovel. The victims were identified as Latiya Diggs, 18; her son, Malik Diggs, 2; Deymon Diggs, 7; and Jentry Tresvant, 8.
February 17, 1999 - Kip Kinkel - Defense attorneys played an 18-minute tape of Kip Kinkel walking through the bloodied Thurston High School cafeteria hours after his lethal shooting rampage with police asking him why he opened fire. "I had no other choice," Kinkel, then 15, said in a barely audible monotone. The tape was played in the Lane County to bolster a defense motion to keep Kinkel's recorded statements from the jury.
In testimony before the videotape was played, Detective Alan Warthen described how the young suspect was found to have extra bullets taped to his chest so he could kill himself and begged officers who questioned him: "Just kill me! Just shoot me!" Warthen said Kinkel described shooting his father in the head, just above his ear, and then waiting in the house for his mother to get home. "When he was explaining how he killed his mother -- he just went off," the detective said. "He started talking about a voice in his head. He started banging his head against the wall."
February 16, 1999 - Johnie Michael Cox - A triple-murderer in Arkansas who claimed that he might be immune to the poisons used to kill death row inmates was executed by lethal injection Tuesday. Johnie Michael Cox, 42, admitted killing his step-grandmother and two distant relatives on Nov. 1 -- All Saints Day -- 1989, because they would go to heaven if she died that day.
Cox's spiritual adviser said Cox believed the execution "may just be a show" and that it was possible to survive poisons that shut down the heart and lungs. Asked if he had any final words, Cox replied, "Yes. I'm anxious. Please release me and let me go."
February 16, 1999 - Ahron Kee - A young man from East Harlem linked to several rapes and murders may now be responsible for a Brooklyn teenager's disappearance. Sixteen-year- old Angelique Stallings hasn't been seen by her family for several days, after Ahron Kee picked her up at her home at the Glenmore Houses in East New York. Police say they have DNA evidence linking Keith to the murders of three women.
Kee, 25 was nabbed in midtown early last week on a misdemeanor petty larceny charge when he allegedly tried to exchange a used computer part for a new one, police said. At the time, Kee's name was one of several police had gotten from tipsters in connection with a string of rapes and slayings in East Harlem. But without evidence, detectives had to let Kee go. Later detectives linked Kee to some of the crimes through DNA and launched a manhunt.
February 16, 1999 - Aum Shinrikyo - Former doomsday cult finance chief Hisako Ishii, 38, was sentenced to almost four years in prison today for aiding other cult members after their 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subways. Ishii was convicted of providing funds for cult members who carried out the Tokyo subway attack, including a $260,000 payment to one member who was later arrested. She was also accused of helping burn the body of a follower who died at the cult's training facility in June 1993, and concealing the purchase of local land for the cult on southern main island of Kyushu.
February 14, 1999 - Rosemary West - British serial killer Rosemary West has said in letters to a pen-pal that she wishes she had been hanged for her crimes. The 43-year-old killer also revealed in 36 letters written to her friend Sean Considine that she planned to marry Stephen Saliwon, 42, who had corresponded with her while serving a jail sentence for indecent assault. In a misspelled letter she wrote: "Yes, it is true we are planning to marry. We are very much in love dispite everything and we need each other so very badly. I believe he loves me for the woman I am."
February 13, 1999 - Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey - A mistrial was declared in the quadruple murder trial of Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey after a jury said it was unable to decide whether the defendant was insane. The 12-member panel, brought 200 miles from Nashville to Davidson County because of intense local publicity, told Judge Richard Baumgartner they were deadlocked 6-6. The defense claimed Huskey, a former zoo elephant trainer, possessed multiple personalities he couldn't control. One personality in particular, an evil alter ego named "Kyle," confessed to the 1992 the murder rampage that claimed the lives of four prostitutes.
Now that the three-week trial has ended in a mistrial, lawyers will get ready to retry the capital case. District Attorney General Randy Nichols, whose case came close to an acquittal, vowed to do a better job with the prosecution next time. It's not clear whether the judge will go back to Davidson County to seek a jury or choose another location.
February 13, 1999 - Possible Bay Point/Pittsburg Serial Killer - More than five weeks has passed since Valerie Dawn Schultz's body was found in Bay Point, the last of four women mysteriously slain in the area since November. It's the longest stretch of quiet here since the first victim, Lisa Norrell, was discovered three months ago today. While no one has been charged with any of the killings, some people hope the killer or killers have moved on. "We can't speculate as to what will happen," said Pittsburg Lt. William Zbacnik. "We could say the chain is broken, and then another body could turn up tomorrow."
Police said there are no new developments in the four homicide investigations, which began Nov. 14 with the discovery of Lisa, a 15-year-old Pittsburg girl who had disappeared eight days earlier while walking alone along the Pittsburg-Antioch Highway. The bodies of Jessica Frederick and Rachael Cruise were found in the following weeks. All three victims were dumped in industrial areas in Pittsburg. Schultz was found Jan. 8 in a ditch off Willow Pass Road in Bay Point. Frederick and Schultz were believed to be prostitutes, while Cruise lived near an area where prostitutes work. Investigators continue to say there is nothing to link the deaths, but they haven't ruled out the possibility of a serial killer.
February 12, 1999 - Anatoli Onoprienko - A Ukrainian court ruled that Anatoli Onoprienko was mentally competent and could be held responsible for his crimes. The regional court in Zhytomyr said that Onoprienko "does not suffer any psychiatric diseases, is conscious of and is in control of the actions he commits, and does not require any extra psychiatric examination."
February 12, 1999 - Charles Ng - The jury of nine women and three men in the trial of Charles Ng ended its first week of deliberation without a verdict. The jury is expected to resume deliberations Tuesday after the Presidential Day holiday.
February 12, 1999 - Possible Buffalo Serial Killer - Police in Buffalo, New York, are questioning neighbors in the wake of two killings in a West Side neighborhood in two days. But they said they had no solid evidence that they were the work of a serial killer. A 39-year-old woman was found in a pool of blood in her apartment following the discovery of a 33-year-old woman who had been strangled. Both were prostitutes who had drug problems, police said.
February 12, 1999 - Possible Utah/Nevada Serial Killer - Investigators say they're one important step closer to finding a serial killer believed to be responsible for the death of one woman in Nevada and at least two more in Utah. They've identified one of the victims and that's an critical clue, because until now, they have been unable to identify any of the women found shot to death and left by several highways in Utah and Nevada. All of the women were stripped naked and posed in crucifix-type positions, with their hands pointing away.
February 12, 1999 - Sean Sellers - The 15-nation European Union criticized the US for last week's execution in Oklahoma of death row inmate Sean Sellers. The EU regularly denounces human rights violations around the world. It considers the death penalty a human rights violation but does not usually comment on individual executions carried out in the United States. The EU made an exception in Sellers's case because he was 16 when he committed his crimes.
February 12, 1999 - Wayne Adam Ford - San Bernardino County will seek the death penalty for Arcata trucker Wayne Adam Ford, who has confessed to killing women in four California counties. Deputy District Attorney David Whitney filed two death-penalty murder counts against Ford. Whitney said it's also possible all four murder cases including those in Humboldt and Kern counties may be tried in San Bernardino County. Under a new state law, the cases of serial killers can be consolidated for trial in one county. Kern County District Attorney John Somers confirmed it has been decided that if the Ford case qualifies for a single-jurisdiction prosecution, it would be in San Bernardino County. In Humboldt County, where Ford allegedly committed the first of the four killings, a gag order has been imposed on attorneys.
February 12, 1999 - Lanelo Mashowo - Zambian police said it will not release suspected serial killer, Lanelo Mashowo, because they cannot determine if he was responsible for the killings. In related news, Zambia Independent Media Association (ZIMA) chairman David Simpson criticised the stateowned Zambia Daily Mail for reporting to the police that he was the suspected serial killer. Simpson said the Zambia Daily Mail incident was "unfortunate as it conflicts with journalism ethics". He said the media should protect their sources regardless of circumstances.
February 12, 1999 - Edwin Bell - A man shot his estranged girlfriend, their three young children and his mother before turning the gun on himself. Police found all six bodies in the living room of their small apartment in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There were no signs of a struggle or that anyone had tried to flee the room. Authorities feel certain it was a murder-suicide because the gun was located near the body of the children's father, 23-year-old Edwin Bell.
Police identified the victims as Bell's mother, Linda Farris, 45; Markita King, 21; and Ebony, 4, Essyce, 2, and 8-month-old Marjonna Bell. Ms. King apparently had moved to Tulsa to get away from Bell in Oklahoma City, Phillips said. Bell and his mother had traveled together to Tulsa to visit the children.
February 12, 1999 - Pablo Lucio Vasquez - A man who scalped and dismembered a 12-year-old boy and drank his blood because the devil told him to was sentenced to death by a jury that rejected claims he should be spared because he has mental problems. Pablo Lucio Vasquez, 21, was convicted in the slaying of David Cardenas, who was found in a field near the Mexican border last April. Investigators said the slaying occurred at a time of year when a "satanic calendar" called for human sacrifice. Vasquez confessed he hit David with a pipe, cut him with a knife and drank his blood. A 15-year-old cousin of Vasquez's is also charged with murder. Six others, including two teen-age girls, are accused of helping to cover up the crime.
February 12, 1999 - Theodore J. Kaczynski - After unsuccessfully pitching his book to Simon & Schuster and other established New York publishers, Unabomber Teddy K. remained true to the underground and inked a deal with Beau Friedlander of Context Media. The 548-page manuscript submitted by the author is "an attempt to tell the other side of a one-sided tale that was spun by his family and his attorneys in their attempt to save him from the death penalty." Circumventing any Son of Sam rulings, any proceeds will go to his victims' families. The book is expected to be out in late May or June.
February 12, 1999 - Kendall Francois - Dutchess County state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Dolan denied Kendall Francois' motion to allow him to plead guilty to strangling eight women, clearing the way for prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
February 11, 1999 - Albert DeSalvo - Boston's most notorious strangler is now immortalized with his very own stout. The Back Bay Brewing Co. has released the Boston Strangler Stout. The seasonal microbrew is a Russian imperial stout with an 8.5 percent alcohol content. "It's an amazing beer," said the brewery's marketing director, Kristen Toli. "It's probably one of our best."
February 11, 1999 - Possible Cambodian Cannibal Killer - Police in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, said they suspect that a young woman may have been killed by a cannibal and made into soup. Scavengers at a dump found a pair of feet and some bones wrapped in plastic while picking through rubbish. Police said they found a lung, some hair, two feet, a leg bone and three ribs. The bones had knife marks on them. "If it was just a killing why do they need to cut the flesh from the body," said senior criminal investigator, Ek Kreth. "We're investigating the possibility she might have been killed for making soup," Ek Kreth added. He did not elaborate.
February 11, 1999 - David Harker - Cannibal killer David Harker admitted to manslaughter in the death of 32-year-old Julie Paterson, on grounds of diminished responsibility. Prosecutor Paul Worsley told Teesside Crown Court in northeast England that Harker confided to a psychiatrist that he chopped up his victim and ate part of her body with pasta and cheese. Harker, 24, who has the words "Subhuman" and "Disorder" tattooed on his scalp, claimed he strangled mother-of-four Julie Paterson with her tights after he "got bored" during a sex session. He told psychiatrists he then had sex with her before chopping off her head and limbs, slicing flesh from her thigh, skinning it and cooking it.
February 11, 1999 - Theodore J. Kaczynski - Unabomber Teddy K. believes he was unfairly coerced into pleading guilty and has hired a new lawyer to help him win a second trial. A new trial could lead to the death penalty for the anti-technology terrorist, who has been in a federal prison in Florence, Colo., since he was sentenced to life without parole last spring.
February 9, 1999 - Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey - Jury deliberations began in the trial of Knoxville's alleged serial killer, the "Zoo Man." The defense claims that Huskey suffers from multiple personalities and is innocent. Prosecutors claim it's all an act.
February 8, 1999 - Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey - There was more conflicting testimony in the murder trial of accused serial killer Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey. One of his former cellmate's contradicted the testimony of another former cellmate. The witness earlier testified that the former elephant trainer admitted killing four women. But another witness testified that Huskey never spoke about his case to anyone.
February 8, 1999 - Charles Ng - After three-months of trial and fourteen years of delays, the fate of Charles Ng is finally in the hands of a jury. Before gojng into deliberations, prosecutor Sharlene Honnaka reminded the jury that Ng, even if he was not the actual triggerman, was a willing participant in Leonard Lake's sex and murder fantasies. "He was in it for the thrill of the kill, the fun of the gun." Defense attorney Lewis Clapp countered by portraying Charlie as a patsy manipulated by Lake. If convicted Ng could face the death penalty.
February 7, 1999 - The Lusaka Serial Killer - Zambian authorities announced that a task force charged with tracking down the Lusaka serial killer has been assembled. "This task force has been drawn from the cream of the police service and we are hopeful of results very soon. We used the same system to track Sipalo the Lusaka serial killer of the 80s." The serial killer who is believed to have left a trail of death in Lusaka last week murdered former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Leonard Kombe and his wife.
February 7, 1999 - Floid (Todd) Tapson - According to a federal task force, a serial killer may be responsible for the disappearances of three women who were mentally retarded and lived in Minnesota and North Dakota. The task force is focusing on Floyd Tapson, 38, who is charged in Montana with the rape and attempted murder of a 22-year-old woman with mental retardation. Tapson pleaded not guilty in the Montana case and is free on bail.
February 7, 1999 - Justin Jamel McDonald - Authorities in North Carolina found the bodies of a man, woman and child believed to be those of a family missing for three weeks. Justin Jamel McDonald, of Statesville, has been charged in one of the deaths. The bodies were tentatively identified as Robin Rhyne, 43; his wife, Kimberly Rhyne, 28, and their two-year-old son, Hunter. Robin was last seen January 18 leaving his home with two unidentified men who said they were interested in buying his Porsche. His wife spent the next 24 hours looking for him. The next day she and Hunter were reported missing. Additional arrests are expected.
February 5, 1999 - Thomas D. Huskey - Dr. Jeffrey W. Erickson, Ph.D. testified for the defense in the trial of Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey saying their client was suffering from a brain disorder when he examined him in 1977. Erickson first saw Huskey when was 16, after he broke into a house on the grounds of the Knoxville Zoo to steal money.
February 5, 1999 - Peter Contos - Contos, 34, faces an automatic life prison sentence without possibility of parole after receiving three first-degree murder convictions for the September 1997, deaths of his mistress Catherine Rice, 35, and their two boys -- Benjamin Rice, 4, and 2-month-old Ryan Contos. Contos, a military man with a troubled childhood, allegedly snapped when confronted with the possibility of his wife finding about his affair and strangled Rice and their two children at their home in Lowell, Massachussetts. Then he stuffed the boys' bodies in his locker at Otis Air National Guard Base in Bourne on Cape Cod.
February 5, 1999 - Clifford Orji & Tahiru - Two suspected Nigerian cannibals were arrested under a bridge in Lagos after residents heard the cries of a woman one of them he was about to kill. Remains of roasted human parts were recovered in their shack under under a bridge in Lagos. "Some of the limbs and feet on the man's grill are believed to be those of a young woman, going by the size of the feet and the long black permed hair," the Guardian newspaper reported, "The rest of the body ... was said to have been eaten up before the arrest."
February 5, 1999 - "El Depredador of Ciudad Juarez" - Under an unprecedented arrangement, a team of FBI agents specializing in the psychological profiling of serial killers will be sent to Ciudad Juarez to help Mexican authorities solve a series of gruesome slayings that authorities believe has taken the lives of nearly 200 young women.
Authorities say they may be looking for more than one killer. The FBI's announcement follows the discovery of yet another slaying. Soccer players stumbled across the corpse in a field on the outskirts of town, within sight of guard towers for the state penitentiary. The dirt soccer field where the most recent victim was found has been a dumping ground for at least two other women, Chihuahua state police said. Throughout the week, Mexican authorities combed the field in search of evidence. They also released a composite of the victim, believed to be 18 to 20 years old. No one has yet come forward to claim the body.
February 5, 1999 - Ted Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh & Ramzi Yousef - Three of America's most notorious bombers -- Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski -- see each other during their daily one-hour exercise time at Colorado's "SuperMax"prison
February 5, 1999 - Anatoliy Onoprienko - Russia's ornery serial killer, Anatoliy Onoprienko reportedly said he prefers death to a life sentence -- but he may not get his wish because of a national moratorium on the death penalty.
February 4, 1999 - Charles Ng - Attorneys for Charles Ng took a last stab at persuading a jury that their client was merely a thief, a rapist and a kidnapper, but not a killer. Delivering the defense closing argument, attorney Lewis Clapp cited testimony by an expert forensic archaeologist that remains of Ng's alleged victims weren't properly photographed, mapped and gridded when they were found burned and buried in June 1985. Clapp asked the jury to look closely at the scientific work and on one occasion even accusing authorities of "fabricating evidence" by gluing together a child's tooth and saying it had been fused by fire.
Summarizing the defense, attorney William Kelley confronted jurors with a life-sized mug shot of Leonard Lake, the man he contends is the real killer. Kelley refuted the evidence of the videos in which Ng is seen threatening two women by pointing out that their client wasn't charged with sexual assault or kidnapping. "I'd be the first one to stand up and say 'guilty as charged,' if those were the charges... No matter how many times they show it to you ... there's one thing you never see: that's somebody getting murdered... How can we avoid Leonard Lake? Is there any doubt that if there is a kingpin in this whole thing, he's the man?"
February 4, 1999 - Kelly Tene - San Francisco police say authorities in Sparks, Nevada have arrested Kelly Tene, a fugitive wanted here for his alleged role in the Foxglove murder-for-profit case. Tene is one of eight people indicted in connection with the alleged scheme during the 1980s and early 1990s to kill five elderly men using digitalis, a drug derived from the foxglove plant, while slowly bilking them of their money. Sparks police Sgt. Bob Schmidt said his department received a tip from San Francisco police last Thursday that Tene, 27, and his wife, Sara Master, 22, would be visiting the Silver Club hotel and casino in Sparks over the weekend.
February 4, 1999 - Sean Sellers - Teen killer Sean Sellers was executed by lethal injection for killing his parents and a convenience store clerk. Sellers died at 12:17 p.m., five minutes after a fatal mix of chemicals was injected into his body. For his last meal he requested eggrolls, sweet-and-sour shrimp and batter-fried shrimp.
February 3, 1999 - Charles Ng - In closing arguments in the Charles Ng mass murder trial defense lawyer William Kelley urged jurors to set aside their "emotional reaction" to the disturbing videotapes played during the trial showing Ng threatening two young women, and acquit his client of 12 murder charges. "You've seen the videotape over and over again, and you can't help having an emotional reaction," Kelley said. "That is offensive, but it ain't murder."
But prosecutor Peter Smith said the videotape showed Ng, 38, was a willing participant who helped his friend, fugitive survivalist Leonard Lake, kill seven men, three women and two baby boys during a 1980s murder spree. "Does he look like a man of compassion?," Smith asked. "Does he look like a good Samaritan? Or does it make sense that Charles Ng is involved with murder up to his eyeballs, that he went along and enjoyed what he was doing?"
February 1, 1999 - Charles Ng - In characteristic fashion, Charles Ng said his videotaped threats were not real, claiming they were just "bluffs" that he thought would sexually excite his pal Leonard Lake. When he was questioned by prosecutor Sharlene Honnaka about the videotaped abuse on Kathy Allen, the shoplifting ex-marine testified that he had apparently blocked them out of his memory. "It wasn't a pleasant memory I would try to remember," Ng said. "It didn't stick out in your mind that you had a woman that had been kidnapped?" Honnaka said. "My subconscious may be blocking it. That's my testimony."
Other testimony revolving around graphic cartoons he made in a Canadian jail read like the script of an absurdist novel. Ng blamed most of the content of the cartoons on Maurice Laberge, the jailhouse informant who was locked up in a cell next to him in Edmonton, Alberta. Conviniently, Laberge died in a car accident in 1998 and cannot refute any of the testimony. When Honnaka showed a drawing depicting Lake whipping a woman while Ng stands by eating a bowl of rice, Ng said it was a satire of the allegations showing "how ludicrous this sort of thing is." Mr. Good Will himself, Ng said he drew the cartoons only for the amusement of Laberge. "Every time I send him a cartoon or we collaborate on a cartoon, he'd laugh."
January 28, 1999 - Narit "Archie" Bunchien - The limits of the self-defense claim will be tested before a jury in Houston in the multiple murder trial of a man who shot to death four people who showed up at his house after threatening him. Narit "Archie" Bunchien, 21, claims he was only protecting himself and his family when he killed 21-year-old An Phong and three of Phong's companions, including a 15-year-old girl. But prosecutors, while admitting they have no reason to disbelieve that Bunchien feared for his life, argue that because of the number of victims, Bunchien's behavior on the morning of December 9, 1996, fell outside the definition of self-defense and constitutes capital murder.
Harris County District Attorney John B. Holmes Jr. said his office will seek the death penalty for the multiple killing. Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin contends Phong and his friends went to Bunchien's house "to retaliate" after an incident earlier in the evening at a karaoke bar. DeGuerin says his client had called Phong's 15-year-old female companion a prostitute. Allegedly Bunchien started firing after his assailants said they were getting a gun. However, no gun was found on their bodies or inside their car.
January 28, 1999 - Charles Ng - During his second day on the witness stand, Charles Ng was grilled by prosecutors as he denied having participated in any killings. Speaking calmly in a heavily accented voice, Charlie claimed that his survivalist pal Leonard Lake was solely to blame for the bloodshed. Though he did admit to helping Lake bury two bodies, inexplicably, at the time he did not suspect they had been murdered.
Ng said he depended on Lake for transportation and food. He added that many items belonging to victims that were found in his apartment were brought there by Lake. Honest Chuck said he had seen pictures of the bunker-torture-chamber. But Ng added he thought it was just part of Lake's survivalist obsession, "to protect him and his valuables from fallout and things like that."
January 28, 1999 - Martin Escamilla Gonzalez - Police have identified skeletal remains found more than three years ago as those of one of four missing women linked to Martin Gonzalez, a man they suspect is a serial killer.
January 28, 1999 - Darrell Mease - Montana Governor Mel Carnahan commuted the death sentence of convicted triple murderer Darrell Mease to life without parole, citing a personal plea by Pope John Paul II. "In reaching this decision, I took into account the extraordinary circumstances of the pope's request and the historical significance of the papal visit to St. Louis."
January 28, 1999 - Stacy Leffingwell & Harold R. Lingle - Two more suspects were charged with five counts of murder for the deaths of Erin Vanderhoef, her three children,and her unborn, 40-week-old female fetus. The suspects are Stacy Leffingwell, Rick DeLong's former girlfriend, and Harold R. Lingle, his neighbor in Joplin.
January 28, 1999 - Kendall Francois - Albany prosecutors still plan to seek the death penalty against Kendall Francoisa despite his offer to plead guilty in hopes of receiving a lighter sentence.
January 27, 1999 - Samuel Sidyno - Police are not ruling out the possibility that the hills around Pretoria could be littered with the remains of more victims of alleged serial killer Samuel Sidyno.
January 27, 1999 - Charles Ng - Superior Court Judge John J. Ryan granted alleged torture murderer Charles Ng's last-minute request to reopen his defense and testify on his own behalf. The surprising turn of events came just as Ng's lawyers were about to begin closing arguments.
January 27, 1999 - Sean Sellers - The Oklahoma state Pardon and Parole Board unanimously rejected a clemency plea from Sean Sellers, a death row inmate waiting to be executed next week for three slayings he committed as a 16-year-old. "I cannot imagine what I could say today that would cause you to have mercy on me," Sellers, now 29, told the board members. "The only thing I know to do is try to show you my heart." Not swayed by his new spirituality, Steve Bellofatto, his uncle, told him "Stop begging. Take the punishment."
January 27, 1999 - Armando Nunez & Valree Nunez - Authorities suspect that a suicide pack between a married couple led to the deaths of Armando Nunez, his wife Valree, their two sons Curtis, 7, and Robert, 4, and the family dog. The whole group was found inside their old Chevy with a hose going from the muffler into the car.
January 26, 1999 - Larry Ralston - The Ohio Parole Board denied parole for convicted serial killer and rapist Larry Ralston, and set his next parole hearing for January, 2009.
January 26, 1999 - Rick DeLong - Court records indicate that Richard Ivan DeLong, the suspect in the Springfield familicide, was out on parole as a police informant though he had a long history of drug convictions.
January 26, 1999 - Charles Ng - As one of California's most expensive homicide cases entered its final stages, the state reran videotapes for the jury of bound female victims inside the Wilseyville torture chamber interacting with Charles Ng. "You can cry and stuff like the rest of them," Ng tells a terrified Brenda O'Connor. "It won't do you no good. We're pretty cold-hearted."
Jurors were also shown a jailhouse cartoon showing Ng in a cell with pictures of all but one of the victims on a wall. A motto written on the wall says: "No kill, no thrill, no gun, no fun." The cartoon was one of several allegedly given by Ng to a jailhouse informant in Canada.
January 26, 1999 - Paul Bernaro - The parents of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy were horrified to learn that a Canadian court is discussing the appointment of a judge to see the videotaped rape and torture of their daughters by sex killer Paul Bernardo. Until now the graphic videotapes that have remained sealed by a court order since Bernardo's 1995 murder trial.
January 25, 1999 - Richard Ivan DeLong - Police investigating the stranglings of a pregnant woman and her three children arrested Richard Ivan DeLong, 34, the man believed to be the father of the unborn child.
January 24, 1999 - Vasily Petrovich Losev - Fresno, resident Vasily Petrovich Losev, 45, killed his three young sons, set their apartment on fire and then killed himself in a nearby vacant lot. Losev and his wife had separated about six months ago after a 14-year marriage, relatives said. They had joint custody of the boys -- Alexi, 9, Alexander, 6, and Peter, 2. The boys' mother, Galena Loseva, was coming to pick up the children when the fire began.
Family members claim Losev knew his wife was coming for the children, so he killed the boys and then set the fire shortly before she was to arrive. "We all know Vasily did it," said Vera Lyubov, one of Galena Loseva's five sisters. "And he wanted her to see it, too."
January 24, 1999 - Possible Serial Killer in Alabama - A string of recent murders has fueled speculation among Anniston, Alabama, residents that a serial killer might be stalking their fair city. Police say there is no connection between the killings, and if there was a serial killer on the loose they would be the first to tell the public.
January 24, 1999 - Possible South Dublin Serial Killer - Irish police have called in the FBI to help track down a suspected serial killer after the disappearance of six young women. Four of the "missing six", all aged between 17 and 26, have vanished within a 30-mile area of the Wicklow and Dublin mountains, south of the capital.
January 24, 1999 - Darrell Mease - The state authorities in Missouri granted a short and unexpected reprieve to triple murderer, Darrell Mease, until the Pope left St. Louis. However the lucky death row resident will get to meet his maker on February 10, when the pontiff will be back in Rome.
A former Vietnam veteran who returned home with serious mental problems, Mease was convicted in 1990 for the murder two years earlier of a couple and their handicapped son, the result of a drug deal that went sour. He later claimed that the police confession, which was central to his conviction, had been extracted under duress.
January 24, 1999 - Possible Moses Sithole Copycat - A suspect arrested by Johannesburg police may have been trying to copy South Africa's most notorious serial killer, Moses Sithole. The man, who is in his early 20s, was caught by an off-duty officer just seconds after he tried to strangle a woman in the veld near Crown Mines, south of Johannesburg.
After his arrest, police discovered clues which pointed towards a Sithole copycat. Like Sithole, the attacker telephoned the potential victim, an unemployed woman, lured to a secluded spot with the promise of a job, and told her to bring her qualifications to show a prospective employer. Like Sithole, after his arrest police found a list of names of other women believed to be potential victims.
January 24, 1999 - Possible New South Wales Serial Killer - Police fear an Ivan Milat-style serial killer is stalking the Queensland-New South Wales border region. A team of detectives is investigating links between the murders of at least three female hitch-hikers over the past two years.
January 24, 1999 - Ted Bundy - No celebrations marked the 10th anniversary of the execution of Ted Bundy, the charmed Young Republican killer who left a trial of 30+ dead brunettes across the United States during the late 70s.
January 22, 1999 - Charles Ng - Cantankerous Charlie Ng threw his trial into a tailspin by attempting to fire his lawyer and saying he wanted to take the stand. The court-appointed lawyer -- who the judge reinstated overridding Ng's decision -- strongly urged his client against testifiying. Earlier in the day Leonard Lake's girlfriend Cricket testified that she heard Ng say say something to the effect that a victim would "get it just like the others." Apparently this leaves him wide open for the prosecution to ask about "the others".
January 23, 1999 - Joseph Atkins - The state of South Carolina lethally injected Joseph Atkins, 51, for shooting to death his adoptive father and a 13-year-old neighbor while on parole for killing his brother. Atkins offered no final statement, and no relatives attended. His lawyers suggested Atkins, a veteran, was having a Nam flashback during the 1985 killings.
According to trial testimony he got drunk and broke into the neighbor's house armed with a machete, a shotgun and a revolver. He shot Karen Patterson with the sawed-off shotgun while she was in bed. Then he chased her mother back to his house where he shot his father. Five years earlier, the older Atkins had convinced parole officials to release his son from prison where he was serving a life sentence for killing his 23-year-old brother, Charles.
January 23, 1999 - Fedell Caffey - Like Jacqueline Williams, his girlfriend, Fedell Caffey, was handed a death sentence for his participation in the gruesome murders of two children and their mother, whose full-term fetus was cut from her womb. Convicted in November of murder and kidnapping, Fedell now has a date with God.
January 22, 1999 - Gerald Parker - A Santa Ana court sentenced serial killer and rapist Gerald parker to death for a killing spree that was originally blamed on an innocent man who served 16 years in prison. Parker, 43, known as "The Bedroom Basher" for his 1978-79 murderous rampage, was convicted last year for the rapes and murders of five women ages 17 to 31, and the killing of a full-term fetus being carried by the pregnant Dianne Green, now Dianne D'Aiello.
Kevin Green, D'Aiello's ex-husband, was sentenced to life in prison for that case and served 16 years before he was exonerated in 1996 when DNA evidence linked Parker to the attack. Strangely, D'Aiello still believes Green beat and raped her shortly before Parker did. She had testified against Green at his trial, even though his attorneys argued that her recollection couldn't be trusted.
January 21, 1999 - James Allen Kinney - Investigators in Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Idaho and Oregon all say they have unsolved homicides of young women occuring when fugitive killer James Allen Kinney was living in their areas. Kinney, 50, first came to the attention of police in Washington following the 1998 murder of Keri Lynne Sherlock, a 20-year-old Braintree, Massachussetts, woman who was visiting relatives in Bellingham. Now Michigan authorities are investigating a possible link between this budding serial killer and the unsolved 1997 murder of 22-year-old Billie Jo Watson.
Sherlock was raped and her body mutilated in what authorities called a ritualistic sexual manner. Detectives in Whatcom County found papers in a vehicle abandoned near Sherlock's body that belonged to Kinney and listed the Grand Rapids address where he had lived for nearly two years. Billie Jo Watson was last seen alive in Grand Rapids the night of Nov. 30, 1997. Four days later, when her body was found, Kinney left Grand Rapids, buying a one-way bus ticket for Iowa, leaving behind a business he had started with another man and all his personal belongings.
The allegations against Kinney were broadcast nationally in December on "America's Most Wanted," including investigators' suspicions that he might be linked to killings across the country. A Vietnam veteran, Kinney has been travelling across the country since the 1980s, checking in and out of veteran's facilities and living off his disability checks.
January 20, 1999 - Colin Chauke - South African police said that they had recaptured a former liberation fighter whose 13 months on the run earned him the tag of the country's most wanted man. National Police Commissioner George Fivaz said in a statement that Colin Chauke was arrested on Tuesday night in the city of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province, 210 miles east of Johannesburg.
Media reports have linked him to scores of cash-in-transit robberies in South Africa and up to 17 murders. Chauke, who formerly fought with the now ruling African National Congress's military wing against white-minority rule, was dubbed by the media "Public enemy number 1" and South Africa's "Most Wanted Man."
He once telephoned a local radio station and taunted police, who have been searching for him since he escaped from a Pretoria prison in December 1997. Police twice promised to have Chauke behind bars, by Christmas 1997 and 1998, failing to deliver both times. But Safety and Security Minister Sydney Mufamadi said on Wednesday police had been determined that Chauke would not spend another Christmas outside jail.
January 20, 1999 - Family Massacre in Missouri - A pregnant woman who was close to full term and her three children were found dead inside their Springfield, Missouri home, in what one policeman called the city's worst homicide case in at least a decade. The victims were "hog-tied" with extension cords and appeared to have been suffocated. Though police did not identify them, the Springfield News-Leader said the dead were Erin Vanderhoef and her children, Darlene Vanderhoef, 9, Chris Franklin, 10, and Jimmy Vanderhoef, 11. The bodies were discovered by a neighboring girl who came to their house to borrow a cup of sugar. Police have no motive and no suspect for the killings.
January 20, 1999 - Kenyon Tolerton - Authorities armed with DNA technology are revisiting the unsolved 1980 murder of Helene Pruszynski, a 21-year-old senior at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachussetts. Investigator are trying to link Pruszynski's slaying with Kenyon Tolerton, a computer programmer convicted of murdering Donna Waugh of Englewood in 1980. Authorities used DNA evidence to link Tolerton, whom police described as a "serial killer of petite white females," to the 1993 slaying of 14-year-old Cissy Pamela Foster.
Police are also opening the case of Holly Andrews, 16, who disappeared December 26, 1976, after leaving her mother's home in Littleton. Her body was found the next day in the woods near Bakersville in Clear Creek County. In 1983, serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to killing Andrews, then recanted.
January 20, 1999 - Charles Ng - Attorneys for accused serial killer Charles Ng announced that they will not put him on the stand after Judge John J. Ryan declined to grant them a motion to limit the scope of questioning by the prosecution during cross-examination. Within the week -- and after 14 million dollars spent -- the fate of Charlie Ng will be in the hands of the jury comprised nine women and three men.
January 19, 1999 - Diao Ruiying - Chinese authorities have executed seven people for murder, including a woman who used rat poison to kill five children in revenge against their parents. Diao Ruiying, 44-year-old serial poisoner, was in Shangqiu in central Henan province for having killed the five children, aged 4 to 6, by feeding them sweets laced with rat poison.
January 18, 1999 - Hu Wanlin - The Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency reported a self-styled "doctor" who practiced the traditional medical art of qigong -- a deep-breathing technique dating back 5,000 years -- was arrested for killing between 100 to 190 patients. Hu Wanlin, 50, from Shangqiu in central Henan province, had been practicing qigong in the area since June 1998. He previously served two prison terms for operating illegal medical clinics in various parts of China.
January 17, 1999 - Cluster Killings in Northern California - Police have been trying to reach out to prostitutes along the Pittsburg-Antioch Highway in Northern California to warn them of a suspiscious cluster of unsolved killings that could be the work of a serial killer. Since November, four women in Pittsburg, a city of about 53,000 approximately 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, have been found dead. The victims were a missing teenager and three women "identified as engaging in prostitution."
January 17, 1999 - Kenneth Allen McDuff - Waco police investigators have concluded officers did nothing wrong when paroled killer Kenneth Allen McDuff eluded capture at a checkpoint about seven years ago. The investigation on the incident was launched in November after the Waco Tribune-Herald reported that in 1991, McDuff drove through a police checkpoint in an area notorious for drug dealing and prostitution with a screaming woman inside his truck whose hands appeared to be bound. According to the newspaper, at least one officer recognized McDuff as a paroled murderer. Police later concluded that the woman was Brenda Thompson, a prostitute whose remains were found in October 1998.
Police chased Mr. McDuff, but a supervisor, Sgt. Monroe Kelinske, ordered them to return to the checkpoint. One officer told the newspaper the order came about a minute into the chase, but others said it could have taken 20 minutes. "We concluded that the officers performed admirably in the way the citizens of the city would expect them to perform," a police spokesman said. Sadly, five more women died in the hands of McDuff following the incident.
January 17, 1999 - Patrick Purdy - Today marks the tenth anniversary of Patrick Purdy's schoolyard rampage in Stockton. Ten years ago Purdy, a mentally ill drifter with a penchant for toy soldiers, rampaged through the Cleveland Elementary School during recess killing five children of Southeast Asian descent. Twenty-nine other children and a teacher were wounded; many still bear the scars of the bullets. Purdy, 24, ended the attack by turning his gun on himself.
January 16, 1999 - Kenneth Allen McDuff - Brenda Thompson, who was believed to have been abducted and killed by Kenneth Allen McDuff, was laid to rest in a pauper's burial at Restland Cemetery. "It's over now, and she's at rest," said Thompson's mother, Roma Thompson said. "We don't have to worry about where she is anymore. She's all right. She's all right now."
Authorities located Brenda Thompson1s body in a shallow grave about five miles outside of Waco on October 3, 1998, seven days before the seventh anniversary of her 1991 disappearance. Hers was the second of three bodies recovered by authorities after McDuff secretly helped find them before his execution on November 17, 1998.
January 15, 1999 - Terry M. Jones - Police released the tape of Terry Jones' 911 call moments before he took his own life. Over the phone, Terry told the dispacher he killed his wife and two children because he thought his wife was having an affair via the Internet.
"My boy's dead. My wife is dead. My daughter's dead. And now I'm going to be dead on account of this goddamned computer." Following the confession the dispatcher heard a gunshot. Sheriff Terry Richwine said it is unclear whether Jones' 34-year-old wife, Jennifer, really was having an affair over the Internet.
Terry Jones, 53, fired one shot into his 34-year-old wife's head and one into her chest. She died on her kitchen floor dressed in her night clothes. Their daughter, Tessa, who would have turned 5 at the end of the month, died from a .22-caliber bullet that struck her in the right eye. Their son, Jesse, 8, died from another bullet fired from the rifle. It struck him in the forehead.
January 16, 1999 - South African College Rampager - A distraught South African college student shot dead three lecturers who he blamed for his poor exam results and then turned the gun on himself. "Initial indications are that the lecturers were killed because of an exam-related issue," police Senior Superintendent Phuti Setati said.
The 20-year-old student was cornered by police when shot himself. He later died in a hospital. His parents told police their son blamed the three teachers for the low marks, which denied him a diploma in Resource Utilization from the Thompi Seleka Agricultural College in the country's Northern Province.
January 15, 1999 - Pichai Chuatrakul - A bus operator high on amphetamines allegedly killed his mistress and later shot dead his brother-in-law and a neighbor in Mae Sai district in Bangkok. Pichai Chuatrakul, 52, then wounded two policemen who tried to arrest him and threatened to blow up a coffee shop. Police said Pichai, who owned 10 local passenger buses, had beaten his 49-year-old mistress, Kanchana Jirathawatya, to death before he went to see Heng Narathornpipat, his brother-in-law who owned a furniture shop in the district market, to inquire about his wife and daughter who left him last month.
Police said Mr Heng refused to reveal the women's whereabouts, so Pichai shot him dead. Then went into a nearby shophouse and killed owner Wichit Lerttrakul. Then he locked himself up in a coffee shop where he released cooking gas from a tank and vowed to light a spark if police stormed the shop. After a 10-hour standoff Pichai surrendered following an hour-long negotiation with his sister.
January 14, 1999 - Kip Kinkel - Lawyers for Kip Kinkel's refused to say Thursday whether they would use an insanity as a defense for his Thurston High School cafeteria rampage. Prosecutors, unhappy with the ambivalance of the defense team, said they need to know so they can arrange psychiatric evaluations and keep the April 6 trial date. Furthermore a delay would damage the state's case because students would be leaving school and witnesses' memories would fade.
January 13, 1999 - Chan Ka-chun - A Chinese serial killer found guilty of "unimaginable" crimes was sentenced three life terms for murdering three hostesses. and plotting the killing of a fourth woman. , 27, was laso given 26 years for twice raping a fourth victim who survived, and plotting to murder her. His accomplice, Chan Ki-nang, 29, who denied murdering two hostesses, was given two life sentences.
A third conspirer, Leung Sze-lai, 23, was sentenced to 12 years in jail after pleading guilty to raping the surviving victim three times and plotting to rob her. He also admitted the manslaughter of one of the hostesses. The first two victims, Cheung Wah-mei, 29, and Tam Ngan-hang, 23, were suffocated with a pillow. The third, Yu Wai-man, 24, resisted more strongly and was stabbed. Tam's corpse was found floating in a bag at Chi Ma Wan in August 1996. The other two bodies were recovered in March 1997 when Chan Ka-chun led police to them after his arrest.
January 13, 1999 - Chinese Pirates - Pirates with submachine guns killed 23 sailors aboard a Panamanian-registered ship bound for China, dumped their bodies into the sea and stole a cargo of mineral ore. The 20,000-ton ship was en route from Malaysia to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou when its crew, was massacred by pirates who arrived in a stolen high-speed boat.
Four suspects from Shenzhen in southern China and three others from Jilin province in the north were detained after Chinese authorities found a souvenir photograph the pirates took on the deck of the seized ship. Two others -- including the group's leader -- were still at large, the paper added. Chinese authorities suspect the pirates were retired army soldiers.
January 13, 1999 - David Kaczynski - The Unabomber's brother David K. has set up a fund to distribute about $500,000 to victims of crimes committed by paranoid schizophrenics. Teddy, a former Berkeley mathematics professor-turned Grizzley Adams, was diagnosed by a prison psychiatrist as a paranoid schizophrenic. He was convicted last year and is serving a life prison sentence for 16 attacks that killed three people and injured 29.
January 13, 1999 - Four Killed in Texas - Four people were shot to death in an upscale neighborhood in Richardson, Texas. A 12-year-old boy escaped the carnage through a window and was standing in the front yard when police arrived. Police found three women and a man shot inside the house. A man and woman died at the scene, and two women died at a hospital. Investigators did not know the relationship of the victims or what happened
January 13, 1999 - Terry M. Jones - In Indiana, 53-year-old Terry M. Jones shot his wife and two children before calling police and taking his own life. Jones' wife, Jennifer, 34, and the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Tessa, were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting at their home near Frankton, a town of 1,700 people about 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Jones died later at Community Hospital in Anderson, and the couple's 8-year-old son, Jesse, died early today at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, said Sheriff Terry Richwine.
January 12, 1999 - Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey - Jury selection began in Nashville in the murder trial of accused serial killer Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey, who is accused of murdering four women in 1992 in Knoxville. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Huskey, who already has been convicted of other assaults against women.
January 11, 1999 - Possible Pittsburg Serial Killer - Contra Costa County officials are beginning to wonder if a serial killer is roaming the city of Pittsburg. For the fourth time in two months, police have discovered the body a murdered woman in an industrial area. The coroner says 27-year-old Valerie Schultz died from stab wounds. Three of the four victims -- including Schultz -- were possibly prostitutes.
January 11, 1999 - Concerned Christians - Relatives of members in the doomsday Concerned Christian cult held a vigil at a downtown Holiday Inn, trying in vain to reach their deported loved ones holed up in rooms upstairs. Mark Roggeman, a Denver police officer who studies cults, believes the 14 probably already have contacted their leader, Monte Kim Miller, who is believed to be in London.
"Now that they're here, he's probably trying to figure out what to do with them," said Roggeman, who has known Miller for several years. "I think he'll probably try to send them to another country, maybe Greece or Mexico, but all we can do is wait and see."
January 8, 1999 - Colombian Right-Wing Death Squads - A right-wing death squad in northern Colombia gunned down more than 60 people in a three-day killing spree.
Police and military officials said the latest attack in which 14 people died occurred in San Pablo, a town in a rural and deeply impoverished area of Bolivar province. The victims, several of them women, were dragged out of their homes at dawn and shot execution-style in the street.
Witnesses said the 40 heavily-armed gunmen who swept through the town were members of the outlawed United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), a loosely-woven alliance of paramilitary gangs with an estimated 5,000 fighters nationwide.
The AUC declared an 18-day truce for the Christmas and New Year holidays. After the cease-fire ended the paramilitaries killed at least 48 people in a string of hit- and-run attacks in a two-day rampage across the northern provinces of Antioquia and Cesar.
January 8, 1999 - Concerned Christians - The fourteen Concerned Christian doomsday cultist -- three married couples, two single men and six children -- deported from Israel arrived in Denver. Cult members avoided relatives who had waited for several hours at Denver International Airport, leaving family members crying at the airport gate as they sped away in special bus parked on the runway.
The cult was deported by a special task force set up by Israeli security police to deal with possible violence by cults and messianic groups in the Holy Land as the new millennium approaches.
January 8, 1999 - Fort Worth Animal Abusers - One for the future serial killers of America file. Fort Worth police reported four boys were charged with stealing several roosters and using pliers to rip off their beaks and claws. Witnesses told police the boys stole about six of the birds and took them to a garage at the home of one of the boys. Police said the boys tortured the birds and forced them to fight. Two roosters were killed.
January 8, 1999 - Charles Ng - Defense attorneys for Charles Ng suggested their serial killing client may take the stand in his murder trial in Orange County. Ng's attorneys said they want their client to testify at the close of the defense case. The defense seeks to portray their client as a patsy of the real killer, his buddy Leonard Lake.
January 5, 1999 - Concerned Christians - Three members of the Concerned Christians cult appeared in court and 11 others were deported by Israel. Although John Bayles, Eric Malesic and Terry Smith denied all charges against them, they will be kept in custody for two additional days of questioning. Mr Bayles, of Denver, Colorado, told Judge Nira Diskin, in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva: "I am not here to hurt anybody. I don't feel I pose a threat of physical harm to anybody. I don't feel I have committed any conspiracy." A police officer told the court that Bayles was being kept under close surveillance as there was a danger that he might commit suicide.
The Concerned cultist were the first to be arrested by a special task force set up to control extremists among the expected four million tourists and pilgrims expected in the Holy Land this year for the Millennium celebrations. After weeks of surveillance, police swooped and confiscated evidence when cult members began to dig up the gardens of their houses in Jerusalem's suburbs.
January 5, 1999 - Donald Leroy Evans - Drifter killer Donald Leroy Evans -- who made a career out of leading federal authorities on multistate, fruitless searches for seemingly nonexistent victims -- was fatally stabbed in the Mississippi State Penitentiary by a fellow death row inmate Jimmie Mack. while returning from the shower. Evans, a white supremacist killer who falsely claimed to be a serial killer, was gored with a cell-made shank by Mack, who is black, while returning from taking a shower.
January 4, 1999 - Concerned Christians - Israeli authorities in Jerusalem detained 14 members of the Denver-based Concerned Christians apocalyptic cult after recieving reports that said they plotted to provoke police into a shootout in order to trigger the return of Jesus Christ. Authorities said five detained adults and six children will probably be deported. Three adults that were arrested earlier, were accused of conspiring to commit "the most serious of crimes that harm state security" and will be brought to court.
Members of Israel's internal security force, Shin Bet, have been keeping this extreme Christians group under surveillance since their arrival in Jerusalem three months ago. Authorities ignore the whereabouts of Monte Kim Miller, the 44-year-old cult leader who prophesized his own violent death in the streets of Jerusalem in the final days of 1999 as well as his resurrection three days later.
January 1, 1999 - Possible Sexual Predator in West Country, England - A knife attack on a mother and her daughter on New Year's Eve has sparked fears that a serial killer could be stalking women the U.K.'s West Country. The knife-wielding attacker deliberately drove into the 17-year-old girl and her mother as they walked their dog, then drove the two women into a nearby field where they fought their way out of his car while he lashed out with a knife. Both women escaped with minor cuts and bruises.
The attack bore similarities to the unsolved West Country murders of schoolgirl Kate Bushell and mother-of-two Lynda Bryant. Both women died from knife wounds. In each case police believe the motive was sexual, but neither of the victims had been sexually assaulted.
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