|SERIAL KILLER HIT LIST - PART 3|
The Crime Archives catalogues its serial killers by their number of proven hits. Some killers are suspected of much higher body counts. Others bragged about crimes they never committed. Check in the morgue for the latest entries. Because of its ever-increasing size, the Serial Killer Hit List has been broken into four sections according to number of hits.
Edmund Kemper III (10) Ed Kemper's mom thought her son was "a real weirdo." He had a near-genius IQ hidden within his lanky body and twisted mind. As a child he liked playing execution and once told his sister that if he were to love someone they would first have to be dead. As a teenager mom forced Ed to live in the basement so he wouldn't scare his sisters.
When he was fourteen he killed his grandparents to get back at his mother during her second honeymoon. He said he wanted to see how it felt to kill grandma. Consequently he was sent to Atascadero State Hospital for the criminally insane. There Eddie grew into a strapping six-foot-nine-inch hate machine.
In the early seventies Ed was released from the hospital and went to live with his overbearing mother. Mom had moved to Santa Cruz where she was working in the state college. In 1972, after a particular vicious argument with mom, Ed left the house knowing he was going to kill someone. That night, a hapless female hitchhiker was the first to fall prey to Ed's Oedipal mania.
Over the ensuing years, with the help of his campus pass obtained through his mother, Ed became known as the "Coed Killer" . He enjoyed decapitating his victims and having sex with their headless corpses. Sometimes he buried the heads of his victims outside his house facing his mother's bedroom window because she always wanted people "to look up to her." He took Polaroid's of his accomplishments and occasionally had one of his girls for dinner. Later he confessed that his acts of cannibalism were because, "I wanted them to be a part of me- and now they are." Once he visited his court-appointed psychiatrist with a head in the trunk of his car. Curiously, the psychiatrist thought he was doing great and he was really well adjusted.
At the time Ed was killing there were two other maniacs, John Lindley Frazier and Herbert Mullin, operating in proximity. Police were baffled by the amount of bodies appearing around their peaceful and bucolic surfer community. Kemper, who always wanted to be a cop, was fascinated with the investigation of his and the other crimes. He became friendly with the investigating officers and frequented their favorite haunts to grill them for grisly details.
Like Ed Gein, Kemper liked killing women who reminded him of his mother. On Easter Sunday 1973 he went after the root of his problem. Ed, the consumate mother's boy, beat her head in, then decapitated her and threw her vocal chords down the garbage disposal. When he turned it on, they chords came flying back out. Kemper later told police, "even when she was dead, she was still bitching at me. I couldn't get her to shut up!" Then he decided to use her head as a dart board. Not satisfied, he called mom's best friend, invited her over and killed her too. After, he drove to Colorado where he called his cop friends and confessed. At first they thought he was kidding. What they found at his mom's house made them change their mind. Ed now resides in the Vacaville Prison where he is their model serial killer prisoner with a heart of gold.
Gerald & Charlene Gallego (10) In 1955 Gerald's father was executed in Mississippi's gas chamber for killing two cops. As luck would have it, Gerald turned out meaner that his pop. When he was thirteen he was arrested for raping a six-year-old girl. Years later he was arrested for having sex with his teen-age daughter. After four or five marriages he settled down with Charlene Williams who he told her he was impotent. The only cure for it, he said, was frequent sex with virgins.
All in the name of love, Charlene helped him out with his misfortune by rounding up "sex-slaves" who he raped and murdered. Gerald and Charlene raped and slaughtered up to ten young women between 1978 and 1981. Some of the victims were shot to death, others were beaten to death with blunt objects, some were strangled, and at least one, who was 21 and four months pregnant, was buried alive.
After serving her 16-year sentence for her part in the abduction, rape and murder of 10 people in three states, Charlene was released from prison. Her lawyer says that she'll pursue "positive" goals in an undisclosed place. Gerald, who has one more plea before being fed the worms in Nevada, claims she did the killings.
Gallego, now 52, was convicted in 1984 of the killings of Karen Twiggs and Stacey Redican. The two young women disappeared from Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights in April 1980. Their bodies were found three months later in a remote canyon. Gallego is suspected of having killed 10 people in his 26-month search for "the perfect sex slave." In 1984 Gallego was convicted and sentenced to death.
A competency hearing was set for March 22, 1999, to determine the mental state of Gerald Gallego, a Sacramento serial killer whose Nevada death sentence was overturned in 1997. Gallego, 52, has been undergoing a court-ordered evaluation by doctors since exhibiting bizarre behavior at a hearing in November that was supposed to be the first step toward a penalty-phase retrial of his 1984 murder convictions. That evaluation has been concluded, and attorneys from both sides conferred and settled on the starting date for the hearing that will decide if Gallego is competent to proceed.
During much of his competency hearing Gerald Gallego slept under a table in his cell and communicated with doctors through a food slot in the door. According to Dr. David V. Foster, such behavior, combined with evidence of organic brain dysfunction, is indicative of a mental state that renders him incapable of assisting counsel in a retrial of his penalty-phase proceedings. Foster, an Auburn psychiatrist hired to assist Gallego's appellate defense team in California in 1994, added that Gallego's behavior is a result of a "delusion that there's a herd of people from the dark side who are his enemy."
A federal appeals court ruled two years ago that his death sentence was invalid because the judge wrongly suggested to the jury that Gallego - who also was sentenced to death in California - might eventually be paroled if he was spared execution, thus the new competency hearings.
Claiming that Gallego suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from an extremely abusive childhood, and is afflicted by brain damage caused by head injuries sustained in his youth, the good doctor declared it would, "inhibit his ability to plan, problem-solve, comprehend and make judgments."
Bobby Joe Long (10) A distant cousin of Henry Lee Lucas, Bobby suffered from a hereditary disorder in which he had an extra "X" chromosome which made his glands produce abnormal amounts of estrogen. In other words, Bobby had tits. Adding to his confusion his mother slept with him until he was thirteen.
After suffering a head injury from a motorcycle accident, Bobby Joe turned into a lust machine. He masturbated five times a day in addition to the two daily sessions with his wife. Not satisfied he began stalking for new dates. From 1980 to 1983 Bobby was busy raping fifty women in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. In 1984, after moving back to the Tampa Bay area, he graduated to murder. His victims of choice were prostitutes whom he considered scum.
Not exactly the subtle type, Bobby dispatched his victims in his car, a bright red '78 Dodge Magnum. Traces of Bobby Joe's bright red nylon floor fiber was found on the shoes of his victims, which he would place in obscene positions for authorities to find. He also kept a detailed file with all the clippings of his crime spree. In November 17, 1984, he was arrested outside a Tampa movie theater. In early 1985 he received the death penalty. He now awaits his date with Ol' Sparky in Florida's Death Row.
David J. Carpenter (10) In 1961, at age thirty-three, David started demonstrating his psychotic tendencies when he attacked a woman with a hammer. After a stint in jail, a prison break, and another stint in jail, he came out a reformed man. In 1978 he relocated to San Francisco to work in a print shop. By August 1979 he was back to his old tricks. He started killing mostly women in hiking trails in Tamalpais State Park in San Francisco. He cruelly shot and stabbed his victims as they knelt and pled for their lives. By the end of 1980, after six murders by the "Trailside Killer," authorities linked him with the Zodiac Killer. By 1981 he had moved his hunting grounds to trails as far away as Santa Cruz. In May 1, 1981, police went to the print shop to investigate the whereabouts of Heather Scaggs, his ninth victim, who disappeared after he gave her a ride home from work. There they recognized him from the "Trailside Killer" police sketches and arrested him. Evidence linked him to the some of the murder weapons and the murder of another woman who he knew.
Henry Louis Wallace(9+) Confessed serial killer Henry Wallace was convicted of murdering nine women, all co-workers at Charlotte- area fast food restaurants, friends of his sister or friends of a former girlfriend. Uncharacteristically Wallace preyed on acquaintances, a very rare trait in serial killing.
Wallace was arrested in March 1994 after a burst of four slayings in three weeks which led police to suspect for the first time that there was a serial killer was at work. In custody he gave police taped statements detailing how he had murdered 10 women in Charlotte, most through strangulation after raping them in their homes. The serial murders occurred in a 22-month killing spree that ended with Wallace's arrest.
Charlotte police were criticized for not making an arrest sooner. Black residents were particularly critical, saying the police should have realized similarities in the murders -- the victims were young black women who had been strangled. Some were also stabbed. But police denied charges of racism, responding that Wallace, who is also black, did not fit the general profile of a serial killer.
Wallace was described by police as intelligent and charming, and with a heavy crack habit, apparently was able to talk his way in. Before he left some of the murder scenes, Wallace sometimes wiped off fingerprints and washed his victims. In one case, he poured rum on one victim's body and set fire to her apartment to obscure the cause of death.
Wallace told police he returned to the apartment of his final victim, Debra Slaughter, to smoke crack after he had strangled her and stabbed her 38 times. Then he put on her Chicago White Sox jacket, grabbed a beer from her refrigerator and left.
"It was like an out-of-body experience," he said of one slaying. "It was like I didn't want to, but something or somebody was taking over my body, and I couldn't even stop when I tried to stop." "If he elected to become a serial killer, he was going about it in the wrong way," said Robert Ressler, one of the "Mr. Wallace always seemed to take one step forward and two steps back," Ressler testified. "He would take items and put them in the stove to destroy them by burning them and then forget to turn the stove on."
On June 5, 1998, Henry Louis Wallace, was married to a former prison nurse, Rebecca Torrijas, in a ceremony next to the execution chamber where he has been sentenced to die. Rebecca wore a pale green dress covered with pink flowers and a pearl necklace. Wallace looked dashing in his red prison jumpsuit and black tennis shoes. Wallace's court-appointed attorney, Mecklenburg County public defender Isabel Day, served as an official witness and photographer. Also attending was the manager of the death-row unit at the prison.
The newlyweds were allowed to talk with one another for about 20 minutes in the room where they were married. They were reunited a few minutes later in another area, where they were separated by plastic glass and bars, and talked for about an hour.
Calvin Jackson (9+) Calvin did not like to stray away from home. That's why he did most of his killings in the Park Plaza Hotel in Manhattan where he lived. He heard voices telling him to kill old people and was happy to comply. He enjoyed raping his victims before and after death. He was arrested while he was carrying a stolen TV down a fire escape. He was also suspected, although never convicted, of five additional killings in Buffalo.
Ali Reza Khoshruy Kuran Kordiyeh (9) On August 12, 1997, Ali Reza Khoshruy Kuran Kordiyeh -- known as the "Teheran Vampire" -- was hanged from a yellow construction crane near the scene of his crimes before a cheering crowd of 20,000 onlookers who chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest). Gholom, 28, was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering at least 9 women who he picked up at night while impersonating a taxi driver. To hide his crime he reportedly poured gas on several of his victims and set them on fire. Some of the bodies were not destroyed completely and police found up to 30 stab wounds on them.
Before hanging the Vampire received 214 lashes from relatives of his victims. As part of the punishment he was also flogged by prison authorities. His last words as he was hoisted up to the crane were: "I borrowed money from no one and I owe none to anyone. I ask God for forgiveness for what I did."
Kordiyeh was first arrested in 1993 for rape and kidnapping, but managed to escape during a transport to court. He was picked up again for suspicious behavior at a mall, and was later identified through a police sketch provided by two women who had escaped him. Faced with evidence, including blood stains on his car, Kordiyeh confessed. His trial became a was broadcast live to fascinated Iranians by state-run television, but cameras were barred from the hanging. However, amateur video footage of the execution did make it to western news broadcasts.
The Vampire committed his bloody rampage between February and June of 1997. Authorities fear that the publicity generated by Gholom's reign of terror could provoke copy-cat killings. Already another taxi driver was arrested after attempting to assault a woman passenger. According to press reports, he boasted: "I'm going to be the next Teheran Vampire."
Peter Kurten (9) Pete was born in 1883 in Germany. A product of a brutally unhappy childhood, Peter got his kicks by strangling squirrels and beating off dogs. When he was nine he helped two boys drown in a boating accident. As a teen-age he graduated to fucking sheep and goats and knifing them to achieve orgasm.
From 1905 to 1921 Pete was constantly in jail. Once he was out he was free to kill with impunity. Pete earned the moniker "The Vampire of Dusseldorf" because he enjoyed drinking the blood of his victims. He also killed animals when he was feeling thirsty. On occasion he delighted in setting fires to abandoned buildings hoping to roast whatever transients might be sleeping inside.
Like most sexual sadists, Peter also lived a seemingly "normal" life. His wife never imagined such a mild mannered man could be responsible for such ruthless killings. When confessed to the police his wife, who was sitting next to him, fainted. Peter proceeded to give police a detailed recounting of 77 criminal acts over ten years. While in jail Peter had many orgasm just thinking about his crimes. He also enjoyed returning to his crime scenes where he would instantly cum' in his pants. His last wish was "to hear his own blood filling the sack," during his decapitation. His wish came true on July 2, 1931.
Ian Brady & Myra Hindley (9) Ian and Myra met while working for a chemical company in Hyde, Greater Manchester, England. She thought he was quite an intellectual as he sat in the lunch room reading Mein Kampf in German. As their love blossomed they became more obsessed with Nazi paraphernalia, pornography and sadism. At first they enjoyed shooting pictures of themselves in the buff and in S & M drag. They thought they could crack the local porn market with their pictures but failed. Soon they proved to be more successful in child abduction and murder.
Most of their victims were children whom they sexually molested before killing. These sadist lovebirds liked to document their murderous deeds. They kept an extensive collection of photographs of their victims as well as a recording of the screams of one girl's torturous end. In 1966 they were arrested after Ian bragged about his killings to Myra's brother-in-law. When the brother-in-law doubted his ability to kill, Ian smoked a young man right in front of him. The brother-in-law did not react appropriately. Instead of showing admiration, he went to the cops. Twenty years after their arrest, Ian confessed to four new murders the police had never linked to them.
In December 1995, Hindley, who is in the same jail in northern England as fellow serial killer Rosemary West, gave her first public account of her crime spree, admitting she had been wicked and corrupt but claiming she was now a changed woman. Hindley described herself as a political prisoner who was being used as a scapegoat by politicians and the media. The formerly montruous killer said: "The majority of people don't want to accept that people like myself can change, They prefer to keep me frozen in time together with that awful mugshot so that their attitudes, beliefs and perceptions can remain intact." On February, 1997, her lawyers made a plea to win her release. However, a London Superior Court decreed that Myra will spend the rest of her life behind bars with no possibility of parole.
On May 21 the High Court announced a judicial review of their 1990 decision of imposing a "whole-life" sentence on the aging neo-Nazi convicted killer. Hindley's lawyers will argue that the decision did not reflect the views of the judge in the case, Mr. Justice Fenton, who recommended only that she serve "a very long time." According to her lawyers the "whole-life" sentence represented an "irrational leap" from the 30-year period fixed by the Home Office in 1985.
On November 21 supporters of Myra called for a review of sentencing procedures after Jack Straw reaffirmed the decision of his predecessor, Michael Howard, of never releasing Myra from prison. The ruling came under immediate attack from penal reformers and civil liberties campaigners.
Lord Longford, Britain's leading prison reformer, expressed "total disgust and contempt" and described her as a "good woman". He told BBC Radio 4's Today show: "I am very sorry indeed that a high-minded man, a Christian socialist like Jack Straw should have taken that decision. Of course it's all as a result of the horrifying pressure exerted by the tabloids." Lord Longford said that Hindley had been a good young woman "until she began to work under a very gifted, but mentally disturbed man, Ian Brady. She was an infatuated accomplice 31 years ago".
On October 7, 1998 Myra concluded a hearing at the Court of Appeals trying to overrule her "whole-life tarriff." In her new attempt at overturning her life sentence and win the right to a parole hearing, Hindley claimed that she can prove that she took part in the Moors murders only because Brady abused her, and threatened to kill her mother, grandmother and younger sister.
Freedom seeking Myra alleges that trigger-happy Ian bit, strangled, whipped, drugged and even blackmailed her into taking part in the murders. He lawyers claim that new material that will be presented to court includes photographs taken by Brady showing her naked with bruises and injuries caused by bites, whips and canes. Then again, they did have a sado-masochistic relationship, and bruises and bite marks are something that goes with the territory.
Brady, 60, now a patient at Ashworth Special Hospital in Merseyside, responded saying that "33 years of duplicity" had driven "her into the realms of psychotic delusion and absurdity". He also claimed that the bruises were faked using lipstick in their attempt at selling pornographic pictures. The cooperative type, Brady has said he would release "sick" letters to the highest bidder that she wrote to him up to six years after they were convicted. Any payment, he added, should go to victims' families.
This latest court action represents the third strategy Hindley has adopted since conviction. At first she stayed silent, and then later revealed evidence of other murders in a fruitless bid to convince the public that she had reformed. Now she is claiming that she took part in the crimes unwillingly.
Brady has condemning Hindley's attempt to blame him for the killings and released a six-page letter he sent to the Home Secretary. Brady wrote: "Hindley, in her usual Barbara Cartland prose, has created a Victorian melodrama in which she portrays herself as being forced to murder serially, by being drugged, blackmailed, whipped, raped, battered, having her family threatened with slaughter, bitten, strangled etc, etc.
"At first I was staggered and appalled, then as the catalogue of feverish crimes mounted to stultification level, I slowly realised that desperation had finally driven her over the top. It appears that the neurosis bred by her own pathological machinations has developed into psychosis. She appears to be suffering from a histrionic personality disorder, adopting manipulative attention seeking behaviour . . . an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, concealing a strong tendency towards rebellion and acting on impulse."
On September 21, 2001, Brady was given permission to publish his book on serial killers by the hospital for the criminally insane where his is serving his sentence. On September 11, the hospital was granted a court order to obtain a copy of the manuscript and block its publication. After determining that the book, "The Gates of Janus," contained no references to the hospital or Brady's own crimes, a lawyer representing the hospital announced that they were not opposed to the publication of the book.
On November 15 , 2002, Myra -- Britain's most reviled killer -- died of bronchial pneumonia due to problems with her heart. Home Office pathologist Dr Michael Heath told the hearing the 60-year-old suffered from high blood pressure and poor blood supply to the heart, resulting in blocked coronary arteries. At the time of her death, Myra was Britain's longest serving woman prisoner.
Not the most loved person in the UK, the tabloid press held her in contempt even after death -- "The Final Injustice: She Died Peacefully," read the front page headline of the Daily Mail. Though some people lobbied for her release after serving 36 years, most remain horrified about her claims of "having paid her debt to society." Ironically, by the time her smoked-ravaged lungs gave out, she was on the threshhold of being released.
Melvin David Rees (9) Rees was a Benzedrine-popping, jazz saxophonist with a voracious appetite for sex and death. In the late fifties he terrorized the roads between Maryland and Virginia. A vicious sex-slayer, he also had a taste for necrophilia. He kept several cabins where he collected pornography and autopsy photos. He also wrote journals detailing his acts of murder and other lurid tales of real and imaginary sadism. In 1961 the state of Virginia executed him.
Francisco de Assis Pereira (8+) Through his lawyer Brazilian serial killer Francisco de Assis Pereira, confessed he is Sao Paolo's feared Park Maniac. "My client is guilty. My client is sick," lawyer Maria Elisa Munhol told reporters in comments broadcast by Globo Network television. This sweet-talking, roller-blader is believed to have charmed his way to mirdering nine young women and burying them in a wooded park in Sao Paolo. Pereira, 30, told investigators he was about to start eating his victims had his six-month killing spree not been uncovered.
Targeting women between the ages of 18 and 24, he strolled through the city's vast Parque do Estado, passing himself off as a fashion photographer. Pereira flattered his victims, telling them they had a bright future in modelling and drew them into secluded areas of the park for a "photo shoot." There, he is said to have strangled the women with shoelaces or scarves after sexually abusing them.
Pereira informally confessed to his lawyer and two others on the night of August 7, 1998. The next day he told police he was responsible for the eight bodies found in Sao Paolo's State Park. He also confessed to have killed Isadora Fraenkel and led police to her remains, a partly covered skeleton that he had burned with gasoline three days after the murder. He also tried to locate a tenth body, of a 15-year old girl, but failed. He testified about each killing in detail, but said he may have lost the actual count of his victims.
After his arrest the former motorcycle courier was nearly lynched by a mob of 200 people as police escorted him to a maximum security prison. Authorities say Pereira will be held in an isolated cell, saying he would almost certainly be killed if jailed with other prisoners. Pereira was caught on August 4 in Itaqui, state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the Argentine border after a frantic 23-day manhunt. He initially proclaimed his innocence, saying that he was unaware of that he was wanted by police and was heading to a skating competition, but later confessed to journalists and took police to the bodies, all of which were buried in the park. Nine women who escaped the killer's clutches helped police identify him.
On December 18, 2000, inmates at the Taubate House of Custody and Psychiatric Treatment tried to kill Pereira during a prison riot. Four inmates died in the disturbance. Authorities moved Pereira to another psychiatric facility to spare his life.
Andrew Urdiales (8+) A Chicago security guard, Andrew admitted to killing three women from Illinois and Indiana, and five others in Southern California. Urdiales, 32, was charged with the murder of two prostitutes whose nude bodies were found floating in Chicago's Wolf Lake. Also, the Livingston County Sheriff's Department said it was preparing charges against Urdiales in the death of a Hammond, Indiana prostitute whose body was found in the Vermilion River near Pontiac, about 90 miles southwest of Chicago.
Urdiales, who worked as a security guard -- one of the more coveted job in the serial killing community -- at a downtown Chicago Eddie Baurer store, allegedly frequented the Chicago suburb of Hammond, Indiana, a known gathering spot for local prostitutes. Once his victims got into his car, he would bound their hands and feet with duct tape and take them to an isolate spot where he would rape and kill them. Both victims discovered in Wolf Lake were stabbed repeatedly and shot in the mouth. "He is the killer," said Chicago Police Commander Nathan Gibson. "He would kill them after having sex with them."
In 1996 Urdiales came to the attention of Chicago authorities when he was arrested on a weapons violation involving a .38-caliber gun. He was subsequently released, but when he was arrested again on April 23, 1997, police linked him to two of the killings through his .38-caliber gun. He was arrested after coaxing a prostitute into his car in Hammond, Indiana, and trying to handcuff her. The panicked woman scuffled with him and screamed for help and a nearby police officer came to her help.
A former Marine, Urdiales was stationed in California at Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms from 1984 to 1991. While serving the country authorities believe he killed at least five women and probably more. Palm Springs police found a gun and knife in a storage locker registered to Urdiales' name which they are checking for links to other killings.
Orange County Sheriff Brad Gates said the California cases include the 1986 assault of Robbin Brandley, a 23-year-old student who was stabbed to death in dimly lit parking lot at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo. Law enforcement in Palm Springs that confirmed the former radio operator admitted to killing three women in and around their desert community. He is considered the prime suspect in the 1989 killing of Tammy Lynn Erwin, a 18-year-old transient whose bullet-riddled body was found in a vacant lot, and the March, 1995 killing of 32 year-old Denise Maney. His fifth Californian murder is another woman in San Diego.
Many of his acquaintances said Urdiales used to be a normal man but when he came back from the Marines, "he was different." Gary Zabala, an old friend said, "I think the Marines changed his life." During the police interviews in Chicago, veteran investigators were shocked by how calmly and unemotionally Urdiales described his decade-long rampage. "This is the worst interview I've ever had," said Palm Springs Police Detective John Booth. "He just sat there and said things like, 'Then I blew her head off' like it was no big deal."
Christopher Wilder (8+) Australian born Chris Wilder was a big-spending, jet-setting, race-car driving, bon vivant who was always searching for beautiful women to rape and kill. Using the old I'm-a-photographer-in-search-of-models trick he bagged at least eight victims in a bi-continental rape and murder spree. He sometimes enjoyed practicing a type of homemade electroshock therapy on his victims. Once he glued one of his victims eyes shut.
In the spring of 1984 he kidnapped Tina Marie Risico from a Torrance, California, mall and, after raping her repeatedly, forced her to assist him with his killings. As they drove eastward Wilder enjoyed watching the news reports about his crime spree. When they reached Boston he dropped Tina Marie at the airport and sent her back home to California. On April 13 he was spotted by a passing state trooper and accidentally shot himself dead while struggling for his gun.
Dorothea Puente (8+) Dorothea operated a boarding house in Sacramento, California where she offered quality lodgings for elderly people on fixed incomes. She also offered poison and a bed of flowers to bury their corpses in. As she offed her boarders she kept cashing their social security checks.
In 1988, after too many of her boarders disappeared, cops showed up with shovels and unearthed seven corpses from her garden. Curiously, Dorothea's boarding house was six blocks away from the home of Morris Solomon where previously six bodies had been found. Another body discovered in the Sacramento River in 1986 was added to her hit list. It's believed that she might have killed up to twenty-five others. She was arrested in Los Angeles on November 17, 1988 after she inquired about an acquaintance's disability check and offered to fix him a nice Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.
Gary & Thaddeus Lewingdon (8+) Gary Lewingdon and his brother, Thaddeus, were known as the ".22-caliber killers" for the bullets they used to kill 10 people in robberies and home invasions around Columbus, Ohio, between February and December 1978. The killingswere characterized by their sheer brutality and multiple gunshots at close range to their heads. Thaddeus died of cancer in prison in 1989. Gary, on the other hand, will be eligible for parole in December 1998.
The killers were caught on December 9, when one tried to buy gifts with a murdered man's credit card. Once in custody, Gary implicated his brother. Although they were believed to be responsible for ten killings, Thaddeus was convicted of six and his older brother was convicted of eight. Curiously, before before being caught, police failed to react when Gary's wife told them that Thaddeus was the ".22-caliber killer."
Gregory Breeden (8+) Greg, believed to have killed at least 8 prostitutes in and around Kansas City, has only been charged with two murders. Chatty Greg confessed one of the killings to a cell mate in prison. He is currently being tried in Missouri for two murders. Conveniently Breeden is already serving a 14-year sentence for writing bad checks.
There have been about 77 prostitutes reported missing in and around Kansas City since the late '70's. Six suspected victims of Greg, all with ties to drugs and the Independence Avenue trade, were found in the river between 1982 and 1994, some without their legs. Furthermore, several torsos and other surgically removed body parts have turned up in area rivers suggesting the existence of other serial killers in the area or a rising body count for busy Greg.
Russell Ellwood (8+) A former cab driver, Russell Ellwood was arrested on March 4, 1998, for two of 25 similar slayings in the New Orleans area. From 1991 to 1996 New Orleans police kept finding nude bodies in swamp lands around their city. Most were African-American, female, and prostitutes; some were men and some transsexuals. Some had been strangled, others apparently killed by drug overdoses. Ellwood is suspected in eight of these killings. Four more suspects -- including Victor Gant -- remain under investigation in connection with the remaining murders.
An Ohio native, Ellwood served time in Florida and Ohio on drug charges and probation violations. A long-time suspect, Ellwood agreed in January to return to Louisiana in an effort to clear his name and help solve the cases. Once he enterd the state, he was jailed on outstanding traffic charges.
Cheryl Lewis, one of the women Ellwood is charged with killing, drowned while under the influence of cocaine and amphetamines. Her body was found Feb. 20, 1993, in a swamp in Hahnville, just west of New Orleans. A day later and just one-fifth of a mile away, the other woman, Delores Mack, was found strangled and suffocated. Cocaine was in her blood too. A year later, Ellwood was found in the area in the middle of the night. He told an officer he was changing his car's oil and didn't want the Department of Environmental Quality to catch him.
On October 1997, Ellwood told a fellow jail inmate in Florida that he liked sex with men and women who were drugged into insensibility. Te convict told authorities that Ellwood boasted that "he enjoyed the fun of having sex with people who were not in control of their bodies... He said if they were high on cocaine or heroin, the heroin would put them in a state of mind as if they were paralyzed and he could take advantage."
Marie Noe (8) On June 28, 1999, Marie Noe, pleaded guilty in a Philadelphia court to smothering eight of her young children decades ago. Noe, who is 70-years-old, was once featured in articles as the unluckiest mother in the world. She admitted killing her children between 1949 and 1968 and was sentenced to 20 years' probation, the first five of which must be served under home confinement. She also must undergo mental health treatment sessions with a psychiatrist to determine the cause of her repeated infanticide.
With no evidence to show otherwise, doctors and investigators had reluctantly attributed the deaths of eight children -- none of whom lived longer than 14 months -- to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Before her arrest, Noe had confessed in March to police that she suffocated four of the infants and said she did not remember the other four deaths. During a meeting with a state psychiatrist in November, she confessed to killing the other four children.
Kendall Francois (8) On September 3, 1998, authorities in white jumpsuits and surgical-style face masks started pulling bodies from the Poughkeepsie, New York, family home of 27-year-old Kendall Francois.
By the time they were done investigators found the bodies of eight women in various states of decay tucked away in the attic, basement and crawl spaces of the home the bulging serial killer shared with his mother, father and younger sister. 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.
So far, the other family members are not considered suspects and did not realize Kendall was stashing bodies in the house. "It's not the cleanest house in the world," a police spokesperson said explaining how the family could have been unaware of their home -- which is in a middle-class neighborhood a block away from Vassar College -- was doubling as a slaughterhouse. Though his parents and the letter carrier delivering mail to the house often commented about the funky smell, Kendall told them it was a dead animal that got stuck in a wall.
In February, Francois -- a college dropout who had been unhemployed since January 1997 -- was jailed for 15 days on a misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct and assault involving a Poughkeepsie prostitute. In the usual post-arrest serial killer media blitz, 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.
As of this writing Francois has only been charged with one count of second-degree murder in the strangulation of Catina Newmaster, 25, who was last seen August 26.
William Darrell Lindsey (8) In April, 1997, after being charged with killing a prostitute in Asheville, North Carolina, Lindsey, a former construction worker, has become the main suspect in the slayings of seven Florida women since 1983. Authorities pieced together his murderous trail after several former residents of the St. Agustine area now living in North Carolina sent news clippings about Lindsey's arrest to the sheriff in Florida.
Investigators thought some of the bludgeoning deaths and disappearances were related, but it wasn't until Lindsey, 61, decided to talk to visiting Florida detectives that the scope of the case came out. Although Lindsey did not confess, he expressed remorse and knew enough about each murder to be a suspect. "We've been able to connect Mr. Lindsey with each of these women and have determined he was responsible for their murders," St. Johns County Sheriff Neil Perry said.
All seven victims were from the St. Augustine area. Some of the women were prostitutes and some were drug users, he said. The bodies of two of the seven remain missing. Since Lindsey was brought to Florida investigators have started searching two ponds and a large pit outside of St. Augustine where bodies were believed to be dumped.
Vladimir Mukhankin (8) In January, 1997, Vladimir Mukhankin, 36, pleaded guilty to murdering eight women in Rostov-a-Don, the former stomping grounds of Andrei Chikatilo, Russia's most infamous serial killer. Vladimir was sentenced to death for his murderous rampage.
Reginald Christie (8) Reggie's sexual inadequacies made him a very angry man. In the 1940s and 1950s this British maniac killed at least five prostitutes, his wife, another woman and her baby daughter. He also kept a collection of clipped pubic hairs, some of which did not match any of his known victims. He liked to render his victims unconscious and then strangle and fuck them simultaneously. He enjoyed "a quiet, peaceful thrill" when he was killing. Strangely the husband of one of the women he killed confessed to the murder but then recanted and accused Christie. Not knowing who to believe, the police hanged the confessor. When Christie moved out of his flat, the new tenant found three corpses hidden in the cupboard, Christie's dead wife under the floorboards and two more bodies buried in the garden. He was hanged in 1953.
Keith Jesperson (8) An interstate trucker known as the Happy Face Killer is serving three life terms in Oregon for three killings. Keith, bothered by his guilty conscience, has confessed to and then recanted at least 160 slayings across the United States. He was dubbed the "Happy Face Killer" by authorities after he started sending neatly printed letters to the media with happy faces drawn at the top in which he boasted of his deeds.
After leading police to the purse of one of his presumed victims, authorities realized that they had wrongfully convicted two people for the killing. In 1990, Laverne Pavlinac told police she held a rope around Taunja Bennett's neck while her boyfriend John Sosnovske raped and killed her. She then recanted and said that she invented the story to get out of their abusive 10-year relationship. Nevertheless they were convicted and jailed for more than four years. On November 27, 1995, they were released from prison by an Oregon judge. Jesperson, the real killer, cried out of happiness for their acquittal.
On June 3, 1998 Jesperson, now 42, in a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid the death penalty, admitted to the 1995 strangulation of hitchhiker Angela Subrize, 21, at a truck stop in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jesperson, had been extradited from Oregon to Wyoming in anticipation of a death penalty case. Jesperson, from his jail cell, taunted prosecutors in several states, saying his life sentences in the Pacific Northwest would keep him locked away and out of their reach. An avid media manipulator in 1997 he had his web site (maintained by death-groupie Sondra London) on AOL closed after Wyoming's governor complained about his writings in it.
In 1997 Sondra London posted on the Internet a letter from Danny Rolling expressing his relationship with his Death Row neighbor the Christian fundamentalist Paul Hill who was sentenced to death for killing an abortion clinic doctor and a bystander.
Alton Coleman & Debra Brown (8) Alton Coleman, a black man, thought other blacks were forcing him to kill members of his race, and he was happy to comply. He was diagnosed by a prison psychiatrist as having pansexual propensities, that is, willingness "to have intercourse with any object, women, men, children, whatever." In the summer of 1984, he teamed up with twenty-one year old Debra Brown for a brutal 54-day rampage across the Midwest.
The two went on a six-state spree of murders, rapes and kidnappings in which every day they committed a new act of violence. By the time of their arrests, they left eight dead in their wake. Coleman was sentenced to death for the July 13, 1984, beating 44-year-old Marlene Walters to death in her Norwood, Ohio, home. Walters, 44, had just served lemonade to Coleman and Brown when she was attacked. He and Brown had said they wanted to buy the Walters camper. Coleman and Brown also were sentenced to die for the torture and slaying of Tonnie Storey, 15, of Cincinnati two days before the Walters attack.
In Illinois, Coleman received the death penalty for strangling Vernita Wheat, 9, whose body was found in his hometown of Waukegan, Ill. In Indiana, Coleman and Brown were sentenced to death for stomping and strangling 7-year-old Tamika Turks of Gary, Indiana. Tamika's 9-year-old aunt was also attacked but survived.
Debra Brown, who was 21 at the time of the rampage, was sent to Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, and sentenced to death for the Tonnie Storey murder. In 1991 the sentence was commuted to life without parole. Currently she is trying to overturn her second death sentence in Indiana, where she is the only female among 51 people under active death sentences. As of this writing, Indiana but that state has not sought her extradition.
Coleman was the third of five children of a Waukegan prostitute and was raised by his maternal grandmother. He was nicknamed "Pissy" by playmates because he was a bedwetter. In court his lawyer claimed he was abused as a child and his brain was affected by his mother use of drugs and alcohol while pregnant. Police and prosecutors, though, saw Coleman as a charismatic man who charmed his way into his victims' lives.
On April 26, 2002, Coleman was put to death by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. The Waukegan, Illinois, native received an injection of sodium thiopental, which sent him into deep sleep, pancuronium bromide to relax his muscles, followed by a final dose of potassium chloride to stop his heart. He was declared dead at 10:13 a.m. Because of the number of victims, Ohio prison officials decided to broadcast an execution via closed circuit to another prison room to accommodate additional witnesses.
Coleman spent his last hours watching religious tapes of Dallas-based evangelist T.D. Jakes and listening to music after a special meal of filet mignon and fried chicken breasts. When asked if he had a final statement, he began to recite the 23rd Psalm, saying, "The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want. He leadeth me to green pastures." As he repeated it, the warden pulled the microphone away from him and Coleman could be seen speaking until he lost consciousness.
Jean-Baptiste Troppmann (8) Born in Alsace in 1848, Jean-Baptiste's lethality led him to the guillotine at the tender age of 22. In 1869 he hooked up with Jean Kinck with who he planned to set up a counterfeiting operation. However, Jean-Baptiste had a different get rich quick scheme in mind. As the two travelled to Herrenfluch to survey a site for their money printing plant, Troppman fed his partner a lethal dose of prussic acid mixed in wine.
Once Mr. Kinck was out of the way, Jean-Baptiste wired to his wife asking her for money. Mrs. Kinck, believing Jean-baptiste was acting in behalf of her husband, sent him a check allong with her. Unable to cash the money, he arranged a meeting with the wife in Paris and, having no more use for the boy, hacked him into to pieces.
On September 1869, Hortense Kinck met Troppman in Paris and gave him 55,000 francs thinking that they were for her husband. Once he had the money in his pocket he butchered Mrs. Kinck and her remaining five children in a remote spot near the Pantin Common.
The next day the bloodbath was uncovered by a workman who uncovered the mutilated remains of Hortense and her children. More charges were added against Troppman once the bodies of Gustave and Jean Kinck were unearthed. Jean-Baptiste was sentenced to death for the eight killings and , on January 19, 1870 -- at the tender age of 22 -- he was guillotined.
John Norman Collins (7+) Believed to have killed 7 women from 1967 to 1969, John Norman Collins was only convicted of one murder and sentenced to life. As of yet he has not confessed to any other deaths. The "Michigan Murders," as they were called, were very brutal and occurred around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area. John is suspected of having murdered more women from Michigan to California during a cross-country trek in a stolen camper.
Gustavo Adolfo (7+) This 17-year-old boy in El Salvador has been charged with 17 counts of murder. ( The judge found insufficient evidence on 10 of the counts. On April, 1999, the judge convicted Gustavo Adolfo, whose full name cannot be published under Salvadoran law because he is a minor, of killing seven people and sentenced him to seven years in prison -- the maximum sentence for a minor for any crime. With good behavior, he could be released in half that.
Gustavo Adolfo says he's innocent, and that he is being persecuted because of fashion, not evidence. "My hands haven't killed," he said at a news conference this month. "The judge doubted me because of my tattoos, my clothes. Nobody believes in me."
Gustavo Adolfo, whom relatives call "Tavo," grew up in a poor neighborhood of San Miguel, 85 miles east of El Salvador's capital. When he was 10, his mother took him out of school because other kids were beating him up daily. By the time he was 13, he says, he entered the world of gangs, many of which are led by U.S. gangsters deported to El Salvador.
His first murder, they say -- and one of those for which he was convicted -- was of a young woman he was dating. He was 14, and she had turned down his sexual advances. According to the prosecutors, Gustavo Adolfo kidnapped her and took her to a hideout, where he raped her, cut off her breasts and threw her -- still barely alive -- into a well, where he left her to die. Prosecutors would not provide details of the six other killings, except to say that several involved rapes.
About 20 families fled the neighborhood where he grew up this month when Gustavo Adolfo, along with seven other minors in a temporary prison, clubbed a guard and made a quick getaway. "I left out of fear and because they warned me that the gang would take away one of my daughters," said one neighbor, who didn't give her name for fear of reprisal.
Dale R. Anderson (7+) According to ex-FBI wiz Robert Ressler, "sexual psychopath" Dale R. Anderson, imprisoned for one of the most brutal slayings in Belleville history, likely killed newspaper intern Audrey Cardenas and four 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, that means 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.
The other suspected victims are: Elizabeth K. West, a 14-year-old freshman at Belleville Township High School West whose strangled body was found in a creek between Belleville and Millstadt on May 5, 1978. She vanished a block from her home as she was returning from performing in her high school play. Ruth Ann Jany, 21, whose body was found in July 1979 near a creek five miles south of where West's body was discovered. She disappeared a year earlier after stopping at an automatic teller machine in downtown Belleville. Police believe she was strangled. A still unidentified woman thought to be 18 to 23 years old, strangled and hidden in a cornfield near Summerfield in St. Clair County in September 1986. Kristina Povolish, 19, whose strangled body was discovered in a weed-covered ditch in July 1987 just southwest of Belleville. Audrey Cardenas, 24, whose badly decomposed body was found in an overgrown creek on the campus of Belleville Township High School East in June 1988. Investigators believe she was either strangled or had her throat cut.
Another man, Rodney Woidtke, was convicted by a judge of murdering Cardenas. Woidtke received a 45-year prison sentence. Ressler said he is 95 percent certain that Anderson, not Woidtke, killed Woidtke is innocent, Ressler said flatly. "Get him out of prison." Woidtke, a mentally ill transient who confessed to the Cardenas murder after hours of questioning, has spent a decade in prison. The crime scene investigator in the case has said that he believes Woidtke is innocent. Attorneys are now battling in court to free him.
Ressler said he is 80 percent sure that Anderson also killed West, Jany, Povolish and the unidentified woman. Gregory R. Bowman, 47, has spent 20 years of a life sentence in prison for the West and Jany murders. He confessed to the crimes after police questioned him intermittently for eight months. Ressler says he does not believe Bowman would have been capable of killing Jany or West - especially in the premeditated way in which they were murdered. Bowman's past crimes were spontaneous, whereas evidence shows that the Jany and West murders were carefully planned, Ressler said.
Following Ressler's statements casting doubt on Bowman's guilt, 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.
Bowman, who'd already served time behind bars, said he agreed to the snitch's offer because he was terrified of being sent back to prison. He also thought he had a solid alibi that would prove he hadn't committed the crimes. Clyde Kuehn, the former state's attorney who charged Bowman, said he knew nothing about the ruse and called it "absolutely upsetting."
Bowman has been working as a computer programmer at Joliet and is considered a model prisoner. He said he went into a mental tailspin after he was found guilty. He said he couldn't fight his conviction at the same time he coped with life behind prison walls.
Both Woidtke and Bowman immediately recanted their confessions and maintain their innocence. No physical evidence tied the men to the murders. Ressler said there are too many links between the five murders to ignore. "I can't say for 100 percent sure" that Anderson killed all of the women, Ressler said. "The fact is, I mean, my God, these crimes happened within this small perimeter of Belleville, and they got closer (to Anderson's home) as he got more comfortable."
The evidence shows that whoever killed West and Jany carefully planned their abductions and killings, Ressler said. It's probable an acquaintance or someone posing as a police officer tricked the women into a car, he said. Anderson was a former welfare case worker and onetime St. Clair County Sheriff's Department jailer. He believes none were abducted initially by force. Even though other people were in the area where some of the women were abducted or killed, none reported hearing or seeing anything that would have indicated a struggle. Ressler also said that all of the bodies were moved and concealed. None of the crime scenes produced any physical evidence - hair, fingerprints or fiber - from the killer. And none of the victims had defensive wounds - bruising on the arms or flesh under their fingernails. That shows the killer had complete control over them when they were murdered, Ressler says.
Convicted murderer Dale R. Anderson said he agrees with the nation's leading expert on serial killers that the same person murdered Audrey Cardenas and four other women in the Belleville area. Yet, Anderson says he's not the killer. Anderson, 47, didn't appear surprised when he learned that former FBI profiler Robert K. Ressler linked him to the five murders.
"These cases and a lot of other cases you don't know about are connected," Anderson said during an interview Tuesday at Menard Correctional Center near Chester, Ill. "But I haven't murdered anyone."
Anderson said he can unlock the 13-year mystery of the unidentified woman's identity. He insists he has her drivers license, something police have never recovered. He refused to reveal where it's hidden, or the woman's name and address. Anderson said he knows a lot about the murders because he investigated them as a police officer. Anderson was a St. Clair County sheriff's jailer when West and Jany were killed in 1978, but he was never a police officer.
He claims he has pictures and files on all of the women from before and after they were murdered. He said he believed the police took the evidence out of his Belleville home when he was arrested for the Lanman murders. Police found file folders filled with memos, notes and newspaper articles on Cardenas, the unidentified woman and Povolish in Anderson's locked safe when they searched his home in 1989. Anderson said he kept files on West and Jany as well.
Anderson said the murdered women were all conned into a car by their killer, who told them he was a police officer. Anderson often had posed as a police officer. "You don't know how easy it is for a police officer to lure someone into a car," Anderson said. "She's walking down the street late at night and someone drives up and says, `I'm a police officer. Get in.' She's young and doesn't know she's about to be murdered."
Samuel Sidyno (7+) 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. This announcement follows the discovery of a seventh body found January 16, 1999, by a group of children hiking in Mountain View in the Magaliesberg.
Senior Superintendent Rudi van Olst, commander of murder and robbery, said there was a possibility of more bodies being found in the hills around Pretoria. "By taking into account certain similarities between the murder scenes at Capital Hill and the recent one, we can say beyond reasonable doubt that it is the work of the serial killer Samuel Sidyno. The modus operandi is very similar to the Capital Hill murders," he said.
Sidyno was arrested on January 6, two days after the body of a fourth victim was found on a hill close to Pretoria's zoo. So far the bodies of two women, a 12-year-old boy, two 19-year-old men and another man all badly decomposed have been found at Capital Hill.
Nikolai Dzhurmongaliev (7+) Possibly Russia's most industrious cannibal, Nikolai Dzhurmongaliev has claimed to have killed between seven to 100 women, and served many of them to his dinner guests. Nikolai used at least 47 of his victims to make ethnic dishes for his neighbors in the Russian republic of Kyargyzstan. When arrested, Nikolai pointed out that two women could provide enough delicate meat to keep him going for a week.
Nikolai started his cannibal-killer career by bribing his way out of an insane asylum. He believed that women and prostitution were the root of all that was wrong in the world. According to Yuri Dubyagin, an officer of the Interior Ministry Colonel, Nikolai seemed "absolutely normal, but at one point got a taste for female meat." He describes Nikolai as having the brains of a "lone wolf" and being a very powerful man. "When we arrested him," said Dubyagin, "he hit me with the force of Jean Claude Van Damme."
Robert Berdella (7+) Another from the maniac-with-a-heart-of-gold file. Bob ran a booth in the Westport Flea Market in Kansas City where he sold earrings that sported human teeth and skulls in it. All his neighbors thought he was a strange but harmless fellow. That is, until April 2, 1988, when a man jumped from the second floor window of Bob's house wearing nothing but a dog collar. That definitely caught the neighbors' attention. A subsequent police search found two dead bodies inside the house. Apparently Bob liked to pick up drifters and male prostitutes, take them home and strap them into his custom-made torture bed. There he would experiment with electroshock and injected all kinds of household cleaners into their veins. He kept a detailed log of how his victims responded and had a collection of two hundred pictures of naked men in different stages of suffering. Bob liked to extend the life of his victims for a few days before tying a plastic bag over their heads. On December 19, 1988, Berdella pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life. A few years later he died in prison of poisoning or a possible heart attack. While in prison Bob complained about having too many roaches in his cell. A local radio station decided to start "Bugs for Berdella," a collection of bugs from all over that was sent to him.
Harrison Graham (7+) This lethal junkie from hell lived in a fetid two-room apartment in North Philadelphia that was covered with trash, dirty syringes and a sea of fleas. In the summer of 1987, after numerous complaints from his neighbors, the police pried his door open and found six female bodies in different states of decomposition. On the roof of his building they found a duffel bag full of legs. In the neighbor's basement they found a torso. All the dead women were black junkies like himself who he invited over for a fix and a little one-on-one.
Gert van Rooyen(7+) A murderous pedophile in Pretoria, South Africa. He kidnapped, sexually abused, and murdered 6 young teenage girls before offing himself and his mistress, Joey Haarhof with a 357, when the local heat closed in on him after a car chase.
Carlton Gary (7+) Known as the "Stocking Strangler," Carlton is on Georgia's death row for a string of strangulation murders of elderly women between 1977 and 1978. Suspected in at least seven murders in Columbus, Georgia, Carlton was convicted in 1986 of only three. All seven killings happened within Columbus' Wynnton neighborhood, a comfortable neighborhood with towering trees, stately homes, and well manicured lawns. All victims were wealthy white elderly ladies between 59 to 89 years old. In most cases they were raped, strangled with their own stockings, and left lying on their backs covered with bed clothes.
Carlton -- one of the few black serial killers of the seventies -- was a ladies man who enjoyed expensive clothing and was a male model. An all-out renaissance-type, he played drums, the saxophone and was an amateur artist. Though he worked as a janitor, he was said to be highly intelligent and have a phenomenal memory. He was arrested May 3, 1984 -- six years after the killings -- in Albany, Georgia, after police to traced a stolen pistol from one of the "Strangler" killings to Gary.
Always in trouble with the law, Carlton's extensive criminal past can be traced all the way back to 1967 when he was arrested as a juvenile in Gainesville, Florida. In 1970 he was a suspect in the slaying of an 84 year old school teacher in Albany, NY. Gary drew a 10 year sentence after he agreed to testify against his accomplice. Subsequently he was jailed three more times in New York before escaping from prison. Later he confessed to five 1978 restaurant robberies in Columbus, while serving time in Greenville, S.C. for armed robbery. He was serving a 21 year sentence in SC when he escaped. Prior to his arrest in the "Stocking Strangler" case he was arrested and charged with obstruction of a police officer, possession of marijuana and was suspected in restaurant robberies in Phenix City, Alabama and Gainesville Fl.
Paul Frederick Runge (7) On June 14, 2001, Paul Frederick Runge, 31, was charged in Chicago with murdering and sexually assaulting six women and a 10-year-old girl in a string of sex attacks in Cook County and DuPage County between 1995 and 1997. The suspect, Paul Frederick Runge, has been behind bars since 1997, when he was arrested for a parole violation. Police said Runge has confessed to all seven killings and was linked to two of the crimes through DNA.
The victims were bludgeoned to death or strangled -- in most cases after he went to homes that had posted for-sale signs for various things, police said. Other victims were women who had responded to his help-wanted ads for someone to clean his home or merely acquaintances. "Paul Runge is our worst nightmare," Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine. "He conned his way into women's homes or duped them into trusting him. He then raped and murdered them." Runge had been paroled in 1994 for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in 1987.
Runge is accused in the January 1995 killing of Stacey Frobel, 25, whose body was found in southern Wisconsin and Illinois. Frobel, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, was a friend of Runge's former wife. Six months later, Runge allegedly killed the two Hanover Park women, sisters Dzeneta and Ameal Pasanbegovic, 22 and 20, respectively. Both were recent immigrants from Bosnia who Runge allegedly lured to his home with the promise of house cleaning jobs. After allegedly killing them, Runge dismembered them in a bathtub and dumped their remains in trash bins. Runge also is accused of the 1997 deaths of Dorota Dziubak, 30, who he killed after she advertised her Northwest Side house for sale; Yolanda Gutierrez, 35, and her 10-year-old daughter; and Kazimiera Paruch, 43, of Chicago, were killed after they advertised their condominium for sale.
On August 9 Paul Runge pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting and killing four women and a 10-year-old girl in Cook County. Runge previously pleaded not guilty in DuPage County to murder charges in the deaths of two Hanover Park sisters. Prosecutors said that Runge, 31, confessed to the slayings.
Guy Georges (7) From 1991 to 1997 the lethal "Beast of Bastille" is suspected of having tortured, raped and killed seven women in the neighborhood of the famed Revolutionary era Parisian prison. On March 27, 1998, French police picked up Guy Georges in Montmartre after police DNA-matched him to four Beast of Bastille murders and one attempted rape. (cont.)
Robert Rozier (4+) As a football player, Rozier was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and later did time with the Oakland Raiders. In 1981, he lost his will to play the game, and after drifting around the country, he joined a radical black-supremacist Hebrew Israelite sect called the Temple of Love. The cult, led by Yahweh ben Yahweh is believed to be responsible for fourteen deaths and a series of firebombings. Rozier, perhaps due to his football background, acted as the muscle of the cult. In 1986 he was arrested for the murders of two ex members. Evidence also linked him to at least two other random killings unrelated to the sect.
In 1992, Rozier was convicted of committing four murders under orders from the cult. Later he admitted to seven killings and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. He was released after 10 years in 1996, after testifying against Yahweh and other followers. Rozier became a federally protected witness in 1996, relocated to his home in California and changed his name.He was recently arrested for violating his program agreement by writing bad checks totaling $125.24, which due to a new "three strikes" California law might send him to prison for life.
On March 24, 1999, New Jersey prosecutors charged Rozier with stabbing a homeless white man to death in Newark as a sacrifice to Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Prosecutors said Rozier, 43, stabbed Attilio Cicala in 1984 as a sacrifice a few days before the cult's leader was to visit Newark. At the time Rozier was the leader of Newark's Temple. Another former cultist, John Armstrong, 40, was charged with murder. Presently Rozier is in jail in California on $1 million bail.
Ivan Robert Marko Milat (7+) Australia's worst serial killer, Ivan was convicted of murdering seven hitch-hikers plucked from the highway stretching from Sydney to Melbourne. Like convicted Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen, Ivan enjoyed hunting down his victims like animals, giving them a head start before stalking them through the New South Wales bush.
Ivan, 51, a road worker, avid hunter and the son of a Croat immigrant, was a non-smoking teetotaler, whose pleasures in life were a four-wheel-drive vehicle, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a penchant for killing strangers. He was arrested in 1994 in his home in the outskirts of Sydney where police found gun parts, ammunition and knives used in the killings, as well as camping equipment said to have belonged to some of the murdered hitch-hikers.
From 1989 to 1992, Milat was known as the "Backpack Murderer". The brutality of his attacks both captivated and horrified the Australian public. Some of the victims were shot, others stabbed, and one was decapitated with a sword found in Ivan's mother's apartment. He then equipped his rifle with a silencer and used the victim's head for "target practice". Of the seven killed, five were European tourists in their 20s lured to Australia by its reputation as a safe haven for budget travelers. The other two victims were teen-agers from the Australian state of Victoria. Two of the dead were young British women whose disappearance led to the grim discovery of Milat's handiwork.
After the discovery of seven bodies, police launched the biggest manhunt in Australian history which eventually led to Milat's arrest. The star witness for the prosecution was another British tourist who escaped from the madman's car to avoid certain death after Milat pulled a gun on him. The kind authorities of New South Wales offered free accommodations and financial assistance to the relatives of the victims who wished to attend the trial.
On July 27, 1996 , after a four-month trial and three and a half days of deliberation, a jury of seven men and four women convicted the former road worker of murdering the seven backpackers. Ivan's lawyer tried to pin the murders on, first, Ivan's brother Richard, then, his other brother, Walter. Although his divisionary tactics were not successful, Justice David Hunt, the judge presiding the over the case, said: "In my view, it is inevitable that the prisoner was not alone in that criminal enterprise". Police said there were more than a dozen young hitchhikers - Australians, Japanese and Europeans - who have disappeared in the same region over the past 15 years. Perhaps soon we will be adding another Milat brother to the Serial Killer Hit List.
On May 17, 1997, Milat was placed under guard in Sydney's high security Long Bay prison after calling off a "meticulously planned" breakout attempt he planned with his cellmate, George Savvas, and two other inmates. Through phone taps, intelligence within the jail and deciphering a code used by the prisoners, prison officials uncovered the escape plan that involved overpowering prison guards, scaling a perimeter wall using rope ladders and meeting armed associates outside waiting in cars.
The morning after being interviewed about the escape by prison officials Savvas, 46, was found dead hanging from a bed sheet in his high security cell at Maitland prison. Although prison officials did not detect any suicidal tendencies in Savvas in their last hours with him, they acknowledged the prisoner must have been affected by the failed escape and the prospect of life under even tighter security.
Police are investigating whether friends or family members of Milat helped plan the escape. When members of the Milat family were asked about the escape they said they knew nothing of the plan. "Did he try to escape or is it just the authorities saying that he did?" Milat's brother Walter said. Walter, who had recently visited his brother, said Ivan was distressed by the way his appeal was moving, and angry he had missed out on getting legal aid.
Aileen Wuornos (7) The patron saint of dead prostitutes, Lee Wuornos is the first prostitute to turn the tables on the serial killing scene. Finally, a hooker who started offing her johns. The daughter of a child molester who hanged himself in jail, Aileen's hatred for men went beyond the feelings of any penis-loathing lesbian. In 1989 and 1990 she tallied seven dead middle-aged johns whom she left naked next to their sperm-filled condoms. The wily prostitute still claims to be innocent. Her killings, she says, were "just self-defense." She was sentenced to death six times, and for over a decade patiently awaited her fate. While in jail, she conveniently found Christ.
On April 18, 2000, the convicted serial killer said she wanted a new trial for her 1992 conviction in the death of Charles Carskaddon in Pasco County because her attorney at the time was ill-prepared to represent her. Joseph Hobson, an attorney for Florida¹s capital collateral office, presented the appeal to Circuit Court Judge Wayne Cobb. Hobson said Wuornos¹ attorney at the time, Steven Glazer, had virtually no experience in death penalty cases. Glazer allegedly also took a cut from deals with media outlets that paid thousands of dollars for interviews with his client and was filmed for a British documentary smoking marijuana on the way to see Wuornos in prison. Previously Wuornos asked a judge in Daytona Beach to overturn her conviction for the 1992 slaying of Richard Mallory because of ineffective counsel in that trial too.
At 9:47 a.m., October 9, 2002, Wuornos was executed by lethal injection at 9:47 a.m. at the Florida State Prison near Starke. Wuornos, 46 at the time of her death, became the 10th woman executed in the United States since the death penalty resumed in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. "I'd just like to say I'm sailing with the Rock and I'll be back like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, like the movie, big mothership and all. I'll be back," Wuornos said from the execution chamber.
Wuornos was sentenced to death six times for killing six middle-aged johns in 1989 and 1990 and spent a decade on Florida's death row. The death warrant was based on her first murder victim, Richard Mallory, a Clearwater electronics shop owner whose body was found in 1989 in Volusia County.
Wuornos said she had decided to rob a customer because she feared she was about to lose her lesbian lover and needed to raise $200 so they could rent an apartment. Mallory picked her up on a rainy night. They drank, drove into the woods and fell asleep. When she awoke, she took out her gun, woke Mallory up and robbed him. Then she started shooting.
After killing Mallory, Wuornos laid low for several months until mid-1990, when she murdered and robbed her second victim on another rainy day. Over the next few months of Florida's rainy season, she killed four more men.
Wuornos, who also claims to have killed a seventh man, said she killed and robbed when it rained because it made her "nasty looking" and she couldn't make enough money as a prostitute. She pawned some of her victims' possessions. Her five-county killing spree ended Jan. 9, 1991, in the Last Resort, a Daytona Beach biker bar where a plaque about her arrest now hangs on the wall. Wuornos, nicknamed "the Damsel of Death," was convicted of Mallory's slaying and pleaded no contest to murders in Marion, Dixie, Pasco and Citrus counties. She received six death sentences.
"She was a homicidal predator," Tanner said at her 1992 trial in Daytona Beach. "She was like a spider on the side of the road, waiting for prey -- men." Billy Nolas, who represented Wuornos in that trial, said she suffers from borderline personality disorder as a result of neglect and sexual abuse as a child.
"She is the most disturbed individual I have represented," said Nolas, who now practices law in Philadelphia. He said Wuornos is too mentally ill to comprehend what dropping her appeals and seeking death will mean.
Nolas said he believes Mallory raped Wuornos and that pushed her over the edge. Information on Mallory's prior history of sexual assault was withheld from defense attorneys, he said.
Wuornos was raised by her grandparents. Her mother abandoned her when she was an infant and her father, a convicted child molester, committed suicide in prison. By age 14, she was pregnant, claiming to have been raped. She was forced to give up the child and was turning tricks at age 15. When she was asked about the killings at her competency exam, Tanner said the former prostitute replied, "I really got tired of it all. I was angry about the johns."
For years, Wuornos claimed she shot the men out of self-defense while being raped and sodomized. Later, she recanted her claims, saying she wanted to make peace with God. "I'm one who seriously hates human life and would kill again," she told the state Supreme Court. Wuornos also claimed to have killed a seventh man.
The state Supreme Court rejected two efforts to stop the execution the day before, one from a private attorney in Tampa who expressed "serious concerns" about Wuornos' competency, the other from an Ohio group that wanted to file an appeal on Wuornos' behalf. Billy Nolas, who represented Wuornos in her 1992 trial in Daytona Beach, said she suffered from borderline personality disorder as a result of neglect and sexual abuse as a child. He said she was "the most disturbed individual I have represented."
Fort Lauderdale lawyer Raag Singhal wrote a letter to the state Supreme Court last month expressing "grave doubts" about Wuornos' mental condition. Gov. Jeb Bush issued a stay and ordered a mental exam, but lifted the stay last week after three psychiatrists who interviewed her concluded that she understood why she was being executed. State Attorney John Tanner, who watched psychiatrists interview her for 30 minutes last week, said she was cognizant and lucid. "She knew exactly what she was doing," Tanner said.
Efren Saldivar (6-50) A former respiratory care practitioner at a Glendale hospital Efren Saldivar confessed to killing 40 to 50 patients over a eight-year period. A suspected "Angel of Death," he allegedly targeted patients who were already near death. He would kill them with lethal injections of the muscle relaxants Pavulon or succinylcholine chloride, and/or decreasing their oxygen intake if they were on ventilators.
Saldivar allegedly told police that the killings began in 1989, six months after he started working at the hospital, and stopped in August 1997 when he heard that one of his co-workers had seen morphine in his locker. The hospital first heard rumors about hastened patient deaths in April 1997. Although the two-month internal investigation revealed nothing suspicious, a criminal investigation was launched after police received an anonymous phone call on March 3 from a person saying Saldivar "helped a patient die fast." Saldivar told police he might have contributed to "anywhere from 100 to 200" deaths during his 9-year career as a hospital worker and had actively killed up to 50 patients by giving drugs or withholding treatment.
Not a random killer, Saldivar -- who co-workers said had a "magic syringe" -- prided himself on following an ethical set of criteria determining who to kill: they had to be unconscious, they had to have a "Do not resuscitate" order, and they had to look like they were ready to die. In an affidavit, Officer William Currie, who interviewed Saldivar, said: "He talked about his anger at seeing patients kept alive as opposed to the guilt he would feel at the failure to provide life-saving care." He said that a polygraph examiner asked Saldivar if he considered himself an "angel of death" and Saldivar replied: "Yes."
Bizarrely, police could only detain Saldivar for 48-hours after his March 3 confession because of lack of corroborating evidence. When his confession surfaced in the press on March 25, 1998, Saldivar was fired from the hospital and his license was revoked. Efren then went on the ABC-TV news magazine "20/20" were he recanted everything, saying he had lied because he was depressed, suicidal and wanted to be sent to death row. "I wanted the system to do to me what I couldn't do," that is, commit suicide. "I was looking to die, I wanted to die ... but I didn't have the courage."
"I figured, you know, one death isn't gonna be enough for the death penalty so I said two... And then I started to cry because I was ending my life." Allegedly, as the interrogation went on, he started embellishing his murderous tale and the confession snowballed into the 50 deaths that made the front page of newspapers worldwide. As for the co-worker who allegedly found morphine and succinycholine chloride in his locker, Efren said the man hated him and had "a plan to get rid of me."
Glendale police spokesperson Sgt. Rick Young dismissed Saldivar retraction as self-serving and insisted the remarks would not affect the criminal investigation. In fact, Glendale police said for the first time that they believe that at least one murder was committed. However, no arrest warrant has been issued because they still lack necessary evidence.
Investigators reviewed the deaths of 171 patients who died while Saldivar was working at the hospital. Fifty-four cases were eliminated because bodies had been cremated. Of the remainder, 20 deaths were determined to have been suspicious and the bodies were exhumed. Toxicological tests revealed the presence of the drug Pavulon in the remains of the six patients ages 75 to 87. On January 10, 2001, police rearrested Saldivar and charged him with the deaths of six hospital patients.
Hospitals frequently use Pavulon to stop the normal breathing of patients who are put on artificial respiratory devices, said Deputy District Attorney Al Mackenzie, who will handle the case. "If you're going to do surgery, you're going to put the person on an artificial breathing device," Mackenzie said. "If you give the person the drug Pavulon and don't create an artificial means to breathe, they die."
On March 12, 2002, Saldivar, after striking a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty, pleaded guilty to murdering six elderly patients and was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. "It still seems so unreal," said Larry Schlegel, whose 77-year-old mother, Eleanora, was found dead in her hospital bed in 1997. "It's just that whole thing that it can never happen to you." Seven lawsuits have been filed against the hospital. Four have been dismissed. The family of Salbi Asatryan, one of the victims, accepted a $60,000 settlement. Another family, that of Jose Alfaro, also settled for an undisclosed amount.
Mohamed Elsayed Ghanam (6+) On June 5, 1999, Mohamed Elsayed Ghanam, an Egyptian tour guide was arrested in connection with the murder of six foreign tourists who vanished after arriving at Bangkok's Don Muang airport over the past eight months. Police say the killings were carried out between August 17, 1999 and April 6 and followed a similar pattern.
Chanam Said Muhamad, 35, was arrested after European Union embassies confronted the Thai government about the murders and expressed concern there may be more victims. The killer and his accomplices, posing as tour guides and private taxi drivers, allegedly targeted tourists who had just arrived in Bangkok. They waited for the victims at their hotels and at the airport, offered their services, then robbed and killed them. Mohamed has denied carrying out the killings and has blamed two associates from the Middle East.
All six victims -- two Frenchmen, an Austrian, an Iranian, a German, and a man from the United Arab Emirates -- were stabbed to death. Interpol repeatedly told local police the murders could be linked but Thai authorities failed to launch an inquiry.
Andras Pandy (6-13) On October 20, 1997 Belgian authorities charged Andras Pandy -- a 70-year-old protestant pastor from Hungary -- with the murder of two of his ex-wives and four of his eight children. His daughter Agnes, 40, who claims that her father sexually abused her from the age of 13, confessed to helping kill five family members and was charged as an accessory to the murders. This arrest -- coupled with the nefarious Dutroux affair and a serial rampage gripping Mons -- is starting to make this sleepy northern European nation look like the bedrock of worldwide serial mayhem.
In 1997 police started digging for human remains in several abandoned properties owned by Pandy in the seedier parts of Brussels. They found kneecaps, teeth, bone fragments and ashes in one of the cellars, but DNA tests showed they were not from the missing Pandy family members. It remains unclear whose body parts those were. Authorities also found a blood splattered wall in another of the homes and "large pieces of unspecified flesh" stocked inside two fridges." The preacher's arrest followed a joint investigation by Belgian and Hungarian authorities.
Pandy came to Brussels after the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and had three children, including Agnes, with his first wife, Ilona Sores. The couple divorced in 1967 and Pandy later married Edit Fintor, who already had three children and who gave birth to two more by Pandy. Until he retired in 1992, Pandy worked as a Protestant pastor and religious education teacher. In a statement, the United Protestant Church of Belgium said Pandy had retired as a teacher in 1992 and held no post within the church.
Not one for family planning, between 1961 and 1971 the pastor fathered eight. Between 1986 and 1989 four of his children and two former wives began disappearing. Later he claimed they were all alive and well back in Hungary. Curiously, no ever saw them again since they left. To appease investigators, the crafty preacher used fake papers and postcards to try to prove the six were alive and well and had moved back to Hungary.
Hungarian police found two girls and a boy who had on several ocassions impersonated the missing children of the suspect killer pastor Andras Pandy. "He took the children on family visits to relatives and friends in Hungary, who were then asked to send letters saying they had seen the children." Allegedly Pandy recruited the children in 1992 -- when Belgian police first began investigating him -- and used them several times. The children never suspected any wrongdoing because they "were told it was a rehearsal for a part in a movie about Pandy's life"
In Hungary investigators are trying to establish whether Pandy could be linked to any of 60 "missing person" cases which have remain unsolved since the early Eighties. Investigators used sniffer dogs to search the preacher's home in Dunakeszi, north of Budapest. In Belgium police brought in sonar devices -- similar to those employed at the Gloucester home of serial killers Frederick and Rosemary West -- to investigate the six interconnected cellars under his second home. Questions have also been raised over the identity of the pastor. Belgian investigators think the man in custody could be the younger brother of the real Andras Pandy, who died in Hungary in 1956.
Agnes Pandy confessed to police that she and her father either shot or sledgehammered to death five relatives -- her mother, two brothers, a stepmother and her daughter. Then they chopped up the bodies and used a powerful drain cleaner to dissolve the corpses and flush them down the drain. Agnes told authorities that her preacher dad had been raping her since age 13. He also regularly raped his stepdaughters. Things got ugly when 20-year-old Timea, one of the stepdaughter, became pregnant. Pandy tried to kill her and her son, but she managed to escape to Canada and then Hungary.
Authorities have also linked Agnes to the disappearance in 1993 of a 12-year-old girl whose Hungarian mother had a relationship with Pastor Pandy. Belgian newspapers reported that five years ago Agnes notified police that several members of her family were missing. At the time, she also denounced her father for sexually abusing her and her step-sisters. In true Belgian fashion, nothing came of it and charges were eventually dropped.
The Hungarian Nepszava newspaper reported that Pandy fostered an undetermined number of orphaned or homeless Romanian children in his home in Brussels. The children -- who became orphaned or homeless in Romania's 1989 revolution which toppled communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu -- were taken in by a charity club named YDNAP (PANDY backwards) founded by the lethal pastor. They stayed under his care for varying periods of time, "and nobody knows what happened to them or if they returned home." In Brussels, press reports speculated that bones found under a concrete slab in one of Pandy's homes were those of a Hungarian woman who arrived in Belgium with her daughter after replying to a personal add placed by the pastor in search of a wife.
On April 24 tests by Norwegian forensic scientists showed that the new set of teeth discovered were from seven women, aged between 35 and 55, and a man, who was between 18 and 23. It is suspected that the unidentified victims were lured from Hungary to Belgium with promises of marriage. Police had previously thought that the teeth, bones and other remains found at Pandy's house might have come from five people unrelated to him.
On March 6, 2002, a Belgian court convicted of Pandy of killing six family members and dissolving their bodies in chemical drain cleaner. He was sentenced to life in prison. His daughter 44-year-old Agnes Pandy, received a 21-year sentence for being an accomplice in five murders and one attempted murder. Pandy, who is Hungarian but moved to Belgium to escape Communism, was found guilty of murdering two wives and four children, one of which, a daughter, he also was convicted of raping. Not the cornerstone in family values, he was convicted of raping Agnes and another daughter.
Prosecutors had requested a 29-year sentence for Agnes, but her lawyers pushed for leniency, saying Agnes had been under the "overwhelming irresistible spell" of a father who was raping her as he coerced her into collaborating in the killings of her mother and siblings. "I had no way out. I was completely in his grip," Agnes said in her closing statement.
In court, Pandy dismissed the proceedings as a "witch trial" against him. He told the jury that the allegedly dead were still alive and he is "in contact with them through angels." When asked why the missing family members could not be traced in four years of searching, Pandy replied: "It is up to justice to prove they are dead. When I'm free again, they will come and visit me."
Orville Lynn Majors (7+) On December 29, 1997, police arrested and charged Orville Lynn Majors, a 36-year-old former male nurse, with lethally injecting six patients at an Indiana hospital. No stranger to deadly nursing care, Orville lost his nurse's license in 1995 after 130 of 147 elderly patients died in his care. While working at Vermillion County Hospital, now known as West Central Community Hospital, a death occurred every 23.1 hours when he was on duty. When he was off duty, a death occurred every 551.6 hours.
More than 160 suspicious deaths happened during Orville's watch at the Terre Haute hospital between 1993 and 1995. The rate of death at the hospital reached "epidemic" proportions from July to December of 1994, during which Majors was "uniquely and very strongly associated with that mortality." Of the 67 people who died in the intensive care unit, Majors was working on 63 of those instances. Morbidly, fellow nurses on the night shift made bets as to what patients would die the next day when Majors was working.
The suspected angel of death -- who is being held without a bond -- denied any wrongdoing. After a 30-month investigation costing more than $1.5 million authorities searched his van and former home finding, potassium chloride, a variety of other drugs, syringes and needles. Before filing charges, the bodies of 15 patients were exhumed -- including the six the chubby nurse is charged with killing -- and post mortem examinations on three produced evidence of potassium chloride injections
In at least one case, investigators say they have an eyewitness, Paula Holdaway, who said she was in the room when Majors came in and gave her mother, Dorothea Hixon, an unauthorized injection. "Majors kissed her on the forehead, brushed her hair back and said 'It's all right punkin, everything's going to be all right now.' Within 60 seconds after that, Hixon rolled her eyes back and died."
In court documents, some relatives say they saw Majors give their loved ones shots before they died. And a team of doctors assembled by the Indiana State Police to review medical charts will testify the seven deaths are consistent with patients being injected with potassium chloride or epinephrine. Police say vials containing traces of those drugs and syringes, which were found at Majors' home and in his van, were traced to shipments from medical suppliers to Vermillion County Hospital.
I. Marshall Pinkus, the court-appointed attorney who leads Majors' defense, says there is no evidence his client did anything wrong. Pinkus says jurors won't find it unusual that nurses give patients shots or that sick, elderly patients die in intensive care units. Some patients and co-workers at the hospital considered Majors a hardworking and sympathetic nurse, Pinkus said.
Roman Burtsev (6+) Accused of raping and murdering at least six children Roman is the latest serial killer to surface in Rostov-on-Don, the former stomping grounds of the cannibal killer Andrei Chikatilo. Burtsev, 25, was arrested in July 1996, and confessed to the killings, giving investigators detailed descriptions of the crime scenes.
Burtsev told police he often felt remorse and on one occasion even donated 5,000 rubles (90 U.S. cents) for the funerals of one of his victims, a 12-year-old girl. A divorcee with a 10-month-old son, Roman allegedly committed the murders out of a fear of being punished for his sex crimes.
The news of Roman's upcoming trial came just days after another local resident, Vladimir Mukhankin, pleaded guilty to murdering eight women and was sentenced to death by the city court. Local officials claim the frequency of serial killing in their rustic community only testifies to the efficiency of their police. "It's not that other regions don't have such monsters," said Zakhar Lukinov, a deputy regional chief prosecutor. "Simply no one hears about them."
Samuel Bongani Mfeka (6+) Samuel Bongani Mfeka -- another in what is becoming a long line of South African killers -- was arrested on September 8, 1996, in KwaZulu Natal on a rape charge. While in custody Samuel pointed out six areas where the bodies of women who had been raped and strangled were hidden.
The first murder dates to 1993 following the discovery of a body in Carletonville. Another body was found in the veld in Vrede in November, 1994. The four other bodies have since been found in the Kranskop area. The last body found on September 8, 1996, was in an advanced state of decomposition. According to a police source, four of the bodies were found within easy distance of the suspect's house in a rural area in KwaZulu Natal.
A police spokesman announced that Mfeka was also being questioned in relation to the 15 bodies attributed to the "Nasrec Strangler". Although he has not been officially charged with the killings, they have spotted similarities between both killers. Detectives are also searching for another man who may have been an accomplice of the suspect. He too is wanted for questioning in connection with the Nasrec murders.
Gerald Parker (6+) Known as the "Bedroom Basher," serial rapist Gerald Parker thought he had gotten away with murder until DNA testing linked him to the murder of five women and an unborn child in Orange County, California. Parker, a former Marine, was linked through genetic evidence to attacks on young women who where raped and bludgeoned in their homes in the late 1970s around El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Police and Navy officials believe Gerald might be responsible for even more killings, specifically three other dead women in Orange County. During his 7 1/2 years with the Marines Gerald was based in El Toro as well as other bases in North Carolina, Alaska and Mississippi before being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1980.
That same year another Marine, Kevin Lee Green, was convicted of second degree murder for an attack on his 21-year-old pregnant wife that led to the death of their unborn baby. 16 years later, Parker confessed to the attack on Green's wife. On June 20, 1996 Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald apologized for Green's wrongful incarceration and declared him a free and innocent man. Curiously his ex-wife Dianna D'Aiello still believes he was her attacker.
Using new technology that can match DNA samples of convicted criminals with evidence of unsolved crimes investigators were able to link several unsolved murders of young women to Parker. On June 14 detectives met with Parker in the Avenal State Prison in Central Valley where he was imprisoned for a parole violation. There he confessed to five killings and the assault on Dianna D'Aiello.
D'Aiello was comatose for a month after her 1979 attack and suffered a significant loss of memory. When she regained consciousness she identified her husband as her attacker. Jurors believed her and considered his alibi, that he went to get a cheeseburger, unbelievable. Ever since he was arrested Green proclaimed his innocence. He even passed a defense-administered polygraph test before the trial. While incarcerated he tried to have a DNA test performed on the semen investigators collected at the crime scene. Unfortunately, he could not afford the costly forensic procedure. Luckily, crucial evidence from the D'Aiello attack had not been destroyed and could be tested when his guilt was brought into question. Once exonerated, the ex-Marine corporal went to visit his family in the Midwest and says he does not plan to sue the state for damages resulting from his wrongful conviction.
Morris Solomon (6+)Another Sacramento celebrity killer. Morris killed mostly prostitutes. Convicted of six killings, he is suspected of at least one more. Ever the good sport, he shook hands with one juror who gave him the death penalty, saying, "At least you made up your mind." His conviction is being appealed.
Douglas Clark & Carol Bundy(6+) Doug considered himself the "king of the one-night stands." He loved sex with prostitutes, especially real young ones from LA's notorious Sunset Strip. Carol, his girlfriend, was no Mother Teresa. She thought that murder was fun and liked photographing hookers sucking Doug's dick. He enjoyed shooting his victims as he came in their mouths. He also liked chopping their heads off. Once, for kicks, Carol applied make-up to a severed head and Doug took it to the shower for a little necrophilic fellatio. Carol told an old boyfriend about Doug's strange habits. When the old boyfriend threatened to tell police, Carol stabbed him to death and chopped off his head. She then confessed and blamed Doug for everything. Doug denied it and claimed that Carol and her former lover were the killers. Strangely he also begged for the death penalty and taunted the judge whenever he could. He was sentenced to death on February 15, 1983. Carol was convicted of two killings.
Michael Ross (6+) Michael Ross, a sexual sadist with an IQ of 122 and a degree from Cornell University, stalked, raped and murdered at least 6 girls and young women in Connecticut in the early 80s. In 1987 he received six death sentences and two life sentences. He has also admitted to killing two women in New York, and assaulting several women in North Carolina, Ohio and Illinois.
This lethal Ivy League graduate captured his victims as they walked along quiet, deserted roads, raping most of them, then flipping them over onto their stomachs and strangling them. In 1982, 17-year-old Tammy Williams of Brooklyn and Debra Smith Taylor, 23, of Griswold were killed. Robyn Stavinsky, 19, of Norwich was murdered in 1983. The following year, Wendy Baribeault, 17, of Jewett City, and two 14-year-old friends, Leslie Shelley and April Brunais, both of Griswold, died.
Since his arrest Mike has been diligently working with his prosecuting attorney trying to obtain a quick death sentence. A model of consideration, Ross said he wanted to be executed to spare the victims' families from having to go through the indignity of more hearings. But in July 1994, the state Supreme Court upheld Ross' Connecticut convictions but overturned the death sentences. Finding that the original trial judge excluded evidence that might have helped Ross prove he suffered from a mental illness or defect, the court ordered a new penalty phase.
On March 11, 1998, Ross -- acting as his own attorney -- signed an agreement with state prosecutors acknowledging that his crimes were cruel and heinous and asking the court to put his execution order into effect. The unprecedented 10-page agreement with special prosecutor C. Robert Satti triggered a legal shit-storm felt throughout the nation. A human rights group called the agreement the product of an "unholy alliance" of the killer and prosecutor. Even the judge in the case expressed reservations, held off accepting the agreement until hearing further arguments on whether it is legal and binding.
On April 2, the death pact was declared not legally binding by the state's public defender office. Then, in a change of heart, Mike decided he did not want to die anymore. In November, Ross attempted suicide in his prison cell at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers by overdosing on medication. Jury selection for the penalty phase retrail began on April 5, 1999, for his trial that began in 1987. Superior Court Judge Thomas Miano -- who was assigned to hear the case only two years ago -- warned the attorneys involved against further delays and has vowed to bring the case to an end.
On April 7, 1999, jury selection began for Ross' retrial of the penalty phase of his case. The justices said the original jury wasn¹t told about evidence that could have proven Ross suffered from a mental illness, which is considered a mitigating factor that under Connecticut law it could have been used to spare him from the death penalty.
When Ross was charged in 1984 with the murders of Tammy Williams, Debra Smith Taylor, Robin Stavinsky, Leslie Shelley, April Brunais and Wendy Baribeault, it was the most serious crime the county had ever known. The victims hailed from quiet, rural towns in eastern Connecticut where seemingly everyone knew each other.
Ross was originally given six death sentences and two life sentences. In July 1994, the state Supreme Court upheld the convictions but overturned the death sentences. The high court ordered a new penalty phase because the original judge excluded evidence that might have helped Ross prove he suffered from a mental illness or defect.
Under the state law that was in effect at the time of his conviction, Ross could be spared the death penalty if the jury finds a mitigating factor, like mental illness. The defense says Ross suffers from a psychiatric disease called sexual sadism.
According to Dr. James Merikangas Ross has an abnormal brain that could affect his ability to control sadistic sexual urges. Dr. Merikangas, who studied Ross at the request of defense lawyers who are trying to find a mitigating factor that would spare him the death penalty, said he discovered the abnormalities in Ross' brain during a magnetic resonance imaging test, or MRI, and another sophisticated neurological test performed at Yale- New Haven Hospital. Ross' cerebellum is smaller than a normal person's, Merikangas said.
"The cerebellum projects to all other parts of the brain," Merikangas said. "It uses a neurotransmitter to control or suppress other parts of the brain. . . . It is a commonly known fact that people with these kinds of brain impairments cannot conduct themselves as well as those who don't."
In addition, Merikangas said, the tests show Ross suffers from reduced blood flow and reduced metabolism in the rear lobes of his brain and enlarged ventricles that indicate possible shrinkage or loss of brain tissue. "The ventricles are the fluid-filled spaces in the brain," Merikangas explained. "His are too big." Merikangas said the abnormalities appear to be tied to Ross' natural growth as opposed to something caused by a traumatic injury.
On April 6, 2000, a Connecticut court recommended once again the death penalty for serial killer Michael Ross. In the new sentencing hearings jurors rejected the report's conclusion that a psychological disorder, sexual sadism, should be a mitigating factor against the death penalty. Ross' defense attorneys argued the disorder led him to kill the four girls in eastern Connecticut. Ironically Ross wanted to be executed when the Supreme Court voided his sentence. Now that he was sentenced again he has changed his mind and wants his life spared.
On July 14, 2001, Barbara Jean, a reader of the Archives, wrote:
I have been searching for more information on serial killer Michael Ross. Though your site was a little more than I could handle, I would like to thank you for the information I found. Ross killed my best friend, Paula Perrera, in March of 1982. He confessed to the crime in 1998, but is finally making it to NY on August 6, 2001 to be tried for her murder. I was 17 years old when this happened, Paula was only 16. You didn't have her name in the list of his victims. Could you please add her name. Thank you.
Richard Biegenwald (6+) Born in Staten Island, New York in 1940 Rich was the product of a typical serial killing upbringing. Regularly beaten by his alcoholic father, at the age of five he torched the family home. For the rest of his childhood he was bounced from psychiatric hospitals to reformatories. A fast learner, by the time he was eight he developed a drinking and gambling problem. By nine, Rich received experimental shock therapy at New York's Bellevue Hospital.
It is not that surprising that Rich turned into a lethal rapist-murderer when he was an adult. He logged in his first kill at age 18 when he killed the proprietor of a convenience store in Bayonne, New Jersey during a holdup. After serving 17 years he was released on parole in 1975.
A free man, he shacked up with a 16-year-old girl. Soon he was arrested for rape and married his girl while in the Brooklyn House of Detention. Released again, he took up a job as a maintenance man and moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he hooked up with Dherran Fitzgerald, an old prison pal and career criminal.
On January 4, 1983, a friend of his wife fingered him to police after hearing about that the body of 18-year-old Anna Olesiewicz was found behind a restaurant in Asbury Park. Apparently Biegenwald showed his wife's friend a body hidden in his garage. On January 22 police arrested him and found pipe bombs, pistols, a machine gun, knockout drops, pot and a live puff adder snake.
Once in custody Fitzgerald started babbling about a bunch of dead girls buried in Biegenwald's mother's garden in Staten Island. Three corpses were unearthed and Rich was tied up to two other murders. Convicted of five murders he was sentenced to death by lethal injection. Authorities believe he is responsible for at least two more: the murder of an ex-convict police informer and the murder-abduction of a 17-year-old girl. However, it is unknown the amount of women he slayed. Usually he would lure the women into his vehicle with the promise of pot and once he isolated them he would shoot or stab them. One of the girls he killed was the daughter of a mobster who, during his trial, put a $100,000 purse on his head.
Prosecutor John Kay said that he had no idea how many women or men Biegenwald killed but he was sure there were a few. One of the guards that befriended him in jail said Biegenwald told him he had killed close to 300 women in New York, Pensylvannia, New Jersey and Maryland. Although he's still alive, he is no longer listed as being on death row in New Jersey. We have no idea why he was removed, but hopefully they're not thinking about letting him go.
Gary Ray Bowles (6) Gary has been charged with slaying six men along the East Coast in 1994. On May 28, 1999, a Jacksonville jury recommended the death sentence for 37-year-old Bowles. Once on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list as a serial killer of gay men, Bowles first received the death penalty in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Walter Jammell Hinton. However,the sentence was overturned.
Bowles, of Clifton Forge, Va., was placed on the FBI's list of 10 most-wanted fugitives in 1994 for the slayings of four gay men. When he was arrested late that year, he gave police statements about six killings: Hinton's, another in Nassau County, one in Daytona Beach, two in Georgia and one in Maryland.
Like many serial killers, Bowles left a "signature" with each of his victims: he stuffed in the mouths with something. Bowles was caught -- almost by accident -- in Jacksonville, Florida, when he was using an alias, the name "Tim," which he got from the roommate of one of his victims. When authorities questioned him about using the dead man's credit cards, he told them his real name.
On September 11, 1999, Circuit Judge Jack Schemer followed a jury's recommendation, and sentenced Gary Ray Bowles to die in Florida's electric chair. Bowles, 37, first received the death penalty in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Walter Jammell Hinton, but he was given a new sentencing hearing by the Florida Supreme Court. The high court said prosecutors shouldn't have been allowed to use Bowles' admitted hatred of gays against him because it did not prove it led him to murder.
Hinton, 42, was asleep in his bed in Jacksonville when Bowles slammed a 40-pound stepping stone on his head, said Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda.
Ralph Harris (6) Serial killer Ralph Harris was found guilty by a jury on March 3, 1999, for the August 17, 1992 slaying of a Chatham community resident, and was sentenced to death on March 26. In addition to the death penalty, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Porter -- who compared the Soth Side resident to John Wayne Gacy -- sentenced Harris to 60 years in prison for trying to kill Patterson's brother and another 15 years in prison for robbing both men.
Authorities believe Harris allegedly committed four murders in 1992. The murder spree was interrupted in August 1992 when Harris was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for an 1991 armed robbery. Harris was paroled from prison on Jan. 20, 1995. A month later he started raping and robbing women at gunpoint. Harris also was charged with killing two men in 1995.
Most of victims Harris allegedly murdered were older men. Harris robbed, raped and murdered to feed a drug habit, police said. In total Harris was charged with six murders, 13 armed robberies and six sexual assaults.
When he was charged, some Chicago police detectives noted Harris, who at the tiem of his arrest was 23, didn't fit the usual mold of a serial killer, having been raised in a stable home with good parents.
David Wayne McCall (6) In 1996, an Irving woman who worked as a prostitute escaped from a man who was sexually assaulting her. With the help of witnesses, police arrested David McCall, who was convicted and sentenced to five years' probation.
Evidence in that crime prompted police in Irving, Carrollton, Coppell and Dallas to home in on McCall as a suspect in the unsolved slayings of six women between 1991 and 1996, Irving police Sgt. Tim Kelly said.
According to Kelly authorities have uncovered physical evidence linking the slayings and believe that McCall will be linked through DNA to the deaths.
A Dallas judge ruled yesterday that there is probable cause for McCall to stand trial in the Aug. 13, 1995, slaying of 39- year-old Catherine Casler of Coppell, who was stabbed multiple times while on an early- morning jog. The case is scheduled to go to a Dallas County grand jury, Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Bill Wirskye said.
Kelly described McCall, 35, as an intelligent man who traveled as much as 270 miles a day across North Texas installing siding for a major retailer. Kelly said that Irving police are investigating whether McCall could be tied to other unsolved homicides and sexual assaults. "He's a pretty intelligent guy, but science may very well be what gets him," Kelly said.
McCall has been convicted of a variety of serious crimes: the sexual assault of a young female jogger on an Indiana college campus when he was 15; the 1989 attempted kidnapping of a female jogger in Coppell; and the Irving sexual assault, in which a knife was used, Kelly and other officials said.
The pocketknife used in the assault appears to be the same type used in the Coppell slaying, according to the arrest warrant in the Coppell case. McCall told detectives that on the day of the slaying, he was on a cocaine binge and went to Coppell to get money for drugs from his wife, who worked at a convenience store there.
"He's very cocky, but he also seems like he's ready to tell you upfront that he doesn't recall or remember what he was doing because he was in a drug daze," Kelly said. "That leaves him an out."
The body of Casler, a nurse, was found in a lot on MacArthur Boulevard in Coppell, several blocks from the Sparrow Lane house she shared with her husband, Raymond Casler.
Carrollton police have identified Mr. McCall as a suspect in the slaying of LaCresia Tisdale, 22, in January 1991.
He's also suspected in the deaths of Lacheke A. Grandberry, Alysia Ann Beasley and Ida Gee, all found dead in Dallas between October 1995 and January 1996. Staci Terrell, 25, was found shot to death near Wyche Park in Irving in November 1995.
Though Mrs. Casler was a suburban housewife, the women slain in the five other unsolved cases were prostitutes with drug problems, police said. Three were shot, one was strangled and the other was stabbed.
Debbie Fornuto (6) Amid a long history of bungling by bureaucrats, authorities have begun building a case against Debbie Fornuto whose six babies were all allegedly cot-death victims. Death certificates for all the children, none of whom lived longer than two years, have now been changed by Cook County's current medical examiner, altering the cause of death from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to "undetermined". Prosecutors, not mincing words, believe "that all of the deaths were caused by suffocation, and the manner of death is homicide".
Authorities were slow to question any connection between the deaths because Debbie's children were born under different names, or to different men, or in different towns, between 1972 and 1987. Suspicions over the deaths were first raised in 1980, after the fourth baby died. Harry Gedzius, whose brother Delos was then married to Debbie, reported to the medical examiner that her three previous babies had all died mysteriously and was assured that the matter would be investigated.
Debbie's first baby, Denise Marie, born in 1972 when her mother was an unmarried schoolgirl, died six weeks after birth. Over the next four years two more of her babies died. In 1980 -- while married to Delos -- her son Jason died six days after his first birthday. Delos Jr, her fifth child, lived to the ripe age of two but died in 1984. Three years later, baby Danny died 10 weeks after being born.
Daniel Blank (6) Authorities in Polk County, Texas, arrested 35-year-old Daniel Blank on November 14 for six slayings over the past two years in southeast Louisiana. Sheriff Jeff Wiley of Ascension Parish, La., said Blank confessed on videotape to stabbing, bludgeoning or shooting six people -- bosses, neighbors, and customers -- to pay for his gambling habit.
Most attacks were on older victims who lived mostly in upscale neighborhoods and homes. He says some of the victims were targets because they had safes in their homes. Folks in the piney woods town of Onalaska, Texas, say Blank told them he'd moved there last summer to get himself, his wife and their four kids away from crime. A search of Blank's house trailer turned up a machete with traces of blood and human hair on it. According to an ex-employer, "he wanted to have things he never could afford" and at times seemed to have a lot of cash. "He was an excellent mechanic, though, an excellent transmission man."
Blank, one of eight children, grew up in Paulina, in rural St. James Parish. He was sent to a reform school when he was young. Audrey Louque, a sister who lives in Gramercy, said the arrest stunned family members. "He was always quiet," she said. "He never got into trouble since he was in reform school." Next-door neighbors Penny and Mike Darling said the Blanks never tried to make friends or invite the Darlings' children to play with theirs. "After a while, I figured they only wanted to be friends with elderly people. Those are the only people they were real nice to."
On July 23, 1998 prosecutors have dropped two counts of first-degree murder against the ex-girlfriend of alleged serial killer, Daniel Blank. Police arrested Cynthia Bellard days after arresting Blank on five different murder charges in the river parishes. In exchange for having the charges dropped Bellard has agreed to testify about Blank's seven-month killing spree.
On April 11, 2000, a Lousiana District Court convicted Daniel Blank of first-degree murder for the second time and proscribed him a second death penalty. Authorities have charged Blank of killing six River Parishes residents during break-ins. Blank, 37, was convicted September of last year of killing Gonzales resident Lillian Philippe, 71, and sentenced to death by lethal injection. He has yet to stand trial for the murders of Victor Rossi, 41, of St. Amant; Barbara Bourgeois, 58, of Paulina; and Sam and Louella Arcuri, 76 and 69, of LaPlace.
In this his latest trial Blank was convicted of first-degree murder in the May 1997 death of Joan Brock, 55. Jurors saw Blank confess on videotape to stabbing Brock with a butcher knife and stealing her family safe. Defense lawyers argued that Blank, who blamed his crimes on his gambling addiction, was coerced into confessing.
Milton Rhea, an Alexandria counseling psychologist, testified that Blank had a low IQ and an abnormal personality. Rhea also said that Blank suffers from a schizo-affective paranoia disorder, which makes him feel incredibly inadequate and anxiety-ridden at all times. As a child, Blank was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike. Not surprisingly he is believed to suffer from some sort of brain injury.
Ronald Goebel, a neuropsychologist from Shreveport, said that the injury did not affect Blank's brain function. Goebel said Blank had a mild brain dysfunction that caused a learning disability, which, in turn, caused Blank to be frustrated and angry. "While a learning disability may be very frustrating, even little boys with learning disabilities can grow up to be productive citizens," Goebel added. "I don't think criminal behavior should be excused."
Ferdinand Gamper (6) On February, 1996, the sleepy spa town of Merano in northern Italy was dubbed "the city of fear" by the Italian press after four murders over a three week period. "We are all living in fear," said Franz Alber, the Mayor, "we are dealing with a psychopath." All victims were shot in the head with a .22-calibre pistol.
The killings began on February 8, when a German Bundesbank official, Hans Otto Detmering, and his companion, a local woman teacher, were shot dead in a central street. There was speculation at the time that the "Bundesbank murder" was connected with an international banking scandal or a tangled love affair. But it was followed a week later by the murder of a 58-year-old farm laborer on the outskirts of town. He too was shot in the head at close range.
On March 1, 1996, authorities identified the killer as Ferdinand Gamper, a local shepherd. After a fifth body was found in a hut near his house, police stormed his farm two miles from the town. There Ferdinand held two elderly women hostage whom he freed once the cops tear gassed the farm house. The deadly shepherd scribbled "You were too late" on a piece of paper and shot himself . During the assault one policemen died.
Hubert Geralds Jr. (6) Hubert was arrested in the summer of 1995 and charged with killing six prostitutes and drug addicts in Chicago's South Side. The string of murders began in December 1994 and continued through mid-June 1995, when Geralds was arrested after his sister turned him in. The sister had found one victim's decomposed body in a trash can near her home. He confessed to the killings, but claimed they were the results of disputes over drugs.
On November 13,1997 -- the day of his 33rd birthday -- Geralds was convicted of first-degree murder by a Chicago jury after 12 hours of deliberation. Prosecutors said Hubert was "an ugly, violent force" and defense lawyers said he had a mental age of 8. His lawyers argued that Geralds, who nodded off through much of the two-week trial, had a low IQ and suffered a childhood of savage abuse at the hands of his mother's boyfriend. But Dr. Albert Stipes, a psychiatrist for the prosecution, testified that Geralds was a "malingerer" who has faked mental illness and "played dumb" to avoid punishment.
Rory E. Conde (6) This maniac was known as the Tamiami Strangler until June 26, 1995, when he was caught by Metro-Dade police in the Miami area. Rory Conde, a Colombian native, felt so bad about his nasty habit that he scribbled on the back of his third victim a message asking police to catch him. His victims were five crack-addicted prostitutes and a transvestite hooker that looked very much like a woman. The first victim was killed September 17, 1994 and the last one on January 12, 1995.
Police got its big break in the investigation on June 19, when a prostitute was able to escape from Conde's apartment after he had bound, beaten and sexually assaulted her. DNA evidence was used to match him to five of the killings. After a manhunt costing Dade County more than one million dollars, authorities believe they have finally bagged their man.
David Berkowitz (6) Known as the Son of Sam. Another adopted serial killer in the Archives. Between June 1976 and August 1977 he terrified lovers on the streets of New York with eight shootings that left six dead. This former postal worker killed six and wounded seven after a 6,000-year-old spirit invaded his neighbor's Labrador and commanded him to do the evil. He sent numerous letters to Jimmy Breslin of the New York Daily News and the NYPD exulting his exploits. The plump killer got his moniker from a note he left at the scene of one shooting which read: "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam." Berkowitz was sentenced to six consecutive 25 years-to-life terms at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg.
While in prison Dave was assaulted and had his throat slit. He survived, but now has a fifty-six stitch necklace tattoed to his throat. Some believe that Dave was actually the fall guy and that his crimes were committed by a Satanic Sect that included his neighbor Sam and his two sons. In 1987 he converted to Christianity. In prison the chubby killer is working for 21 cents an hour as a clerk/typist for Chaplain Services. Ever the media whore, in 1997 the born-again slayer -- who has written a series of religious pamphlets that he distributes to other inmates -- sent a letter to the New York Daily News stating: "The police and the news media used to call me 'The Son of Sam,' but God has given me a new name, 'the Son of Hope,' because now my life is about hope. ... I am no longer the son of the Devil."
Richard Trenton Chase (6) This maniac became known as the "Vampire Killer of Sacramento" after a four day blood binge in January, 1978, in which he claimed six lives. Previously he had tried to inject rabbit's blood into his veins. When he was institutionalized he exhibited such strange behavior that the hospital staff nicknamed him "Dracula". He complained that someone had stolen his pulmonary artery and that his head kept changing shape. By 1977 it seemed that his delirium had been kept in check by his medication and he was released from the hospital to make room for more seriously ill patients. Apparently Rich then decided to stop taking his medication. He started thinking that his blood was turning into powder and a Nazi crime syndicate that had been haunting him since high school was paying his mother money to poison him. So he did what any other red-blooded American would do under such duress. He became a vampire.
A typically "disorganized" killer, Chase picked his victims randomly and left as much evidence as he could around his home and the crime scenes. He drained his victim's blood, blended it with body organs and drank it. It was the only way to stop his own blood from turning into powder, or so the voices in his head said. He also took some body parts home to munch on later.
Chase was arrested a few days after his 4-day bloody swan song through Sacramento. Authorities brought in FBI superstar and acclaimed author Robert Ressler to help find the killer. After his arrest Richie raved about UFO's and other imagined stalkers that were after him. He died of an overdose of antidepressants in his cell in Vacaville just after Chrismas in 1980.
Cleophus Prince Jr. (6) A former Navy machinist, Cleophus terrorized San Diego, California, stabbing six women to death and provoking the largest police manhunt in the city's history. His crime spree spanned from 1990 to his capture in 1991 and included numerous burglaries, one rape and six murders. Unlike most serial killers, Cleophus killed women outside his race. He was linked to several of the deaths by DNA evidence and jewelry in his possession that belonged to his victims. He also gave his girlfriend a rare opal ring for Christmas that belonged to his second victim.
FBI experts were called in by the prosecution to find a common thread in all the killings. The signature that connected all slayings was circles of blood smeared on all the victim's breasts. Some of the victims were stabbed up to fifty times. Prince bragged to a friend about "doing a mother and her daughter," (his last two victims) and took to wearing the mother's wedding ring on a chain around his neck. Usually Prince stalked and followed the unlucky women to their homes. There he would break in, take a knife from the kitchen and attack the women. In 1993 a jury found Cleophus guilty of six counts of first-degree murder, 20 counts of burglary and one count of rape.
John Haigh (6) Johnny began his criminal career as a swindler in England during WW2. He enjoyed inviting his victims to his so-called laboratory where he killed them and drank their blood. Then, he dropped them in a tank full of acid to dissolve their bodies. He often robbed their money and/or valuables. He was hanged in 1949.
David Selepe (6+/-) In December, 1994, South African police arrested David Selepe and charged him with the murders of 11 black women who were found in a mine dump in Cleveland. Selepe was subsequently killed on December 17, 1994, while "pointing out" the murder scene of one of his alleged victims. At Selepe's inquest, police alleged he had attacked one of the detectives with a stick before he was shot. The inquest found that no one could be held criminally responsible.
At the time of his death police claimed Selepe had been "positively linked" to six of the "Cleveland Strangler" victims. For all given purposes one could assume Selepe indeed was the mysterious slayer. However, now that Moses Sithole has emerged as South Africa's Serial Killer King, he has now been linked to four of the six victims previously linked to Selepe. David's widow, Linda Selepe is considering suing the government for the death of her husband. "They killed the truth when they killed my husband. Had they brought him to court then, the South African public would have known the truth that David was not a killer."
Edson Isidora Guimaraes (5+) For two years, officials at Rio's Salgado Filho Hospital could not understand the high death rate in the hospital's emergency intensive-care unit. The patients--many victims of grave accidents, cancer, strokes or heart disease--never had a particularly bright outlook. Still, the public hospital had invested in high-tech equipment, in new procedures and training, and the death rate had stubbornly refused to fall. That is, until they discovered the cause of the discrepancy: longtime nurse's aide Edson Guimaraes, a purported serial killer.
Guimaraes, 42, initially confessed to five murders, saying he had ended the patients' lives to ease their suffering. He also admitted to racing to notify the city's highly competitive funeral homes of the deaths, in hopes of earning a $60 tip if he was the first to report the death and the family signed a contract with the funeral home.
"He's no Dr. Kevorkian," said Flavio Silveira, the administrator of Salgado Filho, one of Rio's largest public hospitals. "This guy said he wanted to abbreviate suffering and also make some money on the side, because everybody gets some money on the side." Guimaraes' victims were mostly unconscious or comatose patients, whom he killed by lethal injection or by removing oxygen masks, prosecutors charge.
In late April a cleaning lady first spotted the gray-haired aide drawing a syringe of deadly potassium chloride from the supply room, slipping it into his pocket and then strolling into the intensive-care unit, doctors and prosecutors say. While Guimaraes made his rounds, the woman reported, he quietly pressed the needle into the IV drip bag of one of the unit's half-dozen patients and hit the plunger. Moments later the patient was dead. Alerted, administrators as a test transferred Guimaraes to an outpatient unit on his next shift. The death rate in intensive care fell to zero. When Guimaraes returned three days later, on May 4, four patients died, even as police waited in a nearby office to make an arrest.
A check of hospital records since has revealed that the unit's death rate doubled during Guimaraes' 12-hour shifts, from an average of just under two deaths to four or more. Between 1 January and 4 May, 131 of 225 deaths in the hospital's emergency ward occurred while Mr Guimaraes was on dutyAfter Guimaraes' arrest and confession, his lawyer appeared to be preparing an insanity defense. In a recent court deposition, however, Guimaraes, who has hired a new lawyer, changed his story. He said he confessed only because he was threatened by police.
Asked by reporters at a press conference if he had poisoned patients, Guimaraes said: "Some patients, yes." Asked if he had taken away patients' oxygen masks, he said: "The oxygen mask was taken away, yes. There were five patients that this happened to... I chose the patients I saw suffering, generally patients with AIDS, patients who were almost terminal. I am calm because the patients were in a coma and had no way of recovering."
Marion Albert Pruett (5+) On April 13, 1999, Marion Albert Pruett,49, was executed in Arkansas for the 1981 slaying of a convenience store clerk. Pruett, who murdered five people after entering the federal witness-protection program, asked God and his victims for forgiveness, then closed his eyes as he was injected. "I would also like to ask all the people that I ever hurt, and their family members, to forgive me for all the pain," he said. "And I forgive everybody for what's about to happen to me."
Pruett was sent to death row for the October 1981 killing of an Arkansas convenience store clerk -- one of three people he killed that week. While serving time in Georgia for bank robbery, he testified against another inmate in the slaying of his cellmate and was released in 1979 and placed in the protection program. He later said he committed the murder.
Pruett killed three people in a weeklong streak of terror that led him to dub himself a "mad-dog killer." Earlier in 1981, Pruett had killed his wife in New Mexico, and a Mississippi bank loan officer. He clobbered his wife,Pamela Sue Barker, with a ball peen hammer and set her body afire. Four days after killing the first convenience store clerk, Pruett killed two other store workers in Colorado.
He received life sentences for the four killings outside Arkansas, but got the death sentence for his conviction in the state. Pruett, who robbed the convenience stores before killing their clerks, said at his New Mexico trial that he was driven by a $4,000 a week cocaine habit.
A federal judge set aside Pruett's Arkansas conviction in 1997, saying pretrial publicity prevented him from receiving a fair trial. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the conviction and death sentence in 1998, saying Pruett helped generate some of the publicity by implicating himself in various crimes and giving himself his "mad-dog" nickname.
Elfriede Blauensteiner (5+) On January 11, 1996, this 64-year-old Austrian widow confessed to killing five people. Although she later recanted her confession authorities believe she is responsible for more deaths in a killing spree spanning over a decade. Dubbed the "Black Widow" by the local press, Elfriede confessed to murdering her husband, two former lovers and two other men because "They deserved to die." An obsessive gambler, authorities believe she killed them to fuel her expensive addiction.
Her first victim was the janitor of her apartment building who, in 1981, she "helped commit suicide" because he was abusing his wife and children. Next came her second husband, Rudolf Blauensteiner, who died in August 1992 after being in a mysterious coma for 10 days. Four months later, a wealthy woman who was Blauensteiner's neighbour in Vienna died after being cared for by her. Coincidentally, she had just changed her will in favour of Frau Elle. In June 1995, a 65-year-old man whom she met through a newspaper personal add died after spending a year in her care.
One octogenarian "companion" died of cancer before she could intefere with his healthcare. Ever the resourceful criminal, Frau Elle falsified his will to pocket a $15,000 inheritance. Another would-be-victim who survived her care said that although he had fought in World War II and had been a prisoner of war in Russia for five years, he never felt worse than he did after eating a meal cooked by his loving Elfriede.
Mrs. Blauensteiner's trial in Krems started on February 10, 1997. Because of a lack of physical evidence, Elle was only charged with the murder of Alois Pichler, a 77-year-old pensioner who died in November 1995, a few months after meeting Frau Elle through a newspaper add. Friedrich Kutschera, the state prosecutor, accused Blauensteiner of putting at least 70 doses of euglucon in his milk, a drug to lower his blood sugar.
The day before the widower's death Frau Elle gave him 20 anti-depressant tablets, left him in a room with the windows open all night and then put him in a cold bath, causing his fatal heart attack. The prosecutor also accused Harald Schmidt, Blauensteiner's former attorney, of helping her put the pensioner in the tub and of falsifying his will so that she could collect an $100,000 inheritance. Frau Elle is said to have learned about drugs to lower blood sugar when she treated a diabetic male friend who died in 1986.
On her first day in court, Elle appeared in a beige suit and clutching a little golden crucifix. "My hands are clean. I've nothing to hide," she told the throng of reporters that crowded around the steps of the courthouse in Krems, a town 30 miles west of Vienna. Asked if she would plead guilty, she said: "I would never kill. I believe in my innocence." Then, in a strange existential moment, she proclaimed: "Death is only the beginning of eternal life."
Meanwhile Elfi has released her memoirs in the Austrian weekly "News". In them she claims that she has done nothing evil, because she only wanted to help her husbands. Always the optimist, Elfriede still hopes to marry again once her legal troubles wash over.
Unfortunately for her, on March 7, 1997, she was found guilty of the first degree murder of Alois Pichlerand sentenced to life in prison. Schmidt -- her former lawyer -- got seven years for helping the frau with the crime and forging the victim's will.
Paul Dennis Reid (5+) Arrested in June, 1997 after he tried to kidnap his former boss at a Shoney's restaurant, Paul, a 39-year-old Texas parolee with a history of restaurant armed robberies, was charged with killing three people at a McDonald's on March 23 and two employees at a nearby Captain D's on Feb. 16. As well as the five murders in the two Nashville fast-food emporiums, Reid, an aspiring country singer, is under investigation in connection with 14 similar slayings; the 1993 massacre of seven workers at Brown's Chicken & Pasta restaurant in Palatine, Illinois; the January, 1997, slaying of a Shoney's night manager in Nashville; and the April kidnap-slaying of two Baskin-Robbins ice cream workers in Clarksville.
A footprint from the Palatine case shows the killer wore a size 12 1/2-14 shoe. Reid wears a 12 1/2. Police also said their suspect was between 6 feet and 6-foot-6. Reid is 6-foot-3. The workers there were herded into a cooler and shot in the head at point-blank range. The workers at McDonald's and Captain D's were taken to the back of the restaurant and shot in the head. Reid was fired from his job as a cook at a Shoney's restaurant on Feb. 15. The next day, a Captain D's manager and co-worker were found shot to death in an apparent robbery. Captain D's is a fast-food fish chain owned by Shoney's and located a few miles from the restaurant where Reid worked.
In court Jose Antonio Ramirez Gonzalez , the lone survivor of a bloody massacre at the McDonald's, testified that he was repeatedly stabbed by his attacker after the gun used to kill his three co-workers didn't go off. Jose Antonio said the assailant, who he identified as Reid, pointed the gun at his head and fired "but nothing came out. He fired and I heard the click." Reid wiped tears from his eyes during several times during the testimony, often shaking his head in apparent disbelief.
In June 26, 1997, Reid was charged with kidnap-slaying of -- Michelle Mace, 16, and Angela Holmes, 21 -- two Baskin-Robbins ice cream workers. However, he was ruled him out in the 1993 massacre of seven workers at Brown's Chicken & Pasta restaurant because he had an alibi.
On September 22, 1999, a jury in Clarksville, Tennessee, sentenced Reid to death for the murder of the two ice cream shop employees. Reid, who is already facing execution for killing two fast-food workers in Nashville, showed no emotion when the decision was read. He now faces a third trial in November on charges he killed three workers at a Nashville McDonald's in March 1997. Reid's attorneys, claiming his client suffered brain damage as a child, argued he should be spared execution because of his "broken brain." Prosecutors said he should die because of the cruelty of the murders and his past crimes.
Marc Dutroux (5+) On August 13, 1996, Marc Dutroux, a 39-year-old pederast and unemployed electrician, was arrested after he "delivered" to authorities two near-starved girls, who where held captive in a concrete dungeon hidden underneath his home in the Belgian village of Sars-la-Buissiäre.
Police stumbled on Dutroux's trail when a passer-by noted the number of his van as he snatched Laetitia Delheze, a 14-year-old girl, as she walked back from a swimming pool on August 9. The number was traced back to Dutroux and his home near Charleroi where they found Laetitia and Sabine Dardeene, 12, who had been missing for about three months. Both girls were drugged and sexually abused.
Four days later the police discovered the remains of two eight-year-old girls -- Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo -- buried in the back yard of his house. The two girls died of starvation when Dutroux was arrested and incarcerated for an unrelated violation. According to Dutroux, Bernard Weinstein, an associate who was also found buried under the tile patio garden, failed to feed the trapped girl.
Upon his release, Dutroux -- not the reasoning type -- killed Weinstein in a fit of anger after he found the girls dead. Later Dutroux's, Michele Martin, told police that she was supposed to feed and look after the girls while her husband was in prison, but was too terrified to enter their cell.
And so one of the most horrifying episodes in Belgian history unfolded with gruesome regularity. By September 3rd two more bodies -- An Marchal, 17, and Eefje Lambreks, 19, who were abducted in 1995 while on holiday in Ostend -- were discovered in his home in Jumet, one of six properties owned by the unemployed electrician. For the rest of 1996 Dutroux, an exceptionally cold and calculating control-freak, confessed to six more murders and manipulated authorities into digging up half of Belgium -- and even borrowing a ground radar from Scotland Yard that was used to search for bodies in Fred and Rosemary West's infamous "House of Horrors" --in a vain attempt at unearthing more bodies.
As the horror-show continued, Dutroux emerged as the kingpin of an international child-prostitution ring that he ran with his wife and five associates from six houses around the Charleroi region in Southern Belgium. Two police officers have been charged with helping Dutroux and his accomplices in their car-theft and drug-pushing rings. The Interpol has been investigating the activities of the paedophile ring in connection to disappearances in neighboring European nations.
Waves of deep outraged swept through the Belgium when leaked police documents were published showing that the police had been receiving tip-offs from an informer since 1993, warning that Dutroux was "building cells" to hold kidnapped children. In 1996 the police made two visits to the house where the two girls were held captive and said they believed Dutroux when he said the voices they heard were those of his own children.
Adding insult to civic injury, the Belgian Government launched an inquiry into the failure of authorities to act on complaints about the activities of "Short-eyes" Dutroux, who was released from jail in 1992 after serving three years of a 13-year sentence for raping and abducting five girls. Even King Albert II of Belgium entered the controversy, expressing his shock over the shortcomings of the national judicial system that freed such a dangerous individual.
The horrors of Dutroux's unchecked criminality have devastated Belgium's socio-political framework. Many civic and political figures have been linked with the pederast's child-pornography, drug-dealing and car-theft rings. Authorities have been accused of bungling and interfering with the case. Some suspect that the wily paedophile enjoyed high-level protection by procuring young children to high ranking public officials. The very foundations of this placid European nation have been cracked by this unfolding and far reaching scandal.
Most Belgians believe that Dutroux escaped arrest for so long because he had links with police and magistrates in a nationwide child sex and petty crime ring. On one occasion, while he was holding two eight-year-olds in a cell under his house, police officers searching for missing girls heard children whimpering nearby. Despite knowing that Dutroux was a convicted pedophile they accepted his explanation that they were his own children.
To date five bodies have been uncovered -- four young girls and a man -- and Dutroux is suspected of 12 other deaths, including a young girl who disappeared in Slovenia. On February 2, 1997 Dutroux was charged with the murder of the two teenagers who where found in his property in Jumet.
Lawrence Bittaker & Roy Norris (5+) While in prison Lawrence and Roy decided that when they got out it would be cool to kill a bunch of teen-age girls of different ages and record it on tape and film. By 1978 they started implementing the plan. They lured young girls inside their van dubbed the "Murder Mack" and brutally raped and killed them. On November 20, 1979 they were arrested for an assault in Hermosa Beach. While in custody Norris cracked and started babbling insanely about murder. In the "Murder Mack" the police found a tape recording of the final moments of one of their victims, Jaqueline Lamp, as well as pictures of five hundred smiling girls. Police identified nineteen missing girls in their stack of photos and believe that the two ex cons could be responsible for the murder of thirty or forty women. However, they were only convicted of five killings.
Danny Harold Rolling (5+) Known as the "Gainesville Ripper," this monster terrorized the Gainesville, Florida, community for a short time in August, 1990, with the mutilation-slayings of one male and four female college students. The victims -- Sonja Larson, 18, Christina Powell, 17, Christa Hoyt, 19, Tracy Paules, 23 and Manuel Taboada, 23 -- were all brutally mutilated. One was decapitated. Evidence links Danny to a similar triple murder of a family in Shreveport, Louisiana, committed in November, 1989. He now awaits execution on Florida's Death Row and has written his autobiography, "The Making of a Serial Killer", with his friend and lover, Sondra London, a former girlfriend of the late serial killer, Gerard John Schaefer. In keeping with the times Danny, like Charles Manson, is maintaning his own web site featuring his writings and art works.
George Putt (5+) Physically and emotionally abused as a child, this Memphis, Tennessee, predator was socially and psychologically handicapped from the get go. His father was a drifter and a drunk who enjoyed beating his seven children with regularity. Before he was eighteen George had already been arrested several times for acts of violence against women and other assorted crimes. During a football game in reform school George was kicked on the head and knocked out for several minutes and may have sustained permanent brain damage.
After his accident poor George started sleepwalking with his eyes open and alternately having blackouts and violent seizures. He continued demonstrating his "sociopathic personality" throughout the sixties. Psychological testing revealed a "morbid preoccupation with blood and gore" as he continued with his career as a violent criminal.
By 1967 he married a Mississippi woman from whom he demanded sexual gratification six to eight time a day. A charming and tactful fellow, in 1969 he tried to rape his own mother-in-law on three different occasions. Shortly after the third attempted rape, authorities believed George committed his first murder. By March of 1969 George's deadly habits were in full swing. He began his killing spree by brutally murdering a couple. He tied the woman to the bed, raped her and mutilated her vagina and anus with a pair of surgical scissors.
A week and a half later he clobbered to death an 80-year-old widow and mutilated her genitalia with a butcher knife. Four days later a third woman was bound and stabbed fourteen times. He attacked his fifth victim in her home on September 11. Neighbors heard her screams and called the police. After a wild chase through the streets of Memphis Georgie-Boy was caught smeared in the blood of his last victim. He was found guilty of all his crimes and given the death penalty. When the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty, George was handed a 497-year sentence. Always the good sport, George chuckled when the judge read him the sentence.
Robert Zarinsky (2-6+) On August 19, 1999, Judith Sapsa implicated her brother Robert Zarinsky and her cousin, Theodore Schiffer, in the 1958 killing of Rahway Police Officer Charles Bernoskie. Sapsa came forth after Zarinsky accused her husband, Peter, of stealing more than 100-thousand dollars from an inheritance Zarinsky's mother had left him.
Zarinsky was convicted in 1975 of murdering the 17-year-old Atlantic Highlands girl. After Zarinsky's sister, Judith Sapsa, implicated her brother and their cousin in the cop killing, authorities in Monmouth, Union and Middlesex counties began this week focusing on Zarinsky as a possible suspect in four long-unsolved murders.
Zarinsky had been a suspect all along in the deaths of three teenage girls besides Calandriello, but was never charged in the other cases. "Let me tell you something. Back then, when we prosecuted him, we were convinced beyond a doubt that he was a serial killer," John T. Mullaney, the former assistant prosecutor in Monmouth County who tried Zarinsky in the Calandriello case. "We knew he had killed Rosemary. We also knew he had killed the two from Woodbridge, though I couldn't prove it," he said.
The bodies of Doreen Carlucci, 14, and Joanne Delardo, 15,who lived in the Colonia section of Woodbridge, were found in Monmouth County, beaten and strangled with an electrical cord.
"I also knew he killed Linda Balabanow, though they wouldn't try it," Mullaney said, referring to a Union Township teen whose body was found floating in the Raritan River in Middlesex County.
Middlesex County authorities didn't think they had enough evidence to bring Zarinsky to trial for Balabanow's murder, but Monmouth County authorities were willing to gamble.
"I stuck my head out. I just thought, there were just too many dead young females, too many bodies," Mullaney added. "There are people alive today that wouldn't be alive if he was still on the street."
Investigators with drills and saws tore apart a "haunted house" in Linden,New Jersey, looking for evidence that might link Zarinsky to the unsolved slayings of at least at least four more teenage girls. Officials from eight law enforcement agencies, including the State Police and FBI, were hoping to find personal belongings that Robert Zarinsky, 59, might have taken from his victims and stashed in the house he inherited from his mother.
Judith Sapsa, his sister, startled authorities in recent weeks by talking about her brother's role in Bernoskie's slaying as well as in the disappearance of "five to 10" girls. Sapsa, described to police her childhood home under the "hypnotic" domination by her sadistic brother Robert who repeatedly beat her, debased their father, and tortured animals.
Judith came forward after her husband, Peter, was charged in June with stealing $110,500 from a mutual fund that Zarinsky inherited when their mother died in 1995. Zarinsky, now at Northern State Prison in Newark, unwittingly inspired the new investigations by reporting the missing money.
According to police the Sapsas took the money because of mounting medical bills. Peter Sapsa worked in supermarkets and is now on disability awaiting a heart transplant. Judith Sapsa, who is recovering from cancer, never worked outside the home.
In trouble since age 14 and periodically under psychiatric care, Zarinsky was arrested at age 21 for desecrating a cemetery and setting lumberyard fires. He was a self-styled Nazi who commanded two or three like-minded friends, but imagined he led an entire army.
Interrupting a robbery at a car dealership, Rahway Patrolman Bernoskie was gunned down in 1958, when Zarinsky was a teenager. No one was arrested at the time. Last week though, Zarinsky's cousin, Schiffer, was arrested in the officer's death, and Zarinsky was named as a second suspect.
Robert Zarinsky's history of violence and delusions of power began as a teenager, and at 14, he was admitted to Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.
Zarinsky, who turns 59 next month, is in prison for the 1969 murder of a 17-year-old Atlantic Highlands girl. He has been implicated by his sister in the 1958 slaying of a Rahway police officer, when he was 18, and is a suspect in the murders of at least four teenage girls in the late 1960s and early '70s.
The night that officer Bernoskie was gunned down, the policeman was able to get off several rounds, injuring Zarinsky. But Zarinsky's mother, Veronica, tended to his wounds at home and swore the family to silence.
When he was 21 and charged with the desecration of 1,500 headstones at the Rosedale-Linden Cemetery and setting five lumberyards on fire, he maintained he was insane and did not know right from wrong.
When he was 34 and brought in for a lineup in the murder of Rosemary Calandriello, guards were told not to let him alter his facial hair. He had long sideburns in a mutton chop style and a goatee. But when the guards were not looking, he got a hold of some hair-removal cream.
During Zarinsky's trial in 1975 for the murder of Calandriello, his wife, Lynn Zarinsky, took the stand in her husband's defense and told the jury that a pair of blue bikini panties taken from Zarinsky's car belonged to her. She also told them that she was with her husband the night of Aug. 25, 1969, when Calandriello disappeared.
Veronica doted on her son, even though he once beat Judith so badly she was out of school for two or three weeks, Weiner said. "Don't hit her in the face," was the mother's advice to her son, the lawyer said Mrs. Sapsa told him.
Demonstrating classic serial killer behavior Zarinsky, as a teenager, formed a gang, "The Panthers," and gleefully committed arson. His sister remembers his pleasure ripping the wings off a bird, or chopping the head off a bird.
Zarinsky abused his father, Julius, who ran a grocery, by pushing tomatoes into his face. When the son finished high school, he took the shop's proceeds and put his father on a $5 weekly salary. Mrs. Sapsa was about 15 in 1958 when her brother and cousin, both wounded, were brought to their Linden home by an aunt after the shootout with Officer Bernoskie, who had found the young men robbing a car dealership, Weiner said. She recalls her brother saying, "'He pissed me off, that's why I shot him,' because (Bernoskie) shot his cousin."
The young girl said she watched as her mother used tongue depressors and tweezers to extract bullets from her brother and cousin, who were spirited to the Poconos in Pennsylvania to recover. When Julius Zarinsky read in the newspaper the next day that the officer was dead, he vomited. The family never spoke about the shooting.
Julius Zarinsky was Jewish, and Veronica was not. However Robert was convicted at age 22 of desecrating hundreds of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Linden.
Dr. Robert Weitzel (5) On September, 1999, Dr. Weitzel was arrested in Bay City, Texas, about 75 miles southwest of Houston. The Salt City doctor was accused of killing five elderly patients by prescribing lethal doses of morphine and other drugs between December 30, 1995, and January 14, 1996. All five died under his care when he was director of a geriatric-psychiatric unit run by Houston-based Horizons Mental Health Management Inc. at the Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton.
The first-degree felony murder charges allege that Weitzel killed 91-year-old Ellen B. Anderson of Brigham City, 93-year-old Judith V. Larsen of Salt Lake City, 72-year-old Mary R. Crane of Salt Lake City, 90-year-old Lydia M. Smith of Centerville and 83-year-old Ennis Alldredge of Oak City. Each charge carries a sentence of five years to life. The bodies of Larsen, Crane and Alldredge were exhumed earlier this summer and autopsies performed by the state medical examiner. Weitzel has also been charged with 22 counts of fraudulently obtaining prescription pain killers. A federal indictment alleges that Dr. Robert Allan Weitzel wrote numerous prescriptions for morphine and Demerol to a handful of people but kept the drugs.
On July, 2000, Dr. Weitzel, who was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, was convicted last July of two counts of manslaughter and three counts of negligent homicide and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. On January 10, 2001, after appealing his case, the Salt Lake City psychiatrist was granted a new trial. Second District Judge Thomas L. Kay ruled that prosecutors should have disclosed pre-trial statements from a pain-management expert that could have aided the case of Dr. Robert Allen Weitzel. Kay ruled that prosecutors had a legal and ethical duty to disclose the testimony of Dr. Perry Fine to defense attorneys, and their failure to do so warranted a new trial.
"It is clear that the likelihood of a different result is sufficiently high so as to undermine the confidence in the outcome of the trial," Kay wrote. "We're very, very pleased (with the ruling) and I'm very pleased for Dr. Weitzel," said Weitzel's attorney, Peter Stirba.
Davis County Attorney Mel Wilson said his office was disappointed with the judge's decision. He said prosecutors dropped Fine, an end-of-life care and pain-management specialist, from their witness list because they did not plan to focus on end-of-life care. Fine had been hired by Davis County prosecutors to evaluate the medical records of the five patients. After reviewing the records, Fine reportedly told two assistant Utah attorney generals that he didn't support a criminal case against Weitzel.
He said the five patients were terminally ill and could have been in pain. Those issues were heavily contested during Weitzel's six-week murder trial. But Kay ruled in December that those statements should have been turned over to the doctor's defense team. His ruling Tuesday went one step further, determining the failure to do so could have affected the outcome of the trial.
Daniel Conahan Jr. (5) Suspected serial killer Daniel Conahan is believed to be responsible for five homosexual torture murders in Central Florida. Charged with the murder of Richard Montgomery, Conahan told a Florida jury he had never met the victim. But Robert Whittaker, Montgomery's former roommate in Punta Gorda, testified that Conahan came looking for Montgomery about two months before the 21-year-old's body was discovered in the woods.
Montgomery's brother-in-law said he saw Montgomery walking toward Cox Lumber April 16, 1996 -- the day he disappeared and a day before his body was found in the woods of northern Charlotte County. Prosecutors say that same day, Conahan bought rope, cutting pliers, a razor-sharp knife and Polaroid film at a Punta Gorda Wal-Mart. Then he picked Montgomery up by the lumber yard and took him for a drive. Conahan allegedly offered to pay him about $100 to engage in a nude photo shoot that included progressive bondage. Once in the woods of northern Charlotte County, they said, Conahan tied Montgomery to a tree, raped and strangled him.Though Conahan had agreed to pay Montgomery $100 for the photo shoot, but Lee said Conahan only withdrew $40 from an ATM that afternoon.
The next day, two Charlotte County workers, taking a break from inspecting roads, went off looking for good spots to hunt hogs and found a human skull. Detectives cordoned off the area looking for the rest of the remains, later identified as Kenneth Lee Smith. Nearby, they found a carpet with a body hidden under it. It was Montgomery's day-old corpse. Rope grooves were found on a nearby tree. Conahan is on trial only for Montgomery's death, but he is a suspect in Smith's murder and the murders of at least three other men whose remains have been discovered since 1994 in the woods of Florida's Charlotte County and North Port.
Charlotte County Medical Examiner R.H. Imami testified that Montgomery was strangled to death and that he had ligature marks on his body. However, Imami said the ligature marks on the body appeared to have been inflicted after death. Conahan's attorneys say whoever killed Montgomery tied him up after his death. Prosecutors say Conahan, an unemployed nurse, cut off Montgomery's genitals because he knew if he left them, authorities would trace his DNA to the body through saliva.
Investigators said Conahan, an unemployed nurse at the time of his arrest, had a penchant for picking up drifters to take nude photographs and a proclivity for sexual violence. He allegedly offered transients money to take nude pictures in the woods near Fort Myers, then tied them to trees and killed them. All of the victims were male; most were found naked, with strangulation marks around their necks.
Less than three months after Montgomery¹s body was found, Conahan was arrested, but only on charges that he attempted to kill a Fort Myers drifter, Stanley Burden, two years earlier. Burden later identified Dan as Conahan. He testified that he realized the agreement he made with Conahan to pose nude with progressive bondage scenes was a mistake when the ropes tightened around his neck. Burden said he finally escaped after Conahan gave up trying to strangle him after about 30 minutes.
Conahan took the stand in his trial and admited that he solicited Burden for oral sex in 1994, but denied that he tried to strangle him. He also denied ever meeting Montgomery. "I have fantasized about bondage," Conahan said. "But that is not my only fantasy."
Conahan, who faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder, denies everything. His defense attorney, Mark Ahlbrand, claims a bad back made Conahan incapable of committing the crimes. Investigators said the murders started in February 1994. The last body was discovered April 17, 1996, in Charlotte County when a government employee found a severed human head and Montgomery's body in the woods.
Conahan was discharged from the Navy at Great Lakes, Ill., in 1978, a year after he enlisted, under the threat of court martial for several counts of sodomy and physical assault. Prosecutors described Conahan as a gay, sex-driven killer who fantasized about raping, photographing and strangling young men. Defense attorneys argue that he¹s being falsely targeted for his openly gay lifestyle.
In his trial forensic scientists testified that fibers from Conahan's car, his father's car and his home were discovered at the murder scene in northern Charlotte County. A metallic blue paint chip ‹ identical in nature and color to a chip missing from his father's Mercury Capri ‹ was found in Montgomery¹s pubic hair. Conahan showed little emotion throughout the trial, although he cried at one point last week when his ex-lover ‹ who has AIDS ‹ testified of the accused¹s bondage fantasy.
On August 18, 1999, the suspected torture killer was found guilty in the death of transient Richard Montgomery. Sentencing was scheduled for September 13.
Li Yuhui (5) On March 23, 1999, Li Yuhui, a Chinese geomancer was sentenced to death for poisoning five Hong Kong women and stealing $150,000, the official Xinhua news agency said. A court in the southern city of Shantou sentenced Li Yuhui to death and confiscated his property after finding him guilty of murdering three Hong Kong women and two teenage girls in July.
He was accused of selling them deadly cups of cyanide in Hong Kong, claiming it would add years to their lives. Li, a 47-year-old Shantou resident, was a self-styled master of feng shui, a traditional Chinese belief that fortunes are decided by stars and the elements. He pleaded not guilty to the charges early this month and insisted he had only acted as an assistant to a second feng shui master who performed the ritual.
Juan Chavez (5) On June 22, 1999, Juan Chavez, 35, was handed five consecutive life sentences for killing five gay men between 1986 and 1989.Strangely Chavez said he killed the men in an attempt to stop the spread of AIDS. The crusading killer agreed to the life sentence under a plea bargain that saved him from the death penalty.
Prosecutor Mike Duarte said Chavez allowed himself to be picked up at locations frequented by gay Hispanic men and used the promise of sex to lure the men to their homes. Then, he tied them up forced them to disclose their ATM access codes, strangled them with exercise ropes, neckties and electrical cords, and stole their vehicles. Prosecutors believe Chavez may have killed other gay men.
The killing spree began in July 1986 when 46-year-old Alfred Rowswell was found strangled in his Los Angeles apartment. Rowswell's car was found later that year in Utah, but fingerprints on the windows initially proved inconclusive. Then in 1989, Chavez killed four men in two months: 57-year-old Ruben Panis, 48-year-old Donald Kleeman, 46-year-old Michael Allen Cates and 52-year-old Leo Hildebrand.
Los Angeles police detectives found a photo of a man using one of the victims' ATM cards and circulated it at local gay bars. But without more evidence the cases went nowhere. Detectives got a lucky break in 1994, when they finally matched a fingerprint on Rowswell's car to a prisoner in Washington state. The inmate said he got the car from Chavez. Detectives tracked down Chavez who was in prison for an unrelated 1996 kidnapping and obtained a confession from him.
Lorenzo Fayne (5) Confessed Illinois serial killer Lorenzo Fayne will be investigated for possible links to unsolved local homicides committed when he lived in Milwaukee. Lorenzo Fayne, 30, who is already serving a life sentence for the beating death of a 6-year-old boy in East St. Louis, Illinois, last week pleaded guilty to killing four girls in the East St. Louis area between 1992 and 1994.
In 1993 he also confessed to murdering four girls in East St. Louis and neighboring Centreville, Ill., but a recantation of that confession and legal maneuvering spared Fayne conviction in the girls' deaths until now. In court, Fayne was convicted of fatally stabbing Latondra Dean, 14, in March 1992, strangling 9-year-old Fallon Flood in July 1992, stabbing Glenda Jones, 17, in June 1993, and stabbing Faith Davis, 17, in July 1994.
Upon learning that Fayne had finally been convicted of murdering the girls, Milwaukee Police Chief Arthur Jones said that he would ask his investigators if Fayne warrants another look. According to Illinois State Police, Fayne regularly traveled between Milwaukee and East St. Louis between 1989 and 1993. Fayne's attorney said his client has never confessed to any other killings except the five to which he pleaded guilty.
Waneta Hoyt (5) Baby killer Waneta Hoyt, 52, died on August 13, 1998, of pancreatic cancer at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York state, where she was serving a sentence of 75 years to life for smothering her five children from 1965 to 1971,.
After a doctor diagnosed Mrs. Hoyt with pancreatic cancer last year, her lawyer attempted to get her released from prison while she appealed her convictions. But New York does not allow medical parole for anyone convicted of murder, first-degree manslaughter or certain sex offenses. The lethal mom was found guilty in April 1995 of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder for killing her children.
The children, who ranged in age from 48 days to 2 years, were initially thought to have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Mrs. Hoyt confessed in 1994 that she smothered her children to stop them from crying. She later recanted in court, saying state police tricked and coerced her into the admission.
Gary Evans (5) On August 14, 1998, suspected serial killer Gary Evans died when he kicked out the window of a police van and jumped -- with his hands and feet shackled -- into the Hudson River while on his way to a court appearance. Evans, 43, was being transported from Troy by U.S. Marshalls to a federal court appearance in Albany. Evans, a convicted antiques thief, was accused of killing five men, including three accomplices. Police said Evans had confessed to the murders and led them to three of the bodies this summer while he was jailed on unrelated theft charge.
Russell Keys (5) On July 23, 1998, Dominique Keys, a Phoenix woman was accused of killing her British husband, Russell Keys, after he allegedly claimed to have killed five women in England. Russell Keys and his wife, Dominique, were staying at a friend's Phoenix home while he applied for U.S. citizenship. Keys allegedly detailed to his wife and friend, Paul Gilligan, how he killed five lovers and buried their bodies along British beaches. Keys claimed his victims included women from Portugal, France and Morocco.
In each case, Gilligan said Keys was rejected in attempts to marry the women and obtain new citizenship. He added that Keys took British police to a beach to show them the graves but led them to the wrong place. Tuesday morning, Gilligan said he heard three shots and then found the body of 41 year-old Russell Keys. Fifty-four-year-old Dominique Keys was arrested. Detectives say she claims to have shot Russell in self-defense as he tried to strangle her.
"The Foxglove Killers" (5) The operation, dubbed "Foxglove," began in 1994 when police began investigating suspicious deaths of five elderly men found with the heart drug digitalis -- a natural poison derived from the foxglove plant -- in their bodies. All deaths were linked to a ring of young gypsie women who seduced and married the older men shortly before their deaths. The men were allegedly killed between 1984 and 1994 after being bilked out of more than $1 million in cash, property holding and investments. The eight suspects are believed to be part of the Tene-Bimbo clan in New York. The family's notoriety grew after they were highlighted in a 1974 book by Peter Maas called "King of the Gypsies," about three generations of New York Gypsies.
Department sources said investigators and prosecutors had debated for years whether they could ever convince a jury that any of the victims were actually murdered. The original investigators were pulled off the case and later accused of internal misconduct charges for allegedly violating police procedural guidelines. For several years, the Foxglove investigation was referred to as the "Case from Hell" by those who were close to it.
While traces of digitalis were found in the bodies of five alleged victims, they all were originally determined to have died of natural causes, according to law enforcement sources. The bodies of four men - Philip H. Steiner Jr., 93; Konstantin K. Liotweizen, 92; Nicholas C. Bufford, 87; and Stephen Storvick, 91 - were exhumed in 1994 for autopsies. An autopsy also was conducted on a fifth man, Harry Glover Hughes, 94, when he died in March 1994.
Marthinus Jakobus Stapelberg (5) A 22-year-old Internal Stability Unit policeman in South Africa, Marthinus was convicted of five counts of murder and three of attempted murder, theft and robbery with aggravating circumstances for a three-month shooting spree which ended with his arrest in February, 1996.
The racist killer told the Johannesburg High Court he had watched the film Natural Born Killers at least four times and that it had had an influence on his life. He found the violence in the film "satisfying". In court he said he "felt nothing" while killing, especially if his victims were black because he "hated blacks." Now in prison, Marthinus has found Christ and his life had changed for the better.
Nicholas Lungisa Ncama (5) On April 4, 1998, South African alleged serial killer Nicholas Lungisa Ncama escaped from police custody. Nick, age 29, was arrested in November, 1997, after a three-month police hunt in connection with several murders around Port Elizabeth. Ncama is alleged to have murdered 15-year-old Sonia Zanto of KwaMagxaki, whose semi-naked body was found in an empty room in KwaZakhele in October.
His second alleged victim -- killed in September -- was the wife of a Port Elizabeth Methodist minister, Cynthia Ndlaku. Ncama has also been linked to the deaths of provincial legislature secretary Nompumelelo Mpushe, whose body was found near Fort Jackson; Prasella Dayal (41) and her 5-year-old daughter Rishmi, both of East London, and a policewoman, Constable Gloria Ngcizela, whose body was found at a bus stop at Empa near Umtata in May.
Andrew Phillip Cunanan (5) A "typical party boy" in San Diego's gay community, Andy was the target of a nationwide manhunt that came to a frenzy when he shot executed Gianni Versace in broad daylight in front of his Miami Beach mansion. Not the typical serial killer type, Cunanan was described by all who knew him as a "social beast" -- a darkly handsome bespectacled individual that was well educated, intelligent, charming and extremely friendly. At first police believed his murderous rampage stemmed from being diagnosed with the HIV virus. However, three unidentified sources told the Miami Herald that tests performed during the autopsy on his body showed he did not have the AIDS virus raising new questions about his deadly rampage.
The cross-country murder drama began on April 29, 1997, when police discovered the bludgeoned body of Jeffrey Trail, a district manager for a Minneapolis gas company, rolled in a carpet in the apartment of Minneapolis architect David Madson. On Trail's answering machine, police found a message from Cunanan inviting him to Madson's apartment. Madson, 33, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds four days later on the edge of a lake north of Minneapolis. Friends and relatives said that Cunanan was Madson's former lover. Police believe that Madson might have been killed after he witnessed the Trail murder.
Next to go was Lee Miglin, 72, a millionaire real estate developer whose stabbed and slashed body was found May 4 wrapped in plastic in the garage next to his townhouse in Chicago's posh Gold Coast neighborhood. After the murder the killer reportedly fixed himself a ham sandwich and shaved with the dead man's razor. The morning after the murder was discovered police found Madson's red Jeep Cherokee parked near Miglin's home and Miglin's green 1994 Lexus missing.
On May 9 the green 1994 Lexus reappeared in a Pennsville, New Jersey cemetery along with the body of a caretaker, William Reese, 45, who had been shot in the head. It is unclear why Cunanan went to the Finn's Point National Cemetery, but after killing Reese he stole his red 1995 Chevy pick-up truck.
As the manhunt continued, photos of Cunanan were been plastered on the FBI's Web page and in gay nightspots from New York City to San Francisco. Police and acquaintances said Andy -- who enjoyed a life of luxury and claimed to be the son of a wealthy Filipino plantation owner -- was actually a hustler supported by older, wealthy men. His mother, not mincing words, described him as a "high class male prostitute." Others said he was a fun-loving, big spending charmer with a distinctive laugh.
The youngest of four children, Andrew was a precocious, handsome child, Orth writes. By third grade, Andrew had demonstrated his intelligence, scoring 147 on an IQ test that earned him a spot in a gifted program at school. But his brains weren't all that set him apart from his peers.
For a costume party in eighth grade, he dressed up as the Prince of Wales, a silk ascot wrapped around his neck. At a friend's birthday party, he complained that there was no Perrier. While his classmates ate sandwiches from brown bags, he ate lobster and rice.
"If you could make one wish, what would it be?" he was asked on a school application. "Success, a house overlooking the ocean, two Mercedes, four beutiful [sic] children, three beatiful [sic] dogs and a good relationship with God," Andrew wrote. His high school class voted him "Least likely to be forgotten."
After a couple of months of anonymity Andy blasted his way into the national consciousness when he targeted fashion mogul Gianni Versace at the doorsteps to his Miami Beach mansion. On the morning of July 15 he shot Versace on the head at point-blank range outside his South Beach villa. After the killing Cunanan brazenly walked away from the dying Versace and left a pile of bloody clothing in a nearby parking structure next to the red pick-up truck he stole from his previous victim.
For days after the killing more than 400 FBI agents scoured the 250-mile stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast searching for the elusive killer. Back in the Philipinnes, Andy's father, Modesto Cunanan said his son was innocent and insisted he was not gay. Modesto, a former stockbroker in California who abandoned the family in 1988 and fled to the Philippines when he learned he was wanted for alleged illegal financial dealings, disputed his ex-wife Maryann Cunanan's assertion that his son was a male prostitute. "My son is not like that... He had a Catholic upbringing. He was an altar boy."
Chameleonesque Andy, known for adroitly using disguises and makeup to change his appearance, was believed by the FBI to be walking the streets of Miami as a woman. As his nationwide manhunt captured headlines worldwide, Cunanan sightings poured in from as far as New Hampshire. Meanwhile in South Florida, Cunanan-mania reached a fevered pitch when several men vaguely resembling the handsome killer were assaulted in gay bars and clubs by panicked would-be vigilantes.
All speculation came to an abrupt end on July 23 when the lifeless body of America's Most Wanted killer was found in a two-story houseboat two and a half miles from the Versace crime scene. Ironically, the crafty killer blew his face off in a final act of public manipulation. Curiously, the killer had grown a beard dispelling any previous theories that he had reinvented himself as a drag queen.
Following Cunanan's death, Fernando Carreira, the caretaker who heard a shot in the houseboat that lead to the discovery of his body, filed several lawsuits claiming the $55,000 reward money for his capture. City officials in both New York and Miami Beach said the caretaker's call was not so much a tip as "happenstance" therefore making him ineligible for the reward. Showing a little more class, the FBI and the Manhattan-based Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project were quick to fork over their part of the reward money. Eventually Miami authorities paid there share of the reward, leaving New York City as the one cheapskate who has not paid up.
In a final note, two films about Cunanan and the murder of Gianni Versace have launched into production. The first, developed by ABC and Avenue Pictures, will not -- according to Cary Brokaw, the Chairman of Avenue -- be "a headline-exploiting movie." The second, bankrolled by Warner Brothers, reportedly has Madonna playing the part of Versace's sister, Donatella, and the Starship Commander Patrick Stewart as the famed fashion designer. Robert Downey Jr. -- freshly out of rehab -- is being sought to play Cunanan. Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, the supermodels, will also be featured as, one would guess, supermodels. And, of course, like the Avenue Pictures production, it will be done in good taste and it won't be exploitative.
Two months after Andy's death Modesto Cunanan, his prodigal dad, arrived in LA to start production on a documentary on his alleged crime spree and develop a screenplay for a film based on his life and death. A follower of the apocalyptic Elithabeth Claire Prophet, of the Church Universal and Triumphant, the older Cunanan pledged that any money made from the film will go toward building "a church, a chapel or a temple" in memory of his son, the serial killer. "If any money comes out of it, it's sacred money."
With the help of an independent filmmaker, Amable "Tikoy" Aguiluz VI, Modesto wants to make a documentary to "find out what really happened" by interviewing friends and acquaintances of Andrew. In his pursuit of the truth, Modesto refused two lucrative offers from film studios in the Philippines because he thought they would portray his son as "Dillinger on the run" and the FBI as the "heroes." According to dad Andy was the victim of a conspiracy involving "renegade" FBI agents and a "deep cover-up." Like a true Hollywood veteran, he refused to give away the rest of the story and hopes we will wait for the film to find out the intriguing details.
Journalist Maureen Orth writes in "Vulgar Favors," an account of Cunanan's 1997 cross-country killing spree that is being released this week, that Versace had been diagnosed as HIV-positive before he was killed by Andrew Cunanan. Versace and his family were concealing his condition because he was preparing a public offering of stock in his fashion empire. "What no one in the fashion or business world was ever supposed to know was that Gianni Versace had contracted HIV," Orth writes. "The consequences to his business would be incalculable. Certainly the public offering would be jeopardized."
Orth learned of Versace's medical condition from Miami Detective Paul Scrimshaw, who reviewed the designer's autopsy results. Scrimshaw theorized that Cunanan killed Versace because the designer had infected Cunanan with AIDS. That theory was discarded when the killer tested negative for HIV.
"No matter how much Andrew Cunanan got, he always wanted more ‹ more drugs, kinkier sex, better wine," Orth writes. "He was always the life of the party, the smartest boy at the table. But at 27, he was also a narcissistic nightmare of vainglorious self-absorption, a practiced pathological liar."
Orth, who was the first to report that Cunanan and Versace initially met in 1990 in San Francisco, argues that investigators bungled their search for the killer by failing to distribute flyers showing his face in Miami gay bars he frequented in the weeks before he murdered the designer.
Glen Rogers (5) "The Cross-Country Killer." A charming, handsome and volatile individual, Glen was the focus of an all-points national manhunt after a cross-country rampage that left at least four women dead in four separate states. The consummate ladies man, Glen liked to pick up blond and redheaded women in bars and ask them for a ride home. Then he would try to spend the night with them. All those charmed by his redneck good looks are now stretched out in the morgue. The killings came usually as a drunken afterthought. Glen is an example of a spree killer who, unlike serial killers, does not have cooling off periods between kills. His killings were the consequence of impromptu bursts of rage.
His first victim is believed to be a former house mate whose corpse was found in January 1993 under a pile of furniture in an abandoned house owned by the Rogers family. His next known kill was a woman he met at a bar in Van Nuys, California. On September, 1995, she was found raped and strangled inside her burning pickup truck. The third victim, another barfly, was found stabbed to death in her bathtub in Jackson, Mississippi on November 3. Yet another woman's body was found in a bathtub in Tampa, Florida on November 5. His last victim was found stabbed to death in her bedroom on November 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
"He's getting to be like one of your serial killers," said a Hamilton, Ohio, police detective. Rogers, a construction worker, grew up in Hamilton where he had frequent run-ins with the law. Once he poked a lit blowtorch through the peephole of his front door when police came in response to a domestic violence call. Authorities believe that he might be linked to as many as twelve deaths. In California, Rogers is a suspect in four unsolved killings in Ontario and Port Hueneme. Two days before his arrest he told his sister that he was responsible for more than 70 deaths. Later he recanted the number and said he was merely joking. According to authorities Glen was being cooperative during a six-hour interview after his arrest on November 13.
On May 7, 1997 Glen was convicted of murder in a Tampa court for killing a woman he had met in a bar. The jury took eight hours to find him guilty of the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs and the next day, just three hours to recommend the death penalty. After the Tampa trial, Rogers faces three more trials in separate states. However, none of these states have filled charges yet.
Rogers and the victim met at a bar where Ms. Cribbs was waiting for her mother, Mrs. Mary Dicke. Mrs. Dicke was late, and Ms. Cribbs left a beer at the bar and asked friends to tell her mother she would be back shortly. She drove Rogers to a motel in Tampa and the two went inside and had sex. In a fit of rage the ex-carnival worker stabbed Ms. Cribbs twice, twisting the knife as he pulled it out from eight- and nine-inch wounds in her chest and buttocks before leaving her to a slow, agonizing death in a motel bathtub.
During the seven-day trial the defense maintained that Rogers wasn't the murderer. Furthermore Hamilton, Ohio Police Sgt. Tom Kilgore testified that Rogers had worked for the department as a paid undercover narcotics informant, making hundreds of cases over the years without ever breaking his cover. In his closing argument, defense attorney Nick Sinardi said the state rushed to judgment. "Glen Rogers is a thief, not a murderer." A thief, it seems, with a nasty habit of leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.
On July 11, 1997, Glen was sentenced to Florida's temperamental "Old Sparky" for the stabbing death of Tina Marie Cribbs. Glen's brother Claude, a real estate agent from Palm Springs, California, said after the sentencing: "If you watch my brother -- he's been sitting watching a movie. I don't think reality has set in." Glen, through his lawyer, is still claiming his innocent.
Dimitris Vakrinos (5) In a case of insults leading to serial mayhem, Greek serial killer Dimitris Vakrinos claimed he murdered his victims after they made fun of his height. Standing at five feet four inches, Dimitris, 35, proved to be a powerhouse killer after confessing to committing -- over a decade -- five murders, six attempted murders, one attempted rape, four armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery. Arrested on April 9, 1997, the former taxi driver committed suicide while awaiting trial on May 12. He was found by a prison guard in the showers of the prison's isolation ward hanging by the neck from shoelaces tied to a shower head.
Samuel Jacques Coetzee & John Frank Brown (5) Together, these two South African love birds are accused of killing four men and a boy in a three year killing spree that began in 1993. While in custody, the relationship between the softly spoken 26-year-old Coetzee and Brown, 32, turned sour with each accusing the other of being responsible for the killings.
The first body, was found strangled on August 30, 1993, on the Skurweberg gravel road near Pretoria. On November 3, 1993, the badly decomposed bodies of an unidentified 15-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man were found at the Tamboekiesfontein farm in Heidelberg. Both victims had been strangled, stabbed and shot. The fourth body was found in the veld at Mindalore, Krugersdorp, on September 1, 1995. He had been strangled and his genitals cut off. Three weeks later another body was found at a home in Constantia Court, Edenvale. All victims were allegedly last seen alive leaving nightclubs with to Coetzee.
Coetzee, a cross-dresser known in gay circles as "Kim," claimed the killings were the work of Brown, and that he merely helped dispose of the bodies. Brown, for his part, claimed Coetzee did the killings and that he merely robbed the victims and helped dispose of their bodies.
On May 5, 1997, several days after their trial started in the Johannesburg High Court, Coetzee was found dead in his Boksburg prison cell from an apparent overdose of pills. He left a note saying he no longer wanted to live.
Andre Luiz Cassimiro (5) An ex-con with a taste for older women, Cassimiro confessed to raping and killing four women in Juiz de Fora in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The five dead women were between 58 and 77 years old and lived alone. All victims were tortured, strangled with electrical chords and some were raped. The town of Juiz de Fora was gripped with fear until May 29, 1996, when Andre Luiz Cassimiro, 31, was arrested. "I entered the houses to rob them," the remorseless killer explained, "but ended killing them. In those moments I felt hate towards the little old women. Now, I feel nothing."
Pretending to be a car washer, Cassimiro spent several days observing the movements and daily routine of his future victims. "Until he got into the house he behaved like a petty thief," said Chief of Police Jose Marcio Carneiro," once inside, he turned into a psychopath." The women were first bound to their beds and gagged. Then they were raped and strangled. He would then cover their lifeless corpses with a blanket because, "I didn't like to look at them." After his sadistic ritual, he turned the house upside down looking for money and electronics.
When he was arrested Cassimiro was still serving his 11-year 10-month sentence for six counts of theft on a part-time basis. "In jail, he was a model prisoner," stated penitentiary director Jairo Cristovam Ferreira. On June 19, 1995, less than five hours after receiving judicial authorization to spend the Corpus Christi holiday at home, Cassimiro committed his first murder. The victim was Zilda Araujo Barbuth, 76. "She was sleeping when I entered, but she woke up when I dropped a clock radio." When she tried to scream he gagged her and tied her with electrical chord to the bed post. He then proceeded to rape and strangle her. Before leaving, Cassimiro went to the kitchen and ate a piece of goiabada (Brazilian guava candy). After the murder he returned to jail and two months later he was released on parole.
Cassimiro dated Odete Barbosa da Silva, his second victim, for a year and a half. They ended their relationship in the middle of 1995. Six months later the 62-year-old woman was found strangled in her home. He didn't know his third victim, Aldenira Mello, 58. He met the fourth, Maria Malvina de Oliveira, 77, at a party for senior citizens. She danced all night long with her young escort before allowing him to walk her home. Her body was found three days later with her head smashed in. He killed his last victim, Celia Nicolini de Farias, on May 13, 1996. It is believed that the 74-year-old widow was raped by Andre post-mortem.
Cassimiro was caught because of his gossiping sister, Joaquina, who was not aware of his crimes. She mentioned to a friend that she had seen a card with Zilda Araujo Barbuthunder's name under her brother's mattress. The friend informed the police and he was arrested. In custody Cassimiro confessed to all the crimes and claimed that he "was drugged," during his year-long rampage.
Somewhere between Chicago and Batavia, in the back seat of a police car, Larry Ralston freed his conscience. "He just started crying, and he said, "I didn't mean to kill any of them,' " recalled Robert Stout, a sheriff's investigator assigned in November 1977 to transport Mr. Ralston to Clermont County, where he faced charges of raping three 15-year-old girls.
The words sent a jolt of electricity through the detective: No one had accused Mr. Ralston of any killings. In a second, Mr. Stout's role had changed from rookie detective to lead investigator and sole interrogator in a string of serial killings. Grueling interrogations over two weeks yielded confessions to five slayings that had stymied police for more than two years. Those admissions landed Larry Ralston in prison with four life sentences.
When police caught up with him, Mr. Ralston was a 28-year-old unemployed dropout of Norwood High School. He had held jobs before at the Hamilton County morgue and a state mental hospital, but at that time, he was living at home or with a short list of friends. Mr. Ralston's father told reporters he had warned his son that his irresponsible lifestyle - sleeping all day, staying out all night and running around with young girls - would bring only trouble. His mother called him a "likable boy" who had a knack for talking to anybody, even if he didn't know them.
The killings began Sept. 3, 1975, with Mrs. Porter's 17-year-old daughter, Linda Kay Harmon. She disappeared while waiting for a bus at Wolfangle Road and Beechmont Avenue, about three blocks from home. It was to be Miss Harmon's first day at Withrow High School after moving from Finneytown. She never made it. Miss Harmon's body parts were found scattered in a wooded area in Felicity 34 days later, after two dogs dragged pieces of her arms to their owner's porch.
A year later, the nude remains of other young women were discovered in shallow graves. Nancy Grigsby, 23, of Withamsville, a disabled woman who frequented bars in Clifton, Madisonville and Mount Lookout, disappeared May 4, 1976, on the way to meet her boyfriend in Fairfax. Hunters discovered her body Nov. 15, 1976, on Moore-Marathon Road in Clermont County's Jackson Township. Elaina Marie Bear, 15, of Northside was found Feb. 28, 1977, in a creekbed off Katy's Lane near Wilmington in Clinton County. Diana Sue McCrobie, 16, of Springfield Township was found Oct. 22, 1977, covered with brush at East Fork Lake State Park in Clermont County. Police said she dated Mr. Ralston.
Hamilton County authorities would later convict Mr. Ralston in the death of Mary Ruth Hopkins, 21, of Cincinnati's East End. Her naked body with a T-shirt wrapped around the neck was discovered June 30, 1976, off Five Mile Road in Anderson Township.
In taped confessions, played in court, Mr. Ralston told Mr. Stout how he picked up his hitchhiking victims, drove them around drinking wine and smoking marijuana and that he strangled them when they rejected him sexually. "After every murder he did, he would go to (a friend's) house and he said he would turn on the song, "Fly Like An Eagle.' It just put him in a trance, made him feel better about what he did," Mr. Stout said.
Watching people die was a subject Larry Ralston seemed to enjoy talking about, Mr. Stout said. "When he worked at Longview Hospital, one of the things he really got off on was the fact that he had missed his lunch hour, for maybe three or four days, for a week, in order to watch a person die," he recalled from the interviews with Mr. Ralston in November 1977. "He would be taking care of these people, just people in his area. He would know they were dying. He would go watch."
Walter Hill (5) On Jan. 7, 1977, ex-convict Walter Hill fatally shot Willie Mae Hammock, 60, who refused to allow him to marry her 13-year-old daughter, Toni; Miss Hammock's stepbrother, John Tatum Jr., 36, and his wife, Lois Jean Tatum, 34. The three of them were shot in the head.
No the friendliest type, in 1961 Walt was freed fom prison after serving 10 years for second-degree murder. He later was convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to 14 years. While serving time in Atlanta, he was convicted of murdering a fellow inmate. He was released again in 1975. Two years later he committed the triple murder. On February, 1980 he was sentenced to death. On May 2, 1997, Hill was executed in the Alabama electric chair after being in death row for more than 17 years.
Thomas L.(5) A 27-year-old neo-Nazi, Thomas L. has confessed to a five-body killing spree. An overzealous skinhead, Thomas stabbed his first victim 91 times for wearing a "Nazis Out" badge and killed a fellow neo-Nazi who defected from the cause. In March, 1996 he was arrested by German authorities. In his flat police found a fully-armed rocket launcher, pistols, ammunition and the automatic rifle used to shoot the defector. While in custody, Thomas conveniently claimed that during his murder spree he was merely carrying out orders transmitted to him by Odin, the Norse god of war.
Colin Ireland (5) Known in London as the "Gay Slayer", Colin strived to be known as a serial killer. For this purpose he strangled five homosexual men. Robert Ressler states in "However Fights Monsters" that one has to commit five murders to become a serial killer. Colin read the book and used it as a manual in his quest to become a serial killer. He meticulously planned each murder as he set out to become a famous serial killer. He chose gay sado-masochistic men because they were willing to get tied up. Also, he believed that the public would feel less sympathy for them. Before his arrest he taunted the cops with rambling calls claiming responsibility for the murders and threatening to keep striking once a week. He even stated "I have got the book, I know how many you have to do..."
It is rumored that Colin has killed again in prison. A high ranking Metropolitan Police Officer told unnamed sources to the Archives that Colin had strangled a convicted child murderer in his cell, but because he was serving life with no possibility of parole it was a waste of time and money to prosecute him. The murder was carried while Colin was in Wakefield Prison, Yorkshire. Two weeks after, he was moved to Whitemoor Prison, Cambridgeshire where we hope he stops killing.
Jerome Brudos (5) Jerome Brudos started his career by preying on women and stealing their shoes. This foot fetishist from hell liked to dress in drag while he stalked his victims. In the late sixties he turned his innocent escapades into murder. He once removed a breast from one of his kills, hardened it with preservatives and kept it as a paper weight. He was also in the habit of removing their shoes, sometimes even with severed feet inside. He enjoyed taking pictures of himself and his dead friends dressed up in frilly underwear. And, of course, he kept a collection of stolen shoes that would have made Imelda Marcos jealous.
Jerome now lives at the Oregon State Prison in Salem. He recently had an ad placed on a web site looking for pen pals. He also works at the prison as an electrition.
Arthur Bishop (5) A devout Mormon, Arthur Bishop liked to spend an unnatural amount of time with children. After being charged for embezzlement in Utah, the former Eagle Scout changed his name and disappeared. As "Roger Downs" he joined the Big Brother program and was fond of going on camping trips with the kids. He was also fond of molesting and sometimes murdering them. When the police took him in for routine questioning, he confessed to his crimes and admitted to molesting scores of children and fondling his victims after death. In true Mormon fashion he stated: "I'm glad you caught me, because I'd do it again." Bishop died by lethal injection on June 9, 1988.
Lyda Catherine Ambrose (5) A typical "Black Widow," Lyda left a trail of five dead husbands and lovers in her quest for insurance policy payoffs. Born in 1891, nothing is known about her early life until 1917 when she killed her first fiancee in Keytesville, Missouri. The unfortunate man died of stomach pains after taking out a life insurance policy worth $2,500 in the name of his future bride. Not one for grieving, Lyda turned her charms on her fiancee's brother and married him a few days after his brother's death. Within three months he too died fo "stomach trouble" after taking out a $2,500 life insurance policy.
Next stop Lyda moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where she married the owner of a restaurant where she worked as a waitress. Soon after their June 10, 1918 wedding, the hapless man dropped dead dead from "stomach ulcers." Unfortunately for his wife he had forgotten to sign his life insurance documents and was unable to collect.
Soon she was onto victim number four whom she killed three months after they exchanged wedding bows. This time though his insurance policy was signed and she collected $10,000 dollars for her husband's untimely death. Not one to sit around twiddling her thumbs, she married husband number four (victim number five) on October 1920.On November 20 the man died and she collected a $12,000 insurance payment that had been purchased on october 6.
Until then police were unaware of Lyda's bad luck with her husbands. Once her cottage was searched authorities found a large amount of old-fashioned arsenic-laced flypaper. Toxicology test on her late husbands revealed heavy doses of the poison in their remains. Police arrested her in Oakland, California and returned to Idaho where she had killed her most recent victim.
Convicted of first degree murder she was given life. Always the planner, she escaped from the Idaho state prison on May 4, 1931. By 1932 she was recaptured in Kansas City in 1932 as she searched for a new husband. Nothing more is know about her asfter except that she died in jail of old age.