|SERIAL KILLER HIT LIST - PART 4|
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.
Christine Malevre (4-30) On July 25, 1998, Christine Malèvre, after attempting to kill herself, confessed to helping about 30 patients to die at François Quesnay Hospital in Mantes-la-Jolie on the outskirts of Paris. Since then nurse Malèvre, 29, has become a symbol for the growing civil movement in France in favour of joining The Netherlands in legalising euthanasia. However, the decision to press murder charges against her follows a psychiatric report which said the nurse had a "morbid fascination" with death and disease. Another report showed that patients were three times as likely to die when Mme Malèvre was on duty.
"The judge has realised that we are dealing with a serial killer more than with a Madonna of euthanasia," Olivier Morice, a lawyer for five patients' families told the newspaper Le Parisien. But Mme Malèvre, who recanted her first confession and now admits to only four cases, has received 5,000 letters of support.
The deaths date back to January 1997. Her alleged victims, aged between 72 and 88, were all in the terminal phase of incurable lung diseases, and had apparently been put to death at their own request or that of relatives. None of the patients' families has pressed charges. The sources said the nurse was questioned as the result of an inquiry by hospital officials surprised at the abnormal number of deaths in the pneumology department of the hospital.
Wesley Shermantine Jr. & Loren Joseph Herzog (6 - 24+) California investigators believe this lethal pair of speed freaks may have killed as many as 20 people, disposing of their bodies in mine shafts, remote hill sides and buried underneath a trailer park. Over the years Shermantine told relatives and acquaintances he had "made people disappear" around the outskirts of Stockton. In a confrontation with one woman in a trailer park, Testa said, Shermantine told her: "Listen to the heartbeats of people I've buried here. Listen to the heartbeats of families I've buried here."
Shermantine has been charged with only four murders: Paul Cavanaugh, 31, and Howard King, 35, in 1984; Chevy Wheeler, 16, of Stockton in 1985; and Cyndi Vanderheiden, 25, of Clements, east of Stockton, in 1998. The first two victims were found shot to death in a car off a remote road late one night. Tracks at the scene matched the tires on Shermantine's pickup truck. Shermantine's friend Loren Herzog, who is charged in three of the killings -- as well as two other unrelated murders -- will be tried later.
Reinaldo Rivera (4+) Police in Agusta, Georgia, believe they have arrested a serial killer responsible for the murders of at least four women in South Carolina and Georgia. Reinaldo Rivera, a 37-year-old former sailor who worked for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., was arrested in a motel room where he tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists after a woman whom he stabbed and raped helped authorities locate him. The woman said she went with Rivera to her house last week, where he allegedly raped her and stabbed her three times in the neck with a steak knife.
Since his arrest on October 16, 2000, investigators said they have gotten about 30 calls from women who said they were approached by Rivera between 1999 and this year. The women, who are mostly young and blond, said the man tried to lure them into his car saying that he was opening a modeling agency and asking them about their sex lives. Using information obtained during his police interview, authorities located the bodies of two of his four alleged victims in a wooden area in the South Carolina border. The two other victims had been located previously. Police said Rivera has been charged with the murders of Melissa Dingess, 17, of Graniteville, South Carolina, who disappeared 15 months ago; Fort Gordon Sergeant Marni Glista, 21, of Augusta, who was raped and strangled last month; Tiffaney Wilson of Jackson, South Carolina, who was killed in December; and an unidentified 18-year-old woman who disappeared this last summer.
A homicide task force in Fayetteville is also checking whether Rivera could be a suspect in 15 unsolved cases in the area. Six cases involve the murder of prostitutes in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area between 1987 and 1999. Almost all the victims were beaten and strangled, police said.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Rivera moved with his family to Puerto Rico at the age of 7. His father was a doctor. At 19, Rivera joined the Navy and reported for basic training in Orlando, Florida. That same year, he was sent to San Diego, California and spent the next three years at sea. From December 1986 to March 1991, Rivera worked for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington. Then he attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, earning a degree in office administration. While in Columbia, he married Tammy Lisa Bonnette on Valentine's Day 1993, and has two children ages 5 and 7. He remained in the Navy, moving to Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas, before being discharged in September 1995. He left Texas and settled in Aiken County, South Carolina, in January 1998 where he was hired -- ironically -- as a tire inspector at a Bridgestone/Firestone plant.
On October 18 the Agusta Journal published a handwritten letter from his wife Tammy expressing her faith in God and her grief over the deaths of four young women her husband raped and murdered. Here's a transcript of the letter:
On November 3 Rivera entered not guilty pleas to a capital murder charge and 13 other charges including rape, aggravated assault and aggravated sodomy. Riverastood completely still in Richmond County Superior Court as Judge Albert M. Pickett read through each of the 14 charges lodged against him, including a murder charge for the September 9 death of Marni Glista. The arraignment and initial hearing in Richmond County Superior Court were the first of the specialized pretrial hearings that must be held in every case in which prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.
Marin Escamilla Gonzalez (4+) On january 28, 1999, police have identified skeletal remains found more than three years ago as those of one of four missing women linked to Martin Gonzalez, a man they suspect is a serial killer. Gonzalez, 46, of Austin, has been in the Travis County Jail since November, charged with kidnapping Olivia Perez Estrada of Austin, who has been missing since October. 29, 1998.
The remains, found in a vacant lot in East Austin in September 1995, are those of Sylvia Victoria Garcia Gonzalez, the wife of Martin Gonzalez Three other women linked to Gonzalez are still missing. Police said they believe he may also be responsible for the disappearances of other people. "We have several people we're looking for, but we're not real sure of their status," said Detective Robert Merrill, of the Austin Police Department. "We believe he is a serial killer."
Authorities identified the remains by comparing DNA from the body with dried saliva found on flaps of letters Sylvia Gonzalez sent to her family in Mexico, Merrill said. Sylvia Gonzalez, who was 45, died from being bludgeoned in the head, Merrill said. Police have not charged Gonzalez in his wife's death.
The other missing women linked to Martin Gonzalez are Erica S. Perez, a woman in her 30s whom police listed as missing in December, and Maria Gladys Flores, 53, who was reported missing by Gonzalez in May. All missing women dated Gonzalez at some point, police said. Curiously, Gonzalez has denied knowing either his wife or Flores.
The search for the women began Oct. 29, after Estrada's relatives received a phone call warning them to check on her. The caller also said Estrada was last seen with a man named Martin. Police found blood in the hallway of Estrada's house and in the back seat of her car. Her ring, found in the driveway of the home at 2700 block of Webberville Road, also had blood on it.
Before he was arrested, Gonzalez told police he was last at Estrada's house Oct. 27 but left after another man arrived and began fighting with him. Police discounted the story, saying the man Gonzalez identified had been in jail at the time.
Soon after Gonzalez was arrested, police discovered he had reported Flores missing last May. Officers said Flores had lived with Gonzalez briefly. In December investigators became concerned about the whereabouts of Gonzalez's wife and Erica Perez, who worked with him on a number of temporary jobs.
Ricky Lee Green (4+) Serial killer Ricky Lee Green, 36, was pronounced dead on October 9, 1997, after being lethally injected by prison authorities in Huntsville, Texas. "Now we can go on and not have to worry about him getting out and hurting anyone else,'' said Shirley Bailey, the sister of one of his known victims.
Speaking quietly and slowly, Green turned to four relatives of his victims and said he was sorry. "This to me is another killing and it's not going to solve nothing. I feel my punishment is over and now my friends and family are being punished." Executioners had trouble finding "a suitable vein," thanks to Ricky's fondness for intravenous drugs. Before dying the convicted killer reminded onlookers that he had been a model prisoner while on Death Row.
The one-eyed radiator repairman was condemned to death for the Dec. 27, 1986, murder of Steven Fefferman, an advertising executive for a Fort Worth television station. Fefferman, 28, was castrated and repeatedly stabbed with a butcher knife at his home after having sex with Green. He also admitted killing three people in 1985, including a 16-year-old boy who was also castrated and stabbed Green had been sentenced to life prison terms for two of the other killings. Fort Worth police Detective Danny LaRue asked Green at the time of his arrest why he killed, his reply was: "They all deserved it. They were kind of the dregs of society." LaRue believes eight other unsolved murders in North Texas bear Green's trademarks.
Joe Metheny (4+) On December 19, 1996, Joe Metheny, 41, who authorities say preyed on women with drug or alcohol problems, was charged with killing three women. Metheny was first arrested for the slaying of a 26-year-old woman whom authorities said he met at the Borderline Bar and Restaurant in Arbutus, a Baltimore suburb. The decomposed body of the woman, Kimberly Spicer, was found under a trailer less than 10 feet from Metheny's own at the Joseph Stein and Son pallet company.
Metheny was also charged in the killing of Toni Ingrassia, a 28-year-old woman whose body was found in 1994 near Interstate 95, a short distance from the company. She had been stabbed and strangled. The third charge concerns a decapitated body of an unidentified woman. Police are also looking for the remains of a fourth victim, a man, after Metheny allegedly confessed killing him.
Some of the bodies had been sexually mutilated, authorities said. Metheny, who is being held without bail, was acquitted in July in the ax slayings of two homeless men in August 1995. A Circuit Court jury concluded there was insufficient evidence to convict Metheny of killing the two men in a makeshift village called "Tent City" in south Baltimore.
Louis James Peoples (4+) Suspected of at least four slayings, Peoples was arrested on November 12 , 1997, with a backpack that had a stolen badge and identification card belonging to an Alameda County sheriff's deputy. Missing was the deputy's .40-caliber Glock that was later found buried in a muddy field. The gun has been linked to four death that ocurred over a two week period. A map found in People's home pinpointed the known attacks as well as future targets.
David & Catherine Birnie (4+) This Western Australian husband and wife killing pair abducted and murdered three women and a teenage girl between October and November 1986, burying their bodies in remote bush graves. The women were held captive at the couple's Perth home for days where they were drugged, raped and photographed bound to a bed. A fifth intended victim managed to escape and raise the alarm. They are suspected of having murdered four other missing Perth women. The couple were also friends with Queenslander Barrie Watts, who was convicted for the gruesome torture and murder of 12-year-old schoolgirl Sian King.
Ricardo Caputo (4+) Known to authorities as "The Lady Killer", this suave Argentinian was arrested on March 9, 1994 after a 20-year murderous rampage. His first victim was a young woman in New York who he strangled and stabbed in the early seventies. Caputo was arrested for the murder and placed in a mental hospital from which he subsequently escaped. A smooth-talking con artist, Ricardo left a trail of blood spanning from New York to San Francisco and Mexico City. Although he's only been charged with four murders, it is believed his tally is much higher. One possible victim, Devan Green, a waitress in Los Angeles' Scandia Restaurant, was found dead in 1981. LAPD have linked Caputo to the restaurant where, at the time of the killing, he was working in the kitchen under the alias of Bob Martin.
Michael Lupo (4+) This former choir boy served in an Italian elite army commando unit before dedicating his life to sadomasochism and hairdressing. In 1975 Michael moved to London where he started a career as a hairdresser and worked his way up to owning a styling boutique. He also racked up about 4,000 gay lovers and developed a taste for the whip, building a modern torture chamber in his house. It all turned ugly in March of 1986 when Lupo was diagnosed with having AIDS. He then started his bloody rampage against the gay night life scene.
Over a period of two months he slaughtered four men whom he picked up in gay bars and left their bodies in the streets of London slashed and smeared with excrement. After two potential victims escaped, police arrested Mike on May 15. He received four life sentences and presently police in Berlin, Hamburg, Los Angeles and NYC are investigating mutilation deaths that might be linked to Lupo's travels.
Georg Karl Grossmann (4+) Another post-WWI-German degenerate that made a living selling human flesh. Georg, a horrifying individual, was acquainted with every kind of perversion, even bestiality. A former butcher, after nights of heavy drinking, he would bring prostitutes home, have sex with them, and chop them into pieces. The next day he would peddle their flesh as beef or pork.
On August, 1921, he was arrested when his landlord summoned the police to his door following a loud altercation. Inside his pad they found a freshly murdered lass ready to be chopped up. They also found evidence of at least three other divvied up girls. The mad butcher laughed when he was given the death sentence and proceeded to hang himself in jail. Some believe that one of Georg's victims was Anastasia, the Russian grand duchess who escaped the Bolshevik firing squad and assumed the identity of the Polish peasant girl, Franziska Schamzkovski.
Alfred Gaynor (4) An online auction of artwork by a serial sex killer, Alfred Gaynor, has triggered an outrage in Massachusetts where lawmakers have proposed to block criminals from profiting on what they called "murderabilia." The artwork -- a colored pencil sketch of Jesus Christ kneeling in a desert entitled, "A Righteous Man's Reward," -- will be auctioned starting at $15 at The Fortune Society's Web site.
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Gaynor is serving four life sentences for sodomizing and choking to death four women -- JoAnn Thomas, Loretta Daniels, Rosemary Downs and Joyce Dickerson-Peay -- in Springfield, Massachusetts, between Nov. 1, 1997 and early 1998.
Gaynor was linked to the victims through DNA and through factual simmilarities in the murder. Each victim was black, in her 30s and connected to Gaynor, who is also black, through the use of crack cocaine. Three of the victims were strangled to deat. A fourth victim was found with a sock in her mouth and was ruled to have choked to death, though evidence indicated she was also strangled.
Kevin Taylor (4) Police in Chicago's South Side said that on August 20, 2001, they arrested a man and charged with raping and strangling four drug-addicted prostitutes over a two-month period. The suspect, 27-year-old Kevin Taylor, left a fifth woman for dead over after arguing with her over the price for sex. "He would meet with the victims, make an arrangement for an act of prostitution, take them to a secluded area, and in these particular cases, he got into arguments with the victims and he strangled them," Chief Detective Philip Cline said.
Police arrested Taylor, a cook at The Cheesecake Factory restaurant, at work after investigators found a time card with his name under the body of one of the victims. The victim, 39-year-old Bernadine Blunt, was found August 18 in an abandoned building in the South Side. Similarities between Blunt's death and three other slayings led detectives to question Taylor about those cases. Cline said Taylor confessed to the four murders and the attempted murder of a 38-year-old woman who survived a July 27 attack. The surviving woman was able to identify Taylor in a lineup after his arrest, police said.
The other victims are Ola Mae Wallace, 39, whose body was found in an alley on June 25; Diane Jordan, 42, found in an alley on July 10; and Cynthia Halk, 38, found in a city garbage can in an alley. In early August police issued an alert to Chicago's street women, warning them about the recent murders of several suspected prostitutes. Over the past two years, 18 prostitutes have been slain in the city.
Michael Braae (4) "Cowboy Mike," a man wanted in connection with the disappearances of four women, the shooting of another and two rapes, was captured July 20, 2001, after a one-hour chase that ended when a police dog dragged the fugitive to the bank of the Snake River. Michael Braae, 41, had been the focus of a manhunt ranging across Idaho, Washington and Oregon that intensified over the last week when he was spotted at least three times at a garage sale in Randle, Washington; in Moscow, Idaho; and in LaGrande, Oregon.
Braae was the last person seen with Lori Jones, 44, of Lacey, Wash., who was found dead on July 8. Lacey police Lt. Tom Nelson said Jones died of "homicidal injuries," but would not elaborate. Police also want to question him about the death of Valina Marie Larson, who was last seen with him on Sept. 30, 1997 in Clackamas County, Oregon, before her bones were found in January 1998. He is also a suspect in the disappearance of Susan Ault of Cathlamet, Washington, who has not been seen since she was observed arguing with him on June 25.
He is also suspected of the rape of a woman in Yakima, Washington, on July 13. The woman, believed to be one of his former girlfriends, was found dumped in an apple orchard with a gunshot wound to the head on July 14, and is still in critical condition in a Yakima hospital. Braae has been wanted since March 1997, when he allegedly walked away from a work detail at Thurston County jail in Olympia, Washington, where he was serving time for a drunken driving conviction.
Cary Stayner (4) On July 26, 1999, motel handyman and recreational nudist, Cary Stayner, confessed to killing the three Yosemite sightseers Carole Sund, her daughter Juli and family friend Silvina Pelosso, whose bodies were found earlier this year. Stayner, who already confessed to the beheading of naturalist Joie Ruth Armstrong, provided details about the killing that only police knew about. Stayner had been questioned months ago in the death of the sightseers but was ruled out as a suspect. But two days after the naturalist was found beheaded near her park residence, Stayner was arrested at a nudist colony and confessed to her murder and the three others.
Stayner, known by the media as the Yosemite Serial Killer, told San Francisco's KBWB-TV in an off-camera jailhouse interview how the Motel handyman told San Francisco's KBWB-TV in an off-camera jailhouse interview that he had dreamed of killing women for 30 years. He added that, "none of the women were sexually abused in any way." Though authorities thought they already had the killers of the three sightseers behind bars, Stayner's admissions became a source of embarrassment for all involved in the investigation. He said that he thought he had gotten away with the triple murder of the tourist until he struck a chance conversation with Ms. Armstrong and was unable to resist killing her.
Stayner was carrying a copy of a novel about a crazed serial killer in his backpack when questioned about the slaying of naturalist Joie Ruth Armstrong. The book, "Black Lightning" by horror novelist John Saul, was among a number of seemingly innocuous items FBI agents found in Stayner's dark green pack on July 23, a day after Armstrong's beheaded body was found near her home in the park. Other items include a camera, a Corona beer bottle, sunflower seeds, a harmonica and tanning lotion.
Carole Sund and the two teenagers vanished from the Cedar Lodge on February 15, 1999, during a sightseeing trip to Yosemite. A widespread search began after they failed to show up in San Francisco for a flight home to Eureka. Investigators soon found the trio's mutilated bodies and focused on a group of ex-cons and drug abusers. By early spring they assured the public they probably had the potential killers in custody.
In a taped confession made in the Sacramento FBI office soon after he was detained on July 24, 1999, Stayner described how he had planned to rape and kill his girlfriend and her 8- and 11-year-old daughters a year before he settled upon the Sunds and Silvina. He chickened out because a male caretaker was on his girlfriend's 10-acre property. Then on February 14, 1999 -- Valentine's Day -- he stalked four young girls staying at Cedar Lodge, the motel outside Yosemite's south entrance where he worked off and on doing maintenance. He again backed off because they were accompanied by a man. The next night, Stayner decided on Carole Sund and her two teenage charges after spying them through their window at the lodge.
Stayner told investigators he entered their motel room where the mother was reading a book and the two teenage girls were "Jerry Maguire," saying he had to fix the fan in the bathroom. Once inside, he pulled a .22-caliber pistol, told them he was "desperate," and ordered Carole Sund, 42, her daughter Juli, 15, and Silvina Pelosso, 16, to lie face down on their beds. After binding their hands with duct tape and gagging them, he took the two girls into the bathroom.
He first strangled Sund with a 3-foot piece of rope, taking five minutes. "I didn't realize how hard it is to strangle a person," Stayner said on the taped confession. "It's not easy. I had very little feeling. It was like performing a task." After stuffing Sund into the trunk of her rented Pontiac Grand Prix, Stayner ripped and cut the clothes off the two girls. He tried to get them to perform sex acts on each other, but he became so irritated by Silvina's sobbing that he led her into the bathroom and strangled her as she knelt in the bathtub.
He then sexually assaulted Juli in the family's motel room and in the room next door -- where he took her to use the bathroom, not wanting her to see Silvina's body. Finally he left Juli on a bed, tied up and watching TV, while he cleaned up the crime scene and dumped Silvina in the car trunk with Sund, and arranged the room so it appeared that the women had checked out and left. "It felt like I was in control for the first time in my life," Stayner said on the tape. The accused killer's cleaning of the room was so complete he even wiped his hairs off the bedsheet. An FBI agent asked on the tape why he did that, and he replied: "I watch the Discovery Channel."
At about 4 a.m. Stayner wrapped Juli, naked, in a pink, motel blanket and drove away in their rental car with her bound in the passenger seat. "I didn't know where I was going or what I was doing," he said on the tape. "I just kept driving and driving." Along the way, he came to like Juli, who told Stayner her name was Sarah. "She was a very likable girl," he said, crying, on the tape. "She was very calm." With dawn approaching, Stayner turned off at Lake Don Pedro and carried Juli up a worn dirt path to a small clearing overlooking the water. "I told her I wished I could keep her," he said. Then he sexually assaulted her again. Finally, he brushed her hair and fanned it out on the ground beneath her head. "I told her I loved her," he said, and cut her throat. She made a hand gesture to him, which he interpreted as her asking him to finish her off, and he looked away while she died over the next 15 to 20 seconds. "I didn't want her to suffer the way the other two did," Stayner said.
After hiding her body in the thicket he drove the car -- with the bodies of Carole Sund and Silvina Pelosso in the trunk -- as far as he could into the forest. Then he caught a cab back to Yosemite Valley, paying the fare with $150 he'd stolen from Mrs. Sund's purse. Two days later he returned to the car with a can of gasoline. After scratching "We have Sarah" on the hood with a pocket knife, Stayner lit the car on fire. Then drove two hours west and dumped Mrs. Sund's billfold insert on a Modesto street corner to fool police. More than a month later, the remains of Carole Sund and Pelosso were found in the burned-out rental car, abandoned along a logging road. Juli Sund's body was found a week later near the reservoir with the help of a map Stayner admitted sending anonymously to the FBI.
A lawyer for the family of of Silvina Pelosso adeed that he was preparing a wrongful-death lawsuit holding Cary Stayner and the Cedar Lodge in El Portal responsible for the Argentine teen-ager's death. "Hotel security is the basic issue," said Steven Fabbro of San Francisco. "Hotels and motels have an obligation to provide security for their guests from either their employees or strangers."
To avoid the death penalty, Stayner struck a plea bargain in September 2000 to receive life in prison for the federal Armstrong murder charges. He was formally sentenced to life in prison for the Armstrong murder on December. DBefore being sentenced Stayner begged forgiveness from the family of Armstrong. "I wish I didn"t do this terrible thing," a sobbing Stayner told the federal court before sentence was passed "I gave into terrible dark dreams that I tried to subdue." Speaking directly to the naturalist family, a teary-eyed Stayner said: "I'm sorry. I wish I could tell you why... I don't even know myself. I wish Joie was here, but she isn't. I am so sorry."
Days later Stayner pleaded innocent to the murder of the three sightseers. On June 14, 2001, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Thomas Hastings ordered Stayner to stand trial for the murders of the three women, setting the arraignment date for July 16. If found guilty of the array of murder and sex charges, Stayner could face execution.
On December 15, 2002, the Yosemite handyman-killer recieved three death sentences for the murders of Carole, Juli, 15, and Silvina. Jens Sund, the father of Juli and former husband of Carole, said in court that Stayner should drop his appeals and accept the death sentence, as the Oklahoma City bomber. "I know he's got no trouble killing little girls in the middle of the night," Sund said. "He should step forward and take his punishment like Timothy McVeigh did."
Stayner's father, Delbert Stayner, said his son was deprived of a fair trial by a "kangaroo court" and a judge who ignored defense arguments. Delbert added that the death sentence was the latest blow to a family that's suffered greatly.
Kristen Gilbert (4) On May 15, 1999, federal prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty for Death Angel, Kristen Gilbert. The former nurse in the intensive care unit in a Northhampton VA hospital is charged with injecting fatal drug overdoses in four patients under her care and trying to kill three others in 1995 and 1996. "The four murders were especially cruel and heinous," said United States Attorney Donald Stern, who is charging under a federal law that authorizes the death penalty even in states where there is no capital punishment. Gilbert, who is currently in prison serving jail time for a bomb threat conviction, was first charged in November with killing three patients - Henry Hudon, 35, Kenneth Cutting, 41, and Edward Skwira, 69. Then they added Stanley Jagodowski, 66, to her indictment.
All four veterans appeared to have died of heart attacks. But autopsies, three of which were performed after the bodies were exhumed, showed they had died of ephinephrine - a heart stimulant naturally produced as adrenaline - poisoning. Prosecutors said Gilbert asked a supervisor on February 2, 1996, if she could leave work early if a very ill patient were to die. Kenneth Cutting, who was blind and had multiple sclerosis, died 40 minutes later. Authorities have said that Gilbert was on duty when 37 of 63 patients in her Ward C died. Empty ampules of ephinephrine were found near where Cutting died.
In court prosecutors said Gilbert murdered because she liked the thrill of medical emergencies and wanted to impress her hospital security guard boyfriend. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Welch showed pictures of each of the four men -- including one of Stanley Jagodowski in a wheelchair with two grandchildren on his lap. He said each man had a normal heart when he entered the intensive care unit and Gilbert tried to cover her tracks by falsifying medical reports. Welch said Gilbert didn't like to work hard, but was "very, very smart" and the one area in which she excelled was in codes, or medical emergencies.
She liked emergencies because they attracted attention from her peers and from James Perrault, her boyfriend. Gilbert confessed her crimes to her Perrault and her estranged husband, but defense attorneys discounted the confessions, saying she made them while hospitalized and suffering from stress. Perrault also testified that Gilbert used to grind her hips into him during medical emergencies. Prosecutors said the emergency room sex vixen climbed atop a patient and straddled him, apparently so Perrault could see her garter belt.
In closing arguments prosecutors said the serial nurse used the "perfect poison" to kill her victims. "These seven victims were veterans," Assistant U.S. Attorney Ariane Vuono told jurors. "They were vulnerable. They were the perfect victims. When Kristen Gilbert killed them, she used the perfect poison." Lawyers for Gilbert argued that the patients died of natural causes. They say Gilbert was falsely accused by co-workers who were upset that she was having an extramarital affair. "She was scorned by her peers and her co-workers," defense attorney David Hoose told the jury. "You must understand how rumors about what was going on in Kristen Gilbert's life affected, colored and tainted everyone's opinions of what was going on in Ward C."
Franz Fuchs (4) Known as the Austrian Unabomber, Franz Fuch, an unemployed engineer, was convicted on four counts of murder on March 10, 1999, for a series of letter and pipe bomb attacks that left four people dead. He was also found guilty of more than a dozen cases of causing grievous bodily harm with bombs.
Fuchs, 49, was charged with planting a pipe bomb that killed four Gypsies, or Roma, on February. 4, 1995, at Oberwart in the eastern province of Burgenland, and 28 other bomb attacks that injured a dozen people. His four-year racist bombing spree started in 1993, and targeted mostly ethnic groups or people who supported their rights as refugee.
Most of his attacks were attributed to a mysterious right-wing group calling itself the Bajuvarian Liberation Army. Allegedly the terrorist group wants to reunite German-speaking peoples in Bavaria, the Alps and along the river Danube within borders that existed between the sixth and 12th centuries.Although his defense team argued that he had accomplices, prosecutors insisted Fuchs acted on his own.
Though Fuchs was absent from most of the trial because he repeatedly disrupted the court with nationalistic, anti-foreigner tirades, he did make it into the courtroom for a final statement. True to his past history, he yelled: "Long live the Bajuvarian Liberation Army" and "Long live the ethnic German group."
One of his victims was the former Vienna Mayor Helmut Zilk, who lost his left hand in one explosion. Fuchs was arrested after police were alerted by two women who telephoned to say they thought they were being stalked. A search of his home in Gralla, 130 miles south of Vienna, produced five pipe bombs and a booby-trapped device similar to one that killed the four gypsies in 1995.
According to authorities Fuchs set off an explosion in his car to kill himself when he realized he was getting arrested. The blast ripped through his car, tore off his hands and injured two police officers. Fuchs was described by court psychiatrists as intelligent but a fanatic bent on violence. He will serve his life sentence in a prison for the mentally dusturbed.
Wayne Adam Ford (4) On November 4, 1998, Wayne Adam Ford made headlines when he walked into the Sheriff's station in Northern California, pulled from his pocket a Ziploc bag with a severed breast inside it and admitted to killing four women.
Ford, 36 at the time of his arrest, of Arcata, was being held on murder charges in the Humboldt County Jail on $1 million bail. Sheriff Dennis Lewis said Ford walked into his department, said he had some evidence, and pulled out the baggied bag breast. According to the Sheriff the emerging serial killer, "was remorseful and apparently had reached a point in his life where he wanted to talk about what he'd been involved in."
Investigators in Eureka said the four victims he mentioned were female hitchhikers and/or prostitutes who had been sexually assaulted before they were slain and mutilated post mortem. One of the slayings dated back to 1997, when the torso of a woman 18 to 25 was found floating in a channel near Eureka.
Investigators found six or seven body parts of the unidentified woman based on information Ford provided, said Sheriff Lewis. The breast he brought to the Sheriff's station was from another victim. Authorities said Ford implicated himself in two other recent slayings, in San Bernadino and San Joaquin counties.
The first body found, discovered in October 1997, had been so thoroughly dismembered that her identity remains unknown. Believed to have been a hitchhiker whom Ford picked up, her mutilated torso was found in a marsh near Eureka. One of her arms was later found on a beach. Her head, other arm and parts of her legs are still missing. Ford stored other body parts in the freezer of his Arcata trailer for a year, and according to laboratory analysis, apparently tried to cook some of them.
On June 2, 1998, the nude body of a Las Vegas prostitute, Tina Renee Gibbs, 26, was found in a Kern County aqueduct. She had been strangled. Four months later, the nude body of Lanett Deyon White, a 25-year-old prostitute from Fontana, was found floating in a San Joaquin County irrigation canal. The precise cause of death remains undetermined.
Patricia Ann Tamez's nude body was found floating in the California Aqueduct in San Bernardino County in October 1998. She had been strangled and one of her breasts removed--the one Ford carried in his coat pocket more than a week later when he and his brother walked into a sheriff's station in Humboldt County.
After confessing to killing the four women, Wayne told authorities he turned himself in so he wouldn't kill his ex-wife and leave his son an orphan "`He said he was ashamed of what he was doing and his anger was mostly directed against his wife and he was getting more angry at her every day"' for keeping him from seeing their son, Humboldt County Coroner Frank Jager Jr. said.
People who knew Ford have said he regularly complained that since his separation and divorce from his wife, he has been frustrated in his efforts to see their son. Their divorce decree gave him limited visitation.
In a 3 1/2-hour interview with investigators just before his arraignment, Ford disclosed the location of the head of a woman's headless torso that was found Oct. 26, 1997, in a channel outside Eureka. Pathologists hope to use knife and saw marks on bones from five body parts Ford led them to at a campsite outside Trinidad to match them with the still-unidentified torso. Ford had kept the body parts in a freezer in his Airstream trailer in Arcata for the past year but hid them in a hole at the base of a tree just days before turning himself in.
Wayne's arrest has led officials to identifying the body of Patricia Anne Tamez, a 29-year-old Victorville woman discovered dead two weeks ago in the California Aqueduct near Interstate 15 outside Hesperia. San Bernardino County officials said the body was missing a breast.
Ms. Tamez may have been working as a prostitute at truck stops, officials said. A friend, Deborah Reck, said Ms. Tamez was an upper middle class college student who dropped out because she liked to party too much and was "really into crystal meth."
Authorities identified another of his victims as Tina Renee Gibbs, a 26-year-old Las Vegas prostitute, whose body was dumped in an aqueduct in Kern County. Ford admitted killing Gibbs, saying that she died during rough sex that included bondage. Two other victims remain unidentified.
Born in Petaluma, Ford told friends he served in the military and bounced around the West, living in Big Bear and San Clemente before moving with his wife and son to Las Vegas. After breaking up with his wife he moved to the Northern California coast, where he started working as a long-haul trucker.
Unnamed Moreland Family Juvenile Baby Killer (4) Authorities in Dayton, Ohio, took four children from the custody of Regina Moreland's after the death of her 2-year-old grandson, the fourth child to die in her home in the past seven months. "The Morelands believe from the bottom of their hearts that no one is to blame for this tragic occurrence," said Jon Paul Rion, the family's attorney. In contrast, Sgt. Carl Bush said investigators believe Regina might be somewhat responsible for the dying children and plan to review the previous three deaths that, pointedly, were ruled as probable homicides.
The first to go was Moreland's granddaughter DaJainae Phillips, 1, who died November 10. Then great-niece Alexis Marshall, 2, died November 13, followed by granddaughter Danatta Moreland, 3, who died on December 24. Two other family members died in March: Moreland's husband, Phillip, committed suicide and his 19-year-old daughter, Jamila, died in a traffic accident.
Gerald Patrick Lewis (4) Gerald Patrick Lewis, who is jailed in Alabama on suspicion of killing four women, told the Mobile Register that he was responsible for a killing spree lasting more than a decade, including killing one near a gravel pit in Brockton. "It feels good to talk about it," he said. "I've been walking around with this stuff for years. I'm already in big trouble. I've got nothing to hide."
Police in Atlanta have said they are also searching their records for possible matches to Lewis' account of killing two women in the area in the early 1990s. "We are continuing our investigation into other unsolved homicide files throughout the city and county of Mobile, and Baldwin County authorities are also reviewing their files." Within the last nine months, two women who were prostitutes and drug users, and a man dressed as a woman, have been killed in Mobile.Police said they would not be surprised if Lewis had, in fact, killed other women around the country. During police interrogations of Lewis, he often seemed to have something more he wanted to talk about.
Lewis' self-described killing spree, which he said lasted more than a decade, ended April 14, three days after Kathleen Bracken was found slaughtered at the Twilite Motel.
The 32-year-old woman, originally from Swampscott, Mass., was raped and stabbed to death in a room at the motel on Government Boulevard. Police tracked down Lewis to his mother's Daphne home, in the Lake Forest subdivision.
During questioning, detectives said he spilled "explicit" information about killing Ms. Bracken, two women in Georgia, and 22-year-old Misty McGugin of Chickasaw. Miss McGugin's car was found abandoned at Drifters lounge on the Causeway Feb. 1. in Baldwin County.
He led police to Baldwin County Road 66, just east of Daphne, where he said he left Miss McGugin's remains. Police bundled up the body they found in a soft spot on the ground there, and turned it over to the state medical examiners, who confirmed Miss McGugin was the victim.
Lewis also told investigators that he tried to abduct a teen-age girl from the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Super Center off U.S. 98 in Daphne about a month before he was arrested. The story matched an account that the girl told to police.
The girl said she had seen movement in her car when she approached it, ran back in the store, and a store employee called Daphne police. Lewis fled before police arrived.
"We know that in 1987 he served time in the state of Massachusetts for assault with intent to murder, where he had a 10-year sentence," said Mobile Police Chief Sam Cochran "We also are aware that in 1994 he received a 10-year sentence in the state of Georgia for a stolen motor vehicle, a weapons charge and eluding police."
Eric Matthews (4) On May 21, 1998, after being arrested in Chicago, 24-year-old Eric Matthews confessed to killing his stepson, his wife and two other women. The stepson, 1 1/2-year-old James, was found dead in a trash bin in New Orleans. At first he said he dropped the kid at a hospital, but later admitted strangling the boy in a fit of rage, then confessed to a couple of rapes and the murders of his wife and two ex-girlfriends.
Matthews' crime spree began the 18th with the killing of his wife, Lashann Matthews, 20, at their trailer home in Hammond, Louisiana, about 45 miles northwest of New Orleans. He then fled with her two children, Rosalyn and James. James' body was found two days later in a trash bin behind a church in a New Orleans suburb. Rosalyn, his stepdaughter, was found with him unharmed at the time of his arrested.
While being questioned, Matthews also admitted committing two rapes in Indiana and Louisiana and killing two of his ex-girlfriends in the early 1990s. Authorities believe those two murders occurred in the Indianapolis and Michigan areas.
Mark Antonio Profit (4) On May 8, 1997, Mark Antonio Profit, 33, was found guilty of the strangulation death the previous May of prostitute Renee Bell, who's body was found floating in a creek in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Profit was also found guilty of two counts of the sexual attack on another woman.
Profit, who has spent nearly one-half of his life in prison for violence and sexual assaults, was known as the "Wirth Park Killer". According to a county attorney Profit has been out of prison for only a year since he was 15 years old. Police believe Bell was the first of four victims in a four-month serial killing spree. His three other suspected victims are, Deborah LaVoie, 43, whose burned body was found June 3 in Wirth Park; Avis Warfield, 36, found June 19 near the park, and Keooudorn Photisane, 21, found July 29 in bushes near a bike path and the park's golf course.
After the verdict Assistant County Attorney Mike Furnstahl said: "In 12 years as a prosecutor, I've never seen a more dangerous psychopath than Mark Profit." Defense attorneys Robert Miller and Charles Amdahl said Profit was devastated and surprised by the verdict. On June 2 Judge Peter Lindberg sentenced Profit to two consecutive life terms for the murder of Bell and the rape of another woman.
Profit, 35, has spent more than half of his life in prison for rapes, robberies, assaults and now, murder. Because of his 1997 convictions for the first-degree murder of Renee Bell and the attempted rape of another woman, he won't be eligible for parole until he's 93.
Though new DNA tests on a cigarette butt have linked him to Avis Warfield's death, Profit said that he wants to be charged with her murder. It's undisputed that Profit was in jail when Warfield's stabbed and burned body was discovered on June 19, 1996, in front of a house where he once lived. What is disputed is whether Profit was locked up on a parole violation when she was stabbed. He insists he was in the Hennepin County jail; authorities say he had not yet been arrested.
During his 1997 trial, Profit and one of his attorneys, Charles Amdahl, argued unsuccessfully that Profit's wallet was planted at the Bell murder scene. They blame a man named Paul Kelly Jr. Now, Profit contends that Kelly planted the cigarette butt near Warfield's body. Profit offers no reason why Kelly would frame him except to say there was trouble between the two because Kelly was dating Profit's sister.
Profit knows the legal system from the inside. By 15, he had 30 felony arrests or charges on his record. Facing more counts, he agreed to plead guilty to aggravated assault with a weapon -- a sawed-off shotgun -- and be sentenced as an adult to two years. Eight counts were dropped. He was the youngest Minnesotan sent to prison, and since then he's never had more than a year of freedom. Seventeen days after Profit's release from a Minneapolis halfway house, Bell was murdered during what appeared to be a sexual assault. Fibers found in a tan elastic band used to gag and strangle her matched some found in the trunk of a car that Profit drove.
On September or October, 2001, Profit was found dead in his cell at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights. Not one to take prison life lightly, on August, 2001, he was charged with attempted murder on a prison guard and was facing an additional 20+ years to his four life sentences.
John Williams Jr. (4) John Williams Jr., a drifter from Georgia picked up for assaulting a woman about a month ago is believed to be a serial killer responsible for at least four slayings in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Williams, 36, was charged on March 19, 1997 with the killing of Patricia Ashe in January 1996. While in jail on the assault rap, he was also charged for the murder of Debra Elliott in December.
Police believe Williams also killed at least two other women -- Dawn Grandy and Cynthia Brown -- whose bodies were dumped on or near downtown railroad tracks. He's also charged with sexual assaulting four other women since October 1995.
Police conducted 6,000 interviews and beefed up patrols in the Moore Square area downtown after investigators started suspecting that a serial killer might be loose. An officer even talked briefly with Williams, but he was not identified as a suspect until his arrest on the assault charge. Investigators believe the Williams met his victims downtown and that they willingly went with him to secluded spots where "he felt comfortable to make the attacks."
A Raleigh man with an IQ of 80 was sentenced to death for killing two crack-addicted women, raping and assaulting two more, and trying to rape and assault another one. Though he's not been charged with any other murders, John Williams remains a suspect in the slayings of three more poor women in downtown Raleigh.
His defense attorney, in a futile attempt to spare his life, argued that he had been reared in poverty and abuse, and has an IQ in the low 80s. Apparently he suffered from a mental disturbance caused by having watched his sister being repeatedly sexually abused when he was between 7 and 10. The molestations triggered in Williams a mental disturbance called dissociation, in which, "We run away, only the running away is mental, and you're functioning on automatic pilot."
Nontheless, on March 4, 1998, a jury composed of five women and seven men handed him the death penalty. They saw him as a lethal predator in the desperate world of crack addicts, preying on women who were willing to have sex in exchange for a high. He lured them with drugs, then choked them, put a box cutter or a small knife to their throats and raped or tried to rape them, prosecutors argued. Those who resisted, he beat to death.
Four other poor women were killed in 1996, and Raleigh police at first rejected the possibility of a serial killer. But as the death toll rose, they reconsidered. One murder was solved last year when a man was convicted of shooting his girlfriend to death. But three other cases remain open, and police and prosecutors consider Williams the prime suspect in those, although they do not have enough evidence to charge him.
Darrell Rich (4) As of June, 1999, Shasta County serial killer Darrell Rich -- convicted of four murders in 1978 -- is slated to be the next prisoner to be executed in California. Rich, 44, of Cottonwood, was convicted of three first-degree murders, one second-degree murder and sexual assaults on five other women, all committed between June and August 1978. One victim, 11-year-old Annette Selix, left home to buy groceries in August 1978 and was found dead the next day under a bridge. Rich had worked for her mother.
According to a state Supreme Court ruling, Rich was interviewed after her body was found, mentioned seeing one or more bodies at a dump and agreed to take a lie-detector test, at which sheriff's deputies decided he was lying. He ultimately told officers he had murdered the girl as well as Annette Edwards and Patricia Moore of Redding, both beaten to death, and Linda Slavik, who disappeared from a bar in Chico and was found shot to death at a dump in Shasta County. The Moore killing was ruled to be second-degree murder.
On August 13, 1000, a panel of three circuit judges rejected defense arguments that a federal trial judge in Sacramento should have let them investigate the way Shasta County killer Darrell Rich, an American Indian, was prosecuted. The defense lawyers claimed the prosecution violated Rich's rights by systematically excluding American Indians from the grand jury that indicted him. The federal appeals court refused to review the death sentence. His only remaining hope to stay alive is a Supreme Court appeal.
Rich was tried in Yolo County following a change of venue. He was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering two victims in 1978 -- an 11-year-old Cottonwood girl, whom he tossed off a 105-foot-high bridge, and an Oroville woman. He also was convicted of killing two other women and sexually assaulting five more during the same summer. Rich's lawyers say his trial was tainted by financial pressures placed by county supervisors on his public defender, allegedly hampering his representation of Rich.
Robert Black (4) This British convicted child killer serving 10 life sentences for the murders of three other girls was offered immunity from prosecution for the murder of a girl 19 years ago if he provides information leading to the discovery of her remains. The body of Genette Tate, who was 13 when she disappeared in Aylesbeare, Devon, in August 1978, has never been found. Detectives suspect that Robert Black may have killed her. Black was linked to the area where Genette disappeared by tracking his gas station receipts.
Francisco del Junco (4) On June 3, 1996, Francisco, a dishwasher in Dan Marino's American Sports Bar and Grill in the tony Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, confessed to killing and setting on fire four black crack addicts.
Police were led to Del Junco by a street woman who was beat on the head by him nine months before. The woman flagged down a patrol car when she spotted him again. Once authorities had Del Junco in custody they just talked to him -- about his childhood in Cuba, his likes and dislikes. The conversation spanned over a weekend and took interrogators and the suspected serial killer to picturesque Key Biscayne. There, looking across the aquamarine of Biscayne Bay, the 38-year-old Del Junco-- a loner who was well-liked at work but kept his distance from the few family members he had in Miami-- confessed to killing and torching four women. Police then took him to the scene of each murder, where he acted out the details of each killing.
Del Junco was charged with the slayings of Vida Hicks 43, Diane Helms 44, Cheryl Lee Ray, 37, and Janice Cox, 37. The victims were killed between August 1995 and March 1996 and were found beaten, burned and partially clothed in or near Miami's inner city. They were all black, but Del Junco said his killing spree was not racially motivated. More than 500 people were interviewed in the investigation and much time was spent trying to track down a suspect known only as "Dread" (because his dreadlocked hairstyle) before arresting Del Junco, a Cuban refugee who came to Miami in the 1980 Mariel boat lift. Although authorities think they have their man, they are still looking for "Dread" who might have witnessed one of the slayings.
John Martin Scripps (4) After escaping from prison in 1994, British convict John Martin Scripps went on a globe-trotting, three-nation murder rampage. Johnny was arrested in March, 1995, in Singapore for killing and dismembering a South African tourist. He was also charged with the murder of a Canadian mother and son in Thailand.
Trained as a butcher, after killing his victims he would skillfully sever their corpses at the joints using a pen knife and dispose of their body parts. Not the typical sexual sadist, John killed merely for money and credit cards.
The first serial killer to ever be arrested in Singapore, Johnny was swiftly convicted and sentenced to death. On April 19, 1996, he was hanged by authorities. His mother and sister attended the execution. Before she left Britain, Mrs. Scripps said: "These bastards have no right to take my son's life. I brought him into the world. I am the only person who can take him out of it." In a semi-literate scrawl Scripps wrote that he gave himself to a god who had betrayed him. "You may take my life for what it is worth, but grant thows I love, pease and happiness."
London's Scotland Yard believe that John also murdered a British tourist in Central America whose bank account in London was milked by Scripps after he vanished. In Mexico City, his ex-wife, Maria Arellanos, said: "John disappeared on several trips and went to the United States and South-East Asia. I knew something awful was happening, but I could not believe he had started killing people." While in prison Scripps wrote a story about how he escaped his own hanging to fall into the arms of his mother and sister. Unfortunately for John, that never happened.
Jack Barron (4) In 1995 Jack Barron moved from being a very unfortunate man to become a serial killer. It all started in 1992 when his wife, Irene, died mysteriously leaving Jack grief stricken. Eight months later his four year-old son, Jeremy, stopped breathing in his sleep. Jack claimed it was some genetic link that was killing his family. Next his daughter, also four, died in her sleep. Family and friends could not believe such tragedy could strike again. Jack packed up and moved in with his mother. When the poor lady died in her bed, authorities became a little suspicious. Jack still maintains his innocence and likes to dwell on his suffering. Now that he's been charged with four murders, he might be in for a little more suffering for the next one hundred years.
Donald Miller (4) A prisoner in the Jackson State Prison in Michigan, At age 23 Don confessed to four rape-murders -- including the murder of his former fiancee -- from 1977 to 1978 in and around East Lansing, Michigan. He was arrested while attempting his 5th rape-murder. In exchange for leading prosecutors to the bodies of his four victims, the charges against him were reduced to only manslaughter. In 1979, Miller -- a college graduate in criminal justice who was diagnosed as mentally ill before his trial -- was sentenced to 30-to-50-years in the big house.
Fortunately for the rest of us Donald will not be out of prison until 2018. Though he could have been released in February after earning ten years off for good behavior, a Michigan judge deemed he's still too dangerous to be released.
Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey (4) On February 13, 1999, after a jury said it was unable to decide whether the defendant was insane, a mistrial was declared in the quadruple murder trial of Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey. The 12-member panel, brought 200 miles from Nashville to Davidson County because of intense local publicity, told Judge Richard Baumgartner they were deadlocked 6-6. The defense claimed Huskey, a former zoo elephant trainer, possessed multiple personalities he couldn't control. One personality in particular, an evil alter ego named "Kyle," confessed to the 1992 the murder rampage that claimed the lives of four prostitutes.
Huskey is charged with killing Stone, Darlene Smith, Patricia Rose Anderson and Patricia Johnson and leaving their bodies in trash-strewn woods off Cahaba Lane in East Knox County, Tennessee. Prostitutes knew him as "Zoo Man" because he also liked to take them to a barn near the Knoxville Zoo for sex. The "Zoo Man" has already been convicted of attacking and raping several women in 1991 and 1992, and he is serving a 66-year sentence for those crimes.
After his arrest in October 1992, Huskey met several times with Knox County investigators. Calling himself "Kyle," he described how he met the victims, what they wore and what they did once he took them to Cahaba Lane, a dead-end road where he could bind, beat and rape women he picked up around Magnolia Avenue.
While being interrogated he related how he talked with Anderson, a prostitute with a serious drug habit, about what he would do with her. Anderson, who was pregnant, begged him to let her go. Huskey -- or Kyle if you are to believe his multiple personalities -- said he strangled her, laid her body on her stomach, threw a jacket over her back and shoved an old mattress on top of her.
In his trial Dr. Jeffrey W. Erickson, Ph.D. testified for the defense saying Huskey was suffering from a brain disorder when he first examined him in 1977. Erickson saw Huskey when was 16, after he broke into a house on the grounds of the Knoxville Zoo to steal money.
His defense contended that as a young man he was recruited by a sado-masochistic prostitution ring which permanently scarred his psyche. Since his arrest in October, 1992, psychologist Dr. Diana McCoy, Ph.D, repeatedly interviewed the "Zoo Man" and uncovered his purported multiple personalities. She also testified that Huskey reported having spells in his past in which he lost track of time. According to McCoy, Huskey was insane when he killed the four women.
Anthony Balaam (4) Anthony, a Trenton, New Jersey crack addict, confessed to sodomizing and strangling four prostitutes during sex-for-drugs exchanges. Fifth rape victim who escaped after being raped and led police to her attacker ending his 22-month deadly rampage. According to police Balaam, 30 at the time of his arrest, showed no remorse and "came off as a nice guy" when he was arrested on August 8, 1996.
The crimes Balaam was charged with ocurred within two miles of his home. Police said he encountered his victims in the predawn hours, while cruising neighborhoods where women regularly swap sex for crack cocaine.
On February 16, when the woman who was raped escaped, police became convinced from details of the attack and the weapon used that the rapist was also the strangler they were seeking. DNA from semen taken from the victims and other laboratory results linked two killings. Balaam eventually became a suspect, and the rape victim identified him as her attacker after his arrest.
Balaam, known as the "Trenton Strangler," was convicted on June 1 of killing the four women. The slain women were: Debra Ann Walker, 37, killed July 29, 1996; Concetta Hayward, 27, killed April 10, 1995; Valentina Cuyler, 29, killed March 19, 1995; and Karen Denise Patterson, 41, killed on October 24, 1994. On June 17 jurors ruled against the death penalty for the convicted killer.
Lowell Amos (4) On Oct 24, 1996, Lowell, a Detroit businessman whose mother and three wives died under suspicious circumstances, was convicted of murdering his third wife with a cocaine overdose. Lowell, a former General Motors plant manager from Anderson, Indiana, claimed his wife, Roberta Mowery Amos, 37, died from an accidental drug overdose during sex play in which he was inserting cocaine into her body. However, a coroner's autopsy revealed that her body contained 15 times the amount of cocaine needed to kill a person.
Prosecutors believe Lowell knew Roberta was about to leave him and he wanted to collect on her life insurance. Strangely, the unlucky widower's two previous wives and his mother had all died mysteriously between 1979 and 1989. A potential bluebeard, Lowell had already collected more than $1 million in inheritance and insurance from the deaths of his first two wives and his mother. He now faces an automatic life sentence without possibility of parole for the slaying of his third betrothed, Roberta.
Eric Elliott & Lewis Gilbert (4) One for the weekend rampage file. Eric Elliott, 18, and Lewis Gilbert, 24, of Newcomerstown, Ohio, bored with their mundane existence, went on a weeklong crime spree in Ohio in 1994 leaving four dead in their wake. In 1996 Gilbert was convicted in the killing of Roxy Ruddell and was sentenced to death. Eric's first trial in May, 1996, ended in a deadlock. In his second trial, moments before jury selection was to begin, Elliot pleaded guilty to participating in the September 1994 slaying of Ruddell because, he said, "he was in fact, guilty." If convicted, the teenager faces the death penalty, life without parole, or a life term that would make him eligible for parole in 15 years.
The victim, 37-year-old Roxy Ruddell was murdered while fishing in a lake. The two boys were arrested with Mrs. Ruddell's truck near Santa Fe, N.M., just days after her body was found. Police believe they also abducted and killed Ruth Loader of Port Washington, who has never been seen again and is presumed dead. Furthermore, they are suspected in the slayings of William and Flossie Brewer, whose bodies were found in their home in Kingdom City, Montana.
Beverly Allit (4) Bev, a nurse suffering from the mental illness Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy (a desire to kill or injure to get attention), was given 13 life sentences at Nottingham crown court in 1993 after being convicted of murdering four children and attacking nine others. Her arrest followed an investigation into several incidents of alleged tampering with patients' ventilators and pumps delivering intravenous medication at various hospitals in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
The nurse is now detained in Rampton Maximum Security Hospital for the criminally insane. It is unlikely that she will ever get out, but if she does relatives of the dead children have promised to kill her. Public reaction to the case was particularly hostile, as, being a nurse, she was obviously in a position of trust and in charge of caring for children.
Archie "Mad Dog" McCafferty (4) A multiple killer who has been in jail in Australia for the past 23 years was to be deported to his native Scotland within the next two weeks. "Mad Dog", who was given three life sentences in 1974 for leading a gang which killed three men in five days, was granted parole on April 20. Australian authorities immediately confirmed that they would send him back to Scottland from where he came with his family when he was ten.
The murderous rampage took place five days after his six-week-old son died when his wife fell asleep while breast-feeding and rolled on top of him. McCafferty claimed at his trial in 1974 that he had heard the voice of his dead son telling him he would be born again if seven people were killed. He remained obsessed with the number seven in prison, writing an autobiography titled "Seven Shall Die." Eight years after his trial he killed a fellow-prisoner, leaving three killings pending.
However, a parole board judge said that by 1988 "Mad Dog" became a model prisoner. His freedom was granted after his fifth request for parole. Philip Morrice, the British Consul-General, said Britain had no choice but to accept the decision to deport McCafferty, although the prisoner has appealed against the move.
At the hearing McCafferty apologised to relatives of his victims and said he was "out of touch with reality" at the time of the killings. "I realise the chaos and trauma I have created," he said. "I killed three fathers and for that I am truly sorry. If I could give my life to bring your fathers back I would do that gladly." Outside the courtroom, Lesley Cox, the daughter of one of his victims, wept and said she was "frightened and terrified" by the parole decision.
On April 23, 1997 "Mad Dog" lost his last appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal against a deportation order by the Australian government. On May 1 McCafferty was escorted onto a plane by two police officers and sent on his way to Scotland, a place he has no desire to live in. Scottish authorities stated that they will have to house him if he returns to Glasgow, but there are fears of a lynch-mob if the public discovers his where-abouts. The victims families believe that he is not a changed-man, and that there is every possibility that he will kill again. 4 down, three to go...
Andrei Maslich (4) A death row inmate in Siberia, Andrei has received two death sentences for strangling and cooking his cell mates in prison. Maslich, a four-time convicted murderer, received his first death penalty in 1995 when he and another inmate strangled, cooked and ate a prisoner because they were bored.
He was sentenced to death again on December 26, 1996 for strangling his new cell mate after an argument and boiling his liver in a metal mug on a makeshift fire. Allegedly he cooked his cell mate in hopes of being declared insane and escaping execution for his first act of cannibalism. Maslich told the Altai regional court he cooked his cellmate, a double murderer, in hopes of being declared insane and escaping execution for his first act of cannibalism.
The crime was not discovered until the next morning, when a warder looked through the spy hole and Maslich nodded to his lifeless cellmate: "He will not be getting up today." The prison director assured the court that the food provided was good and plentiful: "Hunger was not the cause of this crime." Whatever his reasons were, we pity Andrei's next cell mate.
Tsutomu Miyazaki (4) Charged with the kidnapping and murdering four young girls in Tokyo and the Saitama Prefecture from 1988 to 1989, Tsutomu told the Tokyo District Court he did not, "have much interest in his trial." At the outset of the hearings in 1990, Miyazaki admitted he abducted and killed the four girls but said he felt "as if I had done it in a dream." He later said in court that he "did not remember" the deposition statement in which he owned up to the charges.
Court hearings were suspended on March 1993 when lawyers demanded a second psychiatric test for Miyazaki. The first psychiatric tests showed that his mental condition, despite signs of personality disorder, was sufficient enough to be held responsible for the crimes. But a second test contradicted the initial one, suggesting that he was either suffering from multiple personality disorder or schizophrenia.
According to the court, Miyazaki kidnapped a 4-year-old girl in Saitama Prefecture and strangled her in a forest in suburban Tokyo in August 1988. About five months later, he burned the body near his home. The he placed the ashes in a cardboard box that he left in front of the dead girl's home.
In October the same year, he abducted a 7-year-old girl while she was walking along a street in Saitama Prefecture and took her to woods in suburban Tokyo and strangled her. In December 1988, Miyazaki approached another 4-year-old girl in Saitama Prefecture, strangled her in his car in a parking lot and abandoned her body in a nearby wooded area, according to the court. In June 1989, he abducted a 5-year-old girl in Tokyo and also strangled her in his car. He later mutilated her body and abandoned parts of the corpse in wooded areas of Saitama and Tokyo prefectures.
Miyazaki was arrested in July 1989, in Hachioji, Tokyo, on charges of trying to molest another girl after he was caught by the girl's father. He confessed during questioning to the four slayings. After his arrest, investigators found and confiscated a collection of 5,800 animated and other videos at his home. Among the videos was one with about five minutes of footage of one of the mutilated victims, as well as a video tape from the "Guinea Pig" series in which a man kidnaps a nurse, renders her unconscious by injection and cuts off her hands, head and feet. Miyazaki later said he had felt "uncomfortable" with adult women and turned to children. An equal oportunity psychopath, he added that he was attracted to necrophilia.
Robert Arguelles (4) While serving a sentence for child molestation, Robert Arguelles, 34, confessed to being a serial killer. On May 2, 1996, four years after the disappearance of three teen-age girls from the Salt Lake City area, Robert confessed to their murders after he received a letter saying that he was a father.
The repentant slayer said: "I realise these girls were just little girls like mine.... I started to understand just how much it would hurt to have someone do what he had done". In return for fessing up, Arguelles asked for a private cell, a color TV and the death penalty.
Arguelles confessed that on March 1992 he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and strangled 15-year-old Tuesday Roberts, then stabbed her friend, 16-year-old Lisa Martinez, to death with a wood chisel. Earlier that month, he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed 13-year-old Stephanie Blundell. He also pleaded guilty to the February 1992 abduction and strangulation of 42-year-old Margo Bond, a janitor at a junior high school where Arguelles said he was hunting for girls.
Originally he claimed to have merely witnessed the dumping of the bodies of two of the dead teenagers. Later, in a tearful seven-hour session with his lawyer and a police investigator he broke down and admitted to the four killings.
On May 12, 1997 Arguelles -- who has spent all but three years of his adult life behind bars -- pleaded guilty to the murders and said he wanted to be executed as soon as possible. On June 20 Third District Court Judge David Young handed down the death sentence for Roberto. In a strange courtroom exchange the judge bluntly asked Arguelles: "You're asking me to sentence you to death?" To which he replied: "I am because as many years as I've been through this, no one's going to help me with this condition... I would elect to be executed by firing squad," if possible without a hood, Arguelles added.
On April 7, 2000, Arguelles told Judge David Young he was fed up with the competency hearings to determine if he is fit to die. "I'm tired of waiting," Arguelles said, "I'm having a lot of problems at the prison. A lot of people are trying to tell me I don't want the death penalty." The killer, who was sentenced to death June 20, 1997, for the brutal murders of four Salt Lake County women, was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation after he tried to hang himself with a laundry bag in his cell at the Utah State Prison on August 12, 1998. Arguelles has repeatedly stated he wishes to die for his crimes and will fight any effort to appeal his death sentences.
Peter Moore (4) Born in 1940, Peter ran a theater in northern Wales, apparently fixating on Jason Voorhies from the F13 movie series. He murdered and mutilated 4 men in 1995, the bodies found near small rural towns. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996. No victims beyond the 4 he admitted have been suggested by police.
Anna Zwanzinger (4) Born Anna Schonleben in Nuremberg, Germany in 1760, she will live in infamy as Bavaria's premiere poisoner. Described as "ugly, stunted, without attraction of face, figure, speech... this misshapen woman whom some people likened to a toad," Anna's life veered astray after an unfortunate choice for a husband. Her hubby, Zwanzinger, proved to be a drunken bully who went through her inheritance before dying of alcoholism.
By the time she was 40, after trying her hand at toymaking, she starting working as a domestic with the hope of finding the right man who would fall in love with her charms and cooking and would want her to be his wife. Her first potential husband was a judge named Glaser. Unfortunately the man, although separated , was still married. Thoughtful Anna engineered a reconciliation between Glaser and his wife. Once the Frau was back at home, Anna started feeding her arsenic in her tea until she died. Still, the judge wouldn't propose, so Anna poisoned several of the judge's guest. Fortunately they survived.
After being fired from the Glaser household Zwanzinger found work at another judge's home. Judge Grohmann and, unbeknownst to him, was a potential future husband for his new housekeeper. Once the judge announced his engagement to another woman, he unwillingly signed his death sentence. After feeding him a bowl of special Bavarian soup, Grohmann died an agonizing death. In the meantime two other servants poisoned unsuccessfully by Anna because they annoyed her.
Her next household was of yet another judge. Judge Gebhard was married to a woman who was sickly before Anna started feeding her poison. Her condition turned from bad to worse once and she too died following horrible stomach pains. Crazed with the power of death, Anna poisoned several servants and fed the judge's infant a biscuit dipped in arsenic. The servants survived, but the baby died. At the urging of his servants Judge Gebhard had their food analyzed. Traces of arsenic were found after Anna had already escaped. Before her getaway she filled every salt shaker and sugar container in the household with generous doses of arsenic.
On October 18, 1809 Anna was arrested after she had sent several letters to the Gebhard household extolling her love for the dead baby and saying the she was willing to forget the wrongs she had suffered and was ready to resume her duties.
After six months of questioning, Anna finally broke down confessed. She stated: "Yes, I killed them all and would have killed more if I had the chance." Then she referred to arsenic as her "truest friend." Before being beheaded in July 1811, she told her executers "It is perhaps better for the community that I should die, as it would be impossible for me to give up the practice of poisoning people."
Darryl D. Turner (3-7) On January 5, 2001 Washington D.C., investigators charged Darryl D. Turner with a third murder three over a three-year period. Turner, 36, was charged with the 1995 murder of Toni Ann Burdine. Burdine, a known prostitute and drug user, was found in an open field in the Northeastern section of the city May 4, 1995. The 32-year-old had been raped and strangled to death.
Three years later police arrested Turner for two similar slayings. After reopening the Burdine case, authorities were able to match a strain of semen taken from her body to Turner's DNA. Turner has already been charged with first-degree murder in the 1997 deaths of Jacqueline Teresa Birch, 39, and Dana Hill, 34. Both women were also known prostitutes and were strangled to death. Further, all three victims have been found near Turner's home. Turner has pleaded not guilty to all three attacks.
D.C. police believe there may be more charges to come as they investigate Turner's possible connection to at least four other unsolved killings of neighborhood women who worked as prostitutes. The additional victims are Lateashia Blocker, 28, who was found in 1995 in the same empty house as Teresa Birch; Emile Dennis, 42, who was discovered in December 1997 in a crawl space beneath the townhouse where Turner lived with his wife; Jessica Cole, 41, whose body was found badly mutilated on October 1996; and 49-year-old Priscilla Mosley.
Turner was not the initial suspect in the slayings of Birch and Hill. The most compelling evidence police have so far revealed against Turner, in addition to the DNA matches, is the testimony of a former girlfriend who Turner is charged with raping and choking. In a 1997 hearing, the woman testified that Turner once said he preferred violent sex, including strangulation, because he had "trouble achieving sexual enjoyment any other way." The woman also told police that, while attacking her, Turner said he was "tired of paying you [women] for sex."
Anthony Hardy (3+) On January 3, 2002, police investigating the murders of two women whose body parts were found in garbage containers in Candem, North London, arrested Anthony Hardy. The 53-year-old suspect was caught on closed-circuit television at University College Hospital on Wednesday asking for medicine for a diabetes-related condition called peripheral neuropathy but left when staff began to query where he lived. Detectives believed that his quest for medication was their main chance of catching him.
Earlier in the week a tramp foraging for food in a dumpster in the back of a pub found body parts wrapoped in plastic bags. Investigators then found a torso of one woman and seven or eight bags with body parts in neighboring trash containers. A second female torso Hardy's apartment. Police believe both women were prostitutes. The heads, hands and some limbs of both victims are still missing.
Police also identified one of the prostitutes as 34-year-old Brigitte Cathy MacClennan. She is believed to have lived in Camden but originally came from New Zealand. The other dismembered prostitute was identified as 29-year-old Elizabeth Selina Valad, originally from Nottingham. Though her head and arms are still missing, Valad was identified by her breast implants.
Commander Andy Baker said there remained a "number of unsolved murders we must have an open mind to". Among them is that of Paula Fields, 31, a prostitute found in Camden canal in February 2001. She had been cut into six pieces and her head has not been found. Hardy, a former mechanical engineer, was first questioned by police in January last year after 38-year-old Sally Rose White was found dead in his apartment, but post-mortem tests showed she had died from natural causes. In light of the recent discoveries, the White case was reopened and Hardy was formally charged with her murder.
Robert Shulman (3+) A 42-year-old post office sorter, Robert Shulman has been charged with killing four prostitutes between 1991 and 1996 and dumping their dismembered bodies in garbage bins around New York. The sensitive type, Bobby whimpered as he was led to a police car in Patchogue, Long Island. He said he felt "horrible" and apologized to the families of the victims. Shulman's brother been charged with helping dump some bodies, but is not believed to have be involved in the killings.
Shulman enjoyed picking up prostitutes and taking them back to his apartment for drugs and mayhem. After satiating his senses he would beat them to death using a hammer, baseball bat or a set of barbells.
Bobbie would sometimes chop off the dead girls' arms and/or handsso they couldn't be identified and dumped their remains in garbage containers in Long Island, Brooklyn and Yonkers. curiously, he aslo chopped off a leg or two.
Police tracked down one of the victims from a tattoo on her body. Investigators were then able to link Shulman and his brother's blue Cadillac to the dead prostitute. First police charged him with killing two women. While in custody he admitted involvement in three other murders. Apparently he would smoke tons of crack with his prostitute friends, black out and wake up to find them dead.
On March 4, 1999, a Suffolk County Court jury convicted Shulman of first-degree murder in Long Island's first capital murder case since a new death penalty law has been enacted. Shulman was found guilty of murdering and dismembering three prostitutes in 1994 and 1995. He is suspected of at least two more killings.
In court, Shulman wore a plaid shirt and a blue sweater. When he was arrested, his hair was long and scraggly. In court, he wore his hair in a buzz cut. It has taken three months of pre-trial hearings, four months of jury selection, and four months of testimony and two days of deliberation. The penalty phase of the trial begins March 15.
To be prosecuted under New York's new serial killer provision, a defendant must be accused of killing three or more people within a 24-month period as part of a common scheme or plan or in a similar fashion.
On May 7, 1999, a jury recommended the death penalty for former Shulman. The Suffolk County Court jury deliberated about five hours before recommending death by lethal injection for the murders of three prostitutes. "This defendant was a killing machine," said. "The jury was right on the mark in its decision."
Shulman was convicted of killing Kelly Sue Bunting, 28, of Hollis, Queens, whose body was found in December 1995 in a trash bin in Melville, Long Island; Lisa Ann Warner, 18, of Jamaica, Queens, whose body was found in April 1995 at a Brooklyn trash recycling plant; and an unidentified woman whose mutilated body was found in December 1994 on a roadside in Medford. He is also is awaiting trial in Westchester County for the murders of two other women. He is accused of killing Lori Vasquez, a 24-year-old Brooklyn woman, in 1991 and dumping her body into a Yonkers trash can. He also allegedly killed and dismembered another woman whose body was found in a trash bin in Yonkers in 1992. She was never identified.
Shulman's attorney, Paul Gianelli, argued that his client's life should be spared because he suffered from depression and had a weak grasp of reality. As a result, the attorney said, Shulman was unable to help prepare a defense during the sentencing phase of the trial.
Defense testimony recounting Shulman's troubled childhood -- his mother and brother suicide -- failed to sway the jurors. He will be formally sentenced to death by Suffolk County Court Judge Arthur Pitts on June 3. Shulman, who faces two more murder charges in Westchester County, attempted suicide with a razor after his conviction. He wept as yesterday's death sentence was announced.
Judy Buenoano (3+) Dubbed "The Black Widow" for preying on her family and leaving a dead husband, boyfriend and son in her trail, Judy Buenoano was executed on Florida's temperamental Old Sparky on March 30, 1998.
Asked if she had a final statement, she answered weakly, "No, sir," squeezing her eyes shut and keeping them shut, not looking at the witnesses on the other side of the glass. In her final days Judy said she wanted to be remembered as a good mother. "Seeing the face of Jesus, that's what I think about," she recently told a TV station. "I'm ready to go home."
In June 1971, Buenoano's husband, James Goodyear, returned to Orlando from a tour of duty in South Vietnam and started feeling ill. Goodyear died in September. Buenoano went to live with Bobby Joe Morris, who also grew ill and died. Then John Gentry, who started getting ill and checked into a hospital. Gentry had vitamins that Buenoano was giving him analyzed and found poison.
Buenoano was convicted of drowning her 19-year-old son, Michael Goodyear, in 1980 by pushing him out of a canoe into a river. He was paralyzed from arsenic poisoning and was wearing heavy leg and arm braces.
Buenoano was not a suspect in the death of her husband, James Goodyear, or her son's drowning until she tried to kill her fiance, John Gentry, and collect on a $500,000 insurance policy by blowing up his car in 1983. After the attempt on Gentry's life, she changed her name from "Goodyear" to the"Buenoano" (good year in Spanish). When police made the Goodyear-Buenoano connection the kid's body was exhumed and it was found to be plump with arsenic.
Prosecutors in Colorado also found evidence Ms. Buenoano poisoned a boyfriend in 1978 but did not charge her because she had already gotten the death penalty in Florida. Judy mantained her innocence until the very end.
A former carnival worker, Bolin was found guilty of first-degree murder and false imprisonment in the November 1986 death of Stephanie Collins, 17. The high school senior's disappearance from a suburban shopping center sparked a massive monthlong search. He was sentenced to death almost eight years ago for the murders of Stephanie Collins, Terry Lynn Matthews and Natalie Blanche Holley, 25, of Tampa. He won new trials, however, when the Florida Supreme Court said improper evidence had been introduced.
Bolin was retried in 1996 and sent to death row for murdering Matthews. In February, a Hillsborough jury recommended that Bolin get the death penalty for killing Holley. He is to be formally sentenced by a judge in May in the Holley and Collins cases. Prosecutors say Bolin abducted Collins after she stopped by the drugstore where she worked to see about picking up extra work over the holidays. She was on her way to chorus practice. Bolin took the teenager to his north Tampa travel trailer and bludgeoned and stabbed her to death, jurors were told.
A hair found on Collins was matched to Bolin, FBI analysts testified. Bolin's wife at the time of the murders, who now is dead, testified on videotape that he admitted killing Collins. Bolin's attorneys said their client merely helped conceal the crime of an unnamed person. Bolin did not take the stand. After the trial, his attorneys said they think numerous issues will provide a basis for an appeal. They argued during trial that they were hamstrung by a poor cross- examination of Bolin's ex-wife by his previous attorneys.
However completely unremarkable Bolin is as a serial killer, he became the focus of national media attention when he married Rosalie Martinez, a socially prominent Tampa woman. Rosalie left her attorney-husband and four young daughters, for her jailhouse Lothario.
"We were married Oct. 5, over the phone," said Rosie, 37, of her 1996 death row nuptials to Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. It wasn't exactly a traditional ceremony. "I was in my apartment in Gainesville, and he was in the county jail." As newlyweds they meet every Saturday in the cafeteria of the state prison in Starke, Fla., where they kiss, hug and hold hands. However, they have not consummated their union. "I... desire to be passionate with him," she said, "but we have to be strong." The very devoted and, in our opinion, somewhat gullible bride accepted Oscar's wedding proposal because she believes he is innocent. "I never wanted him to think that I would abandon him," she said. "He's given me a purpose. I'm on a crusade."
Shedding a different light on the case, on October 26, 1997, Mrs. Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr. wrote to the Archives:
Cupcake, a visitor to the Archives had this to say about Rosalie Martinez:
UPDATE: October 25, 2001
For the seventh time in a row, Florida serial killer Oscar Ray Bolin has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Since 1986 he has been found three times guilty of killing Terry Lynn Matthews. He has also has stood trial for the 1986 murders of two Hillsborough County women, Natalie Blanche Holley and Stephanie Collins. Twice he has been convicted for each of those murders. Each time the victims' families, the prosecutors, the judges, thought they had moved closer to justice, the Florida Supreme Court found mistakes in the trials and overturned the convictions. During Bolin's eight-day trial, signs of just how much time has passed since the killings were everywhere. Time and again, witnesses were forced to answer questions apologetically by saying, simply, "I don't remember. It's been so long." Bolin was 24 when Matthews was murdered; now he's 39.
Some witnesses have died, including Bolin's ex-wife, Cheryl Jo Coby. Another witness, Robert Kahles, committed suicide in 1991. He owned the tow-truck company that Bolin worked for in 1986. Ultimately, it was his decision to allow Bolin to take a wrecker to Pasco County on the day Matthews was abducted and murdered. Before putting a gun to his head, Kahles called his wife and said, "I shouldn't have had that boy working for us."Ramon Jay Rogers (3+) Ramon, an aspiring actor and heavy-metal drummer, was arrested in March of 1996 in San Diego after the body parts of his visiting ex-girlfriend were found in the apartment complex he managed. The discovery triggered the reopening of two other cases involving the mutilation-murder of another of his old girlfriends and the disappearance of one of his friends. Investigators have also looked into two other murders outside San Diego County that might be linked to Rogers. The body parts of the old flame found, reportedly teeth and fingers, were in a plastic bag inside a storage locker near his parking space.
Sean Patrick Goble (3+) Sean, a long-distance trucker from Ashenboro, NC, confessed to the murders of two women in Tennessee and has been charged with a third in North Carolina. He would pick up his victims at gas and service stations along the interstate and dump their bodies further down the road. Authorities in seven other states want to question Sean about dozens of similar death that occurred along his truck routes. Many of the victims were prostitutes who were smothered or strangled. Perhaps we'll see Sean move up the ranks of his peers as he is linked to more killings. On December 15, 1995, the 29-year-old trucker received two consecutive life terms for the killings in Tennessee.
John Duffy & David Mulcahy (3) On February 5, 2001, British serial sex killer David Mulcahy was given three life sentences for murdering three women. He also received 24-year jail terms on each of seven counts of rape and 18 years each for five conspiracies to rape, to run concurrently. In short, Mulcahy, 41, was convicted after his childhood friend, John Duffy, spent 14 days in the witness box cataloguing their rape and murder scheme. According to Duffy during the 1980s the pair went on "hunting parties" searching for women. Duffy, who was known as the Railway Rapist because he used his knowledge of the rail network to target his victims, was caught and jailed for life in 1988. In custody he named his former friend -- who police suspected all along -- as his accomplice.
Their three confirmed victims were: Alison Day, 19, who was attacked close to Hackney Wick station in east London in December 1985; Maartje Tamboezer, 15, whose body was found near a station at Horsley, Surrey in April 1986; and Anne Lock, a 29-year-old secretary with a television company who was murdered near Brookmans Park railway station Hertfordshire in May 1986.
Mulcahy and Duffy were first interrogated by police in July 1985 about a series of rapes in North London. They were both released on bail and five months later they raped and murdered Alison Day in Hackney Wick, East London. In the spring of 1986 they raped and murdered two more women -- Maartje Tamboezer, 15, and Anne Lock, 29. The pair was rearrested in November of that year. Police charged Duffy with the three murders and six rapes, but had to release Mulcahy for lack of evidence.
In 1998 Duffy broke his silence and started talking about the murders and other rapes he had committed and implicated Mulcahy as his accomplice in many of the crimes. Mulcahy was finally arrested on February 3, 1999.
In court Duffy described how he and his best friend from childhood would hunt for victims throughout London. "We would have balaclavas and knives," John Duffy, 41, said. "We used to call it hunting. We did it as a bit of a joke. A bit of a game." Duffy, who was jailed for a minimum of 30 years in 1988 for murdering Alison Day, 19, and Maartje Tamboezer, 15, testified at the trial of Mulcahy that between 1982 and 1986 they hunted down and raped 15 women, killing three of them.
Police, believing the two are probably responsible for many more deaths, are re-investigating the 1980 murder of 19-year-old Jenny Ronaldson, who was sexually assaulted, strangled and thrown in the Thames. Detectives plan to examine a national file of over 180 unsolved murders of women to search for any links to Duffy and Mulcahy.
Arhon Kee (3) On February 19, 1999, Miami Police arrested 25-year-old who is wanted in New York for at least one murder and two rapes. Surveillance teams tailing him decided to move in when he was located at the Sun Hotel in downtown Miami. Two SWAT teams cleared out the rest of the hotel and found him in a room on the top floor.
New York City police believe Kee is responsible for a string of slayings and rapes in East Harlem. Officers also found a 16-year-old girl in another part of the sixth floor. Crowley identified her as Angelique Stallings, who had been missing since she went out on a Valentine's Day date with Kee. Police also are investigating whether Kee, nicknamed the "East Harlem Rapist" by the New York media, was involved in the killings of two other teen-age girls in 1991 and 1997. "Arohn Kee is every young lady's worst nightmare," New York Deputy Inspector Joseph Reznick said earlier this week.On December 20, 2000, a New York jury convicted Kee the slayings of three girls and the rapes of four others during an eight-year crime spree. Kee, 27, faces life without parole in state prison when he is sentenced January 26. Kee was charged with murdering three Harlem girls between 1991 and 1998. Four other victims, ranging in age from 13 to 15, were raped.
One girl may have been burned alive on a rooftop. Another had her life's breath squeezed out of her, and a third, only 13, was strangled and stabbed three times in her bare left breast. No mother should have to suffer what the mothers of these three murdered teenage girls are suffering on the 12th floor of a lower Manhattan courthouse.
As just one example of his alleged cunning, Kee - a computer whiz, self-styled rap artist and convicted thief - repeatedly outwitted police attempts to get his DNA and link him to the attacks. Once, when he was held last year on a petit-larceny charge, he declined a cheek swab - cops lied that it was a "tuberculosis test" - claiming, at the brink of signing a consent form, that he was a Jehovah's Witness, opposed to invasive medical procedures. "He suddenly got religious," one investigator recalled.
The prosecution presented DNA evidence recovered from six of his seven victims that matched Kee's. Police obtained Kee's DNA from a coffee cup he used while in custody at the time of his February 19, 1999, arrest. In a bizarre twist, Kee testified in his own defense, ignoring his lawyers' advice. He insisted in two days of rambling and disjointed testimony that he was innocent of the murders and rapes and accused the police of framing him. He insisted police arrested him because of the Amadou Diallo shooting in Feb. 4, 1999, in which police fired 41 shots at an unarmed, innocent man. Kee's explanation as to how his DNA got on six of the seven victims was that police "planted the DNA on the girls (and) it had something to do with genetic shuffling."
James Allen Kinney (3) Police in Delray Beach, Florida, are searching for suspected serial killer James Allen Kinney who is believed to have been living in Delray Beach since May. Kinney, 51, is suspected of killing women in Washington, Michigan and Iowa, has been in . "He lives somewhere between Boynton Beach and north Broward county," said Detective Robert Stevens at a news conference. The Vietnam veteran has stayed at Veteran's Administration Hospitals and homeless shelters throughout the U.S., and most recently he befriended an elderly Delray man confined to a wheelchair, who he met at a local VA hospital. Investigators said he typically hangs out at American Legion halls or Veterans of Foreign Wars halls.
"We've exhausted all leads and haven't been able to identify where he is," Stevens said. "He hasn't been seen (by police) in two years. The trail is cold, but hopefully this will generate leads." Two years ago, Washington police said Kinney was responsible for the disappearance and murder of 20-year-old Keri Lynn Sherlock. Her body was found on a dirt road in the woods and was identified through dental records. A 1997 murder of a Grand Rapids, Michigan, woman and a 1998 murder of a Des Moines, Iowa, woman also point to Kinney, police said. All three victims were young, white women. The suspect has previously worked in South Florida on temporary day labor jobs, Stevens said. In April, Kinney was spotted at the Philadelphia International Airport after he was profiled on the TV show "America's Most Wanted."
The suspect, who uses the alias Jerome Romano Porrovecchio, is known to be friendly and a pathological liar. He befriends elderly people and becomes their caretakers to make money. He has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a result of his service in Vietnam. "If you have a suspect involved in three murders and hasn't been charged with one, obviously it's important ... so we can bring him to justice and he doesn't do it again," Stevens said. The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office in Washington is offering $10,000 for information that leads to Kinneys arrest.
James Hicks (3) On November 1, 2000, Maine's Penobscot County grand jury formally charged confessed killer James Hicks, 49, with the murders of Jerilyn Towers and Lynn Willette. Hicks served six years of a 10-year prison sentence for killing his first wife, 23-year-old Jennie Hicks, who disappeared from the couple's Carmel home in 1977. Hicks was not arrested for her murder until 1983 and was convicted in 1984. Before his arrest, Towers, 34, of Newport, disappeared after leaving a Newport bar with Hicks. In fact the police investigation into Towers' disappearance prompted the re-examination Jennie Hicks' disappearance and subsequently the charging Hicks with her murder. At the time he was not charged with Towers' death because police lacked adequate evidence.
After his release from prison in 1990, Hicks met 40-year-old Willette of Orrington with whom he worked at the Twin City Motel in Brewer. The two eventually lived together at a South Main Street apartment where Hicks now claims he killed Willette on May 26, 1996. Though also suspected in her dissapearence, Hicks was never charged with her death because of lack of evidence. That is until he was handed a 55-year sentence in Lubbock, Texas, and confessed to the three killings and led authorities to their bodies.
Hicks was convicted in Texas of holding a gun to the head of a 67-year-old woman, forcing here to write a check to him and sign over the title to her car, and then write a suicide note. He planned to drug and drown the woman to make it look like a suicide, but she somehow managed to escaped. When he was convicted to 55 years in prison Hicks asked to cut a deal with authorities in Maine whereby he agreed to direct them to the bodies of the three missing in exchange for serving his time in Maine instead of Texas.
Back in Maine Hicks located the remains of his three victims after two days of digging around his former home in Etna and at several roadside sites in Aroostook County, Maine. The remains of his former wife and Towers were found 100 fett appart next to the home where he grew up. Willette's remains were found in concrete buckets buried next to the road in Aroostook County. Apparently all the bodies were dismembered and some parts he allegedly tossed in a nearby river.
Floid (Todd) Tapson (3) According to a federal task force, a serial killer may be responsible for the disappearances of three women who were mentally retarded and lived in Minnesota and North Dakota. The task force is focusing on Floyd Tapson, 38, who is charged in Montana with the rape and attempted murder of a 22-year-old woman with mental retardation. Tapson pleaded not guilty in the Montana case and is free on bail.
Tapson, a former supervisor in group homes in northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota, is being investigated in three cases covering a nine-year period -- the homicide of a Moorhead, Minn., woman who was mentally retarded and the disappearances and presumed murders of women with similar disabilities in Wadena, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, N.D. Additionally, investigators in Maryland are reviewing cases of women who disappeared in the late 1980s, when Tapson worked at a group home in Baltimore.
On August 11, 1999, the former group home manager was sentenced to life in prison for trying to murder a mentally disabled woman in Billings last year. Calling Tapson "a cold-blooded, would-be killer" and "a grave risk" to women with disabilities, District Judge G. Todd Baugh ordered the maximum sentence sought by Yellowstone County prosecutors. Under Montana law, Tapson, 38, will have to serve at least 30 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
An unrepentant Tapson, who continued to say the victim had fabricated her accusations and suggested that he should be released having served four months since his conviction. The sentence, one of the stiffest in Yellowstone County in recent years, could also have far-reaching effects as a task force of detectives in North Dakota and Minnesota try to solve the murders of three developmentally disabled women in those states.
Task-force members consider Tapson their prime suspect and hope that the long sentence will motivate Tapson to aid their investigations. Members of the task force have said they may offer Tapson immunity in exchange for his cooperation. Representing Tapson, Billings attorney Jeff Michael said afterward that Tapson may be willing to talk with those investigators, although Tapson continues to say he had nothing to do with the deaths of those women.
Yellowstone County prosecutors had stated that in October of 1998 Tapson lured the mentally challenged woman to the group home where he worked, took her to his home, restrained her with handcuffs for several hours in his basement and then repeatedly raped her. To cover his crime, he drove the woman west of town on the Molt Road, shot her twice at close range - once in the head - and left her for dead. Despite her injuries, the woman crawled through a barbed-wire fence and ran to a nearby home for help. She survived and identified Tapson as her assailant.
Jose Lazaro Bouchana (3) On May 17, 1998, police in Mexico City arrested 40-year-old subway driver Jose Lazaro Bouchana for allegedly raping and killing at least three women whose bodies were found buried in the patio of his house. Authoritites were led to the home by a teenage girl who he was holding captive and managed to escape. When police arrived, they noticed a foul odor coming from the patio, which was under construction. They then started digging and uncovered the bodies of the three women.
Police said they planned to keep digging as three more women had been reported missing in the area in the past few months. Mexican radio station Radio Red said police had found a videotape taken of the women as they were being tortured.
Andonis Daglis (3): On January 23, 1997, this 23-year-old Greek killer was found guilty of raping and murdering three prostitutes and cutting them up with a chain saw. For his crimes he was sentenced to 13 terms of life imprisonment. He was also found guilty of attempted murder of six other women.
Daglis, dubbed by the Greek media the "Athens Ripper," raped and strangled the three prostitutes between 1993-1995. After killing them, he chopped them into pieces and dumped them on a highway. One witness, British national Ann Hamson, was spared when she convinced the "Ripper" that she was not a prostitute. For weeks, the Greek public was glued to their television as Daglis slouched in a courtroom chair and recounted his bloody rampage.
Craig Price (4): The youngest U.S. serial killer of the Archives, Craig was known as the "Slasher of Warwick" after a brutal series of killings in Rhode Island in the late 1980s. Craig, a black youth from a working class family, is believed to have committed his first murder when he was only 13. The victim was a white female from his neighborhood, whom he "peeped" on dozens of occasions. He stabbed her to death with one of her kitchen knives after breaking into her house.
The murder went unsolved until a few months after Craig's second killing frenzy which took place almost 2 years later, when he was 15. The victims were a white female and her two daughters. The slashings were so similar to his first known kill that the FBI was called in to profile a serial killer. They failed to finger a 15 year old black male as their suspect. It took an observant detective who noticed Craig with a big cut on his hand to crack the case. He admitted to committing the murders without any persuasion and, according to the FBI, goes down in history as the youngest serial killer in US history.
Craig is scheduled to be released from the ACI in Cranston, Rhode Island, in 1998. His sentence for murder having been served, he is now doing 2 additional years for contempt. Not a model prisoner Craig now faces an additional twenty years in prison for crimes committed while incarcerated. The lethal teenager is also a suspect in other unsolved homicides around RI. The FBI and local authorities believe it is only a matter of time that Craig will start killing again.
Michael Lee Lockhart (3) On December 10, 1997, the state of Texas -- one of the most lethal killing machines in the industrialized world -- executed Michael Lee Lockhart for killing a police officer. Lockhart, 37, was also sentenced to death in Indianna and Florida for killing two girls.
During a five-month killing spree in 1987, Lockhart tortured and mutilated a 16-year-old girl at her home in Indiana and killed a 14-year-old girl in Land O'Lakes, Florida. Both girls were raped and stabbed repeatedly. In March, 1988, Lockhart gunned down Beaumont police officer, Paul Hulsey Jr., who had tracked him to a motel and tried to arrest him. Lockhart became the 37th man to be executed in Texas this year, extending the state's record year.
Paul Michael Stephani (3) A prison inmate known as the "weepy-voiced killer" for his tearful phone calls taunting police in the 1980s has confessed to committing three murders, two of them previously unsolved. On December, 1997, Paul Michael Stephani, 53, told investigators he wanted to confess and apologize to the victims' families before he died from cancer. He has melanoma and has been told he less than a year to live.
In the taped confessions Stephani said he killed Kathy Greening, 33, who was found drowned in her Lauderdale bathtub in 1982. He said he also killed Kimberly Compton, 18, who was stabbed with an ice pick within hours of stepping off a bus in St. Paul in 1981. He also confessed to attacking a 20-year-old woman who was found stabbed and badly beaten, but still alive, along railroad tracks in St. Paul after leaving a New Year's party on Jan. 1, 1981.
Stephani also admitted killing Barbara Simons. He was convicted of stabbing her more than 100 times in Minneapolis in 1982, and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He also was sentenced to 18 years for stabbing Denise Williams of Minneapolis with a screwdriver in his car in 1982. Wounded by Williams, Stephani was finally arrested when he called for medical help and authorities recognized his voice.
Joseph & Michael Kallinger (3) Joseph Kallinger, a cobbler by trade, led a life steeped in madness and crime. As an adopted child he grew up under the constant abuse from his parents. It is no surprise that when he became a father he was abusive too. On January 23, 1972 he branded his oldest daughter for running away. He was arrested for child abuse and found incompetent to stand trial. By mid-1974 he was constantly hearing voices from a floating head that followed him around. God also spoke to him and told him to kill young boys and sever their penises. Eager to comply, Joe enlisted his 13-year-old son, Michael, and proceeded to torture and murder a nine-year-old Puerto Rican youth. Their next victim was one of his own children, Joe Jr., who had previously accused him of abuse. For such a transgression the hapless youngster was found drowned in an abandoned building.
On Jan. 8, 1975, Kallinger and Mike gained entrance to a house in Leonia, N.J., by posing as salesmen. For the next several hours, they beat, robbed and terrorized the eight people inside. One of the eight, a 21-year-old nurse named Maria Fasching, who had stopped at the house to aid an elderly neighbor and friend, was taken to the basement, tied up, sexually assaulted, and killed. A bloodstained shirt left by one of the intruders was traced by a laundry mark to Kallinger, who lived with his family in a cramped apartment above his shoe repair shop in Philadelphia.
Michael, a juvenile, was placed on probation until his twenty-fifth birthday. He is now free and is believed to have changed his name. After his capture Joseph was pronounced paranoid and schizophrenic by psychiatrists. During his New Jersey trial, he sometimes moaned and babbled incoherently. Nevertheless, the jury concluded that he had known right from wrong and convicted him of murder.
Joe was given 40 years in jail in Pennsylvania for a series of robberies followed by a life sentence in New Jersey for the murder of Maria Fasching. In jail Joe has expressed repeatedly his desire to kill every person on earth. Once he slashed a fellow inmate's throat and poured lighter fluid on himself, torched up, and tried to fry an egg on his head. After that he was moved to the Farview State Hospital for the criminally insane where he would talk to God whom he said he'll become after death. In recent years, Kallinger has expressed remorse, refused to eat and attempted suicide. On March 26, 1996 the cobbler-turned-killer who terrorized New Jersey suburbs two decades ago died of a seizure. He was 59 years old. Now we can only wonder if indeed he his assuming the responsibilities of the Man above.
Heriberto Seda (3) As the notorious "Zodiac," Heriberto Seda, a ponytailed Bible quoting oddball, had to kill his victims because, "they were bad. They were evil people". He terrorized New York City with two crime sprees -- a short summer ordeal in 1990 and a prolonged one spanning from 1992 to 1993 -- that left three dead and five wounded. A consummate media whore, Heriberto picked his moniker from the elusive "Zodiac Killer" who stalked San Francisco between 1966 and 1974 and claimed to have killed more than 37 people. He also sent letters to the police boasting of a demented plot to slaughter people purposefully selected by their astrological sign, one for each of the dozen signs. At first, the police thought it was a hoax.
On March 8, 1990, he proved them wrong. Heriberto, wearing a ski mask shot Mario Orosco, a Scorpio, in the back and left him for dead. 21 days later, he attacked German Montenedro, a Gemini, who also survived. On May 31, 1990, he attacked Joseph Proce, a Taurus, who died in the hospital three weeks later. A note found near him bore a pie-shaped picture with the symbols for the signs of the first three victims and a message that read: "Zodiac -- Time to die!" The fourth victim, Larry Parham, a homeless man, was shot while sleeping on a bench in Central Park on June 21. Subsequently he told the police that a stranger had asked him about his astrological sign a few days before the shooting. Another note with Parham's astrological sign was found near the crime scene. On that note, police discovered a single fingerprint that was later used to identify Heriberto as the star crossed killer.
After a few letters to the media nothing was heard of "Zodiac" until August 10, 1992 when he stabbed Patricia Fonte, a Leo, 100 times raising his body count to two dead. About a year later, on June 4, 1993, he shot James Weber, a Libra, in the leg while he was walking. On July 20, he crept up on John DiAcone, a homeless Virgo, and shot him to death at point-blank range. On October 2 he shot Diane Ballard, a Taurus, and left her partially paralyzed.
It was not until a letter sent to The New York Post in August of 1994 that these attacks were linked to the "Zodiac" rampage of 1990. At first authorities were dubious that the letter was from the same attacker. However police concluded that it was not a hoax but were unsure if it was written by the same person or someone who knew of the assaults. Fittingly, the saliva tused to lick the envelope flap and "Love" postage stamp on letters to The Post will be used to identify Seda as the writer.
Authorities said that Seda, a deeply religious man obsessed with weaponry and the teachings of the Bible, was angry with his 17-year-old sister, Gladys Reyes, for associating with disreputable types. Apparently Gladys wouldn't reason and he shot her in the back. According to Sgt. Joseph Herbert: "He was mad at his sister because she was hanging around with the wrong people, drug dealers, troublemakers -- and he didn't like that." Neighbors said that Seda abhorred drug dealers and used to tip off police officers assigned to the neighborhood about who was trafficking in drugs. They also said that he recently stood in the middle of the street and declared: "I'm going to start killing. I'm going to start killing because I'm not getting no sex."
During the June 18, 1996, stand-off, Seda fired numerous rounds at police barricades and before giving himself up. When he surrendered he placed 13 homemade zip-guns in a bucket lowered from the building's roof. A cache of weaponry, pipe bombs, devil worship books, crossbows, knives and bomb-making manuals was later found at his apartment elsewhere in the city. During the siege, Heriberto wore what appeared to be a helmet or saucepan on his head.
Sergeant Herbert, who had been involved in the intensive manhunt for the "Zodiac" killer, recognized the writing and symbols Seda used after the shootout while writing his confession. At once, he ran a check of his fingerprints through the police computer and matched one to the one found at the scene of the 1990 attack in Central Park, and another one to one found on a 1994 letter mailed to The New York Post. On June 24, 1998, Seda was convicted for murdering three people and wounding one other, and recieved a life sentence.
Unabomber (3) Unabomb has been at it since 1978 mailing letter bombs to scientists, computer industry people and politicians. Although Unabom has only killed three, many have been severely injured by his lethal postal work. His last victim, a California Forestry Association executive, was killed in 1995, four days after the Oklahoma bombing.
A intellectual psychopath, Unabomb likes to plant references to wood and forestry in his bombing text. In 1995, in a desperate cry for attention, the moody bomber threatened to blow up an airliner in Los Angeles International Airport during the fourth of July weekend. Nothing came to pass, except that the Unabomber became the hottest publishing commodity in the nation after he requested that his treatise against technology be published by the media. Finally, on September 1995, the Washington Post and the New York Times published his manifesto. On November 6, 1995, the FBI declared that Unabom no longer was considered a terrorist and that his profile was more like that of a serial killer.
On April 3, 1996, Federal Agents arrested Theodore J. Kaczynski, a Harvard grad and former UC Berkeley math professor, in a remote cabin in the Montana mountains. Authorities believe Ted is indeed the mysterious Unabomber. After a 18-year search, Kaczynski's brother David broke the case when he uncovered old letters in his mother's attic that sounded like Unabom. Through a lawyer David handed the documents to authorities after negotiating that they would not pursue the death penalty. After a three week stakeout around Kaczynski's remote mountain cabin in the freezing wilderness near the Continental Divide, federal agents arrested the reclusive genius.
The cabin, a Spartan hand-built 10-by-12-foot wood and tar paper structure, had no electricity, phone or running water. The reclusive ex-professor's only means of transportation was a red bike he rode into town to buy supplies when the harsh Montana weather allowed. For more than twenty-five years he led a hermit's life in the mountains that would have made Saint Anthony proud. It is unclear how someone living under such austere isolation could have perpetrated the series of intricate bombings authorities claimed he did.
To prove their case against the reclusive mountain-man/genius the Feds have "leaked" information to the press about two partially assembled bombs discovered in his home. They also stated that one of his three typewriters "might" matched the one used to write the serial bomber's 35,000-word rant against industrialization. They also claimed to have found the original manuscript. All in all 700 pieces of evidence were carted away from his cabin before the Feds decided to take the cabin itself to a nearby Airforce base for safekeeping.
On the positive side, after years of isolation Teddy does not seem troubled by his new living conditions. Being back in civilization, Ted has been showering on a daily basis and is enjoying the fine prison cuisine. Apart from that, his hermit life seems to remain the same. He still reads avidly and his cell is bigger than the cabin in which he lived for more than 25 years. He has been soft spoken and pleasant with everyone he has come in contact with. However he has not said a word regarding the accusations leveled against him. Perhaps he is saving it for the legions of Hollywood agents anxiously waiting by his cell door with lucrative deals for the exclusive book and film rights to his side of the story.
On May 16, 1997, Attorney General Janet Reno authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Teddy K. The K. family, who was instrumental in his arrest, was "devastated" by the news and regretted having helped the government with their investigation. On the other hand, family members of several of the victims praised the decision. Here at the Archives we believe the government's reversal will eventually backfire in this and other cases where they might need the cooperation of family members to enforce the law. "The family now are the ultimate hostile witnesses," said Laurie Levenson, associate dean of the Loyola University School of Law.
Westley Allan Dodd (3) In 1989, Dodd kidnapped, molested and fatally stabbed 11-year- old Cole Neer and his 10-year-old brother, William, whom he'd encountered in a Vancouver, Wash., public park. A short time later, Dodd abducted and murdered 4-year-old Lee Iseli of Portland, Ore. In 1992, the state of Washington hanged Dodd for those murders.
According to his handwritten "Sexual History," Dodd began preying on children at age 13. In all, he abused as many as 175 children of both sexes, mostly boys, over a 15- year period. Dodd said he moved from exposing himself to fondling victims to sexually assaulting them and, finally, to sexually sadistic murder.
As he progressed through ever-more violent and degenerate acts, Dodd also became less circumspect, acting more impulsively and increasingly risking detection. It was during an attempt at a fourth abduction-killing, in Camas, Wash., that Dodd was finally taken into custody for good. He tried to grab a 6-year-old boy in the men's room of a movie theater, but the boy struggled and screamed for help until a passer-by rescued him.
"The thoughts of killing children are exciting to me," Dodd said in the chronology that he wrote in 1991. A year later, at age 31, he was executed.
Theresa Cross (3) Also known as Jimmie Knorr. A mother of five, Theresa/Jimmie was in the habit of killing her daughters once they reached puberty. She first shot her oldest daughter, but the poor girl survived. After a few weeks, Theresa tried to remove the bullet by herself. The amateur surgery left the hapless girl near death. So Theresa, the kindest of mothers, put her in a closet and told the other children not to feed her. Eventually, the kid died.
Not exactly a candidate for a 'Mom of the Year" award, shortly after the disposing of the older girl Theresa beat to death her second daughter. Then, with the help of her teenage sons, she took the two corpses up to the mountains and burned them in a pile of trash. During her trial for infanticide it was revealed that she had been previously acquitted of the murder of her former husband.
Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka (3) Known as the "Ken and Barbie Murders," Paul and Karla are the epidemy of the blond, blue-eyed white-trash killers. Paul, a serial rapist, was a man in constant need of a fuck. His good wife, Karla, was always glad to help her man. She actively sought girls for Paul to rape. The undoing of this gruesome twosome proved to be Karla's teenage sister, Tammy, whom Paul had always lusted after.
In mid-1990 he started pressuring Karla to help him have sex with Tammy. By December 23, Paul, a sexual psychopath and lousy rap star, decided the little vixen's time was up. After they drugged Tammy, Karla videotaped her husband raping her. Later that night Tammy died as she choked on her own vomit. Her death was found accidental and the Homolka's carried on to the tune of two more deaths, 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French, before their arrest.
In 1993 Karla plea-bargained a guilty charge on two manslaughter deaths in exchange for testifying against her sexually predatory ex husband. The ensuing media circus surrounding their trial, known as Canada's "Trial of the Century," rivaled the O.J. feeding frenzy that mesmerized the US public. Even the Internet was pulled into the fracas when press reports on the case were banned in Canada and resurfaced in cyberspace. Karla is now serving 12 years for manslaughter. On September 1, 1995, Paul was found guilty of all charges and declared a "dangerous offender". He is now serving life in prison with no possibility of parole.
During the 1995 Paul Bernardo trial, Judge Patrick LeSage ruled that tapes the Ken and Barbie killers made of the rape and torture of their victims would be seen only by himself, the jurors and the lawyers in the case. Williams was charged with two counts of violating the court order after Toronto Sun columnist Heather Bird said the flamboyant author bragged to her about viewing the tapes. In her book, Bird describes how Kristen tells Bernardo moments before dying: "I don't know how you're wife can stand to be around you," to which he answers as he chokes the life out of her, "What do you know about dying..."
Bernardo made the tapes after he abducted the two teens in separate kidnappings, taking them to his home in Port Dalhousie, where he and Homolka filmed some of the rapes before the teens were murdered. He hid the tapes in a bathroom light fixture in the home shared with Homolka in the Niagara-area community of St. Catharines, Ontario. The videos were later taken from the house after his arrest by his lawyer at the time, Ken Murray. Murray was subsequently charged with obstruction of justice over the length of time he kept the videos before turning them over to the authorities.
On January, 26, 1,999, the parents of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy -- who, among other things, is shown being anally raped -- were horrified to hear that another set of eyes might see the tapes of the rape and tortures of their daughters. But a court case hinging on a journalistıs right to keep his sources secret is threatening to again unearth graphic videotapes that have remained sealed by a court order since Bernardoıs 1995 murder trial.
"From my clientsı perspective, itıs cruel, itıs crushing, itıs reliving something that they had to deal with before," Timothy Danson, lawyer for the French and Mahaffy families, said Monday. "All they want to do is protect their daughters from further violation and harm."
Crown lawyers allege Stephen Williams, author of the Bernardo book Invisible Darkness, gained illegal access to the tapes as part of his research - something Williams and his lawyer Alan Young have consistently denied. Young, who plans to file a notice to have the tapes released, says itıs essential to his clientıs defence that the tapes be viewed and would like an impartial third party, such as a judge, to do so.
On September 25, 1999, lawyer Tim Dawson said the banned videotapes showing Paul Bernardo raping teenagers Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy were copyrighted by the families of the two victims. "We have a partial ownership interest in those tapes and therefore the state or anyone else cannot do as it pleases with these tapes without hearing from the families," Danson told reporters.
Since the trial, the families have tried to have the tapes destroyed, taking their legal fight to the Supreme Court of Canada, which refused to hear their case.
Charles Meach (3) On November 11, 1957, the day his parents took him out of reform school, Charlie went out and beat to death a 22-month-old girl. He later told the police he "wanted to know how it would feel." After serving 17 years in prison he got out on parole and, two months later, smoked his parents. Now he is serving a life sentence and hopefully they won't let him out again.
Harvey Murray Glatman (3) As a child, Harvey enjoyed hanging himself while jerking off. The family physician told his parents that he would soon get over it and in the mean time they should "try to keep him busy." As an adult, Harvey never lost his fondness for ropes. Through classifieds adds he started meeting women using the old photographer-looking-for-models-trick. When the hopeful models arrived, he told them that he was shooting an S & M portrait for a pulp magazine. Once he had tied them up Harvey raped the "models" and drove them to the desert where he would choke them to death. In 1958 he was arrested when his next would-be victim seized his pistol afterbeing shot. In 1959 Glatman was gassed to death in San Quentin thoguh, we guess, he would have preferred to be hanged.
William Heirens (3) As a child William Heirens thought that all sex was dirty. Later he channeled his sexual desires into dressing up like a woman and masturbating to pictures of high ranking Nazis. Not surprisingly, he later committed numerous fetish burglaries and three murders from which he claimed to have derived immense pleasure. Heirens was a 17-year-old student at University of Chicago when he was arrested in 1946 for the murder and dismemberment of a 6-year-old girl, whose remains were found scattered in the Chicago sewers, and the separate murders of two women who caught him ransacking their homes. The then-mayor of Chicago, Edward Kelly, called the little girl's slaying "even too horrible for a maniac."
At one of the crime scenes he wrote on the wall with lipstick: "For Heaven's sake catch me before I kill more. I cannot control myself." He was caught on June 26, 1946. In his trial he said his crimes were perpetrated by his alter ego "George Murman." No one believed him and he as sentenced by a Cook County court to three consecutive life terms without parole. To this day, Heirens thinks Murman is the guilty one and writes notes to and about him.
On April 4, 2002, Heirens -- now 73 -- asked a clemency board to release him from jail claiming that he was wrongly imprisoned. Heirens, who is believed to the longest-serving prisoner in Illinois, said he gave a false confession under duress from police and prosecutors who were under intense pressure to solve the 1946 killing spree. According to Willie, he was given a spinal tap without anesthetic, injected with truth serum, subjected to round-the-clock police interrogation and isolated from his parents and his lawyer. Steven Drizin of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern said Heirens' case has "all the earmarks of a wrongful conviction." He asked the 13-member board to "right wrongs which the courts have failed to right." Heirens' supporters have said he is a diabetic and is no threat to society.
Sean Sellers (3) On Sept. 8, 1985, Sean Sellers told his companion, "I want to see what it feels like to kill somebody." Shortly after he shot 32-year-old clerk Robert Bower while he was drinking coffee. Six months passed as Oklahoma City police exhausted lead after lead in searching for Bower's killer. On March 5, 1986, Sellers killed again. This time, the targets were his mother, Vonda Bellofatto, 32, and stepfather, Paul Bellofatto, 43. Dressed only in his underwear, Sellers crept into their bedroom after midnight. He shot his stepfather in the head with Bellofatto's .44-caliber Magnum revolver, then shot his mother. As Mrs. Bellofatto rose slightly, he shot her again.
The next morning, he staged discovering the bodies. When police arrived, Sellers was waiting with the friend who's been with him at the convenience store. The same morning, police got a call from a 13-year-old who said she'd heard Sellers had stabbed the clerk in September. They initially dismissed the information because Bower had been shot. But as they drove the friend home, detectives mentioned the convenience store homicide and a possible link to Sellers.
Sellers, once a budding serial killer with an interest in the occult, is now a Christian involved in outreach ministries from his death row cell. At his trial defense tried to blame the game "Dungeons & Dragons" for his actions.
On February 4, 1999, Sean was executed by lethal injection. Sellers, died at 12:17 p.m., five minutes after a fatal mix of chemicals was injected into his body. For his last meal he requested eggrolls, sweet-and-sour shrimp and batter-fried shrimp.
Following his execution the 15-nation European Union criticized the US his government sponsored death. The EU regularly denounces human rights violations around the world. It considers the death penalty a human rights violation but does not usually comment on individual executions carried out in the United States. The EU made an exception in Sellers's case because he was 16 when he killed his mother, stepfather and a convenience store clerk.
The EU said the United States was a signatory to an international treaty that forbids executing anyone for crimes committed when they were under 18. Washington has exempted itself from the age provision which the EU stated "enshrines the minimum rules for the protection of the right to life... The U.S. reservation is incompatible with the object and the purpose of the (rights) convention and should be withdrawn." With its declaration, the EU sided with Amnesty International which has said Sellers' execution was "a further sign (by the US) of selective contempt for the international human rights standards it so often claims to support."
Charles Schmid (3) Known as the Pied Piper of Phoenix, Charlie was a little imp who dyed his hair black and drew a mole in his face to look meaner. A bizarre individual he became a cult hero of the disaffected youths of Tucson, Arizona. On March 31, 1964, after a night of serious drinking, he proclaimed that he was going to kill a girl and get away with it. His victim, a 15-year-old girl, was lured to the desert where he raped and killed her.
The next year, after realizing that murder could be fun, he killed his girlfriend and younger sister and dumped their bodies in the desert. A boastful man, Charlie took his friend Richard Bruns to see the corpses. The murders became an open secret with a bunch of Tucson teens. No one told authorities until Bruns, fearing that his girlfriend was next on Charlie's hit list, spilled the beans.
Fpr the first killing Charlie got 50 years to life; for the double murder he was handed the death penalty. Thanks to a series of appeals his execution was stalled long enough to save his life when, in 1971, the US Supreme Court declared capital punishment unconstitutional. In 1972 he escaped with fellow triple-murderer Raymond Hudgens and was recaptured within days. On March 20, 1975 Schmid was stabbed 20 times by his fellow inmates and died ten days later.
Marvin Gray (2-23) On December 22, 2000, convicted killer Marvin Gray claimed responsibility for 23 slayings and threatened in open court to kill two more - his own public defenders. "The first chance I get I'm going to do something real bad to one of them," , 46, told Denver County Court Judge Robert Patterson. "If I get a chance, I will try to kill one of them. I've killed 23 people, and I'd like to make that 24 and 25."
Denver police Detective David Neil said that over the past month and a half Gray has confessed to 15 murders during interviews at police headquarters prompting Denver authorities to file two murder charges against Gray. "I don't have any reason to disbelieve him as yet," Neil said.
Gray has a long and violent criminal history, including the 1975 shooting and wounding of South San Francisco's police chief during a conference in Denver; the 1982 stabbing death of Jolene Sue Gardner, the 21-year-old girlfriend of a friend of Gray; and the rapes of two fellow prison inmates. He also stood trial in connection with the beating death of another prisoner in a holding cell but was acquitted.
Gray was in court for his preliminary hearing on the September 15, 1975, Denver slaying of Joseph Didier, 26, a crime that happened the same day he shot the South San Francisco chief. In a videotaped confession played in court Gray -- who told the court his life ws a "waste of taxpayer money" -- said he had been working at a downtown hotel when he stole a handgun from a guest room. He said he was "out running around" a few days later when he saw a man (Didier) walking across a parking lot headed for his car. He said he asked the man for a light, but the man said he didn't have one. Gray said he then demanded money from the man. After the man gave him some cash, Gray said he shot him in the chest to eliminate a witness. The second homicide filed against him stems from the 1992 killing of Joseph Soliz, 51, who died when two men burst into his west Denver house and opened fire.
In July 1992, Gray stole a truck and robbed a woman at gunpoint in Denver. In 1993 he was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to life in prison as a habitual criminal. Lying on a table and being executed by lethal injection would be a "hell of a lot better than what I did to some of my victims," he said. Neil said many people are wondering why Gray has come forward. "He has indicated to me that obviously he is locked down 23 hours a day. He has no control over his destiny. His life, as he sees it right now, is that concrete cell," Neil said. "The only thing I can foresee is that if one of these jurisdictions - whether it be us or one of the others in Colorado or one of them from outside Colorado - finds him guilty and gives him the death penalty.
Ralph Andrews (2-20) In June, 1999, Chicago police indicted 54-year-old Ralph Andrews for the 1977 murder, rape, and aggravated kidnapping of 16-year-old Susan Clark. Not suprisingly, wherever Ralphie lived, bodies turned up to the tune of 20 dead women within a three-state area. Police said Andrews was always considered a suspect in the murders of Clark and two other women Amy Alden, and Arvella Thomas, who were fatally shot and stabbed multiple times, and their bodies dumped in Skokie.
In 1991, police said 41-year-old Virginia Griffin was murdered in her Rogers Park apartment. The knife used in the murder was found in Andrewsı home. But authorities said Andrews recently began bragging to fellow inmates about Clarkıs murder. A special unit with the Cook County Stateıs Attorneyıs Office then put a recorder in Andrewsı cell. He allegedly confessed to the murder, giving graphic details.
According to the federal indictment, Andrews also wrote out a list of all the victims he murdered. Alden and Thomas were allegedly on that list. Skokie police are not calling Andrews a serial killer just yet. But he has lived in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois, and in all four states there have been unsolved murders which were committed in the same way.
Convicted killer, Ralph Raymond Andrews, 54, was charged with the Aug. 25, 1977, rape and murder of 16-year-old Susan Clarke, after he was secretly recorded in prison confessing to the killing. The tape has prompted authorities to examine his possible link to the slayings of two other teenage girls in Skokie, Illinois, in the '70s, and 20 to 40 unsolved murders in other states.
Andrews, who is serving a life term for a 1991 murder and sexual assault, reportedly admitted killing Clarke after abducting her as she returned to her home from a baby-sitting job. She was sexually assaulted and shot in the head, and her torso had been sliced open from the neck to the abdomen. He allegedly dumped her body, which had been shot and stabbed, in a vegetable garden near the Edens Expy. in Skokie. He is also a prime suspect in the 1972 murder of Amy Alden, 15, found in the 4700 block of Old Orchard Road, and the 1978 killing of Arvella Thomas, 14, discovered in the 8200 block of Ridgeway Road, Skokie Police Sgt. Michael Ruth said. Andrews was a suspect from the beginning in Clarke's murder and the Skokie slayings, sources said. He was questioned in each, but denied being involved, they said.
Because the cases have the markings of a serial killer, authorities from Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin want to see if Andrews can be linked to 20 to 40 other murders in those states, sources said. Andrews, formerly of Chicago, was a caretaker at Pottawattomie Gardens on the North Side. He is currently serving a life sentence at Stateville Correctional Center. He was convicted in 1993 of the 1991 murder and rape of Virginia Griffin, 43. Like Clarke, Griffin had been sliced open and sexually mutilated.
About six months ago, Andrews reportedly started telling a fellow inmate about other murders he committed. The inmate tipped authorities, who then recorded his conversation with Andrews. Andrews has a criminal record related to attacks on teenage girls dating back to 1972 and served time on battery charges, Benjamin said. He was acquitted of attempted murder in 1973 in connection with the stabbings of two 15-year-old hitchhikers.
Hadden Clark (2-12) The strange sight of a 47-year-old handcuffed man surrounded by police walking through the woods while wearing a woman's wig must have puzzled many Cape Cod residents on the morning of April 9, 2000. The man, Hadden Clark, a cross-dressing cannibal killer convicted in Maryland of two murders, was looking for the graves of two women he claimed to have buried nearly two decades ago. The woods, located in the town of Wellfleet, were part of a 7.3-acre property once owned by his grandfather, Silas Clark. Though Clark grew up in Pennsylvania, the alleged serial killer spent his summers in Wellfleet where he worked in restaurants. Clark also met with authorities in Meriden, Connecticut, where he claims to have buried another body around 1980 in a family property owned by his maternal grandfather Maynard Scranton.
According to Maryland prison authorities Clark told a fellow inmate whom he believes is Jesus Christ that he killed as many as a dozen women and girls along the Eastern Seaboard between the mid-70s and 1993, the year he was arrested. Investigators in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania are now trying to determine if his claims are true or just another figment of his psychologically unstable imagination. "It has not been easy," said the Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael O'Keefe. "It has been more than two decades since the killings, the topography has changed, and Clark is an individual with a number of difficulties who has been in and out of institutions." Clark suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, which was diagnosed in 1985 when he was discharged from the Navy where he served as a cook. "He's been hot and cold," an officer associated with the search told the Washington Post. "Sometimes he's truthful. Sometimes he leads you on a wild-goose chase."
Earlier this year Clark made a three-day visit to Cape Cod to lead another search of the Wellfleet property, but frigid conditions and a snowstorm forced investigators to reschedule. On the same trip he stopped at the West Mountain area in Connecticut where he refused to cooperate with authorities until they procured for him women's clothing. Agents complied and bought a skirt, panties and a bra at a nearby K-Mart. Though he complained that the skirt was the wrong size, he kept the panties and bra. In both the January and April trips Clark was accompanied by the unidentified bearded prisoner who he thinks is Jesus. Authorities justified the Jesus-look-alike tagging along because the inmate allegedly is the only person who can calm Clark down during his frequent psychotic breakdowns.
Clark is currently serving a 60-year sentence in Montgomery County, Maryland, for the slayings of 6-year-old Michele Dorr and 23-year-old Laura Houghteling. Showing a penchant for sending police on treasure hunts, last December he led police to a bucket with 230 pieces of women's jewelry buried in the Cape Cod property. One of the pieces was Laura Houghteling's high school ring. Clark told his inmate friend that the discovered jewelry was a collection of "trophies" from a two-decade long killing spree.
Police said they probably would have dismissed Clark's latest prison confession if Clark had not led police to Michele Dorr's remains, who had been missing since 1986. Last October, after seven years of denying any involvement in her disappearance, Clark pleaded guilty to her murder once the Jesus-like inmate asked him to confess. Her skeletal remains, which authorities had previously searched for in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and throughout Maryland, was found in a shallow grave covered by an abandoned mattress five minutes away from her home in Silver Spring.
In 1993 Clark was convicted of the murder of Laura Houghteling. Laura, a Harvard graduate, disappeared from her home in Bethesda on October 1992. Clark became a person of interest in the case when police discovered he had a history of mental problems and had occasionally done gardening for her family. Clark was arrested a month after Laura's dissapearence after police found his bloody fingerprint in one of Laura's pillowcases. Hoping to find her body, police set out in one of several unsuccessful searches in central New Jersey after Clark suggested he buried 'them' in a state where he had lived as a child. By June 1993 Clark pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Laura and led police to her body in a shallow grave not far from where he abducted her.
Because of statements he made while in custody for Laura's murder, Clark also became the prime suspect in the disappearance of Michele Dorr. Little Michele was last seen May 31, 1986, leaving her father's kitchen in a pink ruffled bathing suit heading to a turtle-shaped plastic pool in their back yard. At the time Clark was living in the basement of his brother's house, merely two doors from Michele's father's home. Following her disappearance Carl Dorr, her father, snapped under police pressure and confessed to the killing. He later recanted saying that he was going through a nasty divorce with Michele's mother and when his daughter went missing he had a nervous breakdown. However the father remained the prime suspect in the case until Clark was charged with Laura Houghteling's murder.
By 1999 authorities were able to pin Michele's death on Clark by using a Mitochondrial DNA test, a technique developed by the army to identify the remains of M.I.A. soldiers brought back from Southeast Asia. MtDNA only passes from mothers to their children. The test, which is considered less conclusive than nuclear DNA testing, is used only when nuclear DNA is limited or old. Maryland authorities had a private laboratory match bloodstains from the floorboards of Clark's home after he left his brother's house with DNA samples from Michele's mother. Clark later told an inmate that he stabbed Michele to death when he found her in his niece's bedroom waiting for her little playmate. He then threw her in a duffel bag and took her to his new home where he ate some of her remains before burying her. He also confessed to eating and torturing other women and girls.
Based on Clark's claims, the FBI opened several case files on unsolved child murders in Connecticut. Though he was a suspect in at least four cases around New Haven authorities have now focused their attention on another incarcerated serial killer, Harold Meade, who operated in the general area at the time of the unsolved killings. Meade, who is serving a life sentence for the bludgeoning deaths of three mentally retarded people in New Haven in 1970, denied killing anyone but the three murders he has been charged with. To prove his point he offered to give a DNA sample and asked for a polygraph test.
As for Clark, authorities are not quite sure if he is bluffing and taking them for a ride or if he is the serial killer he claims to be. That is, of course, until the Jesus-like convict convinces him to shut up or unearth more bodies.
Devon Stuart Olson (2-10) On January 2001 Texas authorities arrested California parolee arrested Devon Stuart Olson who subsequently confessed to crimes in Texas, California and Arkansas, including the 1986 murders of a couple near Sacramento. Devon Stuart Olson, 42, provided details about the April 22, 1986, shootings of Koy Ien Saechao, 48, and Choy Fow Salee, 40, both of Yuba City, said Sacramento police spokesman Sam Somers. Saechao and Salee were found shot to death in the front seat of their car on the shoulder of state Highway 99 just north of Sacramento. The couple was shot through the driver's side window and 15 bullet casings were found near the car.
Sacramento detectives may travel to Big Spring, Texas, to interview Olson about those murders and two unrelated slayings. "We're looking at more than one homicide," Somers said. "He's putting out (details of) another one that may be in the city and he's put out a third one that may be with the (Sacramento County) sheriff's department." However, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. James Lewis said his department has been unable to match Olson's statements to any unsolved deaths.
Olson, a transient, told Big Spring detectives he also committed crimes in southern Texas and Arkansas, but was unable to provide specific locations, said Big Spring Police Chief Lonnie Smith. California Corrections officials said they understand Olson confessed to 10 murders. Smith declined to comment on that or characterize the crimes involved. Police in all three states are investigating his statements. Olson has been in custody since December 27, when he was arrested for beating another man with a baseball bat at a Big Spring residence, Smith said.
Olson was convicted of bashing another transient in the head with a camp ax in 1992 near Portola in the eastern Sierra Nevada and served a three-year prison term after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon. He was paroled in 1994, sent back to prison on a parole violation in 1997, and paroled again on April 27, 1998. A warrant for his arrest was issued May 8, 1998, after he failed to report to his parole officer, and he had been missing ever since, said Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Heimerich.
Ronald Glenn West (2+) While serving a eight-year sentence for robbery Ronald Glenn West, a former Toronto police officer, was charged with first-degree murder in the 1970 sex slayings of nurses Helen Ferguson and Doreen Moorby. He is also under investigation in a 1991 double murder at a picnic site just outside of Blind River, Ontario.
A jail employee at the provincial Maplehurst Detention Centre in Milton said West has would probably be assaulted by other inmates for being an ex-cop, being a suspected sex slayer, and for attacking seniors citizens. Because of the high risk for violence, West is being kept in a private cell which he cannot leave except to shower, shave and take a daily 20-minute exercise break in an interior yard.
West, who was called a quiet man by those who knew him, kept his dark side a secret from even those closest to him, his wife and sons. When West was arrested in 1995, Blind River residents were shocked, never having suspected the man who lived in their community - one where people often don't bother locking their doors - was responsible for a string of violent robberies. His sons are just as surprised by the latest charges as they were four years ago when police showed up at their riverside home on Woodward Ave., arrested their father and put them in foster care. "It's those who loved him and believed him who are most hurt by this," said Shelly Verreault, who was a foster parent to the West boys, Joseph, now 18, and Gavin, 17.
Daniel Ray Troyer (2+) Though only charged with two killings, investigators believe former house burglar Daniel Ray Troyer may have been responsible for the deaths of as many as 13 older women. Troyer, 39, pleaded guilty to killing Drucilla Ovard, 83, and Ethel Luckau, 88, both in 1985. He received two consecutive life sentences. Troyer will spend the rest of his life in prison, but investigators aren't done with him yet. They want to know just how many rapes and homicides he might have committed. And even more, they want to know why.
"We have information from two independent sources who say Troyer killed 12 or 13 women," said Mike George, an investigator for the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office. Troyer's almost always went after elderly women, usually suffocating or strangling them without leaving marks, then posing their bodies so there was no sign of struggle. That has made it harder to detect the crimes, because the women's deaths were so often chalked up to heart attacks or old age.
Even the two murders Troyer pleaded guilty to almost passed as "unattended deaths," George said. Both women were transported to either a mortuary or the medical examiner before it was discovered they were murdered.
Evidence of the crimes was scarce. Police found semen-soaked towels near each victim. But in 1985, DNA testing wasn't honed enough to narrow the field. With no witnesses to his crimes, Troyer was getting away with murder.
Jacques Girardin (2+) London Police are questioning 39-year-old Jacques Girardin -- arrested for the torture-murders of a 38-year-old woman and her two children in western France -- about trail of unsolved killings spanning from France to Ireland for which he might be responsible. The killings include the rape-murder of British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson during a school trip to Pleine-Fougeres in western France in July last year, and the murder in December of French TV producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork. Police in Kent also want to ask him about the slayings of a mother and her daughter in Canterbury in July last year.
French police began hunting Girardin when the bodies of Longesserre and her children were discovered on October 2. Investigators have found a diary at the scene of Longesserre's murder pledging to kill 17 inhabitants of Sligo, Ireland, by the end of the year. Not Mr. Nice Guy, from 1990 to 1992 Jacques did time in Ireland for torching a restaurant.
Donald Leroy Evans (2+) Don, an army veteran, drug addict and drifter from Galveston, Texas, is another possible serial killer with a hefty ego. A convicted rapist, he was arrested in Louisiana in 1991 where he confessed to the kidnapping and murder of a ten-year-old girl in Gulfport, Mississippi. But that wasn't all he wanted to confess. Donny kept on confessing and confessing to the tune of more than eighty kills. What he revealed to authorities was a ten-year killing rampage spanning ten states that later he said was a hoax. Evans made made a career out of leading federal authorities on multistate, fruitless searches for seemingly nonexistent victims.
Evans later admitted he misled authorities. The drifter was sentenced to death in 1993 in the strangulation death of Beatrice Louise Routh, who was abducted in Gulfport park, taken to Louisiana and killed, then returned to Mississippi, where her body was dumped. Previously he had been convicted on a federal kidnapping charge and was sentenced to a life term. He escaped from Harrison County jail in June 1993, but was recaptured about a mile away. In July 1995, Evans pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the 1985 killing of Ira Jean Smith. He received a life sentence.
There are twelve other cases in which he is strongly suspected but for which he will never be tried. His other confessed killings remain unproved and, for the most part, have not been investigated. Evans became a local talk-radio phenomenon in Florida when declared himself a white supremacist, shaved his head, began calling himself "Hi Hitler." He spent two weeks on a talk show extolling the pleasures of murdering a black prostitute in Florida.
On January 5, 1999, the drifter killer was fatally stabbed in the Mississippi State Penitentiary by a fellow death row inmate Jimmie Mack. Evans, who was 41 at the time of his death, was gored with a cell-made shank by Mack, who is black, while returning from taking a shower. "We don't mourn him. We simply close his file," said Harrison County District Attorney Cono Caranna, who prosecuted Evans in the 1991 rape and strangulation of a 10-year-old girl. "Most people you'd be able to say something good about them," he said. "Everything I saw in his life was pure self involvement and as close to evil as I've ever seen." Corrections officials would not comment on whether there were any racial overtones in the slaying of Evans.
Roger Kibbe (2+) Known as the I-I5 Killer in California in the mid 1980's, Roger Kibbe was tried and convicted on 2 counts of murder rape in Eldorado County. I know because I had to appear for the prosecution as a professional witness. The industrious type, he is also suspected of five more murder-rapes in Sacramento. District attorney Robert Drossel believes Kibbe could have been responsible for up to 38 murders.
Ed Gein (2+) Meet America's Psychopath King, Ed Gein. Two movies, precursors to two genres, were made based on his exploits: Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Ed once joked that he had a "collection of shrunken heads" at home but no one thought he was dead serious.
As a child Ed grew up under the watch of his dominating mom. Once she died, he masturbated over her cadaver and got busy working on what would turn him into the Van Gogh of Crime. Ed wasn't too sure about his sexuality. First he considered cutting off his dick, then thought about a sex change operation. Finally he settled on grave robbing and a strange type of transvestite necrophilia. To become a woman he would carve out the genitalia of female cadavers and wear them over his own.
Ed had a knack for fashion and home decorations. In his farm he built The Sistine Chapel from Hell. A devout recycler, he found uses for all parts of the anatomy. He had a belt made out of nipples, a skin vest that he wore on special occasions, mobiles made out of noses, skulls on his bedposts, cranial bowls for soup, drums made out of skin, and the beat goes on. His strangeness was uncovered when police came knocking on his door investigating the disappearance of Bernice Worden, a local store keeper.
Although he was only officially linked to two murders, a couple of "fresh" vaginas were found in his house that could not be matched to his known victims or any cemetery records. He was also suspected of killing his brother and two other men who disappeared near his farm, which would bring his body count to seven. Many have tallied greater numbers than Ed, but few achieved his degree of weirdness.
Mary Bell (2) At 11-years-old, Mary bell is the youngest female killer of the Archives. A native of Newcastle, England, Mary was born in 1957. Her mother was an unwed, mentally disturbed woman who once gave the child to a stranger she met outside an abortion clinic. Described by court psychiatrist as intelligent, manipulative and dangerous, in 1968 mary was found guilty of killing two other children. A bad seed in the truest sense of the word, Mary went to visit the parents of her first victim four days after his body was discovered When the grieving mom told her that the young boy was dead, she replied: "I know he's dead. I wanted to see him in his coffin."
Mary did her killings with the help of her best friend, Norma Bell(no relation). Norma, not as evil as Mary, ended spilling the beans about the lethal habits of her friend. Her two victims were a three and four year-old boys. Mary was also accused of trying to strangle four other girl. he was also responsible, along with Norma, of vandalizing a local nursery school and scribbling on the walls: "Fuck off, we murder, watch out, Fanny and Faggot."
Not a model prisoner, mary escaped from Moor County Prison in 1977 and was captured three days later. Back in the Big House, Mary, not one to shy away from publicity, gave detailed accounts to the British tabloid press of how she lost her virginity to a young lad she met during her three days of liberty.
On April 30, 1998, Mary Bell's teenaged daughter discovered her mother's true identity as a double child-killer when their home on England's south coast was besieged by reporters. The poor girl had "no inkling of her mother's previous life... For the first time in 14 years the child has become aware, early this morning, of her mother's background, which is obviously emotionally disturbing enough."
Bell, now 41, was released from prison in 1980. She had been living in anonymity under an assumed name until word got out that she had been paid money to tell author Gitta Sereny about her criminal past. Both the Home Secretary and the Attorney General confirmed that they were looking at ways of blocking the payment. With the house under siege by the media, police took Bell and her daughter into protective custody to ensure their safety.
Gary Heidnik (2) One of Philadelphia's most fucked up citizens, Gary's goal in life was collecting ten sex-slaves and fathering as many children as he could before dying. Not the poster boy for the city of brotherly love, he spent most of his life in and out of mental institutions. Honorably discharged from the army in 1962, Gary dutifully collected his army pension which he proceeded to invest in the stock market. Surprisingly he proved to be a financial wiz and amassed a small fortune out of his stock portfolio. Unfortunately, nothing else in his life had such positive results.
His father, not the nicest man in the world, would lock him outdoors in urine-stained underwear for wetting the bed. His alcoholic mother drank so much she forced he children to steal money to buy more cheap wine and whiskey. She eventually killed herself to escape her own mental illness. According to Heidnik's brother, Terry, on the night Ellen finally succeeded at suicide, she phoned her husband at a bar to tell him she'd overdosed on medicine. His father, Terry said, stayed at the bar to have another drink.
In 1971 Gary formed the "United Church of the Ministries of God" of which he was an ordained minister. The church served as a tax shelter as well as a way to meet black retarded women form a local institute which he enjoyed sexually. Curiously, he hated black and spewed out racist diatribes to anyone who cared to listen about the impending race war.
On May 17, 1978 Gary was arrested after the mentally retarded sister of his girlfriend was found chained in his basement. That proved just to be a forewarning of his future behavior. By 1986, Gary fully committed himself to deviant behavior and started enacting his sex-slavery plan. He procured his first sex-slave, a part-time prostitute, on Thanksgiving Day. He kept the hapless woman in a pit in his basement and fed her only bread, water and dog food. Soon three more prisoners were added to the harem. By February, 1987, one of the sex-slaves starved to death after hanging from the rafters for several days. The new recruit he procured proved not to be submissive enough and was promptly killed by Gary by hooking her to electrodes and forcing her to stand in a pit full of water.
Gary proceeded to dismember the two dead girls and stashing bits and pieces of them all over his household. He also grounded pieces of their flesh, mixed it with dog food and fed it to the other captives. On March 22, 1987, one of the captives escaped and told authorities about Gary's torture chamber. At first no one believed her until she led authorities to the site. Police we horrified by the conditions in which they found the other girls as well as the ample evidence of Gary's culinary delights.
During his trial, his defense attorney tried to blame his psychosis on LSD experiments allegedly performed on him by the military during his tour of duty in the 60's. The jury did not buy it and on July 3, 1987, condemned Gary to death. On December 31, 1988 Gary overdosed on Thorazine and fell into a comma from which he later recuperated. The latest report on Gary puts him on his way to be executed by lethal injection at the Rockview State Prison in Bellefonte. Much to his chagrin his April 15, 1997 appointment with death was -- after a week-long barrage of suits and counter suits -- temporally barred by U.S. District Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, pending a hearing to determine his mental competency.
At the hearing three psychiatrists retained by death penalty opponents said Heidnik was incapable of understanding the proceedings. "If there's an Olympics for mental illness, Mr. Heidnik would have won a gold medal," Dr. Lawson Bernstein said. A true martyr, Gary wants to be lethally injected, "I want you to execute an innocent man so there will be no more capital punishment. When you knowingly execute an innocent man, that's the end of capital punishment in this country." Court psychiatrist John O'Brien said Heidnik's grandiosely noble logic is a way of coping with impending death. "He is recasting his situation to appear in the best possible light," said O'Brien, noting that Gary was being interactive, pleasant and funny.
Proving that sadistic torturers have rights too, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court wrongly denied Maxine Davidson White's request to intervene in the case of her father, Gary Heidnik, and, in effect, ordered U.S. District Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen to issue an indefinite stay for his execution.
On June 25, 1999, the state Supreme Court granted Gary Heidnik's request to be put to death, ruling that Heidnik's daughter had no right to try to block the execution on his behalf. In a unanimous decision the court ruled that Heidnik was mentally competent and could make his own decisions regarding an appeal, denying "standing" to his daughter, Maxine Davidson White, a Temple University student.
Heidnik's lawyer said his client "really wants to die" because if not he would be subject to beatings if he were to be removed from solitary confinement, where he is housed because of the death warrant, and returned to the general inmate population.
Heidnik, 55, is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh. Michael Lukens, a Corrections Department spokesman, said Heidnik, who claimed to be mute because the devil had placed a cookie in his throat, expressed no change of heart to prison officials about being executed. "He's under no obligation through the legal process to tell us anything," Lukens said, "but he's given us no indication he intends to change his mind."
Finally, on July 7, 1999, Heidnik was put to death by lethal injection by the Commonwealth of Pensylvannia. Media witnesses said one witness associated with the victims exclaimed, "Thank you Jesus" and mumbled obscenities just before Heidnik was pronounced dead by Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers. The killer's final meal consisted of black coffee and two slices of cheese pizza. Heidnik spent the hours before his death either resting or pacing in his cell. He was visited by his daughter who later did not witness the execution. His only request on the last day of his life was for a radio to be played outside his cell and that it be tuned to country music.
After his death Governor Tom Ridge issued the following statement: "Twelve years ago, Gary Heidnik kidnapped six women. For four months, he imprisoned them in chains, in the filth and stench of a hole dug under his home. He raped and tortured those poor women, in ways that are too depraved and brutal to describe. He killed two of them, Sandra Lindsay and Deborah Dudley.
"So horrible were his deeds, a jury of twelve Pennsylvanians determined unanimously that he must forfeit his life. Tonight, he paid that price. In doing so, he suffered far less than the women he tortured and killed. Our thoughts and prayers tonight are with them."
The Kobe School Killer (2) On May 27, 1997, a school janitor found the head of Jun Hase, an 11-year-old retarded boy who had been missing since May 24. Hase, a student at Tainohata Elementary School, had been decapitated with a sharp instrument, and in his mouth the killer stuffed a taunting message for the police. Later that day the boy's headless body was found under a house in the woods near the school. Hase's killing is the second in that area. On March 15 unidentified assailant bludgeoned to death with a steel pipe a elementary school girl. Less than an hour later, another girl was seriously wounded when she was stabbed the same day. Previously, two elementary school girls were assaulted with a hammer; one of the two was injured, though not seriously.
In the note the killer warned: "This is the beginning of the game... You police guys stop me if you can... I desperately want to see people die, it is a thrill for me to commit murder. A bloody judgment is needed for my years of great bitterness." It ended with words in English, "shooll (sic) kill" and was signed in a mysterious combination of Japanese characters meaning rice wine, rose and sacred master, followed by "the school killer."
The killer also used a cross-like symbol reminiscent to the one used by San Francisco's infamous "Zodiac" killer. Similar slogans were found painted on walls near the elementary school where the head was found. Two mutilated cats were also found outside the main gate of the junior high school where the boy's head was found before he vanished. Police sources said that mutilated cat carcasses were also found near the two other crime scenes before the attacks occurred.
On June 6 a person claiming responsibility for the beheading of the schoolboy in Kobe threatened to kill three people a week in a letter sent to a local newspaper. "I am putting my life at stake for the sake of this game,'' said the rambling 1,400-word letter, "If I'm caught, I'll probably be hanged ... police should be angrier and more tenacious in pursuing me... It's only when I kill that I am liberated from the constant hatred that I suffer and that I am able to attain peace. It is only when I give pain to people that I can ease my own pain." In broad strokes the letter also lashed out at, among other things, Japan's "compulsory education which formed me, an invisible person."
The killer signed the letter "Seito Sakakibara" (Apostle Sake Devil Rose). Strangely, the writer claimed that it was his real name, and was angered that the name "devil's rose" in his first note was interpreted as an alias. "From now on, if you misread my name or spoil my mood I will kill three vegetables a week... If you think I can only kill children you are greatly mistaken."
On June 28 a 14-year-old boy -- who turned 15 two weeks after detention -- was arrested for the Hase killing as well as the two March 15 assaults. The boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, was apparently set on a violent path from the get go. He began carrying cutting weapons while still in elementary school. "I can ease my irritation when I'm holding a survival knife or spinning scissors like a pistol." At age 12 he exhibited extreme cruelty to animals, lining up a row of frogs in a street and riding over them with his bicycle, mutilating cats and decapitating pigeons.
The experimental type, on March 16, after the attacks on the two girls, he wrote in his diary: "I carried out sacred experiments today to confirm how fragile human beings are... I brought the hammer down, when the girl turned to face me. I think I hit her a few times but I was too excited to remember." On March 23 he noted: "This morning my mom told me, 'Poor girl. The girl attacked seems to have died.' There is no sign of my being caught ... I thank you, God Bamoidooki, for this... Please continue to protect me." The imaginary Bamoidooki is a floating head of Buddha with a swastika-like symbol.
Japanese Construction Minister Shizuka Kamei called for restricting violent and pornographic videos after a search of the 14-year-old suspect's bedroom turned up thousands of comic books and pornographic videos. As stated by the outraged minister: "Movies lacking any literary or educational merit made for just showing cruel scenes... Adults should be blamed for this."
Under Japanese law, the suspected killer is too young to go to jail. If he is found guilty, the court will choose between probation and putting the boy in a reformatory. In either case, by the time he's 18 he should be out in the street killing again.
Gregory Clepper (1-40) On May 2, 1996, Clepper was charged with strangling eight women. His last victim was found stuffed in the closet of his bedroom. Police said Gregory was waiting for his mother to help him dispose of the body. Clepper, 28, a resident of Chicago's South Side, preyed on drug-addicted prostitutes who he killed after they objected to his refusal to pay for sex.
Clepper, a classic sexual predator, told detectives when he was arrested at a relative's house, "I knew it was just a matter of time. I'm glad it's over." An acquaintance turned him in after he had boasted about one of the slayings. The killings began in 1991. Some of the victims were dumped in garbage bins around Chicago's South Side. The most recent corpse, Patricia Scott, 30, was found April 24 in a trash container behind Calumet High School. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Clepper apparently killed Scott a day earlier at the home he shared with his mother, Gladys Clepper, who along with a friend was charged with helping dispose of the body.
Mrs. Clepper, 46, was charged with one count of concealing a homicide. Eric Henderson, 30, was charged with two counts of concealing a homicide. Apparently Eric witnessed the murder of an earlier victim and helped dispose of her body too. With his arrest, Clepper is the third serial slayer arrested in Chicago's South Side in less than a year. The other two killers, Hubert Geralds and Ralph Harris were arrested in 1995.
On March 21, 2001, in a plea agreement Clepper, who once bragged about being Chicago's most prolific serial killers, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for one murder. Prosecutors dropped 12 murder charges against him in exchange for admitting to killing Patricia Scott. Scott, 30, had been sexually assaulted, strangled and stuffed into a garbage can in April 1996.
In the other cases dropped, new evidence either excluded Clepper as a suspect or pointed to other suspects. Assistant State's Attorney William O'Brien said Clepper remains a suspect in 15 other murders for which he hasn't been charged. DNA samples from those murders are being examined. The plea agreement allows prosecutors to file new charges against Clepper in the 12 cases that were dropped Tuesday if DNA tests implicates him. Also Clepper will not be eligible for the death penalty for any future cases against him.
Russell Ellwood (1-18) On March 2, 1998, Russell Ellwood was arrested in connection with to two of the 24+ killings. Ellwood, a former cab driver, is suspected in fifteen more murders. However, authorities still believe more than one suspect is responsible for the string of slayings. "We never thought, from the beginning, that this was the work of one person."
On November, 1998, sheriff's Lt. Sue Rushing, the leader of the serial killer task force targeting Ellwood, failed a lie detector test asking if she destroyed or lost receipts that could place Ellwood in Ohio with relatives when the two 1993 murders happened. The test also indicated Rushing was "not telling the truth" when she denied coaching a witness who claimed Ellwood showed her the two bodies in a canal 20 miles west of New Orleans.
The allegations were made by other task force members, prompting the FBI to investigate Rushing and the task force. Ellwood has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against task force investigators, asserting that police lied when they said he confessed under relentless interrogation. "It's clear they have deprived him of his right to a fair trial," said Maria Chaisson, one of Ellwood's lawyers. Prosecutors admit they have no physical evidence to put Ellwood where the bodies of Cheryl Lewis and Delores Mack were found Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, 1993. But they say Ellwood's own statements and other evidence they won't describe points to him as the killer.
Lewis drowned in the canal while under the influence of cocaine and amphetamines. Mack was found strangled and suffocated one-fifth of a mile away. Cocaine was also found in her blood.
A year later, Ellwood was at the remote crime scene in the middle of the night, hanging out in his taxi cab alongside the deserted state highway next to the canal. Questioned by two off-duty sheriff's deputies, Ellwood said he wanted to change the oil in his cab in a place where he wouldn't be caught dumping the dirty oil outside.
Because serial killers often return to the sites of their crimes, Ellwood became a suspect in 1997, two years after the task force was formed and a year after the last known victim was killed. When detectives first approached Ellwood in Florida last year, he was cooperative and told them he had "dreamed" the serial killer task force wanted to interview him.
Then an inmate in a Florida jail where Ellwood spent time on a cocaine conviction told investigators Ellwood had told him he enjoyed sex with people on drugs who were not in control of their bodies. Months later, after Ellwood went to Ohio to stay with relatives, he was questioned for days by police. It was then that Ellwood allegedly told Rushing and a former Cincinnati homicide detective that he dumped the body of a woman in water off a rural road.
Ellwood, in a telephone interview from the St. Charles Parish jail, at first denied his admission, then said anything he may have told police came only after he was badgered and promised a flight to New Orleans so he could meet with his longtime lawyer, Ross Scaccia. "My only thought was that if I can get to Mr. Scaccia, everything would be all right," Ellwood said. "I told the task force anything, almost anything, to get to Scaccia." Scaccia first represented Ellwood in a marijuana possession case three decades ago.
Ellwood, a serial loser, grew up in Massillon, Ohio, and moved to New Orleans 30 years after high school. He worked as a free-lance photographer then turned to driving a cab, Scaccia said. Ellwood had few friends, never had a girlfriend and constantly thought of get-rich-quick schemes that didn't work. He inherited $15,000 from his mother but lost it all investing in penny stocks. He slept in his cab when he couldn't afford a boarding house, Scaccia said.
Ellwood helped police at first because he craved the attention of detectives who told him he could help them solve the case, Scaccia said. "He's just an unswift, lonely man who's always trying to be a success and has never succeeded at anything," Scaccia said.
Scaccia claims in the lawsuit that Rushing persuaded a key witness, Sharon Jones, to make up the story that Ellwood took her to the canal to smoke crack and see a "surprise." According to a police affidavit, Ellwood showed Jones one body in the canal with an arm and hand showing and another body that was almost submerged.
Ellwood and his lawyers maintain he was in Ohio at the time but say that receipts which could prove it were destroyed or concealed by Rushing. Ellwood was a meticulous record keeper; authorities tracked his activities for years through receipts. But 1993 receipts seized by police have a mysterious two-week gap in February, Chaisson said.
She theorizes police were desperate to prove they'd captured the serial killer. "They wanted to get a conviction," Chaisson said. "But whoever did this is certainly still out there."
Chaisson contends that a key prosecution witness, Ellwood's former girlfriend Sharon Jones, cannot be put on the stand now that the Mack charge has been dropped. Earlier, Jones testified that Ellwood took her to the swamps and showed her both bodies. "It would be illegal to put perjurious testimony on the stand," Chaisson said. "Our allegation for months has said she was coached and given gifts in order to give that testimony. The bottom line is that their entire case is based on the testimony of jailhouse snitches," she said, talking about two of Ellwood's fellow inmates who have testified that he confessed to them about killing some of the 26 people whose bodies were found across south Louisiana between 1991 and 1996.
On February 24, 1999, authorities announced they dropped one of two murder charges against Ellwood. Investigators now say he could not have committed the crime. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said a continuing investigation revealed that Ellwood was in Ohio when Dolores Mack was murdered. Ellwood, in a telephone interview from jail, predicted that the second murder charge would also be dismissed. "It's obvious that these charges are fraudulent," he said. "This is the biggest railroad case ever in the state of Louisiana."
Chaisson thinks the remaining second-degree murder charge against Ellwood will be dropped. "But they need to face the fact that the evidence they have is insufficient to get a conviction," Chaisson said. At least one other well-known defense attorney agrees. "Any honest prosecutor would face the facts and drop this thing now unless he has some positive evidence," said Sam Dalton, former head of the Jefferson Parish Indigent Defender Board. "Unless the attorney general has the definitive DNA that would connect him definitively to the murder, the state cannot go forward. They cannot do it by testimony."
At the time of Ellwood's arrest in 1997, authorities said they suspected him in as many as 15 killings, and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Henry Lee claimed authorities were searching for at least four other suspects. But no other arrests or charges ever were made, despite four years of efforts by a task force made up of the FBI, New Orleans police and four sheriff's departments. A second murder charge against Ellwood was dismissed when prosecutors learned he had an alibi that put him in Ohio at the time of a woman's death.
At one point, the FBI cut its ties to the task force and then began investigating its former leader, Lt. Sue Rushing of the Jefferson Parish sheriff's department, who was accused of hiding or destroying evidence that helped convict Ellwood.
The task force is dissolved, and the sheriff's departments involved said they will re-examine the case only if new information is presented. Most of the 26 victims were women with histories of drug abuse and prostitution. Some were transsexuals. Some were strangled, and others apparently died of drug overdoses.
An inmate who had served time with Ellwood, 48, told deputies that Ellwood had bragged about killing people and that he "enjoyed the fun of having sex with people who were not in control of their bodies."
And a prostitute testified that she sold drugs to Ellwood and got in his car. She said Ellwood suddenly became very angry and said to her: "You know what I do to bitches like you? I kill them."
Abel Latif Sharif (1-17) When he was arrested in October, 1995, Abel, a Egyptian national, was suspected of being the dreaded "Depredador Psicópata" of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He has been charged with killing five girls and abandoning their bodies in the desert of Chihuahua. Abel was arrested after authorities established links between him and five dead girls he met at nightclubs. A sexual criminal with an extensive rap sheet spanning from Miami to Texas, Sharif said that he is not the dreaded "Depredador." As the body count continues rising at a rapid pace, it's become obvious that Abel was not the only one slaughtering girls in Ciudad Juarez.
In custody Sharif allegedly confessed to five of the killings. In public he has maintained his innocence since he was first arrested and accused of being a serial killer in 1995. In a jailhouse interview Sharif said, "I am innocent, they are pinning this all on me because I am a foreigner... I'm just a drunk, I'm not a murderer." In 1996 a judge dismissed six murder charges against him. That same day, prosecutors filed new charges, accusing him of the murder of another woman, and was thrown back in jail.
On March 3, 1999, the former chemist was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of raping and murdering 18-year-old Elizabeth Castro Garcia in 1994. "He will be charged with other cases because we have reason to believe he was author to those as well," said Nahum Najera, assistant state attorney general in Chihuahua state. Authorities still suspect him of 17 more murders
Nathaniel Bar-Jonah (1+) In what seems to be the first cannibal-murder case of 2001 and police in Great Falls, Montana arrested child molester and sexual sadist Nathaniel Bar-Jonah for the murder of 10-year-old Zachary Ramsay, who disappeared in 1996. Montana authorities have never recovered Ramsay's body and now believe Bar-Jonah ate the remains and also fed them to unwitting friends. They also suspect Bar-Jonah could be a serial killer after finding an unidentified child's bones in his garage and have enlisted the FBI's help in finding victims in other areas, including the Massachusetts.
Charles Pierce (1+) - A few weeks before Charles Pierce died, the convicted child killer confessed to killing two more children in Lawrence, Mass., more than 40 years ago. During an almost two-hour interview, in which he sometimes fell asleep or became confused, the former carnival worker provided the location of where the children's bodies and other details about the slayings. On January, 1999, Pierce, who was serving time for killing a 13-year-old girl in 1969, was cancer-stricken and wheelchair-bound when he asked a corrections officer to bring the police. "He told one of the guards he wanted to clear his conscience," Molchan said.
Pierce hooked up to an oxygen tank, told police a horrific story of how he allegedly killed a boy he had befriended at an old theater and buried the child's body in a nearby field. He also recounted that sometime in the eight months prior to that killing, he had abducted a girl in Connecticut, murdered her and buried her body in the same field, about 30 feet from the boy.
Pierce gave vague directions to the field, leading investigators to what is now a ball field. But before proceeding, police say they want to put together some of the many problematic pieces of Pierce's story. For example, while the name of the girl Pierce gave is similar to the name of a girl who did disappear in Connecticut, that abduction happened in the early 1970s -- not in the 1950s. To confuse matters further, Pierce had a history of confessing to things and later recanting. When Connecticut authorities showed up at prison to ask him about his statements to Molchan, Pierce allegedly became agitated and denied the claims.
David Harker (1+) - On February, 1999, cannibal killer David Harker admitted to manslaughter in the death of 32-year-old Julie Paterson, on grounds of diminished responsibility. Prosecutor Paul Worsley told Teesside Crown Court in northeast England that Harker confided to a psychiatrist that he chopped up his victim and ate part of her body with pasta and cheese. Harker, 24, who has the words "Subhuman" and "Disorder" tattooed on his scalp, claimed he strangled mother-of-four Julie Paterson with her tights after he "got bored" during a sex session. He told psychiatrists he then had sex with her before chopping off her head and limbs, slicing flesh from her thigh, skinning it and cooking it.
The 6'5" unemployed killer bragged about his cannibal feast and claimed to be a serial killer. After Julie's death he boasted that he had killed two other people, one a tramp-like man in the North East. Paul Worsley QC, prosecuting in Teesside Crown Court, said police had investigated his claims but could find no evidence to prove them.
For years Harker fantasised becoming a "notorious serial killer". Witnesses told detectives he "avidly viewed" films about serial killers and read books on them. He boasted to friends that he "wanted to kill someone" and had erotic fantasies about mutilating bodies. His favourite films were Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer and A Clockwork Orange. When doctors asked him about Hannibal Lecter in the film Silence Of The Lambs he said chillingly: "People like me don't come from films - them films come from people like me."
The Lefranc Family (?) On May 27, 1998, authorities accuseed the Lefrancs -- a clan of inbreds in northern France -- of murdering several babies, the offspring of an incestuous relationship between the daughter and her three brothers. Earth moving equipment have been brought in to excavate the garden of their squalid home in the village of Illies, near Lille, in northern France, where authorities expect to find the remains of the murdered babies.
Police were called in last month by a doctor who spotted that Paul Lefranc, 76, the ailing father, had injuries which suggested continued mistreatment. It emerged that he had been "enslaved" by the rest of his family, who made him to sleep in a rabbit hutch outside and eat from a dog-bowl. The household dog had been trained to attack him, and his wife and children beat and kicked him regularly.
Under arrest and interrogation, the family gave more details of their way of life. The daughter, 26, held in custody for suspected torture of her father, claimed that she had sexual relations with her brothers and repeatedly became pregnant. The babies, it is alleged, were buried in the garden.
James D. Gunning (0-10+) A Pennsylvania auto mechanic has been charged with attempting to murder three New Jersey women is now a suspect in the strangulation of 10 suspected prostitutes in three states. James D. Gunning, 28, was being held on $1 million bail as police throughout the region used DNA and other evidence in investigations that could link him to a string of unsolved murders.
"Gunning is being observed as a potential suspect in 10 murders," said Angelo J. Onofri, assistant prosecutor in Mercer County, N.J. Howard Barman, Gunning's lawyer, dismissed the statements of law enforcement officials who characterized Gunning as a possible serial killer. Authorities said they were looking at Gunning in several cases because of similarities in the cases, including strangulation of the victims, who were white and blond, and were thought to be prostitutes.
Gunning was arrested on May 2, 1999, in Hamilton Township, N.J., when a woman in her underwear jumped out of his parked truck and ran toward police crying that "he tried to strangle me." Police said clothesline was found in Gunning's vehicle. He was charged with aggravated assault and released after posting $10,000 bail. On June 9, the charge was upgraded to attempted murder, and Gunning was rearrested at his home.
Gunning is a suspect in three killings in New York, two in Philadelphia, and five in New Jersey. Gunning, who was born in Korea and adopted by American parents and raised in Feasterville, had lived in an Oakwood Drive apartment with his wife for the last six months.
Pierre Chanal (0-8) A French commando-trained army veteran and fitness fanatic suspected of being a sadistic serial killer may never face trial because interminable delays in the case. Investigators believe that 52-year-old Pierre Chanal -- described by comrades as "an archetypal warrior and man of steel" -- murdered eight young men in the 1980s. The eight victims vanished in or near an area in the Marne region, north-east of Paris, known as the "triangle of death". Seven of the bodies have never been found. Most of the men were army conscripts from the Mourmelon camp where Chanal served. Taciturn military authorities assumed the men were deserters and dismissed any talks of a serial killer in their ranks.
Chanal became a career soldier as soon as he was old enough to enlist, escaping from a desperately poor family of 16 children and a violent, alcoholic father. A born leader, he rose steadily through the ranks to become the senior warrant officer in the illustrious 4th Dragoons regiment, where his toughness and dedication to duty earned him high praise. A typical man's man, Chanal volunteered for service with the French military contingent deployed in Beirut at the height of Lebanon's bloody civil war.
Discribed as a "block of marble" by an investigating officer, Chanal's weakness fro raping and torturing young men was uncovered in 1988 when a police patrol -- investigating the sight of a Volkswagen camper van on an isolated country road -- found him assaulting the terrified Hungarian hitchhikker he picked up near the Mourmelon camp who he had trussed up in a parachute harness while a video camera recorded the assault.
In true military fashion Chanal provided only his name, rank and service number to the arresting officers. In his cell, he would rise at dawn every morning for a frenetic bout of exercises, then spend hours in silence, staring intently at the walls. "He acted like he was a prisoner of war," said one police officer. The murder investigation began when a pair of men's underpants labelled "Made in Britain" were discovered in Chanal's van. Police believed that they had belonged to Trevor O'Keefe, a 20-year-old Irishman who vanished two years earlier during a walking tour that took him through the Marne region. His naked body was eventually found dumped in a wood. He had been savagely beaten, then strangled with a cord knotted in a fashion taught in the French commando forces.
Police discovered that Chanal had purchased his video camera only a few days before the first of the disappearances happened eight years earlier. Police also established that nobody had been reported missing in the region while Chanal was in Lebanon. The attack on the Hungarian - which investigators said they feared would have ended in murder had the assault not been interrupted - took place after Chanal had been transferred to a new post but while he was still returning frequently to the area to jump with a local parachute club.
He was formally placed under investigation in connection with the disappearances while he was in prison for raping and torturing the hitchhikker. With time off for good behaviour Chanal was due for release in 1994, but was kept in detention after the O'Keefe case was added to his dossier. He was released from jail in June 1995, to live at a sister's home near Lyons under strict judicial control.
A year later, fresh forensic-science tests on the camper van discovered traces of human hairs, and subsequent DNA analysis indicated the strong probability that they came from the last two of the conscripts to disappear. By then, investigators had turned to psychiatrists to find cracks in Chanal's steely resolve. With the help of the FBI's behavioural science unit, they arrived at the conclusion that they were dealing with a truly chilling personality. The reports described Chanal as "both obsessive and sadistic - characterised by aberrant sexual conduct which leads him to seek pleasure by inflicting humiliation and suffering on others". Nevertheless, with scant genetic evidence and a psychological profile police will be hard-pressed to make a case against this warring serial killer.
David Ray & Cindy Hendy (0-6+) Though not having been charged with any murders yet, here at the Archives we think David Ray and Cindy Hendy have at least six skeletons in the closet that could be dredged from Elephant Butte Lake or dug from shallow graves in the desert. As of March 22, 1999, numerous FBI agents, including psychological "profilers," converged on a trailer home in Elephant Butte, New Mexico, to gather evidence in a case of sexual torture and possible multiple murder. The case began to unfold when a woman escaped from the home of David Ray and Cindy Hendy wearing only a padlocked metal collar attached to a chain.
After the news broke another woman from Truth or Consequence came forward and said she, too, had been kidnapped and tortured by the sadist couple. John Branaugh,a friend of the couple, told KOB-TV that after a night of serious drinking, Cindy told him: "Ray has put four to six bodies in this lake (Elephant Butte Lake) and others buried in the desert. When he's done, he gets his surgical tool or whatever, splits them right down the middle and that's why they wouldn't have no buoyancy."
Investigators have been searching the dusty half-acre lot around Ray's double-wide trailer home for several days. Some bone fragments were found, but these proved to be animal bones. Authorities also found a sound-proof trailer owned by Ray with books on serial killings, videotapes of Ray explaining various types of torture, books on the human anatomy, scalpels, crocodile clamps and other torture instruments, and a steel gynecological examination table with stirrups.
Ray, 59, is charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration. Ms. Hendy, 39, is charged with kidnapping and accessory to criminal sexual penetration. Both are charged with conspiracy and assault. Ray allegedly showed a badge to the padlocked-metal-collar-wearing victim in Albuquerque and told her she was under arrest for prostitution. She was then taken to their trailer home and sexually tortured and shocked with electricity over three days before escaping March 22.
The couple allegedly kept their torture instruments in a wood and glass case they called "the toy box," and Cindy -- who left Seattle-area to avoid arrest over a 1995 equipment theft -- participated in the torturing for the "adrenalin rush." She also been charged previously with forgery, drug possession and posession of stolen property.
On April 12, an associate of Ray and Hendy, Dennis Roy Yancy, 27, was charged with murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit both murder and kidnapping and evidence tampering. Allegedly Yancy confessed to law enforcement officials to strangling Marie Parker in July 1997. Parker, a single mother whose two daughters are now living with her mother in Albuquerque, was last seen at the Blue Water Saloon in the town of Elephant Butte. It is unclear what's the nature of the relationships between him and the torture couple.