Monthly Archives: June 2010

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January 31, 2006 – Unnamed Ex-Postal Worker – A female ex-postal worker opened fire at a huge mail processing plant in Southern California, killing five people and critically wounding another before committing suicide in what’s believed to be the deadliest workplace shooting ever carried out by a woman. The woman reloaded her 9 mm handgun at least once during the rampage and managed to get inside the fenced and guarded center of the sprawling Santa Barbara Processing and Distribution Center.

Authorities found two people dead outside the plant, blocks from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Another body was just outside the door, and a fourth was just inside. Two more bodies — including that of the killer — were found farther inside. A sixth person was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head. All of the woman’s victims were believed to be postal center employees. About 300 people are employed at the Goleta plant where the rampage ocurred. The woman had not worked at the plant for more than two years.

January 17, 2006 – Mataviejas – There’s a serial killer stalking elderly women in Mexico City. To date the killer has strangled at least seven elderly women with stockings or telephone cables. The latest murder ocurred in October of 2005. Police are investigating whether 22 other slayings of older Mexico City women since 2003 are also related.

November 16, 2005 – Alfred Gaynor – 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.

November 14, 2005 – David Ludwig – Chalk one up to the Christian Right. David Ludwig (with or without the help of his 14-year-old girlfriend, Kara Beth Borden) killed her parents and then hit the road with the his teen lover in tow. Both home-schooled youngsters were, by all accounts, deeply religious.

The Pennsylvania teenager allegedly killed the girlfriend’s parents in an argument over her curfew and was captured in Indiana, some 600 miles from where the killings took place, after a police chase that ended when he crashed his parents’ car head-on into a tree. It is unclear if Kara was abducted or went along willingly, but police said they were dealing with the situation as a kidnaping.

Authorities said Ludwig shot Kara’s parents, Michael F. and Cathryn Lee Borden, on December 13 after they and their daughter argued about her curfew. The shootings happened at the family’s home near Lititz, Pa., about 60 miles west of Philadelphia. Kara’s 13-year-old sister, Katelyn, told investigators she saw Ludwig shoot her father, and then ran into the bathroom, where she heard a second shot, presumably the one that killed her mother. Ludwig then ran through the house calling for Kara. Then Kara’s 9-year-old brother ran to the neighbors, who called 911.

November 9, 2005 – Andrea Yates – Texas’ highest criminal court today let stand a lower court ruling that threw out Andrea Yates’ murder convictions for drowning her children in a bathtub in June 2001. Harris County Assistant District Attorney Alan Curry says the case will be retried or a plea bargain considered. The First Court of Appeals in Houston overturned Yates’ 2002 convictions because of false testimony from a forensic psychiatrist.

November 8, 2005 – High School Shooting in Jacksboro – A 15-year-old boy went to his school in Jacksboro, Tennesseee, carrying a .22-caliber handgun and fired at three adults, killing an assistant principal and wounding two other school officials.

August 11, 2005 – Mitchell Johnson – Middle school rampager, Mitchell Johnson, walked free from prison seven years after he and fellow student Andrew Golden opened fire outside the Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing four students and a teacher.

January 11, 2003 – The Monster of Atwater – The LA Times reported that a Los Angeles gang leader was wanted in connection with 12 homicides. According to police, 29-year-old Timothy Joseph McGhee, the Monster of Atwater, has either overseen or pulled the trigger in the executions of gang rivals, witnesses and others simply unlucky enough to have crossed his path. “He likes killing people; it’s his high and he does it for kicks,” said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Andy Teague.

January 9, 2003 – John Lee Malvo – Defense attorneys for sniper suspect John Lee Malvo asked a judge to bar the public and the media from a preliminary hearing that will outline some of the evidence against him. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Horan Jr. said that he would oppose the motion. “The Virginia Supreme Court decided long ago that the Virginia Constitution requires an open hearing unless there’s some truly remarkable reason,” Horan said. The purpose of the above-mentioned preliminary hearing is for prosecutors to demonstrate probable cause and present enough evidence against Malvo to convince a judge to send the case to a grand jury so Malvo can be prosecuted as an adult.

January 9, 2003 – Robert Pickton – DNA traces of another missing woman have been found on the pig farm of accused serial killer Robert William Pickton. The victim, 43-year-old Cindy Feliks, Feliks, disappeared in the fall of 1997. Four years after her disappearance, and after pressure from her family in Calgary, police added her name to the list of woman missing from downtown Vancouver. Pickton, whose preliminary hearing is scheduled to starts January 13, is charged with murdering 15 Vancouver women.

January 9, 2003 – Falun Gong – Police in southwestern China said they raided a secret meeting place of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement, arresting five people and confiscating stacks of books, pamphlets and videotapes. The five were arrested on charges of smuggling Falun Gong materials from abroad and downloading them from the Internet. They also face charges of organizing secret gatherings of Falun Gong, which was banned — for allegedly being a suicide cult — four years ago after it staged a massive protest in central Beijing.

January 8, 2003 – Cannibalism in Congo – A U.N. team is investigating reports that rebel troops from the Congolese Liberation Movement and its allied Congolese Rally for Democracy-National have been killing and eating Pygmies in northeastern Congo. “The U.N. is taking these accusations very seriously,” said Manodje Mounoubai of the U.N. mission in Congo. The six-person team has been sent to the mineral-rich areas of Ituri province to investigate the accusations. The two rebel factions often hire Pygmies to hunt food in the jungles as they fight the rival rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy-Liberation. If the hunters return empty-handed, rebel troops kill and eat them, the U.N. official said.

January 6, 2003 – Suspected Lousiana Serial Killer Investigators in Baton Rouge have collected saliva samples from nearly 1,000 men in their effort to find a DNA match to that of a serial killer linked to the killings of four women. Joe Cook, executive director of the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union, said that the DNA dragnet raises questions about people’s constitutional rights.

“In this case, all these people are assumed guilty until they’re proven innocent,” Cook said. The probable cause to determine if someone should be approached to offer a DNA sample seems flimsy, often based on anonymous tips or the type of pickup truck a man drives, Cook added. “I don’t think that’s credible evidence to target someone. It’s been proven time and again that this type of targeting is bad police work,” Cook said, “the people who have come forward would appear to have been coerced.”

January 6, 2003 – Robert Pickton – The BC Pork Producers released a written complaint about how the Pickton case was being reported by the media. Disturbed by the association of the alleged serial killer spree to Pickton’s pig farm, the Pork Producers remarked that the property in question had, in fact, more sheep than pigs and that Pickton himself was not associated with their organization. “Consequently, having the words ‘pig farm’ associated with the Robert Pickton murder trial has been and continues to be very negative to our industry,” stated the press release.

January 6, 2003 – Anthony Hardy – The London Ripper suspect, Anthony Hardy appeared in court was charged with three murders including the killings of two prostitutes whose body parts were found in trash containers in London’s Candem area. Police also formally identified the second prostitute as 34-year-old Brigitte Cathy MacClennan. She is believed to have lived in Camden but originally came from New Zealand. The second victim was identified as 29-year-old Elizabeth Selina Valad, originally from Nottingham. The third murder charge was for the death of 38-year-old Sally Rose White who was found dead in his apartment more than a year ago. Detectives said the search for more victims connected with the case continues.

January 5, 2003 -Six Dead in Texas – Six men were shot to death in Edinburg, texas, in a home invasion attack. Police said they believe the assailants were searching for weapons and drugs. A witness, who was tied up during the shooting, told authorities that one of the assailants wore clothing with the word “police” on it. Five of the victims were found in one house; another was found in a second house on the same property.

January 5, 2003 – Edward Morris – After a two-week manhunt throughout Oregon, Edward Morris — charged with killing his wife and three children and dumping their bodies in a forest — was captured in a drug store parking lot here. Though Morris, 37, had been described as “armed and dangerous,” he was arrested without incident. The bodies of his wife, 31-year-old Renee and his three children, Bryant, 10, Alexis, 8 and Jonathan, 4, were found by hunters December 21 on an isolated road about 70 miles west of Portland, in the Tillamook State Forest.

January 5, 2003 – John Allen Muhammad – The Washington Post reported that prosecutors have linked sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad to at least two shootings, including one that left a man dead at a Virginia gas station. Citing four law enforcement sources who asked that they not be identified, the Post reported that investigators found Muhammad’s fingerprint on a street map booklet found at the Manassas, Virginia, station where Dean Harold Meyers was killed October 9. Though the fingerprint on the map doesn’t prove Muhammad fired the shot that killed Meyers, it does place him at the scene of the shooting.

January 4, 2003 – Carl Knapp – A gunman shot and killed three people in an Albuquerque business district, then barricaded himself in a pawn shop for about three hours and shot himself in the chest. Carl Knapp, 48, was hospitalized for the wound, which was not life-threatening. Police accused Knapp of shooting two men and a woman in front of a warehouse in an area of northeast Albuquerque. The victims were identified as Jane Johnston, 42; Steven Goodwin, 49; and Greg McGuire, whose age was not immediately known. Authorities believe the killings were the result of a domestic violence situation.

January 4, 2003 – Four Dead in Virginia – A man in Richmond, Virginia, shot and killed his girlfriend and two convenience store workers before turning his assault rifle on himself. All four victims were declared dead in three different crime scenes. Police said the man went into a home in Richmond’s Southside before 6 p.m. and shot his 27-year-old girlfriend in a bedroom as children and other relatives watched. The man then ran from the house several blocks to the Golden Food Market, where police said he shot and killed the owner of the store and an employee. According to police, the man then forced four men from the van they were sitting in outside the store and drove to a relative’s house, where he shot and killed himself in front of several people.

January 4, 2003 – Three Dead in a Seattle Suburb – The bodies of three men were found in a vehicle along a highway in the Seattle suburb of Kent. Police do not know the men’s identities or a possible motive for the slayings. Police also do not know if the victims were shot at that location. No one was in the driver’s seat when the vehicle was found. Police were called to the scene to check on the dark green Chevy Tahoe after a neighbor reported that someone appeared to be sleeping on the passenger side.

January 4, 2003 – Four Dead in Chicago – Authorities are searching for suspects in the slayings of a 2-year-old boy, his parents and another man inside a home on Chicago’s South Side. The four, last seen in the home at a New Year’s Eve party playing cards and video games, were found shot to death three days later after one of the victims did not show up for work at a security company. Relatives identified the four as Ronald Royals, 21, Sara Perry, 18, their 2-year-old child Ronald Royals Jr. and Prescott Perry, Sara’s father.

A cousin of Royals said she was at the New Year’s Eve party at the house and last saw the four at about 3 a.m. . Tammie Jenkins, 22, said about eight people were at the party when she left. She said there were no arguments during the get-together, and no weapons in sight. “I knew everybody in there and I know that none of them would do this,” she said. “When I left, everything was fine. Ronald said he’d call me later. Now he’s dead.”

January 3, 2003 – John Wolfenbarger & Dennis Lincoln – The uncle of John Wolfenbarger, a 31-year-old man accused of killing a Michigan family of five, testified in a preliminary hearing that his nephew bragged that he had done something that would make the national news. Wolfenbarger’s uncle, William Smith, 36, of Detroit, said that he went to police after his nephew came to his home late on the night of the killings looking for a change of clothes and bragged that he did something that should appear on CNN.

January 3, 2003 – Huang Hu – Chinese authorities executed the owner of a failing kindergarten for mixing rat poison into salt at a rival school’s kitchen and sickening 70 children. Huang Hu, 29, was executed in Zhanjiang, a city in Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong. He was convicted in mid-December after a swift prosecution. Huang owned a failing kindergarten in the nearby city of Wuchuang and blamed competition from a nearby school. He crept into its kitchen Nov. 24 and put poison in salt that was used to make corn porridge. Students and teachers who ate the tainted food suffered spasms and vomiting. Seventy children and two teachers were hospitalized, but all were treated and released.

January 3, 2003 – Moo Chul Shin – A man stabbed his ex-girlfriend, her husband and two daughters, killing the woman and one child before police found him in a New York motel room with his wrists slashed. The killer, 30-year-old Moo Chul Shin, stabbed to death Sook Kim, 34, and Kim’s 7-year-old daughter, Clara, in their apartment in the New York borough of Queens. Shin, of Springfield, Virginia, also allegedly stabbed Kim’s 8-year-old daughter Estelle, who remained hospitalized in critical condition. He later attacked Kim’s 38-year-old husband, Hyunsik Kim, stabbing him on the neck as he prepared to start his work day driving a fruit delivery truck.

January 3, 2003 – Anthony Hardy – Police investigating the murders of two women whose body parts were found in garbage containers in Candem, North London, arrested their main suspect, 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.

December 31, 2002 – John Lee Malvo – Lawyers for sniper suspect John Lee Malvo scored a legal victory when Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Kimberly Daniel ruled that prosecutors had to turn over statements the teenager may have made to police during a seven-hour interrogation session about two Virginia shootings.

December 30, 2002 – Suspected Serial Killer in Lousiana – Police in Lafayette, Luisiana, who are searching for an elusive serial killer, will ask up to 100 men in the area to voluntarily submit DNA samples. Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom said the list of men was drawn up after police received more than 400 tips following last week’s discovery of killer’s latest victim. An FBI profiling team has said the killer likely is a white male, 25-35 years old, who acts awkwardly around women and does blue-collar work. Authorities have taken DNA samples from more than 800 men in the Baton Rouge area — where the first three murders ocurred — and have ruled out 600 of them as suspects.

December 27, 2002 – The Raelian Cult – Though not necessarily a killer cult yet, the alien-worshipping Raelian Cult found a spot in the Cult’s r Us Hit List when their company, Clonaid, announced it had created a healthy baby girl cloned from her 31-year-old mother. “I’m very very pleased to announce that the first baby clone is born,” Clonaid director Brigitte Boisselier, a former research chemist in France, said at a news conference in Hollywood, north of Miami.

December 26, 2002 – Ernest Wholaver – A Pennsylvania man awaiting trial on charges he molested his two daughters was taken into custody for questioning in the execution-style murders of his daughters and their mother. Documents detailing the sexual abuse charges against Ernest Wholaver, 42, say the sisters were afraid to come forward because they feared he would harm them. “We just want to know what he knows,” said District Attorney Edward M. Marsico Jr. Autopsies showed that Jean Wholaver and her daughters, Victoria, 20, and Elizabeth, 15, each died of a single gunshot wound to the head at their home in Middletown. The coroner said the women were apparently shot on Christmas Eve. Victoria Wholaver’s 9-month-old daughter, Madison, was left in the house unharmed.

Wholaver was arrested in July after his daughters told police he had sexually abused them over several years. He was later released on $100,000 bail and ordered to stay away from them. A police affidavit said both Victoria and Elizabeth Wholaver were “very emotional” during interviews in which they said their father kissed, fondled or had sex with them. “Both are very fearful of their father and (indicated) that he is going to get them for telling,” the affidavit said.

December 26, 2002 – John Wolfenbarger & Dennis Lincoln – Two men were charged with murdering five family members during a robbery at their suburban Detroit home. John Wolfenbarger, 31, and Dennis Lincoln, 27, were charged with five counts each of premeditated murder and felony murder of jeweler Marco Pesce, 38, his mother, Maria Vergati, 68; and Pesce’s three children, Melissa, 6, Sabrina, 9, and Carlo, 12. The killings happened after Pesce dropped his children off at his house in Livonia, then went to his office without entering the home, prosecutors said.

December 23, 2002 – John Lee Malvo – Prosecutor Robert Horan Jr. of the Fairfax County Commonwealth denied the New York Times report that said 17-year-old sniper suspect John Lee Malvo was responsible for most of the DC-area sniper shootings. “I don’t think that anybody in the investigation is responsible for the leak, because so much of it was dead wrong,” said Horan, who is overseeing the case against Malvo.

December 23, 2002 – Suspected Serial Killer in Lousiana – Authorities in Lousiana said they believe a woman whose body was found last month in a field near Lafayette was slain by a serial killer responsible for the deaths of three other women in Baton Rouge. The apparent fourth victim, Trineisha Dene Colomb, 23, was reported missing November 22 after her car was found in Grand Coteau, a small town near Lafayette. Two days later, her body was found about 20 miles away by a hunter. DNA evidence from the scene matched genetic evidence from the three other killings, which occurred in Baton Rouge, about an hour’s drive east of Lafayette.

December 23, 2002 – Possible Pre-Christmas Falimicide – Oregon authorities are searching for a man whose wife and three young children were found dead in the snowy woods outside Portland. Though police are unsure whether the father is a victim or a suspect, familicide is not an uncommon holiday ocurrence. The victims are Rene Morris, 31, and her children, Bryant, 10, Alexis, 8, and 4-year-old Jonathan. Police are looking for Edward Morris, 37, and the family’s gray 1993 Dodge Caravan.

The family lived in a single-story white home in north Portland which was strung with Christmas lights. Neighbors said they were very religious and that the kids were very well-behaved. According to Reverend Philip Hawk, the pastor of the church the family attended several times a week, Rene was home schooling the children and was was helping lead the children’s Christmas musical for the church. The father, a former landscaper who had recently started a job in a Target store, was described by neighbors as a loner who had difficulty keeping a job.

A police spokesman said hunters found the first body in Tillamook State Forest, and called authorities from a convenience store. The Oregon State Police forensics team arrived and found the other three in the near vicinity. Dozens of police, FBI agents and volunteers have fanned out through a five-mile area looking for the missing father and/or more victims.

December 22, 2002 – John Lee Malvo – According to a published report in the New York Times, most evidence in the sniper shootings points to teenager John Lee Malvo as the triggerman in most if not all of the shootings. “There is not much pointing to Muhammad, and that is going to make it really hard to show that he was the triggerman,” one senior law enforcement official involved in the case told The New York Times. “There are other ways to attempt to obtain a death sentence, but this lack of evidence has been one of the most perplexing things about the case.”

December 19, 2002 – John Allen Muhammad & John Lee Malvo – A judge has imposed a gag order prohibiting Fairfax County police from publicly disclosing their investigation into sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo. The order, dated December 11 from Circuit Judge R. Terrence Ney, bans police from disclosing any “information which may jeopardize the successful conclusion of the investigation.” Muhammad’s lawyers sought the injunction against Fairfax County police and the FBI following a report last month in The Washington Post saying that Malvo, 17, had confessed to being the triggerman in some of the sniper sniper shootings.

December 15, 2002 – Cary Stayner Feared Yosemite handyman-killer, Cary Stayner, recieved three death sentences for killing Carole Sund, 42, her daughter, Juli, 15, and their Argentine friend, Silvina Pelosso, 16, while they stayed at the motel where he worked outside the gates of Yosemite

December 13, 2002 – John Allen Muhammad & John Lee Malvo – The mother of teenage sniper suspect John Lee Malvo has been deported to Jamaica. A Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that Una James, 38, had left Seattleand was en route to Jamaica, her home country.

In related news, a judge barred television cameras from Muhammad’s trial scheduled to begin Oct. 14. He is charged in the shooting of Dean Meyers on Oct. 9 outside a gas station in Manassas, Va. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14 in Fairfax County, Va., to determine whether Malvo will be tried as an adult and face the death penalty in the shooting of FBI analyst Linda Franklin.

December 12, 2002 – German Cannibal Killer – A man in the central German town of Rotenburg, near Kassel, confessed to murdering and eating another man. Prosecutors said the accused and the victim were apparently homosexuals who shared cannibalistic tendencies. The 41-year-old cannibal-killer videotaped the murder. The victim, also in his 40s, answered an Internet post which said: “Seeking young, well-built men aged 18 to 30 to slaughter.” The man, a computer engineer, then sold all his possessions including a car before disappearing.

The killer chopped up his friend and kept the parts in his fridge. Police believe the murder occurred in spring 2000. Police found deep-frozen human flesh, skeleton parts and video recordings at the scene.

December 6, 2002 – Robert Pickton – Judge David Stone denied an application by Robert William Pickton’s lawyer Peter Ritchie to impose a publication ban on the suspected serial killer’s preliminary hearing. Pickton, a 53-year-old Port Coquitlam pig farmer, has been charged with murdering 15 of the 63 missing women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Investigators have hinted at finding body parts, DNA and personal items in Pickton’s ramshackled farm. Defence attorney argued that the prosecution’s evidence against his client was so explosive, that it would be impossible to find an unbiased jury of 12 for his trial.

December 4, 2002 – Robert Pickton – One of the 62 women believed to have disappeared from the Downtown Eastside has been located alive. Tanya Colleen Emery, 38, was located living in Central Canada, said the joint RCMP-Vancouver city police task force investigating the disappearances. “She was located as part of our ongoing investigation,” said RCMP Const. Catherine Galliford, spokeswoman for the task force. Emery, who was number 46 on the list, was reportedly last seen in December 1998. Officially, the list now includes the names of 62 women. The task force is reviewing the case of one more woman woman fitting the same profile who could be added to the list.

November 29, 2001 – Christian Stephen Fuhr – Columbus police arrested, 33-year-old Christian Stephen Fuhr and charged him with the murders of two women. Fuhr, a tree trimmer, had been previously questioned by police and released. When he returned home, he gloated to his neighbors that he no longer was a suspect in the slayings of three South Side women. “I’m vindicated. They don’t have nothing on me,” neighbor Thomas Ward recalled Fuhr saying.

Several days later, police returned with arrest warrants for the murders of Shawna L. Sowers and Lisa A. Crow. He also is a suspect in the slaying of Kimberly Rodgers.

Columbus police were led to Fuhr on Thanksgiving morning through a pickup truck found near the crime scene where Crow’s body had been discovered that morning. The truck belonged to Fuhr’s boss, Terry Laymon, who told investigators that he had loaned it to Fuhr a couple days before.

Fuhr had spent Thanksgiving Day and the night before at the home of his ex-wife, Terri D. Byers. She said they knew police were following them. “I was giving him a ride to his trailer, and they were following us,” Byers said. “It was an unmarked car with tinted windows. There was no mistaking it.” Byers, 27, and Fuhr married in August 1999. She said his cocaine addiction destroyed their marriage.

November 28, 2002 – Robert Pickton – Vancouver’se missing women task force wants the public’s help in locating four women who disappeared from Vancouver between 1978 and 1999. Two of the four match the profile of the women who have vanished from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in that they were involved with drugs or the sex trade. The other two do not match the profile, but investigators are still hoping to find out what happened to the women to bring closure for their families.

Meanwhile, the B.C. Corrections Service is investigating reports that former inmates of the North Fraser Pre-trial Centre where Pickton is incarcerated are trying to sell poetry they claim he wrote. Wayne Willows, of the Corrections Service, said he would look into it, but said it is likely a hoax as Pickton does not have access to other inmates.

November 24, 2001 – Three Dead Women in Ohio – Police in Columbus, Ohio, have alerted the public of a possible predator hunting crack-addicted prostitutes in the city’s South Side. Though they stopped short of saying they were looking for a serial killer, they did contact the FBI for help. All three women were discovered nude or partially clothed within a half-mile of each other and within the past two weeks. The three women are Lisa Crow, 36, Kimberly Rodgers, 29, and Shawna Sowers, 30. Besides having criminal records for prostitution and drug arrests, all three women were white.

“There are apparent similarities in these crimes. However, at this time, the investigations have not proceeded to a degree where they would be officially termed the result of a serial killer,” said a news release from Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Earl Smith.

November 15 , 2002 – Myra Hindley – Moors murderer Myra Hindley died of bronchial pneumonia due to problems with her heart. Home Office pathologist Dr Michael Heath said the 60-year-old smoked too much, suffered from high blood pressure, and her coronary arteries were blocked.

One of the most reviled prisoners in Britain’s history, the tabloid press held her in contempt even after death — “The Final Injustice: She Died Peacefully,” read the front page headline of the Daily Mail. Though some people — including the late Lord Longford, Britain’s leading prison reformer — lobbied for her release after serving 36 years, most remain horrified about her claims of “having paid her debt to society.” Ironically, by the time her smoked-ravaged lungs gave out, she was on the threshhold of being released.

November 12, 2002 – Coral Eugene Watts – Serial killer Coral Eugene Watts was again been denied parole. Watts, who admitted to 13 murders, is due to be released from prison in 3 1/2 years. Because of a quirk in Texas law, Watts is scheduled for mandatory release in May 2006. He could be discharged even before that — after his next parole hearing in December 2005 — if he continues to show good behavior, said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Larry Todd.

October 25, 2002 – Robert Flores – A student flunking out of the University of Arizona nursing school shot three of his professors to death, then killed himself in front of dozens of terrified students. Tucson police said Robert Flores Jr., 41, specifically targeted the instructors, killing one in her office on the second floor and shooting the others in a fourth-floor classroom as students dove for cover. Flores walked to the front of the classroom and shot the first victim several times, then went to the back of the room and killed the second victim. University Vice Provost Elizabeth Irvin said Flores — not the best student — had failed a pediatric nursing class and was struggling in a critical care class.

The victims — Robin Rogers, 50, Barbara Monroe, 45. and Cheryl McGaffic, 44 — all were Flores’ instructors, Police Chief Richard Miranda said. Flores, a Gulf War veteran, worked at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System as a licensed practical nurse, and was studying to become a registered nurse, officials said.

October 25, 2002 – Jose Antonio Rodriguez Vega – Spain’s granny killer, Jose Antonio Rodriguez Vega, was stabbed to death by two fellow prisoners in the courtyard of Topas jail in western Salamanca province. Rodriguez Vega, 44, was convicted in 1991 of raping and strangling 16 elderly women in the northern city of Santander over a space of 10 months in 1987 and 1988. Though sentenced to 440 years, by law one can serve a maximum of 30 years in jail. The granny killer was due to be released in 2008.

October 25, 2002 – John Allen Muhammad & John Lee Malvo – Authorities in Alabama have linked Washington-area sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad and his teenage sidekick, John Lee Malvo, to a fatal shooting outside a liquor store on September 21. Muhammad, 41, and Malvo are accused of killing the clerk outside the store as it closed. Dwight Johnson, an officer who heard gunshots that night, chased a man fleeing the liquor store shootings, and helped provide a composite sketch of the suspect. Muhammad is believed to be the man who was chased by Johnson.

October 25, 2002 – John E. Robinson – More than two years after the gruesome discovery of women’s bodies stuffed into barrels on a rural Kansas property, the defense rested in the multiple-murder case of con-artist-serial-killer John E. Robinson Sr. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, alleging that Robinson killed at least six women — three of them in Kansas — in a scheme that included sadomasochistic sex with some of the victims and the adoption of the infant daughter of one.

October 25, 2002 – Robert Pickton – Internet auction website Ebay pulled a site claiming to be selling dirt from the notorious Pickton pig farm. The seller going by the name Dizan Hamilton listed “Robert Pickton Dirt From His Pig Farm” on ebay.ca under item #727373047 in the Collectables: Rocks, Fossils, Minerals section. He was asking for an opening bid of $9.99. The site offered a brief description of the pig-farm story and claimed the seller is a local resident who has been to the Port Coquitlam farm. No bids were made prior to the site being pulled.

October 24, 2002 – John Allen Muhammad & John Lee Malvo – Bringing the sniper killings in the Washington DC area to a conclusion, John Allen Muhammad, 41, and John Lee Malvo, 17, were arrested while sleeping in a car at a Maryland rest stop. They are considered suspects in the sniper shootings that left 10 people dead andf three other wounded over a three-week period. The suspects were found asleep in a blue Chevrolet Caprice that had a hidden compartment for a rifle and the trunk modified to be a sniper’s nest.

October 24, 2002 – Robert Pickton – The family of another of Vancouver’s missing women was notified by E-mail that the Missing Women’s Task Force had found their daughter’s DNA in Robert Pickton’s Port Coquitlam pig farm. The victim, Angela Rebecca Jardine, disappeared four years ago. Pickton, who turns 53 today, has been charged with murdering 15 women on the list of 63 women who have disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in recent years.

October 23, 2002 – John Allen Muhammad & John Lee Malvo – Members of the sniper task force converged on a freeway rest stop in Maryland and arrested John Allen Muhammad, a 42-year-old Gulf War veteran, and John Lee Malvo, his 17-year-old junenile companion. Police said the two were considered suspects in the shootings that have killed 10 and wounded three in the Washington area.

October 23, 2002 – DC-Area Sniper – Police confirmed the slain Maryland bus driver was the sniper’s 13th victim. Police also revealed that the sniper left an angry letter tacked to a tree behind a restaurant where the sniper wounded a man last weekend complained of six failed attempts to reach police, and threatened more killings — of children in particular — if millions of dollars were not deposited in a bank account within two days, according to law enforcement sources.

October 21, 2002 – Two Dead at Monash University – A man armed with several handguns opened fire at Monash University in the southern city of Melbourne, killing two people and wounding eight others. The man, in his mid-30s, was tackled by several students shortly after he opened fire. Monash University Vice chancellor Peter Darvall praised the “brave souls” who helped disarm the attacker. “All I can say is our university is as safe or unsafe as any other part of the community,” he said.

October 21, 2002 – Falun Gong – A follower of the Falun Gong in northeastern China has been sentenced to death for strangling a daughter she believed was possessed by a demon. Guan Shuyun was convicted in Heilongjiang province of murder and other charges related to her alleged involvement with the banned spiritual movement. The court granted her a two-year reprieve before the sentence is to be carried out, the Legal Daily reported. The newspaper said 31 other Falun Gong practitioners were also sentenced but didn’t give details. During one ceremony, the group reportedly tried to exorcise a demon from the woman’s daughter while Mommie Dearest choked the girl to death.

The Chineses government considers Falun Gong an evil cult and has detained thousands of its followers. The spiritual movement was banned by China in 1999. Activists of the group abroad claim hundreds of supporters have died while detained by authorities.

October 17, 2002 – Ira Einhorn – A Philadelphia jury found former hippie guru Ira Einhorn, 62, guilty of the 1979 murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux. William Cannon, Einhorn’s attorney, said during his closing argument that the discovery of the mummified corpse in the apartment the couple once shared 18 months after she disappeared was, “just a piece of circumstantial evidence.. It doesn’t mean at all that Ira Einhorn is responsible for her murder.” Prosecutor Joel Rosen said the evidence of Einhorn’s guilt is overwhelming.

October 16, 2002 – Three Dead at the Ministry of Environment – A provincial government worker who had lost his job at the Ministry of Environment returned to his office in Kamloops, British Columbia, with a gun, taking hostages in a standoff that left three men dead. The identities of the dead men were being withheld, and it’s unclear whether the 56-year-old rampager was among them.

October 16, 2002 – Mauro Antonello – A man in the northern Italian town of Chieri shot and killed his ex-wife and six others relatives and neighbors before turning the gun on himself. The gunman, Mauro Antonello, a 40-year-old construction worker, former security guard and gun collector, reportedly had a bitter breakup two years ago with his wife, 40-year-old Carla Bergamin.

October 14, 2002 – John E. Robinsons – Jurors in the trial of 58-year-old John E. Robinson watched a video of a sadomasochistic sex session between an alleged victim and the self-proclaimed Internet Slavemaster. The 40-minute video showed Robinson in a hotel room with Suzette Trouten, who performs sex acts and professes her allegiance to Robinson.

October 9, 2002 – Aileen Wuornos – Serial killer Aileen Wuornos was executed by lethal injection at 9:47 a.m. in Florida State Prison near Starke. Wuornos, 46, became the 10th woman executed in the United States since the death penalty resumed in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the Rock and I’ll be back like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, like the movie, big mothership and all. I’ll be back,” Wuornos, who found Christ in jail, said from the execution chamber.

October 3, 2002 – Possible DC-Area Rampage Killer – Five people were shot to death separately within a few miles of each other around the suburbs of Washington D.C. Authorities announced the killings, that occured over a 16-hour period, wer probably related. Investigators had not found any connection between the five victims.

October 3, 2002 – Robert Lee Yates – Convicted serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr. was sentenced to death in a Pierce County court for the murders of Melinda Mercer, 24, in 1997 and Connie LaFontaine Ellis, 35, in 1998. The two cases went to court after Pierce County prosecutors refused to sign off on the Spokane plea deal and charged Yates with aggravated first-degree murder, the state’s only capital crime.

October 2, 2002 – Nathaniel Bar-Jonah Confessed cannibal killer Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, accused of butchering a 10-year-old boy and feeding him to neighbors, won’t face murder and kidnapping charges because the alleged victim’s mother believes her son is still alive. Zachary Ramsay’s mother, Rachel Howard, said she was prepared to testify she did not believe Nathaniel Bar-Jonah had killed her son in 1996, prompting prosecutors to drop their case. “I did not want Bar-Jonah to be convicted of a crime that I did not believe he did,” Howard said.

September 25, 2002 – Robert Pickton – A spokesman for B.C. Supreme Court said a Canadian judge could throw U.S. reporters out of court if they defy any court ban on publishing details about Robert Pickton’s preliminary hearing on November 4. According to Canadian law, details of preliminary hearings cannot be published, but the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said they intend to ignore the ban.

“What could happen,” said Lloyd McKenzie, spokesman for B.C. Supreme Court justices, “is there would be security personnel checking identification, and if they are representatives of a foreign press, they could be told to leave. They could be told, ‘You are now in a Canadian jurisdiction.’ “Post-Intelligencer spokesman James Wright said: “We would treat this the same way we would if we were covering a case in Jakarta. We wouldn’t let the local government determine what we write at home.”

September 24, 2002 – Familicide in Lake Worth – Police in Lake Worth, Florida, aree searching for the nephew of a man found slain along with his girlfriend and her three children — including her pregnant daughter. Police idd not say how the victims were killed but they were trying to identify a suspect and a motive in the slayings. Lt. Susan Wellborn said they were searching for Michael Milan Roman, 29, who lived at the home where some of the bodies were found. The body of Carmen Valentin, 42, was discovered by police in a roadway in Lake Worth, about five miles south of West Palm Beach. Police originally thought she was the victim of a hit-and-run.

Then they found the body of Ismael Gomez, 52, inside a tarp-covered truck behind their home. Gomez lived in the home and was Valentin’s boyfriend of eight years. The bodies of Valentin’s three children — Juan Carlos Valentin, 17, Elizabeth Valentin, 22, and Damarus Valentin, 19, who was eight months pregnant — were found inside the house. Relatives said a note from Roman was also found in the house. “He said he was sorry that happened and that he was going to move,” said Angel Alicea, Carmen Valentin’s nephew.

January-July, 2002 – Morgue Archives – Previous entries to the Morgue Archives.


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Proven Unproven Famous Serial Killers Name 40000 100000 Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula) 218 250 Harold Frederick “Fred” Shipman aka Dr. Harold Shipman 200 600 Gilles de Rais 140 300 Luis Garavito 127 Dr. Jack Kevorkian aka Dr. Death 125 931 Thug Behram 100 Javed Iqbal 80 Bruno Ludke 80 650 Erzsebet Bathory / Elizabeth Bathory aka The Blood Countess 70 100 Pedro Rodrigues Filho aka “Pedrinho Matador” 67 100 Randy Steven Kraft 65 65 Yang Xinhai 57 300 Pedro Alonso Lopez – The Monster of the Andes 53 56 Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo 52 Anatoly Onoprienko 48 63 Alexander Pichushkin 42 Ahmad Suradji 41 Gerald Eugene Stano 40 W. Wagner, S. Meyer, M. Gruber and I. Leidolf 33 Vasili Komaroff 33 127 Fernando Hernandez Leyva 32 John Wayne Gacy 31 Karl Denke 30 100 Theodore Robert Bundy aka Ted Bundy 28 Patrick Kearney 27 200 Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry Howard Holmes aka H. H. Homles 26 38 Marcel Andr 25 Richard Angelo 25 Juan Vallejo Corona aka Juan Corona 24 Friedrich “Fritz” Haarmann aka Fritz Haarmann 17 Jeffrey Dahmer Aka. The Milwaukee Monster 16 Charles Ray Hatcher 15 Alvin & Judith Ann Neelley 15 Dennis Nilsen 15 Rosemary West 15 54 Robert William “Willie” Pickton 15 Frederick Walter Stephen West aka Fred West 14 John Paul Knowles 14 Richard Ramirez Aka. Night Stalker 13 Albert Henry DeSalvo Aka. The Boston Strangler 13 Peter William Sutcliffe aka Yorkshire Ripper aka Peter William Coonan 13 100 Carl Eugene “Coral” Watts, The Sunday Morning Slasher 12 20 Christopher Bernard Wilder 11 Charles Starkweather 11 3000 Henry Lee Lucas 11 Caril Ann Fugate 10 20 William Bonin 10 15 Jack Unterweger 9 15 David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam 8 30 Thomas Quick 8 9 Kendall Francois 8 8 Michael Bruce Ross 7 9 Dayton LeeRoy Rogers aka The Molalla Forest Murderer 5 37 Zodiac Killer 5 19 Charles Panzram aka Carl Panzram 5 30 Roy Norris 5 18 Harvey Carignan 5 Jack the Ripper 5

most notorious

These are not just the standard notorious murderers; these are some of the most horrific killers to have been found guilty of their crimes. They are on this list either because of the nature of their crime, or the sheer number of their killings. Graphic images are marked with [!]. In no particular order:

1. Gilles de Rais, Born 1404 [Crimelibrary]

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Gilles de Rais (a French nobleman) is considered to be the precursor to the modern serial killer. Before he began his killing spree, he rode as a military captain in the army lead by St Joan of Arc – though it is unlikely that she knew him. He was accused and ultimately convicted of torturing, raping and murdering dozens, if not hundreds, of young children, mainly boys.

According to surviving accounts, Rais lured children, mainly young boys who were blond haired and blue eyed (as he had been as a child), to his residences, and raped, tortured and mutilated them, often ejaculating, perhaps via masturbation, over the dying victim. He and his accomplices would then set up the severed heads of the children in order to judge which was the most fair. The precise number of Rais’s victims is not known, as most of the bodies were burned or buried. The number of murders is generally placed between 80 and 200; a few have conjectured numbers upwards of 600. The victims ranged in age from six to eighteen and included both sexes. Although Rais preferred boys, he would make do with young girls if circumstances required.

At the transcript of the trial, one of Gilles servants Henriet (an accomplice to his crimes) described the actions of his master, which were essentially:

Henriet soon began to collect children for his master, and was present whilst he massacred them. They were murdered invariably in one room at Machecoul. The marshal used to bathe in their blood; he was fond of making Gilles do Sillé, Pontou, or Henriet torture them, and he experienced intense pleasure in seeing them in their agonies. But his great passion was to welter in their blood. His servants would stab a child in the jugular vein, and let the blood squirt over him. The room was often steeped in blood. When the horrible deed was done, and the child was dead, the marshal would be filled with grief for what he had done, and would toss weeping and praying on a bed, or recite fervent prayers and litanies on his knees, whilst his servants washed the floor, and burned in the huge fireplace the bodies of the murdered children. With the bodies were burned the clothes and everything that had belonged to the little victims. An insupportable odour filled the room, but the Maréchal do Retz inhaled it with delight

Images: Castle of Machecoul

2. Richard Trenton Chase, Born 1950 [Crimelibrary]

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Richard Trenton Chase (May 23, 1950 – December 26, 1980) was an American serial killer who killed six people in the span of a month in California. He earned the nickname The Vampire of Sacramento due to his drinking of his victims’ blood and his cannibalism. He did this as part of a delusion that he needed to prevent Nazis from turning his blood into powder via poison they had planted beneath his soap dish.

On December 29, 1977, Chase killed his first victim in a drive-by shooting, Ambrose Griffin, a 51-year-old engineer and father of two. Chase’s next victim was Teresa Wallin. Three months pregnant, Teresa was surprised at her home by Chase, who shot her three times, killing her. He then had sex with the corpse and mutilated it, bathing in the dead woman’s blood. On January 27, Chase committed his final murders. Entering the home of 38-year-old Evelyn Miroth, he encountered her neighbor, Don Meredith, who he shot with the same .22 handgun. Stealing Meredith’s wallet and car keys, he rampaged through the house, fatally shooting Evelyn Miroth, her 6-year-old son Jason, and Miroth’s 22-month-old nephew, David. As with Teresa Wallin, Chase engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism with Miroth’s corpse. Chase returned to his home, where he drank David’s blood and ate several of the infant’s internal organs before disposing of the body at a nearby church. A witness saw him leaving the scene where he left perfect fingerprints and shoe-prints – leading to his arrest.

On May 8 Chase was found guilty of six counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to die in the gas chamber. Waiting to die, Chase became a feared presence in prison; the other inmates (including several gang members), aware of the graphic and bizarre nature of his crimes, feared him, and according to prison officials, they often tried to convince Chase to commit suicide. On December 26, 1980, a guard doing cell checks found Chase lying awkwardly on his bed, not breathing. An autopsy determined that he committed suicide with an overdose of prison doctor-prescribed antidepressants that he had been saving up over the last few weeks.

Images: [!] A victim

3. Jeffrey Dahmer, Born 1960 [Crimelibrary]

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Dahmer murdered at least 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with the majority of the murders occurring between 1989 and 1991. His murders were particularly gruesome, involving acts of forced sodomy, necrophilia, dismemberment, and cannibalism. Dahmer committed his first murder when he was 18, killing Steven Hicks, a 19 year-old hitchhiker. Dahmer invited Hicks to his house, and killed him because he “didn’t want him to leave.”

On September 25, 1988, he was arrested for sexually fondling a 13-year-old Laotian boy in Milwaukee, for which he served 10 months of a one year sentence in a work release camp. However, in 1988 there was not yet a law requiring offenders to register when convicted of a sex crime against a minor. He convinced the judge that he needed therapy, and he was released with a five-year probation on good behavior. Shortly thereafter, he began a string of murders that would end with his arrest in 1991.

In the early morning hours of May 27, 1991, 14-year-old Milwaukee Laotian Konerak Sinthasomphone (the younger brother of the boy Dahmer had molested) was discovered on the street, wandering nude. Reports of the boy’s injuries varied. Dahmer told police that they had an argument while drinking, and that Sinthasomphone was his 19 year-old lover. Against the teenager’s protests, police turned him over to Dahmer. They had no suspicions, but reported smelling a strange scent. That scent was later found to be bodies in the back of his room. Later that night Dahmer killed and dismembered Sinthasomphone, keeping his skull as a souvenir. By the summer of 1991, Dahmer was murdering approximately one person each week.

On July 22, 1991, Dahmer lured another man, Tracy (Traci) Edwards, into his home. According to the would-be victim, Dahmer struggled with Edwards in order to handcuff him. Edwards escaped and alerted a police car, with the handcuffs still hanging from one hand. Edwards led police back to Dahmer’s apartment. The story of Dahmer’s arrest and the gruesome inventory in his apartment quickly gained notoriety: several corpses were stored in acid-filled vats, severed heads were found in his refrigerator, and implements for the construction of an altar of candles and human skulls were found in his closet. Accusations soon surfaced that Dahmer had practiced necrophilia, cannibalism, and possibly a form of trepanation in order to create so-called “zombies.”

The court found Dahmer guilty on 15 counts of murder and sentenced him to 15 life terms, totalling 937 years in prison. At his sentencing hearing, Dahmer expressed remorse for his actions, also saying that he wished for his own death. On November 28, 1994, Dahmer and another inmate named Jesse Anderson were beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver while on work detail in the prison gym. Dahmer died from severe head trauma in the ambulance en route to the hospital.

Images: [!] A victim, [!] Parts of another victim

4. Albert Fish, Born 1870 [Crimelibrary]

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Albert Fish, also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria and possibly the Brooklyn Vampire, boasted that he molested over 100 children, and was a suspect in at least five killings. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide, and confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was put on trial for the murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed.

Fish was visited in prison by the mother of his victim Billy Gaffney to get more details about the death of her son. Fish said:

[I c]ut one of my belts in half, slit these halves in six strips about 8 inches long. I whipped his bare behind till the blood ran from his legs. I cut off his ears, nose, slit his mouth from ear to ear. Gouged out his eyes. He was dead then. I stuck the knife in his belly and held my mouth to his body and drank his blood. I picked up four old potato sacks and gathered a pile of stones. Then I cut him up. I had a grip with me. I put his nose, ears and a few slices of his belly in the grip. Then I cut him through the middle of his body. Just below the belly button. Then through his legs about 2 inches below his behind. I put this in my grip with a lot of paper. I cut off the head, feet, arms, hands and the legs below the knee.

In addition to this horrifying description, Fish confessed to eating parts of Billy:

I made a stew out of his ears, nose, pieces of his face and belly. I put onions, carrots, turnips, celery, salt and pepper. It was good. Then I split the cheeks of his behind open, cut off his monkey and pee wees and washed them first. I put strips of bacon on each cheek of his behind and put them in the oven. Then I picked 4 onions and when the meat had roasted about 1/4 hour, I poured about a pint of water over it for gravy and put in the onions. At frequent intervals I basted his behind with a wooden spoon. So the meat would be nice and juicy. In about 2 hours, it was nice and brown, cooked through. I never ate any roast turkey that tasted half as good as his sweet fat little behind did.

At his trial, several psychiatrists testified about Fish’s sexual fetishes, including coprophilia, urophilia, pedophilia and masochism. X-rays of Fish’s pelvis show needles which he inserted in to his skin for sexual pleasure.

Images: X-Ray of Fish’s pelvis, Closer view of the X-Ray, Cottage where one murder took place

5. Andrei Chikatilo, Born 1936 [Crimelibrary]

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Andrei Chikatilo was a Ukrainian serial killer, nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov and ‘The Red Ripper.’ He was convicted of the murder of 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990. In 1978, Chikatilo moved to Shakhty, a small coal mining town near Rostov, where he committed his first documented murder. On December 22, he lured a nine-year-old girl to an old house which he bought in secret from his family and attempted to rape her. When the girl struggled, he stabbed her to death. He ejaculated in the process of knifing the child, and from then on he was only able to achieve sexual arousal and orgasm through stabbing and slashing women and children to death. Despite evidence linking Chikatilo to the girl’s death, a young man, Alexsandr Kravchenko, was arrested and later tried and executed for the crime.

He established a pattern of approaching runaways and young vagrants at bus or railway stations and enticing them to leave. A quick trip into a nearby forest was the scene for the victim’s death. In 1983, he did not kill until June, but then he murdered four victims before September. The victims were all women and children. The adult females were often prostitutes or homeless tramps who could be lured with promises of alcohol or money. Chikatilo would usually attempt intercourse with these victims, but would usually be unable to get an erection, which would send him into a murderous fury. The child victims were of both sexes, and Chikatilo would lure them away with his friendly, talkative manner by promising them toys or candy. In the USSR at the time, reports of crimes like child rape and serial murder were often suppressed by the state-controlled media, as such crimes were regarded as being common only in “hedonistic capitalist nations.”

In 1988 Chikatilo resumed killing, generally keeping his activities far from the Rostov area. He murdered a woman in Krasny-Sulin in April and went on to kill another eight people that year, including two victims in Shakhty. Again there was a long lapse before Chikatilo resumed killing, murdering seven boys and two women between January and November of 1990. He was finally caught when trying to approach young children whilst under police surveillance. He went to trial on April 14, 1992. Despite his odd and disruptive behavior in court, he was judged fit to stand trial. During the trial he was famously kept in a cage in the center of the courtroom; it was constructed for his own protection from the relatives of the deceased. The trial had a very disturbing atmosphere. The relatives kept shouting threats and insults to Chikatilo, demanding the authorities to release him so that they could execute him on their own. He was found guilty of 52 of the 53 murders and sentenced to death for each offense.

He was executed by firing squad (shot in the back of the head) on February 14, 1994 after Russian president Boris Yeltsin refused a last ditch appeal by Chikatilo for clemency.

Images: [!] Head of a victim, [!] Body of a victim

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6. Joachim Kroll, Born 1933 [Crimelibrary]

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Kroll was a German serial killer and cannibal. He was known as the Ruhr Cannibal (Ruhrkannibale), and the Duisburg Man-Eater (Duisburger Menschenfresser). He was convicted of eight murders but confessed to a total of 13.

On July 3, 1976, Kroll was arrested for kidnapping and killing a four-year-old girl named Marion Ketter. As police went from home to home, a neighbor approached a policeman and told him that the waste-pipe in his apartment building had blocked up, and when he had asked his neighbor, Kroll, whether he knew what had been blocking the pipe, Kroll had simply replied; “Guts”. Upon this report, the police went up to Kroll’s apartment and found the body of the Ketter girl cut up: some parts were in the fridge, a hand was cooking in a pan of boiling water and the intestines were found stuck in the waste-pipe.

Kroll said that he often sliced portions of flesh from his victims to cook and eat them, claiming that he did this to save on his grocery bills. In custody, he believed that he was going to get a simple operation to cure him of his homicidal urges and would then be released from prison. Instead he was charged with eight murders and one attempted murder. In April 1982, after a 151-day trial, he was convicted on all counts and was given nine life sentences.
He died of a heart attack in 1991 in the prison of Rheinbach, near Bonn.

7. Dennis Rader, Born 1945 [Crimelibrary]

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Rader is an American serial killer who murdered at least 10 people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita), Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. He was known as the BTK killer (or the BTK strangler), which stands for Bind, Torture and Kill, an apt description of his modus operandi. Letters were written soon after the killings to police and to local news outlets, boasting of the crimes and knowledge of details. After a long hiatus these letters resumed in 2004, leading to his arrest in 2005 and subsequent conviction.

Using personal jargon for his killing equipment, Rader casually described his victims as his “projects” and at one point likened his murders to euthanizing animals by saying he “put them down.” Rader created what he called a “hit kit,” a briefcase or bowling bag containing the items he would use during murders: guns, tape, rope and handcuffs. He also packed what he called “hit clothes” that he would wear for the crimes and then dispose of. Rader bound, tortured, and killed his victims. Rader would strangle his victims until they lost consciousness, then let them revive, then strangle them again. He would repeat the pattern over and over again, forcing them to experience near-death, becoming sexually aroused at the sight of their struggles. Finally, Rader would strangle them to death and masturbate to ejaculation into an article of their clothing, usually underwear.

Rader was particularly known for sending taunting letters to police and newspapers. There were several communications from BTK during 1974 to 1979. The first was a letter that had been stashed in an engineering book in the Wichita Public Library in October 1974 that described in detail the killing of the Otero family in January of that year. In early 1978 he sent another letter to television station KAKE in Wichita claiming responsibility for the murders of the Oteros, Shirley Vian, Nancy Fox and another unidentified victim assumed to be Kathryn Bright. He suggested a number of possible names for himself, including the one that stuck: BTK

A sample of one of his letters:

The victims are tie up-most have been women-phone cut- bring some bondage mater sadist tendencies-no struggle, outside the death spot-no wintness except the Vain’s Kids. They were very lucky; a phone call save them. I was go-ng to tape the boys and put plastics bag over there head like I did Joseph, and Shirley. And then hang the girl. God-oh God what a beautiful sexual relief that would been. Josephine, when I hung her really turn me on; her pleading for mercy then the rope took whole, she helpless; staring at me with wide terror fill eyes the rope getting tighter-tighter.

Rader plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison – a sentence he is currently still serving.

Images: [!] Bound neck of victim, [!] Body of another victim, [!] Clothed body of bound victim, [!] Bound in grave

8. John Haigh, Born 1909 [Crimelibrary]

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John George Haigh (July 24, 1909 — August 10, 1949), the “Acid Bath Murderer”, was a serial killer in England during the 1940s. He was convicted of the murders of six people, although he claimed to have killed a total of nine, dissolving their bodies in sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money. He acted under the mistaken belief that police needed a body before they could bring a charge of murder. As a consequence, he was convicted through forensic evidence and executed on August 10, 1949.

After hiring rooms in Glouster Road, London, he bumped into an old wealthy boss William McSwann in the Goat pub in Kensington. McSwann introduced Haigh to his parents, Donald and Amy, who mentioned that they had invested in property. On 6 September, 1944, McSwann disappeared. Haigh later said he hit him over the head after luring him into a basement at 79 Gloucester Road, London SW7. He then put McSwann’s body into a 40-gallon drum and tipped sulphuric acid on to it. Two days later he returned to find the body had become sludge, which he poured down a manhole.

He told McSwann’s parents their son had fled to Scotland to avoid being called up for military service. Haigh then took over McSwann’s and when Don and Amy become curious about why their son had not returned after the war was coming to an end, he murdered them too. On July 2, 1945, he lured them to Gloucester Road and disposed of them.

Detectives soon discovered Haigh’s record of theft and fraud and searched the workshop. Police not only found Haigh’s attaché case containing a dry cleaner’s receipt for Mrs Durand-Deacon’s coat, but also papers referring to the Hendersons and McSwanns. Further investigation of the sludge at the workshop by the pathologist Keith Simpson revealed three human gallstones.

It was reported that Haigh, in the condemned cell at Wandsworth Prison, asked one of his jailers, Jack Morwood, whether it would be possible to have a trial run of his hanging so everything would run smoothly. It is likely his request went no further, or, if it did, the request was denied. Whatever the case, Haigh was led to the gallows by Chief Executioner Albert Pierrepoint on August 10, 1949.

9. Javed Iqbal, Born 1956 [Crimelibrary]

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Javed Iqbal Mughal (1956?-2001) was a serial killer from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. He claimed he killed 100 boys during an 18 month period. He had been arrested in June 1998 for sexually abusing 2 boys for money. He went off on bail, and began murdering boys shortly afterwards. Iqbal found boys on the street, charmed them into his confidence, and then drugged, raped, and strangled them. He then cut the body into pieces and put them in a vat filled with hydrochloric acid. Once all of the remains were liquified, he dumped them. He first used the sewer, until neighbors complained of an acrid stench. He then decided to use the Ravi River. The partially liquified remains of two boys, one of whom was named Ijaz, were the only ones found of Iqbal’s victims. He kept the rest in an acid drum outside his house. He also kept clothing and shoes as trophies of his crimes. When he got to his fiftieth victim, he started taking pictures of them.

No one had noticed the disappearance of the boys that Iqbal killed. Iqbal claimed that he could have killed 500 if he had wanted to. He reportedly said “I am Javed Iqbal, killer of 100 children … I hate this world, I am not ashamed of my action and I am ready to die. I have no regrets. I killed 100 children.”

From a letter written by Iqbal:

“I had sexually assaulted 100 children before killing them,” read the first placard. “All the details of the murders are contained in the diary and the 32-page notebook that have been placed in the room and had also been sent to the authorities. This is my confessional statement.”

Iqbal was sentenced to death by hanging, although the judge said he would have liked Iqbal to be strangled 100 times, cut into 100 pieces, and put him in acid. Before this sentence could be carried out, he was found strangled with his bed sheets in his prison cell on October 7, 2001. One of his accomplices, Sajid, was also strangled. Pakistani authorities say that the men committed suicide. Another accomplice had previously fallen to his death from a CIA window.

10. Ted Bundy, Born 1946 [Crimelibrary]

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heodore Robert ‘Ted’ Bundy (November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) is one of the most infamous serial killers in U.S. history. Bundy raped and murdered scores of young women across the United States between 1974 and 1978. After more than a decade of vigorous denials, Bundy eventually confessed to 30 murders, although the actual total of victims remains unknown. Typically, Bundy would rape then murder his victims by bludgeoning, and sometimes by strangulation. He also engaged in necrophilia.

He would approach a potential victim in a public place, even in daylight or in a crowd, as when he abducted Ott and Naslund at Lake Sammamish or when he kidnapped Leach from her school. Bundy had various ways of gaining a victim’s trust. Sometimes, he would feign injury, wearing his arm in a sling or wearing a fake cast, as in the murders of Hawkins, Rancourt, Ott, Naslund, and Cunningham. At other times Bundy would impersonate an authority figure; he pretended to be a policeman when approaching Carol DaRonch. The day before he killed Kimberly Leach, Bundy approached another young Florida girl pretending to be “Richard Burton, Fire Department,” but left hurriedly after her older brother arrived.

After luring a victim to his car, Bundy would hit her in the head with a crowbar he had placed underneath his Volkswagen or hidden inside it. Every recovered skull, except for that of Kimberly Leach, showed signs of blunt force trauma. Bundy often would drink alcohol prior to finding a victim.

On death row, Bundy admitted to decapitating at least a dozen of his victims with a hacksaw. He kept the severed heads later found on Taylor Mountain in his room or apartment for some time before finally disposing of them. Bundy also confessed to visiting his victims’ bodies over and over again at the Taylor Mountain body dump site. He stated that he would lie with them for hours, applying makeup to their corpses and having sex with their decomposing bodies until putrefaction forced him to abandon the remains.

Despite having five court-appointed lawyers, he insisted on acting as his own attorney and even cross-examined witnesses, including the police officer who had discovered Margaret Bowman’s body. The Judge, when passing sentence said:

“It is ordered that you be put to death by a current of electricity, that current be passed through your body until you are dead. Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity as I’ve experienced in this courtroom. You’re an intelligent young man. You’d have made a good lawyer, and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner. Take care of yourself. I don’t feel any animosity toward you. I want you to know that. Once again, take care of yourself.”

Bundy was executed in the Electric Chair at 7:06 a.m. local time on January 24, 1989. His last words were “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”

Images: [!] Head of a victim, [!] Another victim, [!] Bundy after his execution

Notable mentions: John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Herman Mudgett


definition

Serial killers are people who, on multiple occasions spread over time, murder victims who are generally unknown to them beforehand.

Their crimes are committed as a result of a compulsion that, in many but not all cases, has roots in the killer’s (often dysfunctional) youth, as opposed to those who are motivated by financial gain (e.g., contract killers) or ideological/political motivations (e.g., terrorism, democide). Many times this compulsion is linked to the individual’s sexual drive.

Some research suggests that damage to certain regions of the brain (hypothalamus, the temporal lobe, and/or the limbic brain) or genetic traits passed down from abusive mothers can also play a part in the behavior of serial killers.

Defining serial murder

The term serial killer is widely believed to have been coined either by FBI agent Robert Ressler or by Dr. Robert D. Keppel in the 1970s (the credit for the term is still disputed). Serial killer entered the popular vernacular in large part due to the well-publicized crimes of Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) in the middle years of that decade.

The term allows criminologists to distinguish those who kill several people over a long period of time from those who kill several people during a single event (mass murderers). A third type of multiple killer is a spree killer.

The following are brief definitions of these three types:

  • A serial killer is someone who commits three or more murders over an extended period of time with cooling-off periods in between. In between their crimes, they appear to be quite normal, a state which Hervey Cleckley and psychologist Robert Hare call the “mask of sanity.” There is frequently — but not always — a sexual element to the murders.
  • A mass murderer, on the other hand, is an individual who kills three or more people in a single event and in one location. The perpetrators sometimes commit suicide, meaning knowledge of their state of mind and what triggers their actions is often left to more speculation than fact. Mass murderers who are caught sometimes claim they cannot clearly remember the event.
  • A spree killer commits multiple murders in different locations over a period of time that may vary from a few hours to several days. Unlike serial killers, however, they do not revert to their normal behavior in between slayings.

All of the above types of crimes are usually carried out by solitary individuals. There have been examples in all three categories in which two or more perpetrators have acted together. Author Michael Newton states that this happens in about a third of the cases. Lee Boyd Malvo and John Muhammad are prime examples. Both are known for the Beltway sniper attacks.

There are other types of multiple killings as well, although they often involve larger organizations than two or three perpetrators: genocide and terrorist attacks.

Serial killers are generally, but not always, male. Noted female exceptions include Aileen Wuornos, Myra Hindley and Erzsébet Báthory.

Serial killers are specifically motivated by a variety of psychological urges, primarily power and sexual compulsion. They often have feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness, sometimes owing to humiliation and abuse in childhood or the pressures of poverty and low socioeconomic status in adulthood, and their crimes compensate for this and provide a sense of potency and often social revenge, by giving them a feeling of power, both at the time of the actual killing and also afterwards for power-control killers. The knowledge that their actions terrify entire communities and often baffle police adds to this sense of power. This motivational aspect separates them from contract killers and other multiple murderers who are motivated by profit. For example, in Scotland during the 1820s, William Burke and William Hare murdered people in what became known as the “Case of the Body Snatchers.” They would not count as serial killers by most criminologists’ definitions, however, because their motive was economic. Of course, people do things for multiple motivations.

In some cases, a serial killer will plead not guilty by reason of insanity in a court of law. This defense is almost uniformly unsuccessful. In most US jurisidictions (i.e., the states), the legal definition of insanity is still generally based upon the classic common law “right or wrong” test delineated by an English court in the 1843 M’Naghten case. The M’Naghten rule, as it’s generally known in the legal profession, hinges upon whether the defendant knows the difference between morality (right and wrong) at the time of the offense. With serial killers, extensive premeditation, combined with lack of any obvious delusions or hallucinations that would hinder the defendant’s ability to elude detection after committing multiple murders, make this defense extremely difficult.

The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics defines a serial killing as: “involving the killing of several victims in three or more separate events.” This definition is especially close to that of a spree killer, and perhaps the primary difference between the two is that a serial killer has a cooling-off period. They will commit a murder and temporarily feel sated until they feel their homicidal urges resurface. The time period between murders can vary between a few days to several years and will often decrease the longer the offender goes uncaught. For example, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered his second victim nine years after his first, but his last eight victims were murdered in a span of just seven months. Spree killers, on the other hand, do not have a cooling-off period and are in a state of constant hunting until they are caught or killed, even though their murder spree may sometimes extend to a period of several months.

Serial killers frequently have extreme sadistic urges. Ones who lack the ability to empathize with the suffering of others are frequently called psychopathic or sociopathic, terms which have been renamed among professional psychologists as antisocial personality disorder. Some serial killers engage in lust and torture murder, loosely defined terms involving, respectively, mutilation for sexual pleasure and killing victims slowly over a prolonged period of time.

Psychology and development

Most serial killers have dysfunctional backgrounds. Frequently they are physically, sexually or psychologically abused as children. There can be a close correlation between their childhood abuse and their crimes. It is often impossible to know exactly what happened in any individual’s childhood, so some killers may deny having been abused, while others may falsely claim they were abused in an attempt to gain sympathy or tell psychologists what they want to hear.

The element of fantasy in serial killer’s development cannot be overemphasized. They often begin fantasizing about murder during or even before adolescence. Their fantasy lives are very rich and they daydream compulsively about domination, submission and murder, usually with very specific elements to the fantasy that will eventually be apparent in their real crimes. Others enjoy reading stories of sadism, packed with rape, torture and murder.

Some serial killers display one or more of what are known as the “MacDonald Triad” of warning signs in childhood. These are:

  • Fire starting, invariably just for the thrill of destroying things.
  • Cruelty to animals (related to “zoosadism”). Most children can be cruel to animals, such as pulling the legs off of spiders, but future serial killers often kill larger animals, like dogs and cats, and frequently for their solitary enjoyment rather than to impress peers.
  • Bedwetting beyond the age when children normally grow out of such behavior.

Many experts have claimed that once serial killers start they cannot (or only rarely) stop. Recently this view has been called into question as new serial killers are caught through methods that were previously unavailable, such as DNA testing. Some argue that those who are unable to control their homicidal impulses are more easily caught and thus overrepresented in the statistics.

Prevalence

There have been conflicting reports as to the extent of serial murder. The FBI claimed in the 1980s that at any particular time there were roughly 35 active serial killers in the United States, meaning that the serial killers in question have committed their first murders but have not yet been apprehended or stopped by other means (e.g., suicide or a natural death).

This figure has often been exaggerated. In his 1990 book Serial Killers: The Growing Menace, Joel Norris claimed that there were five hundred serial killers active at any one time in the United States, claiming five thousand victims a year, which would be approximately a quarter of known homicides in the country. Some have argued that those who study or write about serial killers, be they employed in the judicial profession orjournalists, have a vested interest in exaggerating the threat of such offenders.

In terms of reported cases, there appear to be far more serial killers active in developed Western nations than elsewhere. Template:Citation neededThere are several reasons that may contribute to this:

  • Detection techniques in developed nations are better. Multiple victims of one offender are quickly identified as being linked, so the apprehension of the offender comes more quickly than in a nation where the police are generally more underfunded and have fewer resources.Template:Citation needed
  • Developed nations have a highly competitive news media, so cases are reported more quickly.
  • The United States and Western Europe have avoided the large-scale, state-sanctioned censorship that news outlets in certain nations have, in which stories related to serial murder have been suppressed. An example of this is the case in Ukraine of serial murderer Andrei Chikatilo, whose murder spree continued largely unreported and poorly investigated by police in the former Soviet Union due to the idea that only supposedly corrupt capitalistic Western countries bred such killers. After the collapse of the USSR, there were a number of reportsTemplate:Citation needed of prolific serial killers whose crimes had previously been hidden from the West behind the Iron Curtain.
  • Cultural differences could account for a larger number of serial killers, not just a larger number of reported cases.

Serial murder before 1900

Although the phenomenon of serial murder is generally regarded as a modern one, it can be traced back in history, albeit with a limited degree of accuracy.

In the 15th century, one of the wealthiest men in France, Gilles de Rais, is said to have abducted, raped and murdered at least a hundred young boys. The |Hungarian aristocrat Elizabeth Báthory was arrested in 1610 and subsequently charged with torturing and butchering as many as 600 young girls. Although both De Rais and Báthory were reportedly sadistic and addicted to murder, they differ from typical modern-day serial killers in that they were both rich and powerful. Based upon the lack of established police forces and active news media during those centuries, it may very well be that there were plenty of other serial killers at that time who were either not identified or not publicized as well.

Some historical criminologists have suggested that there may have been serial murders throughout history, but specific cases were not adequately recorded. Some sources suggest that legends such as werewolves and vampires were inspired by medieval serial killers.Template:Citation needed

In his famous 1886 book Psychopathica Sexualis, Richard von Krafft-Ebing notes a case of serial murder in the 1870s, that of an Italian man named Eusebius Pieydagnelle who had a sexual obsession with blood and confessed to murdering six people. The unidentified Jack the Ripper killer slaughtered prostitutes in London in 1888. Those crimes gained enormous press attention because London was the center of the world’s greatest superpower at the time, so having such dramatic murders of financially destitute women in the midst of such wealth focused the news media’s attention on the plight of the urban poor and gained coverage worldwide. Joseph Vacher was executed in France in 1898 after confessing to killing and mutilating 11 women and children, while American serial killer H. H. Holmes was hanged in Philadelphia in 1896 after confessing to 27 murders.

Types of serial killer

Organized and disorganized types

The FBI has roughly categorized serial killers into two different types: organized and disorganized.

  • Organized types are usually of high intelligence and plan their crimes quite methodically, usually abducting victims, killing them in one place and disposing of them in another. They will often lure the victims with ploys appealing to their sense of sympathy. For example, Ted Bundy would put his arm in a fake plaster cast and ask women to help him carry books to his car, where he would beat them unconscious with the cast and spirit them away. Others specifically target prostitutes, who are likely to voluntarily go with a serial killer posing as a customer. They maintain a high degree of control over the crime scene, and usually have a good knowledge of forensic science that enables them to cover their tracks, such as by burying the body or weighting it down and sinking it in a river. They follow their crimes in the media carefully and often take pride in their actions, as if it were a grand project. The organized killer is usually socially adequate and has friends and lovers, often even a spouse and children. They are the type who, when captured, are most likely to be described by acquaintances as “a really nice guy” who “wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Some serial killers go to lengths to make their crimes difficult to discover, such as falsifying suicide notes, setting up others to take the blame for their crimes, and faking gang warfare. The case of Harold Shipman, an English family doctor, is slightly unusual in that his social position and occupation was such that he was able to portray victims as having died of natural causes; between 1971 and 1998 he killed at least 250, and possibly well over 400, of his own mostly elderly patients – and until very near the end of his rampage it was not even suspected that any crimes had been committed.
  • Disorganized types are often of low intelligence and commit their crimes impulsively. Whereas the organized killer will specifically set out to hunt a victim, the disorganized will murder someone whenever the opportunity arises, rarely bothering to dispose of the body but instead just leaving it at the same place in which they found the victim. They usually carry out “blitz” attacks, leaping out and attacking their victims without warning, and will typically perform whatever rituals they feel compelled to carry out (e.g., necrophilia, mutilation, etc.) once the victim is dead. They rarely bother to cover their tracks but may still evade capture for some time because of a level of cunning that compels them to keep on the move. They are often socially inadequate with few friends, and they may have a history of mental problems and be regarded by acquaintances as eccentric or even “a bit creepy.” They have little insight into their crimes and may even block out the memories of the killings.

A significant number of serial killers show certain aspects of both organized and disorganized types, although usually the characteristics of one type will dominate. Some killers descend from being organized into disorganized behavior as their killings continue. They will carry out careful and methodical murders at the start, but as their compulsion grows out of control and utterly dominates their lives, they will become careless and impulsive.

Motive types

The organized and disorganized model relates to the killer’s methods. With regards to motives, they can be placed into five different categories:

Visionary

Contrary to popular opinion, serial killers are rarely insane or motivated by hallucinations and/or voices in their heads. Many claim to be, usually as a way of trying to get acquitted by reason of insanity. There are, however, a few genuine cases of serial killers who were compelled by such delusions.

Herbert Mullin slaughtered 13 people after voices told him that murder was necessary to prevent California from suffering an earthquake. (Mullin went to great pains to point out that California did indeed avoid an earthquake during his murder spree.)

Ed Gein claimed that by eating the corpses of women who looked like his deceased mother, he could preserve his mother’s soul inside his body. He killed two women who bore passing resemblances to his mother, eating one and being apprehended while in the process of preparing the second woman’s body for consumption. He also used the flesh of exhumed corpses to fashion a “woman suit” for himself so that he could “become” his mother, and carried on conversations with himself in a falsetto voice. After his arrest he was placed in a mental facility for the remainder of his life.

Mission oriented

These serial killers believe that their acts are justified on the basis that they are getting rid of a certain type of people (often prostitutes or members of a certain ethnic group). They believe that they are doing society a big favor. Robert Pickton of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, is accused of being this type of killer. He is currently charged with the murders of 27 prostitutes from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and is suspected in the deaths of up to 30 more.

Hedonistic

This type kills for the sheer pleasure of it, although what aspect they enjoy varies. Some may enjoy the actual “chase” of hunting down a victim more than anything, while others may be primarily motivated by the act of torturing and abusing the victim while they are alive. Yet others may kill the victim quickly, almost as if it were a chore, and then indulge in necrophilia or cannibalism with the body. Usually there is a strong sexual aspect to the crimes, even if it may not be immediately obvious, but some killers obtain a surge of excitement that is not necessarily sexual, such as David Berkowitz, who got a thrill out of shooting young couples in cars at random and then running away without ever physically touching the victims.

Gain motivated

Most criminals who commit multiple murders for material ends (such as mob hit men) are not classed as serial killers, because they are motivated by greed or economic gain rather than psychopathological compulsion. There is a fine line separating such killers, however. For example, Marcel Petiot, who operated in Nazi-occupied France, would classify as a serial killer. He posed as a member of the [rench Resistance and lured wealthy Jewish people to his home, claiming he could smuggle them out of the country. Instead he murdered them and stole their belongings, killing 63 people before he was finally caught. Although Petiot's primary motivation was materialistic, few would deny that a man willing to slaughter so many people simply to acquire a few dozen suitcases of clothes and jewelry was a compulsive killer and psychopath.

Power/control

This is the most common serial killer. Their main objective for killing is to gain and exert power over their victim. Such killers are sometimes abused as children, which means they feel incredibly powerless and inadequate, and often they indulge in rituals that are linked, often very specifically, to forms of abuse they suffered themselves. One killer, for example, forced young girls to perform oral sex on him, after which he would spank the girl before finally strangling her. After capture, the killer claimed that when he was a child his older sister would force him to perform oral sex on her, then she would spank him in order to terrify him into not telling their parents.Template:Citation needed The ritual he performed with his victims would negate the humiliation he felt from his abuse as a child, although such relief would only be temporary, and like other such killers, he would soon feel compelled to repeat his actions until eventual capture. (The vast majority of child abuse victims do not become serial killers, of course, meaning that such abuse is not regarded as the sole trigger of such crimes in these cases.) Many power/control-motivated killers sexually abuse their victims, but they differ from hedonistic killers in that rape is not motivated by lust but as simply another form of dominating the victim.

Some serial killers may seem to have characteristics of more than one type. For example, British killer Peter Sutcliffe appeared to be both a visionary and a mission-oriented killer in that he claimed voices told him to clean up the streets of prostitutes.

Alternatively, another school of thought classifies motive as being either: need, greed or power. That said, all crime can be divided into one of these three categories.

Why are serial killers not caught more quickly?

It is possible that many would-be serial killers are apprehended before they kill the three or more victims required to qualify them as such in the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Similarly, it is certain that some are detained under mental health regulations and do not directly answer for their crimes. Others go on to kill many more people over years without being apprehended.

Serial killers, despite the media attention, commit only a tiny fraction of all murders in any time period. Murder is usually either a crime of personal relationships and short intense emotion, or an unintended consequence of other crimes. Because of this, most murders are comparatively simple to solve; in most familial deaths, the murderer makes little effective effort to conceal the crime and confesses easily; in other cases, the murderer is usually a local or is known to the police. These assumptions, with which any law enforcement officer naturally approaches a single murder, are barriers to catching a serial killer.

Another barrier to serial killers' early capture is their diverse backgrounds, choices of victim, and methods of killing. They almost never have any links to their victims—they pick by whim or impulse, seeking types or opportunity rather than any easily detectable link. As noted above, organized offenders can take steps to minimize the evidence they leave behind, and commit crimes away from their locale. It can take a number of murders before a serial killer is even suspected.

Even if a serial killer is known to be operating, it is difficult to catch the culprit. Potential victims can be identified only by broad type, and generic area warnings produce little more than fear and misdirected violence.

In addition, police departments are often reluctant to admit they have a serial killer on their hands due to the immediate public pressure on them to catch them that immediately ensues. Law enforcement departments are known to try and "wait it out" hoping the killer will move to another jurisdiction, rather than publicly admit they have a killer on their hands.

The commonality of habitual traits of serial killers allows the construction of a psychological profile. This allows targeted interviewing of suspects, although there are often a large number of entirely innocent individuals who have some match to the profile. Also, some serial killers are skilled at concealing their true selves behind a charming facade.

Unfortunately, profiles are built upon historical precedents of known serial killers that sometimes do not accurately model actual culprits. Such problems plagued the hunt for the D.C. sniper John Muhammad and [ [John Lee Malvo]], whose initial profile indicated a Caucasian male. A different problem plagued the hunt for Aileen Wuornos in Florida’s “Highway Killer” case; police initially believed the killer to be male.

Serial killer investigations sometimes reveal an unsatisfactory side to law enforcement; inertia, incompetence, bureaucracy, mismanagement, agency “turf wars”, missed opportunities, racial or gender bias, and other failures can slow down the investigation and, indirectly, allow further murders.

While there is a public misconception that serial killers generally want to be discovered, in most instances this is not the case, as serial killers will often go to great lengths to prevent capture or to push police and investigators towards the wrong subjects.

Serial killers in popular culture

Because of the horrific nature of their crimes, their highly varied personalities and profiles, and their ability to evade detection and kill many victims before finally being captured and imprisoned, serial killers have quickly become something of a cult favorite, and have been featured in many novels, movies, songs, comic books, true crime works, video games and other media.

The public’s fascination with serial killers has led to many successful crime novels and films about fictional serial killers, including Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho; and especially Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs and Academy Award-winning movie adaptation, whose main antagonist, the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, is a cultural icon. The character John Doe, from the movie Se7en, is another well-known fictional serial killer.


Statistics

Serial killers tend to be white, heterosexual males in their twenties and thirties who are sexually dysfunctional and have low self-esteem. Their methodical rampages are almost always sexual in nature. Their killings are usually part of an elaborate fantasy that builds to a climax at the moment of their murderous outburst. Serial killers generally murder strangers with cooling off periods between each crime. Many enjoy cannibalism, necrophilia and keep trophy-like body parts as mementos of their work. Serial killers are sadistic in nature. Some return to crime scenes or grave sites of their victims to fantasize about their deeds. Many like to insert themselves in the investigation of their crimes and some enjoy taunting authorities with letters or carefully placed pieces of evidence.

Serial killers tend to prey on women and children of their same race. Prostitutes, drifters and hitchhikers are their victims of choice. Some homosexual killers enjoy hunting young boys and gay men. Female serial killers tend to be “black widows” who kill a succession of husbands, lovers, or other family members. They can also be nurses or other medical professionals who become self-appointed “angels of death” murdering babies, elderly, or the desperately ill in a misguided effort to relieve their suffering. Most serial killers grew up in violent households. As youngsters they enjoyed torturing animals, setting fires and were chronic bed-wetters. As adults, many serial have some type of brain damage and are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.

Pedro Alonso Lopez (300+) Meet the deadliest serial killer of the Archives. Pedro was known as the “Monster of the Andes” after the impressive numbers of hits he tallied in his three-nation killing spree. A native of Colombia, his prostitute mother kicked him out of their home at age eight for fondling his younger sister. Adding insult to injury he was then picked up by a pedophile and sodomized against his will. By the time he was eighteen he was gang banged in prison and retaliated by killing three of his assailants.

Upon his release he started killing young girls with glee and impunity. By 1978 he claimed to have bagged more than 100 girls in Peru. After a brush with an angry village mob he moved his activities to Colombia and Ecuador where his blood lust averaged about three kills a week. He found killing Ecuadorian girls quite enjoyable because they were “more gentle and trusting, more innocent.” Authorities attributed the rash of disappearing girls to active slavery or prostitution rings in the area.

In 1980 a flash flood uncovered the first of his victims. When he was arrested he told his interrogators the frightening tale of his reign of death. At first authorities were skeptical, but all doubts disappeared when he quickly produced more than fifty graves. It is widely believed that three hundred hits is a low estimate for this most prolific serial killer.

Henry Lee Lucas & Ottis Toole (6-200+) The Tag Team from Hell: the Sadist King and the Generalissimo of Pain. The numbers speak for themselves. As a kid, Henry was the poster child of the “Future Serial Killer Club.” His alcoholic father, called “No Legs” because of a chance encounter with a freight train, killed himself after repeatedly being humiliated by his abusive wife. When little Henry sliced an eye while playing with a knife with his brother, his bootlegging, prostitute mother — Viola Lucas — left his gashed orb unattended for days until it eventually withered and had to be removed by a doctor. Once mom beat him so severely with a piece of wood that he lay in a semi-conscious state for three days before Viola’s boyfriend decide to take him to a local hospital. Another time, she cruelly decided to send Hank to school in a dress and with his hair curled.

Years later, in a drunken binge, Henry stuck a knife in his mother’s back and proceeded to rape her dead corpse. Later, like on many other occasions, he recanted his act of inscestuous necrophilia. He got 40 years for matricide, but was out after 10. Free again, Henry launched his stellar career as the nation’s most notorious random killer.

In 1976, after a chance meeting in a Jacksonville soup kitchen, he joined up with a part-time transvestite and deeply psychotic retard, Ottis Toole, to carry out numerous homicidal escapades. Ottis had a taste for human flesh and had many of his victims for dinner. Henry, however, was not a cannibal because, he said, he disliked the taste of Ottis’ barbecue sauce. He was more of a sadist and a necrophile, preferring sex with mutilated bodies and live or dead animals.

The consummate killer couple, they enjoyed picking up hitchhikers to satisfy their lust for blood. Sometimes, when they didn’t want to go through the hassle of killing and disposing of their prey, they would just run over the occasional hitchhiker and continue on their merry way. These lethal lovebirds parted ways after Ottis’ niece, Becky Powell, shacked up with Henry at the age of seven. The unfortunate lassie was found at the age of fifteen dismembered, stuffed in pillowcases and strewn over a field.

After his arrest, Lucas toured the country as a star killer uncovering evidence of his handiwork for local police departments. In 1985, Dallas Times-Herald journalist, Hugh Aynesworth, claimed their reign of terror was a hoax and that overzealous detectives fed the would-be killers many details of their crimes. Henry and Ottis confessed to more than 600 killings in 26 states. Henry even claimed to have carried the poison to Guyana as a favor to his good friend Jim Jones.

Many investigators still believe that Lucas — a fifth-grade dropout — was responsible for just a couple of murders and the real criminals were the officers who fed him information on unresolved cases and coerced confessions. Serial killer expert Robert Ressler believes Henry might be responsible for as little as five killings. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

To many investigators’ surprise one of Henry’s earliest alleged victims, a Virginia schoolteacher, was found alive and kicking as he was charged with her murder. Not one to hold back his most outrageous boasts, he claimed to have committed murders in Spain and Japan eventhough there’s no evidence suggesting he ever left the United States.

Some of the crimes, he said, were committed under orders from the Satanic cult, the “Hand of Death.” After confessing to over 300 hits, Hank recanted it all only to confess again when he became born-agai. As he awaits execution on Death Row in Texas, Hank still mentions bits and pieces of evidence linking him to numerous killings in 18 states.

Meanwhile back in Florida, Ottis was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and his death sentence was commuted to six consecutive life termss. In prison Ottis confessed and later recanted killing 6-year-old Adam Walsh, whose 1981 disappearance outside a Hollywood, Florida, mall set off a nationwide manhunt and launched the TV career of his father, John Walsh, as the creator and host of the Fox television series “America’s Most Wanted.”

On September 15, 1996, Ottis died in a prison hospital of liver failure. Walsh, who repeatedly criticized the police handling of his son’s case, questioned why investigators did not try to interview Toole on his deathbed or try for another confession. Speaking from prison after Ottis’ death, Lucas said Toole killed Adam and later showed him the remains of the boy in a shallow grave. “I got sick about it. I said let’s get the hell out of here.”

On March 31, 1998, Texas State District Judge John Carter set June 30 as the execution date for Henry Lee. Although his many confessions, he was sentenced to death for the 1979 murder of a female hitchhiker known as “Orange Socks” for the only item of clothing left on her body. During many of his detractions Lucas claimed that he was working as a roofer in Florida when the hitchhiker was killed. No execution date had been set for Lucas until now. He was granted a stay in September 1995 so his claims of false confessions could be investigated. The stay was lifted a year later.

On June 27, 1998 Governor George W. Bush spared Henry’s life because of overwhelming evidence proving that Henry was not in Texas when “Orange Socks” was murdered. Although Lucas confessed to killing her, work records and a cashed paycheck indicated he was in Florida at the time of the murder. Bush issued the reprieve on the recommendation of the state parole board. “I can only thank them for believing the truth and having guts enough for standing up for what’s right,” Lucas said from death row.

“Henry Lee Lucas is unquestionably guilty of other despicable crimes which he has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison,” said Bush, in Brownsville for a conference of U.S.-Mexico border state governors. “However, I believe there is enough doubt about this particular crime that the state of Texas should not impose its ultimate penalty by executing him.”

H.H. Holmes (200+) Born Herman Webster Mudgett, Dr. Holmes started his criminal career as a medical student by stealing corpses from the University of Michigan. He used the corpses to collect insurance money from policies taken out under fictitious names.

When he moved to Chicago he started a drugstore empire from which he made a fortune. He built a hundred-room mansion complete with gas chambers, trap doors, acid vats, lime pits, fake walls and secret entrances. During the 1893 World’s Fair he rented rooms to visitors. He then killed most of his lodgers and continued his insurance fraud scheme. He also lured women to his “torture castle” with the promise of marriage. Instead, he would force them to sign over their savings, then throw them down an elevator shaft and gas them to death. In the basement of the castle he dismembered and skinned his prey and experimented with their corpses.

When police grew suspicious about H.H’s activities, he torched the castle and fled. In the burnt hulk of the building, authorities found the remains of over two hundred people. H.H. was caught when one of his insurance schemes was unravelled by Pinkerton detectives. He was hanged on May 7, 1896, after one the first sensational crime trial in America. Not only was Herman the first American serial killer he was also, according to author Scheckter, the first “celebrity psycho.” Although he never had the historical presence of his contemporary Jack the Ripper, he did leave behind an impressive trail of blood unequaled for almost eighty years.

Gilles de Rais (140+) A Fifteenth Century French war hero, Gilles was also one of medieval Europe’s worst killers. An ally of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Year War, de Rais was instrumental in driving the English out of France. In his later years, after he was named Marshal of France by King Charles VII, he settled in his estates in Brittany, where he turned his heroic impulses towards torture and murder. He enjoyed killing mostly young boys, whom he would sodomize before and after decapitation. When he wasn’t feeling up to the task he enjoyed watching his servants butcher the boys and masturbated over their entrails.

Because he was a baron, no one took note of the disappearing children around his castle. A great patron of the arts, Gilles also enjoyed practicing black magic and alchemy. His reign of terror came to an end when the Duke of Brittany dug up the mutilated remains of 50 boys in his castle. He confessed to 140 killings but it is believed that the body count could have been as high as 300. On October 26, 1440, Gilles was simultaneously burned and hanged. His two servant accomplices were simply burned alive.

Luis Alfredo Gavarito (140) On October 30, 1999, Colombian announced that Luis Alfredo Gavarito confessed to raping, torturing and killing 140 children in a five-year killing spree. “Luis Alfredo Garavito has admitted the murder of about 140 children of which we have so far found 114 skeleton,” chief prosecutor Alfonso Gomez told a news conference.

Drawing a battered notebook from his pocket, Garavito showed the interrogating judge and psychologist his tally of the killings he claimed during a four-hour confession. Across the pages were 140 lines, each symbolizing one murdered youngster.

The mutilated corpses of the mostly male victims aged between eight and 16 years old have been discovered near more than 60 towns in at least 11 of Colombia’s 32 provinces. “The bodies were beheaded and bore signs of having been tied up and mutilated,” Gomez said.

The nationwide murder investigation was triggered after 36 decomposing corpses were found near the city of Pereira in 1997. At the time investigators said the children may have been murdered in a black magic ritual. Authorities also considered social cleansing, organ trafficking and pedophilic mayhem as reasons behind the butchery. After an 18-month investigation, Garavito was arrested in the eastern plains city of Villavicencio in Aprilon charges of attempting to rape a child.

Born in Colombia’s western coffee-growing region, Gavarito was the oldest of seven children. He was repeatedly beaten by his father and raped by two male neighbors. Garavito was also a heavy alcoholic, and was treated for depression and suicidal tendencies. He said he committed most of the murders after heavy drinking.

Garavito had just five years of schooling and left home at 16, working first as a store clerk, then as a street vendor who sold religious icons and prayer cards. Prosecutors said Garavito found most of his victims on the streets, gaining their confidence by giving them soft drinks and money.

Garavito apparently committed his first murder in 1992. Authorities were unaware of the alleged serial killer until 25 bodies were found in the western city of Pereira. The victims — mostly boys between eight and 16 — were found with their throats slit. Some showed signs of torture and rape.

The victims were mostly poor. Many of them were children of street vendors or homeless kids. Garavito — who was known as “Goofy”, “El Loco” and “The Priest” — passed himself off as “a street vendor, monk, indigent, disabled person or a representative of fictitious foundations for the elderly and children’s education, in that way gaining entrance to schools as a speaker,” Gomez said.

Garavito moved around the country frequently after the killings began in 1994, and also spent time in Ecuador, where investigations are trying to determine whether he might be linked to child slayings there too.

The most killings took place in the western state of Risaralda, and its capital, Pereira. Forty-one bodies have been found in Pereira and another 27 have turned up in neighboring Valle de Cauca.

Previously authorities charged one Pedro Pablo Ramirez with 29 of the slayings. It is unclear whether Ramirez and Garavito are the same person, or if Ramirez was released or is still in custody.

On December 31, 1998, Colombian police arrested Ramirez in connection with the murder of 29 children. The childrens’ bodies – many missing body parts and showing signs of torture – were found in two separate mass graves. The first grave, found on 12 November, was discovered when a boy walking through an overgrown lot saw a skull in the bushes. Authorities who dug up the lot, found several incomplete skeletons and 13 skulls. The second discovery was made less than a week later in a river-bed below a city highway. Investigators have linked Ramirez — who had previously been in prison for sex crimes — to at least three killings in Pereira and possibly three others in the nearby town of Armenia.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian (130) On March 26, 1999, Suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving an ailing man a lethal injection and putting it all on a videotape that aired on “60 Minutes.” It was the first time in five trials that he was found guilty. The jury took a day and a half to clear him of first-degree murder, which would have meant a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

But they rejected his claim in his closing argument that some acts “by sheer common sense are not crimes.” Kevorkian, 70, still could get a life term at sentencing April 14 for the death of 52-year-old Thomas Youk, who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Prosecutor David Gorcyca said he believes sentencing guidelines call for a minimum of 10 to 25 years on the murder charge. Kevorkian also was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance, which carries up to seven years.

On November 24, CBS aired a tape of the Youk assisted suicide in the program “60 Minutes.” The show finished No. 3 in the weekly Nielsen ratings. Prosecutor David Gorcyca filed charges after receiving an unedited tape from CBS. Following the televised suicide, Dr. Death arrived smiling at the police station after being charged with first-degree murder. Kevorkian was released on $750,000 personal bond following his arraignment. “A review of the tapes involving Mr. Youk and Kevorkian present sufficient facts and probable cause to support charges of assisted suicide,” Gorcyca said. “Not withstanding Mr. Youk’s consent, consent is not a viable defense in taking the life of another, even under the most controlled environment.”

Kevorkian, 70, has acknowledged a role in some 130 assisted suicides since 1990, making him the most active known serial killers in the nation. Hisis previous trials, all on assisted suicide charges, resulted in three acquittals and one mistrial. This was the first time he stood trial for murder. In past cases, Kevorkian has said his clients used his homemade devices to start the flow of carbon monoxide or intravenous chemicals that caused their death. In Youk’s case, however, Kevorkian administered the injection.

In closing arguments, prosecutor John Skrzynski likened Kevorkian to “a medical hitman in the night” and asked jurors not to let him make a political statement with Youk’s death. Kevorkian said he was no more culpable than an executioner because he was merely doing his duty as a physician to relieve Youk’s suffering. He compared himself to civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and invited the jury to disregard the law. “Words on paper do not necessarily create crimes,” he said. “There are certain acts that by sheer common sense are not crimes. This may be one of them. That’s for you to decide.”

Attorney David Gorosh, who had been serving as Kevorkian’s legal adviser, said he will appeal. He also said he will ask the judge to use her discretion at sentencing and give Kevorkian no jail time. “Dr. Kevorkian is certainly no murderer,” Gorosh said. “We believe it’s certainly unjust to equate an act of compassion to an act of murder.” Kevorkian won the right to represent himself during the trial despite the misgivings of the judge, who asked him: “Do you understand you could spend the rest of your life in prison?” He responded: “There’s not much of it left.”

On April 13 Judge Jessica Cooper sentenced Dr. Death to 10 to 25 years in prison for the videotaped death of a Lou Gehrig’s disease patient. He also was sentenced to three to seven years for delivery of a controlled substance. The fiesty judge lectured the 70-year-old doctor: “This trial was not about the political or moral correctness of euthanasia. It was about lawlessness. It was about disrespect for a society that exists because of the strength of the legal system. No one, sir, is above the law. No one. You had the audacity to go on national television, show the world what you did and dare the legal system to stop you. Well, sir, consider yourself stopped.”

The following are comments from readers about the listing of Dr. Kevorkian in the Serial Killer Hit List.

From: “Peter H.”
Subject: serial Killer list
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 15:43:51

Im sure you get alot of reaction to your listing Jack Kevorkian as a ‘serial killer’ so my input is probably meaningless to you. Regardless of that, I have to say I seldom read such a grossly misrepresentative and incorrect statement. Aside from the observation that he doesn’t even meet the criteria for being a ‘serial killer’ (ie, the pathology and pychosis), Dr. Kevorkian is no more a serial killer than the doctor who allows terminally ill cancer patients to self-administer ‘alittle too much morphine’ or the pychologist who provides death counselling for the terminally ill on how to prepare for death. There are many in the medical field who recognize the need to provide a way for the suffering to escape from the prison of their tortured body. Having watched my own father die a horrible, slow and ultimately inevitable death I can appreciate the extremity of human suffering that modern medicine can cause people to experience. I think euthanasia is a valid, appropriate and humane way of meeting the needs and wishes of people who can no longer bare the endless pain and debilitation of human disease. Calling Dr. Kevorkian a serial killer is insulting to the memories of the people he helped.

And dont you find it interesting that not a SINGLE family member of those that he ‘murdered’ called for his execution or imprisonment while he was standing trial? Please reconsider his inclusion in your list, regardless of your personal convictions (which I acknowledge and respect). Dr. Kevorkian should be regarded as a man willing to pay the ultimate price for his convictions (and is percieved as a hero by many), not someone that should to be lumped in with a bunch of sadistic murderous perverts.

Regards,

Pete Franke

Why do you say Dr. Kevorkian is not a serial Killer? This animal preys on those who can’t or don’t want to save themselves. He’s found perfect victims. The Good Doctor is not trying to help people, he’s not a saint! This pig has a genuine taste for blood, and why they allow him to get away with it is beyond me! I’m for euthinasia but in a hospital, not in the back of a death wagon or at the hands of a man who clearly enjoys what he’s doing.

how is it that Dr. Jack Kevorkian is considered a serial killer? If he was convicted of only one direct murder, how do the others apply? Is he considered an angel of mercy? I assume that assisted suicide is not as legal in Michigan as it is here in Oregon (John Ashcroft pending) but I don’t understand how Dr. Jack could be a serial killer as opposed to a serial suicide assistant?

From: “david c”
Subject: Mercy———-killing
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 22:39:02 -0600

To whom this concerns:

Im having difficulty understanding Dr. Kevorkian labled as a serial killer. He did not kill for pleasure, anger, or because he was a tormented soul. He assisted those who came to him, wanting to be done with the constant pain, the burdoned hearts of friends and family who watch as what ever terminal disease is slowly devouring the life of their loved one. Dr. Kevorkian had mercy for those who simply wanted to be done with it, taking their bow with grace and any dignity left. Many pets are put to death because the owner does not want the animal to suffer, is mercy killing for terminally ill humans so hard to accept???

Hu Wanlin (100+) – On January 18, 1999, the Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency reported a self-styled “doctor” who practiced the traditional medical art of qigong — a deep-breathing technique dating back 5,000 years — was arrested for killing between 100 to 190 patients. Hu Wanlin, 50, from Shangqiu in central Henan province, had been practicing qigong in the area since June 1998. He previously served two prison terms for operating illegal medical clinics in various parts of China.

Qigong masters are said to have the ability to concentrate “qi” or energy in certain parts of their bodies and to use it to help diagnose and cure a wide range of ailments. Authorities allege Hu’s home-brewed Chinese herbal medicines included lethal amounts of sodium sulphate. Hu came to prominence in 1997 with his claims of a 90 percent cure rate in treatment of cancer, hepatitis and high blood pressure. He was even the subject of a book, “Qigong Master,” which supported his claim to possess mystical healing powers.

When released in 1997 after spending 14 years in prison on murder charges, Hu set up the Hu Wanling Hospital in Taiyuan, Shaanxi province, where authorities allege his treatment caused the death of 20 patients. In November 1997, Hu established the Zhongnanshan Hospital, also in Shaanxi, where 146 people died under his treatment, the report said. After police closed the hospital, Hu fled to Shangqiu, where the local health bureau formally invited him to set up the Weida Hospital. Thirty patients died there under his care.

Pee Wee Gaskins (100+) When he was a young boy Pee Wee watched a cobra eat a live rat at a carnival. According to a later confession he penned, that was the first time he felt attracted to violence. Dubbed America’s meanest killer, Pee Wee was always in trouble with the law. He spent most of his youth in and out of reform school and later prison. Because of his pint-size, Pee Wee had to be the “girlfriend” of older, more powerful prisoners. He soon put an end to it by killing a highly regarded inmate while the man was taking a shit, making him a jailhouse legend for the rest of his stay.

In 1969, after being released from prison, Pee Wee got back to killing at an alarming rate. He made a distinction between his “coastal kills,” — people he found while driving around the roadways of the American South that he killed for pleasure — and his “serious murders,” — people he knew that he killed for specific reasons. Aside from killing, Pee Wee had a thriving business fencing stolen cars. He operated his fencing business out of several properties around the Carolinas. There he also slaughtered many of his prey. His other favorite hunting grounds were the coastal highways, where every six weeks, he went hunting to quell his feelings of “bother-someness.”

In the early ’80s, Pee Wee was named the “Meanest Man in America” for killing another inmate while in Maximum Security. For his fearless homicidal stunt, Pee Wee was given the death penalty. He was fried on September 6, 1991. His total hits might well have been over two hundred, but law enforcement sources found it impossible to verify all his claims. In the excellent post-mortem auto-biography, “Final Truth,” Pee Wee waxed poetic about how he had “a special mind” that gave him “permission to kill.”

Javed Iqbal (100) On March 16, 2000, a Pakistani court in Lahore sentenced serial child killer Javed Iqbal to death, saying he would be strangled in front of the parents whose children he was convicted of murdering. Judge Allah Baksh Ranja added that Iqbal’s body “will then be cut into a 100 pieces and put in acid the same way you killed the children.” His three accomplices, including a 13-year-old boy identified only as Sabir, also were found guilty. Sabir was sentenced to 42 years in jail; the other two accomplices were sentenced to death.

Iqbal, 42, initially confessed to the killings in a letter last year to police. He said he strangled the children, dismembered their bodies and placed them in a vat of acid. He later recanted his confession. Police found the remains of two bodies in a blue vat in his home after his arrest. Police also found pictures of 100 children whom Iqbal in his letter confessed to having killed. They also found clothes belonging to the young victims. Previously, the worst killing in akistani history was in mid-1980s when dozens of people were killed in the Punjab, Sindh and North West Frontier provinces in a series of mysterious night attacks that police blamed on a so-called “hammer group.” The attackers broke into houses and bludgeoned victims to death with hammers. They were never found.

Parents of missing children were contacted to sort through clothes and pictures to try to identify their missing children. Most were identified, but police did not recover any bodies. The search for Iqbal was one of the largest manhunts in Pakistan. On December 30 Iqbal walked into the Lahore office of a leading newspaper and turned himself in. He refused to go directly to the police, saying he feared for his life. During his trial, the child killer testified that he was only a witness to the killings. He said his earlier confession was sent as a message to the parents of the missing children, whom he accused of neglect.

Iqbal wrote in his letter to the police that he killed the children, who were mostly beggars, in retaliation for the abuse they inflicted on him following a previous arrest when he was accused of sodomy. He claimed he had been wrongly picked up and badly beaten while in police custody. Curiously, and I guess generously, he also claimed to have killed the street children to highlight their plight. During his six-month killing spree, Iqbal kept a detailed account of the murders, listing his victims’ names, ages and the dates of their deaths. He also kept their shoes and bundles of their clothing. Healso recorded the exact cost of disposing of each kid. “In terms of expense, including the acid, it coast me 120 rupees ($2.40) to erase each victim,” he wrote.

A week after his sentencing, a Pakistan’s top religious said the planned execution of serial killer Javed Iqbal went against Islamic tenets. Though the sentence of the killer called for his body to be cut into 100 pieces and dissolved in a vat of acid, the Council of Islamic Ideology said that would desecrate the killer’s body, which would go against the Islamic teaching of respect for the body of the deceased.

On October 25, 2001, the Iqbal and Sabir were found dead in their cell from apparent poinsoning. Their apparent suicides — as declared by prison authorities — came just four days after the country’s highest Islamic Court had agreed to hear their appeal against the death sentence. Iqbal had voiced fears after his conviction that police would kill him. His lawyer said Iqbal was victim of a police conspiracy. Jail officials said Iqbal had twice made abortive suicide attempts in the past.

Delfina & Maria de Jesus Gonzales (91+) These two deadly sisters ran the bordello from hell in Guanajuato, Mexico. They recruited their prostitutes through help wanted ads and killed them when they stopped pleasing the clientele. Sometimes they even killed the johns who showed up to the brothel with big wads of cash. After too many unexplained disappearances, the cops raided the premises where they found the bodies of eleven males, eighty females, and several fetuses.

Bruno Ludke (80) A German laundry delivery man, Bruno offed at least 80 women between 1928 and 1943. When Nazi officials finally caught up with his lethal hobby, they shipped him off to a research hospital in Vienna where he was used as a human guinea pig by Nazi doctors. When they were done with their experiments, Bruno was executed by lethal injection.

Michael Swango (60 +/-) Authorities suspect Michael Swango, 43, may have poisoned and killed as many as 60 patients under his care over the past 10 years when he worked in Ohio, Quincy, Massachusetts, Virginia, South Dakota, New York and Zimbabwe. In all these places the affable doctor had been suspected in a number of deaths and sudden illnesses. Although he was never charged in connection with any, he was either fired or left his respective jobs while under a cloud of suspicion.

Authorities became aware of alleged career as a “Angel of Death” in 1984 when he worked in Quincy, Illinois, as a paramedic. As with others in his line of mayhem, many of his co-workers complained that they became ill every time he brought them food or drinks such as doughnuts, cool drinks or iced tea. When one of his colleagues found ant poison mixed with sugar among Swango’s belongings, police went to search his home.

There they found “how-to” books on homemade weapons and mass destruction as well as books on the occult, several guns, bottles with different concentrations of ant poison, a range of insecticides and rodent killers; and castor beans, from which the almost untraceable poison, ricin, can be obtained. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to five-years’ jail for aggravated battery because none of his colleagues had died from the poisonings. “I don’t think he intended to kill them,” said Judge Dennis Cashman. “I think he wanted to take them to the edge of death. They were like a lab experiment.”

While he was serving his sentence, investigators combed the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, where Swango had been a medical intern. Nurses told investigators that they had become suspicious because he was seen in several patients’ rooms right before they died unexpectedly. “I do not think the evidence was clear one way or the other. I am glad he is not here,” said Ohio State University’s Larry Carey.

Swango was paroled in 1987 after serving two-and-a-half years of his five-year sentence. Curiously, after leaving prison he continued his career in the health care business with increasingly lethal results. He hopped from job to job and was fired at least three times after he was suspected of wrongdoing or someone learned about his past.

In the early 1990s Swango landed a job at a State University of New York hospital. There, Federal of Bureau Investigation agents investigated 147 patients Swango treated and died. Autopsies were performed on several former patients, but the results were inconclusive. By 1993 — as police started piecing together his poisenous path — he dissapeared to re-emerge in Zimbabwe. There he worked at a rural hospital where he was suspended after five patients under his care died in suspicious circumstances.

After his suspension he travelled to South Africa, the modern mecca for serial killings, where he contacted Saudi Arabian health authorities, who offered him a job. Finally in July, 1997, Swango was arrested when he re-entered the United States to pick up a visa en route to his job as a physician in Saudi Arabia. Though he has been arrested for relatively minor fraud charges and illegally prescribing narcotics to patients, authorities hope to uncover enough evidence to expose him as a vicous serial killer.

Andrei Chikatilo (52+) The Soviet Hannibal Lecter. As a kid Andrei’s brother was taken by the villagers and eaten during times of famine. Or so he said. As an adult, while he living a double life as a married man, Communist Party member and a teacher, Andrei, enjoyed killing children with impunity .

Chikatilo — a sexually impotent dirty old man from hell — lived in Rostov, 500 miles from Moscow, where he preyed mostly on children. He stalked many of his victims in train and bus stations, and had a penchant for disembowelment and mutilation. He was also a cannibal and a sadist. His macabre twelve-year killing spree was finally uncovered in 1992. Chikatilo wasn’t exceptionally crafty hiding his crimes. Investigators were hindered by the fact that he was a Party member. Also, the investigation of his crimes was used to flush out many known homosexuals in a Soviet-style attempt at moral cleansing. Many blame the incompetence of Soviet authorities and their refusal to admit the existence of a serial killer in their socialist utopia for his 10-year reign of terror.

Years before his arrest he was brought in for questioning and let go when police found that his blood did not match the semen found in one victim. It is a little known fact that in some rare cases — Chikatilo being one — the blood and semen of a person does not necessarily have to match. Free again, Andrei continued on his path of destruction with reckless abandon. Eventually he was arrested because of the determination of two investigators involved in his previous arrest who remembered his name after he was seen coming out of a forrest near a train station.

While he was on trial, his gory descriptions, psychotic behavior and litany of horrors gave the Soviet public their first taste of serial mayhem. “I am a mistake of nature, a mad beast,” he said at his 1994 trial where people fainted when they heard how he boiled and ate the sawn-off testicles or nipples of his victims. Andrei was executed by firing squad in prison on February 14, 1994. Chikatilo — like many others in the Archives — was the subject of his own grousome movie, “Citizen X” starring Donald Surtherland and Stephen Rhea.

Anatoly Onoprienko (52) On April 16, 1996, police arrested Anatoly Onoprienko, a 37-year-old former forestry student, sailor and mental hospital outpatient, putting an end to the Ukraine’s worst killing spree. Anatoly, a native of Zhitomir, was arrested atn his girlfriend’s house where he had a 12-gauge shotgun matching the one used in the 40 murders. He also had jewelry and video equipment belonging to some of his victims. While in custody Comrade O. immediately confessed to eight killings between 1989 to 1995. At first he denied other charges, but soon admitted to being the maniac dubbed, “The Terminator” who tallied up to 52 victims in a six-year killing spree.

Onoprienko’s rampage began in 1989, when he and accomplice Serhiy Rogozin robbed and killed nine people. The former sailor resumed the killings in late 1995, murdering 43 people in less than six months before police arrested him in April 1996.

On March, 1996, a manhunt was launched across western Ukraine after eight families were brutally murdered in their homes. Most of the victims were in remote villages in the Lvov region near the border of Poland. His blood lust climaxed with a three-month rampage in which he killed more than 40 people in the Ukranian villages of Bratkovichi and Busk. Panic was so widespread in the two villages that an army division was mobilized and armed personnel carriers patrolled the streets. Trying to put a stop to the killings, police imposed a security cordon around Bratkovichi. Undaunted, “The Terminator” moved to nearby villages where he continued his serial killings.

The killings followed a set pattern. “The Terminator” chose isolated houses in the outskirts of villages. He would enter the houses before dawn, round up the family and shoot them all — including children — close range with a 12-gauge shotgun. Then he would torch the place and kill whoever crossed his path during his murderous outbursts. He often stole valuables from his victims and sometimes scattered family photographs about the floor. Police arrested Citizen O. in his girlfriend’s apartment in April, 1996, after a nationwide manhunt.

On November 23, 1998, the trial of Nasty O. began in the city of Zhytomyr, 90 miles west of Kiev. The accused claimed he felt like a robot driven for years by a dark force, and argued he should not be tried until authorities determine the source of this force. A former forestry student, sailor and soldier, Mr. O claimed his mother died when he was four and his father and brother gave him to an orphanage at seven, and that he had heard voices telling him to do the murders. Dressed in running shoes, an oversized jacket, a knitted hat, and hadcuffs, Onoprienko sat calmly inside an iron cage surrounded by police exuding arrogance and boredom.

Hundreds of people huddled in coats and fur hats in the unheated courtroom were angered by his behaviour. “Let us tear him apart,” shouted a pensioner at the back of the court just before the hearing started, her voice trembling with emotion. “He does not deserve to be shot. He needs to die a slow and agonizing death.”

In previous interviews Nasty O has rambled endlessly about the CIA and Interpol, unknown powers and future revelations. Psychiatrists, however, ruled him fit to stand trial. “I perceive it all as a kind of experiment,” he said. “There can be no answer in this experiment to what you’re trying to learn.”

Sitting in his cell the Ukranian serial killer that came to be knowsn as the Terminator told Reuters and a regional newspaper: “I have never regretted anything and I don’t regret anything now.” In the bizarre and emotional hour-long interview he added that cosmic forces planned to destroy humanity and replace it with “bio-robots.” With the guards sitting in a row on a green couch just a foot away, Onoprienko looked his interviewers in the eye and spoke in an intense, rapid voice, at times almost fierce, of his early discovery of special telepathic powers.

Claiming hypnotic powers and saying he had information “nobody, not even the president” had access to, he said he had received “permission” to kill, but did not explain what drove him to destroy his victims. “I love all people and I loved those I killed. I looked those children I murdered in the eyes and knew that it had to be done,” he said. “For you it’s 52 murders, but for me that’s the norm.” He said he would have been prepared to kill his own son.

While in court, he had very little to say. Asked if he would like to make a statement he shrugged his shoulders, slowly sauntered to the microphone and said: “No, nothing.” Informed of his legal right to object to the court’s proceedings, he growled: “This is your law, I consider myself a hostage.” Asked to state his nationality, he said: “None.” When Judge Dmitry Lipsky said this was impossible, Onoprienko rolled his eyes and replied: “Well, according to law enforcement officers, I’m Ukrainian.”

Though Onoprienko has remained completely silent during court hearings , when it comes to the media he’s a veritable gadfly. The daily Fakty newspaper published an long interview with Citizen O from his jail cell in the central town of Zhytomyr in which the 39-year-old terminator was quoted as saying: “Naturally, I would prefer the death penalty. I have absolutely no interest in relations with people. I have betrayed them.” The misunderstood killer added that he was shaken by people’s indifference to his crimes. As he slaughtered his victims in one village, “people screamed so loudly that they could be heard in neighboring villages. But nobody came to help them. Everybody went into hiding, like mice.”

On February 12, 1999, a Ukrainian court ruled that Anatoli Onoprienko was mentally competent and could be held responsible for his crimes. The regional court in Zhytomyr said that Onoprienko “does not suffer any psychiatric diseases, is conscious of and is in control of the actions he commits, and does not require any extra psychiatric examination.” With the latest psychiatric examination showing Onoprienko mentally healthy, he will most likely be convicted and sentenced to death. But he will not be executed because Ukraine has pledged as a member of the Council of Europe to suspend capital punishment and eventually ban it.

Dressed in the same track suit and drab duffel coat he has worn throughout the more than three months of hearings, Anatoly Onoprienko, 39, sat impassively in a metal cage at the front of the provincial courtroom and refused to speak at the end of his trial. Onoprienko’s co-defendant Sergei Rogozin, accused of helping in the first nine murders, did speak and proclaimed his innocence.

But while the start of the trial attracted hordes of angry spectators, prosecutor Yuri Ignatenko made his demand for the death sentence on March 3, 199, before a practically empty chamber. And the half-filled court consisted mainly of other judges attached to the court and their staff, whose main emotion was relief at the end of the ordeal. “Thank goodness that’s over!” said a secretary leaving the hearing.

“My defendant was from the age of four deprived of motherly love, and the absence of care which is necessary for the formation of a real man,” Onoprienko’s lawyer Ruslan Moshkovsky told the court. Ignatenko said an examination of Onoprienko’s mental health during the investigation had overturned an independent diagnosis of schizophrenia made before his arrest, and a further test ordered by the court confirmed his current mental health.

“Onoprienko’s statements about mental seizures, being spied on, voices, and the influence of higher powers…are a simulation of mental illness and a reaction to the situation he is in,” Ignatenko said. The prosecutor added that O’s motives lay in his own violent nature, unchecked due to what he said was the incompetence of the police force. “In every society there have been and are people who due to their innate natures can kill, and there are those who will never do that,” he added.

Two weeks after sentencing, Nasty O. granted an interview to Mark Franchetti, a writer for the London Times:

It took the Ukrainian guard a full two minutes to unlock the heavy metal door to Anatoly Onoprienko’s small cell. Even the toughest guards on death row at the 19th-century prison in Zhitomir, 80 miles west of Kiev, are wary of Onoprienko and take no risks. Peering through a narrow opening in the door, one of them shouted at him to stand up and face the wall with his hands behind his back.

Anatoly Ivanuik, the prison’s deputy governor, searched the outer corridor meticulously before giving the order for the last bolt to be released. Slowly the door opened. Onoprienko, who once proposed to his girlfriend with a ring he had chopped from the finger of one of his victims a few hours earlier, was ready to grant an audience.

Three years after his arrest, following the largest manhunt ever mounted in Ukraine, Onoprienko showed no remorse as he described wiping out entire families in cold blood, battering children and raping a woman after shooting her in the face.Still defiant, Citizen O takes pride in what he calls the “professionalism” of his crimes. Clearly relishing his notoriety, he often stared at me, trying to make me avert my eyes while insisting that he was a good-natured person and a sensitive music-lover.

“The first time I killed, I shot down a deer in the woods,” he said, in a flat monotone, as if reading from his curriculum vitae. “I was in my early twenties and I recall feeling very upset when I saw it dead. I couldn’t explain why I had done it, and I felt sorry for it. I never had that feeling again.”

“To me killing people is like ripping up a duvet,” he said, his piercing blue eyes fixed on mine. “Men, women, old people, children, they are all the same. I have never felt sorry for those I killed. No love, no hatred, just blind indifference. I don’t see them as individuals, but just as masses.”

Onoprienko’s crimes have caused such revulsion in Ukraine, however, that the Ukranian president is considering temporarily lifting a moratorium on capital punishment that was imposed on Marcxh, 1997, in accordance with the rules of the Council of Europe, to execute him. The alternative, to commute the serial killer’s sentence to 20 years in jail, would outrage most Ukrainians.

On one occasion he confronted a young girl who was huddled on her bed, praying. She had seen him kill both her parents. “Seconds before I smashed her head, I ordered her to show me where they kept their money,” he said. “She looked at me with an angry, defiant stare and said, ‘No, I won’t.’ That strength was incredible. But I felt nothing.”

He blew the doors off homes on the edges of villages, gunning down adults and battering children with metal objects. He stole money, jewellery, stereo equipment and other items before burning down the houses.

“He is driven by extreme cruelty,” said Dmitri Lipski, the judge who sentenced him, poring over photographs of Onoprienko’s crimes. “He doesn’t care about anything – only about himself. He is egocentric and has a very high opinion of himself.”

A manhunt involving 2,000 police and more than 3,000 troops eventually led to Onoprienko’s arrest in April 1996 at his girlfriend’s house near the Polish border following an anonymous tip-off. Investigators fear his tally of victims may be higher than 52, as there was a long gap between murders when he roamed illegally around several European countries.

“To me it was like hunting. Hunting people down,” mused Onoprienko with a wry smile as he handed me his autograph scribbled on the back of a magazine.

“I would be sitting, bored, with nothing to do. And then suddenly this idea would get into my head. I would do everything to get it out of my mind, but I couldn’t. It was stronger than me. So I would get in the car or catch a train and go out to kill.”

Onoprienko’s first victims were a couple, standing by their Lada car on a motorway: “I just shot them. It’s not that it gave me pleasure, but I felt this urge. From then on, it was almost like some game from outer space.”

He said he had derived no pleasure from the act of killing. “Corpses are ugly,” he said with distaste. “They stink and send out bad vibes. Once I killed five people and then sat in the car with their bodies for two hours not knowing what to do with them. The smell was unbearable.”

Some experts view the fact that he grew up without parents and was given up to an orphanage by his elder brother as a clue to his destruction of entire families. Strangely, his most vicious spree coincided with the time when he moved in with the woman he intended to marry and with her children – towards whom, she claimed, he was always very loving.

Onoprienko, however, claimed he was possessed. “I’m not a maniac,” he said, without a hint of self-doubt. “If I were, I would have thrown myself onto you and killed you right here. No, it’s not that simple. I have been taken over by a higher force, something telepathic or cosmic, which drove me.

“For instance, I wanted to kill my brother’s first wife, because I hated her. I really wanted to kill her, but I couldn’t because I had not received the order. I waited for it all the time, but it did not come.

“I am like a rabbit in a laboratory. A part of an experiment to prove that man is capable of murdering and learning to live with his crimes. To show that I can cope, that I can stand anything, forget everything.”

Onoprienko was adamant last week that he would not appeal to Kuchma to commute his sentence. Instead, he insisted that he should be executed. Suddenly animated, his speech quickened. “If I am ever let out, I will start killing again,” he said. “But this time it will be worse, 10 times worse. The urge is there.

“Seize this chance because I am being groomed to serve Satan. After what I have learnt out there, I have no competitors in my field. And if I am not killed I will escape from this jail and the first thing I’ll do is find Kuchma and hang him from a tree by his testicles.”

It was time to leave.

Ahmad Suradji (42) On May 2, 1997, authorities arrested self-described Indonesian witch doctor Ahmad Suradji after three bodies were found buried in a sugarcane plantation near his home on the outskirts of Medan, the capital of North Sumatra.

Ahmad, also known as Nasib Kelewang or Datuk Maringgi, initially confessed to killing 16 women over a five-year period. A search of Ahmad’s property revealed clothes and watches belonging to 25 missing women. Under further questioning the 48-year-old cattle breeder increased the body count of his 11-year rampage to 42. Ahmad’s three wives, all sisters, were also arrested for helping him commit the murders and hide the corpses. The oldest wife, Tumini, was tried as his accomplice in his 11-year rampage.

The sorcerer was revered by locals who believed he had paranormal powers, and often asked him for medical and spiritual advice. Many women would hire him to cast magic spells to ensure the faithfulness of their husbands or boyfriends. Neighbors said that many women sought the sorcerer’s help believing they would make themselves richer, healthier and more sexually attractive to men. Police believe the victims — whose ages ranged from 11 to 30 — may have been too embarrassed to tell their families of their seeking the sorcerer’s help so their disappearances were not linked to him. A large amount of them were also prostitutes.

After charging each victim $200 to $400, he would take them to a sugarcane plantation near his home and bury them in the ground up to their waist as part of a ritual. Once in the ground he strangled each woman with electrical cable. Then he drank their saliva, undressed their corpses and reburied them with their heads pointing to his home so to enhance his magical powers. Suradji told police that nine years ago he had a dream in which the ghost of his father told him to kill 70 women and drink their saliva so he could become a dukan, or mystic healer, he said.

The sorcerer was said to be widely respected in his village. Neighbours said he was often willing to help sick villagers and contribute to charitable causes. Nasib, who led police to the bodies in the field next to his home, told officers he needed to kill up to 70 women to gain supernatural powers. Now that the unearthing of 40 corpses testify to Nasib’s true mania, police have asked local residents to report any more missing women and children. About 80 families in the area have reported female relatives missing, leading to fears that more bodies could be uncovered.

During their trials both Suradji and Tumini denied the slayings, saying they confessed because they could no longer bear torture by interrogators. On April 27, 1998, an Indonesian court in North Sumatra found the sorcerer guilty of Indonesia’s worst killing spree. As the last of the 42 bodies was being unearthed, the deadly sorcerer was sentenced to death by firing squad.

Gerald Stano (41) Born in Daytona Beach in 1951, Gerald tallied a body count of 41 as a result of his deep resentment towards a world of “bitches”.; A former short order cook, this mysoginist killer truly enjoyed the act of killing. He did it with glee and impunity. His decade-long crime spree began in 1969 and spanned across three states — Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His victims of choice were generally prostitutes, runaways and hitchhiking teen agers.

Unlike most other serial killers, he never raped his victims — instead he submitted them to slow, painful deaths. As one of the investigating officers pointed out, “He thinks about three things: stereo systems, cars, and killing women.” Stano was arrested 1978 and charged with the December, 1973, murder of Cathy Lee Scharf, a 17-year-old hitchhiker from Port Orange, Florida.

Stano confessed picking up the teen ager while she was hitchhiking on U.S. 1 in Port Orange and choking her repeatedly over several hours. After finally killing the girl, he dumped her body in a drainage ditch, cleaned up and went roller skating. Hunters found her decomposed body at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Titusville on January 19, 1974.

In 1983 Stano was convicted and sentenced to Old Sparky, Florida’s temperamental, three-legged electric chair. He also was condemned for the murders of Susan Bickrest, 24, and Cathy Muldoon, 23, in Volusia County. He got life sentences for six other slayings. After 25 years of appeals, Gerald was executed at 7:00 AM, March 23, 1998. For his last meal, Stano ordered a Delmonico steak, baked potato with sour cream and bacon bits, some French bread with butter and a tossed salad topped with blue cheese dressing. He finished the meal with half gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream and two liters of Dr. Pepper.

Stano was the first death row inmate to die in Florida’s 75-year-old, oak chair since the March 25, 1997 flaming execution of Pedro Medina. After a foot-long flame leaped from the head of Medina — the second malfunction by the chair within seven years — State authorities imposed a one-year moratorium on electrocutions. Investigators eventually determined the malfunction was caused by the executioners’ failure to properly apply electrically conducting sponges in the chair’s headpiece. With a heavily backed-up execution schedule and coming elections, the state’s Senate voted unanimously to reinstate electrocution and scheduled four within an eight-day period.

The first on the block was Stano. The unrepentant killer made no final statement and stared straight ahead as he was strapped in. Following his death — which, unlike in previous executions, no smoke or flames came shooting out of his head — his attorneys distributed a written statement in which he thanked his friends and supporters: “Know that I love you all and cherish your love. Thanks for staying with me when people ridiculed you… I am innocent.”

Richard “Iceman” Kuklinski (40+) Kuklinski was a professional hit man by trade with a serial killer passion on the side. Although suspected of at least 40 murders, while in custody Rich said that he only killed to support his family. A regular Mr. Short Fuse, Rich killed an unsuspecting motorist for cutting him off. He ran him off the road, beat him to death, than ran over his body repeatedly.

Not the family type, he is said to have once blown the head off the shoulders of a man over a bet. He also allegedly slit a man too see how long it would take him to bleed to death. He once chopped up a body, put it in a 50 gallon drum and placed the drum outside of his favorite hot dog stand. Rich got life and now sits rotting in a jail cell in New Jersey.

Erszebet Bathory (40+) A Sixteenth Century Hungarian Countess, Erszebet enjoyed bathing in blood. This deviant fawn of royalty believed that regular blood baths would halt the aging process. Estimates of the number of girls that were slaughtered for her 10 years of beauty treatments vary from 40 to as much as 600.

The bloody Countess, the widow of a celebrated Hungarian war hero and descendent of the legendary despot Vlad the Impaler, led a life immersed in black magic and sadism. She once had the mouth of a servant sewn shut for being too noisy. In January 1611, after countless rumors about her behavior, a group led by Count Thurzo – Erzsebet’s cousin – entered her Castle Csejthe and uncovered a blood-letting in progress.

In order to protect the family name, at the Count’s insistance, Erzsebet was never actually “charged” with any crime, although he did have her put under “house arrest.” In fact, her royal highness was literally sealed into her tower by masons. The consulate agreed largely because the government had a huge debt it would have had to pay off should they charge her.

Two of her accomplices in her orgies of horror had their fingers removed before being thrown on the fire. Another – the only male – was beheaded then thrown on the fire. The countess died on August 21, 1614, three years after she was sealed in her bedroom. Perhaps her elixir of youth had been working all along.

Moses Sithole (38+) A surprisingly intelligent and gentle mannered Moses Sithole is allegedly South Africa’s worst serial killer. The suspected Gauteng serial killer, Sithole was charged in the Pretoria Supreme Court with 38 charges of murder, 40 charges of rape and six of robbery. Between 1994 and 1995 he allegedly strangled women in the Pretoria, Johannesburg and East Rand areas. Most victims were lured to secluded fields where Sithole allegedly assaulted, raped and strangled them with their own underwear or belts.

The series of murders started in June 1994, shortly after Sithole had served house arrest for rape. Between 1994 and 1995 South African authorities were alarmed by the growing number of dead women appearing around Pretoria and Johannesburg. Several of the women were left with their hands tied behind their backs. One woman was blindfolded. Many were found with their heads covered with clothing. Apparently he murdered his first victim because she had shouted at him when he asked her for directions. “I cannot remember her name,” he said. “I killed her and left her there. I went straight home and had a shower.”

Robert Ressler, the F.B.I. Behavioral Science Unit’s former chief, was called in to help with the investigation. Ressler concluded that the killings in Cleveland, a suburb of Johannesburg, and Boksburg, a suburb of Pretoria, were linked. In his psychological profile of the killer he indicated the possibility of two killers acting together.

On October 18, 1995, after a week-long nationwide hunt, police shot and wounded Moses Sithole, an ax-wielding ex-convict with six aliases. When he was arrested, authorities thought Sithole might have been acting in conjunction with David Selepe but no evidence has been uncovered suggesting that both men knew each other. Unfortunately for Selepe, he was killed by police while in custody.

On October 22, 1996, Sithole appeared in court and was charged with 38 murders and 40 rapes. On November 14, Sithole’s trial was postponed after the suspect appeared in court looking very pale and with his pants soaked with blood. The HIV positive killer was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for a wound on his knee. According to his defense team, the injury came from a fall he sustained at Pretoria Central Prison.

A jailhouse confession videotape — made by Charles Schoeman on the condition that Sithole and three other prisoners would get a share of the royalties — shows a visibly relaxed Sithole in a cell either smoking or chewing on an apple while giving a chilling account one of his victim’s lasts moments before death. Sithole — an avid talker — was a willing party to a series of video and audio tapes made by fellow prisoners. In them he told fellow prisoners that he hated women and felt he was teaching them “a very good lesson” by murdering them.

Facts contained in the tapes were repeated in a confession to the police and in a phone conversation with a Johannesburg journalist. An unknown caller, identified by voice experts as Sithole, claimed to be the Gauteng serial killer and gave details of where he had left the bodies of several of his victims.

Sithole officially became South Africa’s worst serial killer On December 5, 1997. when he was found guilty of 38 murders and 40 rapes. Sithole — who’s overwhelming arrogance had ultimately brought about his downfall — sat emotionless, taking down notes throughout the three-hour judgment. After the judgment, he gathered up his briefcase and left the courtroom with a smile on his face. The next day, as people in the gallery cheered and applauded, Sithole was sentenced to 2,410 year in jail. Relatives of the victims shouted for his head and called for the return of capital punishment. The judge — who also made a plea for the restoration of the death penalty — said he would have sentenced Sithole to death without hesitation.

Donald Harvey (34+) The most prolific killer nurse of the trade. When he was not offing his patients, Donny enjoyed hanging out in the morgue and studying tissue samples. An amateur Satanist, he would joke with the hospital staff about “getting rid of patients.” Little did they know, it was no joke.

Harvey murdered with abandon from the early seventies to 1987 when he was finally caught. He claimed that his killings were “mercy” killings even though he sometimes chose horrible substances to bring on death. He also did not limit his work to those hospitalized. He killed a neighbor out of spite by lacing her drink with hepatitis. He would also poison his male lover and then nurse him back to health to win his affection. On another occasion he poisoned his lover’s family, killing the mother. He was convicted of thirty-four deaths but it is believed that he actually tallied eighty-seven kills.

Fernando Hernandez Leyva (33-135) Mexican police said a Cuernavaca man they arrested on charges of assault and kidnapping had confessed to killing more than 100 people. Jose Castillo, chief prosecutor of central Morelos state, told a news conference that police arrested Fernando Hernandez, alias “Pancho Lopez.” Castillo said he was unaware of any criminal who had a more violent record in Mexican history.

Hernandez also appeared at the news conference, telling reporters: “I committed about 100 homicides and six kidnappings.” Castillo said police in four different states had sought the man they knew as “Pancho Lopez” in connection with 38 slayings and dozens of violent assaults and kidnappings. “I killed them because I had to,” Hernandez added. “I don’t know how to do anything else.”

On April 4, a criminal court judge in Cuernavaca, 35 miles south of Mexico City, ordered Hernandez Leyva held over for trial along with three alleged accomplices on several murder, robbery and kidnapping counts. Hernandez Leyva is suspected in 137 killings, six kidnappings and several robberies in Mexico City and the states of Morelos, Jalisco, Colima, Guanajuato and Michoacan.

The 36-year-old suspect told reporters that he is innocent of most of the charges. He admitted to kidnapping a journalist in Jalisco and to killing of a police officer. Hernandez Leyva said judicial police officers had beat him and threatened to rape his wife and take away his children unless he confessed to the crimes. Authorities made no comment about his allegations.

When Leyva was transferred to a state prison after crowds of victims’ families in Cuernavaca called for his blood. “We want to lynch him,” said Joel Uribe Landa, one of about 50 people gathered outside the Morelos state prosecutors’ office, where Hernandez Leyva was taken for questioning before being transferred to the state prison. The unusually heavy police detail present during the transfer served a double purpose: to protect the suspect from angry protesters and to make sure he didn’t escape, as he has done at least twice over the last 13 years.

Prosecutor Jose Leonardo Castillo Pombo said Hernandez Leyva is a suspect in kidnappings, robberies and as many as 135 murders in five southern Mexican states. Castillo Pombo said he opposed the death penalty, but added that “if the country is legally prepared to apply it, Mexicans should hold a referendum, so that public opinion can decide.”

As evidence rolls in from prosecutors in outlying states, the number of potential murder charges against Hernandez Leyva continues to rise. Eleven more murder investigations forwarded by prosecutors in western Jalisco state name him as the prime suspect, bringing the caseload to 33 in four days. But under Mexican law — in which sentences are served concurrently — the most Hernandez Leyva is likely to face is a sentence of 50 years in prison, with time off for good behavior.

Hernandez Leyva was arrested in 1982 in Cuernavaca, 35 miles south of Mexico City, on robbery charges but escaped from jail by tunneling through a wall. He was arrested again on suspicion of murder and robbery in 1986, but again escaped from Mexico City’s Western penitentiary. Morelos state officials have applied to the federal government for him to be transferred to a maximum security federal prison.

On April 12 Leyva attempted to hang himself in his jail cell. The confessed serial killer, who weighs about 300 pounds, used a rope to try and hang himself from cell bars, but the rope broke and he suffered only abrasions on his neck. A police psychological exam of suspect released earlier concluded that Hernandez Leyva is a “psychopath” who murdered for “personal satisfaction.”

John Wayne Gacy (33) Straight out of the he’s-such-a-nice-guy file, Johnny was the type of man who liked to dress in a homemade Pogo the Clown outfit to entertain kids. A lonely and sadistic contractor, Johnny also liked to entertain young boys privately in a very different fashion. The prototypical organized killer, he had all aspects of the murder worked out before each kill. Once he entered his murderous fantasy, there was no turning back.

He enjoyed handcuffing his victims, anally raping them, beating them to a pulp, offering to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, reciting verses from the Bible and strangling them to death. In 1978 he was tracked down by the police in Chicago. Thirty bodies were found buried in the crawl space underneath his house, explaining his wife’s complaints about the constant stench. As a prisoner, Johnny Boy started a new career as an artist, painting mostly colorful clown pictures, which have been shown in galleries nationwide. He was executed by lethal injection in 1994.

On November 11, 1998, the Chicago Tribune reported that police, acting on a tip from a former detective, were searching for human remains in a parking lot behind Gacy’s mother’s house. Authorities believe there could be as many as four bodies buried 3 1/2 feet deep. Former Detective Bill Dorsch, now a private investigator, told prosecutors of a night in 1975 when he found Gacy holding a dirty shovel next to the alley where the new search is proposed. “I stopped and said, ‘John, what are you doing out here at this time of night with a shovel?”‘ Dorsch said. Gacy replied: “Well, with all the kind of work I do, there just isn’t enough time in the day. So here I am.”

Vasili Komaroff (33) A horse-trader during the early days of Stalin, Vasili was known as “The Wolf of Moscow” for his unbridled reign of terror. A peasant, Vasili typically killed for money. His first victim was uncovered in 1921. Many others followed with frightful regularity. There were 21 in all: strangled, bound, doubled-over and dumped in vacant lots around the Shabolovki District. Authorities linked the killings to the horse-trading market un Moscow that happened every Wednesdays and Fridays. As authorities soon discovered, anyone who left with Vasili to see his horses was never seen or heard of again. When police went to his home to question him they found his latest victim stuffed in a sack in the stable. Panicked, “the Wolf” jumped out the window and escaped.

Several days later he was picked up and confessed to the tune of 33 killings, 11 of which were not under investigation. Over the next few days he uncovered five new corpses for the authorities. The other six victims he dumped in the river and their bodies were never recovered. Vasili implicated his wife Sofia as an accomplice. They were both found guilty of multiple homicides and sentenced to death. On June 18, 1923, they went to the “big horse-show in the sky” via firing squad.

Jane Toppan (31+) Born in Boston as Nora Kelly to typical future serial killer misery in 1854. When she was still an infant her mother died and her tailor father was institutionalized for trying to stitch his eyelids shut. After a brief stint in an orphanage, Nora was adopted by the Toppan family and changed her name to Jane. From then on she led a very normal life until, as a young woman, she was jilted by her fiancee, had a nervous breakdown and unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide.

Although she excelled as a student in Nursing School, she raised some eyebrows with her morbid curiosity for autopsies. Eventually she was unceremoniously dismissed after two patients died mysteriously under her care.Not the passive type, Jane forged her nursing degree and went out looking for a job as a private nurse.

Jane was a considered a kind and sensitive nurse who regularly took care of the sick and elderly for Boston’s best families. However, most of her patients and their families died mysteriously after ingesting some of her “special” potions. Over two decades, Jane blazed through the homes of New England society with her trusty morphine cocktails to the tune of a least 31 deaths.

America’s premiere female “Angel of Death,” Jane’s deadly trail unravelled in the summer of 1901 when all four members of the Davis family dropped dead. Suspicious of the kindly nurse who had treated them, the husband of the fourth victim ordered the Massachusetts State Police to perform an autopsy on his wife. Authorities confirmed that a lethal dose of morphine and atropine killed his wife. Jane fled Boston and was finally arrested in Amherst on October 29, 1901.

In custody Jane confessed to 31 kills. It is believed her true bodycount is somewhere between 70 to 100 deaths. In her 1902 trial, doctors said Jane was “born with a weak mental condition.” In true serial killer madness, Jane declared in court, “That is my ambition. To have killed more people — more helpless people — than any man or woman who has ever lived.” Having fulfilled her wish, she was found insane and sent to the state asylum in Tauton, Massachusetts where she died in August, 1938, at the ripe age of 84.

Although she was remembered by the hospital staff as a “quiet old lady,” she still had murderous fantasies permeating her brain. Orderlies remember how she would say, “Get some morphine, dearie, and we’ll go out in the ward. You and I will have a lot of fun seeing them die.”

Gerard John Schaefer (30+) This homicidal Martin County, Florida, deputy sheriff, though convicted in 1973 of only two mutilation murders, is believed to be responsible for at least thirty killings. A sadistic sex-beast by nature, Schaefer would lure young women off the roads with the help of his badge to torture, mutilate and murder. He enjoyed tying his victims to trees and leaving them there while he went to work as a police officer. Teeth, jewelry identification papers from several missing young women were found in a closet in his mother’s house in Ft. Lauderdale.

When he was convicted for first degree murder of two teen-aged girls, Schaefer’s wife divorced him and promptly married his defense attorney. Not the resentful type, Gerard gave the lovebirds his blessing and retained the attorney to continue handling his appeals. Curiously, he was later tried for plotting to to kill them both and enjoyed sending them death threats regularly.

Schaefer was also a part-time novelist, penning a lurid collection of tales of sexualized violence called “Killer Fiction” — available from Feral House — that was published in 1989 by Sondra London, an old high school sweetheart, who subsequently “shackled up” with Danny Rolling, another sadistic killer awaiting execution in Florida.

On December 3, 1995, Gerard was found dead in his cell at the Florida State Prison in Starke. He had been stabbed 42 times about the head and neck, and slashed across his throat. His sister, Sarah Schaefer, claimed that her brother was murdered by his jailhouse buddy, cannibal killer Ottis Toole, because of information he had obtained on the murder of Adam Walsh, the 6-year-old Hollywood, Florida, boy whose abduction and murder led to the passing of new legislation nationwide regarding missing children. Ottis once claimed he killed young Adam but later recanted. Prison authorities believe Gerard’s death was linked to his activities as a jailhouse lawyer. However, confessed double-slayer Vincent Rivera is currently facing trial for murdering Schaefer, allegedly because Schaefer used the last of the hot drinking water on the tier.

Karl Denke (30+) A German innkeeper in Silesia with a taste for the “long pig,” Denke butchered at least thirty of his lodgers and kept their pickled remains in the basement of his inn. An avid church-goer who was known locally as “Papa,” Karl especialized in slaying beggars, tramps and journeymen who would not be missed. When he was arrested in 1924 he told police that for the past three years he had eaten only sausages made of human flesh.

Micajah & Wiley Harpe (30+) Brothers Big and Little Harpe have been credited by historian Paul I. Wellman with 30+ murders in Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1790′s. The wandering types, they enjoyed killing on whim. Once Big Harpe quieted a crying baby by bashing its skull in. Many victims were disposed by stuffing stones within their abdomens before dumping them in the nearest river.

They used a more dramatic method of killing when they temporarily joined Sam Mason’s river pirates. After the gang had taken a man prisoner, the Harpes bound him naked to the back of a horse and goaded it to run over a cliff into the Ohio River. Though the river pirates had a reputation for being hard cases, this was too much for them and the Harpes were sent packing. Shortly after that a posse of citizens caught up with Big Harpe and mounted his severed head on a tree. Little Harpe, not as psychotic as his brother, met an uncertain fate, possibly being killed in a river boat fight.

Patrick W. Kearney (28+) The top ranked Californian freeway killer. A fastidiously neat and organized murderer, Pat left his dismembered victims neatly wrapped in trash bags along the Californian highways. Kearney and his live-in lover, David D. Hill, both army veterans, lived in a meticulously clean bachelor pad in Redondo Beach, from where they launched their homicidal escapades. The “Trash Bag Murders,” as they were known, started in 1975 and ended on July 5, 1977, when the couple walked into the Sheriff’s Information Center in Riverside, saw a wanted poster of themselves and surrendered. Hill was subsequently released for lack of evidence. Kearney shouldered the guilt and confessed that killing “excited him and gave him a feeling of dominance.”

Wayne Williams (28) Suspected of being the Atlanta Child Murderer, Wayne killed mostly young, black boys and dumped their bodies in the Chattahoochee River. He was caught when he departed from his modus operandi and smoked a couple of adults. When he was arrested Wayne was described as the “Pillsbury Doughboy.” Unlike many other serial killers, he was soft-spoken, mild-mannered and friendly.

His thick glasses, soft features and delicate hands made him an unlikely candidate for commiting 28 murders. Many black leaders characterized his arrest as being racial in nature. However, as his trial progressed, Wayne emerged as a person emotionally capable of murder with an “inadequate personality” and an “obsessive need for control.” Though at first he presented himself as an innocent victim of circumstance who happened to be at the worng place at the wrong time, when FBI agents searched the home he shared with his retired-schoolteacher parents, they found books on how to cheat polygraph tests as well as the crucial fiber evidence that eventually linked him to 12 murders.

After his arrest the killings ceased for a period, or so did police say. Some police say evidence against him was flawed and believe the case should be reopened. Williams’ lawyer claimed a Klansman named Charles Sanders confessed to the police that he helped the KKK kidnap and murder 21 black children. Allegedly, this evidence was suppressed to avoid a race war.

John Douglas, the FBI agent whose profile led to Wayne’s arrest, believes he was probably one of four killers active in the area. Douglas believes that evidence links Williams to at most 12 murders. According to the retired Federal agent, there are still black children being murdered in Atlanta and local authorities — scared of what they might uncover — are trying to keep a lid on it.

On June 5, 1998, two investigators of the widely publicized Atlanta missing and murdered children cases said again they believe convicted killer Wayne Williams is innocent. DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey and Fulton County Police Chief Louis Graham, both Atlanta police homicide investigators at the time the rash of killings occurred in the early 1980s, made the assertions on “Dateline NBC.” The state has also introduced evidence of 10 other murders, for which Williams was never indicted. Police ultimately blamed him for 24 deaths.

Williams was convicted of murder in the deaths of Nathaniel Cater, 27, and Jimmy Ray Payne 21, two of 29 young Altanta blacks murdered between 1979 and 1981. Williams was convicted of two of the homicides, but 22 others were closed after his conviction; five cases remain open.

After the conviction, authorities blamed Williams, who is black, for 22 other slayings but never charged him. Five of the 29 murders investigated by a special police task force remain officially open. The 41-year-old freelance photographer and talent scout was convicted in 1982 and sentenced to two life terms.

Williams became a suspect in the string of murders in May 1981 when police staking out a bridge over the Chattahoochee River — where some of the victims’ bodies had been found — heard a splash and stopped Williams as he drove away. Two days later, the body of Cater was found downstream.

The main prosecution evidence against Williams was tiny fibers found on the bodies and matched to rugs and other fabrics in the home and cars of Williams’ parents. His attorney said he is pushing for DNA testing to set him free after 18 years in prison. Lawyer Lynn Whatley said he is trying to raise the money to have tests–using advances in the science–conducted on hair and blood that linked Williams to two murders.

Fritz Haarmann (27+) Born in 1879, this perverted German pederast and his lover, Hans Grans, stalked the train stations of post-WWI Hannover searching for young boys. Always the enterprising killers, they would sell the flesh and clothing of their victims for fun and profit. Their deadly trade was first discovered in 1924 when bones from twenty-seven bodies were dredged out of the Leine River. A coat from one of the missing boys was traced back to the murderous love birds. Once in custody, Fritz started confessing. Haarmann enjoyed the attention he received during the trial and boasted of having killed up to forty people. He was decapitated on April 15, 1925. His lover Grans, who was not involved in the killings, received a twelve year sentence for selling stolen merchandise.

Roger Andermatt (27) On September 11, 2001, 32-year-old Swiss nurse, claiming he acted out of compassion, confessed to killing 27 elderly and ailing patients over a six-year period. The nurse, identified as Roger Andermatt, was arrested at the end of June after a suspicious death in a nursing home. He subsequently admitted killing nine patients there. Suspecting the toll might be higher, police launched a full investigation into mysterious deaths in other homes where Andermatt worked. Under interrogation, Andermatt confessed to 18 other killings, including 12 in a home for invalids in the central Swiss town of Sarnen.

If the death toll is confirmed, Andermatt will become Switzerland’s worst serial killer. Andermatt allegedly gave his victims an overdose of tranquilizers or smothered them with a folded plastic bag or a small piece of cloth over the mouth and nose. In some instances, the nurse claimed he first sedated the patients before suffocating them.

Andermatt insisted his motives were “sympathy, compassion and a desire to end the suffering of the patient.” But he also confessed that in some cases he was simply overwhelmed by the stress of work. The government in Obwalden, the small state where Andermatt lived and where many of the murders took place, said it was in shock. “The government regards it as tragic that such a crime could happen in such well-known and trusted surroundings,” it said.

Dean Corll (27) Born on Christmas Eve, 1939, this Texan maniac enjoyed killing young boys in the comfort of his own home. Friendly Dean would invite kids into his house to sniff glue and then, when they passed out, he would slip on the handcuffs and party in their butts all night long before snapping their life away. Not the shy type, Dean enjoyed biting his victim’s dicks off and kept a collection of them in a bag. In August 1973, one of his teen-aged helpers, Elmer Wayne Henley, shot and killed the portly psychopath after saying he would help him snatch more youngsters. Police found seventeen bodies under the floor of a boat house Dean rented as well as the bag full of severed genitalia.

Juan Martin Cantu (26) For more than a decade, Juan Martin Cantu lived with his wife in a ramshackle house near the Gulf Coast of Texas and worked odd jobs. On the side this model neighbor had a life as a hit man. The truth came out after Cantu was arrested on a charge of felony marijuana possession. During his interrogation, he admitted he had served time in Texas and Mexican prisons and that he also was responsible for 26 murders for which he had never been charged, precinct Deputy Constable George Gavito said. “I asked him, ‘Do you get off on this, get a joy from it?’ And he smiles and he tells me, ‘You know, it gives me a thrill,” Gavito said.

Cantu, jailed under the name Juan Martin Medrano, has a criminal record in Texas that dates to at least 1974, when he was convicted of burglary. After at least two more felony convictions for lesser offenses, he confessed in 1978 to six slayings, Gavito said. He was transferred to a Mexican prison under the terms of a 1970s treaty that allows foreign nationals to transfer to facilities in their home countries, but he was released four years later, police said. He had been living in Laguna Heights since at least 1991.

Cantu, 46, grew up the son of a poor rancher in the small Mexican state of Morelos. His first victim apparently had threatened his brother. By 17, he had become a contract killer, Gavito said. “He sat down with me and he told me that he started to kill people when he was 14,” Gavito said.

Gavito said Cantu placed the unsolved murders in several Mexican cities: Vera Cruz, Ciudad Juarez and Matamoros. He also said he killed people in Brownsville, Houston and Dallas; in Naples and Jacksonville, Fla.; and in Alabama. Investigator Lt. Joe Garcia said Cantu had been a known hit man for drug kingpin Cacho Espinosa.

Bruce Lee (26) Not to be confused with the martial arts legend, but instead a deformed epileptic pyromaniac who legally changed his name in honor of his Kung-Fu-fighting hero. This British arsonist once torched an old man after arguing with him over what to feed the pigeons. He killed eleven more people when he set an old age home ablaze. In 1980 British police arrested him in a public bathroom frequented by gay men while he was looking for a blow job. He confessed to all his crimes and is now locked up in an insane asylum practicing his Kung-Fu kicks.

Leonard Lake & Charles Ng (11-25) This pair of survivalists from hell built a torture chamber and snuff film parlor in a remote Northern California ranch to fuel their perverse lustmord. Lake, who went underground in 1982 after skipping bail on a weapons charge, was fond of his survivalist doomsday plan called “Operation Miranda,” which would be enacted immediately after the WWIII radioactive dust settled. He was building a system of underground bunkers around the cabin at Wilseyville, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, where mindless female slaves would cater to every one of his needs. (It’s reassuring to know that even sadists plan to survive the apocalypse.)

A pathological woman-hater who had been abandoned my his mother as a child, Lake preyed on men to use their money and their identification, and preyed on women for sex. In one of the siezed videotapes Lake expounds on his views on women. “I guess the bottom line of my statement, the simple fact is, I’m a sexist slob,” he says. “I enjoy using a woman … but in the long term I don’t want to bother.” On one of the tapes Lake mentions “The Collector” — a novel by John Fowles about an obscure little clerk with a penchant for butterfly collecting who nets a lovely, twenty-year-old woman — as his inspiration.

In April 1985, Lake and Ng videotaped themselves mistreating two captive women at Lake’s home in Wilseyville, in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County. Kathy Allen, a San Francisco-area supermarket clerk, and Brenda O’Connor, Lake’s neighbor, were never seen again. Lake on tape threatens the women with rape and death if they don’t agree to cooperate as sex slaves. He repeatedly uses the plural “we” while Ng stands by, Calaveras County District Attorney Peter Smith pointed out as the prosecution finished its summation. Ng, naked, is seen on tape getting a massage from a nearly nude Allen; Ng cuts away O’Connor’s shirt and bra as she pleads for her husband and baby, who are also among his alleged victims.

When captured in 1985 for a bungled shoplifting attempt, Lake committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide pill. When police reached Lake’s ranch they uncovered a “truckload of bones,” and a body stuffed into a sleeping bag. They also found videotapes and photos documenting their reign of terror. Ng, the only known serial killer with no vowels in his last name, escaped to Canada where he was later arrested for another bungled shoplifting attempt. In 1991, after fighting extradition for six years, he was returned to California where he is charged with conspiring in the sadistic killings of 12 people: two infants, three women and seven men. Authorities say Ng and Lake imprisoned, raped and tortured the women while using the men’s identities to take money from banks, credit accounts and even to collect a Super Bowl pool.

The son of a wealthy Hong Kong businessman, Ng has proved to be an astute corruptor of the legal system. Using every ruse, the former ex-Marine has been able to postpone his trial for 13 and a half years. At one point, after having fired a series of defenders, Superior Court Judge John J. Ryan allowed Ng to act as his own attorney. After several months Judge Ryan reinstated a public defender to the case to stop any more postponements by the crafty alledged serial killer. Finally, on October 26, 1998, his trial — considered by many legal experts the , most expensive trial in California legal history — began in Orange County.

A man who was to play a pivotal role in the trial of accused serial killer Charles Ng has died in a car accident in Calgary, Canada. Ng, arrested in Calgary 13 years ago after a worldwide manhunt, allegedly confessed his crimes to fellow inmate Joseph Maurice Laberge. Laberge, 46, died May 19 in a car accident near Crossfield, 18 miles north of Calgary. Laberge — whose name has not been revealed until now because he was under a witness protection program — was alone. Foul play has been ruled out.

During his stint on the witness stand, Charles Ng denied that his videotaped threats were real, saying they were just “bluffs” to sexually excite his pal Leonard Lake. Throughout his trial in Orange County, Ng’s lawyers claimed that the Hong Kong native was merely a patsy under the spell of Leonard Lake. In fact, on the witness stand Ng claimed that he knew nothing about the murders, even after helping his friend bury a couple of bodies. When he was questioned by prosecutor Sharlene Honnaka about the videotaped abuse on Kathy Allen, the shoplifting ex-marine testified that he had apparently it blocked out memory. The tape shows Allen giving Ng a massage. “It wasn’t a pleasant memory I would try to remember,” Ng said. “It didn’t stick out in your mind that you had a woman that had been kidnapped?” Honnaka said. “My subconscious may be blocking it. That’s my testimony,” Ng said. He added that “nothing sexual” occurred with Allen, although he took a shower with her.

Other testimony revolving around graphic cartoons he made in a Canadian jail read like the script of an absurdist play. Ng blamed most of the content of cartoons on Maurice Laberge. When Honnaka showed a drawing depicting Lake whipping a woman while Ng stands by eating a bowl of rice, Ng said it was a satire of the allegations, “to show how ludicrous this sort of thing is.” Another drawing depicted a man of Asian appearance cooking a baby in a wok and the phrase, “Daddy died, momma cried, baby fried.” Ng admitted drawing “the majority of it,” but said he had been goaded by Laberge.

Mr. Good Will himself, Ng said he drew the cartoons only for the amusement of Laberge. “Every time I send him a cartoon or we collaborate on a cartoon, he’d laugh.” He added that the cartoon was a joke referring to rumors that Lake and him had microwaved a baby. Other “satiric” cartoons showed Ng smashing a a baby in a pillowcase against something, Lake drowning a baby in a pillowcase and a man strangling a woman with pantyhose during sex.

Prosecutor Honnaka replayed segments of the videos, asking Ng what he meant by telling a shackled Brenda O’Connor: “You can cry and stuff like the rest of them, but it won’t do you no good.” “What do you mean by ‘the rest of them?”‘ Honnaka asked. “There’s no ‘rest of them,”‘ Ng said. “I just try to project that seriousness … so she wouldn’t resist.” Ng told the prosecutor he was acting tough — like a character in a Death Wish movie — when he cut away O’Connor’s shirt and bra and told her: “You’re totally ours.”

“I don’t want to act like a wimp, put it that way,” Ng said. “You don’t want to act like a wimp with a woman who’s asking about her husband and her baby and her friend?” Honnaka countered. “At that time I didn’t know who those people were,” said Ng. O’Connor, a 19-year-old neighbor of Lake’s, disappeared in April 1985 about the same time as Lonnie Bond, 27, their son Lonnie Bond Jr., 1, and friend Scott Stapley, 24, who lived in San Diego at the time. Ng said he helped Lake bury Bond and Stapley, and that was the first time he had seen a dead person so closely. That and the treatment of O’Connor, who was pregnant, left Ng “pretty disturbed about it afterward,” he said.

In a jailhouse interview with the Sacramento Bee, convicted serial killer Charles Ng said he was shocked and angry for being sentence3d to death. “It’s a strange experience,” he said. “It’s just like the doctor telling you that you have a terminal disease . . . You think you are psychologically prepared for it, but it’s still like a big shock.”

Three days before the jury’s recommendation, juror Karen Barrett received a call from a man who said he was “Charles” and told her: “I just wanted to tell you, you are very nice.” Superior Court Judge John J. Ryan allowed the juror to remain on the panel; she said she was “nervous” but would not be prejudiced by the incident. Ng refused to say whether he called the juror, but said Barrett was “the only one who gave me a smile and looked me in the eyes. I don’t know whether she had something going on or not.”

On February 24, 1999, a Santa Ana jury found Charlie guilty of 11 counts of first-degree murder. To expedite the process, a deadlocked count count was dropped by the judge. The jury also found special circumstances of multiple murder that makes Charlie eligible for the death penalty. Ng looked down at the defendants’ table as the verdicts were read and showed no reaction.

Dr. Stuart Grassian, a Boston psychiatrist, said Ng’s severe personality problems developed early in life because of a strict upbringing in Hong Kong. “He was never encouraged as a child to be assertive,” Grassian said. “He was always morbidly shy as a child and when teachers would say that he didn’t speak in class, his father would beat him with a cane. He felt debased, devalued. He was told he was stupid.”

Ng loved animals, Grassian said, and was devastated when one of his pet chickens was killed by a family member and wound up on the dinner table. Grassian said that once Ng came to the United States he sought guidance from authority figures because he was incapable of determining his own path in life.

Dr. Stuart Grassian described Ng, 38, as a classic “dependent personality” — an abused child and someone who would latch onto authority figures and do their bidding in order to gain acceptance. “Charles Ng was the type of person that would have ended up in South America drinking Kool-Aid,” said Grassian, referring to a mass suicide by poison at Jonestown in Guyana. “I don’t think he was predestined in terms of violence or sadism.”

“He didn’t know how to be assertive because they don’t teach you that in Hong Kong,” said his defense lawyer William Kelley. “He wanted to be told what to do.” As a child in Hong Kong Ng was beaten with chains by his father and spent so much time being ordered around that he became dependent on others to tell him what to do. “He was just like any other kid,” said Alice Shum, Ng’s aunt, speaking through a Cantonese interpreter. “A regular kid. He was shy. He was quiet.”

Ng came to the United States from his native Hong Kong in 1978 on a student visa to attend the College of Notre Dame near San Mateo. He was studying biology, but dropped out after the first year because of poor grades, he said.  Ng then joined the Marines. He said he grew up watching American war movies and that he had always been fascinated by the military. In San Francisco, he met a recruiter who enlisted him even though he was not a citizen or a permanent resident.

He eventually ended up at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Hawaii, where he ran afoul of the military authorities when he and three other soldiers raided a weapons depot. “It was just a chance for gun enthusiasts to get their hands on things that you couldn’t get in the outside world,” he said. Rather than face a court-martial, Ng fled.

He made his way back to Northern California, where he met Lake, a fellow Marine and a Vietnam veteran.  “Part of me saw him as the father or big brother I always wanted,” Ng said. Their friendship was interrupted in 1982, when federal authorities raided their mobile home and seized a large stash of weapons and explosives. Ng, still wanted by the military, was court-martialed. Lake jumped bail and became a fugitive. Ng served time at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., then rejoined Lake in 1984. That’s when the killing started.

During the penalty phase of his trial “Ng the victim” told jurors with graphic descriptions of how he was trussed up and bodily carried to some of his court appearances even though he never resisted, and showed photographs of a cage that was built to hold Ng when he arrived in Calaveras County after being extradited from Canada.

Poor Charlie’s lawyers then tried to depict him as a caring and loving man. According to the lawyer, the evercaring Ng offered consolation to his friends in times of grief and sent them gifts and artwork from prison.

One Betty Kirkendall of Cleveland, Oklahoma, testified she made friends with Ng after her son was murdered in 1983 and she decided to take up prison ministry. Mrs. Kirkendall said she was having problems with her husband, had been raped and had no one to communicate with when she began writing letters to Ng while he was imprisoned at Leavenworth, Kan., for weapons theft while serving in the Marine Corps.

When he was released from Leavenworth they decided to meet in person. She said she met Ng at the home of a friend in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and the next day picked him up in her car and drove to a motel. After they had sex, she said, she never saw him again and she felt later that it had been a mistake. Of the climactic meeting, she said, “It certainly wasn’t for sex. It was my way of saying, I really care for you.”

Chuck Farnham of San Jose, California, testified he wrote to Ng a year ago when he heard they had the common hobby of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. He said they began to talk by phone and Ng comforted him over the death of his father. “Of all the people I know I was surprised that with all his problems he had this genuine concern about what I was going through.”

Juan Corona (25) Born in 1934, Corona moved to Yuba City, California in the early 50′s as a migrant worker. There the Mexican national established himself as a family man and labor contractor, that is, until he was charged with hacking twenty-five men to death. His handiwork was uncovered on May 19, 1971, by a Japanese farmer touring the peach orchard where Corona’s labor crew was working. Most of the victims were drunken transients and migrant workers who no one missed. Corona, a burly father of four, was linked to the murders through a couple of receipts found in the clothing of two of the dead.

Most of the victims were stabbed or hacked to death, and bore signs of homosexual assaults, which lead people to believe that the killer could be Juan’s openly gay brother. In 1970, a young Mexican’s scalp was sliced open with a machete, in the cafe run by Natividad. The victim pressed charges agains Natividad, trying to get $250,000.00 in damages. Natividad fled to Mexico, and the case was left unsolved.

During his trial the defense tried to place the blame on Natividad, however there was no evidence placing him in the area at the time of the rampage. The jury deliberated for 45 hours before convicting him on multiple counts of murder. A month later Juan was sentenced to 25 consecutive terms of life imprisonment. While in prison, Corona lost his eye when he was attacked by four inmates. Currently Juan resides at Corcoran State Prison, where he is said to pace the yard obsessively mumbling to himself. In March, 1999, Corona was attacked by prisoners when several inmates invaded the recreation yard of prison’s protective unit. Corona, now 65, is said to be sick and suffering from dementia. During the security breach, the ransacking prisoners also smashed Chales Manson’s acoustic guitar. Prison officials said Corona sustained minor injuries.

Marcel Petiot (24+) While in medical school Marcel was already considered a thief. As a young doctor he was no better. It is believed that he killed three of his patients in Villanueve, France. Forced to leave the area, he moved to Paris where he continued his career as a swindler and a crook. During WW2, Doctor Petiot saw a golden opportunity to make lots of money. He bought a house in Rue Lesueur and customized it to become a sound-proof killing machine. There he killed up to 63 people, mostly Jews and others trying to escape the Nazis. The crafty Doctor told his victims that he was a member of the French Resistance and was able to arrange for their safe passage to South America for a steep fee. After receiving the money the doctor gave his victims a lethal injection saying it was a “vaccination” against foreign diseases. He would then lead them to a sound-proof room where he told them to wait for their Resistence escort. By then the poison would take over, the good doctor enjoyed watching their deaths through specially built peep-holes.

A thorough annihilator, he would mutilate the corpses and drop them into a lime pit. Later he started incinerating his ever increasing pile of dead. In early 1944 he was arrested and held briefly when he choked the neighborhood with the fetid smell of burning corpses coming from his incinerator. Policemen called to the scene found 27 mutilated bodies in the basement which, he said, were Nazis killed by the Resistance. Claiming to merely be doing his patriotic duty he convinced the cops to let him go. Free again, Marcel promptly disappeared.

After the war Parisians still remembered the stacks of bodies found in the Doctor’s home. A newspaper accused Petiot of being a Nazi sympathizer and that the dead were patriots killed for the Gestapo. Wanting to clear his name the doctor sent a letter to the papers claiming that the Nazis had set him up and planted the bodies in his basement.

He was arrested again in October 1944 and charged with 24 murders. During his trial he claimed to have killed up to 63 enemies of France. No one believed his ties to the Resistance. He was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to death. The deadly doctor was guillotined on May 26,1946. It is widely believed that Marcel killed many more and dumped corpses into the Seine. Authorities believe that Petiot was also responsible for several dismembered bodies found in Bois de Boulogne near Paris in 1942.

Bela Kiss (24) A Hungarian serial killer, Bela’s exploits were immortalized in a play by the surrealist poet Antonin Artaud called 23. In 1912, after Bela moved with his wife to the village of Czinkota, she started having an affair. Soon the lovers disappeared and Bela told neighbors that they had eloped. The deadly cuckold then started collecting 55-gallon metal drums. He told the village constable that they were filled with gasoline as a precaution for the coming war.

In 1914 Bela was drafted into the military and sent to the battlefield. By 1916 news had returned to the village that Bela died in combat. When soldiers passed through Czinkota looking for fuel, the constable remembered the drums of gasoline in the Kiss household. When the soldiers opened the drums they were startled by the discovery of 24 corpses preserved in alcohol. Apparently Bela, calling himself Hoffman, placed personal adds in newspapers describing himself as a “lonely widower seeking female companionship.” Those who answered were promptly garroted and stuffed into 55-gallon drums. Not surprisingly, two of the corpses found were those of his wife and her lover.

After the gruesome discovery, authorities traveled to the hospital were Bela died. There they were told that the Bela that died there was a young man. Apparently Bela had switched identities with one of the dying on the battlefield and was able to escape. There have been subsequent sightings of him in Budapest and persistent rumors have placed him in New York working as a janitor. But in Hungary he is remembered as the one who got away.

Helene Jegado (23+) Born in Brittany, France, in 1803, Helene once complained, “Wherever I go, people died.” Sure they did. Because she enjoyed poisoning them. As a teenager, she started her career as a domestic and started experimenting with poison. Eventually she wiped out the family of seven for whom she was working. Most of her subsequent employers suffered the same fate. Curiously, no one suspected her of any wrongdoing because of her pious demeanor.

In 1831, after killing one too many families and fearing arrest, she joined a nunnery and took her vows. There she was suspected of offing several sisters before renouncing God and returning to her job as a domestic. As before, people started dying in her wake. Strangely she kept getting hired for new jobs.

She laid off the arsenic between 1841 to 1849 but then started dipping into it again. After two deaths in the household where she was working police started suspecting her after her overtly defensive manner during a routine questioning. Furthermore, traces of arsenic were found in the bodies of the most recent victims as well as many of her former employers. However, Helene never admitted her guilt, In 1851 she was guillotined just the same for her wave of terror.

Ted Bundy (22+) The Picasso of the serial killing community. Ted was handsome, charming, intelligent, self-assured, with a brilliant future, and deadlier than a rattlesnake. Using his good looks, he was able to invisibly abduct and kill his victims and continue with his seemingly charmed life. From early 1974 to early 1978, the stranger called “Ted” stalked young women on college campuses, at shopping malls, in apartment buildings and grade schools in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Colorado and finally Florida.

This law student and Young Republican liked to wear an arm sling to appear vulnerable and get women to help him with his groceries. Once he lured his victims to the door of his car he would bludgeon them and take them away to privately enjoy their death. He favored killing pretty, dark-haired cheerleader types. He would attack his prey with blunt objects and was fond of raping and biting them. The bite marks on one of his victims were used as evidence against him at his trial in Florida.

As a teen, Bundy was shy and sensitive. At a Seattle crisis center, he counseled the depressed, the alcoholic, the suicidal. He graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Washington in 1972, designed a program for dealing with habitual criminals and wrote a pamphlet on rape for the King County crime commission.

Although no one knows for sure how many women Bundy killed, his first victim is believed to be Mary Adams, 18, whose battered body was found in her Seattle bedroom on January 4, 1974. In the next year and a half, police investigated several disappearances and killings of women in the West, some of them since linked to Bundy.

He was arrested in August 1975 and convicted in March 1976 of kidnapping Carol DaRonch in Utah. That fall, he was charged with killing a Michigan nurse in Aspen, Colorado. On December 30, 1977, after a previous failed attempt, Ted escaped from the Denver court house through a window while awaiting trial. He relocated to Tallahassee, Florida, near Florida State University where he perpetrated his blood-soaked “Guernica” of crime. In January 15, 1978, he set forth on a night of butchery and killed two girls, Margaret Bowmanand Lisa Levy, and wounded two others, Karen Chandler and Kathy Kleiner, in and around the Chi Omega sorority house in Tallahassee.

Two weeks later, on February 9, he stole a van and killed 12-year-old Kimberly Leach who she abducted outside her school in Lake City, Florida, for which, eventually, he was fried. Poor Kimberly’s body was found in a pig trough next to a plaid jacket that was not Ted’s. She was buried in a cemetery near a Purina plant under a heart-shaped tombstone with her picture on it. Two weeks later, on February 15, Ted was arrested after he was spotted by David Lee, a Pensacola policeman, in the stolen VW van.

Ted defended himself in trials in Utah, Colorado and Florida as the police tried to put together a trail of dead girls leading to him. During his various trials, a very self-possessed Ted Bundy defended himself garnishing praise and a legion of female admirers. After 11 years of trials and appeals, then-Florida Gov. Bob Martinez signed the final death warrant against Bundy on Jan. 17, 1989. Ted Bundy was electrocuted on January 24, 1989 at Florida State Prison.

On the night before his execution, Bundy talked of suicide, recalled Bill Hagmaier, chief of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crimes. “We had some discussions about morality and the taking of another life and his concerns about trying to explain to God about his actions,” Hagmaier added. For his last meal he had steak, eggs, hash browns and coffee.

On September 20. 1999, Ted Bundy’s mom held a news conference to say her son didn’t commit his first murder at age 14; but the mother 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr of Tacoma believes he did. “I resent the fact that everybody in Tacoma thinks just because he lived in Tacoma he did that one too, way back when he was 14,” said his mother Louise Bundy. However, Burrs and several investigators believe young Bundy stole Ann Burr from her bed on Aug. 31, 1961, and killed her.

Bundy denied involvement in Ann’s death up until his execution in Florida in 1989. In 1986, he wrote to the Burrs, saying, “I do not know what happened to your daughter Ann Marie. I had nothing to do with her disappearance. “You said she disappeared Aug. 31, 1961. At the time I was a normal 14-year-old boy. I did not wander the streets late at night. I did not steal cars. I had absolutely no desire to harm anyone. I was just an average kid.”

Arnfinn Nesset (22+) The deadliest Norwegian of the Archives. A balding, mild mannered nursing home administrator, Arnfinn is believed to have slaughtered up to 138 patients over a 20-year nursing career. In 1977 Arnfinn became the director of the Orkdal Valley Nursing Home. As he took his post, an unusual number of patients started dying.

No one suspected anything until 1981 when an employee noticed the purchase of a large amount of curacit, a derivative of the poisonous curare used as a muscle relaxant.

Police brought Arnfinn, the man in charge of purchasing the curacit, in for questioning. First he claimed he bought the drug to kill a pack of wild dogs around the nursing home. Then, inexplicably, he started confessing to killing 27 patients. At one point he exclaimed “I’ve killed so many I’m unable to remember them all.” In 1983 the lethal administrator was convicted of 22 murders. He was handed a 21-year sentence, the maximum allowed by Norwegian law. Last we heard from him, Arfinn changed his name, became a born-again Christian, and back on the streets.

Earl Nelson (22+) This Bible quoting drifter killed mostly landladies of boarding houses. After killing them he stuffed them under his bed before going to sleep. Dubbed the “Dark Strangler” and later “Gorilla Murderer” for his large, powerful hands. He is known to have committed twenty-two murders and was suspected of at least three more. He was captured and hanged in Canada on January 13, 1928. As he stood with the noose on his neck he told spectators “I stand innocent before God and man. I forgive those who have wronged me and ask forgiveness of those I have injured. God have mercy!”

Norman Afzal Simons (22) Norm is believed to be South Africa’s “Station Strangler.” He is presently serving a 25-year sentence for the 1994 murder of 10-year-old Elroy van Rooyen.

Since 1986 South African authorities had been stumped by the growing body count of young boys of mixed race appearing dead around Cape Town. At one point they asked for help from the Interpol and the FBI. Robert Ressler, the retired FBI expert who coined the term serial killer was called in to develop a psychological profile of the killer. With Ressler’s profile in hand and the sharp work of South Africa’s leading profiler, Dr. Micki Pistorious, authorities where able to nab their suspect. Police think Simons, a very well-educated man who speaks seven languages, is the “Station Strangler,” South Africa’s most notorious serial killer. I an eight-year murder spree, the “Strangler” is believed to have killed 21 boys and a young man, all of mixed-race.

His moniker comes from having found many of his victims in train stations. Most were later found in shallow graves around Cape Town after being sodomized and strangled. One body was found with a note that read: “One more, many more in store.” Elroy, his final victim, was last seen boarding a train with Simons at Cape Town’s Strand train station. His body was found 10 days later with his hands tied behind his back. According to police, Simons claimed his brother, who was murdered in 1991, was living inside him. He also started hearing voices after his brother sodomized him that ordered him to kill.

Thierry Paulin & Jean-Thierry Mathurin (21) Known as the “Old Ladies Killer” and the “Monster of Montmartre” these two men terrorized elderly Parisian ladies in the district of Montmarte from 1984 to 1987. Paulin, a native of Guyana, was a black transvestite drug addict with dyed platinum blonde hair. His boy-toy, Mathurin — a waiter from the Caribbean island of Martinique — was eventually charged as an accomplice in nine of the 21 sadistic slayings committed by the transvestite killer.

The first victim was Anna Barbier-Ponthus, 83. She was found bound, gagged and beaten to death on October 5, 1984. On October 9, 1984, firefighters discovered the body of Suzanne Foucault, 89, bound and with a plastic bag wrapped over her head. On November 5, Iona Seigaresco, 71, was found bound with electrical chord and beaten to death in her flat on Boulevard de Clichy.

Confirming police suspicion that a serial killer was praying on older women in the Montmarte district, on November 7 Alice Benaïm, 84, was found dead in her apartment. The next day, Marie Choy, 80, was found dead next door. She was bound with steel wire and was forced to drink causic soda before being beaten to death. The day after Maria Mico-Diaz, 75, was found bound, gagged and was nearly hacked in two with 60 stab wounds.

The similarities of all cases were quickly determined by police. All victims were old women ranging from 60 to 95, living alone in Montmarte. In all cases, they were attacked at the moment they opened their door on their way back from the market. Inside their apartments, the women were tortured, bound with electrical chord, gagged and beaten, strangled, stabbed or smothered to death. The apartment was then ransacked in search of money and other valuables.

The frantic Parisian police — overwhelmed by public outcries and a terrified citizenry — went into overdrive and arrested 60 junkies and assorted perverts hoping to crack the case. At the time Paulin and Mathurin left Paris and went to Toulosse where they hung out in gay clubs, did tons of coke and ended up separating after a fight.

Back in Paris Paulin severely beat his drug dealer who tried to cheat him. The man called the cops and got Paulin arrested and sentenced to 16 months in jail. Even though authorities had latent prints of Paulin from several crime scenes, they were not able link him to the string of deaths terrifying Montmarte.

In 1987 he was freed for good behavior and was back on the streets drug dealing. In a pre Dennis Rodman fashion statement, he started wearing earrings and dyed his hair platinum blonde. Never one to slack, by November he started killing old ladies again at his usual breakneck pace. The weekend of his 24th birthday he killed three old ladies. Another grandmother he left for dead was able to give the cops a description of her assailant.

Obviously, a black man with platinum blonde hair and earrings was not hard to find. On December 1 a cop recognized him on the street and arrested him. Once in custody Paulin panicked and fingered his old pal Jean-Thierry Mathurin as an accomplice.

While in jail at Fleury-Mérogis. Paulin felt like a star. He collected every newspaper clipping about him and proudly showed them off to other inmates. Paulin knew he had AIDS since 1985. On March 10, 1989, his health took a turn to the worse. He died the night of April 16 of AIDS related complications. His trial was never concluded so he was never found guilty of the crimes he committed. However, there is no doubt in the minds of French authorities that he was the “Monster of Montmartre.”

Carl Panzram (21) Not from the “Mister Nice Guy” file. The most unrepentant killer of them all. Carl started his criminal career by getting arrested at age eight for drunk and disorderly behavior. It was downhill ever since. His killing spree spanned two continents. While in Africa he hired eight blacks to help him hunt crocodiles. Instead, he killed his hired hands, sodomized their corpses and fed them to the hungry reptiles. He boasted of committing thousands of robberies, larcenies, arsons and having sodomized a thousand men.

Panzram had received a 20-year prison sentence for burglaries and was sent to a federal prison at Fort Leavenworth Prison, Kansas, in 1928. There, he began to write his memoirs of sodomy and murder, and he beat a prison laundry room worker to death. Panzram quickly confessed to the killing, asked to be hanged and got his wish. When an anti-death penalty group tried to save him, he was quoted as saying, “I wish you all had one neck, and I had my hands on it.” On September 5, 1930, Panzram got his death wish. Mean to the very end, while on the scaffold Panzram snapped at his executioner, “Hurry it up, you bastard. I could hang a dozen men while you’re fooling around.”

In his book Panzram blamed the prison system and society for turning him into a monster. He wrote that he was “not the least bit sorry” for the murders, rapes and robberies he committed during his lifetime. In 1970, his memoirs were published and later became the basis of a movie, Killer: A Journal of Murder.

Phoolan Devi (20+) Known as India’s infamous Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi, 36, is accused of massacring 20 upper-caste men in 1981 in the village of Behmai in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Now a lawmaker, Phoolan had previously been held prisoner and raped by the citizens of Behmai.

Indian police was ordered to arrest Phoolan before February 4, 1997, on a petition filed by Raja Ram, a resident of Behmai village, who claimed that the parole granted to Devi had ended in December. The ruling came seven weeks after the Supreme Court rejected Devi’s pleas to throw out 54 charges of murder, robbery, extortion and kidnapping still pending against her.

Devi won a seat in the federal Parliament in 1996 — after serving 11 years in prison — by championing the cause of low-caste Hindus. She portrayed her criminal career as part of a struggle between low-caste Hindus like herself and the upper castes in one of India’s most backward regions.

Charles Sobhraj (20) Known as “The Serpent” for his cunning and poisonous ways, Charles is Asia’s premier serial killer. A French national of Indian and Vietnamese parentage, Sobhraj is suspected of cutting a bloody trail through Asia and Europe killing backpacking tourist. In true serial killing fashion, Sobhraj was a persistent bet-wetter in his youth at a boarding school in Paris. After escaping twice from school to return to Vietnam, Charles started his career as a petty thief by forging checks from his sister’s bank account. He soon graduated to become a smuggler and international con man.

For most of his life Charles bounced back and forth from Europe to Asia and led a life devoted to crime. By 1972, the year of his first known murder, he was deeply involved in the heroin trade. Later on he later made a habit of killing off competing heroin traffickers. His preferred method of murder was slipping his victims a lethal drug cocktail and then robbing them of their money and possessions. His favorite victims tended to be European tourist. From 1972 to 1982 he is suspected of commiting at least 20 murders in India, Thailand, Afghanistan, Turkey, Nepal, Iran and Hong Kong.

Charles was arrested numerous times in France, Afganistan, Greece, and India, but usually managed to escape or bribe his way out of trouble. He was finally brought to justice in July 1976 after poisoning a busload of French engineering students. Planning to steal their passports so to more easily elude authorities, Charles handed what he said were dysentery pills to 60 students in the lobby of the Vikram Hotel in New Delhi. His plan backfired when the students started passing out while he remained in the lobby.

Found guilty of poisoning the tourist Charles was sent to India’s toughest prison where he bribed his way into a privileged type of incarceration. Over the years, “Sir Charles,” as his jailers called him, had the run of the place. Guards procured for him everything he wanted — food, visitors, cell phones, and numerous female companions.

On March 16, 1986, as his release date approached, Sobhraj escaped from the Tihar prison. The cunning killer threw a birthday party for himself and invited all guards and prisoners. Among the party treats were cakes, cookies and grapes. Surreptitiously, “Sir Charles” injected sleeping pills into the grapes knocking out all guest except for himself and four other inmates who proceeded waltz out of the front gate into the New Delhi streets. Sobhraj was so cocky, he had one of the group take photographs along the way. As a fugitive on the lam Charles behaved more like a vacationing college student. He was soon recaptured and found guilty of having an Italian-made pistol in his possession. Later he confessed to having purposely handed himself to authorities so to avoid extradition to Thailand where he was wanted for five murders and could be given the death penalty.

On February 5, 1997, New Delhi’s metropolitan magistrate, Prem Kumar, said Sobhraj had already remained in jail for a “period more than the maximum punishment prescribed” under the Indian law. In an effort to get him out of the country as quickly as possible all weapon charges against him were dropped. On February 14 Charlie was granted bail and, fearing extradition to Thailand, refused to leave his cell until he received his identity papers from the French embassy.

Minutes after his release he was rearrested for being in India without valid documents. The Indian government announced its intention of deporting Sobhraj back to France once his papers were in order citing that, “his continued presence in the country threatens law and order”. To expedite his departure from India, a reluctant French Embassy supplied a paperless Sobhraj with a travel permit to France after wrangling over his status as a French national.

Saying he is ready for a secluded and tranquil life after making a $15 million movie and book deal with French actor-producer Yves Renier, Charles left his New Delhi jail cell and boarded an Air France jet to the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Ever the sensitive killer, he told The Associated Press that he had reflected on his past, and “deeply regrets” certain aspects of his life. Fond of his Asian dwellings, Charlie said he felt like a stranger in France and hoped to return to India where he wants to open a school for poor children.

A free man in France, Sobhraj has proved to be as ruthless a businessman as he was a killer. A no nonsense celebrity, journalist are required to pay £5,000 to have coffee with him and discuss further monetary arrangements to secure an interview. Having already netted a few million on book and film deals for his autobiography, Sobhraj has proved to be quite the marketable commodity. Publications such as Le Figaro agreed to pay good money for posed pictures of him sitting in Paris cafés answering vapid questions. For him, every word has its price. As his agents is quick to point out: “We’re in 1997. Wherever people are offering money, people are taking it. It’s the name of the game. No money, no meeting.” Who says crime doesn’t pay?

Lucian Staniak (20) Known as “The Red Spider,” Lucian is considered the most prolific serial killer of Poland. His reign of terror started in 1964. A colorful killer, he left poetic notes commenting on his behavior. He killed his first known victim during a national holiday and left a note declaring: “I picked a juicy flower in Olsztyn and I shall do it again somewhere else, for there is no holiday without a funeral.” Over the next three years, this sexual deviant killed and mutilated at least twenty women. His reign of terror was finally uncovered when he slaughtered a fellow member of his Art Lovers Club. His paintings, done mainly in crimson and focusing on scenes of mutilation, made the police a tad suspicious. Tracing his itinerary for the past two years police noticed that it matched perfectly with the string of slayings. After confessing Lucian was sent to an insane asylum in Katowice where he still does a lot of painting.

Sasha & Lyudmila Spesivtsev (19+) In a one man crusade to cleanse modern Russia from the permissiveness of democracy, Sasha Spesivtsev, 27, killed at least 19 street children who he saw as the detritus of society. Inexplicably, with the help of his mother, he also cooked and ate them.

Sasha, an unemployed black marketeer and former mental patient, would lure his homeless victims from the streets and local train stations in the Siberian town of Novokuznetsk to his home. Suspicions of a serial killer active in the area surfaced the summer of 1996 when body parts appeared in river Aba near the school where Sasha’s mom, Lyudmila, worked. However, the investigation moved at a snail’s pace due to the nature of the victims — the poor children of the forgotten underclass — and the inept Russian judicial beaurocracy (see Andrei Chikatilo for further details of Soviet burocratic blunders).

During the initial stages of the investigation one of Sasha’s neighbors repeatedly complained to police of the deathly stench and deafening music coming from his apartment. No one ever came to investigate even though in 1991 a teenage girl was found dead in his place. A year later, when police finally entered his home they found 15-year-old Olga Galtseva dying on the couch with multiple stab wounds to her stomach. In the bathroom they found a headless corpse and in the living room there was a rib cage.

Before dying Olga told police that she, together with two other 13-year-old friends, helped the cannibal mother with some bags to her apartment. Once inside they were trapped by Sasha and a fierce dog. Authorities assume that Olga’s two little friends are dead. However, they claim they lack the funds to dig for their bodies or perform any genetic testing to establish the identities of the body parts they have recuperated.

Alexei Bugayets, a prosecutor for the Kemerovo region, which includes Novokuznetsk, said investigators believe they now can prove Spesivtsev killed 19 people, and expect to add dozens of other cases, the Tribune reported. Bugayets said a search of Spesivtsev’s apartment revealed 80 bloodstained pieces of clothing. He said tests established that none of them contained blood from anyone in Spesivtsev’s family.

Sasha, described by authorities as an “intellectual” who has written some books on philosophy, previously had been released from a psychiatric hospital. He was committed after being convicted of murdering his girlfriend.

In prison he spends all his time undergoing psychiatric testing and writing poems about the evils of democracy. Asked how he justifies his crimes, he rhetorically answered, “How many people have our democracy destroyed?… If people thought about that, there wouldn’t be any of this filth. But what can you do?” His mother, on the other hand, has withdrawn into herself and has not uttered a word since her arrest. Sasha, burdened with the heart of a true black marketeer, wants to sell his head to some institute so they can study his brain, and get paid, “in advance, in cigarettes.”

Sipho Agmatir Thwala (19) South Africa’s alleged “Phoenix Strangler,” Sipho Agmatir Thwala, is suspected of raping and strangling 19 victims with their underwear before burying them in shallow graves. On March 31, 1999, the Durban High Court found Thwala guilty of only 16 murders and 10 rapes, and he was sentenced to 506 years in prison. Thwala, 31, of KwaMashu, became the most wanted man in KwaZulu-Natal province, located in eastern South Africa along the Indian Ocean during an alleged year-long reign of terror. At the time of his murderous spree – between 1996 and 1997 – the Phoenix and KwaMashu communities were gripped with terror, not knowing who would be next or when he would strike again.

Thwala, who was acquitted of rape and murder in 1994, was arrested for the serial killings at his Besters squatter camp home in a pre-dawn swoop by police in August 1997. His arrest came days after DNA samples taken from the suspect, who was released on the rape and murder charges in 1994, matched those taken from several crime scenes.

The killer apparently lured his victims to the sugarcane fields fields of Mount Edgecombe, near Phoenix, by offering them employment. Thwala fitted the profile compiled by police forensic psychologist Micky Pistorius, who described him as “intelligent and charming to women, but extremely dangerous”. Thwala speaks English, Afrikaans and Zulu and grew up as a labourer in the cane fields where he sold cane to local residents.

His mother, Khathazile Ntanzi, described Twala as an intelligent man who could read and write even though he never received schooling beyond Grade 1. “He was a normal child, a gentleman and helpful around the house. He also bought us groceries when he had money. We are relieved he has been sent to jail. Who knows? He may have turned against us one day,” said his sister, Zibekile.

On March 31, 1999, a Dunbar judge sentenced Twala to 506 years in prison after he was found guilty of 16 slayings and other charges. Twala, 31, showed no remorse for his crimes. He was also found guilty of one charge of attempted murder, seven of indecent assault and three of rape.

Shortly before his sentencing, a rumour spread around Inanda that Thwala had been seen at his family’s home. An angry mob converged on the house, setting it alight after locking his mother, Khathazile 65, and his sister Zibekile, 41, inside as they prepared to go to church. A neighbour came to their rescue, dragging them from the blazing dwelling. Fearing for their lives, the family fled to the police station with Zibekile’s six-month-old son, Mthandeni, and her daughters Fikile, 2, Ntombizakhona, 7, and Phumelele, 8.

Both Thwala’s mother and sister said that they believed he “got what was coming to him” when Judge Vivienne Niles-Duner imposed the 506-year sentence on him. At the time of his reign of terror, neither Thwala’s mother nor his sister suspected that he was the killer. “He never changed his behaviour. He would even occasionally condemn the killings and said he hoped the killer would be caught soon,” said his mother.

Vadim Yershov (19) On June 10, 1998, Red Army army deserter Vadim Yershov fainted when he was sentenced to death for raping, robbing and stabbing 19 people. Yershov, 25, was sentenced by a military tribunal in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Fortunately for him Russia has suspended executing its convicts even though the death sentence is still part of the legal code. The Council of Europe urged Russia to abolish capital punishment as a condition for its membership in the organization.

Gerd Wenzinger (19) On June 16, 1997 Gerd Wenzinger — the German torture doctor accused of murdering and torturing up to 19 women in Brazil and Germany — hanged himself in his jail cell in Brazil after a court approved his extradition back to Germany.

Wenzinger, 53, was accused of killing 13 women in Germany and four more in Brazil. On June 12 Brazil’s Supreme Court approved his extradition which led to his death by hanging four days later. Wenzinger first attempted to kill himself after learning that German police had found a videotape showing him cutting a woman into small pieces.

Sergei Ryakhovsky (19) Sergei, a necrophilic killer known as “The Hippopotamus” because of his size, is believed to have slain up to 19 people in the suburbs of Moscow. Six more survived his attacks. In July, 1995 he was sentenced to death for his crimes

“I will be back,” Ryakhovsky said after being sentenced. Local television reported that the killer intended to file an appeal. Ryakhovsky, 32, thick-necked, heavy-handed and pasty-faced, earned his nickname because he is almost six feet six inches tall and weight of 280 pounds. When the trial started in April, the prosecution accused him of killing 19 men and women aged between 14 and 78 up to his arrest in April 1993. Allegedly Ryakhovsky carried out necrophilic acts on his victims and stole their belongings.

In true Eastern European serial killer fashion Sergei first confessed to most of the charges, but later admitted only three murder attempts on elderly women — despite the fact that he had led investigators to the naked and headless body of a young boy he killed. One of the more bizarre cases outlined by the prosecution was in January 1993, when they say Ryakhovsky killed a 78-year-old man, cut off his head with his hunting knife and returned a day later to saw off his leg. In another act of lethal bizarreness, in March of that year he strangled a woman, committed necrophilia, and blew her up with a bomb he put inside her.

Larry Eyler (19) A homosexual killer struggling with life in the closet. Larry took satisfaction wherever he could and then disposed of the evidence. At one point, as the police investigated him, he sued them for half a million dollars for “psychological warfare”. At his first trial the evidence against him was found inadmissible and Eyler walked out on bail to carry on with his deadly forays. Eventually, his arrogance led to his undoing when he dumped the dismembered body of a male hustler in his garbage. His handiwork got him the death penalty.

Larry died of AIDS in prison on March 6, 1994, shortly after a failed attempt to swap more confessions for a commutation of his Illinois death sentence. His alleged accomplice Robert Little is still a free man, though the college where he taught library science eased him out after the murder trial. Eyler’s former attorney was supposedly cooperating with families of the various victims on a wrongful death lawsuit against some unnamed accomplice, but nothing has come of it.

Paul John Knowles (18+) In 1974, after being released from jail, Knowles was rejected by a woman he met through an astrology magazine. That sent him on a one-night, three-body killing spree. He soon left town , leaving a trail of corpses on his wake. He would choose his victims randomly, entering their homes at gun point. He strangled his prey and stole their credit cards. Sometimes he would try to rape his victims, but usually his sword would go blunt before completing the deed. Using a stolen cassette recorder, he left a taped confession of fourteen murders with his lawyer and disappeared. He continued on with his deadly ways and eventually was hunted down by an FBI agent who shot him dead in Georgia.

Christopher Mhlengwa Zikode (18) Known as the “Donnybrook Serial Killer,” Zikode murdered 18 people and attempted to murder another 11 over a period of two years in the rural Natal midlands town of Donnybrook in South Africa. All his victims were between 20 and 30. His modus operandi was to kick open the door of his victims’ house, shoot the men in the head and drag the women to nearby plantations, where he would rape them repeatedly – sometimes for as long as five hours – and kill them. If they resisted he would shoot them first and commit necrophilia. Sometimes he would attack women from behind in footpaths in the area. Mhlengwa, 21 was arrested on September 29, 1995 and is presently awaiting trial.

On January 7, 1997, a High Court judge sentenced 23-year-old Zikode (23) to 140 years in prison, including five life sentences for a six-month rape and murder rampage. In the understament of the year the judge said during sentencing that Zikode had absolutely no regard for human life and his attitude to women was “contemptible,” and found it unnecessary to review the “gory details” of the case. Zikode was convicted on 21 charges, including eight murders, five rapes, five attempted murders and one indecent assault, between April and September 1995.

The judge noted “with dismay” that Zikode was arrested for the first time in July 1995 for the attempted murder of Beauty Zulu. While on bail he committed five more offences – two attempted murders, housebreaking with intent to rape, murder and rape. He was eventually successfully convicted with the help of South Africa’s star profiler, Dr. Micki Pistorious.

Joel Rifkin (17+) Joel Rifkin of East Meadow, New York, killed at least seventeen women, mostly prostitutes in the NY area. He was caught while driving a pickup with no license plates and a three-day old corpse sitting next to him. Rifkin was sentenced to 203 2/3 years to life is Attica, a complex of brick, red tile-roofed buildings clustered behind a 30-foot, concrete wall in the green hills east of Buffalo. He is confined to his cell 23 hours a day for his own protection.

In a jailhouse interview in 1999, Rifkin pondered on what made him kill all those women. “I still don’t understand why,” he said, noting he patronized hundreds of prostitutes for years before he started killing them. “There were nights I’d be with more than one girl. One girl would walk away fine; the other would end up dead. I don’t know why.

In a susprising turn, for the last five years in jail Rifkin, New York State’s most prolific serial killer, has been working on plans to build a shelter for prostitutes with counseling, drug treatment, medical help, and job training. The proposal for “Oholah House” — named for a biblical prostitute killed by her clients — has kept Rifkin busy in his windowless cell at Attica Correctional Facility for the past four years. It is his way of making amends for the 17 murders he admits he commited.

“My view of what I did — you can’t pardon it,” Rifkin said. “I don’t see forgiveness coming my way. It’s a way of paying back a debt, I guess. Sitting here until I die or get murdered is not paying a debt.”

“It’s obviously well thought out,” said Sidney-Anne Ford, executive director of the You Are Never Alone Project, a nonresidential treatment center for prostitutes in Baltimore. “This is a great thing he’s working on. It’s a pretty compassionate model for service.”

According to Fred Klein, chief of the major offense bureau for the Nassau district attorney’s office, “Joel’s a very bright person. He’s trying to help people, and I don’t see why people shouldn’t listen. If he’s come to the conclusion that he wants to use his brain and help people, that’s good. Maybe he hopes some day that people will see there’s another side of Joel Rifkin.” Who would have thought Rifkin to have a kind and decent side to his barbarous personality? “He’s a very thoughtful — at times, sensitive — person,” Klein said. “There’s something very different about him … He just has that one flaw.”

“A lot of the feelings you get with girls is total worthlessness,” Rifkin said. “They see themselves as being incapable of being loved. Their only experiences with men are abusive.” Oholah House would give women the tools and the confidence they need to leave behind a lifetime of prostitution, Rifkin said. Residence in the house, which would last 18 to 24 months, should be voluntary for it to be effective, he said. Only women dedicated to changing their lives will be able to do it, he said.

Residents would get help from many sources to help them make that change. There would be psychological counseling, job training, substance abuse treatment, medical care, parenting skills training, money management classes — all standard services for helping people get their lives in order. In instances where women still have supportive families — a rarity among prostitutes — he said family members should be invited to “reunions” as a way to re-establish connections.

Residents of Oholah House would be encouraged to form a “sisterhood” in the same way members of Alcoholics Anonymous have sponsors within the group to look out for each other. Rifkin suggested former residents should be encouraged to return to the house, whether they need more help themselves or to offer support to current residents.

(Oholah House information courtesy of Andrew Smith, Newsday

Leszek Pekalski (17+) Accused of killing 17 women from 1984 to 1992, Leszek was convicted of one murder but cleared of more than a dozen others. After an eight-month trial the Provincial Court in the northern city of Slupsk, Poland, sentenced Leszek to 25 years in a psychiatric institute. The court said there was insufficient evidence to convict him of the other killings. Leszek, when he was first arrested, admitted to killing more than 80 people. Later he said the police had forced the confession out of him.

“I’m a gullible man, and I was easily persuaded by what the officers had told me,” Pekalski told the judge. “I’m mentally weak, and if somebody pushes me, I break down. Then I admit to things I have never done. I have never killed anyone. I’m so scared. The prosecutor threatened that the victims’ families or the public would kill me if I’m acquitted or get a mild sentence. He yelled at me and told me to confess everything.”

Like in the O.J. Simpson trial, DNA tests of hair strands were to be crucial pieces of evidence implicating the defendant. Sadly the prosecutor’s hopes proved futile when Doctor Ryszard Pawelski from the Gdansk Medical Academy’s forensic medicine institute examined the evidence and declared that the cops had clumsily handled the hair strands and damaged their evidential value.

According to police Pekalski confessed to details of the crimes no one else could’ve known about. “We couldn’t find his trail for a long time. He never followed a regular pattern; there was no typical victim or a repeated killing method. He would hit with a wooden cane or would strangle his victim with a belt.”

Like other lust killers, the Pekalski was diagnosed with having an abnormal sex drive. When he was first incarcerated in 1992 he asked the warden’s permission to let him keep a rubber sex-shop doll in his detention cell. Poor lonely Leszek wasn’t allowed to get the sex-doll. He has appealed to the government’s Citizen Rights representative, and is awaiting the decision. Sources say he has put on a lot of weight in jail, and is hopeful to soon “find a girl,” in the flesh or made out of rubber.

Donato Bilancia (17) On May 15, 1998, Donato Bilancia, confessed to a string of slayings in the Italian Riviera, saying he was mentally ill, suddenly flipped and could not explain his 90-day long serial killing spree.

Bilancia spent seven hours through the night smoking and confessing to the magistrate in charge of his case to the tune of 18 murders, 15 of them since October. “He expressly asked for treatment because he is not able to realise what he has done. He cannot explain to himself what happened: something suddenly went off in him,” the lawyer said. The confessed killer, who was arrested May 6, added that he had acted alone and on his own initiative.

Prosecutors in Genoa said they now have evidence linking a Donato Bilancia to the killing of two women on trains around the Italina Riviera. Sources close to investigation confirmed that prosecutors had found gunpowder on the clothes of the two women shot dead in the toilets of trains to the crime scenes of the six murdered prostitutes.

Police said Bilancia was also under investigation for the murder of a money-changer near Ventimiglia on the French border in March and of a gas station attendant killed on the highway between Ventimiglia and the Mediterranean port city of Genoa in April. They have also reopened the case of a October 1997 shooting of a newlywed couple in their apartment in Genoa.

A second official arrest warrant was issued for Bilancia in connection with the murder of two security guards shot dead last year when they went to the aid of a transvestite being attacked. The transvestite, called Julio Castro and known as “Lorena,” pointed out Bilancia as the alleged assailant in an police lineup. Police revealed that one of the train murders took place on the same Genoa-Ventimiglia line where Bilancia’s brother, Michele, threw himself and his small son into the path of an oncoming train 11 years ago.

Bilancia, whose Genoa apartment was found to contain porn videos, syringes, and a statue of a phallus, said he bought a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver last year with 50 bullets and, “after firing a few practice rounds”, set about killing a string of people after he was betrayed by people he knew in the local gambling world. In a lurid 14-page confession, the feared Riviera Serial Killer calmly recounted in detail how he had killed a gas station attendant, two goldsmiths, two bureau de change operators, two women in train lavatories, three security guards, four prostitutes, an underworld gambling figure and his wife, and a fellow gambler.

He started his murderous rampage with the killings of the underworld gambling figure Maurizio Parenti and his wife Carla. Next came the fellow gambler, Giorgio Cenentaro, who he strangled with adhesive tape. Donato said he murdered a prostitute “for each nationality” that worked his city’s streets. His penultimate murder victim was Elisabotta Zoppetti, a 32-year-old nurse from Milan, who was returning home on a high-speed train from a weekend on the Riviera.

“I got on the train at Genoa. In first class there was a woman,” said Bilancia. “I didn’t know her. I waited until she went to the lavatory, taking her bag with her. I opened the door with a false key. She screamed. I put her jacket over her head and fired. I had got on with the intention to kill. The victim had to be a woman, even if I never touched her.” His last victim, Maria Angela Rubina, 32, also died in the bathroom of a train. “I did it like the other one,” he told police. “Very quickly.”

On April 12, 2000, Donato Bilancia, 49, was sentenced by a Genoa court to 13 tlife sentences. Bilancia, a compulsive gambler, confessed to slaying 17 people in a six-month killing spree on the Italian Riviera.

Robert Hansen (17) A model father and a hard-working baker, Bob turned out to be the most active serial killer in Alaskan history. From 1973 to 1983, this expert pilot and avid hunter would fly hookers and topless dancers to his remote cabin hideaway in the Alaskan wilderness for rape and murder. After repeatedly sexually abusing his hapless victims he would set them free in the freezing woods and hunt them down with his high-powered hunting rifle.

Bobby had a long police record starting in Iowa as a teen arsonist. While living in Alaska he had several run-ins with the law involving larceny, assault with a deadly weapon, rape and kidnapping. However, he managed to get away with serving hardly any time for his crimes and lived a normal life as a married man and a hard working and respected member of the community. Authorities first suspected Bob of being a serial killer when a lucky prostitute dashed naked from his plane to escape certain death. While investigating the incident they discovered several other “women of the night” who had similar experiences with him. Soon Anchorage police started piecing together a picture of their prominent baker as a manic-depressive arsonist, kleptomaniac, rapist and possible serial killer.

When authorities first searched his home they found 30 hidden weapons as well as mementos and maps marking the location of the graves of his victims. Eventually Bob confessed to 17 killings which he referred to as his “summertime project.” Profoundly moral, Bob hoped to forcefully teach his prey a lesson for their whoring and stripping ways. Under heavy guard Hansen was flown by helicopter to the Knik River in the Alaskan wilderness where he pinpointed with great accuracy the location of several graves. In 1984 Bob was handed a sentence of life plus 461 years which he is now serving in Spring Creek Correction Facility in Seward, Alaska. . There he hopes to “become a writer.” Eventually, he says, “I’ll write my own story.” Two publishing houses have already offered him a contract.

Jeffrey Dahmer (17) The founding father of Cannibals Anonymous. As a kid, Jeff liked to torture and kill little animals. As an adult he did the same with humans. This Milwaukee chocolate factory worker lured gay, black men to his apartment with the promise of sex and drugs and instead killed them and had them for dinner.

Once his victims were dead, Jeff came to life. He enjoyed sex with corpses and was conscientious enough to always wear a condom. Sex with live beings was not as good, he said, because they could get up and leave at any minute. He also enjoyed mutilation and experimented with different ways of disposing of his victims. He once tried to turn one of his victims into a zombie by performing a homemade lobotomy on the man by drilling into his brain and pouring acid into the holes.

When captured, police found three dissolving bodies in 55-gallon acid vats in his bedroom. They also found four severed heads, seven skulls, skeletons in his closet and a penis in a lobster pot. Curiously, he had no food in the fridge, only condiments. In the freezer he had a heart stashed “to eat later.” Although he enjoyed munching his loved ones, at the time of his arrest he was rail thin. In jail authorities managed to fatten him up. Jeff met his end when he was viciously attacked by Christopher Scarver, a convicted killer on antispychotic medication, while mopping the bathroom floor in maximum security. The lethargic cannibal died with a mop handle sticking out of his eye socket. At his mother’s request, his brain was preserved in formaldehyde for future study.

A year after his death his parents began battling over the killer’s preserved brain. On December 12, 1995, this absurdist saga came to an end when a judge ruled in favor of his father who wanted to honor his son’s request of being cremated. The last chapter of the Dahmer postmortem involved his personal belongings. A lawyer representing the families of some of his victims planned to auction Dahmer’s possessions to raise money for his clients. The city of Milwaukee was outraged by the idea. As of May 29, 1996, Thomas Jacobson, the lawyer representing eight of the 11 families announced that Jeff’s estate would be going to the incinerator instead of the auction block after a civic group, fearing bad publicity for their fair city, pledged to pay $407,225 for the famed cannibal’s household items.

Eddie Lee Moseley (16+) Prosecutors in Fort Lauredale, Florida, said they would ask a judge to dismiss four murder convictions against a man who has served 21 years for pleading guilty to six killings and a rape, after DNA tests proved he did not commit two of the murders. Broward County prosecutors cleared 49-year-old Jerry Frank Townsend of four of the murders because they said the DNA results found no credible evidence to support his confessions. The tests for the two murders found DNA from another man, Eddie Lee Mosley, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said. Mosley, now 52, has been in state psychiatric hospitals since 1988, when he was found incompetent to stand trial for the murders of two Broward women.

Townsend will remain in prison for two other murders and a rape he confessed to committing in Miami-Dade County, but prosecutors there said they were investigating whether the convictions should stand. Dennis Urbano, one of the attorneys who represented Townsend in the Miami-Dade cases, said it would be unfair to keep his client locked up because his confessions cannot be trusted. According to the attorney Townsend was mentally retarded and confessed to any crime police mentioned because he wanted to please them. Urbano said he experimented with Townsend at the jail and could get him to confess to anything.

On June June 15, 2001, Townsend was freed after DNA evidence indicated he didn’t commit any of the killings he confessed to having committed. “It is abundantly clear that he is the victim of an enormous tragedy,” said Judge Scott Silverman.

In 1979, Townsend, 49, was convicted of two murders and pleaded guilty to four others after confessing to the six killings. But his confession was thrown in doubt when DNA evidence in two of the murders cleared him and pointed at Mosley as the killer.

Police said Townsend, whose IQ is between 50 and 60 and has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old, admitted to crimes he did not commit to please detectives. “He liked the cops, he wanted to be with the cops. They were his buddies and frankly that’s a great tool if you get suspects to like you — that’s a good thing,” Miami Assistant Police Chief James Chambliss said. “He was trying to be helpful to them. That’s where the problem came up.”

Townsend was originally arrested and charged with raping a pregnant woman in daylight on a downtown Miami street. The victim and witnesses pointed him out to police a few blocks away. During the investigation, Townsend confessed to several other slayings and was taken to murder scenes in Broward County.

On September 1, 2001, Fort Lauderdale police announced DNA evidence had linked Mosley to the death of an eighth woman slain in 1984. Mosley, who has been involuntarily committed to psychiatric institutions since 1988, was genetically linked to the rape and murder of 29-year-old Loretta Young Brown. Previous DNA tests have linked Mosley to the seven other deaths — Emma Cook, 54; Teresa Giles, 22; Sonja Marion, 13; Vetta Turner, 34; Shandra Whitehead, 8; Terry Jean Cummings, 21, Naomi Gamble, 15. Mosley has not been charged with any of the killings because he has been found incompetent to stand trial in two of the murders. Prosecutors began testing Mosley’s DNA against several South Florida murders after tests linked him to the 1985 slaying of 8-year-old Shandra Whitehead. He is suspected of slaying up to 16 women and young girls in the Fort Lauderdale area between 1973 and 1987.

November 17, 2001: According to a court-appointed psychologist, Mosley is incompetent to stand trial for those crimes because he is mentally retarded. Mosley was evaluated in the state psychiatric hospital in Chattahoochee, where he is confined. “It is the opinion of this examiner that Mr. Mosley is incompetent to proceed,” psychologist Trudy Block-Garfield wrote in the competency evaluation report. She added Mosley does not have a rational understanding of the murder and rape charges against him, does not understand what the death penalty means, did not understand the role of his lawyer or the prosecutor and would not be able to give reasonable and relevant testimony.

Block-Garfield wrote that Mosley functions somewhere in the range of a 51/2-year-old and an 11-year-old, with the verbal ability of a 7-year-old, and that over the years his IQ has tested in the high 40s to the low 60s. “In virtually all testing, he scored in the mentally retarded range,” she wrote. “There is no real indication that Mr. Mosley is psychotic, and it is questionable that he ever was psychotic.”

Fort Lauderdale homicide detective John Curcio has maintained that Mosley was putting on an act in his interviews with psychologists through the years.

Douglas Edward Gretzler & Willie Luther Steelman (16+) On June 4, 1998, rampager Douglas Edward Gretzler — who had been on death row since November 15, 1976 — was executed by lethal injection for two murders in Arizona’s first daytime execution. Gretzler, 47, who along with mental hospital escapee Willie Luther Steelman, confessed to killing 17 people during a week long rampage through Arizona and northern California. Asked if he had any last words, Gretzler turned his head toward the 35 witnesses behind the glass and said: “From the bottom of my soul, I’m so deeply sorry and have been for years for murdering Michael and Patricia Sandberg…. Though I am being executed for that crime, I apologize to all 17 victims and their families.”

Gretzler and Steelman were convicted in the November 3, 1973, slayings of Marine Capt. Michael Sandberg and his wife, Patricia, at their Tucson condominium. Yhe lethal duo spotted Sandberg washing his car in a parking lot and forced him into his home, where his 32-year-old wife, a University of Arizona graduate student, was studying.

The couple was hog-tied — one on a bed, the other on the living-room couch — for several hours while Gretzler and Steelman ate their food. At sundown, they shot them several times in the head, stole their car, cash and credit cars and headed to northern California.

On November 6, Gretzler and Steelman robbed grocery store owner Walter Parkin of $4,000 in cash and checks and killed all nine people inside Parkin’s home outside Victor, California. Among the victims were a 9-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl, both shot in the head as they cowered in bed under the sheets.

The killers were arrested two days later in Sacramento where they confessed to six additional killings. Among their possessions was “In Cold Blood,” Truman Capote’s book about a Kansas murder case.

Jose Antonio Rodriguez Vega (16+) Spains’s most prolific killer, Jose Antonio killed at least 16 old widows in and around Santander, a coastal city in Northern Spain. A bricklayer by trade, Vera conned his way into the houses of old ladies under the pretext of doing a job for them. Once inside the killer would be “overcome by excitement” and would jump his geriatric victims.

Usually Vega would strangle them, take off their panties, fondle their genitalia, and/or rape them post mortem using brooms and other objects. Though each attack was sexually driven, no semen was found in the victims because the killer was impotent.

A fastidiously neat individual , Jose Antonio hardly left a trace of his crimes at the scene. Authorities had not even classified his first three victims as homicides until he was arrested. Jose Antonio left each of the dead ladies cozily tucked in their beds convincing many that the poor women died of old age. His crime spree started in 1986 –after serving part of a 27-year sentence for rape — and ended with his arrest in 1988.

A cold-hearted and calculating serial killer, Vega enjoyed taking home “trophies” from each of his kills. In his burgundy draped, one-room apartment which he shared with a woman, he created a lavish altar dedicated to his fetishistic collection of mementos from each of his crimes. The extent of his killing spree was discovered when authorities broadcasted a video of Vega’s home showing his collection of fetishes. Many viewers recognized several objects linking Vega to their dead relatives.

During his trial in 1991, he enjoyed the constant harassment from the public who wanted to lynch him for his crimes. Always impeccably dressed, Vega received a sentence of 440 years, which in real time in the Spanish judicial system translates to no more than 20 years. By 2008, when the accused killer turns 51, he will be free again and, most probably, will continue killing.

On October 25, 2002, the granny killer was stabbed to death by two fellow prisoners in the courtyard of Topas jail in western Salamanca province. By law, Vega, who was 44 at the time of his death, could only serve a maximum of 30 years in jail. The granny killer was due to be released in 2008.

Richard Ramirez (16+) A Los Angeles transient known as the Night Stalker, Rich was captured in Boyle Heights, a Latino neighborhood, by an angry mob after he attempted a carjacking. His good looks made him a crowd favorite. His Metalhead-gone-Satanist image made him a cult figure. Like Manson, he is an unrepentant photo-opportunity-type killer with a bevy of female followers.

He enjoyed breaking into houses and calmly killing, raping and partying all night long. He would smoke big, fat joints of sinsemilla as he strolled around his victim’s homes playing his AC/DC tapes, spraying satanic slogans on the wall and raiding the fridge.

Some have tried to explain his Satanicness to the toxic and radioactive poisoning of his genes before his birth. It is documented that both of his parents were exposed to Atomic Radiation Poisoning in Mexico. Then, after they immigrated to the U.S.A., his mother worked mixing toxic chemicals for a long time. She collapsed at work when five months pregnant with Richard. She didn’t return to work until after his birth.

During his trial he tattooed a pentagram on the palm of his hand which he flashed it at the press cameras. After being sentenced to death he said: “You don’t understand me. You are not expected to. You are not capable of it. I am beyond your experience. I am beyond good and evil. I don’t believe in the hypocritical, moralistic dogma of this so-called civilized society. I need not look beyond this courtroom to see all the liars, the haters, the killers, the crooks, the paranoid cowards — truly trematodes of the Earth, each one in his own legal profession. You maggots make me sick! Hypocrites one and all. We are all expendable for a cause. No one knows that better than those who kill for policy, clandestinely or openly, as do the governments of the world which kill in the name of god and country. I don’t need to hear all of society’s rationalizations. I’ve heard them all before and the fact remains that what is, is. Legions of the night–night breed– repeat not the errors of the Night Prowler and show no mercy. I will be avenged.” Then, as he was lead out of court, he exclaimed “No big deal, death comes with the territory. See you in Disneyland!”

While in jail he fixed his teeth and married one of his groupies. On October 3, 1996, Doreen Lioy, 41, married Richie in a simple and tasteful ceremony in San Quentin’s waiting room. Lioy is a free-lance editor who works part-time for teen magazines, lives in a houseboat, has bachelor’s degree in English literature, is said to have an IQ of 152, and is supposedly still a virgin. Doreen was first attracted to Rich in 1985 when she saw a picture of him in the paper wearing a bandage A truly devoted lover, she wrote 75 letters to him before she was allowed to visit him. The couple got engage in 1988, but prison regulations delayed the wedding until 1996.

Randy Kraft (16+) Another in the tradition of California freeway killer. Randy, a graduate of the prestigious Claremont Men’s College, liked to pick up young men, especially marines, drug them and strangle them. On May 14, 1983, a highway patrolman stopped Kraft in Mission Viejo for suspected drunk driving and noticed the dead marine sitting next to him. In the car, police also found pictures of several other victims, and a so-called death list with the victims’ addresses and other incriminating items.

Prosecutors suspect Kraft killed as many as 45 young men in Southern California, Oregon and Michigan. A soft-spoken former computer programmer, he targeted hitchhikers between 18 and 25 years old. Many were sexually tortured before being strangled with their own belts. One victim’s eyes had been burned with a cigarette lighter. Another man’s head was found in the waters off the Long Beach Marina. Authorities believe he strangled his victims after drugging and sexually assaulting them, spawning Orange County’s longest and costliest murder case.

After a 13-month trial, jurors deliberated two days before sentencing Kraft to death. The trial court judge upheld the penalty, saying the killings and mutilations were beyond comprehension. “I can’t imagine doing these things in scientific experiments on a dead person, much less [to] someone alive,” said Superior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin at the time.Randy was known as the “Score-Card Killer,” because he kept a coded notebook with a tally of all his kills. Police linked him to sixty-two deaths spanning three states, but only sixteen have been proven conclusively.

Before sentencing, Kraft strongly maintained his innocence. “I have not murdered anyone, and I believe a reasonable review of the record will show that,” he told the judge. In his appeal, Kraft argued that his original trial was riddled with more than 20 legal errors. His most serious charge claimed the judge erred in allowing prosecutors to use as evidence the “death list.” His attorneys alleged that the list–a sheet of paper bearing 61 cryptic entries that prosecutors called a “score card” of victims–improperly prejudiced the jury against him. But the Supreme Court disagreed, saying the list was relevant to the case.

On August 11, 2000, the California Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in what officials described as an important advance in the effort to execute the notorious serial killer. The justices unanimously rejected Kraft’s claims that he received an unfair trial, saying he should die for the decade-long murder spree.

Herb Baumeister (16) Tally one for the family-man-by-day-gay-killer-by-night file. Herb Baumeister was the embodiment of the American dream. He built from scratch a chain of successful local thrift stores in Indianapolis and led a seemingly normal life as a husband and a devoted father of three. However, when police uncovered the remains of seven young gay men in the woods of Fox Hollow Farm — the family’s $1 million estate in the exclusive Indianapolis suburb of Westfield — Herb’s American dream was more like a murderous nightmare.

In fact, Herb’s wife of 20 years — Julie — had no idea of what Herb was all about. Every summer, while she and the kids went to Herb’s mom’s lakeside condo, he stayed behind “to work.” A big fan of autoerotic asphyxia, Herb is suspected in as many as a dozen unsolved gay murders along the Indiana Interstate, and another dozen young gay men killed in Ohio and Indiana.

In June, 1996, while Herb was at the condo, officers found hundreds of bones — adding up to the remains of seven people — in the woods behind his estate. All the victims frequented the same bars that Baumeister did, and all went missing on days when his wife and kids were away. Not one to face the music, Herb took off to Canada where he committed suicide

For Julie Baumeister the shock was monstrous. The man she thought was a hard-working and devoted father — the man she shared her bed with for 20 years — was clearly one of Indiana’s most prolific serial killers.

In May 1993 gay men began disappearing to the tune of 10 over two years. Police scoured gay Indianapolis for clues. In the fall of 1994, a man told them of a strange tryst he had with someone named Brian: They had gone to Brian’s sprawling estate and engaged in autoerotic axphixiation. A year later the man spotted Brian again and, aware of the rash of disappearances, took down his license-plate number. As it turned out, Brian was Herb.

November of that year — though lacking sufficient evidence for a search warrant — detectives showed up at Fox Hollow Farm asking to search the estate. When Herb refused, they went to work on Julie. They told her about Herb’s cruising and that they suspected him of being a serial killer. She refused to believe them. “The police came to me and said, ‘We are investigating your husband in relation to homosexual homicide. I remember saying to them, ‘Can you tell me what homosexual homicide is?’”

Five months later they approached her again. Remembering a skull and a cluster of bones her 13-year-old son had found in the woods outside the house which her husband casually dismissed as an old skeleton his father kept, she became more suspicious of her now estranged husband. Finally, with Herb gone for some R & R at the lakeside condo, she allowed police to inspect the property. As the search began, the 49-year-old Baumeister disappeared. Eight days later, on July 3, 1996, campers discovered his body lying beside his car in Ontario’s Pinery Provincial Park, with a bullet hole from the business end of a .357 Magnum in his forehead.

On April 28, 1998, investigators concluded that Herb probably killed 16 men in all after linking him to nine other men whose bodies were found dumped along rural roads in Indiana and Ohio between 1980 and 1990.

Dr, Harold Shipman (15-300) Manchester Family practitioner Harold Shipman has become the focus of Europe’s biggest murder investigation: he is suspected of killing more than 116 patients over 14 years. Dr. Death — as he is known by British media — was linked to 77 killings after police charged him with six murders and started investigating other suspicious deaths surrounding his medical practice.

As of now nine bodies have been exhumed. Police are checking the bodies for lethal dosages of drugs. To avoid publicity and crowds, police have been performing the exhumations at night, witnessed by a priest. All the exhumations have recovered the remains of female patients ranging in age from 49 to 81. In 49 of the cases, Dr Shipman’s patients opted for cremation, forcing investigators to make deductions from the patients’ medical records and from their families’ evidence.

The investigation into Dr Shipman’s practice began after relatives of Kathleen Grundy, 81, a former mayoress and respected charity worker from Hyde, near Manchester, discovered that she had left nothing in her will to her two sons and her daughter. Dr Shipman is charged with falsely obtaining cash and possessions worth the equivalent of R3,2-million from Mrs Grundy’s estate.

London Police exhumed a sixth bodyin the case of a doctor suspected of killing up to 28 of his patients for their money. Dr Harold Shipman has already been charged with killing four patients and forging the will of one, a former mayoress in his hometown of Hyde, near Manchester.

Police said after Shipman,52, was charged with the first murder that he may have claimed another 27 victims, all former patients. The bearded, grey-haired doctor wept when he appeared again in court and charged with three more murders.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester police said the body of Marie Quinn (67), who died in November last year, was exhumed yesterday and a new postmortem would be carried out. She would not confirm reports that police expected to exhume yet another body in the next few days on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Shipman had provided death certificates giving plausible causes of death for his alleged victims, most of whom were elderly. He had practised as a family doctor in Hyde for more than 20 years and police are now reported to be investigating up to 3 000 prescriptions that he wrote.

“He is the dullest serial killer I have ever met,” a spokesman for the Greater Manchester Police said. “He certainly doesn’t act like a murderer.” This is the sentiment echoed by almost everyone who has come into contact with Harold Shipman, the quiet, unassuming, solicitous doctor who stands accused of being one of Britain’s most prolific killers of modern times.

Dr Shipman was charged with another seven murders of his patients, bringing the total to 15. It is reported that a total of 150 cases are being investigated, although the Greater Manchester Police remain tight-lipped, rigidly enforcing subjudice laws. They refused to “enter into speculation about more charges or whether a line will be drawn here”. All of the deaths were sudden. All of these vulnerable elderly women died within an hour of a house call from their doctor, who was convicted of administering them fatal injections of diamorphine, the medical name for heroin. After their deaths the good doctor fabricated the cause of death on the death certificates.

Statistics expert Professor Richard Baker believes British doctor Harold Shipman may have killed between 200 to 300 of his patients. A report authored by Professor Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales,

Everything points to the fact that a doctor with the sinister and macabre motivation of Harold Shipman is a once in a lifetime occurrence compared the pattern of deaths at both his former practice in Hyde, Greater Manchester, and his first practice in Todmorden, Yorkshire, with other similar practices showing that there were 345 extra deaths when Shipman’s records were compared with normal practice at similar surgeries.

However, more detailed analysis of the circumstances surrounding each death means that the probable figure is 236 – as these were the patients who died at home. Researchers at the University of Leicester, took into account factors such as time of death, and whether relatives or Dr Shipman himself were present. For example, many of Shipman’s patients appear to have died in the afternoon, which is also unusual.

Professor Baker told the BBC: “I am only presenting circumstantial evidence – this was not a forensic investigation. There were a lot of cases about which there was a reason for concern.”

After reviewing all the evidence and his own records, the police and other investigating authorities said they suspected he had killed as many as 192. The latest research looked at the years 1974 to 1998, to calculate the number of what the study termed “excess deaths”. Between 1985 and 1998, Professor Baker’s analysis suggested that more than half of 288 documented deaths under Shipman’s care were “highly suspicious”. Another 14% were “moderately suspicious”, he said.

Earl Frederick (16) A suspected serial killer in the Oklahoma County Jail, Earl won an appeal from death row at McAlester, Oklahoma. A former policeman, Earl is suspected of at least 16 murders.

Dennis Nilsen (14) The British Jeffrey Dahmer. This alcoholic homosexual could not come to grips with life in the closet and resorted to murder and necrophilia. He would lure young homeless men to his apartment, render them unconscious with liquor and strangle them to death to the sound of the LSO’s ‘Classic Rock’ recordings. He liked to stash their bodies under the floor boards and in cupboards. Occasionally he would take one out, bathe and dress it, and pretend to have a date. He would lay the corpse next to him in bed and masturbate. Then, return it to the floor boards. Like Dahmer, he killed out of loneliness. He enjoyed small talk with his friends the cadavers. He kept an assortment of body parts around the house as company and sometimes even left them in plain view when he went out to work.

Nilsen killed at least 14 men over 4 years, and destroyed their bodies in a series of large bonfires in his garden. However, when he was forced to move to a new apartment with no garden he had to improvise new ways to dispose of “his friends.” In 1983 he was discovered when he tried to flush human remains down the toilet, and clogged the plumbing. The neighbours complained about the blocked drains, and caught him trying to clear them at midnight. When the Police searched his top floor apartment, they discovered body parts of 3 men, who Nilsen had dismembered using his army butchery skills.

According to his mom, Dennis Nilsen allegedly was prompted to murder because he thought he was sending his victims to a “better place”. In an interview for television Mommy Nilsen said he was confused after attending his grandfather’s funeral aged five. He was told: “Grandad has gone to a much better place.”

In an email, a reader of the Archives challenged our assumption of Nilsen’s alcoholism and sexual orientation: “I would like to clear up a few inaccuracies in your description of Dennis Nilsens’ crimes. Nilsen often consumed large amounts of alcohol before killing but when on remand in Brixton prison it was found that he did not have any sort of alcohol dependency – he was not an alcoholic. You also describe Nilsen as homosexual when in fact he describes himself as Bisexual having had sexual intercourse with a woman twice – once in Germany with a prostitute and also with a Swiss au pair when living in London.”

Elias Xitavhudzi (16) The second in a long tradition of serial slayers in the township of Atteridgeville, South Africa. In the 1960s Elias Xitavhudzi, known as “Pangaman”, murdered 16 white women and dumped their bodies around Atteridgeville.

William Burke & William Hare (16) Possibly two of Scotland’s most gruesome imports were the serial killers William Burke and William Hare. Burke and Hare hailed from Ulster and moved to Scotland to work as labourers on the Union Canal. Ever aware of needs of the market, Burke and Hare set themselves up as procurers of human bodies to satisfy the demand of Edinburgh’s medical schools.

Originally the two would dig up the graves of the recently departed in the dead of night, steal the body and then sell it for cash to a doctor for use during anatomy demonstrations. Tired of digging, the two entrepreneurs started murdering people in Edinburgh’s old town and selling their cadavers on an “ask no questions basis.” They killed their victims by strangling them using a method they had perfected which left no obvious trace of foul play and little evidence of the murder.

The murder of their 16th victim led to their arrest. Burke’s mistress and Hare’s wife were also arrested. Because the courts had little evidence to prosecute them successfully, the Lord Advocate, Sir William Rae, offered Hare immunity from prosecution if he would turn King’s evidence. The evidence Hare and his wife provided sent Burke to his death on the gallows on 28 January, 1829 while his mistress Helen MacDougall escaped when the charges against her were found not proven.

William Hare is said to have died a penniless pauper in London in 1859. Robert Knox – the doctor who willingly bought most of Burke and Hare’s bodies was never prosecuted.

Thomas Quick (15+) Sweden’s premiere serial killer. Tommy Boy killed at least 10 people in Sweden during a two-year rampage. Like many serial killers Tom was physically and sexually abused as a child. Growing up, the lethal Swede wanted to be a priest. Instead, he became a serial killer. He committed his first murder when he was 14. He enjoyed killing young boys and having sex with their corpses. He was also fond of dismembering his victims and keeping trophy-like body parts. While in custody he claimed to have a “private graveyard,” which authoritites never found.

He was found guilty of killing a Dutch family vacationing in the north of Sweden. On May 28, 1997, he was also convicted for the 1988 murder of the Israeli tourist Yinon Levy. While in custody Thomas confessed to six killings in Norway. Police investigating the validity of his claims have found evidence linking him to five more kills.

On November 14, 1997, Norwegian police found bone fragments from a calf believed to be of Therese Johannessen. The case — one of Norway’s most notorious murders — was under investigation for almost ten years. The girl disappeared from a residential area in Drammen on July 3, 1988. Nothing was ever heard of her again until March 30, 1996, when Quick confessed to abducting and killing her. He described her wristwatch with great detail, and pointed out a gravelpit near the pond where he supposedly buried her. When police took him to the area where he claimed to have buried the chopped up remains of nine-year-old, Quick acted in a fashion that made them certain he actually performed the murder in that area.

Previously, when Quick was given a chance to reenact the murder of the two Dutch tourists in Appojaure, he went into a complete state of psychosis. He lost control and started howling, snarling and went completely berserk, chopping away at the camping tent, the dummies in the sleeping bags and other equipment. In an effor to keep Sweden safe, Tom is currently housed at Säters Sjukhus, Sweden’s maximum security asylum for the criminally insane.

Albert Fish (15) Meet the patron saint of sadomasochism. Albert Fish, the granddaddy of the deranged, enjoyed implanting needles in his genitalia, stuffing his asshole with flaming alcohol balls, eating shit, killing children and making stews out of their remains. The father of six, Albert lost it after his wife left him for another man. Despondent Al asked his kids to beat him with a nail-studded paddle until he bled. He thought that he was Christ and that God had ordered him to castrate boys. Good Al did was he was told, and enjoyed it thoroughly. This dirty old man from hell was in the habit of molesting and killing children of both sexes.

He was arrested after sending a letter to the parents of one of his victims, Gracie Budd, describing what a delight it had been eating her. He was sentenced to die in Sing Sing in 1936. He said, “What a thrill that will be if I have to die in the electric chair. It will be the supreme thrill, the only one I haven’t tried.” He happily helped his executioners with the electrodes and died a happy man. Legend says the chair short-circuited at first because of the twenty needles implanted in his genitalia, which is a fascinating, but untrue.

A passionate letter writer, Fish send this message to the mother of one of his victims: “In 1894 a friend of mine shipped as a deck hand on the Steamer Tacoma, Capt. John Davis. They sailed from San Francisco for Hong Kong China. On arriving there he and two others went ashore and got drunk. When they returned the boat was gone. At that time there was a famine in China. Meat of any kind of was from $1-3 Dollars a pound. So great was the suffering among the very poor that all children under 12 were sold to the Butchers to be cut up and sold for food in order to keep others from starving. A boy or a girl under 14 was not safe in the street. You could go to any shop and ask for steak–chops–or stew meat. Part of the naked body of a boy or a girl would be brought out and just what you wanted cut from it. A boy or girls behind which is the sweetest part of the body and sold as veal cutlet brought the highest price. John staid there so long he acquired a taste for human flesh. On his return to N.Y. he stole two boys one 7 and one 11. Took them to his home stripped them naked tied them in a closet. Then burned everything they had on. Several times every day and night he spanked them–tortured them–to make their meat good and tender. First he killed the 11 yr old boy, because he had the fattest ass and of course the most meat on it. Every part of his body was Cooked and eaten except head–bones and guts.

He was Roasted in the oven (all of his ass), boiled, broiled, fried, stewed. The little boy was next, went the same way. At that time, I was living at 409 E. 100 St. near–right side. He told me so often how good Human flesh was I made up my mind to taste it. On Sunday June the 3–1928 I called on you at 406 W 15 St. Brought you pot cheese–strawberries. We had lunch. Grace sat in my lap and kissed me. I made up my mind to eat her. On the pretense of taking her to a party. You said Yes she could go. I took her to an empty house in Westchester I had already picked out. When we got there, I told her to remain outside. She picked wildflowers. I went upstairs and stripped all my clothes off. I knew if I did not I would get her blood on them. When all was ready I went to the window and Called her. Then I hid in a closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down stairs. I grabbed her and she said she would tell her mamma. First I stripped her naked. How did she kick–bite and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms, Cook and eat it. How sweet and tender her little ass was roasted in the oven. It took me 9 days to eat her entire body. I did not fuck her tho I could of had I wished. She died a virgin.

Joseph P. Franklin (15+) A former Klansman and neo-Nazi, Franklin is the embodiment of absolute bigotry. He believed that interracial marriages where a sin against God and took it upon himself to punish the guilty. He enjoyed sniper attacks on interracial couples and killed for sport. Once, he killed two black men and a white woman who were jogging together. He is suspected of having shot and crippled Larry Flynt — publisher of Husler magazine and pillar of First Amendment rights — because he regularly featured pictorials of blacks and whites getting it on. The archetypical headline-grabbing killer, Joe also confessed to shooting civil rights leader (and now confidant of President Clinton), Vernon Jordan.

Born James Clayton Vaughn, Franklin legally changed his name to honor Benjamin Franklin and Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. His first known attack was the bombing of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Chattanooga, Tenn., in July 1977. From then until September 1980, he is suspected of killing at least 17 people — three interracial couples, seven black men and boys, three female hitchhikers and a Jewish man. During his spree, Franklin survived by robbing banks and selling his blood. He was arrested in October 1980 at a blood bank in Lakeland, Fla. As well as the murders, investigators believe Franklin is responsible for five other shootings, 16 bank robberies and two bombings, in a crime spree spanning 11 states.

On November, 1996, Joseph gave a detailed confession of the June 25,1980, deaths of two women who were shot at close range with a high-powered rifle while hitchhiking to a West Virginia peace retreat. After charges were filed and dropped several times, Florida resident Jacob Beard was convicted of first-degree murder in 1993.

State Police Supt. Col. Thom Kirk said: “He could have zero credibility, or he could have one hundred percent credibility… We’re checking out the details he’s giving us and tracking them as far as we can. Then we’ll hand it to the prosecutor.” Franklin first confessed to killing Nancy Santomero, 19, and Vicki Durian, 26, in 1984 . Prosecutors said that a map Franklin drew of the murder scene back then was too general and lacked distinct landmarks and did not corroborate his confession. The initial confession was also “too brief. He got to a certain point and he just stopped talking. Now, he’s giving us a lot more details and specifics.”

Santomero and Durian were shot while en route to a weeklong encampment of the counterculture Rainbow Family in a national forest in eastern West Virginia. Santomero was shot three times in the head; Durian twice in the chest. No weapon was recovered in the killings, dubbed the “Rainbow Murders.” At least seven men have been indicted and in January, 1993, Beard was convicted after several witnesses placed him and his red pickup truck at the scene the day of the shooting.

In February, a Missouri jury sentenced the lethal racist to die for the 1977 shooting of Gerald Gordon, 42, outside a synagogue. Franklin, not one for understatements, told police he wanted to kill as many Jews and blacks as possible. A courteous killer, he thanked the jury for a “fair trial” and added, if he was not executed, he would certainly kill again.

On April 15, 1997, Franklin was charged by a grand jury in Cincinnati with the June 1980 murders of two black teen-agers. The two teens Dante Brown, 13, and Darrell Lane, were shot from a railroad trestle while walking to a convinience store. Franklin implicated himself in the shootings during a conversation on April 13 with an assistant prosecutor. Authorities had long considered Franklin a suspect in the slayings but said they did not have enough evidence to act until he agreed to talk to an assistant Hamilton County prosecutor and implicated himself in the shootings. He also confessed to killing an interracial couple in June 1980 in Johnstown, Ohio.

In February, 1997, a Missouri jury sentenced the lethal racist to die for the 1977 shooting of Gerald Gordon, 42, outside a Clayton, Montana, synagogue. Franklin had told police he wanted to kill as many Jews a possible. He also said he despised blacks, and had a special hatred for interracial couples. He has recieved life sentences in Utah and Wisconsin for four murders, an interracial couple in Madison, Wisconsin, and two black men in Salt Lake City who were jogging with two white women.

In what’s becoming a semi-annual event, on January, 1998, Joe admitted to killing an interracial couple as they walked down a street in 1980. A compulsive confessor, Franklin convinced investigators that he is the one who shot Arthur Smothers, 22, and Kathleen Mikula, 16. In a purely random killing, Joe snipped at the youngster as they were crossing a bridge in Johnston, about 60 miles east of Pittsburg. “He gave us information that could only be supplied by the perpetrator that was never in the paper that corroborated the physical evidence,” District Attorney David Tulowitzki said. “He’s not remorseful,” Johnstown police Chief Robert Huntley said. “You could actually see him get excited when he described the murders. … He gets louder and he gets a little fidgety in the chair.”

On March 4, 1998, Franklin pleaded guilty to the 1978 murder of a black man in Chattanooga. He admitted to shooting William Tatum outside a Chattanooga restaurant because Tatum was with a white woman. According to Assistant District Attorney General Joseph Rehyansky, Franklin — who he calls a “homicidal moron” — has undergone “some sort of bizarre religious conversion.” A believer in numerology, he demanded the court hearing be on the fourht, because the day — the 63rd of the year — corresponded with his favorite number — 3.

On April 2, 1998, Franklin — apparently drunk on confession juice — admitted to the 1979 slayings of Mercedes Lynn Masters, 15, and restaurant manager Harold McIver, 27. DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan called Franklin “the most evil individual I have ever come across,” and said the killings were motivated by racial hatred. In the jailhouse confession, Franklin said he had a sexual relationship with Mercedes, who was white, and killed her after she told him she had sex with blacks. He said he gunned down McIver — who was black — because he worked with young, white girls at a Taco Bell, and thought he would hit on them.

Morgan told WSB-TV in Atlanta that his office was told about 10 days ago that Franklin might be willing to talk, demanding “at attractive white female investigator.” He wished for a Jodie Foster type to interview him like in the film “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Johann Hoch (15+) One of the more prolific “Bluebeards” of the Archives. Johann — born John Schimdt at Horweiler, Germany, in 1855 — tallied an spectacular string of 55 marriages resulting in at least 15 deaths. Known as the “Stockyard Bluebeard,” Hoch emigrated to the United States as a young child. As an adult he preyed on widows accross the country who he met through “lonely-hearts” columns in newspapers. By the time of his death Chicago police dubbed him “America’s greatest mass murderer,” even though there’s no true body count on his activities.

Johann, who enjoyed adopting the surnames of his latest victims, was arrested in Chicago for a minor swindling charge. When a picture of Hoch came out in the paper an attentive reader linked him to a man called Jacob Huff who had suspiciously lost his wife and dissappeared. As police widened their investigation of the former stockyard worker they uncovered a series of suspicious marriages in which the wives were fleeced and/or abandoned and/or killed.

None of the murder charges against him stuck and he was sentenced for a minor fraud charge. Once he was free again he started operating too quickly for his own good. In 1904 he married Marie Walcker who dropped dead a month after the wedding. Not one to waste time, he proposed to her sister, Amelia, the day of her death. Six days later they were married. She handed $750 to her new husband who promptly disappeared. Amelia then ordered an autopsy of her sister’s body. Arsenic was found in her stomach, thus finally giving the police the necessary evidence to build a case against him.

Police circulated pictures of the killer in the national press. He was spotted in New York City and picked up on a train on its way to Chicago. During the trial Johann repeatedly stated that he was innocent despite overwhelming evidence against him. On February 23, 1906, Johann was hanged for his crimes. Up to the last moment he maintained his innocence cryptically stating as he mounted the gallows: “I am done with this world. I have done with everybody.”

Elifasi Msomi (15) Known as South Africa’s “Axe Killer”, Elifasi Msomi, was hanged in Pretoria in January 1956 after being convicted of hacking 15 people to death. Msomi blamed his victims’ deaths on the “tokoloshe” which, he said, would appear on his shoulder and order him to kill. He killed mostly in the Unkomaas and Umzimkuku valleys in Natal. Posing as a doctor, Elifasi charmed his victims into willingly going off with him. At his trial, two leading psychologists told the court that Msomi was of way above average intelligence and derived sexual pleasure from inflicting pain on others.

William Bonin (14+) This Downey, California, truck driver became known as the “The Freeway Killer” for his rape and murder spree during the late seventies. A sadistic Vietnam vet, Billy boy liked to pick up male, teen-age hitchhikers to rape and strangle along the freeways of Southern California. Like most serial killers, Bonin was the product of an abusive childhood in the hands of his alcoholic father and was thought to have been repeatedly sexually assaulted by his maternal grandfather. He also had brain damage in areas thought to restrain violent impulses and was manic-depressive.

After spending most of the seventies behind bars for sex attacks on young men, Willie was paroled in 1978. He moved back to Southern California where he got a job as a trucker for Dependable Driveaway in Montebello. A year later, his sexual lust turned deadly. Although he used various methods to kill, he enjoyed most strangling his prey with their own T-shirts and a tire iron. William, not being particularly bright, boasted of his killings and kept his collection of newspaper clippings in his glove compartment. Billy boy liked killing so much, he brought along his buddies to share the fun. Vernon Butts, an accomplice in at least five killings, chose to hang himself after being arrested.

Although only convicted of 14 murders, Billy confessed to killing 21 young men. In 1982 he was sentenced to death for 10 murders in Los Angeles. A year later he was sentenced to death again for 4 additional murders in Orange County.

On February 23, 1996, sixteen years after his deadly rampage, William became the first man executed by lethal injection in California. While awaiting death in San Quentin, Bonin enjoyed playing bridge with fellow serial killers, Doug Clark, Lawrence Bittaker and Randy Kraft who combined have killed at least 49 people. Billy’s last meal consisted of two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three coffee ice-creams and fifteen cans of coke. The 49-year-old killer ate in silence while watching “Jeopardy” on TV before meeting with the prison chaplain. At 12:00 AM he took 13 steps into the death chamber where at 12:08 he was injected with sodium pentothal, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. By 12:13 he was declared dead. Ironically, in his last statement before being executed, Bonin said the death penalty sent “the wrong message” to America’s youth. Sadly for the victims’ families, Bonin never did repent for his murderous frenzy.

Posthumously, it was discovered that Billy had illegally received nearly $80,000 in Social Security disability benefits while on Death Row. He started receiving benefit payments for a mental disability in 1972. The payments should have ended in 1982 when he went to prison, but they continued. The money kept flowing until after his execution when the funeral director sent paperwork notifying the Social Security Administration of Bonin’s death. As of March 1996, his family agreed to repay the money to the state.

Belle Gunness (14+)A deadly gold digger, Belle lured wealthy Chicago men to her house with classified adds. There she would rob and kill them with the help of Ray Lamphere. The original Lady Bluebeard, Belle’s criminal career started with the accidental deaths of her first two husbands and two of her children. Coincidentally, with each death she collected insurance money which kept her afloat until her next rash of bad luck.

After settling in La Porte, Indiana, she started her deadly “lonely-hearts” venture. On April 28, 1908, her house was leveled by fire. Ray, her farm hand and presumed lover, was arrested and accused of arson and the murder of Belle and her children. Ray said that the female body found in the embers was not Belle. The body was missing a skull but next to it they found Belle’s dentures. Apparently she had faked her own death and escaped with a bag full of money. As investigators started digging up the ranch they found plenty of human bones and dismembered bodies wrapped in gunny sacks and doused with lye. Many of Belle’s suitors had been fed to the pigs accounting for the numerous bone fragments found in and around the pig pen. Estimates of her murderous habits put her at fifty to a hundred hits. We’ve chosen to count only her proven kills. After disappearing, Belle was spotted many times throughout the country. Authorities believe that she was last seen in a bordello in Ohio in 1935.

Joe Ball (14+) In the 1930s, Joe ran a roadside Texan honky-tonk called The Sociable Inn. The central attraction was a pit of frenzied alligators who were fed domestic animals to everyone’s delight. In the off hours Joe also fed about a dozen waitresses and two ex-wives to the hungry gators. By 1937 authorities were suspicious of the many disappearances linked to Joe’s honky-tonk. On September 24, 1938, when police came to investigate the gator pit’s meat barrel, Joe put a bullet through his brain. Later a handyman and a neighbor said they saw Joe feeding female body parts to the gators but they remained quiet because Joe threatened to kill them.

Robert Joseph Silveria (14+) Suspected of being the “Boxcar Murderer”, Bob was part of the Freight Train Riders of America, a boxcar gang that preys upon fellow rail-riding hobos. Arrested in March, 1995, in a rail yard near Sacramento, California, Silveria was charged with the murder of transient William Pettit, found dead in a boxcar in Northern California.

Silveria has also been linked to 13 other boxcar murders in Oregon, Utah, California, Arizona, Kansas and Washington state spanning from 1981 to 1995. The victims, mostly drifters, were stabbed or bludgeoned to death and robbed of their meager possessions. While in custody Bobbie claimed all his kills were gang related hits. Having betrayed his secret boxcar brotherhood by talking of the murders, Silveria believes he will soon be executed by fellow rail-riding gangster.

Bai Baoshan (14) On October 16, 1997, police in Beijing arrested Bai Baoshan, 39, who is suspected of killing 14 people. Bai — possibly China’s deadliest serial killer — was believed to have begun his killing spree last year to seek revenge on society after serving 13 years in prison for murder and robbery. In an unusual detailed report, a Beijing newspaper said Bai’s alleged crimes were committed in places from Beijing to the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

In March 1996, Bai attacked a police sentry in Beijing, stealing a semi-automatic gun and using it to kill one person and injure six, including four patrol officers. He is also suspected of killing a cigarette vendor in Beijing later that year in a robbery.

Authorities believe Bai then travelled to the northern province of Hebei, where he attacked another police sentry, killing one person and making off with an automatic rifle. He then fled to the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi, where he and two accomplices killed 10 police officers, security guards and civilians, and stole 1.5 million yuan ($180,000). Bai then killed one of his partners and made off with the booty. On May 6, 1998, Bai was executed in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

Marcelo Costa de Andrade (14) This mama’s boy and religious psychopath of inoffensive appearance is Brazil’s most notorious serial killer. The son of poor migrants from the Northeast, Marcelo grew up in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro. He lived without running water and was beaten with regularity by his grandfather, his stepfather and his stepmother. When he was 10 he was sexually abused. At 14 he began to prostitute himself for a living. He was sent to a reform school, but escaped. Still hustling at 16, he began a long lasting homosexual relationship with an older man. By 17 he tried to rape his 10-year-old brother.

When he was 23 his lover left him and he moved in with his mother and brothers in Itaborai, another slum on the other side of the polluted Guanabara Bay. There he found a low-paying job distributing flyers for a shop in the district of Copacabana. He also joined the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and started going to church four times a week. Despite some idiosyncrasies and his odd and incoherent laughter, his life seemed normal. That is, until April 1991, when he started to kill.

Over a nine-month period Marcelo tallied 14 deaths. His victims of choice were poor street urchins whom he attracted to deserted areas, to rape and strangle. He also practiced necrophilia, decapitated one of the boys, crushed the head of another, and, on two occasions, drank the victim’s blood. Later he confessed his vampiric thirst was merely an attempt “to become as beautiful as them.” Violence in Rio is common and the daily body count is so high that authorities never suspected the growing number of disappearing street urchins were the handywork of a serial killer. Usually street children are the victims of choice for warped vigilante groups trying to clean up the streets. Quite the humanitarian Andrade later confessed, “I preferred young boys because they are better looking and have soft skin. And the priest said that children automatically go to heaven if they die before they’re thirteen. So I know I did them a favor by sending them to heaven.”

In December of 1991 his killing spree came to an end when he “fell in love” with ten-year-old Altair de Abreu and spared his life. Marcello met the young beggar and his six-year-old brother Ivan in the Niteroi bus terminal. He offered them money if they helped him light candles for a saint in Saint George’s church. The lucky survivor later told police, “We were heading for a church, but as we crossed a vacant lot, Marcelo suddenly turned on Ivan and started strangling him. I was so paralyzed by fear I could not run away. I watched in horror, tears streaming down my cheeks, as he killed and then raped my brother. When he was finished with Ivan, he turned to me, hugged me, and said he loved me.” Then he asked Altair to live with him. Scared to death, the boy agreed to spend the night with Marcelo in the bushes.

The next morning, the lovestruck killer took Altair to work with him. When they arrived the office was closed. While they waited for it to open, the terrified youngster was able to escape. He hitchhiked his way back home and told his mother that he had lost his brother. A few days later, pressed by his sister, the boy told the truth. In the meantime Marcelo, a truly considerate killer, had returned to the crime scene to tuck the hands of his victim inside his shorts, “so that the rats couldn’t gnaw the fingers.”

When young Ivan’s family went to the police, Marcelo, who had maintained his daily routine, was calmly arrested in the Rio shop where he worked. “I thought you would come yesterday,” he told the arresting officers. At first, police thought Ivan’s murder was an isolated case. However, two months later Marcelo’s dotting mother was called to testify about her son’s strange behavior. One night, she said, he left home with a machete “to cut bananas.” He returned the next morning with no bananas and the machete covered in blood. Eventually Marcelo did confess to 14 killings and led police to the remains of his other victims. As Brazil’s star killer, he asked police if anywhere in the world there was a case like his, and stated he killed because: “I liked the boys and I didn’t want them to go to hell.”

On January 24, 1997, Marcelo escaped from the Heitor Carrilho Psychiatric Hospital Rio de Janeiro when a guard accidentaly left a door open while sunbathing. He then hitchhikked and begged his way to the town of Guaraciaba do Norte to see his father on his way to the Holy Land. He was rearrested on February 5 carrying a bag with toiletries, a piece of cheese and a bible under his arm. According to the arresting officer, Andrade told him that he “was going to the Holy Land because he was purified by killing and raping children and drinking their blood.”

Joachim Kroll (14) Known as the “Ruhr Hunter,” Kroll operated in the Ruhr-area of Germany for over 20 years to the tune of 14 murders. Born born in Hindenburg, Oberschlesien, near the Polish border on April 17, 1933, “Jockel” committed his first murder at the tender age of age of 21, just 3 weeks after his mother’s death. By the early sixties he already committed six murders. Most of his victims were your women and girls whom he raped and strangled. By the early sixties he tasted human flesh and discovered an afinity for it.

Kroll was arrested on July, 3, 1976, when 4-year-old Marion Ketter dissapeared and a massive search was immediately launched. A neighbor — bugged by Kroll’s explanation of why their communal bathroom was clogged — complained to police about the incident. According to the man, Kroll told him the drain was clogged with “guts.” When police plunged the toilet, they discovered human remains. Armed with a search warrant police entered Joaquim’s apartment to find plastic bags full of human flesh in the refrigerator as well as a stew simmering on the stove with carrots, potatoes, and the hand of the missing four-year-old.

In 1979 the confessed Ruhr Hunter was charged with eight counts of murder and one of attempted murder. On April 8, 1982, Jockel was found guilty and sentenced to 9 life terms. On July 1, 1991, Kroll died of a heart attack in the prison of Rheinbach, near Bonn.

Angel Maturino Resendiz aka Rafael Resendez-Ramirez (14) Several law enforcement agencies in Southeast Texas and Mexico are looking for Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, a known vagrant freight train rider, after linking him to six deaths in Texas and one in Kentucky, all brutal beatings that took place near railroad tracks. On June 8, 1999, the latest victim, Josephine Konvicka, 73, was linked to Maturino-Resendiz, 38, by fingerprints found in her home. Like the other alleged victims, she lived near the Southern Pacific railroad tracks. Houston police have also linked Resendez-Ramirez to the killing of 26-year-old Noemi Dominguez, a Houston elementary school teacher. She, too, lived near the train.

Maturino Resendiz is suspected in three other recent slayings. The April 30, sledgehammer killing of preacher, Norman “Skip” Sirnic, 46, and his wife, Karen Sirnic, 47, who lived about three miles east of Konvicka’s residence, and the December fatal stabbing of Claudia Benton, 38, a doctor who lived outside Houston. In addition, authorities are trying to link Resendez-Ramirez to the death of Noemi Dominguez, who also lived near a rail line. Resendez-Ramirez also is being sought for questioning in the 1997 killing of University of Kentucky student Christopher Maier, who was slain when his girlfriend was assaulted by a man as they walked along railroad tracks after a party.

Though the FBI describes him as a drug-using killer residents of Rodeo, a small Mexican village Rafael Resendez-Ramirez has a wife and infant daughter, know him as a hardworking man called “Angel.” According to relatives his real name is Angel Reyes Resendiz. According to the FBI Resendez-Ramirez was last seen in town June 13 when a transit cop gave him a parking ticket. Two days later, on June 15, the suspected railroad killer struck again in Gorham, Illinois, shooting an 80-year-old man, George Morber, and beating to death his 52-year-old daughter, Carolyn Frederick.

Police and residents in this Durango state town say the photo of the suspect distributed by the FBI is without a doubt the man they know as Angel. Relatives say the suspect’s real name is Angel Leoncio Reyes Resendiz, not Resendez-Ramirez. Angel’s wife, Julieta Dominguez Reyes, a lab worker in the town health center, described him as a “model” husband who never gave signs of being violent. A few years ago, Angel taught English in a private school next to the police station. Last year he attended adult education classes and passed his exam for elementary- and middle-school degrees in the same day, said a neighbor. The contrasts make it hard for many to believe he could be killing people in the United States.

The so-called railway killer left writings on at least one wall at the home of the last two victims, prompting intense concern among law enforcement officials that the killer is about to veer further out of control. According to sources familiar with the writings, they made a somewhat incoherent reference to the Middle East. Sources said in the past, Rafael Resendez-Ramirez — the chief suspect — has written about or made references to the Middle East. Law enforcement experts on serial killers say that notes left at crime scenes are generally indicators the killer’s rage may be increasing and that more attacks are likely.

A former FBI profiler told CNN that the railway killer is evolving from a serial killer, someone who murders over a longer span of time — to a spree killer, someone murdering a number of people over a relatively short period of time. Sources say law enforcement officials are working in a critical window of time. They are hoping the intense public interest will prompt tips that will lead to an arrest. When public interest falls, officials fear the suspect may be able to fade back into obscurity and kill again.

More than 200 law enforcement personnel — as well as numerous bounty hunters — throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico have been searching for the elusive killer. A 125-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to his apprehension. The FBI announced that a green card will be given to any illegal alien who turns Resendez-Ramirez in to authorities. The suspect’s real name is Angel Leoncio Reyes Recendis but law enforcement officials are continuing to use the Resendez-Ramirez alias, which is printed on thousands of wanted posters.

In court documents and audio transcripts, suspected rail killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez comes across as a man who is a mystery, even to himself. “I wouldn’t lie to you, I wouldn’t try to play with your mind, but there’s many things I don’t know myself,” Resendez-Ramirez told a federal jury in St. Louis during closing arguments in his March 1989 trial. He was charged with 16 counts, including false representation of U.S. citizenship and illegal possession of a firearm. “Can I tell you who really I am,” he continues, “about all the secrecy that’s in the family? I probably could tell you who I think I am. As far as I know I’m just a human being. And I will leave it up to you.”

“You see, I’m a talker, I always talk. I’m a politician,” he says. “I only have one purpose in life, and that’s to express some of my views and some of the views that I have been instructed, anything that can put down Christianity, anything that can put down democracy, anything that can put down freedom.” Resendez-Ramirez was convicted in the St. Louis trial on all counts and sentenced to 30 months, served in an Immigration and Naturalization Service facility in Talladega, Fla. He was released sometime early in 1991. But only a few months later, he was again in trouble with U.S. authorities, charged in New Mexico with aggravated residential burglary.

According to Chihuahua Special Investigator Suly Ponce and Canadian criminologist Candace Skrapec, alleged “Railway Killer” Angel reyes Recendis (aka Rafael Resendiz-Ramirez) is now suspected in the slaying of 187 women in Juarez, Mexico. “We’ve been working on that theory since last week,” said Ponce, who heads the state police task force into the murders. “The case is advancing. There are some good leads.”

Skrapec, 47, who teaches at California State University in Fresno, gave up her summer to assist Chihuahua police at the special invitation of a top state official. Born in Calgary and a former teacher at the University of Windsor, Skrapec is one of the world’s best-known criminologists, having made her reputation by profiling New York City’s “Zodiac killer” for the NYPD.

“We are especially concerned because he has lived in two barrios here over recent years, and his mother lives in (the) Colonia Patria (section).” Resendez-Ramirez lived with his mother in Juarez as well as on his own or with women. He is believed to have worked at a meat packing plant.

There appear to be similarities between the brutal U.S. killings and the particularly grotesque way in which many of the Juarez victims met their deaths. American media reports describe teeth marks on some of the U.S. victims and police say some were beaten to death in a particularly sadistic manner, in some cases with their heads bashed in. There has reportedly been evidence of sodomy, rape and torture. In Juarez, many women were badly beaten and raped, with bite marks covering their torsos. In some cases, they’d had objects stuffed into their vaginas or anuses or had their left breasts hacked off. Many had panties removed and, in these cases, their undergarments were never found.

On July 13, 1999, after three days of negotiations between the FBI and family members in New Mexico, the elusive “Railroad Killer” turned himself in at a U.S. border-crossing station in El Paso, Texas. FBI director Louis Freeh told a congressional hearing that the 39-year-old drifter, one of the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives since June 21, surrendered at an Immigration and Naturalization Service checkpoint in Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. The fugitive walked across the Mexican border at 9 a.m. CDT accompanied by his two brothers and a priest and surrendered to a Texas Ranger.

On his first appearence in court the day following his surrender Angel Maturino Resendez, aka Rafael Resendez-Ramirez aka Angel Reyes Resendiz aka 30 other aliases, admitted he was guilty of a burglary in one of the slayings and indicated he is willing to cooperate with authorities. In giving his name to State District Judge William Harmon, Maturino Resendez explained that the name Resendez-Ramirez was an alias based on his uncle’s name. No explanation was given about the other alias, Angel Reyes Resendis, nor why all print and electronic media has chosen to keep using the Resendez-Ramirez alias even though they know it is not his name.

Angel, who has been charged with four killings in Texas, two in Illinois and one in Kentucky since his arrest, sent a 12-page handwritten letter in English from the Harris County Jail to reporter at KPRC-TV in Houston in which he complains about jail food, talks about the presidential race and his thoughts about abortion, and questions his sanity.

Concerned about the coming presidential race, Maturino-Resendiz wrote: “I support (Republican presidential candidate Steve) Forbes or (Republican candidate Gary) Beaur (Bauer), because the(y) are my brothers in Faith, this man do not want babies to be murdered…”

Speaking of his case Angel said: “After I did not tell the officer what he wante(d) to hear, he kick(ed) me and told me that I was to go craisdy (crazy) if I did not get it off my chest… As far as I was told, I was to be try (tried) in one trial in the Federal Court, but (Attorney General) Janet Reno allow the State of Texas to get me, so the USA want me dead. The Texas prosecutor stated that if one doctor does not agree that I am sane, she will keep going untill (sic) one agrees with her. She want to kill me.”

Maturino-Resendiz wrote that his sister Manuela was told “she could loose [sic] her house and kids if she did not help them to get me. My sister Manitza was told that her husband could get in trouble, but if she help, she was promise US residence and monetary help.” The rest of his family, he said, was threatened “with the possible use of bounty hunters…”

On the final page he wrote “I think I may go insane. I do not fear this, since reality has not been good to me. At some time I have start(ed) to hear funny voices, like a person calling me, but no one call me.”

“I may not really want to live anymore, and this is terrible for my mother. She could die if I die. But the worst is that I am tem(p)ted by death more all the time, and I may do it any time soon.”

“I have lost the fear of killing my self or the rules that did not allow me to do it, now is only a matter of time, but I know it will be done. I have no choice in this. I am in a no return trip, on a train that leads to death only and I am not able to get off this train.”

On May 18, 2000, a Houston jury rejected his insanity defense and found Angel Maturino Resendiz guilty of the 1998 rape-murder of Dr. Claudia Benton, a Houston-area physician. After jurors returned their verdict, Maturino Resendiz told State District Judge Bill Harmon that he did not want his attorneys to mount any defense during the punishment phase. “I’ve decided that injection is better than spending life in jail, so I want to do that,” he told the judge. The jury deliberated for 10 hours over two days before concluding that the confessed serial killer was aware he was committing a crime when he broke into the home of in 1998, then sexually assaulted, bludgeoned and stabbed her to death.

“He felt an evil force pulling him into these homes and directing him to people who were evil and deserved to be dead, and as an angel of God he was doing God’s will,” said Dr. Larry Pollock, a psychiatrist working for the defense. Maturino Resendiz, who claimed to be a Christian Jew, also believed he was a half-man, half-angel who possessed supernatural powers, such as the ability to predict disasters, leave his own body and cause weather catastrophes.

It emerged during the trial that drug abuse – namely, glue sniffing – and several childhood head injuries could have played a role in the development of Maturino Resendiz’s mental illness. His mother, Virginia Maturino Resendiz, testified her son was dropped on his head right after he was born. She also recalled how he was hit in the head with a rock thrown by other students when he was in his early teens, and witnessed her being attacked by men with knives on two occasions. Cohen, the psychologist, said Maturino Resendiz was twice raped by a neighborhood man when he was 8.

In an Interview with Maria Elena Salinas, Angel Maturino Resendiz said he had committed many more than the 11 murders authorities have attributed to him. However, he refused to reveal the exact number or the identities of his victims, with the exception of Daryll Kolojaco, whom he identified as “a homosexual who had to die.” Resendiz — who is awaiting execution the Terrell Unit Maximum Security Prison in South Livingston, Texas — assured Salinas that he was the real murderer of Kolojako and that two innocent men were serving time in prison for it. In fact he stated that many of his victims were homosexuals adding that, “according to the Bible, homosexuals must die because they will never enter the kingdom of God.”

“There are many more murders, but I can’t state the exact number. I am not going to give the authorities that information,” he said. “They are going to kill me anyway, so what’s the use? It’s not that I have nothing to lose … The only thing I can take with me and keep from the Gringos is the truth. They will always wonder about cases with methods similar to mine: was it him or not?”

Referring specifically to the murder of Dr. Claudia Benton, who was found raped and stabbed to death in her Houston home in 1998, Resendiz explained he killed her because: “the doctor was doing experiments with babies. I saw that in her computer when I broke into her house. I had a bad feeling when I went in; I felt something bad was going on in that place. I didn’t know what, but I did see what was in the computer and the experiments she was doing. I killed her mainly because of that.”

In true rambling serial killer fashion he said he started killing after the government’s assault on David Koresh and his followers in Waco. “I was upset over the deaths of the kids in Waco, of the prophet … Everyone has already forgotten the deaths of those innocent children, but I keep reliving them. They are always on my mind.” Stay tuned for the next dispatch from Radio Resendiz.

Randall Woodfield (13+) Randy was a typical All-American boy with a slight problem… he enjoyed exposing himself. At first everyone ignored it because he was the star of his high school football team. By 1973 his athletic ability got him drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, after a few “incidents,” the Packers sent him back to home and his glory days as a star athlete came to a crashing halt.

Back in Oregon he graduated to accosting women at knife point, robbing them and exposing himself. In 1975 he was arrested after accosting a policewomen in a Portland Park. For this escalation in his “sexual deviancy” he was handed a ten-year sentence. While in jail he became a born again zealot and started seeing the prison psychologist. After four years behind bars he convinced authorities he was a “changed man” and was released and judged not to be risk to society.

After being released Randy dropped his messianic convictions and stepped right back into his life of crime. Around then he became known as the “I-5 Bandit” for blazing down his favorite highway hell-bent on crime. During the holdups, he would force cashiers to expose their breasts and/or perform fellatio on him.

The restless type, Randy also started a side hobby as a serial rapist and killer. The typical serial killer living two distinctively separate lives Randy, on the one hand was driving up and down the I-5 committing up to 22 attacks, and on the other, he worked as a bartender and was a relentless partier and womanizer. He had a staple of women whom he courted by phone, mail and in person. Always on the move, as he visited one girlfriend after another he managed to slip a little rape in murder into his busy travel schedule.

Randy was questioned by the police after his first kill was discovered. He was released when his semen did not match the type discovered in the corpse. Upon release he continued killing in his truly disorganized fashion. He enjoyed committing his crimes wearing a hood, a fake beard and a bandage on the bridge of his nose, which became the signature look of the “I-5 Killer”.. As police from several counties got together to brainstorm on whether they had a serial killer responsible for a string of slayings spanning from Bellevue, Washington to Redding California, the name of Randy Woodfield and his champagne colored Volkswagen Bug kept popping up. On March 1981 the police took him in again for questioning and, using his phone bills, were able to unravel his trail of blood.

During his trial the seemingly All-American hero was exposed as a vicious sexual predator who showed no remorse for rape and murder. Evidence against him included his penchant for calling girlfriends from phone booths near many of the crime scenes. He also transmitted genital herpes to several of his surviving victims. On a celebrity side note, the prosecuting attorney that convicted Randy was Chris Van Dyke, the son of celebrated comedian Dick Van Dyke.

While in jail, Randy continued his volumes of correspondence to many different women to whom he professed his innocence. Once he realized he was not getting out of jail, Randy started writing to women in other Oregon penitentiaries. One of his jailhouse conquest was Diane Downs, another celebrity killer who made headlines when she shot herself and her three children to get rid of them and win back her married lover.

Although it is believed that Randy committed up to 13 murders, he was only tried for three receiving life plus 190 years. Many other counties — including Shasta County in California — wanted to get their hands on Randy and give their victims their day in court. But as it became obvious that Randy would never be free again many saw the financial burden that would be incurred by such a high profile case and decided not to prosecute.

William Lester Suff (13+) Known as “The Riverside Prostitute Killer,” in 1974 Will and his then wife were convicted of beating their two-month-old daughter to death. Although he was sentenced to seventy years in the Big House he was out on parole by 1984. Too bad for the twelve or more prostitutes he subsequently raped, stabbed, strangled and sometimes mutilated in Riverside County. His alleged killing spree started in 1986. On January 9, 1993, he was arrested after a routine traffic stop.

A Doctor Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde type, Suff worked as a government stock clerk who helped deliver the furniture for the task force investigating his killing spree. He liked to impersonate police officers and cooked a mean chili at office picnics. It is rumored that his sometimes added human flesh to his price wining chili. He was also writing a book about dogs that went berserk and started killing people. Furthermore, he enjoyed vanity plates and was an avid volunteer in the county’s car-pooling program. All this perhaps explaining his deadly behavior.

On July 19, 1995, Willie was found guilty of killing 12 prostitutes although police think that he might be responsible for up to 22 deaths. On November 1995, he was condemned to death by a jury in Riverside, California. After the trial, the prosecuting Mr DA, Paul Zellerbach, told the foreman and four other members of the jury that they suspected that Suff used the breast of one of his victims in his prize winning chili.

After a few years of silence, Billy Suff decided to put in print his side of the rampage. In June, 1997, his lawyer-writer friend Brian Alan Lane released, “Cat and Mouse: Mind Games with a Serial Killer,” a book containing Bill’s writings, poetry, and some of his award-wining recipes. Bill also scheduled a live call-in on the Geraldo Rivera show from Death Row in San Quentin as part of the book’s promotion.

Peter Sutcliffe (13+) Between 1975 and 1984 Pete was known as the “Yorkshire Ripper” as he terrorized hookers around Northern England with his hammer and other instruments of torture. A former mortuary worker, Pete spoke with God frequently. The good Lord ordered him to go out and hunt prostitutes and, as a true Christian, Pete did as he was told. Luckily, he also enjoyed the job and would cum in his pants as he hammered and stabbed his victims to death.

Police were frustrated with numerous false confessions they received during their search for him. On January 2, 1981, Petie was finally caught sitting in a car with a prostitute. While in custody he confessed everything. Pete is also suspected of having killed and maimed several other women in France and Sweden during his travels abroad.

On March 10, 1997 Petie was stabbed in both eyes by a fellow inmate during a fight at the Broadmoor Hospital. It is believed that Surcliffe was in his room in Henley Ward when he was attacked. The attacker, Ian Kay — also known as the “Woolworths Killer” — stabbed Petie with a fibre-tipped pen, the type used in drawing classes at the hospital. Not the nicest “chap in the block,” Kay — described as an “extremely dangerous man” — was jailed for a minimum of 22 years in 1995 for the November, 1994, murder in southwest London of a Woolworths manager which he carried out while on leave from prison after serving less than three years of an eight-year term for nearly killing another shop worker in an almost identical attack.

On January 28, 1998, Kay admitted to stabbing Pete adding attempted murder to his long list of convictions. In no uncertain terms, Kay told the court he had meant to attack Pete with a razor embedded in a toothbrush handle. “I was going to … walk into the room and cut his jugular vein on both sides and wait there until he was dead. Killing has always been in my mind, ever since I’ve been here (at Broadmoor). In hindsight I should have straddled him and strangled him with my bare hands… He said God told him to kill 13 women, and I say the devil told me to kill him because of that.”

In March, 1996, Sutcliffe was assaulted by a different patient. Then, a prisoner at the high-security hospital in Berkshire almost garrotted Sutcliffe with the flex from a pair of stereo headphones because “resented being locked up with sex offenders”. The attacker was pulled off by two other murderers, Kenneth Erskine, the “Stockwell Strangler,” and Jamie Devitt.

Abdallah al-Hubal (13) On August 16, 1998, Yemen’s only known serial killer, Abdallah al-Hubal, was gunned down by police after he killed an officer and wounded three others. The killer — who authorities have sought for murdering 12 people — was trapped by police in the town of Beit al-Fakieh in the Hodeidah governorate west of the capital Sanaa.

Hubal, who was in his forties, began a series of murders in the former Marxist south Yemen before the 1990 union with the conservative north, killing seven people. He disappeared after a short prison term in the southern port city of Aden, but surfaced again a week ago when he murdered a couple in Beit al-Fakieh. Officials said police trapped him after he killed three other people apparently to silence them about the double murder.

Li Wenxian (13) This farmer from the southern Guangdong province in China is one of two entries in the Archives heralding from the People’s Republic of China. Li, 44, reportedly strangled and stabbed 13 women and smashed their heads with a hammer out of revenge for being cheated by a prostitute when he first moved to Canton, Guangdong’s provincial capital, to work in construction.

In all, Li took 17 women to an area in east Canton between April 1992 and November 1996. 13 women were murdered and one was seriously hurt. On December 18, 1996, the Canton Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Li to death for crimes including murder, rape and robbery.

Johannes Mashiane (13) Known as “The Beast of Atteridgeville,” this South African, slayer sodomized and killed 12 boys by either strangling or stoning them. In October 1989 the lethal sodomite died when he jumped under a bus in Marabastad while being chased by police. An intended 13th victim, who Mashiane had left for dead, survived to tell the tale. Mashiane committed this spate of serial slaughter after serving a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.

Arthur Shawcross (13) An unrepentant cannibal, Art munched on two Vietnamese girls during his tour of duty in ‘Nam. In fact, Vietnam became a living fantasy of horror and gore for lethal Art. He boasted he was never happier than in ‘Nam. Shawcross — certainly not up for the GI Nice Guy award — claimed to have killed women and children indiscriminately while fighting for Uncle Sam. Out-of-control Art bragged that he not only tortured, mutilated and dismembered his victims, but he also roasted their carcassess and ate them.

All of this bloodlust, he believed, was justified by the horrors of the conflict. “The VC put razor blades up whores’ vaginas. Shoved them inside a cup deep in where you’d never know until it was too late. When the GI’s would fuck ‘em they would slit their penises to shreds or cut ‘em clean off… I was with some guys, ROK Koreans, who took a whore and put a firehose inside her and turned on the water. She died almost instantly. Her neck jumped about a foot from her body. Another time we took another whore and tied her to two small trees, legs to the trees, bent down. She had a razor blade inside her vagina. She was cut from her anus to her chin. Then the trees were let go. She slit in half. Left her there hanging between the trees. This may be why I did what I did to those girls.”

Burdened with an extra Y chromosome, Nasty Art always proved to be the aggressive type. Back home — remembering his blood soaked orgies back in ‘Nam — he believed that the spirit of a thirteenth-century cannibal “Ariemes,” possessed his body and drove him to rape, murder and cannibalism. In 1988 he was released from prison after serving fifteen years for the sadistic murders of two children in Watertown. Out on parole he was sent to Rochester to live after residents in two other communities objected to his presence. Right about then Ariemes came back to possess him and helped him with a twenty-month murder spree in which he bagged and chewed on eleven women.

Once in custody Art detailed his cannibalistic deeds explaining that he was possessed by his shrewish mother’s spirit (as well as Ariemes). Mom — whom he esteemed and resented simultaneously — enjoyed ramming broomsticks up his ass when he was young. Recieving no mercy from the jury, in February 1991 Art was sent to the Sullivan Correctional Institute in Fallsburg, NY, to serve a 250-year sentence. Curiously, in 1990, he received ten write-in votes during New York’s gubernatorial race.

On July 10, 1997, Art married his long time sweetheart, Clara Neal in a simple ceremony in the prison’s visiting room. “It was nice and all,” said the blushing bride. The two started dating before his conviction. However, at the time, Shawcross was married to another woman. “It took 10 years to make the grade, but I finally made it,” said lovestruck Clara. His previous wife, Rose, died in the spring, making their union possible under the eyes of God. Under the state Department of Correctional Services policy Shawcross and Neal will be eligible for conjugal visits. Neal stated she loves him and stands by her cannibal “no matter what”. Shawcross, of course, used Neal’s car to pick up, have sex with, and then kill his victims.

On September 19, 1999, Shawcross was punished with two years in solitary confinement and lost his art privileges for five years for having agents sell his paintings on the Internet auction site eBay. Art then appealed the sentence and had the time reduced to nine months. Shawcross, 54, will be confined to a cell for 23 hours a day at Fallsburg’s Sullivan Correctional Facility. Officials say he has been mailing drawings and oil paintings — of Marilyn Monroe and stock-car driver Dale Earnhardt — to dealers. In return, they would send him gifts like clothes and shoes instead of cash. Prison officials said Shawcross did not violate the state’s “Son of Sam” law because he was not accused of benefiting from the actual crimes that led to his arrest.

On April 3, 2001, Shawcross the artist was back in the news when New York Governor George Pataki ordered that violent criminals be banned from showing and selling their art at an annual exhibition by inmates organized by New Yorks corrections department. The order was prompted by the inclusion of 10 paintings and sketches (including one of Princess Diana) by infamous Art. The paintings in question where ofwinged horses and butterflies that were selling for up to $540 and a pencil-sketch of Princess Diana tagged at $500, of which he would keep $250. The remainder would be donated to the Crime Victims Board, which assists victims of crime.

Herbert Mullin (13) This acid-dropping, pot-smoking flower child was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his high school class. After a stint in a mental institution he started hearing voices that told him to do strange things, like burn his dick with a cigarette. Then the voices started coming from strangers asking him to put them out of their misery. Good Herb was happy to comply. After thirteen acts of mercy police arrested him. Herb believed that the deaths during the Vietnam war worked as sacrifices that kept California from sliding into the ocean during a cataclysmic earthquake. With the end of the war, Herb was telepathically told by his father to continue with the human sacrifice to save California from the big one. And, of course, Herb did as he was told.

On December 29, 2001, Mullinwas denied parole for the ninth time. Mullin was convicted of stabbing a priest in his confessional, shooting four teens and killing a drug dealer, his wife and the wife and small children of another drug dealer.

Albert DeSalvo (0-13) In the mid sixties Al confessed to being the Boston Strangler. His great hands, voracious sex drive and violent nature led him to talk his way into women’s houses where he raped and strangled with impunity. Or so he claimed.

From the summer of 1962 to the early winter of 1964, Boston and its suburbs were terrified by a serial killer known variously as the Phantom Fiend and the Boston Strangler. The terror finally came to an end when DeSalvo, a handsome, smooth-talking laborer, confessed to 13 killings while he was being held on a series of rape charges in 1965 at the Center for the Treatment of Sexually Dangerous Persons at Bridgewater.

There were many doubters, including DeSalvo’s relatives and family members of some of the victims. Police were among the most skeptical of DeSalvo’s claims of guilt, but were prevented from questioning him by the attorney general’s office, which directed the investigation.

All along, many thought DeSalvo incapable of murder, prone to braggadocio and in search of fame. Some psychiatrists believed that the stranglings were not the work of a single killer. Serial killers, they said, carefully choose victims with the same characteristics. In Boston, the slain women differed markedly in age, with the first six in their 50s and 60s, and the later ones in their 20s and 30s.

DeSalvo’s criminal career began in his youth with house breaks and small time robberies in Chelsea and East Boston. He was arrested by Cambridge police in 1961 on molestation charges when women complained that a man posing as a modeling agency representative came to their apartments and convinced them to let him take their measurements. He served one year in the Middlesex County House of Correction.

“I saw my father knock my mother’s teeth out and then break every one of her fingers. I must have been seven,” according to published excerpts of DeSalvo’s confession. “Pa was a plumber, he smashed me once across the back with a pipe. I just didn’t move fast enough. He once sold me and my two sisters for nine dollars, sold us to some farmer in Maine” as slaves.

In addition, Frank DeSalvo Sr., an alcoholic, often brought prostitutes home and would strike his wife, Charlotte, in front of them. His two daughters’ black eyes bore additional witness to his brutality. He taught his four sons how to shoplift. He bargained away the meager amount of coal the family received from welfare for cash, and everyone was cold during the winter. Food was scarce while sexual activity was rampant. Finally, when Albert was 8 years old, the father abandoned the family.

The investigators said believe DeSalvo claimed to have sexually assaulted from 300 to 2,000 women. “Albert didn’t seek out his victim. That’s what caused us confusion, because there was a disparity between young girls and old ladies,” said one of the investigator in the Strangler case. “He killed whoever was unfortunate enough to answer the doorbell when the mood hit him.”

As a child Albert boasted of being able to cum five or six times a day. As an adult his frigid wife was no match for his eternal horniness. The Strangler killed between 1962 and 1964. The victims were generally found dead in their apartments, sexually assaulted, and frequently bound with articles of their own clothing. What characterized his killing style was that he left naked corpses carefully and provocatively posed with the strangulating chords tied in ornamental bows around their necks.

Some believe that DeSalvo, a Malden factory worker, was not responsible for the killings and that in fact George Nassar, his cell mate at Bridgewater, had struck a deal with him so he would take the blame as DeSalvo was already facing a life sentence for his multiple rape convictions. While authorities lacked evidence to bring him to trial on the murders, in 1967 he was sentenced to life in prison for an unrelated series of rapes. In November 1973 he was stabbed to death in his cell in Walpole by another inmate.

Boston Police announced on July 9, 1999 that they will revisit the case of the Boston Strangler. The Cold Case Squad, as the investigation is known, will use DNA technology to analyze evidence from the crimes in order to prove once and for all whether Albert DeSalvo was responsible for the killings. Police are looking for DNA from sperm samples swabbed from some of the Strangler’s victims, which were logged as evidence in the 1960s but have been unable to locate. Also the knife used to kill DeSalvo could contain DNA samples, but they haven’t been able to find it, either.

Considered to be among the most dangerous men in modern-day Massachusetts, George Nassar, a ruthless killer with a stratospheric IQ, offered to provide police a sample of his DNA to prove that he was not the infamous killer. “I had nothing to do with it,” he said. “I’m convicted under the table, behind the scenes.” He will never be granted parole, he added, because “it would be: The person accused of being the Boston Strangler is released from prison.”

Nassar, who has been locked in prison for 50 of his 67 years on earth, was 15 when he first committed murder, the shooting of a Lawrence store clerk in 1948. He was paroled in 1961, remained free for the reign of the Boston Strangler, and was charged in October 1964 with shooting to deathg an Andover gas station attendant as he begged on his knees for mercy. After killing the attendant, Nassar approached a woman and her daughter parked at the filling pumps, stuck his pistol in their car window, and fired. The gun, though, was empty.

In 1965, the last of the stranglings already committed and the murders having mysteriously stopped, DeSalvo and Nassar became inseparable friends at the Bridgewater prison. Soon enough, Nassar said, DeSalvo confessed to the stranglings.

Ultimately, Nassar introduced DeSalvo to his lawyer, F. Lee Bailey. Bailey summoned authorities to Bridgewater with word that he had found the Boston Strangler. DeSalvo was convicted of an unrelated armed robbery and sentenced to life in prison. DeSalvo confessed to 13 killings in mind-numbing detail, even recalling room dimensions at the crime scenes. But many detectives were dubious, having regarded him as a rapist incapable of murder. Some said he had too much sexual desire to kill women before violating them, as the strangler often did. Notably, at least two women who had escaped the Boston Strangler were brought to MCI-Bridgewater to identify DeSalvo, but instead pointed to Nassar as their assailant.

On October 16, 2000 — thirty-six years after her death — the body of the last victim of the Boston Strangler was exhumed to be examined for signs of her killer’s real identity. A private autopsy on Mary Sullivan, who was killed in 1964, was conducted following a request by her family and the family of DeSalvo. The two families believe that DeSalvo was not the feared Boston Strangler and that he confessed to being the killer only because he thought his family could make money from book and film deals about the murders.

Arguing that the Boston Strangler case is still an open homicide investigation, the state and Hub police have again refused to share DNA evidence with families of Albert DeSalvo and the alleged killer’s last victim. Attorneys rejected a settlement offer in a federal lawsuit filed by the relatives of Mary Sullivan and DeSalvo asking the state to hand over two of six semen samples collected from the Beacon Hill crime scene in 1964. “It’s crazy. We should be working in conjunction to find her killer,” said Sullivan relative and local TV producer Casey Sherman.

The relatives of Sullivan and DeSalvo believe the confessed killer is not the real Boston Strangler and believe the Boston Police Department wants to avoid the embarassment of having to acknowledge that they have blamed to wrong man for the city’s most infamous crime spree. Homicide investigators have refused to share the Strangler evidence citing that it would set a dangerous precedent.

The Boston Strangler Timeline:

Jan. 4, 1964 — Mary Sullivan, 19, the last of the 11 victims, found murdered in her apartment in the Beacon Hill section of Boston.

1965 — Albert DeSalvo, a factory worker serving time for armed robbery and sex offenses, confesses to the strangler’s 11 murders and two others. He never is charged for them.

1973 — DeSalvo killed in prison by another inmate.

July 1999 — Boston police reopen the Strangler case, hoping to use DNA technology to analyze evidence from the crimes.

Sept. 14, 2000 — The DeSalvo and Sullivan families sue local and state authorities in Massachusetts to force investigators to turn over crime scene evidence they say will prove DeSalvo’s innocence.

Oct. 14, 2000 — Sullivan’s remains exhumed for DNA testing.

Oct. 20, 2000 — Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly says his office will do new DNA tests on evidence from Sullivan’s slaying.

Oct. 26, 2001 — DeSalvo’s body exhumed for DNA testing.

Dec. 6, 2001 — Forensic scientists announce that DNA evidence taken from Sullivan’s body does not match DeSalvo’s DNA.

UPDATE: December 6, 2001

Nearly four decades after the case file has been closed, new forensic evidence has brought into question the identity of the Boston Strangler and the guilt of Albert Desalvo, the factory worker who confessed to the murders.

The team of forensic scientists who exhumed the body of Strangler victim Mary Sullivan revealed that tests on her clothing and remains found DNA from two individuals other than Sullivan, and neither of them was DeSalvo.

“We have found evidence, and the evidence does not and cannot be associated with Albert DeSalvo,” said James Starrs, a professor of forensic science and law at George Washington University. “I, as a juror, would acquit him with no questions asked.”

The evidence appears to clear DeSalvo only of sexual assault, but Starrs and other forensic scientists who took part in the investigation said it also raises significant doubt that DeSalvo killed Sullivan.

A statement released by the families’ attorneys Daniel and Elaine Whitfield Sharp said the work of Starrs’ team proves “beyond reasonable doubt” that DeSalvo didn’t kill Sullivan. The DeSalvo and Sullivan families believe DeSalvo may have confessed in hopes of making money from book and movie deals.

“If he didn’t kill Mary Sullivan, yet he confessed to it in glaring detail, he didn’t kill any of these women,” said Casey Sherman, Sullivan’s nephew.

Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly, who began reinvestigating Sullivan’s murder last year at the request of the DeSalvo and Sullivan families, said in a statement that the new findings don’t resolve the question of whether DeSalvo killed Sullivan.

A prosecutor who worked on the original strangler investigation in the 1960s said the new DNA tests do not prove that DeSalvo is innocent of Sullivan’s killing or any of the other slayings. “It doesn’t prove anything except that they found another person’s DNA on a part of Miss Sullivan’s body,” said Julian Soshnick. “I believe that Albert was the Boston Strangler.”

Soshnick, who interviewed DeSalvo twice after he confessed to the killings, said he asked him specifically about the Sullivan case and seven or eight of the other murders. “There were things that only the killer would know that were not known publicly,” he said. “We knew a lot more than was made public, and he knew them.” Specifically, Soshnick said, DeSalvo described accurate details about what type of ligatures were used and how he tied them around the victims’ necks.

Coral Eugene Watts (13) Coral Eugene might have had an IQ of seventy-five, but he sure knew how to use a knife. Another one from the I-hate-vaginas school of thinking. He enjoyed killing women on Sunday morning before going to church. Once he told a psychiatrist that women were evil and should be exterminated. It seems he practiced what he preached.

On November 12, 2002, Watts was denied parole for the fifth time. Watts, who admitted to 13 murders, is due to be released from prison in 3 1/2 years. Because of a quirk in Texas law, Watts is scheduled for mandatory release in May 2006. He could be discharged even before that — after his next parole hearing in December 2005 — if he continues to show good behavior, said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Larry Todd.

In 1982, Watts admitted he killed 13 women. But he received immunity in 12 of the cases and went to prison for burglary with intent to commit murder. Prosecutors said they were short on hard evidence and intent on closing the open murder cases. At the time, they and the judge also thought a 60-year prison term would keep Watts behind bars until he was an in his 80s. But mandatory release laws require Watts’ discharge on May 8, 2006, when he is 52.

Texas’ mandatory release program was approved in 1977 to relieve prison crowding. The program was rescinded in 1996. Inmates like Watts, however, remained eligible because they were incarcerated under terms of the plan. Watts confessed and received immunity for strangling a 20-year-old Houston woman, Michelle Maday, the same morning he was arrested in May 1982. Watts told police he killed 10 other Texas women and a woman from Michigan. He also confessed to strangling a 14-year-old Texas girl. Although he did not receive immunity in that case, prosecutors lacked the evidence to take him to trial. Authorities in Michigan and Texas are scouring old cases to try to find evidence that might lead to another conviction to block Watts’ scheduled release.

Joseph Christopher (13) Another racist rampager. Christopher, a mentally disturbed GI started killing black men in upstate New York in September 22, 1980. By the time he left Buffalo the city was about to erupt into an all-out race war with black leaders claiming no police protection and talking about a deadly paramilitary racist force. Christopher went to Manhattan on December 22 and was able bag four victims and maim a fifth in less than thirteen hours. He was arrested in Fort Benning on January 6 after he tried to stab a black GI.

Marie Besnard (13+) One from the got away with murder file. Marie, known in France as the “Poison Queen,” tallied at least 13 deaths in her love for poisons and her quest for inherited gold. Her reign of terror spanned from 1927, when she killed her husband (and cousin) Aguste Antigny, to 1949 when her mother died and the bodies of 12 victims were exhumed and authorities found traces of arsenic in the tissue of all of the dead. In the case of her husband/cousin Aguste, who was buried with his shoes on more than 20 yearsbefore, evidence of arsenic was found in his surprisingly well preserved toenails.

Not the lazy type, Marie was quick to marry after disposing of her loving cousin. With the help of her new husband, Leon Besnard, she started trimming away with reckless abandon both of their family trees’. The wholesale slaughter of relatives proved to be rewarding as they endlessly kept dropping dead whenever Marie showed up.

By 1947 she poisoned her husband Leon when she fell for the charms of a handsome German P.O.W living in Loudon. After the death of her mother, locals demanded authorities to investigate the steady stream of deaths befalling her family. She was arrested once the bodies were exhumed and traces of arsenic were found in all of them. While in jail she tried to divert her guilt by asking a friend to spike the family wine with arsenic. When the friend refused Marie confessed her guilt.

During her trial in 1952 Marie hired a bevvy of high powered lawyers to dispute and divert the evidence. After three trials all evidence was used up in testing and Marie’s guilt was expunged. On March, 1954, she was released from jail. On December 12, 1961 she was acquitted of any wrongdoing and walked away having gotten away with murder repeatedly and having fooled the world.

Jack Unterweger (12+) Jack, the son of a Austrian streetwalker and an American soldier, received his first life sentence at age 25 when he strangled a prostitute with her bra because she reminded him of his mother. Subsequently he admitted to the crime explaining “I envisioned my mother in front of me, and I killed her.” While in jail Jack wrote a series of short stories, plays and an autobiography that made him the darling of the Viennese cafe-intellectuals. Hailed as a model for rehabilitation, Jack was granted parole in 1990.

A free man, Jack became a knight in shining armor of the Austrian literary elite. Within months of his release his success as a writer translated into expensive suits, fancy cars and regular appearances in local talk shows. However, not truly reformed, Jack did keep up with his old habit of strangling prostitutes for kicks to the tune of at least six dead.

In 1991 he was hired to write an article about prostitution in Los Angeles. While on assignment he got to travel in an LAPD patrol car. He also managed to squeeze in the murder of three prostitutes before returning back to Vienna.

By February, 1992, police in Austria issued a warrant for his arrest linking him to the deaths of eight women. By then Jack escaped with his 18-year-old girlfriend to Switzerland, Paris and New York, pausing along the way to call newspapers and talk shows in Austria to proclaim his innocence. Following a credit card trail left by the fugitive couple, they were arrested by Interpol in Miami, Florida. While in custody his girlfriend explained they sought refuge in Miami because she “liked Don Johnson.”

Unterweger was eventually deported back to Austria where he was indicted for the murders of 11 prostitutes, including three from Los Angeles. On June 28, 1994 a jury in Graz, Austria, found him guilty of nine of murders and acquitted him of two others. The next morning prison guards found him dead in his cell hanging from a curtain rod.

Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez (12+) Known in the late 40s as the “Lonely-Hearts Killers” for their lethal swindling of lovelorn widows answering personal adds. Raymond, although Hawaiian, billed himself as a sexy Latin Lover. Martha, tipping the scale at a whooping 280 pounds, was no buttercup of love. Strangely, when they met, it was love at first sight. Maybe it was because their mutual love for swindling and kinky sex. Together, with Martha posing as Ray’s sister, they bilked elderly spinsters and widows of their savings before murdering them if they offered resistance.

When they were arrested Martha and Ray confessed to 12 killings, though it’s believed the actual number is closer to 20. At their trial they kept cooing, holding hands and seemed not to be able to get enough of each other. Their plead of not guilty by reason of insanity was ignored and on August 22, 1949 the deadly lovers were sentenced to death. After numerous appeals, on March 8, 1951 they were executed side by side in Sing Sing prison.

Rosemary & Fred West (12+) Rosemary and her husband Fred West, were accused of murdering 10 women and young girls over a 16 year period ending in 1987. They enjoyed luring away vulnerable runaways with offers of rides, lodging or jobs as nannies. Once in their clutches inside their “House of Horrors”, the young women were stripped, bound with tape, raped, tortured, then killed, dismembered and buried. The killer couple was arrested at their lethal homestead, 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, England in 1994. Police, armed with a search warrant, dug up the remains of their 16 year old daughter, Heather, who vanished in 1987. Further excavations under the house and in garden produced eight more female bodies, including Rosemary’s stepdaughter, Charmaine.

One more body was found under the kitchen of a former home at 25 Midland Road, Gloucester. Fred hanged himself in jail New Years Day, 1995. He also faced two further charges of murdering his ex wife and a baby-sitter and burying them in fields near his former home. Authorities believe that Fred probably killed more women. Rosemary, an admitted prostitute, still maintains her innocence. However, on November 22, 1995, she was convicted of 10 murders. Authorities are investigating the whereabouts of nine other missing women who frequented their home.

On September 2001, a documentary filmmaker has called for an investigation into claims that serial killer Fred West may have murdered 20 more people. David Monaghan said West confessed the additional murders to a social worker assigned to him in prison and repeated them in a yet unaired TV show. Gloucestershire police said there was not enough evidence to investigate the claims and are trying to block the airing of the interview.

The documentary shows excerpts from West’s taped interviews with detectives and clips from home movies made by Fred and Rosemary. In one clip, West describes in graphic detail how he buried body parts in a hole in his garden. “I thought, shit, I can’t get her down through there. I thought, I’m going to have to cut her up again, and by this time I’m realising that’s three, no two, not three, where is this going to stop? I’ve got to give myself up, I’ve got to tell Rose so I don’t do this again.” West also describes how the “spirits” of his victims haunted him when police searched his Gloucester home. “When they come up into you it’s beautiful, it’s when they go away you are trying to hold them, you feel them flying away from you and you try to stop them.”

According to Janet Leach, a trainee social worker assigned to West after he was arrested, the infamous serial killer admitted to many more deaths than the 12 he was convicted for. “Fred said that there were two other bodies in shallow graves in the woods but there was no way they would ever be found. He said there were 20 other bodies… spread around and he would give police one a year.”

Elton M. Jackson (12 +/-) Since the mid-eighties a number of homosexual men have abducted in and around the Norfolk area and their bodies dumped in the Chesapeake/Portsmouth areas. Chesapeake. Ten were strangled; the others were too decomposed to determine how they died. All but one were found nude. Many of the victims were gay, nearly all were drifters or transients and some were hustlers. Nearly all were last seen in or near gay bars in Norfolk or Portsmouth.

On March 5, 1998, Chesapeake Police Chief Richard A. Justice named Elton M. Jackson as the suspect in all 12 homicides by the “Hampton Roads Killer”. Jackson, 41, was arrested in May, 1997. Jackson has only been charged with the July 1996 strangulation of Andrew “Andre” D. Smith in a case that court documents say is the most recent of the serial killings. Smith’s body was found on the shoulder of a dead-end road in the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake. Court documents confirm that DNA testing showed that Jackson and Smith had sex hours before Smith’s death.

The Chesapeake Police Department was the lead agency in the serial killer investigation until September, 1997, when the case was moved to Portsmouth based on evidence that the Smith killing apparently occurred in Jackson’s Portsmouth home. Authorities never before named Jackson as the serial killer suspect, but also never ruled him out. FBI documents showed that a year ago the Feds believed Jackson was their killer and that they had suspected him previously. A letter to the FBI lab in August 1996 called Jackson the “best suspect in its nine years of investigation.”

Andrew Smith’s body was the last to be discovered. There have been no other similar slayings since Jackson’s arrest in May 1997. Court documents indicate Jackson had contact with some of the other victims and the blood of one, Reginald Joyner, was found in Jackson’s bed along with the blood of Smith. On August 21, 1998 a jury found Jackson guilty of the murder of Smith. “We’re disappointed in the verdict, and he still maintains his innocence,” said Jackson’s attorney, Pamela Hampton.

Sylvester Mofokeng (12) Another in a lojng list of South African slayers. On September 17, 1997, a former prison escapee Sylvester Mofokeng, 25, was found guilty of 12 murder and nine other charges at the Johannesburg High Court. The 12 murders were committed between April and June 1995. The other charges were for theft, housebreaking, robbery, attempted murder and unlawful possession of arms and ammunition.

State advocate Rasigie Bhika asked for life sentences to be imposed for the murder convictions, and between 15 and 20 years for the other charges. Bhika referred to Mofokeng’s previous convictions, which dated as far back as 1983 when he was 14 years old. His impressive criminal record includes multiple convictions and sentences for theft, robbery, vandalism, unlawful possession of arms and ammunition, escaping from prison, attempted murder and murder. Calling him a “professional killer, who was heartless and without remorse and killed for rewards,” Judge Labe sentenced him to 145 years in jail and 10 life sentences. He added the murders were of such a cruel nature that in the interests of the community it had to be seen that justice had been done.

When Bhika asked for Mofokeng to sign the document concerning his previous convictions, he said he could not. After being prompted by the judge he said: “The gunshot fucked up my hand, so I cannot write anymore”. Mofokeng was shot and seriously wounded by police in August last year when he was rearrested, following his escape from Diepkloof Prison. He escaped on March 23, 1995 — while serving 70 years plus life for murder, attempted murder and robbery — after a prison soccer match.

Siswanto (12) On August 6, 1996, Siswanto, a homeless Indonesian man, confessed to killing 12 boys and leaving their mutilated bodies on the streets. Siswanto, alias Robot Gedek, admitted to sexually molesting his victims, ages 9 to 15, before killing them. The dead youngsters were found with their stomachs slashed open, and most were naked. Siswanto told police he enjoyed drinking the blood of his victims and sometimes kept pieces of their skin.

His 18-month killing spree started in December 1994. The last victim was found on July 5, 1996. Eight of the killings took place in Jakarta and two in the city of Pekalongan in central Java. On May 21, 1997 an Indonesian court found Siswanto guilty of 12 murders and sentenced him to death. After sentencing, the presiding judge Sartono of the Central Jakarta State Court said Siswanto’s “crimes sent shock waves through the community because he sadistically killed underage boys. What he did can never be forgiven.”

The Bender Family (11+) On the high prairie the Bender family — John, his wife , son, and daughter Kate — in 1871 built a small house. Partitioned in two rooms by a canvas cloth it had a table, stove and grocery shelves in front. In back were beds, a sledge hammer and a trap door above a pit-like cellar. Kate a self- proclaimed healer and spiritualist and reported to be a beautiful, voluptuous girl with tigerish grace, was the leading spirit of her murderous family.

The house was located on the main road. Travelers stopping for a meal were seated on a bench backed tight against the canvas. In the next two years several disappeared. When suspicious were finally aroused, in 1873 , the Benders fled. A search of their property disclosed eleven bodies buried in the garden, skulls crushed by hammer blows through the canvass.

The end of the Benders is not known. The earth seemed to have swallowed them up, just like their victims.

Joseph Vacher (11+) Known as the “French Ripper,” Joseph was a sight for sore eyes. He suffered from partial paralysis on the right side from a self-inflicted head injury from when he was 25. Apparently, after being scorned by a woman, he shot her three times and unsuccessfully tried to blow his own head off. Later, the misfit killer would claim that his horrible condition played part in murderous rampage.

In 1893 he was arrested for shooting another woman and was placed in an asylum where, after repeated escape attempts, he was declared cured of his violent “persecution mania” and released. A month after his release on April 1, 1894, Vacher started roaming the French countryside looking for women and children to slaughter.

In a demonic frenzy Joseph would strangle, stab, and disembowel his victims to the tune of more than 11 savage killings over three and a half years. He also enjoyed mutilating their sexual organs and raping them alive and post mortem. Near each crime scene witnesses reported an ugly, foul mouthed tramp passing by.

In August, 1897 he was arrested for offending public decency outside Touron. While in jail police realized he looked very much like the descriptions of the French Ripper and established several links between him and some of thee crimes. Eventually Joseph confessed in a rambling written accounts describing every detail of the killings. Although he confessed to only 11 kills, authorities suspect him of 14. During his trial he blamed his bad disposition because he had contracted rabies from a dog bite at the age of eight. Nevertheless, the court found him guilty of murder and guillotined him December 31, 1898.

Anatoly Golovkin (11) Sentenced to death in Moscow in 1994, Golovkin joined Andrei Chikatilo in perestroika’s rapidly growing gallery of the depraved. Another sexual sadist, Anatoly derived pleasure from slitting the bellies of some of his victims — young boys — and cutting their testicles. “He is a straight forward maniac,” said a spokesman for Moscow district prosecutor’s office. Golovkin was sentenced to death for murdering 11 boys over an eight-year period.

Clifford Robert Olson (11) A Vancouver, British Columbia, native, this police informer spent most of his life in trouble with the law. Between 1957 and 1981 he logged ninety-four arrests. His murderous reign of terror around Vancouver started in November of 1980 with the abduction and slaughter of a twelve-year-old girl. His specialty was killing youngsters and enjoyed offing the occasional hitchhiker whenever the chance arose. In August 1981 Olson was arrested when he picked up two female hitchhikers. After striking a deal with the prosecution, Cliffy confessed to a string of killings. Somehow Olson was able to convince authorities to pay his wife and child $10,000 per proven kill. By confessing to eleven kills, Cliff’s family collected a nice chunk of change. On January 11, 1982, Clifford was sentenced to eleven concurrent life terms.

While in jail, Anything-for-a-buck-Cliff announced through his lawyer in March, 1996 that he had registered with Canada’s copyright office to protect his proposed video series offering psychological insights. Cliff plans to call the video, “Motivational Sexual Homicide Patterns of Serial Child Killer Clifford Robert Olson.”

April 2, 2000: Claiming he can locate the bodies of two victims, Olson is negotiating with Hawaiian officials for a little island vacation. “We are taking it seriously because our records show he visited the island in 1980,” said Dean Yamashiro, the deputy public defender in Honolulu. Last year Olson told Irish police he killed two women while he was visiting in the 1980s. He also said he has a friend there that killed five women and is the deaded South Dublin Killer. Operation Trace, an Irish police unit set up to probe the disappearances of at least five women, dismissed Olson’s claims as a deranged killer wanting a free trip overseas. “All I am doing is trying to help authorities around the world to find the bodies of the dead men and women,” he told to the Irish Mirror during a 30-minute phone interview. “I can find the bodies in Ireland without any problem. I know exactly where they are.”

Vaughn Greenwood (11) In 1974-75 the LAPD found six downtown derelicts with their throats slashed and their bodies bearing signs of ritualistic abuse. They had cups of blood next to them, salt sprinkled around the outlines of their heads and cryptic marks scribbled around the slash wounds. When the cops announced that the killer was probably “a blond, sexually impotent and cowardly homosexual,” Greenwood, a black man, was obviously not on their list of suspects. Eventually he was arrested after he axed someone next to Burt Reynold’s house. The police linked him to the skid row murders and four others. Surely he must have been wearing a blond wig or something when he was committing his crimes.

Juan Rodriguez Chavez (11) Juan, a Texan murder parolee, confessed to having killed 11 people for money or just the “thrill of killing”. He was jailed on October 17, 1995, and charged with six slayings. Prosecutors are now preparing to charge him with the 5 other deaths. All the killings were committed between March and July of 1995. Juan was very busy on July 2 when he killed 5 people. Three of them were shot and ran over by his car, another was shot while talking on a pay phone and the last victim of the day was shot in a robbery. Two days later he shot two men in the parking lot of a tire shop and, moments later, another man was killed outside a nearby apartment building.

Marie Alexandrine Becker (11) A native of Liege, Belgium, Marie poisoned her way to infamy with the help of her trusty Digitalis. Her first victim — her cabinet making husband — succumbed to a lethal dose of the poison in 1932 when she found a younger lover. Within two years she grew tired of her young stud and dispatched him in the same manner as her husband.

A late bloomer Marie became a sexual beast as she approached her middle age. Apparently she could only satiate her appetite with younger men whom sometimes she had to pay to get in bed. To afford her lust she started a side business as a thief and poisoner. Her victims of choice were elderly ladies who hired her as their nurse or who came calling to her clothing store.

Between 1935 and 1936 Marie fed lethal doses of digitalis to nine acquaintances. She was arrested after a friend confided to her about the cheating ways of her husband and Marie suggested ending his infidelities permanently with her digitalis. On October, 1936, the friend told authorities Marie was arrested with a vial of the poison in her purse. Police linked her to all her victims and found traces on poison in their corpses. They also found piles of clothing and jewelry in her apartment.

Although she always maintained her innocence, Marie was found guilty and spent the rest of her life in jail.

Henry Landru (11) France’s “Bluebeard,” he was arrested in 1919 for the murder of 10 women. He professed his love for them and promised marriage. Instead he would kill, dismember and torch his sweethearts. He was guillotined in 1922 without ever admitting to his crimes.

Kenneth Allen McDuff (14+) On November 17, 1998 serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff was finally put to death by lethal injection in Huntsville prison for the 1992 abduction, rape and murder of 22-year-old Melissa Ann Northrup, a pregnant mother of two from Waco. Before dying, the 52-year-old McDuff said, “I’m ready to be released; release me.”

McDuff also faced a second death sentence for the 1991 abduction and slaying of 28-year-old Austin accountant Colleen Reed, and authorities say he may have killed as many as a dozen other people, primarily in central Texas between Austin and Waco. For his last meal, he requested two T-bone steaks, five fried eggs, vegetables, french fries, coconut pie and a Coca-Cola.

McDuff, first imprisoned in 1965 for burglary, went to death row in 1968 for fatally shooting in the face two teen-age boys in Fort Worth and raping and strangling their 16-year-old female companion. But while he was awaiting execution, the Supreme Court in 1972 struck down the death penalty as unconstitutional and McDuff’s sentence was commuted to life.

He won parole about 17 years later when parole board members, facing overcrowded Texas prisons, released him along with thousands of other inmates. Ms. Northrup and Ms. Reed were killed a short time later. McDuff was thought to be the only U.S. criminal ever to go to death row for one murder, get out of jail, then be sent back to death row for another killing.

The subject of a nationwide manhunt, McDuff was arrested in 1992 in Kansas City, where under an assumed name he was working as a trash collector.

After his execution authorities revealed that McDuff was secretly taken out of prison to help police find the body of one of his victims in exchange for a reduced sentence for his drug dealing nephew.

In a highly unusual move, McDuff was taken out of death row under heavy guard for two days in October to search for the body of Colleen Reed of Austin because authorities were unable to find her body with maps he drew.

Authorities had earlier found the bodies of two Waco women, Reginia Moore and Brenda Thompson, using McDuff’s maps. Earlier, authorities said they found the bodies with help from an informant, but they didn’t identify the informant.

In exchange for the help finding the bodies a federal judge reduced the sentence of McDuff’s nephew, Michael Wayne Royals, 42, from 15 years to 10 years. Royals is serving a prison term for delivery of amphetamines and methamphetamines.

Like all proficient killers, he has a book out called “No Remorse”, and before being executed he is said to have posted the brief message: “If there is anyone left out there, drop me a letter.”In a nonprofit prisoners advocacy group Web site.

Robert Joe Wagner, John Justin Buntin & Mark Ray Haydon (10+) In what’s become Australia’s worst serial murder case, police said they have found the remains of ten people — eight in vats of corrosive chemicals in a deserted bank vault, and two buried in a suburban backyard of a house once occupied by one of the suspects. The suspects, Robert Joe Wagner, 27, John Justin Bunting, 32, and Mark Ray Haydon, 40, allegedly were involved in a social security fraud scheme in which they were cashing the pension checks of their victims.

Police found the Snowtown bodies after a yearlong investigation into the disappearances of Elizabeth Haydon, 37, who vanished from a northern Adelaide suburb late last year, and two other missing persons. Police said they expected the murder toll could rise to 11, as they had yet to account for two missing people who had been expected to have been among the victims.

Two of the victims where identified as Clinton Trezise, 22, who disappeared in 1993 but was not reported missing for two years. The other, Barry Lane, 40, a transvestite and convicted pedophile who lived with anf had an affair with the youngest of the three suspects.

The possibility that some or all of the victims — whom were mostly men — were killed for their pensions appears to be the most likely motive. But Adelaide police emphasis the killings were not random and that the group involved appeared to have preyed upon itself. South Australia’s chief of police said this is the most complex case in the department and assigned 33 police specialists in areas such as missing persons, crime scenes, and forensic analysis. The number of offenses involved is higher than in any other single investigation in the State’s criminal history.

Meanwhile the patience of the residents of Snowtown has been wearing thin following their week of media attention. Snowtown’s councillor Barbara Turner asked the media and sightseers to let their town get back to normal. “We’re a quiet little rural community and we’re just not used to all this: the media and the TV crews and helicopters and that,” she said.

Richard Angelo (10+) A former Boy Scout, Rich always wanted to be the hero. That’s why this portly nurse pumped muscle paralyzer and other dangerous drugs into the intravenous bottles of his patients in the emergency room of the Good Samaritan Hospital in Long Island, NY. On October 11, 1987 his gig ran afoul when he told a patient, “I’m going to make you feel better,” and injected Pavulon in his intravenous tube. Immediately the man felt numbness and had difficulty breathing. However, he was able to buzz another nurse who saved his life. The next day Richard’s locker and home were searched and his killing utensils were found. Ever since Angelo started working the graveyard shift in the Good Samaritan there had been thirty-seven “Code Blue” emergencies leaving twenty-five patients dead. Prosecutors have only charged Angelo with ten of the deaths.

Kenneth Bianchi & Angelo Buono (10+) These killer cousins started their reign of terror in LA in 1977 and became known as the “Hillside Strangler.” They liked to impersonate cops, pick up hookers, rape and kill them. They enjoyed leaving their corpses in provocative positions in hillsides east of Hollywood. When Kenny moved to Bellingham, Washington, the killings stopped.

Bored with the small town life, Ken decided to get back to his old habits. He proceeded to kill two more women before being arrested. Bianchi was convicted of strangling two Bellingham college students and was sentenced to more than 116 years at the state penitentiary at Walla Walla, where he remains today. In custody he confessed to strangling five women in Los Angeles in late 1977 and early 1978. Bianchi is also suspected of at least three more killings in Rochester, New York, before his glory days in L.A.

While in custody Ken feigned being possessed by a violent alter ego named “Steve Walker.” In prison he was contacted by a strange twenty-three year old Los Angeles screewriter named Veronica Lynn Comton who was seeking information for a book about a female serial killer. Together they hatched a plan to free him in which Veronica would take a sample of his sperm, kill a woman and deposit the sperm sample in her. Though a good idea, it never worked. Instead, it landed Veronica in jail.

The consumate serial killer groupie, Compton become engaged to serial killer Doug Clark while in prison. Later she claimed that she had been conned into establishing correspondence with the famed Sunset Killer. Compton had her parole revoked in 1994 for stopping counseling without the approval of her parole officer and answering the door in the nude when a social worker came to check on the welfare of her young daughter. She was also accused of having pornographic paintings on her walls. Compton has denied coming to the door nude and passed a polygraph test. She also said the paintings she created are not pornographic. An expert in sexual-deviancy treatment later agreed.

Maoupa Cedric Maake (10+) Suspected of being the Wemmer Pan and Claremont serial killer-rapist Maupa has been linked by DNA tests to at least 23 serious crimes. In January, 1998 serial-killer expert Captain Piet Byleveldt — of the Brixton murder and robbery unit who arrested Maupa — linked the suspect to numerous other inner-city hammer murders. On February 17 police revealed that Maoupa may be linked to as many as 60 murders between September 1995 and December 1997.

Maake was arrested near Jeppe railway station on December 23 in connection with 23 murders in the Wemmer Pan area in southern Johannesburg between April 1996 and December last year. Maake — a busybody — has also been linked to a string of hammer killings and attacks identified as related crimes by police last year. The killer targeted tailors in and around central Johannesburg, using a blunt object to attack his victims. According to the prosecution the Wemmer Pan killings were like “weekend jobs” for Maake and during the week he attacked tailors.

Maake was born in Pietersburg and came to Johannesburg to seek work in his early twenties. He became a self-employed handyman. He has three brothers, one of whom is a policeman, and is married with four children. His wife and children have since his arrest moved to Giyani to stay with relatives.

On July 6, 1997 South Africa police announced the possibility of two new serial killers stalking their nation, one near Dunbar and a second operating in Wemmer Pan, south of Johannesburg. The Wemmer Pan Killer is believed to be responsible for up to 10 murders. Police are considering the possibility that at least two killers are behind the Wemmer Pan murders. Five men and five women have been found murdered at the recreation site since April last year. Three were bludgeoned to death, six were shot.

Police warned people to avoid the area. They are investigating links between at least five of the cases but have yet to set up a special task force. Police spokesman Captain Andy Pieke said: “We believe these attacks may be connected to different killers. There is the possibility more than one serial killer is behind this, but we cannot rule out that all these murders are unrelated. The area is generally a dangerous one.”

“We do not want a situation like they had in the Western Cape with the Station Strangler serial killer. There a man was convicted of only one killing. We will only confirm the exact number of bodies which are linked to a serial killer on the day that a suspect is taken to court.”

The country’s top expert on serial killers Dr Micki Pistorius said she had not yet looked at the Wemmer Pan dockets and was unlikely to do so until the Phoenix killer in Natal had been arrested. “It could be two serial killers operating in the same area. There is what is called linkage blindness. The police sit with dozens of dockets person and do not always know about the cases which their colleagues are investigating. “Serial murders are about patterns in the mind of the killer. They are not always obvious. Serial killers are very conscious of their own patterns. Police have to decipher these patterns; they’re incredibly difficult to detect.”

Elmarie Myburgh, the investigative psychologist assigned to the case, said two men had been linked to “a number of murders” in the Wemmer Pan area, dating back to April 1996 when killings were first reported. “If the men are not working together, each has an accomplice,” she said.

A single profile has been drawn up and is believed to be an accurate description of both killers because they use the same modus operandi. According to Myburgh, the suspect is a black man between 30 and 40 years old who may live or work in the Wemmer Pan area. He does not have his own car and uses taxis to get around. Victims are both men and women, and do not fit a set pattern. Pieke said five murdered people had still not been identified.

Johnnie Malarkey (10) A man already in prison for helping his sister in a killing, admitted to killing seven people during a bar robbery and three others in separate attacks. Johnnie Malarkey, 28, pleaded guilty to shooting seven people to death at a Fresno club in 1993 and to three other killings that year. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Malarkey’s lawyer said his client proposed the plea bargain to try and put the killings behind him.

“Johnnie does have a conscience, despite the fact that he’s admitted to 10 murders,” attorney David Gottlieb said. “In meetings that I’ve had with him, he’s cried. He does feel remorse.”

Superior Court Judge Gene Gomes sentenced Malarkey to eight consecutive life terms with no possibility of parole, a 37-year term and a 40 years-to-life term. The sentences were added to a 25-year sentence he is serving for a series of 1993 shootings, including the slaying of a 70-year-old man. Police said his sister, Lanelle Malarkey Denn, shot the victim to loot his mobile home. She was sentenced to 34 years to life in prison.

Malarkey had been the leading suspect in the shooting deaths at Carrillo’s Club, the worst mass murder in Fresno County. Two men entered the bar just after closing and opened fire. The second gunman is believed to have committed suicide last October.

“Boetie Boer” Stewart Wilken (10) Charged with at least 10 murders, five counts of sodomy and possible acts of cannibalism and necrophilia, “Boetie Boer” Stewart Wilken, Port Elizabeth’s first and worst serial killer, went on trial for the strangling of his 10-year-old daughter.

The burly fisherman is the prime suspect in a series of sexually motivated killings of at least six prostitutes and four young boys in Port Elizabeth between 1990 and 1997. The killing spree allegedly ended when Wilken was arrested in January, 1997 in connection with the death of his daughter and 12-year-old Henry Baker.

In one murder apparently his fourth victim Wilken admitted to strangling a 26-year-old black woman while sodomising her. He then cut off her nipples and swallowed them. He then allegedly murdered a street child, strangling him with a belt, after the child said he would report to the police that Wilken had sodomised him. Sometimes Wilken allegedly returned to the scene of the crime to have sex with the corpses of his victims.

Not the brightest bulb, “Boetie Boer” said he killed his daughter “because she had been raped by her stepfather.” Like many other sexual predators, “Boetie” revealed a life of torment in which he was sexually abused and sodomised as a young boy, began smoking dagga at the age of 8, and was forced to eat his food out of dog bowls. Hoping against hope, Wilken asked the court to give him a long prison sentence at a prison with psychiatric facilities “so that I can receive treatment and one day, if ever I am allowed free, I can also live life as a normal person”.

Race, age and sex appeared to make no difference to the alleged killer, who said he hated women who swapped sex for money because they reminded him of his first wife. His youngest alleged victim was an 8-year-old boy and his final victim an elderly woman, whom he is alleged to have raped before smothering. Wilken said he “had gone looking for whores” when he drank alcohol and smoked dagga mixed with Mandrax. Wilken told the court he had looked for sex on the streets because his wives refused to have sexual relations with him.

Martin Dumollard (10) In 1861, Martin was arrested by authorities after a 12-year murderous rampage through the French countryside. When local police went to arrest him after a housemaid escaped his clutches and certain death. At his cottage authorities uncovered clothing that linked him to ten dead girls.

Most of the victims were servant girls he found in Lyon and lured to the country with the promise of a lucrative job. Once they were alone in the woods, Martin would stab or choke them to death using a noose. Sometimes he would crush the victim’s skull with a blunt object. All victims were then stripped and robbed of all their possesions.

After being arrested Dumollard confessed and led authorities to several of the bodies. After a quick trial Dumollard was convicted and sentenced to death. His wife was given life for helping him with the crimes. Curiosly, serial killing students worldwide have debated whether Dumollard killed for pleasure or monetary gain. Always thinking of the bottom line, while he laid his head on the guillotine block, he reminded his wife of a man who still owed them 27 Franks.

Eugene V. Britt (10) A convicted rapist from Gary, Indiana, Britt, 38, was charged with the abduction and murder of an 8-year-old girl and nine more killings. On November, 7, 1995, during an eight-hour confession following his arrest for the abduction of Sarah Lynn Paulsen, Britt told police about the other killings and where they could find the bodies. Indiana authorities say they have recovered eight corpses.

According to press reports, Britt was paroled two years before after serving 15 years of a 30-year rape sentence. A resident of a Gary shelter, Britt first revealed his role in the killings while talking to a Gary pastor after a suicide attempt. That soon touched off questioning and led to a search for the bodies by Indiana National Guard troops and law enforcement authorities.

Edmund Kemper III (10) Ed Kemper’s mom thought her son was “a real weirdo.” He had a near-genius IQ hidden within his lanky body and twisted mind. As a child he liked playing execution and once told his sister that if he were to love someone they would first have to be dead. As a teenager mom forced Ed to live in the basement so he wouldn’t scare his sisters.

When he was fourteen he killed his grandparents to get back at his mother during her second honeymoon. He said he wanted to see how it felt to kill grandma. Consequently he was sent to Atascadero State Hospital for the criminally insane. There Eddie grew into a strapping six-foot-nine-inch hate machine.

In the early seventies Ed was released from the hospital and went to live with his overbearing mother. Mom had moved to Santa Cruz where she was working in the state college. In 1972, after a particular vicious argument with mom, Ed left the house knowing he was going to kill someone. That night, a hapless female hitchhiker was the first to fall prey to Ed’s Oedipal mania.

Over the ensuing years, with the help of his campus pass obtained through his mother, Ed became known as the “Coed Killer” . He enjoyed decapitating his victims and having sex with their headless corpses. Sometimes he buried the heads of his victims outside his house facing his mother’s bedroom window because she always wanted people “to look up to her.” He took Polaroid’s of his accomplishments and occasionally had one of his girls for dinner. Later he confessed that his acts of cannibalism were because, “I wanted them to be a part of me- and now they are.” Once he visited his court-appointed psychiatrist with a head in the trunk of his car. Curiously, the psychiatrist thought he was doing great and he was really well adjusted.

At the time Ed was killing there were two other maniacs, John Lindley Frazier and Herbert Mullin, operating in proximity. Police were baffled by the amount of bodies appearing around their peaceful and bucolic surfer community. Kemper, who always wanted to be a cop, was fascinated with the investigation of his and the other crimes. He became friendly with the investigating officers and frequented their favorite haunts to grill them for grisly details.

Like Ed Gein, Kemper liked killing women who reminded him of his mother. On Easter Sunday 1973 he went after the root of his problem. Ed, the consumate mother’s boy, beat her head in, then decapitated her and threw her vocal chords down the garbage disposal. When he turned it on, they chords came flying back out. Kemper later told police, “even when she was dead, she was still bitching at me. I couldn’t get her to shut up!” Then he decided to use her head as a dart board. Not satisfied, he called mom’s best friend, invited her over and killed her too. After, he drove to Colorado where he called his cop friends and confessed. At first they thought he was kidding. What they found at his mom’s house made them change their mind. Ed now resides in the Vacaville Prison where he is their model serial killer prisoner with a heart of gold.

Gerald & Charlene Gallego (10) In 1955 Gerald’s father was executed in Mississippi’s gas chamber for killing two cops. As luck would have it, Gerald turned out meaner that his pop. When he was thirteen he was arrested for raping a six-year-old girl. Years later he was arrested for having sex with his teen-age daughter. After four or five marriages he settled down with Charlene Williams who he told her he was impotent. The only cure for it, he said, was frequent sex with virgins.

All in the name of love, Charlene helped him out with his misfortune by rounding up “sex-slaves” who he raped and murdered. Gerald and Charlene raped and slaughtered up to ten young women between 1978 and 1981. Some of the victims were shot to death, others were beaten to death with blunt objects, some were strangled, and at least one, who was 21 and four months pregnant, was buried alive.

After serving her 16-year sentence for her part in the abduction, rape and murder of 10 people in three states, Charlene was released from prison. Her lawyer says that she’ll pursue “positive” goals in an undisclosed place. Gerald, who has one more plea before being fed the worms in Nevada, claims she did the killings.

Gallego, now 52, was convicted in 1984 of the killings of Karen Twiggs and Stacey Redican. The two young women disappeared from Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights in April 1980. Their bodies were found three months later in a remote canyon. Gallego is suspected of having killed 10 people in his 26-month search for “the perfect sex slave.” In 1984 Gallego was convicted and sentenced to death.

A competency hearing was set for March 22, 1999, to determine the mental state of Gerald Gallego, a Sacramento serial killer whose Nevada death sentence was overturned in 1997. Gallego, 52, has been undergoing a court-ordered evaluation by doctors since exhibiting bizarre behavior at a hearing in November that was supposed to be the first step toward a penalty-phase retrial of his 1984 murder convictions. That evaluation has been concluded, and attorneys from both sides conferred and settled on the starting date for the hearing that will decide if Gallego is competent to proceed.

During much of his competency hearing Gerald Gallego slept under a table in his cell and communicated with doctors through a food slot in the door. According to Dr. David V. Foster, such behavior, combined with evidence of organic brain dysfunction, is indicative of a mental state that renders him incapable of assisting counsel in a retrial of his penalty-phase proceedings. Foster, an Auburn psychiatrist hired to assist Gallego’s appellate defense team in California in 1994, added that Gallego’s behavior is a result of a “delusion that there’s a herd of people from the dark side who are his enemy.”

A federal appeals court ruled two years ago that his death sentence was invalid because the judge wrongly suggested to the jury that Gallego – who also was sentenced to death in California – might eventually be paroled if he was spared execution, thus the new competency hearings.

Claiming that Gallego suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from an extremely abusive childhood, and is afflicted by brain damage caused by head injuries sustained in his youth, the good doctor declared it would, “inhibit his ability to plan, problem-solve, comprehend and make judgments.”

Bobby Joe Long (10) A distant cousin of Henry Lee Lucas, Bobby suffered from a hereditary disorder in which he had an extra “X” chromosome which made his glands produce abnormal amounts of estrogen. In other words, Bobby had tits. Adding to his confusion his mother slept with him until he was thirteen.

After suffering a head injury from a motorcycle accident, Bobby Joe turned into a lust machine. He masturbated five times a day in addition to the two daily sessions with his wife. Not satisfied he began stalking for new dates. From 1980 to 1983 Bobby was busy raping fifty women in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. In 1984, after moving back to the Tampa Bay area, he graduated to murder. His victims of choice were prostitutes whom he considered scum.

Not exactly the subtle type, Bobby dispatched his victims in his car, a bright red ’78 Dodge Magnum. Traces of Bobby Joe’s bright red nylon floor fiber was found on the shoes of his victims, which he would place in obscene positions for authorities to find. He also kept a detailed file with all the clippings of his crime spree. In November 17, 1984, he was arrested outside a Tampa movie theater. In early 1985 he received the death penalty. He now awaits his date with Ol’ Sparky in Florida’s Death Row.

David J. Carpenter (10) In 1961, at age thirty-three, David started demonstrating his psychotic tendencies when he attacked a woman with a hammer. After a stint in jail, a prison break, and another stint in jail, he came out a reformed man. In 1978 he relocated to San Francisco to work in a print shop. By August 1979 he was back to his old tricks. He started killing mostly women in hiking trails in Tamalpais State Park in San Francisco. He cruelly shot and stabbed his victims as they knelt and pled for their lives. By the end of 1980, after six murders by the “Trailside Killer,” authorities linked him with the Zodiac Killer. By 1981 he had moved his hunting grounds to trails as far away as Santa Cruz. In May 1, 1981, police went to the print shop to investigate the whereabouts of Heather Scaggs, his ninth victim, who disappeared after he gave her a ride home from work. There they recognized him from the “Trailside Killer” police sketches and arrested him. Evidence linked him to the some of the murder weapons and the murder of another woman who he knew.

Henry Louis Wallace(9+) Confessed serial killer Henry Wallace was convicted of murdering nine women, all co-workers at Charlotte- area fast food restaurants, friends of his sister or friends of a former girlfriend. Uncharacteristically Wallace preyed on acquaintances, a very rare trait in serial killing.

Wallace was arrested in March 1994 after a burst of four slayings in three weeks which led police to suspect for the first time that there was a serial killer was at work. In custody he gave police taped statements detailing how he had murdered 10 women in Charlotte, most through strangulation after raping them in their homes. The serial murders occurred in a 22-month killing spree that ended with Wallace’s arrest.

Charlotte police were criticized for not making an arrest sooner. Black residents were particularly critical, saying the police should have realized similarities in the murders — the victims were young black women who had been strangled. Some were also stabbed. But police denied charges of racism, responding that Wallace, who is also black, did not fit the general profile of a serial killer.

Wallace was described by police as intelligent and charming, and with a heavy crack habit, apparently was able to talk his way in. Before he left some of the murder scenes, Wallace sometimes wiped off fingerprints and washed his victims. In one case, he poured rum on one victim’s body and set fire to her apartment to obscure the cause of death.

Wallace told police he returned to the apartment of his final victim, Debra Slaughter, to smoke crack after he had strangled her and stabbed her 38 times. Then he put on her Chicago White Sox jacket, grabbed a beer from her refrigerator and left.

“It was like an out-of-body experience,” he said of one slaying. “It was like I didn’t want to, but something or somebody was taking over my body, and I couldn’t even stop when I tried to stop.” “If he elected to become a serial killer, he was going about it in the wrong way,” said Robert Ressler, one of the “Mr. Wallace always seemed to take one step forward and two steps back,” Ressler testified. “He would take items and put them in the stove to destroy them by burning them and then forget to turn the stove on.”

On June 5, 1998, Henry Louis Wallace, was married to a former prison nurse, Rebecca Torrijas, in a ceremony next to the execution chamber where he has been sentenced to die. Rebecca wore a pale green dress covered with pink flowers and a pearl necklace. Wallace looked dashing in his red prison jumpsuit and black tennis shoes. Wallace’s court-appointed attorney, Mecklenburg County public defender Isabel Day, served as an official witness and photographer. Also attending was the manager of the death-row unit at the prison.

The newlyweds were allowed to talk with one another for about 20 minutes in the room where they were married. They were reunited a few minutes later in another area, where they were separated by plastic glass and bars, and talked for about an hour.

Calvin Jackson (9+) Calvin did not like to stray away from home. That’s why he did most of his killings in the Park Plaza Hotel in Manhattan where he lived. He heard voices telling him to kill old people and was happy to comply. He enjoyed raping his victims before and after death. He was arrested while he was carrying a stolen TV down a fire escape. He was also suspected, although never convicted, of five additional killings in Buffalo.

Ali Reza Khoshruy Kuran Kordiyeh (9) On August 12, 1997, Ali Reza Khoshruy Kuran Kordiyeh — known as the “Teheran Vampire” — was hanged from a yellow construction crane near the scene of his crimes before a cheering crowd of 20,000 onlookers who chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest). Gholom, 28, was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering at least 9 women who he picked up at night while impersonating a taxi driver. To hide his crime he reportedly poured gas on several of his victims and set them on fire. Some of the bodies were not destroyed completely and police found up to 30 stab wounds on them.

Before hanging the Vampire received 214 lashes from relatives of his victims. As part of the punishment he was also flogged by prison authorities. His last words as he was hoisted up to the crane were: “I borrowed money from no one and I owe none to anyone. I ask God for forgiveness for what I did.”

Kordiyeh was first arrested in 1993 for rape and kidnapping, but managed to escape during a transport to court. He was picked up again for suspicious behavior at a mall, and was later identified through a police sketch provided by two women who had escaped him. Faced with evidence, including blood stains on his car, Kordiyeh confessed. His trial became a was broadcast live to fascinated Iranians by state-run television, but cameras were barred from the hanging. However, amateur video footage of the execution did make it to western news broadcasts.

The Vampire committed his bloody rampage between February and June of 1997. Authorities fear that the publicity generated by Gholom’s reign of terror could provoke copy-cat killings. Already another taxi driver was arrested after attempting to assault a woman passenger. According to press reports, he boasted: “I’m going to be the next Teheran Vampire.”

Peter Kurten (9) Pete was born in 1883 in Germany. A product of a brutally unhappy childhood, Peter got his kicks by strangling squirrels and beating off dogs. When he was nine he helped two boys drown in a boating accident. As a teen-age he graduated to fucking sheep and goats and knifing them to achieve orgasm.

From 1905 to 1921 Pete was constantly in jail. Once he was out he was free to kill with impunity. Pete earned the moniker “The Vampire of Dusseldorf” because he enjoyed drinking the blood of his victims. He also killed animals when he was feeling thirsty. On occasion he delighted in setting fires to abandoned buildings hoping to roast whatever transients might be sleeping inside.

Like most sexual sadists, Peter also lived a seemingly “normal” life. His wife never imagined such a mild mannered man could be responsible for such ruthless killings. When confessed to the police his wife, who was sitting next to him, fainted. Peter proceeded to give police a detailed recounting of 77 criminal acts over ten years. While in jail Peter had many orgasm just thinking about his crimes. He also enjoyed returning to his crime scenes where he would instantly cum’ in his pants. His last wish was “to hear his own blood filling the sack,” during his decapitation. His wish came true on July 2, 1931.

Ian Brady & Myra Hindley (9) Ian and Myra met while working for a chemical company in Hyde, Greater Manchester, England. She thought he was quite an intellectual as he sat in the lunch room reading Mein Kampf in German. As their love blossomed they became more obsessed with Nazi paraphernalia, pornography and sadism. At first they enjoyed shooting pictures of themselves in the buff and in S & M drag. They thought they could crack the local porn market with their pictures but failed. Soon they proved to be more successful in child abduction and murder.

Most of their victims were children whom they sexually molested before killing. These sadist lovebirds liked to document their murderous deeds. They kept an extensive collection of photographs of their victims as well as a recording of the screams of one girl’s torturous end. In 1966 they were arrested after Ian bragged about his killings to Myra’s brother-in-law. When the brother-in-law doubted his ability to kill, Ian smoked a young man right in front of him. The brother-in-law did not react appropriately. Instead of showing admiration, he went to the cops. Twenty years after their arrest, Ian confessed to four new murders the police had never linked to them.

In December 1995, Hindley, who is in the same jail in northern England as fellow serial killer Rosemary West, gave her first public account of her crime spree, admitting she had been wicked and corrupt but claiming she was now a changed woman. Hindley described herself as a political prisoner who was being used as a scapegoat by politicians and the media. The formerly montruous killer said: “The majority of people don’t want to accept that people like myself can change, They prefer to keep me frozen in time together with that awful mugshot so that their attitudes, beliefs and perceptions can remain intact.” On February, 1997, her lawyers made a plea to win her release. However, a London Superior Court decreed that Myra will spend the rest of her life behind bars with no possibility of parole.

On May 21 the High Court announced a judicial review of their 1990 decision of imposing a “whole-life” sentence on the aging neo-Nazi convicted killer. Hindley’s lawyers will argue that the decision did not reflect the views of the judge in the case, Mr. Justice Fenton, who recommended only that she serve “a very long time.” According to her lawyers the “whole-life” sentence represented an “irrational leap” from the 30-year period fixed by the Home Office in 1985.

On November 21 supporters of Myra called for a review of sentencing procedures after Jack Straw reaffirmed the decision of his predecessor, Michael Howard, of never releasing Myra from prison. The ruling came under immediate attack from penal reformers and civil liberties campaigners.

Lord Longford, Britain’s leading prison reformer, expressed “total disgust and contempt” and described her as a “good woman”. He told BBC Radio 4′s Today show: “I am very sorry indeed that a high-minded man, a Christian socialist like Jack Straw should have taken that decision. Of course it’s all as a result of the horrifying pressure exerted by the tabloids.” Lord Longford said that Hindley had been a good young woman “until she began to work under a very gifted, but mentally disturbed man, Ian Brady. She was an infatuated accomplice 31 years ago”.

On October 7, 1998 Myra concluded a hearing at the Court of Appeals trying to overrule her “whole-life tarriff.” In her new attempt at overturning her life sentence and win the right to a parole hearing, Hindley claimed that she can prove that she took part in the Moors murders only because Brady abused her, and threatened to kill her mother, grandmother and younger sister.

Freedom seeking Myra alleges that trigger-happy Ian bit, strangled, whipped, drugged and even blackmailed her into taking part in the murders. He lawyers claim that new material that will be presented to court includes photographs taken by Brady showing her naked with bruises and injuries caused by bites, whips and canes. Then again, they did have a sado-masochistic relationship, and bruises and bite marks are something that goes with the territory.

Brady, 60, now a patient at Ashworth Special Hospital in Merseyside, responded saying that “33 years of duplicity” had driven “her into the realms of psychotic delusion and absurdity”. He also claimed that the bruises were faked using lipstick in their attempt at selling pornographic pictures. The cooperative type, Brady has said he would release “sick” letters to the highest bidder that she wrote to him up to six years after they were convicted. Any payment, he added, should go to victims’ families.

This latest court action represents the third strategy Hindley has adopted since conviction. At first she stayed silent, and then later revealed evidence of other murders in a fruitless bid to convince the public that she had reformed. Now she is claiming that she took part in the crimes unwillingly.

Brady has condemning Hindley’s attempt to blame him for the killings and released a six-page letter he sent to the Home Secretary. Brady wrote: “Hindley, in her usual Barbara Cartland prose, has created a Victorian melodrama in which she portrays herself as being forced to murder serially, by being drugged, blackmailed, whipped, raped, battered, having her family threatened with slaughter, bitten, strangled etc, etc.

“At first I was staggered and appalled, then as the catalogue of feverish crimes mounted to stultification level, I slowly realised that desperation had finally driven her over the top. It appears that the neurosis bred by her own pathological machinations has developed into psychosis. She appears to be suffering from a histrionic personality disorder, adopting manipulative attention seeking behaviour . . . an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, concealing a strong tendency towards rebellion and acting on impulse.”

On September 21, 2001, Brady was given permission to publish his book on serial killers by the hospital for the criminally insane where his is serving his sentence. On September 11, the hospital was granted a court order to obtain a copy of the manuscript and block its publication. After determining that the book, “The Gates of Janus,” contained no references to the hospital or Brady’s own crimes, a lawyer representing the hospital announced that they were not opposed to the publication of the book.

On November 15 , 2002, Myra — Britain’s most reviled killer — died of bronchial pneumonia due to problems with her heart. Home Office pathologist Dr Michael Heath told the hearing the 60-year-old suffered from high blood pressure and poor blood supply to the heart, resulting in blocked coronary arteries. At the time of her death, Myra was Britain’s longest serving woman prisoner.

Not the most loved person in the UK, the tabloid press held her in contempt even after death — “The Final Injustice: She Died Peacefully,” read the front page headline of the Daily Mail. Though some people lobbied for her release after serving 36 years, most remain horrified about her claims of “having paid her debt to society.” Ironically, by the time her smoked-ravaged lungs gave out, she was on the threshhold of being released.

Melvin David Rees (9) Rees was a Benzedrine-popping, jazz saxophonist with a voracious appetite for sex and death. In the late fifties he terrorized the roads between Maryland and Virginia. A vicious sex-slayer, he also had a taste for necrophilia. He kept several cabins where he collected pornography and autopsy photos. He also wrote journals detailing his acts of murder and other lurid tales of real and imaginary sadism. In 1961 the state of Virginia executed him.

Francisco de Assis Pereira (8+) Through his lawyer Brazilian serial killer Francisco de Assis Pereira, confessed he is Sao Paolo’s feared Park Maniac. “My client is guilty. My client is sick,” lawyer Maria Elisa Munhol told reporters in comments broadcast by Globo Network television. This sweet-talking, roller-blader is believed to have charmed his way to mirdering nine young women and burying them in a wooded park in Sao Paolo. Pereira, 30, told investigators he was about to start eating his victims had his six-month killing spree not been uncovered.

Targeting women between the ages of 18 and 24, he strolled through the city’s vast Parque do Estado, passing himself off as a fashion photographer. Pereira flattered his victims, telling them they had a bright future in modelling and drew them into secluded areas of the park for a “photo shoot.” There, he is said to have strangled the women with shoelaces or scarves after sexually abusing them.

Pereira informally confessed to his lawyer and two others on the night of August 7, 1998. The next day he told police he was responsible for the eight bodies found in Sao Paolo’s State Park. He also confessed to have killed Isadora Fraenkel and led police to her remains, a partly covered skeleton that he had burned with gasoline three days after the murder. He also tried to locate a tenth body, of a 15-year old girl, but failed. He testified about each killing in detail, but said he may have lost the actual count of his victims.

After his arrest the former motorcycle courier was nearly lynched by a mob of 200 people as police escorted him to a maximum security prison. Authorities say Pereira will be held in an isolated cell, saying he would almost certainly be killed if jailed with other prisoners. Pereira was caught on August 4 in Itaqui, state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the Argentine border after a frantic 23-day manhunt. He initially proclaimed his innocence, saying that he was unaware of that he was wanted by police and was heading to a skating competition, but later confessed to journalists and took police to the bodies, all of which were buried in the park. Nine women who escaped the killer’s clutches helped police identify him.

On December 18, 2000, inmates at the Taubate House of Custody and Psychiatric Treatment tried to kill Pereira during a prison riot. Four inmates died in the disturbance. Authorities moved Pereira to another psychiatric facility to spare his life.

Andrew Urdiales (8+) A Chicago security guard, Andrew admitted to killing three women from Illinois and Indiana, and five others in Southern California. Urdiales, 32, was charged with the murder of two prostitutes whose nude bodies were found floating in Chicago’s Wolf Lake. Also, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department said it was preparing charges against Urdiales in the death of a Hammond, Indiana prostitute whose body was found in the Vermilion River near Pontiac, about 90 miles southwest of Chicago.

Urdiales, who worked as a security guard — one of the more coveted job in the serial killing community — at a downtown Chicago Eddie Baurer store, allegedly frequented the Chicago suburb of Hammond, Indiana, a known gathering spot for local prostitutes. Once his victims got into his car, he would bound their hands and feet with duct tape and take them to an isolate spot where he would rape and kill them. Both victims discovered in Wolf Lake were stabbed repeatedly and shot in the mouth. “He is the killer,” said Chicago Police Commander Nathan Gibson. “He would kill them after having sex with them.”

In 1996 Urdiales came to the attention of Chicago authorities when he was arrested on a weapons violation involving a .38-caliber gun. He was subsequently released, but when he was arrested again on April 23, 1997, police linked him to two of the killings through his .38-caliber gun. He was arrested after coaxing a prostitute into his car in Hammond, Indiana, and trying to handcuff her. The panicked woman scuffled with him and screamed for help and a nearby police officer came to her help.

A former Marine, Urdiales was stationed in California at Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms from 1984 to 1991. While serving the country authorities believe he killed at least five women and probably more. Palm Springs police found a gun and knife in a storage locker registered to Urdiales’ name which they are checking for links to other killings.

Orange County Sheriff Brad Gates said the California cases include the 1986 assault of Robbin Brandley, a 23-year-old student who was stabbed to death in dimly lit parking lot at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo. Law enforcement in Palm Springs that confirmed the former radio operator admitted to killing three women in and around their desert community. He is considered the prime suspect in the 1989 killing of Tammy Lynn Erwin, a 18-year-old transient whose bullet-riddled body was found in a vacant lot, and the March, 1995 killing of 32 year-old Denise Maney. His fifth Californian murder is another woman in San Diego.

Many of his acquaintances said Urdiales used to be a normal man but when he came back from the Marines, “he was different.” Gary Zabala, an old friend said, “I think the Marines changed his life.” During the police interviews in Chicago, veteran investigators were shocked by how calmly and unemotionally Urdiales described his decade-long rampage. “This is the worst interview I’ve ever had,” said Palm Springs Police Detective John Booth. “He just sat there and said things like, ‘Then I blew her head off’ like it was no big deal.”

Christopher Wilder (8+) Australian born Chris Wilder was a big-spending, jet-setting, race-car driving, bon vivant who was always searching for beautiful women to rape and kill. Using the old I’m-a-photographer-in-search-of-models trick he bagged at least eight victims in a bi-continental rape and murder spree. He sometimes enjoyed practicing a type of homemade electroshock therapy on his victims. Once he glued one of his victims eyes shut.

In the spring of 1984 he kidnapped Tina Marie Risico from a Torrance, California, mall and, after raping her repeatedly, forced her to assist him with his killings. As they drove eastward Wilder enjoyed watching the news reports about his crime spree. When they reached Boston he dropped Tina Marie at the airport and sent her back home to California. On April 13 he was spotted by a passing state trooper and accidentally shot himself dead while struggling for his gun.

Dorothea Puente (8+) Dorothea operated a boarding house in Sacramento, California where she offered quality lodgings for elderly people on fixed incomes. She also offered poison and a bed of flowers to bury their corpses in. As she offed her boarders she kept cashing their social security checks.

In 1988, after too many of her boarders disappeared, cops showed up with shovels and unearthed seven corpses from her garden. Curiously, Dorothea’s boarding house was six blocks away from the home of Morris Solomon where previously six bodies had been found. Another body discovered in the Sacramento River in 1986 was added to her hit list. It’s believed that she might have killed up to twenty-five others. She was arrested in Los Angeles on November 17, 1988 after she inquired about an acquaintance’s disability check and offered to fix him a nice Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

Gary & Thaddeus Lewingdon (8+) Gary Lewingdon and his brother, Thaddeus, were known as the “.22-caliber killers” for the bullets they used to kill 10 people in robberies and home invasions around Columbus, Ohio, between February and December 1978. The killingswere characterized by their sheer brutality and multiple gunshots at close range to their heads. Thaddeus died of cancer in prison in 1989. Gary, on the other hand, will be eligible for parole in December 1998.

The killers were caught on December 9, when one tried to buy gifts with a murdered man’s credit card. Once in custody, Gary implicated his brother. Although they were believed to be responsible for ten killings, Thaddeus was convicted of six and his older brother was convicted of eight. Curiously, before before being caught, police failed to react when Gary’s wife told them that Thaddeus was the “.22-caliber killer.”

Gregory Breeden (8+) Greg, believed to have killed at least 8 prostitutes in and around Kansas City, has only been charged with two murders. Chatty Greg confessed one of the killings to a cell mate in prison. He is currently being tried in Missouri for two murders. Conveniently Breeden is already serving a 14-year sentence for writing bad checks.

There have been about 77 prostitutes reported missing in and around Kansas City since the late ’70′s. Six suspected victims of Greg, all with ties to drugs and the Independence Avenue trade, were found in the river between 1982 and 1994, some without their legs. Furthermore, several torsos and other surgically removed body parts have turned up in area rivers suggesting the existence of other serial killers in the area or a rising body count for busy Greg.

Russell Ellwood (8+) A former cab driver, Russell Ellwood was arrested on March 4, 1998, for two of 25 similar slayings in the New Orleans area. From 1991 to 1996 New Orleans police kept finding nude bodies in swamp lands around their city. Most were African-American, female, and prostitutes; some were men and some transsexuals. Some had been strangled, others apparently killed by drug overdoses. Ellwood is suspected in eight of these killings. Four more suspects — including Victor Gant — remain under investigation in connection with the remaining murders.

An Ohio native, Ellwood served time in Florida and Ohio on drug charges and probation violations. A long-time suspect, Ellwood agreed in January to return to Louisiana in an effort to clear his name and help solve the cases. Once he enterd the state, he was jailed on outstanding traffic charges.

Cheryl Lewis, one of the women Ellwood is charged with killing, drowned while under the influence of cocaine and amphetamines. Her body was found Feb. 20, 1993, in a swamp in Hahnville, just west of New Orleans. A day later and just one-fifth of a mile away, the other woman, Delores Mack, was found strangled and suffocated. Cocaine was in her blood too. A year later, Ellwood was found in the area in the middle of the night. He told an officer he was changing his car’s oil and didn’t want the Department of Environmental Quality to catch him.

On October 1997, Ellwood told a fellow jail inmate in Florida that he liked sex with men and women who were drugged into insensibility. Te convict told authorities that Ellwood boasted that “he enjoyed the fun of having sex with people who were not in control of their bodies… He said if they were high on cocaine or heroin, the heroin would put them in a state of mind as if they were paralyzed and he could take advantage.”

Marie Noe (8) On June 28, 1999, Marie Noe, pleaded guilty in a Philadelphia court to smothering eight of her young children decades ago. Noe, who is 70-years-old, was once featured in articles as the unluckiest mother in the world. She admitted killing her children between 1949 and 1968 and was sentenced to 20 years’ probation, the first five of which must be served under home confinement. She also must undergo mental health treatment sessions with a psychiatrist to determine the cause of her repeated infanticide.

With no evidence to show otherwise, doctors and investigators had reluctantly attributed the deaths of eight children — none of whom lived longer than 14 months — to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Before her arrest, Noe had confessed in March to police that she suffocated four of the infants and said she did not remember the other four deaths. During a meeting with a state psychiatrist in November, she confessed to killing the other four children.

Kendall Francois (8) On September 3, 1998, authorities in white jumpsuits and surgical-style face masks started pulling bodies from the Poughkeepsie, New York, family home of 27-year-old Kendall Francois.

By the time they were done investigators found the bodies of eight women in various states of decay tucked away in the attic, basement and crawl spaces of the home the bulging serial killer shared with his mother, father and younger sister. Francois — who is black — has been linked to the deaths of at least eight women who had disappeared from the same gritty Poughkeepsie neighborhood since October 1996. All the missing women had histories of prostitution and drug use.

So far, the other family members are not considered suspects and did not realize Kendall was stashing bodies in the house. “It’s not the cleanest house in the world,” a police spokesperson said explaining how the family could have been unaware of their home — which is in a middle-class neighborhood a block away from Vassar College — was doubling as a slaughterhouse. Though his parents and the letter carrier delivering mail to the house often commented about the funky smell, Kendall told them it was a dead animal that got stuck in a wall.

In February, Francois — a college dropout who had been unhemployed since January 1997 — was jailed for 15 days on a misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct and assault involving a Poughkeepsie prostitute. In the usual post-arrest serial killer media blitz, neighbors said Francois, a former school helper known to the children as “Stinky”, was “mild-mannered” and “friendly.” Others said he was an obese, unemployed slob who smelled bad and reminded them of the cartoon character “Fat Albert.” His pants were undone, his belly hung out and “stuff” caked the outside of his lips.

As of this writing Francois has only been charged with one count of second-degree murder in the strangulation of Catina Newmaster, 25, who was last seen August 26.

William Darrell Lindsey (8) In April, 1997, after being charged with killing a prostitute in Asheville, North Carolina, Lindsey, a former construction worker, has become the main suspect in the slayings of seven Florida women since 1983. Authorities pieced together his murderous trail after several former residents of the St. Agustine area now living in North Carolina sent news clippings about Lindsey’s arrest to the sheriff in Florida.

Investigators thought some of the bludgeoning deaths and disappearances were related, but it wasn’t until Lindsey, 61, decided to talk to visiting Florida detectives that the scope of the case came out. Although Lindsey did not confess, he expressed remorse and knew enough about each murder to be a suspect. “We’ve been able to connect Mr. Lindsey with each of these women and have determined he was responsible for their murders,” St. Johns County Sheriff Neil Perry said.

All seven victims were from the St. Augustine area. Some of the women were prostitutes and some were drug users, he said. The bodies of two of the seven remain missing. Since Lindsey was brought to Florida investigators have started searching two ponds and a large pit outside of St. Augustine where bodies were believed to be dumped.

Vladimir Mukhankin (8) In January, 1997, Vladimir Mukhankin, 36, pleaded guilty to murdering eight women in Rostov-a-Don, the former stomping grounds of Andrei Chikatilo, Russia’s most infamous serial killer. Vladimir was sentenced to death for his murderous rampage.

Reginald Christie (8) Reggie’s sexual inadequacies made him a very angry man. In the 1940s and 1950s this British maniac killed at least five prostitutes, his wife, another woman and her baby daughter. He also kept a collection of clipped pubic hairs, some of which did not match any of his known victims. He liked to render his victims unconscious and then strangle and fuck them simultaneously. He enjoyed “a quiet, peaceful thrill” when he was killing. Strangely the husband of one of the women he killed confessed to the murder but then recanted and accused Christie. Not knowing who to believe, the police hanged the confessor. When Christie moved out of his flat, the new tenant found three corpses hidden in the cupboard, Christie’s dead wife under the floorboards and two more bodies buried in the garden. He was hanged in 1953.

Keith Jesperson (8) An interstate trucker known as the Happy Face Killer is serving three life terms in Oregon for three killings. Keith, bothered by his guilty conscience, has confessed to and then recanted at least 160 slayings across the United States. He was dubbed the “Happy Face Killer” by authorities after he started sending neatly printed letters to the media with happy faces drawn at the top in which he boasted of his deeds.

After leading police to the purse of one of his presumed victims, authorities realized that they had wrongfully convicted two people for the killing. In 1990, Laverne Pavlinac told police she held a rope around Taunja Bennett’s neck while her boyfriend John Sosnovske raped and killed her. She then recanted and said that she invented the story to get out of their abusive 10-year relationship. Nevertheless they were convicted and jailed for more than four years. On November 27, 1995, they were released from prison by an Oregon judge. Jesperson, the real killer, cried out of happiness for their acquittal.

On June 3, 1998 Jesperson, now 42, in a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid the death penalty, admitted to the 1995 strangulation of hitchhiker Angela Subrize, 21, at a truck stop in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jesperson, had been extradited from Oregon to Wyoming in anticipation of a death penalty case. Jesperson, from his jail cell, taunted prosecutors in several states, saying his life sentences in the Pacific Northwest would keep him locked away and out of their reach. An avid media manipulator in 1997 he had his web site (maintained by death-groupie Sondra London) on AOL closed after Wyoming’s governor complained about his writings in it.

In 1997 Sondra London posted on the Internet a letter from Danny Rolling expressing his relationship with his Death Row neighbor the Christian fundamentalist Paul Hill who was sentenced to death for killing an abortion clinic doctor and a bystander.

At first I found Paul Hill to be a nice guy. Well, I’ve gotten to know him a lot better since he moved into the cell next to mine, and my prior opinion of him no longer stands.

IMO Paul Hill is the most self-righteous, holier-than-thou asshole I have ever met. I’ve cussed him out more times than I can recall. It’s not his anti-abortion stance in itself that ticks me off. It’s his “Everybody on Death Row deserves to die — but him.”

He gunned down two people in cold blood. Yet he refuses to accept reponsibility for his actions. I’ve gotten into deep conversations with him about the Bible, and his need to ask God for forgiveness for killing.

Well! Mr. Sanctimonious emphatically stated, “Oh! I don’t need to ask for forgiveness. What I did was righteous and good.”

I rebuked him, “Paul! Do you actually think God needs you or anyone else to take a soul from this earth? God didn’t tell you to kill those people. That was Paul’s doing.” I mean, if God Almighty wants someone dead, all he has to do is stop their heart, give ‘em a stroke, cause the ground to open up, or nudge a tornado over their house.

Oh… but when he went on about how he was all for the death penalty and would be happy to throw the switch himself… WHOA! I got in his face and cussed him out like he was a red-headed step-child. It’s no secret. Everybody on the Row has heard me verbally express my open hatred of him. I won’t say anything about someone — anyone — unless I’m willing to say it to the individual’s face. I CAN NOT STAND PAUL HILL, and that’s that.

Alton Coleman & Debra Brown (8) Alton Coleman, a black man, thought other blacks were forcing him to kill members of his race, and he was happy to comply. He was diagnosed by a prison psychiatrist as having pansexual propensities, that is, willingness “to have intercourse with any object, women, men, children, whatever.” In the summer of 1984, he teamed up with twenty-one year old Debra Brown for a brutal 54-day rampage across the Midwest.

The two went on a six-state spree of murders, rapes and kidnappings in which every day they committed a new act of violence. By the time of their arrests, they left eight dead in their wake. Coleman was sentenced to death for the July 13, 1984, beating 44-year-old Marlene Walters to death in her Norwood, Ohio, home. Walters, 44, had just served lemonade to Coleman and Brown when she was attacked. He and Brown had said they wanted to buy the Walters camper. Coleman and Brown also were sentenced to die for the torture and slaying of Tonnie Storey, 15, of Cincinnati two days before the Walters attack.

In Illinois, Coleman received the death penalty for strangling Vernita Wheat, 9, whose body was found in his hometown of Waukegan, Ill. In Indiana, Coleman and Brown were sentenced to death for stomping and strangling 7-year-old Tamika Turks of Gary, Indiana. Tamika’s 9-year-old aunt was also attacked but survived.

Debra Brown, who was 21 at the time of the rampage, was sent to Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, and sentenced to death for the Tonnie Storey murder. In 1991 the sentence was commuted to life without parole. Currently she is trying to overturn her second death sentence in Indiana, where she is the only female among 51 people under active death sentences. As of this writing, Indiana but that state has not sought her extradition.

Coleman was the third of five children of a Waukegan prostitute and was raised by his maternal grandmother. He was nicknamed “Pissy” by playmates because he was a bedwetter. In court his lawyer claimed he was abused as a child and his brain was affected by his mother use of drugs and alcohol while pregnant. Police and prosecutors, though, saw Coleman as a charismatic man who charmed his way into his victims’ lives.

On April 26, 2002, Coleman was put to death by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. The Waukegan, Illinois, native received an injection of sodium thiopental, which sent him into deep sleep, pancuronium bromide to relax his muscles, followed by a final dose of potassium chloride to stop his heart. He was declared dead at 10:13 a.m. Because of the number of victims, Ohio prison officials decided to broadcast an execution via closed circuit to another prison room to accommodate additional witnesses.

Coleman spent his last hours watching religious tapes of Dallas-based evangelist T.D. Jakes and listening to music after a special meal of filet mignon and fried chicken breasts. When asked if he had a final statement, he began to recite the 23rd Psalm, saying, “The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want. He leadeth me to green pastures.” As he repeated it, the warden pulled the microphone away from him and Coleman could be seen speaking until he lost consciousness.

Jean-Baptiste Troppmann (8) Born in Alsace in 1848, Jean-Baptiste’s lethality led him to the guillotine at the tender age of 22. In 1869 he hooked up with Jean Kinck with who he planned to set up a counterfeiting operation. However, Jean-Baptiste had a different get rich quick scheme in mind. As the two travelled to Herrenfluch to survey a site for their money printing plant, Troppman fed his partner a lethal dose of prussic acid mixed in wine.

Once Mr. Kinck was out of the way, Jean-Baptiste wired to his wife asking her for money. Mrs. Kinck, believing Jean-baptiste was acting in behalf of her husband, sent him a check allong with her. Unable to cash the money, he arranged a meeting with the wife in Paris and, having no more use for the boy, hacked him into to pieces.

On September 1869, Hortense Kinck met Troppman in Paris and gave him 55,000 francs thinking that they were for her husband. Once he had the money in his pocket he butchered Mrs. Kinck and her remaining five children in a remote spot near the Pantin Common.

The next day the bloodbath was uncovered by a workman who uncovered the mutilated remains of Hortense and her children. More charges were added against Troppman once the bodies of Gustave and Jean Kinck were unearthed. Jean-Baptiste was sentenced to death for the eight killings and , on January 19, 1870 — at the tender age of 22 — he was guillotined.

John Norman Collins (7+) Believed to have killed 7 women from 1967 to 1969, John Norman Collins was only convicted of one murder and sentenced to life. As of yet he has not confessed to any other deaths. The “Michigan Murders,” as they were called, were very brutal and occurred around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area. John is suspected of having murdered more women from Michigan to California during a cross-country trek in a stolen camper.

Gustavo Adolfo (7+) This 17-year-old boy in El Salvador has been charged with 17 counts of murder. ( The judge found insufficient evidence on 10 of the counts. On April, 1999, the judge convicted Gustavo Adolfo, whose full name cannot be published under Salvadoran law because he is a minor, of killing seven people and sentenced him to seven years in prison — the maximum sentence for a minor for any crime. With good behavior, he could be released in half that.

Gustavo Adolfo says he’s innocent, and that he is being persecuted because of fashion, not evidence. “My hands haven’t killed,” he said at a news conference this month. “The judge doubted me because of my tattoos, my clothes. Nobody believes in me.”

Gustavo Adolfo, whom relatives call “Tavo,” grew up in a poor neighborhood of San Miguel, 85 miles east of El Salvador’s capital. When he was 10, his mother took him out of school because other kids were beating him up daily. By the time he was 13, he says, he entered the world of gangs, many of which are led by U.S. gangsters deported to El Salvador.

His first murder, they say — and one of those for which he was convicted — was of a young woman he was dating. He was 14, and she had turned down his sexual advances. According to the prosecutors, Gustavo Adolfo kidnapped her and took her to a hideout, where he raped her, cut off her breasts and threw her — still barely alive — into a well, where he left her to die. Prosecutors would not provide details of the six other killings, except to say that several involved rapes.

About 20 families fled the neighborhood where he grew up this month when Gustavo Adolfo, along with seven other minors in a temporary prison, clubbed a guard and made a quick getaway. “I left out of fear and because they warned me that the gang would take away one of my daughters,” said one neighbor, who didn’t give her name for fear of reprisal.

Dale R. Anderson (7+) According to ex-FBI wiz Robert Ressler, “sexual psychopath” Dale R. Anderson, imprisoned for one of the most brutal slayings in Belleville history, likely killed newspaper intern Audrey Cardenas and four other women. Describing Anderson as a “model” serial killer, Ressler said: “There has been no one that I’ve seen as of late who fits the pattern of a serial killer as strongly as he does.”

If Ressler is right about Anderson, that means two men have spent a total of 30 years behind bars for murders they didn’t commit. Anderson, who denies killing anyone, was convicted of the 1989 murders of a mother and her young son near Belleville.

The other suspected victims are: Elizabeth K. West, a 14-year-old freshman at Belleville Township High School West whose strangled body was found in a creek between Belleville and Millstadt on May 5, 1978. She vanished a block from her home as she was returning from performing in her high school play. Ruth Ann Jany, 21, whose body was found in July 1979 near a creek five miles south of where West’s body was discovered. She disappeared a year earlier after stopping at an automatic teller machine in downtown Belleville. Police believe she was strangled. A still unidentified woman thought to be 18 to 23 years old, strangled and hidden in a cornfield near Summerfield in St. Clair County in September 1986. Kristina Povolish, 19, whose strangled body was discovered in a weed-covered ditch in July 1987 just southwest of Belleville. Audrey Cardenas, 24, whose badly decomposed body was found in an overgrown creek on the campus of Belleville Township High School East in June 1988. Investigators believe she was either strangled or had her throat cut.

Another man, Rodney Woidtke, was convicted by a judge of murdering Cardenas. Woidtke received a 45-year prison sentence. Ressler said he is 95 percent certain that Anderson, not Woidtke, killed Woidtke is innocent, Ressler said flatly. “Get him out of prison.” Woidtke, a mentally ill transient who confessed to the Cardenas murder after hours of questioning, has spent a decade in prison. The crime scene investigator in the case has said that he believes Woidtke is innocent. Attorneys are now battling in court to free him.

Ressler said he is 80 percent sure that Anderson also killed West, Jany, Povolish and the unidentified woman. Gregory R. Bowman, 47, has spent 20 years of a life sentence in prison for the West and Jany murders. He confessed to the crimes after police questioned him intermittently for eight months. Ressler says he does not believe Bowman would have been capable of killing Jany or West – especially in the premeditated way in which they were murdered. Bowman’s past crimes were spontaneous, whereas evidence shows that the Jany and West murders were carefully planned, Ressler said.

Following Ressler’s statements casting doubt on Bowman’s guilt, St. Clair County sheriff’s deputy, Sgt. Robert Miller admitted he tricked Bowman into confessing. The county’s then chief prosecutor said last week that had authorities known about the deputy’s trick, the confession could have been thrown out and the case against Bowman dismissed. The deputy said it was his idea to have a jail-house snitch approach Bowman and tell him he’d help him escape if he confessed. “Convince him you can get him out if he says something” about the murders, Miller said he told the other prisoner.

Bowman, who’d already served time behind bars, said he agreed to the snitch’s offer because he was terrified of being sent back to prison. He also thought he had a solid alibi that would prove he hadn’t committed the crimes. Clyde Kuehn, the former state’s attorney who charged Bowman, said he knew nothing about the ruse and called it “absolutely upsetting.”

Bowman has been working as a computer programmer at Joliet and is considered a model prisoner. He said he went into a mental tailspin after he was found guilty. He said he couldn’t fight his conviction at the same time he coped with life behind prison walls.

Both Woidtke and Bowman immediately recanted their confessions and maintain their innocence. No physical evidence tied the men to the murders. Ressler said there are too many links between the five murders to ignore. “I can’t say for 100 percent sure” that Anderson killed all of the women, Ressler said. “The fact is, I mean, my God, these crimes happened within this small perimeter of Belleville, and they got closer (to Anderson’s home) as he got more comfortable.”

The evidence shows that whoever killed West and Jany carefully planned their abductions and killings, Ressler said. It’s probable an acquaintance or someone posing as a police officer tricked the women into a car, he said. Anderson was a former welfare case worker and onetime St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department jailer. He believes none were abducted initially by force. Even though other people were in the area where some of the women were abducted or killed, none reported hearing or seeing anything that would have indicated a struggle. Ressler also said that all of the bodies were moved and concealed. None of the crime scenes produced any physical evidence – hair, fingerprints or fiber – from the killer. And none of the victims had defensive wounds – bruising on the arms or flesh under their fingernails. That shows the killer had complete control over them when they were murdered, Ressler says.

Convicted murderer Dale R. Anderson said he agrees with the nation’s leading expert on serial killers that the same person murdered Audrey Cardenas and four other women in the Belleville area. Yet, Anderson says he’s not the killer. Anderson, 47, didn’t appear surprised when he learned that former FBI profiler Robert K. Ressler linked him to the five murders.

“These cases and a lot of other cases you don’t know about are connected,” Anderson said during an interview Tuesday at Menard Correctional Center near Chester, Ill. “But I haven’t murdered anyone.”

Anderson said he can unlock the 13-year mystery of the unidentified woman’s identity. He insists he has her drivers license, something police have never recovered. He refused to reveal where it’s hidden, or the woman’s name and address. Anderson said he knows a lot about the murders because he investigated them as a police officer. Anderson was a St. Clair County sheriff’s jailer when West and Jany were killed in 1978, but he was never a police officer.

He claims he has pictures and files on all of the women from before and after they were murdered. He said he believed the police took the evidence out of his Belleville home when he was arrested for the Lanman murders. Police found file folders filled with memos, notes and newspaper articles on Cardenas, the unidentified woman and Povolish in Anderson’s locked safe when they searched his home in 1989. Anderson said he kept files on West and Jany as well.

Anderson said the murdered women were all conned into a car by their killer, who told them he was a police officer. Anderson often had posed as a police officer. “You don’t know how easy it is for a police officer to lure someone into a car,” Anderson said. “She’s walking down the street late at night and someone drives up and says, `I’m a police officer. Get in.’ She’s young and doesn’t know she’s about to be murdered.”

Samuel Sidyno (7+) Police are not ruling out the possibility that the hills around Pretoria could be littered with the remains of more victims of alleged serial killer Samuel Sidyno. This announcement follows the discovery of a seventh body found January 16, 1999, by a group of children hiking in Mountain View in the Magaliesberg.

Senior Superintendent Rudi van Olst, commander of murder and robbery, said there was a possibility of more bodies being found in the hills around Pretoria. “By taking into account certain similarities between the murder scenes at Capital Hill and the recent one, we can say beyond reasonable doubt that it is the work of the serial killer Samuel Sidyno. The modus operandi is very similar to the Capital Hill murders,” he said.

Sidyno was arrested on January 6, two days after the body of a fourth victim was found on a hill close to Pretoria’s zoo. So far the bodies of two women, a 12-year-old boy, two 19-year-old men and another man all badly decomposed have been found at Capital Hill.

Nikolai Dzhurmongaliev (7+) Possibly Russia’s most industrious cannibal, Nikolai Dzhurmongaliev has claimed to have killed between seven to 100 women, and served many of them to his dinner guests. Nikolai used at least 47 of his victims to make ethnic dishes for his neighbors in the Russian republic of Kyargyzstan. When arrested, Nikolai pointed out that two women could provide enough delicate meat to keep him going for a week.

Nikolai started his cannibal-killer career by bribing his way out of an insane asylum. He believed that women and prostitution were the root of all that was wrong in the world. According to Yuri Dubyagin, an officer of the Interior Ministry Colonel, Nikolai seemed “absolutely normal, but at one point got a taste for female meat.” He describes Nikolai as having the brains of a “lone wolf” and being a very powerful man. “When we arrested him,” said Dubyagin, “he hit me with the force of Jean Claude Van Damme.”

Robert Berdella (7+) Another from the maniac-with-a-heart-of-gold file. Bob ran a booth in the Westport Flea Market in Kansas City where he sold earrings that sported human teeth and skulls in it. All his neighbors thought he was a strange but harmless fellow. That is, until April 2, 1988, when a man jumped from the second floor window of Bob’s house wearing nothing but a dog collar. That definitely caught the neighbors’ attention. A subsequent police search found two dead bodies inside the house. Apparently Bob liked to pick up drifters and male prostitutes, take them home and strap them into his custom-made torture bed. There he would experiment with electroshock and injected all kinds of household cleaners into their veins. He kept a detailed log of how his victims responded and had a collection of two hundred pictures of naked men in different stages of suffering. Bob liked to extend the life of his victims for a few days before tying a plastic bag over their heads. On December 19, 1988, Berdella pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life. A few years later he died in prison of poisoning or a possible heart attack. While in prison Bob complained about having too many roaches in his cell. A local radio station decided to start “Bugs for Berdella,” a collection of bugs from all over that was sent to him.

Harrison Graham (7+) This lethal junkie from hell lived in a fetid two-room apartment in North Philadelphia that was covered with trash, dirty syringes and a sea of fleas. In the summer of 1987, after numerous complaints from his neighbors, the police pried his door open and found six female bodies in different states of decomposition. On the roof of his building they found a duffel bag full of legs. In the neighbor’s basement they found a torso. All the dead women were black junkies like himself who he invited over for a fix and a little one-on-one.

Peter Manuel(7+)

Gert van Rooyen(7+) A murderous pedophile in Pretoria, South Africa. He kidnapped, sexually abused, and murdered 6 young teenage girls before offing himself and his mistress, Joey Haarhof with a 357, when the local heat closed in on him after a car chase.

Carlton Gary (7+) Known as the “Stocking Strangler,” Carlton is on Georgia’s death row for a string of strangulation murders of elderly women between 1977 and 1978. Suspected in at least seven murders in Columbus, Georgia, Carlton was convicted in 1986 of only three. All seven killings happened within Columbus’ Wynnton neighborhood, a comfortable neighborhood with towering trees, stately homes, and well manicured lawns. All victims were wealthy white elderly ladies between 59 to 89 years old. In most cases they were raped, strangled with their own stockings, and left lying on their backs covered with bed clothes.

Carlton — one of the few black serial killers of the seventies — was a ladies man who enjoyed expensive clothing and was a male model. An all-out renaissance-type, he played drums, the saxophone and was an amateur artist. Though he worked as a janitor, he was said to be highly intelligent and have a phenomenal memory. He was arrested May 3, 1984 — six years after the killings — in Albany, Georgia, after police to traced a stolen pistol from one of the “Strangler” killings to Gary.

Always in trouble with the law, Carlton’s extensive criminal past can be traced all the way back to 1967 when he was arrested as a juvenile in Gainesville, Florida. In 1970 he was a suspect in the slaying of an 84 year old school teacher in Albany, NY. Gary drew a 10 year sentence after he agreed to testify against his accomplice. Subsequently he was jailed three more times in New York before escaping from prison. Later he confessed to five 1978 restaurant robberies in Columbus, while serving time in Greenville, S.C. for armed robbery. He was serving a 21 year sentence in SC when he escaped. Prior to his arrest in the “Stocking Strangler” case he was arrested and charged with obstruction of a police officer, possession of marijuana and was suspected in restaurant robberies in Phenix City, Alabama and Gainesville Fl.

Paul Frederick Runge (7) On June 14, 2001, Paul Frederick Runge, 31, was charged in Chicago with murdering and sexually assaulting six women and a 10-year-old girl in a string of sex attacks in Cook County and DuPage County between 1995 and 1997. The suspect, Paul Frederick Runge, has been behind bars since 1997, when he was arrested for a parole violation. Police said Runge has confessed to all seven killings and was linked to two of the crimes through DNA.

The victims were bludgeoned to death or strangled — in most cases after he went to homes that had posted for-sale signs for various things, police said. Other victims were women who had responded to his help-wanted ads for someone to clean his home or merely acquaintances. “Paul Runge is our worst nightmare,” Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine. “He conned his way into women’s homes or duped them into trusting him. He then raped and murdered them.” Runge had been paroled in 1994 for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in 1987.

Runge is accused in the January 1995 killing of Stacey Frobel, 25, whose body was found in southern Wisconsin and Illinois. Frobel, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, was a friend of Runge’s former wife. Six months later, Runge allegedly killed the two Hanover Park women, sisters Dzeneta and Ameal Pasanbegovic, 22 and 20, respectively. Both were recent immigrants from Bosnia who Runge allegedly lured to his home with the promise of house cleaning jobs. After allegedly killing them, Runge dismembered them in a bathtub and dumped their remains in trash bins. Runge also is accused of the 1997 deaths of Dorota Dziubak, 30, who he killed after she advertised her Northwest Side house for sale; Yolanda Gutierrez, 35, and her 10-year-old daughter; and Kazimiera Paruch, 43, of Chicago, were killed after they advertised their condominium for sale.

On August 9 Paul Runge pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting and killing four women and a 10-year-old girl in Cook County. Runge previously pleaded not guilty in DuPage County to murder charges in the deaths of two Hanover Park sisters. Prosecutors said that Runge, 31, confessed to the slayings.

Guy Georges (7) From 1991 to 1997 the lethal “Beast of Bastille” is suspected of having tortured, raped and killed seven women in the neighborhood of the famed Revolutionary era Parisian prison. On March 27, 1998, French police picked up Guy Georges in Montmartre after police DNA-matched him to four Beast of Bastille murders and one attempted rape. (cont.)

Robert Rozier (4+) As a football player, Rozier was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and later did time with the Oakland Raiders. In 1981, he lost his will to play the game, and after drifting around the country, he joined a radical black-supremacist Hebrew Israelite sect called the Temple of Love. The cult, led by Yahweh ben Yahweh is believed to be responsible for fourteen deaths and a series of firebombings. Rozier, perhaps due to his football background, acted as the muscle of the cult. In 1986 he was arrested for the murders of two ex members. Evidence also linked him to at least two other random killings unrelated to the sect.

In 1992, Rozier was convicted of committing four murders under orders from the cult. Later he admitted to seven killings and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. He was released after 10 years in 1996, after testifying against Yahweh and other followers. Rozier became a federally protected witness in 1996, relocated to his home in California and changed his name.He was recently arrested for violating his program agreement by writing bad checks totaling $125.24, which due to a new “three strikes” California law might send him to prison for life.

On March 24, 1999, New Jersey prosecutors charged Rozier with stabbing a homeless white man to death in Newark as a sacrifice to Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Prosecutors said Rozier, 43, stabbed Attilio Cicala in 1984 as a sacrifice a few days before the cult’s leader was to visit Newark. At the time Rozier was the leader of Newark’s Temple. Another former cultist, John Armstrong, 40, was charged with murder. Presently Rozier is in jail in California on $1 million bail.

“The Axeman of New Orleans” (7)

Ivan Robert Marko Milat (7+) Australia’s worst serial killer, Ivan was convicted of murdering seven hitch-hikers plucked from the highway stretching from Sydney to Melbourne. Like convicted Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen, Ivan enjoyed hunting down his victims like animals, giving them a head start before stalking them through the New South Wales bush.

Ivan, 51, a road worker, avid hunter and the son of a Croat immigrant, was a non-smoking teetotaler, whose pleasures in life were a four-wheel-drive vehicle, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a penchant for killing strangers. He was arrested in 1994 in his home in the outskirts of Sydney where police found gun parts, ammunition and knives used in the killings, as well as camping equipment said to have belonged to some of the murdered hitch-hikers.

From 1989 to 1992, Milat was known as the “Backpack Murderer”. The brutality of his attacks both captivated and horrified the Australian public. Some of the victims were shot, others stabbed, and one was decapitated with a sword found in Ivan’s mother’s apartment. He then equipped his rifle with a silencer and used the victim’s head for “target practice”. Of the seven killed, five were European tourists in their 20s lured to Australia by its reputation as a safe haven for budget travelers. The other two victims were teen-agers from the Australian state of Victoria. Two of the dead were young British women whose disappearance led to the grim discovery of Milat’s handiwork.

After the discovery of seven bodies, police launched the biggest manhunt in Australian history which eventually led to Milat’s arrest. The star witness for the prosecution was another British tourist who escaped from the madman’s car to avoid certain death after Milat pulled a gun on him. The kind authorities of New South Wales offered free accommodations and financial assistance to the relatives of the victims who wished to attend the trial.

On July 27, 1996 , after a four-month trial and three and a half days of deliberation, a jury of seven men and four women convicted the former road worker of murdering the seven backpackers. Ivan’s lawyer tried to pin the murders on, first, Ivan’s brother Richard, then, his other brother, Walter. Although his divisionary tactics were not successful, Justice David Hunt, the judge presiding the over the case, said: “In my view, it is inevitable that the prisoner was not alone in that criminal enterprise”. Police said there were more than a dozen young hitchhikers – Australians, Japanese and Europeans – who have disappeared in the same region over the past 15 years. Perhaps soon we will be adding another Milat brother to the Serial Killer Hit List.

On May 17, 1997, Milat was placed under guard in Sydney’s high security Long Bay prison after calling off a “meticulously planned” breakout attempt he planned with his cellmate, George Savvas, and two other inmates. Through phone taps, intelligence within the jail and deciphering a code used by the prisoners, prison officials uncovered the escape plan that involved overpowering prison guards, scaling a perimeter wall using rope ladders and meeting armed associates outside waiting in cars.

The morning after being interviewed about the escape by prison officials Savvas, 46, was found dead hanging from a bed sheet in his high security cell at Maitland prison. Although prison officials did not detect any suicidal tendencies in Savvas in their last hours with him, they acknowledged the prisoner must have been affected by the failed escape and the prospect of life under even tighter security.

Police are investigating whether friends or family members of Milat helped plan the escape. When members of the Milat family were asked about the escape they said they knew nothing of the plan. “Did he try to escape or is it just the authorities saying that he did?” Milat’s brother Walter said. Walter, who had recently visited his brother, said Ivan was distressed by the way his appeal was moving, and angry he had missed out on getting legal aid.

Aileen Wuornos (7) The patron saint of dead prostitutes, Lee Wuornos is the first prostitute to turn the tables on the serial killing scene. Finally, a hooker who started offing her johns. The daughter of a child molester who hanged himself in jail, Aileen’s hatred for men went beyond the feelings of any penis-loathing lesbian. In 1989 and 1990 she tallied seven dead middle-aged johns whom she left naked next to their sperm-filled condoms. The wily prostitute still claims to be innocent. Her killings, she says, were “just self-defense.” She was sentenced to death six times, and for over a decade patiently awaited her fate. While in jail, she conveniently found Christ.

On April 18, 2000, the convicted serial killer said she wanted a new trial for her 1992 conviction in the death of Charles Carskaddon in Pasco County because her attorney at the time was ill-prepared to represent her. Joseph Hobson, an attorney for Florida¹s capital collateral office, presented the appeal to Circuit Court Judge Wayne Cobb. Hobson said Wuornos¹ attorney at the time, Steven Glazer, had virtually no experience in death penalty cases. Glazer allegedly also took a cut from deals with media outlets that paid thousands of dollars for interviews with his client and was filmed for a British documentary smoking marijuana on the way to see Wuornos in prison. Previously Wuornos asked a judge in Daytona Beach to overturn her conviction for the 1992 slaying of Richard Mallory because of ineffective counsel in that trial too.

At 9:47 a.m., October 9, 2002, Wuornos was executed by lethal injection at 9:47 a.m. at the Florida State Prison near Starke. Wuornos, 46 at the time of her death, became the 10th woman executed in the United States since the death penalty resumed in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the Rock and I’ll be back like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, like the movie, big mothership and all. I’ll be back,” Wuornos said from the execution chamber.

Wuornos was sentenced to death six times for killing six middle-aged johns in 1989 and 1990 and spent a decade on Florida’s death row. The death warrant was based on her first murder victim, Richard Mallory, a Clearwater electronics shop owner whose body was found in 1989 in Volusia County.

Wuornos said she had decided to rob a customer because she feared she was about to lose her lesbian lover and needed to raise $200 so they could rent an apartment. Mallory picked her up on a rainy night. They drank, drove into the woods and fell asleep. When she awoke, she took out her gun, woke Mallory up and robbed him. Then she started shooting.

After killing Mallory, Wuornos laid low for several months until mid-1990, when she murdered and robbed her second victim on another rainy day. Over the next few months of Florida’s rainy season, she killed four more men.

Wuornos, who also claims to have killed a seventh man, said she killed and robbed when it rained because it made her “nasty looking” and she couldn’t make enough money as a prostitute. She pawned some of her victims’ possessions. Her five-county killing spree ended Jan. 9, 1991, in the Last Resort, a Daytona Beach biker bar where a plaque about her arrest now hangs on the wall. Wuornos, nicknamed “the Damsel of Death,” was convicted of Mallory’s slaying and pleaded no contest to murders in Marion, Dixie, Pasco and Citrus counties. She received six death sentences.

“She was a homicidal predator,” Tanner said at her 1992 trial in Daytona Beach. “She was like a spider on the side of the road, waiting for prey — men.” Billy Nolas, who represented Wuornos in that trial, said she suffers from borderline personality disorder as a result of neglect and sexual abuse as a child.

“She is the most disturbed individual I have represented,” said Nolas, who now practices law in Philadelphia. He said Wuornos is too mentally ill to comprehend what dropping her appeals and seeking death will mean.

Nolas said he believes Mallory raped Wuornos and that pushed her over the edge. Information on Mallory’s prior history of sexual assault was withheld from defense attorneys, he said.

Wuornos was raised by her grandparents. Her mother abandoned her when she was an infant and her father, a convicted child molester, committed suicide in prison. By age 14, she was pregnant, claiming to have been raped. She was forced to give up the child and was turning tricks at age 15. When she was asked about the killings at her competency exam, Tanner said the former prostitute replied, “I really got tired of it all. I was angry about the johns.”

For years, Wuornos claimed she shot the men out of self-defense while being raped and sodomized. Later, she recanted her claims, saying she wanted to make peace with God. “I’m one who seriously hates human life and would kill again,” she told the state Supreme Court. Wuornos also claimed to have killed a seventh man.

The state Supreme Court rejected two efforts to stop the execution the day before, one from a private attorney in Tampa who expressed “serious concerns” about Wuornos’ competency, the other from an Ohio group that wanted to file an appeal on Wuornos’ behalf. Billy Nolas, who represented Wuornos in her 1992 trial in Daytona Beach, said she suffered from borderline personality disorder as a result of neglect and sexual abuse as a child. He said she was “the most disturbed individual I have represented.”

Fort Lauderdale lawyer Raag Singhal wrote a letter to the state Supreme Court last month expressing “grave doubts” about Wuornos’ mental condition. Gov. Jeb Bush issued a stay and ordered a mental exam, but lifted the stay last week after three psychiatrists who interviewed her concluded that she understood why she was being executed. State Attorney John Tanner, who watched psychiatrists interview her for 30 minutes last week, said she was cognizant and lucid. “She knew exactly what she was doing,” Tanner said.

Efren Saldivar (6-50) A former respiratory care practitioner at a Glendale hospital Efren Saldivar confessed to killing 40 to 50 patients over a eight-year period. A suspected “Angel of Death,” he allegedly targeted patients who were already near death. He would kill them with lethal injections of the muscle relaxants Pavulon or succinylcholine chloride, and/or decreasing their oxygen intake if they were on ventilators.

Saldivar allegedly told police that the killings began in 1989, six months after he started working at the hospital, and stopped in August 1997 when he heard that one of his co-workers had seen morphine in his locker. The hospital first heard rumors about hastened patient deaths in April 1997. Although the two-month internal investigation revealed nothing suspicious, a criminal investigation was launched after police received an anonymous phone call on March 3 from a person saying Saldivar “helped a patient die fast.” Saldivar told police he might have contributed to “anywhere from 100 to 200″ deaths during his 9-year career as a hospital worker and had actively killed up to 50 patients by giving drugs or withholding treatment.

Not a random killer, Saldivar — who co-workers said had a “magic syringe” — prided himself on following an ethical set of criteria determining who to kill: they had to be unconscious, they had to have a “Do not resuscitate” order, and they had to look like they were ready to die. In an affidavit, Officer William Currie, who interviewed Saldivar, said: “He talked about his anger at seeing patients kept alive as opposed to the guilt he would feel at the failure to provide life-saving care.” He said that a polygraph examiner asked Saldivar if he considered himself an “angel of death” and Saldivar replied: “Yes.”

Bizarrely, police could only detain Saldivar for 48-hours after his March 3 confession because of lack of corroborating evidence. When his confession surfaced in the press on March 25, 1998, Saldivar was fired from the hospital and his license was revoked. Efren then went on the ABC-TV news magazine “20/20″ were he recanted everything, saying he had lied because he was depressed, suicidal and wanted to be sent to death row. “I wanted the system to do to me what I couldn’t do,” that is, commit suicide. “I was looking to die, I wanted to die … but I didn’t have the courage.”

“I figured, you know, one death isn’t gonna be enough for the death penalty so I said two… And then I started to cry because I was ending my life.” Allegedly, as the interrogation went on, he started embellishing his murderous tale and the confession snowballed into the 50 deaths that made the front page of newspapers worldwide. As for the co-worker who allegedly found morphine and succinycholine chloride in his locker, Efren said the man hated him and had “a plan to get rid of me.”

Glendale police spokesperson Sgt. Rick Young dismissed Saldivar retraction as self-serving and insisted the remarks would not affect the criminal investigation. In fact, Glendale police said for the first time that they believe that at least one murder was committed. However, no arrest warrant has been issued because they still lack necessary evidence.

Investigators reviewed the deaths of 171 patients who died while Saldivar was working at the hospital. Fifty-four cases were eliminated because bodies had been cremated. Of the remainder, 20 deaths were determined to have been suspicious and the bodies were exhumed. Toxicological tests revealed the presence of the drug Pavulon in the remains of the six patients ages 75 to 87. On January 10, 2001, police rearrested Saldivar and charged him with the deaths of six hospital patients.

Hospitals frequently use Pavulon to stop the normal breathing of patients who are put on artificial respiratory devices, said Deputy District Attorney Al Mackenzie, who will handle the case. “If you’re going to do surgery, you’re going to put the person on an artificial breathing device,” Mackenzie said. “If you give the person the drug Pavulon and don’t create an artificial means to breathe, they die.”

On March 12, 2002, Saldivar, after striking a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty, pleaded guilty to murdering six elderly patients and was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. “It still seems so unreal,” said Larry Schlegel, whose 77-year-old mother, Eleanora, was found dead in her hospital bed in 1997. “It’s just that whole thing that it can never happen to you.” Seven lawsuits have been filed against the hospital. Four have been dismissed. The family of Salbi Asatryan, one of the victims, accepted a $60,000 settlement. Another family, that of Jose Alfaro, also settled for an undisclosed amount.

Mohamed Elsayed Ghanam (6+) On June 5, 1999, Mohamed Elsayed Ghanam, an Egyptian tour guide was arrested in connection with the murder of six foreign tourists who vanished after arriving at Bangkok’s Don Muang airport over the past eight months. Police say the killings were carried out between August 17, 1999 and April 6 and followed a similar pattern.

Chanam Said Muhamad, 35, was arrested after European Union embassies confronted the Thai government about the murders and expressed concern there may be more victims. The killer and his accomplices, posing as tour guides and private taxi drivers, allegedly targeted tourists who had just arrived in Bangkok. They waited for the victims at their hotels and at the airport, offered their services, then robbed and killed them. Mohamed has denied carrying out the killings and has blamed two associates from the Middle East.

All six victims — two Frenchmen, an Austrian, an Iranian, a German, and a man from the United Arab Emirates — were stabbed to death. Interpol repeatedly told local police the murders could be linked but Thai authorities failed to launch an inquiry.

Andras Pandy (6-13) On October 20, 1997 Belgian authorities charged Andras Pandy — a 70-year-old protestant pastor from Hungary — with the murder of two of his ex-wives and four of his eight children. His daughter Agnes, 40, who claims that her father sexually abused her from the age of 13, confessed to helping kill five family members and was charged as an accessory to the murders. This arrest — coupled with the nefarious Dutroux affair and a serial rampage gripping Mons — is starting to make this sleepy northern European nation look like the bedrock of worldwide serial mayhem.

In 1997 police started digging for human remains in several abandoned properties owned by Pandy in the seedier parts of Brussels. They found kneecaps, teeth, bone fragments and ashes in one of the cellars, but DNA tests showed they were not from the missing Pandy family members. It remains unclear whose body parts those were. Authorities also found a blood splattered wall in another of the homes and “large pieces of unspecified flesh” stocked inside two fridges.” The preacher’s arrest followed a joint investigation by Belgian and Hungarian authorities.

Pandy came to Brussels after the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and had three children, including Agnes, with his first wife, Ilona Sores. The couple divorced in 1967 and Pandy later married Edit Fintor, who already had three children and who gave birth to two more by Pandy. Until he retired in 1992, Pandy worked as a Protestant pastor and religious education teacher. In a statement, the United Protestant Church of Belgium said Pandy had retired as a teacher in 1992 and held no post within the church.

Not one for family planning, between 1961 and 1971 the pastor fathered eight. Between 1986 and 1989 four of his children and two former wives began disappearing. Later he claimed they were all alive and well back in Hungary. Curiously, no ever saw them again since they left. To appease investigators, the crafty preacher used fake papers and postcards to try to prove the six were alive and well and had moved back to Hungary.

Hungarian police found two girls and a boy who had on several ocassions impersonated the missing children of the suspect killer pastor Andras Pandy. “He took the children on family visits to relatives and friends in Hungary, who were then asked to send letters saying they had seen the children.” Allegedly Pandy recruited the children in 1992 — when Belgian police first began investigating him — and used them several times. The children never suspected any wrongdoing because they “were told it was a rehearsal for a part in a movie about Pandy’s life”

In Hungary investigators are trying to establish whether Pandy could be linked to any of 60 “missing person” cases which have remain unsolved since the early Eighties. Investigators used sniffer dogs to search the preacher’s home in Dunakeszi, north of Budapest. In Belgium police brought in sonar devices — similar to those employed at the Gloucester home of serial killers Frederick and Rosemary West — to investigate the six interconnected cellars under his second home. Questions have also been raised over the identity of the pastor. Belgian investigators think the man in custody could be the younger brother of the real Andras Pandy, who died in Hungary in 1956.

Agnes Pandy confessed to police that she and her father either shot or sledgehammered to death five relatives — her mother, two brothers, a stepmother and her daughter. Then they chopped up the bodies and used a powerful drain cleaner to dissolve the corpses and flush them down the drain. Agnes told authorities that her preacher dad had been raping her since age 13. He also regularly raped his stepdaughters. Things got ugly when 20-year-old Timea, one of the stepdaughter, became pregnant. Pandy tried to kill her and her son, but she managed to escape to Canada and then Hungary.

Authorities have also linked Agnes to the disappearance in 1993 of a 12-year-old girl whose Hungarian mother had a relationship with Pastor Pandy. Belgian newspapers reported that five years ago Agnes notified police that several members of her family were missing. At the time, she also denounced her father for sexually abusing her and her step-sisters. In true Belgian fashion, nothing came of it and charges were eventually dropped.

The Hungarian Nepszava newspaper reported that Pandy fostered an undetermined number of orphaned or homeless Romanian children in his home in Brussels. The children — who became orphaned or homeless in Romania’s 1989 revolution which toppled communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu — were taken in by a charity club named YDNAP (PANDY backwards) founded by the lethal pastor. They stayed under his care for varying periods of time, “and nobody knows what happened to them or if they returned home.” In Brussels, press reports speculated that bones found under a concrete slab in one of Pandy’s homes were those of a Hungarian woman who arrived in Belgium with her daughter after replying to a personal add placed by the pastor in search of a wife.

On April 24 tests by Norwegian forensic scientists showed that the new set of teeth discovered were from seven women, aged between 35 and 55, and a man, who was between 18 and 23. It is suspected that the unidentified victims were lured from Hungary to Belgium with promises of marriage. Police had previously thought that the teeth, bones and other remains found at Pandy’s house might have come from five people unrelated to him.

On March 6, 2002, a Belgian court convicted of Pandy of killing six family members and dissolving their bodies in chemical drain cleaner. He was sentenced to life in prison. His daughter 44-year-old Agnes Pandy, received a 21-year sentence for being an accomplice in five murders and one attempted murder. Pandy, who is Hungarian but moved to Belgium to escape Communism, was found guilty of murdering two wives and four children, one of which, a daughter, he also was convicted of raping. Not the cornerstone in family values, he was convicted of raping Agnes and another daughter.

Prosecutors had requested a 29-year sentence for Agnes, but her lawyers pushed for leniency, saying Agnes had been under the “overwhelming irresistible spell” of a father who was raping her as he coerced her into collaborating in the killings of her mother and siblings. “I had no way out. I was completely in his grip,” Agnes said in her closing statement.

In court, Pandy dismissed the proceedings as a “witch trial” against him. He told the jury that the allegedly dead were still alive and he is “in contact with them through angels.” When asked why the missing family members could not be traced in four years of searching, Pandy replied: “It is up to justice to prove they are dead. When I’m free again, they will come and visit me.”

Orville Lynn Majors (7+) On December 29, 1997, police arrested and charged Orville Lynn Majors, a 36-year-old former male nurse, with lethally injecting six patients at an Indiana hospital. No stranger to deadly nursing care, Orville lost his nurse’s license in 1995 after 130 of 147 elderly patients died in his care. While working at Vermillion County Hospital, now known as West Central Community Hospital, a death occurred every 23.1 hours when he was on duty. When he was off duty, a death occurred every 551.6 hours.

More than 160 suspicious deaths happened during Orville’s watch at the Terre Haute hospital between 1993 and 1995. The rate of death at the hospital reached “epidemic” proportions from July to December of 1994, during which Majors was “uniquely and very strongly associated with that mortality.” Of the 67 people who died in the intensive care unit, Majors was working on 63 of those instances. Morbidly, fellow nurses on the night shift made bets as to what patients would die the next day when Majors was working.

The suspected angel of death — who is being held without a bond — denied any wrongdoing. After a 30-month investigation costing more than $1.5 million authorities searched his van and former home finding, potassium chloride, a variety of other drugs, syringes and needles. Before filing charges, the bodies of 15 patients were exhumed — including the six the chubby nurse is charged with killing — and post mortem examinations on three produced evidence of potassium chloride injections

In at least one case, investigators say they have an eyewitness, Paula Holdaway, who said she was in the room when Majors came in and gave her mother, Dorothea Hixon, an unauthorized injection. “Majors kissed her on the forehead, brushed her hair back and said ‘It’s all right punkin, everything’s going to be all right now.’ Within 60 seconds after that, Hixon rolled her eyes back and died.”

In court documents, some relatives say they saw Majors give their loved ones shots before they died. And a team of doctors assembled by the Indiana State Police to review medical charts will testify the seven deaths are consistent with patients being injected with potassium chloride or epinephrine. Police say vials containing traces of those drugs and syringes, which were found at Majors’ home and in his van, were traced to shipments from medical suppliers to Vermillion County Hospital.

I. Marshall Pinkus, the court-appointed attorney who leads Majors’ defense, says there is no evidence his client did anything wrong. Pinkus says jurors won’t find it unusual that nurses give patients shots or that sick, elderly patients die in intensive care units. Some patients and co-workers at the hospital considered Majors a hardworking and sympathetic nurse, Pinkus said.

Roman Burtsev (6+) Accused of raping and murdering at least six children Roman is the latest serial killer to surface in Rostov-on-Don, the former stomping grounds of the cannibal killer Andrei Chikatilo. Burtsev, 25, was arrested in July 1996, and confessed to the killings, giving investigators detailed descriptions of the crime scenes.

Burtsev told police he often felt remorse and on one occasion even donated 5,000 rubles (90 U.S. cents) for the funerals of one of his victims, a 12-year-old girl. A divorcee with a 10-month-old son, Roman allegedly committed the murders out of a fear of being punished for his sex crimes.

The news of Roman’s upcoming trial came just days after another local resident, Vladimir Mukhankin, pleaded guilty to murdering eight women and was sentenced to death by the city court. Local officials claim the frequency of serial killing in their rustic community only testifies to the efficiency of their police. “It’s not that other regions don’t have such monsters,” said Zakhar Lukinov, a deputy regional chief prosecutor. “Simply no one hears about them.”

Samuel Bongani Mfeka (6+) Samuel Bongani Mfeka — another in what is becoming a long line of South African killers — was arrested on September 8, 1996, in KwaZulu Natal on a rape charge. While in custody Samuel pointed out six areas where the bodies of women who had been raped and strangled were hidden.

The first murder dates to 1993 following the discovery of a body in Carletonville. Another body was found in the veld in Vrede in November, 1994. The four other bodies have since been found in the Kranskop area. The last body found on September 8, 1996, was in an advanced state of decomposition. According to a police source, four of the bodies were found within easy distance of the suspect’s house in a rural area in KwaZulu Natal.

A police spokesman announced that Mfeka was also being questioned in relation to the 15 bodies attributed to the “Nasrec Strangler”. Although he has not been officially charged with the killings, they have spotted similarities between both killers. Detectives are also searching for another man who may have been an accomplice of the suspect. He too is wanted for questioning in connection with the Nasrec murders.

Gerald Parker (6+) Known as the “Bedroom Basher,” serial rapist Gerald Parker thought he had gotten away with murder until DNA testing linked him to the murder of five women and an unborn child in Orange County, California. Parker, a former Marine, was linked through genetic evidence to attacks on young women who where raped and bludgeoned in their homes in the late 1970s around El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Police and Navy officials believe Gerald might be responsible for even more killings, specifically three other dead women in Orange County. During his 7 1/2 years with the Marines Gerald was based in El Toro as well as other bases in North Carolina, Alaska and Mississippi before being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1980.

That same year another Marine, Kevin Lee Green, was convicted of second degree murder for an attack on his 21-year-old pregnant wife that led to the death of their unborn baby. 16 years later, Parker confessed to the attack on Green’s wife. On June 20, 1996 Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald apologized for Green’s wrongful incarceration and declared him a free and innocent man. Curiously his ex-wife Dianna D’Aiello still believes he was her attacker.

Using new technology that can match DNA samples of convicted criminals with evidence of unsolved crimes investigators were able to link several unsolved murders of young women to Parker. On June 14 detectives met with Parker in the Avenal State Prison in Central Valley where he was imprisoned for a parole violation. There he confessed to five killings and the assault on Dianna D’Aiello.

D’Aiello was comatose for a month after her 1979 attack and suffered a significant loss of memory. When she regained consciousness she identified her husband as her attacker. Jurors believed her and considered his alibi, that he went to get a cheeseburger, unbelievable. Ever since he was arrested Green proclaimed his innocence. He even passed a defense-administered polygraph test before the trial. While incarcerated he tried to have a DNA test performed on the semen investigators collected at the crime scene. Unfortunately, he could not afford the costly forensic procedure. Luckily, crucial evidence from the D’Aiello attack had not been destroyed and could be tested when his guilt was brought into question. Once exonerated, the ex-Marine corporal went to visit his family in the Midwest and says he does not plan to sue the state for damages resulting from his wrongful conviction.

Morris Solomon (6+)Another Sacramento celebrity killer. Morris killed mostly prostitutes. Convicted of six killings, he is suspected of at least one more. Ever the good sport, he shook hands with one juror who gave him the death penalty, saying, “At least you made up your mind.” His conviction is being appealed.

Douglas Clark & Carol Bundy(6+) Doug considered himself the “king of the one-night stands.” He loved sex with prostitutes, especially real young ones from LA’s notorious Sunset Strip. Carol, his girlfriend, was no Mother Teresa. She thought that murder was fun and liked photographing hookers sucking Doug’s dick. He enjoyed shooting his victims as he came in their mouths. He also liked chopping their heads off. Once, for kicks, Carol applied make-up to a severed head and Doug took it to the shower for a little necrophilic fellatio. Carol told an old boyfriend about Doug’s strange habits. When the old boyfriend threatened to tell police, Carol stabbed him to death and chopped off his head. She then confessed and blamed Doug for everything. Doug denied it and claimed that Carol and her former lover were the killers. Strangely he also begged for the death penalty and taunted the judge whenever he could. He was sentenced to death on February 15, 1983. Carol was convicted of two killings.

Michael Ross (6+) Michael Ross, a sexual sadist with an IQ of 122 and a degree from Cornell University, stalked, raped and murdered at least 6 girls and young women in Connecticut in the early 80s. In 1987 he received six death sentences and two life sentences. He has also admitted to killing two women in New York, and assaulting several women in North Carolina, Ohio and Illinois.

This lethal Ivy League graduate captured his victims as they walked along quiet, deserted roads, raping most of them, then flipping them over onto their stomachs and strangling them. In 1982, 17-year-old Tammy Williams of Brooklyn and Debra Smith Taylor, 23, of Griswold were killed. Robyn Stavinsky, 19, of Norwich was murdered in 1983. The following year, Wendy Baribeault, 17, of Jewett City, and two 14-year-old friends, Leslie Shelley and April Brunais, both of Griswold, died.

Since his arrest Mike has been diligently working with his prosecuting attorney trying to obtain a quick death sentence. A model of consideration, Ross said he wanted to be executed to spare the victims’ families from having to go through the indignity of more hearings. But in July 1994, the state Supreme Court upheld Ross’ Connecticut convictions but overturned the death sentences. Finding that the original trial judge excluded evidence that might have helped Ross prove he suffered from a mental illness or defect, the court ordered a new penalty phase.

On March 11, 1998, Ross — acting as his own attorney — signed an agreement with state prosecutors acknowledging that his crimes were cruel and heinous and asking the court to put his execution order into effect. The unprecedented 10-page agreement with special prosecutor C. Robert Satti triggered a legal shit-storm felt throughout the nation. A human rights group called the agreement the product of an “unholy alliance” of the killer and prosecutor. Even the judge in the case expressed reservations, held off accepting the agreement until hearing further arguments on whether it is legal and binding.

On April 2, the death pact was declared not legally binding by the state’s public defender office. Then, in a change of heart, Mike decided he did not want to die anymore. In November, Ross attempted suicide in his prison cell at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers by overdosing on medication. Jury selection for the penalty phase retrail began on April 5, 1999, for his trial that began in 1987. Superior Court Judge Thomas Miano — who was assigned to hear the case only two years ago — warned the attorneys involved against further delays and has vowed to bring the case to an end.

On April 7, 1999, jury selection began for Ross’ retrial of the penalty phase of his case. The justices said the original jury wasn¹t told about evidence that could have proven Ross suffered from a mental illness, which is considered a mitigating factor that under Connecticut law it could have been used to spare him from the death penalty.

When Ross was charged in 1984 with the murders of Tammy Williams, Debra Smith Taylor, Robin Stavinsky, Leslie Shelley, April Brunais and Wendy Baribeault, it was the most serious crime the county had ever known. The victims hailed from quiet, rural towns in eastern Connecticut where seemingly everyone knew each other.

Ross was originally given six death sentences and two life sentences. In July 1994, the state Supreme Court upheld the convictions but overturned the death sentences. The high court ordered a new penalty phase because the original judge excluded evidence that might have helped Ross prove he suffered from a mental illness or defect.

Under the state law that was in effect at the time of his conviction, Ross could be spared the death penalty if the jury finds a mitigating factor, like mental illness. The defense says Ross suffers from a psychiatric disease called sexual sadism.

According to Dr. James Merikangas Ross has an abnormal brain that could affect his ability to control sadistic sexual urges. Dr. Merikangas, who studied Ross at the request of defense lawyers who are trying to find a mitigating factor that would spare him the death penalty, said he discovered the abnormalities in Ross’ brain during a magnetic resonance imaging test, or MRI, and another sophisticated neurological test performed at Yale- New Haven Hospital. Ross’ cerebellum is smaller than a normal person’s, Merikangas said.

“The cerebellum projects to all other parts of the brain,” Merikangas said. “It uses a neurotransmitter to control or suppress other parts of the brain. . . . It is a commonly known fact that people with these kinds of brain impairments cannot conduct themselves as well as those who don’t.”

In addition, Merikangas said, the tests show Ross suffers from reduced blood flow and reduced metabolism in the rear lobes of his brain and enlarged ventricles that indicate possible shrinkage or loss of brain tissue. “The ventricles are the fluid-filled spaces in the brain,” Merikangas explained. “His are too big.” Merikangas said the abnormalities appear to be tied to Ross’ natural growth as opposed to something caused by a traumatic injury.

On April 6, 2000, a Connecticut court recommended once again the death penalty for serial killer Michael Ross. In the new sentencing hearings jurors rejected the report’s conclusion that a psychological disorder, sexual sadism, should be a mitigating factor against the death penalty. Ross’ defense attorneys argued the disorder led him to kill the four girls in eastern Connecticut. Ironically Ross wanted to be executed when the Supreme Court voided his sentence. Now that he was sentenced again he has changed his mind and wants his life spared.

On July 14, 2001, Barbara Jean, a reader of the Archives, wrote:

I have been searching for more information on serial killer Michael Ross. Though your site was a little more than I could handle, I would like to thank you for the information I found. Ross killed my best friend, Paula Perrera, in March of 1982. He confessed to the crime in 1998, but is finally making it to NY on August 6, 2001 to be tried for her murder. I was 17 years old when this happened, Paula was only 16. You didn’t have her name in the list of his victims. Could you please add her name. Thank you.

Richard Biegenwald (6+) Born in Staten Island, New York in 1940 Rich was the product of a typical serial killing upbringing. Regularly beaten by his alcoholic father, at the age of five he torched the family home. For the rest of his childhood he was bounced from psychiatric hospitals to reformatories. A fast learner, by the time he was eight he developed a drinking and gambling problem. By nine, Rich received experimental shock therapy at New York’s Bellevue Hospital.

It is not that surprising that Rich turned into a lethal rapist-murderer when he was an adult. He logged in his first kill at age 18 when he killed the proprietor of a convenience store in Bayonne, New Jersey during a holdup. After serving 17 years he was released on parole in 1975.

A free man, he shacked up with a 16-year-old girl. Soon he was arrested for rape and married his girl while in the Brooklyn House of Detention. Released again, he took up a job as a maintenance man and moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he hooked up with Dherran Fitzgerald, an old prison pal and career criminal.

On January 4, 1983, a friend of his wife fingered him to police after hearing about that the body of 18-year-old Anna Olesiewicz was found behind a restaurant in Asbury Park. Apparently Biegenwald showed his wife’s friend a body hidden in his garage. On January 22 police arrested him and found pipe bombs, pistols, a machine gun, knockout drops, pot and a live puff adder snake.

Once in custody Fitzgerald started babbling about a bunch of dead girls buried in Biegenwald’s mother’s garden in Staten Island. Three corpses were unearthed and Rich was tied up to two other murders. Convicted of five murders he was sentenced to death by lethal injection. Authorities believe he is responsible for at least two more: the murder of an ex-convict police informer and the murder-abduction of a 17-year-old girl. However, it is unknown the amount of women he slayed. Usually he would lure the women into his vehicle with the promise of pot and once he isolated them he would shoot or stab them. One of the girls he killed was the daughter of a mobster who, during his trial, put a $100,000 purse on his head.

Prosecutor John Kay said that he had no idea how many women or men Biegenwald killed but he was sure there were a few. One of the guards that befriended him in jail said Biegenwald told him he had killed close to 300 women in New York, Pensylvannia, New Jersey and Maryland. Although he’s still alive, he is no longer listed as being on death row in New Jersey. We have no idea why he was removed, but hopefully they’re not thinking about letting him go.

Gary Ray Bowles (6) Gary has been charged with slaying six men along the East Coast in 1994. On May 28, 1999, a Jacksonville jury recommended the death sentence for 37-year-old Bowles. Once on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list as a serial killer of gay men, Bowles first received the death penalty in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Walter Jammell Hinton. However,the sentence was overturned.

Bowles, of Clifton Forge, Va., was placed on the FBI’s list of 10 most-wanted fugitives in 1994 for the slayings of four gay men. When he was arrested late that year, he gave police statements about six killings: Hinton’s, another in Nassau County, one in Daytona Beach, two in Georgia and one in Maryland.

Like many serial killers, Bowles left a “signature” with each of his victims: he stuffed in the mouths with something. Bowles was caught — almost by accident — in Jacksonville, Florida, when he was using an alias, the name “Tim,” which he got from the roommate of one of his victims. When authorities questioned him about using the dead man’s credit cards, he told them his real name.

On September 11, 1999, Circuit Judge Jack Schemer followed a jury’s recommendation, and sentenced Gary Ray Bowles to die in Florida’s electric chair. Bowles, 37, first received the death penalty in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Walter Jammell Hinton, but he was given a new sentencing hearing by the Florida Supreme Court. The high court said prosecutors shouldn’t have been allowed to use Bowles’ admitted hatred of gays against him because it did not prove it led him to murder.

Hinton, 42, was asleep in his bed in Jacksonville when Bowles slammed a 40-pound stepping stone on his head, said Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda.

Ralph Harris (6) Serial killer Ralph Harris was found guilty by a jury on March 3, 1999, for the August 17, 1992 slaying of a Chatham community resident, and was sentenced to death on March 26. In addition to the death penalty, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Porter — who compared the Soth Side resident to John Wayne Gacy — sentenced Harris to 60 years in prison for trying to kill Patterson’s brother and another 15 years in prison for robbing both men.

Authorities believe Harris allegedly committed four murders in 1992. The murder spree was interrupted in August 1992 when Harris was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for an 1991 armed robbery. Harris was paroled from prison on Jan. 20, 1995. A month later he started raping and robbing women at gunpoint. Harris also was charged with killing two men in 1995.

Most of victims Harris allegedly murdered were older men. Harris robbed, raped and murdered to feed a drug habit, police said. In total Harris was charged with six murders, 13 armed robberies and six sexual assaults.

When he was charged, some Chicago police detectives noted Harris, who at the tiem of his arrest was 23, didn’t fit the usual mold of a serial killer, having been raised in a stable home with good parents.

David Wayne McCall (6) In 1996, an Irving woman who worked as a prostitute escaped from a man who was sexually assaulting her. With the help of witnesses, police arrested David McCall, who was convicted and sentenced to five years’ probation.

Evidence in that crime prompted police in Irving, Carrollton, Coppell and Dallas to home in on McCall as a suspect in the unsolved slayings of six women between 1991 and 1996, Irving police Sgt. Tim Kelly said.

According to Kelly authorities have uncovered physical evidence linking the slayings and believe that McCall will be linked through DNA to the deaths.

A Dallas judge ruled yesterday that there is probable cause for McCall to stand trial in the Aug. 13, 1995, slaying of 39- year-old Catherine Casler of Coppell, who was stabbed multiple times while on an early- morning jog. The case is scheduled to go to a Dallas County grand jury, Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Bill Wirskye said.

Kelly described McCall, 35, as an intelligent man who traveled as much as 270 miles a day across North Texas installing siding for a major retailer. Kelly said that Irving police are investigating whether McCall could be tied to other unsolved homicides and sexual assaults. “He’s a pretty intelligent guy, but science may very well be what gets him,” Kelly said.

McCall has been convicted of a variety of serious crimes: the sexual assault of a young female jogger on an Indiana college campus when he was 15; the 1989 attempted kidnapping of a female jogger in Coppell; and the Irving sexual assault, in which a knife was used, Kelly and other officials said.

The pocketknife used in the assault appears to be the same type used in the Coppell slaying, according to the arrest warrant in the Coppell case. McCall told detectives that on the day of the slaying, he was on a cocaine binge and went to Coppell to get money for drugs from his wife, who worked at a convenience store there.

“He’s very cocky, but he also seems like he’s ready to tell you upfront that he doesn’t recall or remember what he was doing because he was in a drug daze,” Kelly said. “That leaves him an out.”

The body of Casler, a nurse, was found in a lot on MacArthur Boulevard in Coppell, several blocks from the Sparrow Lane house she shared with her husband, Raymond Casler.

Carrollton police have identified Mr. McCall as a suspect in the slaying of LaCresia Tisdale, 22, in January 1991.

He’s also suspected in the deaths of Lacheke A. Grandberry, Alysia Ann Beasley and Ida Gee, all found dead in Dallas between October 1995 and January 1996. Staci Terrell, 25, was found shot to death near Wyche Park in Irving in November 1995.

Though Mrs. Casler was a suburban housewife, the women slain in the five other unsolved cases were prostitutes with drug problems, police said. Three were shot, one was strangled and the other was stabbed.

Debbie Fornuto (6) Amid a long history of bungling by bureaucrats, authorities have begun building a case against Debbie Fornuto whose six babies were all allegedly cot-death victims. Death certificates for all the children, none of whom lived longer than two years, have now been changed by Cook County’s current medical examiner, altering the cause of death from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to “undetermined”. Prosecutors, not mincing words, believe “that all of the deaths were caused by suffocation, and the manner of death is homicide”.

Authorities were slow to question any connection between the deaths because Debbie’s children were born under different names, or to different men, or in different towns, between 1972 and 1987. Suspicions over the deaths were first raised in 1980, after the fourth baby died. Harry Gedzius, whose brother Delos was then married to Debbie, reported to the medical examiner that her three previous babies had all died mysteriously and was assured that the matter would be investigated.

Debbie’s first baby, Denise Marie, born in 1972 when her mother was an unmarried schoolgirl, died six weeks after birth. Over the next four years two more of her babies died. In 1980 — while married to Delos — her son Jason died six days after his first birthday. Delos Jr, her fifth child, lived to the ripe age of two but died in 1984. Three years later, baby Danny died 10 weeks after being born.

Daniel Blank (6) Authorities in Polk County, Texas, arrested 35-year-old Daniel Blank on November 14 for six slayings over the past two years in southeast Louisiana. Sheriff Jeff Wiley of Ascension Parish, La., said Blank confessed on videotape to stabbing, bludgeoning or shooting six people — bosses, neighbors, and customers — to pay for his gambling habit.

Most attacks were on older victims who lived mostly in upscale neighborhoods and homes. He says some of the victims were targets because they had safes in their homes. Folks in the piney woods town of Onalaska, Texas, say Blank told them he’d moved there last summer to get himself, his wife and their four kids away from crime. A search of Blank’s house trailer turned up a machete with traces of blood and human hair on it. According to an ex-employer, “he wanted to have things he never could afford” and at times seemed to have a lot of cash. “He was an excellent mechanic, though, an excellent transmission man.”

Blank, one of eight children, grew up in Paulina, in rural St. James Parish. He was sent to a reform school when he was young. Audrey Louque, a sister who lives in Gramercy, said the arrest stunned family members. “He was always quiet,” she said. “He never got into trouble since he was in reform school.” Next-door neighbors Penny and Mike Darling said the Blanks never tried to make friends or invite the Darlings’ children to play with theirs. “After a while, I figured they only wanted to be friends with elderly people. Those are the only people they were real nice to.”

On July 23, 1998 prosecutors have dropped two counts of first-degree murder against the ex-girlfriend of alleged serial killer, Daniel Blank. Police arrested Cynthia Bellard days after arresting Blank on five different murder charges in the river parishes. In exchange for having the charges dropped Bellard has agreed to testify about Blank’s seven-month killing spree.

On April 11, 2000, a Lousiana District Court convicted Daniel Blank of first-degree murder for the second time and proscribed him a second death penalty. Authorities have charged Blank of killing six River Parishes residents during break-ins. Blank, 37, was convicted September of last year of killing Gonzales resident Lillian Philippe, 71, and sentenced to death by lethal injection. He has yet to stand trial for the murders of Victor Rossi, 41, of St. Amant; Barbara Bourgeois, 58, of Paulina; and Sam and Louella Arcuri, 76 and 69, of LaPlace.

In this his latest trial Blank was convicted of first-degree murder in the May 1997 death of Joan Brock, 55. Jurors saw Blank confess on videotape to stabbing Brock with a butcher knife and stealing her family safe. Defense lawyers argued that Blank, who blamed his crimes on his gambling addiction, was coerced into confessing.

Milton Rhea, an Alexandria counseling psychologist, testified that Blank had a low IQ and an abnormal personality. Rhea also said that Blank suffers from a schizo-affective paranoia disorder, which makes him feel incredibly inadequate and anxiety-ridden at all times. As a child, Blank was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike. Not surprisingly he is believed to suffer from some sort of brain injury.

Ronald Goebel, a neuropsychologist from Shreveport, said that the injury did not affect Blank’s brain function. Goebel said Blank had a mild brain dysfunction that caused a learning disability, which, in turn, caused Blank to be frustrated and angry. “While a learning disability may be very frustrating, even little boys with learning disabilities can grow up to be productive citizens,” Goebel added. “I don’t think criminal behavior should be excused.”

Ferdinand Gamper (6) On February, 1996, the sleepy spa town of Merano in northern Italy was dubbed “the city of fear” by the Italian press after four murders over a three week period. “We are all living in fear,” said Franz Alber, the Mayor, “we are dealing with a psychopath.” All victims were shot in the head with a .22-calibre pistol.

The killings began on February 8, when a German Bundesbank official, Hans Otto Detmering, and his companion, a local woman teacher, were shot dead in a central street. There was speculation at the time that the “Bundesbank murder” was connected with an international banking scandal or a tangled love affair. But it was followed a week later by the murder of a 58-year-old farm laborer on the outskirts of town. He too was shot in the head at close range.

On March 1, 1996, authorities identified the killer as Ferdinand Gamper, a local shepherd. After a fifth body was found in a hut near his house, police stormed his farm two miles from the town. There Ferdinand held two elderly women hostage whom he freed once the cops tear gassed the farm house. The deadly shepherd scribbled “You were too late” on a piece of paper and shot himself . During the assault one policemen died.

Hubert Geralds Jr. (6) Hubert was arrested in the summer of 1995 and charged with killing six prostitutes and drug addicts in Chicago’s South Side. The string of murders began in December 1994 and continued through mid-June 1995, when Geralds was arrested after his sister turned him in. The sister had found one victim’s decomposed body in a trash can near her home. He confessed to the killings, but claimed they were the results of disputes over drugs.

On November 13,1997 — the day of his 33rd birthday — Geralds was convicted of first-degree murder by a Chicago jury after 12 hours of deliberation. Prosecutors said Hubert was “an ugly, violent force” and defense lawyers said he had a mental age of 8. His lawyers argued that Geralds, who nodded off through much of the two-week trial, had a low IQ and suffered a childhood of savage abuse at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend. But Dr. Albert Stipes, a psychiatrist for the prosecution, testified that Geralds was a “malingerer” who has faked mental illness and “played dumb” to avoid punishment.

Rory E. Conde (6) This maniac was known as the Tamiami Strangler until June 26, 1995, when he was caught by Metro-Dade police in the Miami area. Rory Conde, a Colombian native, felt so bad about his nasty habit that he scribbled on the back of his third victim a message asking police to catch him. His victims were five crack-addicted prostitutes and a transvestite hooker that looked very much like a woman. The first victim was killed September 17, 1994 and the last one on January 12, 1995.

Police got its big break in the investigation on June 19, when a prostitute was able to escape from Conde’s apartment after he had bound, beaten and sexually assaulted her. DNA evidence was used to match him to five of the killings. After a manhunt costing Dade County more than one million dollars, authorities believe they have finally bagged their man.

David Leonard Wood (6) Known as the “Desert Killer”. In 1992 he was convicted of killing six women and burying them in the desert Northeast of El Paso, Texas. He now resides in Death Row.

David Berkowitz (6) Known as the Son of Sam. Another adopted serial killer in the Archives. Between June 1976 and August 1977 he terrified lovers on the streets of New York with eight shootings that left six dead. This former postal worker killed six and wounded seven after a 6,000-year-old spirit invaded his neighbor’s Labrador and commanded him to do the evil. He sent numerous letters to Jimmy Breslin of the New York Daily News and the NYPD exulting his exploits. The plump killer got his moniker from a note he left at the scene of one shooting which read: “I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam.” Berkowitz was sentenced to six consecutive 25 years-to-life terms at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg.

While in prison Dave was assaulted and had his throat slit. He survived, but now has a fifty-six stitch necklace tattoed to his throat. Some believe that Dave was actually the fall guy and that his crimes were committed by a Satanic Sect that included his neighbor Sam and his two sons. In 1987 he converted to Christianity. In prison the chubby killer is working for 21 cents an hour as a clerk/typist for Chaplain Services. Ever the media whore, in 1997 the born-again slayer — who has written a series of religious pamphlets that he distributes to other inmates — sent a letter to the New York Daily News stating: “The police and the news media used to call me ‘The Son of Sam,’ but God has given me a new name, ‘the Son of Hope,’ because now my life is about hope. … I am no longer the son of the Devil.”

Richard Trenton Chase (6) This maniac became known as the “Vampire Killer of Sacramento” after a four day blood binge in January, 1978, in which he claimed six lives. Previously he had tried to inject rabbit’s blood into his veins. When he was institutionalized he exhibited such strange behavior that the hospital staff nicknamed him “Dracula”. He complained that someone had stolen his pulmonary artery and that his head kept changing shape. By 1977 it seemed that his delirium had been kept in check by his medication and he was released from the hospital to make room for more seriously ill patients. Apparently Rich then decided to stop taking his medication. He started thinking that his blood was turning into powder and a Nazi crime syndicate that had been haunting him since high school was paying his mother money to poison him. So he did what any other red-blooded American would do under such duress. He became a vampire.

A typically “disorganized” killer, Chase picked his victims randomly and left as much evidence as he could around his home and the crime scenes. He drained his victim’s blood, blended it with body organs and drank it. It was the only way to stop his own blood from turning into powder, or so the voices in his head said. He also took some body parts home to munch on later.

Chase was arrested a few days after his 4-day bloody swan song through Sacramento. Authorities brought in FBI superstar and acclaimed author Robert Ressler to help find the killer. After his arrest Richie raved about UFO’s and other imagined stalkers that were after him. He died of an overdose of antidepressants in his cell in Vacaville just after Chrismas in 1980.

Cleophus Prince Jr. (6) A former Navy machinist, Cleophus terrorized San Diego, California, stabbing six women to death and provoking the largest police manhunt in the city’s history. His crime spree spanned from 1990 to his capture in 1991 and included numerous burglaries, one rape and six murders. Unlike most serial killers, Cleophus killed women outside his race. He was linked to several of the deaths by DNA evidence and jewelry in his possession that belonged to his victims. He also gave his girlfriend a rare opal ring for Christmas that belonged to his second victim.

FBI experts were called in by the prosecution to find a common thread in all the killings. The signature that connected all slayings was circles of blood smeared on all the victim’s breasts. Some of the victims were stabbed up to fifty times. Prince bragged to a friend about “doing a mother and her daughter,” (his last two victims) and took to wearing the mother’s wedding ring on a chain around his neck. Usually Prince stalked and followed the unlucky women to their homes. There he would break in, take a knife from the kitchen and attack the women. In 1993 a jury found Cleophus guilty of six counts of first-degree murder, 20 counts of burglary and one count of rape.

Gene Rasberry (6) In 1968 Gene Raspberry was convicted in Kansas City, Mo. for killing six people.

John Haigh (6) Johnny began his criminal career as a swindler in England during WW2. He enjoyed inviting his victims to his so-called laboratory where he killed them and drank their blood. Then, he dropped them in a tank full of acid to dissolve their bodies. He often robbed their money and/or valuables. He was hanged in 1949.

David Selepe (6+/-) In December, 1994, South African police arrested David Selepe and charged him with the murders of 11 black women who were found in a mine dump in Cleveland. Selepe was subsequently killed on December 17, 1994, while “pointing out” the murder scene of one of his alleged victims. At Selepe’s inquest, police alleged he had attacked one of the detectives with a stick before he was shot. The inquest found that no one could be held criminally responsible.

At the time of his death police claimed Selepe had been “positively linked” to six of the “Cleveland Strangler” victims. For all given purposes one could assume Selepe indeed was the mysterious slayer. However, now that Moses Sithole has emerged as South Africa’s Serial Killer King, he has now been linked to four of the six victims previously linked to Selepe. David’s widow, Linda Selepe is considering suing the government for the death of her husband. “They killed the truth when they killed my husband. Had they brought him to court then, the South African public would have known the truth that David was not a killer.”

Edson Isidora Guimaraes (5+) For two years, officials at Rio’s Salgado Filho Hospital could not understand the high death rate in the hospital’s emergency intensive-care unit. The patients–many victims of grave accidents, cancer, strokes or heart disease–never had a particularly bright outlook. Still, the public hospital had invested in high-tech equipment, in new procedures and training, and the death rate had stubbornly refused to fall. That is, until they discovered the cause of the discrepancy: longtime nurse’s aide Edson Guimaraes, a purported serial killer.

Guimaraes, 42, initially confessed to five murders, saying he had ended the patients’ lives to ease their suffering. He also admitted to racing to notify the city’s highly competitive funeral homes of the deaths, in hopes of earning a $60 tip if he was the first to report the death and the family signed a contract with the funeral home.

“He’s no Dr. Kevorkian,” said Flavio Silveira, the administrator of Salgado Filho, one of Rio’s largest public hospitals. “This guy said he wanted to abbreviate suffering and also make some money on the side, because everybody gets some money on the side.” Guimaraes’ victims were mostly unconscious or comatose patients, whom he killed by lethal injection or by removing oxygen masks, prosecutors charge.

In late April a cleaning lady first spotted the gray-haired aide drawing a syringe of deadly potassium chloride from the supply room, slipping it into his pocket and then strolling into the intensive-care unit, doctors and prosecutors say. While Guimaraes made his rounds, the woman reported, he quietly pressed the needle into the IV drip bag of one of the unit’s half-dozen patients and hit the plunger. Moments later the patient was dead. Alerted, administrators as a test transferred Guimaraes to an outpatient unit on his next shift. The death rate in intensive care fell to zero. When Guimaraes returned three days later, on May 4, four patients died, even as police waited in a nearby office to make an arrest.

A check of hospital records since has revealed that the unit’s death rate doubled during Guimaraes’ 12-hour shifts, from an average of just under two deaths to four or more. Between 1 January and 4 May, 131 of 225 deaths in the hospital’s emergency ward occurred while Mr Guimaraes was on dutyAfter Guimaraes’ arrest and confession, his lawyer appeared to be preparing an insanity defense. In a recent court deposition, however, Guimaraes, who has hired a new lawyer, changed his story. He said he confessed only because he was threatened by police.

Asked by reporters at a press conference if he had poisoned patients, Guimaraes said: “Some patients, yes.” Asked if he had taken away patients’ oxygen masks, he said: “The oxygen mask was taken away, yes. There were five patients that this happened to… I chose the patients I saw suffering, generally patients with AIDS, patients who were almost terminal. I am calm because the patients were in a coma and had no way of recovering.”

Marion Albert Pruett (5+) On April 13, 1999, Marion Albert Pruett,49, was executed in Arkansas for the 1981 slaying of a convenience store clerk. Pruett, who murdered five people after entering the federal witness-protection program, asked God and his victims for forgiveness, then closed his eyes as he was injected. “I would also like to ask all the people that I ever hurt, and their family members, to forgive me for all the pain,” he said. “And I forgive everybody for what’s about to happen to me.”

Pruett was sent to death row for the October 1981 killing of an Arkansas convenience store clerk — one of three people he killed that week. While serving time in Georgia for bank robbery, he testified against another inmate in the slaying of his cellmate and was released in 1979 and placed in the protection program. He later said he committed the murder.

Pruett killed three people in a weeklong streak of terror that led him to dub himself a “mad-dog killer.” Earlier in 1981, Pruett had killed his wife in New Mexico, and a Mississippi bank loan officer. He clobbered his wife,Pamela Sue Barker, with a ball peen hammer and set her body afire. Four days after killing the first convenience store clerk, Pruett killed two other store workers in Colorado.

He received life sentences for the four killings outside Arkansas, but got the death sentence for his conviction in the state. Pruett, who robbed the convenience stores before killing their clerks, said at his New Mexico trial that he was driven by a $4,000 a week cocaine habit.

A federal judge set aside Pruett’s Arkansas conviction in 1997, saying pretrial publicity prevented him from receiving a fair trial. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the conviction and death sentence in 1998, saying Pruett helped generate some of the publicity by implicating himself in various crimes and giving himself his “mad-dog” nickname.

Elfriede Blauensteiner (5+) On January 11, 1996, this 64-year-old Austrian widow confessed to killing five people. Although she later recanted her confession authorities believe she is responsible for more deaths in a killing spree spanning over a decade. Dubbed the “Black Widow” by the local press, Elfriede confessed to murdering her husband, two former lovers and two other men because “They deserved to die.” An obsessive gambler, authorities believe she killed them to fuel her expensive addiction.

Her first victim was the janitor of her apartment building who, in 1981, she “helped commit suicide” because he was abusing his wife and children. Next came her second husband, Rudolf Blauensteiner, who died in August 1992 after being in a mysterious coma for 10 days. Four months later, a wealthy woman who was Blauensteiner’s neighbour in Vienna died after being cared for by her. Coincidentally, she had just changed her will in favour of Frau Elle. In June 1995, a 65-year-old man whom she met through a newspaper personal add died after spending a year in her care.

One octogenarian “companion” died of cancer before she could intefere with his healthcare. Ever the resourceful criminal, Frau Elle falsified his will to pocket a $15,000 inheritance. Another would-be-victim who survived her care said that although he had fought in World War II and had been a prisoner of war in Russia for five years, he never felt worse than he did after eating a meal cooked by his loving Elfriede.

Mrs. Blauensteiner’s trial in Krems started on February 10, 1997. Because of a lack of physical evidence, Elle was only charged with the murder of Alois Pichler, a 77-year-old pensioner who died in November 1995, a few months after meeting Frau Elle through a newspaper add. Friedrich Kutschera, the state prosecutor, accused Blauensteiner of putting at least 70 doses of euglucon in his milk, a drug to lower his blood sugar.

The day before the widower’s death Frau Elle gave him 20 anti-depressant tablets, left him in a room with the windows open all night and then put him in a cold bath, causing his fatal heart attack. The prosecutor also accused Harald Schmidt, Blauensteiner’s former attorney, of helping her put the pensioner in the tub and of falsifying his will so that she could collect an $100,000 inheritance. Frau Elle is said to have learned about drugs to lower blood sugar when she treated a diabetic male friend who died in 1986.

On her first day in court, Elle appeared in a beige suit and clutching a little golden crucifix. “My hands are clean. I’ve nothing to hide,” she told the throng of reporters that crowded around the steps of the courthouse in Krems, a town 30 miles west of Vienna. Asked if she would plead guilty, she said: “I would never kill. I believe in my innocence.” Then, in a strange existential moment, she proclaimed: “Death is only the beginning of eternal life.”

Meanwhile Elfi has released her memoirs in the Austrian weekly “News”. In them she claims that she has done nothing evil, because she only wanted to help her husbands. Always the optimist, Elfriede still hopes to marry again once her legal troubles wash over.

Unfortunately for her, on March 7, 1997, she was found guilty of the first degree murder of Alois Pichlerand sentenced to life in prison. Schmidt — her former lawyer — got seven years for helping the frau with the crime and forging the victim’s will.

Paul Dennis Reid (5+) Arrested in June, 1997 after he tried to kidnap his former boss at a Shoney’s restaurant, Paul, a 39-year-old Texas parolee with a history of restaurant armed robberies, was charged with killing three people at a McDonald’s on March 23 and two employees at a nearby Captain D’s on Feb. 16. As well as the five murders in the two Nashville fast-food emporiums, Reid, an aspiring country singer, is under investigation in connection with 14 similar slayings; the 1993 massacre of seven workers at Brown’s Chicken & Pasta restaurant in Palatine, Illinois; the January, 1997, slaying of a Shoney’s night manager in Nashville; and the April kidnap-slaying of two Baskin-Robbins ice cream workers in Clarksville.

A footprint from the Palatine case shows the killer wore a size 12 1/2-14 shoe. Reid wears a 12 1/2. Police also said their suspect was between 6 feet and 6-foot-6. Reid is 6-foot-3. The workers there were herded into a cooler and shot in the head at point-blank range. The workers at McDonald’s and Captain D’s were taken to the back of the restaurant and shot in the head. Reid was fired from his job as a cook at a Shoney’s restaurant on Feb. 15. The next day, a Captain D’s manager and co-worker were found shot to death in an apparent robbery. Captain D’s is a fast-food fish chain owned by Shoney’s and located a few miles from the restaurant where Reid worked.

In court Jose Antonio Ramirez Gonzalez , the lone survivor of a bloody massacre at the McDonald’s, testified that he was repeatedly stabbed by his attacker after the gun used to kill his three co-workers didn’t go off. Jose Antonio said the assailant, who he identified as Reid, pointed the gun at his head and fired “but nothing came out. He fired and I heard the click.” Reid wiped tears from his eyes during several times during the testimony, often shaking his head in apparent disbelief.

In June 26, 1997, Reid was charged with kidnap-slaying of — Michelle Mace, 16, and Angela Holmes, 21 — two Baskin-Robbins ice cream workers. However, he was ruled him out in the 1993 massacre of seven workers at Brown’s Chicken & Pasta restaurant because he had an alibi.

On September 22, 1999, a jury in Clarksville, Tennessee, sentenced Reid to death for the murder of the two ice cream shop employees. Reid, who is already facing execution for killing two fast-food workers in Nashville, showed no emotion when the decision was read. He now faces a third trial in November on charges he killed three workers at a Nashville McDonald’s in March 1997. Reid’s attorneys, claiming his client suffered brain damage as a child, argued he should be spared execution because of his “broken brain.” Prosecutors said he should die because of the cruelty of the murders and his past crimes.

Marc Dutroux (5+) On August 13, 1996, Marc Dutroux, a 39-year-old pederast and unemployed electrician, was arrested after he “delivered” to authorities two near-starved girls, who where held captive in a concrete dungeon hidden underneath his home in the Belgian village of Sars-la-Buissiäre.

Police stumbled on Dutroux’s trail when a passer-by noted the number of his van as he snatched Laetitia Delheze, a 14-year-old girl, as she walked back from a swimming pool on August 9. The number was traced back to Dutroux and his home near Charleroi where they found Laetitia and Sabine Dardeene, 12, who had been missing for about three months. Both girls were drugged and sexually abused.

Four days later the police discovered the remains of two eight-year-old girls — Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo — buried in the back yard of his house. The two girls died of starvation when Dutroux was arrested and incarcerated for an unrelated violation. According to Dutroux, Bernard Weinstein, an associate who was also found buried under the tile patio garden, failed to feed the trapped girl.

Upon his release, Dutroux — not the reasoning type — killed Weinstein in a fit of anger after he found the girls dead. Later Dutroux’s, Michele Martin, told police that she was supposed to feed and look after the girls while her husband was in prison, but was too terrified to enter their cell.

And so one of the most horrifying episodes in Belgian history unfolded with gruesome regularity. By September 3rd two more bodies — An Marchal, 17, and Eefje Lambreks, 19, who were abducted in 1995 while on holiday in Ostend — were discovered in his home in Jumet, one of six properties owned by the unemployed electrician. For the rest of 1996 Dutroux, an exceptionally cold and calculating control-freak, confessed to six more murders and manipulated authorities into digging up half of Belgium — and even borrowing a ground radar from Scotland Yard that was used to search for bodies in Fred and Rosemary West’s infamous “House of Horrors” –in a vain attempt at unearthing more bodies.

As the horror-show continued, Dutroux emerged as the kingpin of an international child-prostitution ring that he ran with his wife and five associates from six houses around the Charleroi region in Southern Belgium. Two police officers have been charged with helping Dutroux and his accomplices in their car-theft and drug-pushing rings. The Interpol has been investigating the activities of the paedophile ring in connection to disappearances in neighboring European nations.

Waves of deep outraged swept through the Belgium when leaked police documents were published showing that the police had been receiving tip-offs from an informer since 1993, warning that Dutroux was “building cells” to hold kidnapped children. In 1996 the police made two visits to the house where the two girls were held captive and said they believed Dutroux when he said the voices they heard were those of his own children.

Adding insult to civic injury, the Belgian Government launched an inquiry into the failure of authorities to act on complaints about the activities of “Short-eyes” Dutroux, who was released from jail in 1992 after serving three years of a 13-year sentence for raping and abducting five girls. Even King Albert II of Belgium entered the controversy, expressing his shock over the shortcomings of the national judicial system that freed such a dangerous individual.

The horrors of Dutroux’s unchecked criminality have devastated Belgium’s socio-political framework. Many civic and political figures have been linked with the pederast’s child-pornography, drug-dealing and car-theft rings. Authorities have been accused of bungling and interfering with the case. Some suspect that the wily paedophile enjoyed high-level protection by procuring young children to high ranking public officials. The very foundations of this placid European nation have been cracked by this unfolding and far reaching scandal.

Most Belgians believe that Dutroux escaped arrest for so long because he had links with police and magistrates in a nationwide child sex and petty crime ring. On one occasion, while he was holding two eight-year-olds in a cell under his house, police officers searching for missing girls heard children whimpering nearby. Despite knowing that Dutroux was a convicted pedophile they accepted his explanation that they were his own children.

To date five bodies have been uncovered — four young girls and a man — and Dutroux is suspected of 12 other deaths, including a young girl who disappeared in Slovenia. On February 2, 1997 Dutroux was charged with the murder of the two teenagers who where found in his property in Jumet.

Lawrence Bittaker & Roy Norris (5+) While in prison Lawrence and Roy decided that when they got out it would be cool to kill a bunch of teen-age girls of different ages and record it on tape and film. By 1978 they started implementing the plan. They lured young girls inside their van dubbed the “Murder Mack” and brutally raped and killed them. On November 20, 1979 they were arrested for an assault in Hermosa Beach. While in custody Norris cracked and started babbling insanely about murder. In the “Murder Mack” the police found a tape recording of the final moments of one of their victims, Jaqueline Lamp, as well as pictures of five hundred smiling girls. Police identified nineteen missing girls in their stack of photos and believe that the two ex cons could be responsible for the murder of thirty or forty women. However, they were only convicted of five killings.

Danny Harold Rolling (5+) Known as the “Gainesville Ripper,” this monster terrorized the Gainesville, Florida, community for a short time in August, 1990, with the mutilation-slayings of one male and four female college students. The victims — Sonja Larson, 18, Christina Powell, 17, Christa Hoyt, 19, Tracy Paules, 23 and Manuel Taboada, 23 — were all brutally mutilated. One was decapitated. Evidence links Danny to a similar triple murder of a family in Shreveport, Louisiana, committed in November, 1989. He now awaits execution on Florida’s Death Row and has written his autobiography, “The Making of a Serial Killer”, with his friend and lover, Sondra London, a former girlfriend of the late serial killer, Gerard John Schaefer. In keeping with the times Danny, like Charles Manson, is maintaning his own web site featuring his writings and art works.

George Putt (5+) Physically and emotionally abused as a child, this Memphis, Tennessee, predator was socially and psychologically handicapped from the get go. His father was a drifter and a drunk who enjoyed beating his seven children with regularity. Before he was eighteen George had already been arrested several times for acts of violence against women and other assorted crimes. During a football game in reform school George was kicked on the head and knocked out for several minutes and may have sustained permanent brain damage.

After his accident poor George started sleepwalking with his eyes open and alternately having blackouts and violent seizures. He continued demonstrating his “sociopathic personality” throughout the sixties. Psychological testing revealed a “morbid preoccupation with blood and gore” as he continued with his career as a violent criminal.

By 1967 he married a Mississippi woman from whom he demanded sexual gratification six to eight time a day. A charming and tactful fellow, in 1969 he tried to rape his own mother-in-law on three different occasions. Shortly after the third attempted rape, authorities believed George committed his first murder. By March of 1969 George’s deadly habits were in full swing. He began his killing spree by brutally murdering a couple. He tied the woman to the bed, raped her and mutilated her vagina and anus with a pair of surgical scissors.

A week and a half later he clobbered to death an 80-year-old widow and mutilated her genitalia with a butcher knife. Four days later a third woman was bound and stabbed fourteen times. He attacked his fifth victim in her home on September 11. Neighbors heard her screams and called the police. After a wild chase through the streets of Memphis Georgie-Boy was caught smeared in the blood of his last victim. He was found guilty of all his crimes and given the death penalty. When the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty, George was handed a 497-year sentence. Always the good sport, George chuckled when the judge read him the sentence.

Robert Zarinsky (2-6+) On August 19, 1999, Judith Sapsa implicated her brother Robert Zarinsky and her cousin, Theodore Schiffer, in the 1958 killing of Rahway Police Officer Charles Bernoskie. Sapsa came forth after Zarinsky accused her husband, Peter, of stealing more than 100-thousand dollars from an inheritance Zarinsky’s mother had left him.

Zarinsky was convicted in 1975 of murdering the 17-year-old Atlantic Highlands girl. After Zarinsky’s sister, Judith Sapsa, implicated her brother and their cousin in the cop killing, authorities in Monmouth, Union and Middlesex counties began this week focusing on Zarinsky as a possible suspect in four long-unsolved murders.

Zarinsky had been a suspect all along in the deaths of three teenage girls besides Calandriello, but was never charged in the other cases. “Let me tell you something. Back then, when we prosecuted him, we were convinced beyond a doubt that he was a serial killer,” John T. Mullaney, the former assistant prosecutor in Monmouth County who tried Zarinsky in the Calandriello case. “We knew he had killed Rosemary. We also knew he had killed the two from Woodbridge, though I couldn’t prove it,” he said.

The bodies of Doreen Carlucci, 14, and Joanne Delardo, 15,who lived in the Colonia section of Woodbridge, were found in Monmouth County, beaten and strangled with an electrical cord.

“I also knew he killed Linda Balabanow, though they wouldn’t try it,” Mullaney said, referring to a Union Township teen whose body was found floating in the Raritan River in Middlesex County.

Middlesex County authorities didn’t think they had enough evidence to bring Zarinsky to trial for Balabanow’s murder, but Monmouth County authorities were willing to gamble.

“I stuck my head out. I just thought, there were just too many dead young females, too many bodies,” Mullaney added. “There are people alive today that wouldn’t be alive if he was still on the street.”

Investigators with drills and saws tore apart a “haunted house” in Linden,New Jersey, looking for evidence that might link Zarinsky to the unsolved slayings of at least at least four more teenage girls. Officials from eight law enforcement agencies, including the State Police and FBI, were hoping to find personal belongings that Robert Zarinsky, 59, might have taken from his victims and stashed in the house he inherited from his mother.

Judith Sapsa, his sister, startled authorities in recent weeks by talking about her brother’s role in Bernoskie’s slaying as well as in the disappearance of “five to 10″ girls. Sapsa, described to police her childhood home under the “hypnotic” domination by her sadistic brother Robert who repeatedly beat her, debased their father, and tortured animals.

Judith came forward after her husband, Peter, was charged in June with stealing $110,500 from a mutual fund that Zarinsky inherited when their mother died in 1995. Zarinsky, now at Northern State Prison in Newark, unwittingly inspired the new investigations by reporting the missing money.

According to police the Sapsas took the money because of mounting medical bills. Peter Sapsa worked in supermarkets and is now on disability awaiting a heart transplant. Judith Sapsa, who is recovering from cancer, never worked outside the home.

In trouble since age 14 and periodically under psychiatric care, Zarinsky was arrested at age 21 for desecrating a cemetery and setting lumberyard fires. He was a self-styled Nazi who commanded two or three like-minded friends, but imagined he led an entire army.

Interrupting a robbery at a car dealership, Rahway Patrolman Bernoskie was gunned down in 1958, when Zarinsky was a teenager. No one was arrested at the time. Last week though, Zarinsky’s cousin, Schiffer, was arrested in the officer’s death, and Zarinsky was named as a second suspect.

Robert Zarinsky’s history of violence and delusions of power began as a teenager, and at 14, he was admitted to Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

Zarinsky, who turns 59 next month, is in prison for the 1969 murder of a 17-year-old Atlantic Highlands girl. He has been implicated by his sister in the 1958 slaying of a Rahway police officer, when he was 18, and is a suspect in the murders of at least four teenage girls in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

The night that officer Bernoskie was gunned down, the policeman was able to get off several rounds, injuring Zarinsky. But Zarinsky’s mother, Veronica, tended to his wounds at home and swore the family to silence.

When he was 21 and charged with the desecration of 1,500 headstones at the Rosedale-Linden Cemetery and setting five lumberyards on fire, he maintained he was insane and did not know right from wrong.

When he was 34 and brought in for a lineup in the murder of Rosemary Calandriello, guards were told not to let him alter his facial hair. He had long sideburns in a mutton chop style and a goatee. But when the guards were not looking, he got a hold of some hair-removal cream.

During Zarinsky’s trial in 1975 for the murder of Calandriello, his wife, Lynn Zarinsky, took the stand in her husband’s defense and told the jury that a pair of blue bikini panties taken from Zarinsky’s car belonged to her. She also told them that she was with her husband the night of Aug. 25, 1969, when Calandriello disappeared.

Veronica doted on her son, even though he once beat Judith so badly she was out of school for two or three weeks, Weiner said. “Don’t hit her in the face,” was the mother’s advice to her son, the lawyer said Mrs. Sapsa told him.

Demonstrating classic serial killer behavior Zarinsky, as a teenager, formed a gang, “The Panthers,” and gleefully committed arson. His sister remembers his pleasure ripping the wings off a bird, or chopping the head off a bird.

Zarinsky abused his father, Julius, who ran a grocery, by pushing tomatoes into his face. When the son finished high school, he took the shop’s proceeds and put his father on a $5 weekly salary. Mrs. Sapsa was about 15 in 1958 when her brother and cousin, both wounded, were brought to their Linden home by an aunt after the shootout with Officer Bernoskie, who had found the young men robbing a car dealership, Weiner said. She recalls her brother saying, “‘He pissed me off, that’s why I shot him,’ because (Bernoskie) shot his cousin.”

The young girl said she watched as her mother used tongue depressors and tweezers to extract bullets from her brother and cousin, who were spirited to the Poconos in Pennsylvania to recover. When Julius Zarinsky read in the newspaper the next day that the officer was dead, he vomited. The family never spoke about the shooting.

Julius Zarinsky was Jewish, and Veronica was not. However Robert was convicted at age 22 of desecrating hundreds of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Linden.

Dr. Robert Weitzel (5) On September, 1999, Dr. Weitzel was arrested in Bay City, Texas, about 75 miles southwest of Houston. The Salt City doctor was accused of killing five elderly patients by prescribing lethal doses of morphine and other drugs between December 30, 1995, and January 14, 1996. All five died under his care when he was director of a geriatric-psychiatric unit run by Houston-based Horizons Mental Health Management Inc. at the Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton.

The first-degree felony murder charges allege that Weitzel killed 91-year-old Ellen B. Anderson of Brigham City, 93-year-old Judith V. Larsen of Salt Lake City, 72-year-old Mary R. Crane of Salt Lake City, 90-year-old Lydia M. Smith of Centerville and 83-year-old Ennis Alldredge of Oak City. Each charge carries a sentence of five years to life. The bodies of Larsen, Crane and Alldredge were exhumed earlier this summer and autopsies performed by the state medical examiner. Weitzel has also been charged with 22 counts of fraudulently obtaining prescription pain killers. A federal indictment alleges that Dr. Robert Allan Weitzel wrote numerous prescriptions for morphine and Demerol to a handful of people but kept the drugs.

On July, 2000, Dr. Weitzel, who was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, was convicted last July of two counts of manslaughter and three counts of negligent homicide and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. On January 10, 2001, after appealing his case, the Salt Lake City psychiatrist was granted a new trial. Second District Judge Thomas L. Kay ruled that prosecutors should have disclosed pre-trial statements from a pain-management expert that could have aided the case of Dr. Robert Allen Weitzel. Kay ruled that prosecutors had a legal and ethical duty to disclose the testimony of Dr. Perry Fine to defense attorneys, and their failure to do so warranted a new trial.

“It is clear that the likelihood of a different result is sufficiently high so as to undermine the confidence in the outcome of the trial,” Kay wrote. “We’re very, very pleased (with the ruling) and I’m very pleased for Dr. Weitzel,” said Weitzel’s attorney, Peter Stirba.

Davis County Attorney Mel Wilson said his office was disappointed with the judge’s decision. He said prosecutors dropped Fine, an end-of-life care and pain-management specialist, from their witness list because they did not plan to focus on end-of-life care. Fine had been hired by Davis County prosecutors to evaluate the medical records of the five patients. After reviewing the records, Fine reportedly told two assistant Utah attorney generals that he didn’t support a criminal case against Weitzel.

He said the five patients were terminally ill and could have been in pain. Those issues were heavily contested during Weitzel’s six-week murder trial. But Kay ruled in December that those statements should have been turned over to the doctor’s defense team. His ruling Tuesday went one step further, determining the failure to do so could have affected the outcome of the trial.

Daniel Conahan Jr. (5) Suspected serial killer Daniel Conahan is believed to be responsible for five homosexual torture murders in Central Florida. Charged with the murder of Richard Montgomery, Conahan told a Florida jury he had never met the victim. But Robert Whittaker, Montgomery’s former roommate in Punta Gorda, testified that Conahan came looking for Montgomery about two months before the 21-year-old’s body was discovered in the woods.

Montgomery’s brother-in-law said he saw Montgomery walking toward Cox Lumber April 16, 1996 — the day he disappeared and a day before his body was found in the woods of northern Charlotte County. Prosecutors say that same day, Conahan bought rope, cutting pliers, a razor-sharp knife and Polaroid film at a Punta Gorda Wal-Mart. Then he picked Montgomery up by the lumber yard and took him for a drive. Conahan allegedly offered to pay him about $100 to engage in a nude photo shoot that included progressive bondage. Once in the woods of northern Charlotte County, they said, Conahan tied Montgomery to a tree, raped and strangled him.Though Conahan had agreed to pay Montgomery $100 for the photo shoot, but Lee said Conahan only withdrew $40 from an ATM that afternoon.

The next day, two Charlotte County workers, taking a break from inspecting roads, went off looking for good spots to hunt hogs and found a human skull. Detectives cordoned off the area looking for the rest of the remains, later identified as Kenneth Lee Smith. Nearby, they found a carpet with a body hidden under it. It was Montgomery’s day-old corpse. Rope grooves were found on a nearby tree. Conahan is on trial only for Montgomery’s death, but he is a suspect in Smith’s murder and the murders of at least three other men whose remains have been discovered since 1994 in the woods of Florida’s Charlotte County and North Port.

Charlotte County Medical Examiner R.H. Imami testified that Montgomery was strangled to death and that he had ligature marks on his body. However, Imami said the ligature marks on the body appeared to have been inflicted after death. Conahan’s attorneys say whoever killed Montgomery tied him up after his death. Prosecutors say Conahan, an unemployed nurse, cut off Montgomery’s genitals because he knew if he left them, authorities would trace his DNA to the body through saliva.

Investigators said Conahan, an unemployed nurse at the time of his arrest, had a penchant for picking up drifters to take nude photographs and a proclivity for sexual violence. He allegedly offered transients money to take nude pictures in the woods near Fort Myers, then tied them to trees and killed them. All of the victims were male; most were found naked, with strangulation marks around their necks.

Less than three months after Montgomery¹s body was found, Conahan was arrested, but only on charges that he attempted to kill a Fort Myers drifter, Stanley Burden, two years earlier. Burden later identified Dan as Conahan. He testified that he realized the agreement he made with Conahan to pose nude with progressive bondage scenes was a mistake when the ropes tightened around his neck. Burden said he finally escaped after Conahan gave up trying to strangle him after about 30 minutes.

Conahan took the stand in his trial and admited that he solicited Burden for oral sex in 1994, but denied that he tried to strangle him. He also denied ever meeting Montgomery. “I have fantasized about bondage,” Conahan said. “But that is not my only fantasy.”

Conahan, who faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder, denies everything. His defense attorney, Mark Ahlbrand, claims a bad back made Conahan incapable of committing the crimes. Investigators said the murders started in February 1994. The last body was discovered April 17, 1996, in Charlotte County when a government employee found a severed human head and Montgomery’s body in the woods.

Conahan was discharged from the Navy at Great Lakes, Ill., in 1978, a year after he enlisted, under the threat of court martial for several counts of sodomy and physical assault. Prosecutors described Conahan as a gay, sex-driven killer who fantasized about raping, photographing and strangling young men. Defense attorneys argue that he¹s being falsely targeted for his openly gay lifestyle.

In his trial forensic scientists testified that fibers from Conahan’s car, his father’s car and his home were discovered at the murder scene in northern Charlotte County. A metallic blue paint chip ‹ identical in nature and color to a chip missing from his father’s Mercury Capri ‹ was found in Montgomery¹s pubic hair. Conahan showed little emotion throughout the trial, although he cried at one point last week when his ex-lover ‹ who has AIDS ‹ testified of the accused¹s bondage fantasy.

On August 18, 1999, the suspected torture killer was found guilty in the death of transient Richard Montgomery. Sentencing was scheduled for September 13.

Li Yuhui (5) On March 23, 1999, Li Yuhui, a Chinese geomancer was sentenced to death for poisoning five Hong Kong women and stealing $150,000, the official Xinhua news agency said. A court in the southern city of Shantou sentenced Li Yuhui to death and confiscated his property after finding him guilty of murdering three Hong Kong women and two teenage girls in July.

He was accused of selling them deadly cups of cyanide in Hong Kong, claiming it would add years to their lives. Li, a 47-year-old Shantou resident, was a self-styled master of feng shui, a traditional Chinese belief that fortunes are decided by stars and the elements. He pleaded not guilty to the charges early this month and insisted he had only acted as an assistant to a second feng shui master who performed the ritual.

Juan Chavez (5) On June 22, 1999, Juan Chavez, 35, was handed five consecutive life sentences for killing five gay men between 1986 and 1989.Strangely Chavez said he killed the men in an attempt to stop the spread of AIDS. The crusading killer agreed to the life sentence under a plea bargain that saved him from the death penalty.

Prosecutor Mike Duarte said Chavez allowed himself to be picked up at locations frequented by gay Hispanic men and used the promise of sex to lure the men to their homes. Then, he tied them up forced them to disclose their ATM access codes, strangled them with exercise ropes, neckties and electrical cords, and stole their vehicles. Prosecutors believe Chavez may have killed other gay men.

The killing spree began in July 1986 when 46-year-old Alfred Rowswell was found strangled in his Los Angeles apartment. Rowswell’s car was found later that year in Utah, but fingerprints on the windows initially proved inconclusive. Then in 1989, Chavez killed four men in two months: 57-year-old Ruben Panis, 48-year-old Donald Kleeman, 46-year-old Michael Allen Cates and 52-year-old Leo Hildebrand.

Los Angeles police detectives found a photo of a man using one of the victims’ ATM cards and circulated it at local gay bars. But without more evidence the cases went nowhere. Detectives got a lucky break in 1994, when they finally matched a fingerprint on Rowswell’s car to a prisoner in Washington state. The inmate said he got the car from Chavez. Detectives tracked down Chavez who was in prison for an unrelated 1996 kidnapping and obtained a confession from him.

Lorenzo Fayne (5) Confessed Illinois serial killer Lorenzo Fayne will be investigated for possible links to unsolved local homicides committed when he lived in Milwaukee. Lorenzo Fayne, 30, who is already serving a life sentence for the beating death of a 6-year-old boy in East St. Louis, Illinois, last week pleaded guilty to killing four girls in the East St. Louis area between 1992 and 1994.

In 1993 he also confessed to murdering four girls in East St. Louis and neighboring Centreville, Ill., but a recantation of that confession and legal maneuvering spared Fayne conviction in the girls’ deaths until now. In court, Fayne was convicted of fatally stabbing Latondra Dean, 14, in March 1992, strangling 9-year-old Fallon Flood in July 1992, stabbing Glenda Jones, 17, in June 1993, and stabbing Faith Davis, 17, in July 1994.

Upon learning that Fayne had finally been convicted of murdering the girls, Milwaukee Police Chief Arthur Jones said that he would ask his investigators if Fayne warrants another look. According to Illinois State Police, Fayne regularly traveled between Milwaukee and East St. Louis between 1989 and 1993. Fayne’s attorney said his client has never confessed to any other killings except the five to which he pleaded guilty.

Waneta Hoyt (5) Baby killer Waneta Hoyt, 52, died on August 13, 1998, of pancreatic cancer at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York state, where she was serving a sentence of 75 years to life for smothering her five children from 1965 to 1971,.

After a doctor diagnosed Mrs. Hoyt with pancreatic cancer last year, her lawyer attempted to get her released from prison while she appealed her convictions. But New York does not allow medical parole for anyone convicted of murder, first-degree manslaughter or certain sex offenses. The lethal mom was found guilty in April 1995 of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder for killing her children.

The children, who ranged in age from 48 days to 2 years, were initially thought to have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Mrs. Hoyt confessed in 1994 that she smothered her children to stop them from crying. She later recanted in court, saying state police tricked and coerced her into the admission.

Gary Evans (5) On August 14, 1998, suspected serial killer Gary Evans died when he kicked out the window of a police van and jumped — with his hands and feet shackled — into the Hudson River while on his way to a court appearance. Evans, 43, was being transported from Troy by U.S. Marshalls to a federal court appearance in Albany. Evans, a convicted antiques thief, was accused of killing five men, including three accomplices. Police said Evans had confessed to the murders and led them to three of the bodies this summer while he was jailed on unrelated theft charge.

Russell Keys (5) On July 23, 1998, Dominique Keys, a Phoenix woman was accused of killing her British husband, Russell Keys, after he allegedly claimed to have killed five women in England. Russell Keys and his wife, Dominique, were staying at a friend’s Phoenix home while he applied for U.S. citizenship. Keys allegedly detailed to his wife and friend, Paul Gilligan, how he killed five lovers and buried their bodies along British beaches. Keys claimed his victims included women from Portugal, France and Morocco.

In each case, Gilligan said Keys was rejected in attempts to marry the women and obtain new citizenship. He added that Keys took British police to a beach to show them the graves but led them to the wrong place. Tuesday morning, Gilligan said he heard three shots and then found the body of 41 year-old Russell Keys. Fifty-four-year-old Dominique Keys was arrested. Detectives say she claims to have shot Russell in self-defense as he tried to strangle her.

“The Foxglove Killers” (5) The operation, dubbed “Foxglove,” began in 1994 when police began investigating suspicious deaths of five elderly men found with the heart drug digitalis — a natural poison derived from the foxglove plant — in their bodies. All deaths were linked to a ring of young gypsie women who seduced and married the older men shortly before their deaths. The men were allegedly killed between 1984 and 1994 after being bilked out of more than $1 million in cash, property holding and investments. The eight suspects are believed to be part of the Tene-Bimbo clan in New York. The family’s notoriety grew after they were highlighted in a 1974 book by Peter Maas called “King of the Gypsies,” about three generations of New York Gypsies.

Department sources said investigators and prosecutors had debated for years whether they could ever convince a jury that any of the victims were actually murdered. The original investigators were pulled off the case and later accused of internal misconduct charges for allegedly violating police procedural guidelines. For several years, the Foxglove investigation was referred to as the “Case from Hell” by those who were close to it.

While traces of digitalis were found in the bodies of five alleged victims, they all were originally determined to have died of natural causes, according to law enforcement sources. The bodies of four men – Philip H. Steiner Jr., 93; Konstantin K. Liotweizen, 92; Nicholas C. Bufford, 87; and Stephen Storvick, 91 – were exhumed in 1994 for autopsies. An autopsy also was conducted on a fifth man, Harry Glover Hughes, 94, when he died in March 1994.

Marthinus Jakobus Stapelberg (5) A 22-year-old Internal Stability Unit policeman in South Africa, Marthinus was convicted of five counts of murder and three of attempted murder, theft and robbery with aggravating circumstances for a three-month shooting spree which ended with his arrest in February, 1996.

The racist killer told the Johannesburg High Court he had watched the film Natural Born Killers at least four times and that it had had an influence on his life. He found the violence in the film “satisfying”. In court he said he “felt nothing” while killing, especially if his victims were black because he “hated blacks.” Now in prison, Marthinus has found Christ and his life had changed for the better.

Nicholas Lungisa Ncama (5) On April 4, 1998, South African alleged serial killer Nicholas Lungisa Ncama escaped from police custody. Nick, age 29, was arrested in November, 1997, after a three-month police hunt in connection with several murders around Port Elizabeth. Ncama is alleged to have murdered 15-year-old Sonia Zanto of KwaMagxaki, whose semi-naked body was found in an empty room in KwaZakhele in October.

His second alleged victim — killed in September — was the wife of a Port Elizabeth Methodist minister, Cynthia Ndlaku. Ncama has also been linked to the deaths of provincial legislature secretary Nompumelelo Mpushe, whose body was found near Fort Jackson; Prasella Dayal (41) and her 5-year-old daughter Rishmi, both of East London, and a policewoman, Constable Gloria Ngcizela, whose body was found at a bus stop at Empa near Umtata in May.

Andrew Phillip Cunanan (5) A “typical party boy” in San Diego’s gay community, Andy was the target of a nationwide manhunt that came to a frenzy when he shot executed Gianni Versace in broad daylight in front of his Miami Beach mansion. Not the typical serial killer type, Cunanan was described by all who knew him as a “social beast” — a darkly handsome bespectacled individual that was well educated, intelligent, charming and extremely friendly. At first police believed his murderous rampage stemmed from being diagnosed with the HIV virus. However, three unidentified sources told the Miami Herald that tests performed during the autopsy on his body showed he did not have the AIDS virus raising new questions about his deadly rampage.

The cross-country murder drama began on April 29, 1997, when police discovered the bludgeoned body of Jeffrey Trail, a district manager for a Minneapolis gas company, rolled in a carpet in the apartment of Minneapolis architect David Madson. On Trail’s answering machine, police found a message from Cunanan inviting him to Madson’s apartment. Madson, 33, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds four days later on the edge of a lake north of Minneapolis. Friends and relatives said that Cunanan was Madson’s former lover. Police believe that Madson might have been killed after he witnessed the Trail murder.

Next to go was Lee Miglin, 72, a millionaire real estate developer whose stabbed and slashed body was found May 4 wrapped in plastic in the garage next to his townhouse in Chicago’s posh Gold Coast neighborhood. After the murder the killer reportedly fixed himself a ham sandwich and shaved with the dead man’s razor. The morning after the murder was discovered police found Madson’s red Jeep Cherokee parked near Miglin’s home and Miglin’s green 1994 Lexus missing.

On May 9 the green 1994 Lexus reappeared in a Pennsville, New Jersey cemetery along with the body of a caretaker, William Reese, 45, who had been shot in the head. It is unclear why Cunanan went to the Finn’s Point National Cemetery, but after killing Reese he stole his red 1995 Chevy pick-up truck.

As the manhunt continued, photos of Cunanan were been plastered on the FBI’s Web page and in gay nightspots from New York City to San Francisco. Police and acquaintances said Andy — who enjoyed a life of luxury and claimed to be the son of a wealthy Filipino plantation owner — was actually a hustler supported by older, wealthy men. His mother, not mincing words, described him as a “high class male prostitute.” Others said he was a fun-loving, big spending charmer with a distinctive laugh.

The youngest of four children, Andrew was a precocious, handsome child, Orth writes. By third grade, Andrew had demonstrated his intelligence, scoring 147 on an IQ test that earned him a spot in a gifted program at school. But his brains weren’t all that set him apart from his peers.

For a costume party in eighth grade, he dressed up as the Prince of Wales, a silk ascot wrapped around his neck. At a friend’s birthday party, he complained that there was no Perrier. While his classmates ate sandwiches from brown bags, he ate lobster and rice.

“If you could make one wish, what would it be?” he was asked on a school application. “Success, a house overlooking the ocean, two Mercedes, four beutiful [sic] children, three beatiful [sic] dogs and a good relationship with God,” Andrew wrote. His high school class voted him “Least likely to be forgotten.”

After a couple of months of anonymity Andy blasted his way into the national consciousness when he targeted fashion mogul Gianni Versace at the doorsteps to his Miami Beach mansion. On the morning of July 15 he shot Versace on the head at point-blank range outside his South Beach villa. After the killing Cunanan brazenly walked away from the dying Versace and left a pile of bloody clothing in a nearby parking structure next to the red pick-up truck he stole from his previous victim.

For days after the killing more than 400 FBI agents scoured the 250-mile stretch of Florida’s Atlantic coast searching for the elusive killer. Back in the Philipinnes, Andy’s father, Modesto Cunanan said his son was innocent and insisted he was not gay. Modesto, a former stockbroker in California who abandoned the family in 1988 and fled to the Philippines when he learned he was wanted for alleged illegal financial dealings, disputed his ex-wife Maryann Cunanan’s assertion that his son was a male prostitute. “My son is not like that… He had a Catholic upbringing. He was an altar boy.”

Chameleonesque Andy, known for adroitly using disguises and makeup to change his appearance, was believed by the FBI to be walking the streets of Miami as a woman. As his nationwide manhunt captured headlines worldwide, Cunanan sightings poured in from as far as New Hampshire. Meanwhile in South Florida, Cunanan-mania reached a fevered pitch when several men vaguely resembling the handsome killer were assaulted in gay bars and clubs by panicked would-be vigilantes.

All speculation came to an abrupt end on July 23 when the lifeless body of America’s Most Wanted killer was found in a two-story houseboat two and a half miles from the Versace crime scene. Ironically, the crafty killer blew his face off in a final act of public manipulation. Curiously, the killer had grown a beard dispelling any previous theories that he had reinvented himself as a drag queen.

Following Cunanan’s death, Fernando Carreira, the caretaker who heard a shot in the houseboat that lead to the discovery of his body, filed several lawsuits claiming the $55,000 reward money for his capture. City officials in both New York and Miami Beach said the caretaker’s call was not so much a tip as “happenstance” therefore making him ineligible for the reward. Showing a little more class, the FBI and the Manhattan-based Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project were quick to fork over their part of the reward money. Eventually Miami authorities paid there share of the reward, leaving New York City as the one cheapskate who has not paid up.

In a final note, two films about Cunanan and the murder of Gianni Versace have launched into production. The first, developed by ABC and Avenue Pictures, will not — according to Cary Brokaw, the Chairman of Avenue — be “a headline-exploiting movie.” The second, bankrolled by Warner Brothers, reportedly has Madonna playing the part of Versace’s sister, Donatella, and the Starship Commander Patrick Stewart as the famed fashion designer. Robert Downey Jr. — freshly out of rehab — is being sought to play Cunanan. Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, the supermodels, will also be featured as, one would guess, supermodels. And, of course, like the Avenue Pictures production, it will be done in good taste and it won’t be exploitative.

Two months after Andy’s death Modesto Cunanan, his prodigal dad, arrived in LA to start production on a documentary on his alleged crime spree and develop a screenplay for a film based on his life and death. A follower of the apocalyptic Elithabeth Claire Prophet, of the Church Universal and Triumphant, the older Cunanan pledged that any money made from the film will go toward building “a church, a chapel or a temple” in memory of his son, the serial killer. “If any money comes out of it, it’s sacred money.”

With the help of an independent filmmaker, Amable “Tikoy” Aguiluz VI, Modesto wants to make a documentary to “find out what really happened” by interviewing friends and acquaintances of Andrew. In his pursuit of the truth, Modesto refused two lucrative offers from film studios in the Philippines because he thought they would portray his son as “Dillinger on the run” and the FBI as the “heroes.” According to dad Andy was the victim of a conspiracy involving “renegade” FBI agents and a “deep cover-up.” Like a true Hollywood veteran, he refused to give away the rest of the story and hopes we will wait for the film to find out the intriguing details.

Journalist Maureen Orth writes in “Vulgar Favors,” an account of Cunanan’s 1997 cross-country killing spree that is being released this week, that Versace had been diagnosed as HIV-positive before he was killed by Andrew Cunanan. Versace and his family were concealing his condition because he was preparing a public offering of stock in his fashion empire. “What no one in the fashion or business world was ever supposed to know was that Gianni Versace had contracted HIV,” Orth writes. “The consequences to his business would be incalculable. Certainly the public offering would be jeopardized.”

Orth learned of Versace’s medical condition from Miami Detective Paul Scrimshaw, who reviewed the designer’s autopsy results. Scrimshaw theorized that Cunanan killed Versace because the designer had infected Cunanan with AIDS. That theory was discarded when the killer tested negative for HIV.

“No matter how much Andrew Cunanan got, he always wanted more ‹ more drugs, kinkier sex, better wine,” Orth writes. “He was always the life of the party, the smartest boy at the table. But at 27, he was also a narcissistic nightmare of vainglorious self-absorption, a practiced pathological liar.”

Orth, who was the first to report that Cunanan and Versace initially met in 1990 in San Francisco, argues that investigators bungled their search for the killer by failing to distribute flyers showing his face in Miami gay bars he frequented in the weeks before he murdered the designer.

Glen Rogers (5) “The Cross-Country Killer.” A charming, handsome and volatile individual, Glen was the focus of an all-points national manhunt after a cross-country rampage that left at least four women dead in four separate states. The consummate ladies man, Glen liked to pick up blond and redheaded women in bars and ask them for a ride home. Then he would try to spend the night with them. All those charmed by his redneck good looks are now stretched out in the morgue. The killings came usually as a drunken afterthought. Glen is an example of a spree killer who, unlike serial killers, does not have cooling off periods between kills. His killings were the consequence of impromptu bursts of rage.

His first victim is believed to be a former house mate whose corpse was found in January 1993 under a pile of furniture in an abandoned house owned by the Rogers family. His next known kill was a woman he met at a bar in Van Nuys, California. On September, 1995, she was found raped and strangled inside her burning pickup truck. The third victim, another barfly, was found stabbed to death in her bathtub in Jackson, Mississippi on November 3. Yet another woman’s body was found in a bathtub in Tampa, Florida on November 5. His last victim was found stabbed to death in her bedroom on November 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana.

“He’s getting to be like one of your serial killers,” said a Hamilton, Ohio, police detective. Rogers, a construction worker, grew up in Hamilton where he had frequent run-ins with the law. Once he poked a lit blowtorch through the peephole of his front door when police came in response to a domestic violence call. Authorities believe that he might be linked to as many as twelve deaths. In California, Rogers is a suspect in four unsolved killings in Ontario and Port Hueneme. Two days before his arrest he told his sister that he was responsible for more than 70 deaths. Later he recanted the number and said he was merely joking. According to authorities Glen was being cooperative during a six-hour interview after his arrest on November 13.

On May 7, 1997 Glen was convicted of murder in a Tampa court for killing a woman he had met in a bar. The jury took eight hours to find him guilty of the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs and the next day, just three hours to recommend the death penalty. After the Tampa trial, Rogers faces three more trials in separate states. However, none of these states have filled charges yet.

Rogers and the victim met at a bar where Ms. Cribbs was waiting for her mother, Mrs. Mary Dicke. Mrs. Dicke was late, and Ms. Cribbs left a beer at the bar and asked friends to tell her mother she would be back shortly. She drove Rogers to a motel in Tampa and the two went inside and had sex. In a fit of rage the ex-carnival worker stabbed Ms. Cribbs twice, twisting the knife as he pulled it out from eight- and nine-inch wounds in her chest and buttocks before leaving her to a slow, agonizing death in a motel bathtub.

During the seven-day trial the defense maintained that Rogers wasn’t the murderer. Furthermore Hamilton, Ohio Police Sgt. Tom Kilgore testified that Rogers had worked for the department as a paid undercover narcotics informant, making hundreds of cases over the years without ever breaking his cover. In his closing argument, defense attorney Nick Sinardi said the state rushed to judgment. “Glen Rogers is a thief, not a murderer.” A thief, it seems, with a nasty habit of leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.

On July 11, 1997, Glen was sentenced to Florida’s temperamental “Old Sparky” for the stabbing death of Tina Marie Cribbs. Glen’s brother Claude, a real estate agent from Palm Springs, California, said after the sentencing: “If you watch my brother — he’s been sitting watching a movie. I don’t think reality has set in.” Glen, through his lawyer, is still claiming his innocent.

Dimitris Vakrinos (5) In a case of insults leading to serial mayhem, Greek serial killer Dimitris Vakrinos claimed he murdered his victims after they made fun of his height. Standing at five feet four inches, Dimitris, 35, proved to be a powerhouse killer after confessing to committing — over a decade — five murders, six attempted murders, one attempted rape, four armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery. Arrested on April 9, 1997, the former taxi driver committed suicide while awaiting trial on May 12. He was found by a prison guard in the showers of the prison’s isolation ward hanging by the neck from shoelaces tied to a shower head.

Samuel Jacques Coetzee & John Frank Brown (5) Together, these two South African love birds are accused of killing four men and a boy in a three year killing spree that began in 1993. While in custody, the relationship between the softly spoken 26-year-old Coetzee and Brown, 32, turned sour with each accusing the other of being responsible for the killings.

The first body, was found strangled on August 30, 1993, on the Skurweberg gravel road near Pretoria. On November 3, 1993, the badly decomposed bodies of an unidentified 15-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man were found at the Tamboekiesfontein farm in Heidelberg. Both victims had been strangled, stabbed and shot. The fourth body was found in the veld at Mindalore, Krugersdorp, on September 1, 1995. He had been strangled and his genitals cut off. Three weeks later another body was found at a home in Constantia Court, Edenvale. All victims were allegedly last seen alive leaving nightclubs with to Coetzee.

Coetzee, a cross-dresser known in gay circles as “Kim,” claimed the killings were the work of Brown, and that he merely helped dispose of the bodies. Brown, for his part, claimed Coetzee did the killings and that he merely robbed the victims and helped dispose of their bodies.

On May 5, 1997, several days after their trial started in the Johannesburg High Court, Coetzee was found dead in his Boksburg prison cell from an apparent overdose of pills. He left a note saying he no longer wanted to live.

Andre Luiz Cassimiro (5) An ex-con with a taste for older women, Cassimiro confessed to raping and killing four women in Juiz de Fora in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The five dead women were between 58 and 77 years old and lived alone. All victims were tortured, strangled with electrical chords and some were raped. The town of Juiz de Fora was gripped with fear until May 29, 1996, when Andre Luiz Cassimiro, 31, was arrested. “I entered the houses to rob them,” the remorseless killer explained, “but ended killing them. In those moments I felt hate towards the little old women. Now, I feel nothing.”

Pretending to be a car washer, Cassimiro spent several days observing the movements and daily routine of his future victims. “Until he got into the house he behaved like a petty thief,” said Chief of Police Jose Marcio Carneiro,” once inside, he turned into a psychopath.” The women were first bound to their beds and gagged. Then they were raped and strangled. He would then cover their lifeless corpses with a blanket because, “I didn’t like to look at them.” After his sadistic ritual, he turned the house upside down looking for money and electronics.

When he was arrested Cassimiro was still serving his 11-year 10-month sentence for six counts of theft on a part-time basis. “In jail, he was a model prisoner,” stated penitentiary director Jairo Cristovam Ferreira. On June 19, 1995, less than five hours after receiving judicial authorization to spend the Corpus Christi holiday at home, Cassimiro committed his first murder. The victim was Zilda Araujo Barbuth, 76. “She was sleeping when I entered, but she woke up when I dropped a clock radio.” When she tried to scream he gagged her and tied her with electrical chord to the bed post. He then proceeded to rape and strangle her. Before leaving, Cassimiro went to the kitchen and ate a piece of goiabada (Brazilian guava candy). After the murder he returned to jail and two months later he was released on parole.

Cassimiro dated Odete Barbosa da Silva, his second victim, for a year and a half. They ended their relationship in the middle of 1995. Six months later the 62-year-old woman was found strangled in her home. He didn’t know his third victim, Aldenira Mello, 58. He met the fourth, Maria Malvina de Oliveira, 77, at a party for senior citizens. She danced all night long with her young escort before allowing him to walk her home. Her body was found three days later with her head smashed in. He killed his last victim, Celia Nicolini de Farias, on May 13, 1996. It is believed that the 74-year-old widow was raped by Andre post-mortem.

Cassimiro was caught because of his gossiping sister, Joaquina, who was not aware of his crimes. She mentioned to a friend that she had seen a card with Zilda Araujo Barbuthunder’s name under her brother’s mattress. The friend informed the police and he was arrested. In custody Cassimiro confessed to all the crimes and claimed that he “was drugged,” during his year-long rampage.

Walter Hill (5) In 1978, Larry Ralston received four life sentences for killing four young Tristate women. One conviction was overturned, but in 1984 he received another life sentence for murder.

Somewhere between Chicago and Batavia, in the back seat of a police car, Larry Ralston freed his conscience. “He just started crying, and he said, “I didn’t mean to kill any of them,’ ” recalled Robert Stout, a sheriff’s investigator assigned in November 1977 to transport Mr. Ralston to Clermont County, where he faced charges of raping three 15-year-old girls.

The words sent a jolt of electricity through the detective: No one had accused Mr. Ralston of any killings. In a second, Mr. Stout’s role had changed from rookie detective to lead investigator and sole interrogator in a string of serial killings. Grueling interrogations over two weeks yielded confessions to five slayings that had stymied police for more than two years. Those admissions landed Larry Ralston in prison with four life sentences.

When police caught up with him, Mr. Ralston was a 28-year-old unemployed dropout of Norwood High School. He had held jobs before at the Hamilton County morgue and a state mental hospital, but at that time, he was living at home or with a short list of friends. Mr. Ralston’s father told reporters he had warned his son that his irresponsible lifestyle – sleeping all day, staying out all night and running around with young girls – would bring only trouble. His mother called him a “likable boy” who had a knack for talking to anybody, even if he didn’t know them.

The killings began Sept. 3, 1975, with Mrs. Porter’s 17-year-old daughter, Linda Kay Harmon. She disappeared while waiting for a bus at Wolfangle Road and Beechmont Avenue, about three blocks from home. It was to be Miss Harmon’s first day at Withrow High School after moving from Finneytown. She never made it. Miss Harmon’s body parts were found scattered in a wooded area in Felicity 34 days later, after two dogs dragged pieces of her arms to their owner’s porch.

A year later, the nude remains of other young women were discovered in shallow graves. Nancy Grigsby, 23, of Withamsville, a disabled woman who frequented bars in Clifton, Madisonville and Mount Lookout, disappeared May 4, 1976, on the way to meet her boyfriend in Fairfax. Hunters discovered her body Nov. 15, 1976, on Moore-Marathon Road in Clermont County’s Jackson Township. Elaina Marie Bear, 15, of Northside was found Feb. 28, 1977, in a creekbed off Katy’s Lane near Wilmington in Clinton County. Diana Sue McCrobie, 16, of Springfield Township was found Oct. 22, 1977, covered with brush at East Fork Lake State Park in Clermont County. Police said she dated Mr. Ralston.

Hamilton County authorities would later convict Mr. Ralston in the death of Mary Ruth Hopkins, 21, of Cincinnati’s East End. Her naked body with a T-shirt wrapped around the neck was discovered June 30, 1976, off Five Mile Road in Anderson Township.

In taped confessions, played in court, Mr. Ralston told Mr. Stout how he picked up his hitchhiking victims, drove them around drinking wine and smoking marijuana and that he strangled them when they rejected him sexually. “After every murder he did, he would go to (a friend’s) house and he said he would turn on the song, “Fly Like An Eagle.’ It just put him in a trance, made him feel better about what he did,” Mr. Stout said.

Watching people die was a subject Larry Ralston seemed to enjoy talking about, Mr. Stout said. “When he worked at Longview Hospital, one of the things he really got off on was the fact that he had missed his lunch hour, for maybe three or four days, for a week, in order to watch a person die,” he recalled from the interviews with Mr. Ralston in November 1977. “He would be taking care of these people, just people in his area. He would know they were dying. He would go watch.”

Walter Hill (5) On Jan. 7, 1977, ex-convict Walter Hill fatally shot Willie Mae Hammock, 60, who refused to allow him to marry her 13-year-old daughter, Toni; Miss Hammock’s stepbrother, John Tatum Jr., 36, and his wife, Lois Jean Tatum, 34. The three of them were shot in the head.

No the friendliest type, in 1961 Walt was freed fom prison after serving 10 years for second-degree murder. He later was convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to 14 years. While serving time in Atlanta, he was convicted of murdering a fellow inmate. He was released again in 1975. Two years later he committed the triple murder. On February, 1980 he was sentenced to death. On May 2, 1997, Hill was executed in the Alabama electric chair after being in death row for more than 17 years.

Thomas L.(5) A 27-year-old neo-Nazi, Thomas L. has confessed to a five-body killing spree. An overzealous skinhead, Thomas stabbed his first victim 91 times for wearing a “Nazis Out” badge and killed a fellow neo-Nazi who defected from the cause. In March, 1996 he was arrested by German authorities. In his flat police found a fully-armed rocket launcher, pistols, ammunition and the automatic rifle used to shoot the defector. While in custody, Thomas conveniently claimed that during his murder spree he was merely carrying out orders transmitted to him by Odin, the Norse god of war.

Colin Ireland (5) Known in London as the “Gay Slayer”, Colin strived to be known as a serial killer. For this purpose he strangled five homosexual men. Robert Ressler states in “However Fights Monsters” that one has to commit five murders to become a serial killer. Colin read the book and used it as a manual in his quest to become a serial killer. He meticulously planned each murder as he set out to become a famous serial killer. He chose gay sado-masochistic men because they were willing to get tied up. Also, he believed that the public would feel less sympathy for them. Before his arrest he taunted the cops with rambling calls claiming responsibility for the murders and threatening to keep striking once a week. He even stated “I have got the book, I know how many you have to do…”

It is rumored that Colin has killed again in prison. A high ranking Metropolitan Police Officer told unnamed sources to the Archives that Colin had strangled a convicted child murderer in his cell, but because he was serving life with no possibility of parole it was a waste of time and money to prosecute him. The murder was carried while Colin was in Wakefield Prison, Yorkshire. Two weeks after, he was moved to Whitemoor Prison, Cambridgeshire where we hope he stops killing.

Jerome Brudos (5) Jerome Brudos started his career by preying on women and stealing their shoes. This foot fetishist from hell liked to dress in drag while he stalked his victims. In the late sixties he turned his innocent escapades into murder. He once removed a breast from one of his kills, hardened it with preservatives and kept it as a paper weight. He was also in the habit of removing their shoes, sometimes even with severed feet inside. He enjoyed taking pictures of himself and his dead friends dressed up in frilly underwear. And, of course, he kept a collection of stolen shoes that would have made Imelda Marcos jealous.

Jerome now lives at the Oregon State Prison in Salem. He recently had an ad placed on a web site looking for pen pals. He also works at the prison as an electrition.

Arthur Bishop (5) A devout Mormon, Arthur Bishop liked to spend an unnatural amount of time with children. After being charged for embezzlement in Utah, the former Eagle Scout changed his name and disappeared. As “Roger Downs” he joined the Big Brother program and was fond of going on camping trips with the kids. He was also fond of molesting and sometimes murdering them. When the police took him in for routine questioning, he confessed to his crimes and admitted to molesting scores of children and fondling his victims after death. In true Mormon fashion he stated: “I’m glad you caught me, because I’d do it again.” Bishop died by lethal injection on June 9, 1988.

Lyda Catherine Ambrose (5) A typical “Black Widow,” Lyda left a trail of five dead husbands and lovers in her quest for insurance policy payoffs. Born in 1891, nothing is known about her early life until 1917 when she killed her first fiancee in Keytesville, Missouri. The unfortunate man died of stomach pains after taking out a life insurance policy worth $2,500 in the name of his future bride. Not one for grieving, Lyda turned her charms on her fiancee’s brother and married him a few days after his brother’s death. Within three months he too died fo “stomach trouble” after taking out a $2,500 life insurance policy.

Next stop Lyda moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where she married the owner of a restaurant where she worked as a waitress. Soon after their June 10, 1918 wedding, the hapless man dropped dead dead from “stomach ulcers.” Unfortunately for his wife he had forgotten to sign his life insurance documents and was unable to collect.

Soon she was onto victim number four whom she killed three months after they exchanged wedding bows. This time though his insurance policy was signed and she collected $10,000 dollars for her husband’s untimely death. Not one to sit around twiddling her thumbs, she married husband number four (victim number five) on October 1920.On November 20 the man died and she collected a $12,000 insurance payment that had been purchased on october 6.

Until then police were unaware of Lyda’s bad luck with her husbands. Once her cottage was searched authorities found a large amount of old-fashioned arsenic-laced flypaper. Toxicology test on her late husbands revealed heavy doses of the poison in their remains. Police arrested her in Oakland, California and returned to Idaho where she had killed her most recent victim.

Convicted of first degree murder she was given life. Always the planner, she escaped from the Idaho state prison on May 4, 1931. By 1932 she was recaptured in Kansas City in 1932 as she searched for a new husband. Nothing more is know about her asfter except that she died in jail of old age.

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:

“We want to express our deepest sympathy for all the victims and their families. We have been praying and continue to pray for the families and all that are involved. God is the only one that is going to get us (through) this. In reading about the victims I prayed to God that the person committing these horrible acts would be apprehended, not knowing it was my own husband. We believe God did not allow him to die in the motel room for at least (two) reasons; one so that the unsolved cases could be solved and two that total justice can be served. We could never adequately express our grief and tremendous sorrow we feel in our hearts toward you that have gone (through) the loss of your precious loved ones. My life is shattered and I just ask that the community have compassion not so much for me but for my two small children who are victims also. We have asked God over and over Why? How could this have happened? We just do not have the answers and probably never will. Our family, church, close friends, and even people from the community that we have never met (have) been a comforting support, but above all God (has been). We have been cooperating fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. To the families again our deepest sympathy.”

Tammy Rivera & family

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.

Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. (3+) A death row Romeo, Oscar was convicted in 1986 of the brutal rapes and murders of three women and suspected of four other killings.

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:

“My name has never been “Rosie” and I am not ‘strangely idiotic’ — Oscar has one conviction — and has not been tried on other two cases — he is not a suspected serial killer — he has been kicked out of the club! I want my husband’s name taken off (The Serial Killer Hit List) — Rosalie Bolin.

Cupcake, a visitor to the Archives had this to say about Rosalie Martinez:

During the trials in the early 90′s I was training to be a victim advocate. I was privileged to sit with and “support” the parents of the 3 women Bolin murdered. I was present during the first trial AND the 1st retrial of Terry Lynn Matthews. I was present when Rosalie Martinez was evicted from the court room for “trying” to intimidate Bolin’s half-brother while he was testifying. (it was quite heartening for the mother of Matthews I might add) I just finished reading her ridiculous letter to this site saying he was only tried for the one murder and was not a serial killer. In fact, I nearly fell off my chair. He has been tried AND convicted 6 (maybe 7 times for Christ’s sake)

When I think of Rosalie Martinez Bolin I can’t help but remember her truly outrageous statement of “I feel pretty” when 20/20 asked her what in the world could she possibly be thinking marrying this headcase. I wonder how pretty SHE would feel with a tire iron across her head. And lets not forget that the tire iron was only used because Bolin’s stabbing and drowning didn’t kill Matthews. How pretty she would be. On behalf of all of us women out here, I would like to make a collective sigh of relief that he is not on the streets. Perhaps THAT is why Martinez is hopping around making noise? She’s safe. Sit down and shut up sweetheart. Your 15 minutes are over, and I will say an extra prayer tonight that your soon to be dearly departed will get a “date” soon.

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 Kinney’s 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 journalist¹s right to keep his sources secret is threatening to again unearth graphic videotapes that have remained sealed by a court order since Bernardo¹s 1995 murder trial.

“From my clients¹ perspective, it¹s cruel, it¹s crushing, it¹s 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 it¹s essential to his client¹s 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 Andrews¹ home. But authorities said Andrews recently began bragging to fellow inmates about Clark¹s murder. A special unit with the Cook County State¹s Attorney¹s Office then put a recorder in Andrews¹ 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.

Timothy J. McVeigh & Terry Nichols (168) Speed freak Timothy McVeigh and fellow white-trash-neo-nazi-ex-soldier Terry Nichols are believed to be responsible for blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. McVeigh and Co. thought the assault on the Branch Davidian compound by federal authorities in 1993 was a step towards civil war. (cont.)

Julio Gonzalez (87) Cuban born Gonzalez came to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boat lift. Ten years later, in a fit of jealousy, he killed eighty-seven partiers. Pissed off at his ex-girlfriend, Lydia Feliciano, who was dancing with someone else, Julio bought a buck’s worth of gasoline and torched the Bronx’s Happy Land Social Club killing nearly everyone inside. Only six survived. As luck would have it, one of them was lucky Lydia, his ex-girlfriend.

Andrew Kehoe (45) The first mad bomber in U.S. soil, on May 18, 1927, Andy blew up a school in Bath, Michigan, killing 45 people, 37 of them children. After detonating explosives he planted under the school, “maniac bomber” Andrew Kehoe, a school board member and treasurer and farmer, blew up his pickup truck, killing himself and the Bath School superintendent.

“I don’t remember hearing any noise, but I remember flying in the air and seeing things fly between me and the sun,” remembers AdaBelle McGonigal, then 11 and in the fifth grade. “But I don’t ever remember falling.” AdaBelle’s ear was nearly torn off in the blast that killed 38 of her classmates. Seven adults also died that day.

Jack Gilbert Graham (44) Jack, a petty criminal, was always annoyed by his doting mother. In 1955, when she came to visit him in Denver, Jack gave her a Christmas present to take back home with her on the plane. The present, fourteen pounds of dynamite with a timer in a box, blew up shortly after takeoff. This, he said, made him feel freer than he had ever felt before. It also got him gassed in 1957.

David Burke (43) On December 7, 1987, David Burke, a fired airline employee, followed his ex-boss onboard a Pacific Southwest Airline jet with his mind set on revenge. He shot the man in mid-flight and caused the plane to crash, killing all forty-three people onboard including himself.

Martin Bryant (35) On Sunday April, 28, 1996 Martin, a 28-year-old wanna-be surfer with a history of mental problems went on a rampage through the historical town of Port Arthur in the southeastern corner of Tasmania. Packing his car with weapons and a surfboard, Martin headed to the ruins of Port Arthur’s famous prison. Outside the Broken Arrow Cafe he muttered, “There’s a lot of WASP’s around today, there’s not many Japs here, are there?” Then he entered the cafe, pulled out two expensive semi-automatic rifles from his tennis bag, and methodically shot at everyone inside.

Once they were all dead he went out and murdered the driver of a tourist bus and shot at tourists around the site. After he walked back up the main road to his car. On the way he passed a woman who worked at the site with her two daughters. He murdered the woman, her toddler daughter and chased after the five-year-old and killed her. Then drove up to the admission booth of the site, murdered the people working there, and shot at people driving by.

Next he drove to the gas station, murdered someone in a passing car, forced a driver into the trunk of his car and drove to a small bed-and-breakfast. By the time he left the colonial prison ruins and their vicinity, 32 tourists lay dead and 18 others were wounded; 20 were killed in a cafeteria, another 12 on the roads surrounding the historic ruins.

Apparently Martin knew the proprietors of “Seascape”. It is unclear whether he murdered them then, or before the rampage through Port Arthur. Holed up in the quaint seaside cottage, Bryant was surrounded by 200 police officers. During the 12-hour siege an Australian journalist managed to reach Bryant by phone. He told her, “I can’t talk now, I’m having too much fun. I want to have a shower and if you ring me back again I will shoot the hostage.” Later that night, he killed the driver who had been kidnapped and forced into the trunk of his car.

The next morning the house erupted in flames. Bryant ran out with his pants on fire and surrendered. He was rushed to the Royal Hobart Hospital where he was treated for second-degree burns and had several skin grafts, before being transported to Risdon Prison Hospital.

Jenetta Hoani, the gunman’s former girlfriend, claimed that Bryant was obsessed with bestiality, violent videos and teddy bears, of which he had 200 in his bedroom. His best friend was a pet pig with whom he sometimes shared his bed. Jenetta said Martin’s favorite video was “Child’s Play 2″, which features a doll named Chucky that is possessed by a serial killer and comes to life after killing a boy and taking over his body. She also said that he would undergo frightening personality changes and appeared to delight in death and danger.

Police have widened their investigation to include the killer’s possible involvement in five other deaths making Martin a possible serial killer as well as the most lethal gun-toting mass murderer of the Archives. Detectives are investigating links between Martin, two or more stabbings, and the disappearance of a German backpacker three years ago, the apparent suicide of his father, Maurice, and the death of Helen Harvey, his family friend and possible lover. Dad’s body was found in a dam with his son’s diving weight tied round his neck. Helen died in a car accident in which Martin was a passenger. With her death Bryant inherited about $500,000. Neighbors said Martin used to grab the steering wheel when Helen was driving and several times the car had gone off the road.

On December 22, 2000, Bryant tried to kill himself again in his maximum security cell in Hobart’s Risdon Prison. He was found bleeding after trying to cut his femoral artery in the groin region and making several cuts to his inner arms with a razor blade. A doctor was called in to the prison about 9.30pm Monday to stitch Bryant’s wounds.

Bryant is known to have made at least four suicide attempts since his arrest, but this was the first for three years. On other occasions he reportedly took an overdose of sedatives which were supplied to him by another prisoner. He also attempted to strangle himself with bandages and tried to choke himself by swallowing a rolled-up tube of toothpaste.

Baruch Goldstein (29) In February 1994, Goldstein gunned down 29 Arab worshippers at al-Ibrahimi mosque. The shrine, the traditional burial place of the biblicial Abraham, is also revered as the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The segment of Shuhada Street – Martyrs’ Street – opened today had been closed to Palestinian traffic except ambulances and municipal vehicles since February 1994, when Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish settler and immigrant physician from New York City, gunned down 29 Muslim worshipers in a Hebron mosque.

Israel feared that the street, which passes by heavily guarded compounds where 500 Jewish settlers live, would be the scene of Palestinian retribution. Palestinian traffic is still prohibited from the part of Shuhada Street directly in front of the settler enclaves.

Five years after the massacre, Israel opened the main road in the West Bank city of Hebron to Palestinian traffic that, strangely had been closed to Palestinians after the massacre even though the gunman was Jewish.

Humberto de la Torre (25) 21-year-old Humberto torched the Dorothy Mae Apartment Hotel in downtown Los Angeles in 1982 after a dispute with his uncle who managed the building. The blaze killed 25 residents and got Humberto a 625-year sentence.

George Jo Hennard (23) On October 16, 1991, Hennard crashed his blue Ford pickup truck through the plate glass window of Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. As he stepped out of the truck he screamed, “This is what Bell County has done to me! I hope all this is worth it, Texas!” Then he systematically opened fire throughout the cafeteria killing twenty-three and wounding twenty. As he was running out of munitions he went to the rest room and put his last bullet in his brain. One surviving employee hid in the freezer. Another crawled into the dishwasher where he stayed hidden for almost a day.

James Oliver Huberty (21) An unemployed security guard, James Oliver Huberty, had only one friend– his dog Shep. On July 18, 1984, he donned camouflage pants, told his wife “Society had its chance. I’m going hunting. Hunting humans,” and set off to a MacDonald’s in San Ysidro. There he shouted, “I killed thousands in Vietnam, and I want to kill more!”, and for the next hour and fifteen minutes he slaughtered twenty-one people and wounded twenty. A sniper’s bullet ended his bloody rampage. Later the building itself was demolished and a park was built on the site.

Charles Whitman (18) Charlie’s head always ached. On July 31, 1966, he decided to take action. He started at midnight by killing his mother and his wife. The next morning he packed a bag with guns, sandwiches, a radio, deodorant and toilet paper, bought ammo and barricaded himself in the University of Texas clock tower. There he started picking off students. After ninety minutes of target practice the police broke through his barrier and shot him to death. When the smoke cleared, Charlie had killed sixteen people and wounded thirty others. An autopsy revealed a golf-ball-sized tumor pressing against the aggression center of his brain which, of course, explains the headaches.

On November 14, 2001, a man shot by Charles Whitman during his 1966 clocktower rampage at the University of Texas in Austin died from complications from the gunshot wound to his good kidney, officials said. David H. Gunby, 58, die at a Fort Worth hospital after deciding to stop dialysis treatment. Gunby, then a 23-year-old engineering student, was one of 31 people shot by during the shooting spree in August 1966. During surgery, doctors found bullet fragments lodged in Gunby’s only functioning kidney, forcing him to endure repeated kidney problems, a transplant and dialysis three times a week for 27 years.

Thomas Hamilton (17) An avid gun collector and disgraced scoutmaster, Hamilton was known as “Mr. Creepy” by the boys in Dunblane, Scotland, a village 40 miles from Edinburg. Disliked by all his neighbors, Tom enjoyed taking pictures of young boys with their shirts off. His fixation with young boys eventually got him dropped by the Boys Scouts. In the 1980s he sponsored boys’ athletic clubs but it just wasn’t the same. Sadly, Hamilton never got over being dropped as a scoutmaster. After nearly twenty years, he was still seething with anger. A week before his deadly rampage Thomas wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth II complaining about a campaign to ruin his reputation. The shame was just too much for him.

On March 13, 1996, Hamilton walked to the Dunblane Primary School with payback in mind. Armed with four guns, he burst into the gymnasium where 29 children were attending class. The vengeful ex-scoutmaster systematically slaughtered 16 kids, their teacher and then shot himself. Another teacher and a dozen other students were wounded during the rampage. The children, ages 5 and 6, were sitting in circles on the floor playing when Hamilton started firing. 13 kids died instantly. Three more died later in the hospital. Surrounded by bodies of the dead and dying, 43-year-old Hamilton turned the gun on himself and put a bullet through his brain.

Scottish police described the crime scene as a medieval vision of hell with “little bodies in piles.” Prime Minister John Major said the massacre was a “sick and evil act.” Days later he visited Dunblane along with the Queen to express their grief over the senseless tragedy. Dunblane, with a population of 7,300, is a small market town in the Scottish Highlands north of Stirling. It is a popular commuting base for people who work in Stirling and Edinburgh.

Nearly a month after the massacre work crews began demolishing the gymnasium where all the children died. In its place there will be a play area and a flower garden. To avoid having some weirdo try to claim a piece of the building as a trophy, officers have placed a 24-hour police presence around the demolition site.

Michael Ryan (16) On 19 August 1987, 27-year-old Michael Ryan shot to death 16 people and wounded 14 others in the small farming community of Hungerford, approximately 60 miles west of London. After a “Rambo style” blood fest through the streets of Hungerford, he entrenched himself in a school building where he ended his life with a gunshot to his head.

The gunman, a loner who lived with his elderly mother, loved guns and television violence. The killing spree started in a forest outside of Hungerford. Wearing combat fatigues Ryan killed a woman who was preparing a picnic for her two children. Then he drove back to his house and killed his mother and the dog and torched the place. For the next two hours Ryan moved through the town, randomly killing or wounding everyone he met.

Ryan’s rampage ended at the John O’Gaunt High School. Despondent over having killed his mom and his dog, Ryan commented “I wish I had stayed in bed”. After 4 hours and several talks with the police Mike ended his life with the last round in his 9-mm. pistol.

After his deadly rampage the British government took steps to end the right to wear firearms, and to curtail television violence. Also, the film Rambo III was banned in several towns in the UK, because of Mike’s claim of being inspired by Rambo movies.

Ronald Gene Simmons Sr. (16) This hillbilly from hell allegedly was the father of his daughter’s son. In Christmas, 1987, he killed his whole family after his wife threatened with divorce. Gene killed fourteen members of his inbred clan making his the most proficient family annihilator of the Archives. When he was arrested for two other unrelated murders, the police sensed something suspicious about the way he talked about his family. When they went to his property they discovered the bunch of them dead.

Genildo Ferreira de Franca (15) Pissed off at being called homosexual by his former father-in-law, Genildo Ferreira de Franca, a former soldier, went on a 22-hour murderous rampage killing 15 people in São Gonçalo do Amarante, a town on the outskirts of Natal, 1,800 miles northeast of São Paulo. The dead included his ex-wife, her parents, his current wife and his mother-in-law.

Genildo, 27, armed with automatic pistol, a .38-caliber revolver with a silencer and wearing the customary mass-murdering camouflage, started his shooting spree the afternoon of May 21,1997, when he killed a taxi driver he suspected of being the lover of his former wife. After stuffing the body in the trunk of the car, he visited and killed his ex-wife, her parents and took his 5-year-old daughter Nayara hostage. With another hostage going along for the ride, 16-year-old Valderice Ribeiro da Silva, he lured people into the cab to go to a party and instead took them to a wooded area to kill them.

Police believe 16-year-old Valderice Ribeiro da Silva was more of an accomplice than a hostage in the killings. “She was with him the whole time and was carrying the ammunition. They were both on drugs,” the police spokesman said. “We believe she may have been helping him.” According to the girl the rampager, after sharing several joints with her, forced her to have sex with him threatening that it would be her last time.

Valderice said Fanca had a list of 25 people he wanted to kill. He was selective about his victims, crossing them off his list after each kill. Those fortunate enough not to be in the hit list were told, “You may go, you’re a good person, you don’t deserve to die.” Franca was also despondent over the death of his 1-year-old son, who had been run over by a taxi two years ago. A friend and associate of Franca said: “He used to be a calm kind of guy, but ever since his son was run over by a car, he became a bit strange.”

Army buddy Francisco de Assis dos Santos, 22, confessed to aiding Genildo with the first five slayings. According to police Dos Santos, a drug addict, confessed to holding the arms of the victims as Franca shot them. He also said that after each kill the ex-soldier would laugh as if possessed by the devil. He stopped helping with the carnage because the laughing was starting to bother him.

In a three-page letter found on Franca after he was killed by police, he said his purpose in “writing these few lines is not to justify the wrong I have done, but it is only in this way that I can … challenge those who wanted to prove I was a homosexual.” Franca’s mother, Maria do Carmo said her son “was always kind and gentle with everyone.” But when his baby Iuri was killed, “he opened himself to the enemy the devil.” She thought her son got worse when his ex-father-in-law started telling everyone Franca was a homosexual. “But that was not true. My son was a womanizer.”

Franca met his end at one in the afternoon the day after he started his rampage. He was cornered by 140 police officers in a ceramic tile factory where he shot himself before police riddled his body with bullets. The two hostages, Valderice and his 5-year-old daughter, were unharmed. Apparently, three months before, Ferreira went to buy a coffin, telling the undertaker he was going to commit suicide. Two days after the rampage only 15 people attended his funeral. Sadly only one relative showed up who, curiously, was on his hit list.

Pat Sherrill (14) The patron saint of all rampaging postal workers. Fearing that he might be fired, on August 20, 1986, Crazy Pat killed fourteen co-workers and wounded six others in his Edmond, Oklahoma post office. The day before the slaughter Pat was disciplined by his supervisor. Not one to take criticism lightly, Pat returned to work the next morning with two .45-caliber semiautomatic pistols and about 100 rounds.

Fatefully, the lucky man who chastised Sherrill missed certain death by oversleeping and arriving late to work. Not to be detracted, Pat shot another supervisors who had been critical of his work. Pat moved from cubicle to cubicle through the labirinzine post office shooting at anyone he saw. After 15 minutes and 14 deaths, Crazy Pat returned to the desk of his of the dead supervisors and put a bullet through his head.

Neighbors described Sherrill as a creepy loner who stalked the neighborhood at night wearing camouflage. He had no friends and, since the death of his mother in 1978, lived by himself. Strangely, he was in the habit of riding around town alone in a bike built for two. In his twenties he served with the Marines and became a great marksman. Later he would boast of a tour of duty in Vietnam that was purely fictional. He was once diagnosed with suffering from “fictitious post-traumatic stress disorder” which is imaginary battle fatigue. One has to notice that following his rampage, his imaginary battle fatigue just didn’t seem that imaginary.

Marc Lepine (15) Marc loved guns and hated women, a combination that proved fatal in the fall of 1989. Marc went to the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal dressed in typical mass-murdering fatigues looking for “feminists”. In the twenty minutes that followed, he became Canada’s reigning Mayhem King by killing fourteen female students and a school secretary, saving the last bullet for himself. He shot his first female in the hallway, then walked into a class, asked the men to leave and shouted “You’re all a bunch of feminists! I hate feminists!” He killed six of them. With a big smile on his face he proceeded to kill three more “feminists” in the cafeteria and four on another floor before blowing his head off.

After the massacre, a suicide note was received by a newpaper in Canada, that read, in part: “I have decided to send to death the feminists who have always ruined my life…… Being rather backward-looking by nature, except for science, the feminists always have a talent to enrage me. They want to keep the advantages of women, cheaper insurance, extended maternity leave preceeded by a preventive retreat, while trying to grab those of the men. They are so opportunistic they neglect to profit from the knowledge accumulated by men through the ages…. Will we hear of Caesar’s female legions and female galley slaves who of course took up 50% of the ranks of history, though they never existed?? A real Causus Belli.”

Marc then wrote out a “hit list” of 19 women he apparently wanted to kill, then closed his suicide letter by saying: “Nearly died today. The lack of time, because I started too late, has allowed these radical feminists to survive. Alea Jacta Est (The Die Is Cast).”

Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold (13) On April 20, 199 the two students dressed in black trench coats, fatigues and ski-masks opened fire in a suburban high school in Littleton, Colorado, leaving up to 12 students and a teacher dead. At least 24 others were wounded, with five in critical condition. Jefferson County Sheriff John Stone said Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, armed with explosives, two sawed-off shotguns, a .9 mm carbine rifle and TEC-DC9 semiautomatic pistol, appeared to be in a “suicide mission.” The mayhem started at 11:30 AM, when half of the student body at Columbine High School was in their lunch break, until four hours later when the two rampagers were found dead in the library from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Following their murderous outbreak schools throughout the nation have experience a rash of copycat threats leading to the closing of entire districts. (cont.)

Saber & Mahmoud Farahat Abu el-Ulla (13) On September 18, 1997, the two brothers attacked a bus outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo leaving nine German tourist and their Egyptian driver dead. Not a novice slayer, Saber was incarcerated in a mental hospital for killing two Americans and a Frenchman at a Cairo hotel in 1993. In light of the bus rampage closely following his release from custody, three doctors, two nurses and six other hospital staffers are are being tried for negligence and accepting bribes.

Saber and his brother Mahmoud were charged with premeditated murder and attempting to harm the Egyptian economy through the use of violence. “This was a heinous crime against Egypt, the land of civilization … the land of safety,” military prosecutor Col. Mohammed Abdel Aziz el-Sheik said during their trial. In no uncertain terms Col. Aziz called for death by hanging for the lethal siblings.

Saber initially said that he launched the attack to avenge a cartoon drawn by a Jewish woman in Israel that depicted Islam’s Prophet Mohammed as a pig. During their trial Saber repeatedly stated — as if trying to justify deadly attack — that they only meant to target Jews.

Egyptian officials have insisted the attack was not linked to Islamic militants. Saber has said he lacked the contacts to join the militants, but sympathized with them. Seven other people are on trial on charges of selling arms and ammunition to the brothers. Saber, a failed pop musician, said his father paid the head of Egypt’s mental institutions $14,700 to have him certified mentally ill so that he could escape the death penalty in that case. The official, Sayed el-Qut, has been arrested and is on trial for bribery. On October 29, 1997, an Egyptian military court sentenced to death the two brothers for the fire-bombing of the tourist bus. The brothers chanted, “God is great!” after a judge read the verdict in the heavily guarded courtroom. Minutes later, Saber said “Jews, Jews, the army of Mohammed is coming back!” Six of seven co-defendants were found guilty on lesser charges of involvement in the attack, and sentenced to terms ranging from one year to 10 years in prison at hard labor.

George Banks (13) A former state prison guard, George Banks was found guilty on charges resulting from a shooting spree with an AR-15 high-powered rifle in Wilkes-Barre city and Jenkins Township on the morning of Sept. 25, 1982. The rampage left 13 dead, including five of his own children and the four women who bore them.

On June 21, 1983, Banks was found guilty of 12 counts of first-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder, and numerous other charges. The next day, the jury returned 12 death sentences and one sentence of life in prison. Banks is on death row at the State Correctional Institution in Greene, near Pittsburgh.

Howard Unruh (13) Meet the father of modern mass murder. A WWII veteran, Unruh never recovered from the war. He kept a list of his neighbors in East Camden, New Jersey who irked or bothered him and mumbled that someday he would get them. For a year Howard planned his lethal foray. Arecluse, he was convinced his neighbors were ridiculing him and plotting against him. “They have been making derogatory remarks about my character,” Unruh told authorities after the attack. What set him off was discovering someone had stolen his fence gate.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on September 6, 1949 –the day after Labor Day — the 28-year-old pharmacy student left the apartment he shared with his mother armed with a war souvenir Luger and 33 rounds of ammunition and set on what later came to be known as the “Walk of Death.”

As neighbors screamed and scrambled for cover, Unruh went to the shoe repair shop and shot the cobbler. Next door, at the barber shop, he killed a 6-year-old boy on a hobbyhorse chair and then the barber. Next he stopped at the tailor’s, but he had left to run an errand, so Unruh shot his bride of six weeks. Along the way, he shot randomly at anyone who crossed his path: a man, two women and a 10-year-old boy died. A tavern owner shot Unruh in the thigh from a second-story window, but Unruh continued walking. He then went to the house of a family that bothered him killing three. His lethal stroll down the streets of Camden tallied thirteen dead — including two children — in twelve minutes. After calmly strolling back home, he told a reporter, “I’m no psycho. I have a good mind… I’d have killed a thousand if I had enough bullets.”

Unruh was never prosecuted because he was declared mentally unfit to stand trial on 13 counts of murder and three counts of atrocious assault. The indictments were dismissed in 1980 after a judge ruled he had been denied a speedy trial. Instead he was sent to Trenton Psychiatric Hospital for the criminally insane. A World War II veteran, Harry Rosell, began visiting Unruh in 1983. Rosell said he once asked Unruh if he ever wanted to fire a weapon again, and Unruh replied, “Guns and mental illness do not go together.”

On November 7, 1997, Superior Court Judge Linda G. Rosenzweig refused to move 76-year-old rampager to a less secure psychiatric hospital even though he is no longer actively psychotic or an escape risk. Juge Rosenzweig said Unruh is still a threat to society. She said she could not put aside the psychotic homicidal rampage on Sept. 7, 1949, that led to his incarceration.

According to psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Greenberg Unruh should be moved to a facility with patients his age. “He is constantly fearful of being attacked,” said Dr. Chung H. Lyou-Kim, another psychiatrist at the hospital. She said Unruh frequently sits alone in a corner to avoid confrontations with younger patients, all of whom have been found criminally insane.

Eric Borel (13) A bored French teenager, Eric woke up a Sunday morning with death on his mind. On September 24, 1995 Borel killed his mother, stepfather and brother with a hammer and a baseball bat. Then he picked up his .22-caliber hunting rifle, walked six miles to the village of Cuers and opened fire in a parking lot outside a bank and in the town square. During his half-hour morning rampage, he killed seven more people and wounded nine others before putting a bullet through his head. Two of the wounded died later in the hospital. Neighbors said the teenager was taciturn and probably upset over his father’s recent death from cancer. The posters of Hitler and other neo-Nazi themes plastered all over his room also might have fueled his rage.

David Gray (13) New Zealand’s worst mass murderer. In November 13, 1990, David slaughtered 13 people during a 24-hour rampage in the hamlet of Aramoana, a tiny seaside settlement in the province of Otago, near Dunedin in the South Island. He was finally shot dead by police.

Mark O. Barton (12) On July 29, 1999, Atlanta “day trader”Mark O. Barton, angry after losing a chunk of money trading on the Internet, pummeled his family to death, then headed to two brokerage offices were he opened fire, killing nine people and wounding 12. Barton, 44, escaped and shot himself to death after a five-hour manhunt when police stopped his van at a gas station.

The bodies of Barton’s wife, 27-year-old Leigh Ann, his son, Matthew, 11, and daughter Elizabeth Mychelle, 7, were found at an apartment in Stockbridge, the town 16 miles southeast of Atlanta where Barton lived. The children’s bodies were in their beds, with sheets pulled up to their necks and towels around their heads so only their faces showed. A handwritten note was left on each body and a computer-generated note was left in the living room explaining the reasons for the massacre.

July 29, 1999, 6:38 a.m.

To Whom It May Concern:

Leigh Ann is in the master bedroom closet under a blanket. I killed her on Tuesday night. I killed Matthew and Mychelle Wednesday night.

There may be similarities between these deaths and the death of my first wife, Debra Spivey. However, I deny killing her and her mother. There’s no reason for me to lie now. It just seemed like a quiet way to kill and a relatively painless way to die.

There was little pain. All of them were dead in less than five minutes. I hit them with a hammer in their sleep and then put them face down in a bathtub to make sure they did not wake up in pain. To make sure they were dead. I am so sorry. I wish I didn’t. Words cannot tell the agony. Why did I?

I have been dying since October. I wake up at night so afraid, so terrified that I couldn’t be that afraid while awake. It has taken its toll. I have come to hate this life and this system of things. I have come to have no hope.

I killed the children to exchange them for five minutes of pain for a lifetime of pain. I forced myself to do it to keep them from suffering so much later. No mother, no father, no relatives. The fears of the father are transferred to the son. It was from my father to me and from me to my son. He already had it and now to be left alone. I had to take him with me.

I killed Leigh Ann because she was one of the main reasons for my demise as I planned to kill the others. I really wish I hadn’t killed her now. She really couldn’t help it and I love her so much anyway.

I know that Jehovah will take care of all of them in the next life. I’m sure the details don’t matter. There is no excuse, no good reason. I am sure no one would understand. If they could, I wouldn’t want them to. I just write these things to say why.

Please know that I love Leigh Ann, Matthew and Mychelle with all of my heart. If Jehovah is willing, I would like to see all of them again in the resurrection, to have a second chance. I don’t plan to live very much longer, just long enough to kill as many of the people that greedily sought my destruction.

You should kill me if you can.

Mark O. Barton

Barton, dark-haired and 6-foot-4, was wearing khaki shorts when he walked into the Momentum Securities brokerage at the Two Securities Centre building in the trendy Buckhead section of Atlanta about 3 p.m. With a 9 mm and a .45-caliber handgun in each hand, he allegedly said “I hope this doesn’t upset your trading day” before opening fire killing four people. Then he walked east across Piedmont Road and began shooting in the All-Tech Investment Group, a day-trading firm in the Piedmont Center building where he killed five others.

Not coincidentally, the previous wife and mother-in-law of this chemist turned investor turned mass murderer were bludgeoned to death in 1993 in Cedar Bluff, Alabama. No arrests were made. “He was the No. 1 suspect all the way through and still was,” said Richard Igou, district attorney at the time of the killings.

Sadamichi Hirasawa (12) A Japanese artist, Sadamichi poisoned 12 bank employees during a robbery.

Saeed Qashash (12) On June 6, 1999, Saeed Qashash, a 20-year-old Jordanian convicted of shooting to death 11 members of his family and a friend , was hanged in his prison cell. Saeed Qashash was executed shortly before dawn at Swaqa Prison, 60 miles south of the capital, Amman. Qashash was sentenced November, 1998, for gunning down a classmate and 11 relatives, including his parents. He confessed to the murders, saying his family had pestered him to pass his final school exams. After the shooting, Qashash hid the bodies behind a brick wall in the basement of his family home. He was arrested days later. In addition to his parents and friend, Qashash killed his two brothers and four sisters, a brother-in-law and two nephews, ages two and three.

Drug Rampage in Sao Paulo (11) On June 17, 1998, three heavily armed men opened fire in a bar in the Francisco Morato neighborhood on the outskirts of Sao Paulo while people were celebrating Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Morocco in the World Cup. Eleven people died — including three women — and three others were seriously wounding. Police said they believe the killings were drug related. They said most of the dead had been shot in the head.

Charlie Starkweather & Caril Ann Fugate (11) Standing at five feet two inches, Charles Starkweather hated everyone he saw. Everyone except his fourteen year old girlfriend Caril Ann. On January 21, 1958, Charlie got into an argument with Caril’s parents and settled it the only way he knew — shooting her mother and stepfather. Then he rammed his gun barrel down Caril’s two-year-old sister’s throat and choked her to death while Caril watched the tube.

A few days later, after the local authorities became suspicious, the two went on the run killing with reckless abandon. After eluding a two-hundred member posse chasing them through Nebraska, they were captured in Wyoming where they turned on each other. The movie Badlands with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek was based on their exploits. Charlie was fried in June 1959 and Caril got life. She was paroled in 1976. The latest confirmed report places Caril Ann in Michigan and working in a hospital in the Mt. Pleasant area.

James Ruppert (11) In 1975, 41-year-old James Ruppert killed his mother, brother, sister-in-law and eight nieces and nephews at an Easter Sunday dinner in Hamilton, Ohio. In 1982 he was convicted of two deaths and acquitted of the nine others by reason of insanity.

The 11 victims were shot a total of 35 times. James then calmly waited for police to arrive, making no attempt to flee. He told arriving cops: “My mother drove me crazy by always combing my hair, talked to me like I was a baby, and tried to make me into a homosexual”. At trial, prosecutors said James planned to take the family’s $300,000 net worth for himself, by killing everyone else, getting himself declard Not Guilty by reason of insanity. Then having himself “cured” within a few years, he would be released from the hospital a wealthy man.

Rogelio Andrade & Allan Lobos (10+) On November 26, 1998, Rogelio Andrade and Allan Lobos were arrested and charged with murder for a 1993 apartment fire that killed 10 tenants and injured 40 others. Andrade and Lobos, both 22, were charged with 12 counts of murder — one for each victim and two unborn children — and one count each of arson. Not the model citizen-type, Lobos was arrested in a Kern County prison where he is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence for two murders

Seven children, all under age 12 were among those killed in the May 3, 1993, fire in the Westlake district of Los Angeles. Three women were also killed, two of whom were pregnant. The fire was in retaliation against an apartment manager who had begun to report drug activity in the complex to police.

Police received new information in May when an informant arrested in a homicide investigation told detectives he knew about the fire. Authorities said the case was difficult to crack because people were too afraid to give information. “What’s difficult about it is that a lot of our witnesses and victims were obviously intimated by the gangs. They didn’t want to be the 13th victim,” Sanchez said.

Mohammed Yaqub (10) A resident of the Kashmir state in Pakistan, Mohammed gunned down 10 people after flying into a rage when his nephew defied him by chopping down a tree. Mohammed shot and killed his nephew, Yaseem, with an automatic weapon, then opened fire on family members and bystanders. The suspect surrendered to police soon after the shootout near Muzaffarabad, 60 miles northeast of Islamabad.

Sgt. Artur Vaganov (10) On June 2, 1997, Sgt. Vaganov, a mentally unstable Russian soldier in a unit posted in the breakaway region of Abkhazia in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, shot and killed 10 sleeping comrades and wounded three others before turning his gun on himself.

Lt. Gen. Dolia Babenkov told the Interfax news agency that Vaganov — who was probalby drunk or pissed off about a hazing — had “prepared for the murder beforehand, disabling the weapons” of his fellow conscripts. “He wanted to kill all the 19 men on duty at the 203rd post.” The rampage was similar to several other incidents in recent years that have plagued the Russian military. A week earlier, Pvt. Yevgeny Gorbunov ran amok outside a military store in the Chita region of Siberia killing five fellow soldiers and an officer. The Russian Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, which defends the rights of conscripts, says the army is suffering an epidemic of soldiers driven to murder by low morale, bullying and ill-treatment from superiors.

James Edward Pough (10) On the morning of June 18, 1990, James Edward Pough walked in a GMC car loan office in Jacksonville, Florida and started shooting. Police said he was distraught over GMC’s repossession of his red 1988 Pontiac. “Pop,” as his neighbors called him, started his rampage the night before by killing a prostitute and her pimp. The next morning, at the GMC office, he randomly killed eight and wounded five others. When he saw no one else left alive he turned the gun on himself.

Here’s a first-hand account from a reader of the Archives:

The morning of June 18, 1990 started out as a normal one for me. I was unemployed and looking for work. I had a job interview that morning on the southside of Jacksonville, FL. I got breakfast and headed towards Baymeadows Road. It was a pleasant day, so pleasant I actually got lost. After backtracking and finally asking an Electric Company crew for directions, I drove toward my destination. I missed the driveway the first time I passed the building I was to be at. The next building was the GMAC Office. I turned in and circled through the parking lot. As I passed through, I looked at my watch. I thought to myself, “Is there enough time to drop off a resume here?” If I hadn’t gotten lost, there would have been. I had to go to my scheduled appointment, but thought I would go back afterward. I never dreamed that I wouldn’t have the chance.

As I drove out of the GMAC parking lot an old, faded green Pontiac 4-door was pulling in. A big black man was driving. As we passed, he glared at me. It was the kind of look a wild animal gives just before it attacks. I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I drove quickly out of the parking lot and across the street to my appointment. I had a real bad feeling about the man.

My interview went well and I left the building on my way to the GMAC office across the street. It was a scene I will never forget. The place was absolutely crawling with Police, Rescue, Helicopter Ambulances, you name it. The press wasn’t there yet. I asked a bystander what was going on and was told of the massacre in the GMAC office. I felt my knees get weak. I sat down and tried to calm down. I would later find out just how close I came to being gunned down in cold blood. We were all detained while the emergency crews worked at the scene. We watched as stretcher after stretcher was rolled out of the building. 8 people would die that day.

I watched the news that night and they showed a picture of the killer and his car. It was the man in the Pontiac, mass murderer, James Edward Pough. Pough had already killed two people and went into the GMAC office within minutes after I saw him. I thank God to this day that I got lost that morning. I would have been one of the first to be gunned down in the lobby as Pough went on his rampage. He literally worked his way through the office methodically killing people. After he got done shooting the others, he turned a gun on himself and took his own life. It would be Pough’s last violent act. An act of a madman.

Yang Mingxin (9)An axe-wielding farmer in northwestern China hacked nine people to death in a dispute over 10 geese. Yang Mingxin, 39, from Chenggu county in northwestern Shaanxi province killed nine fellow villagers and injured three others in a fit of rage on June 23. The oldest victim was aged 71 while the youngest was a four-month-old baby girl.

The problem started when Yang had refused to sell 10 stolen geese for fellow villager Guo Baoning. Unable to find his intended victim Guo, Yang attempted suicide by hanging himself and drinking insecticide after the massacre but was rushed to hospital and saved.

Mark Chahal (9) Straight from the wedding-guest-from-hell-file. Mark walked into a pre-wedding gathering of his estranged wife’s family in Vernon, British Columbia, and killed his wife, her sister– the bride-to-be– and seven of her relatives. Two others were wounded, an elderly woman and a 6-year-old girl. After the massacre the chagrined husband drove a rental van back to the motel where he was staying, scribbled a short apology and killed himself. The stunned groom heard of the rampage en route to the wedding.

Richard Speck (8+) Richard Speck had a tattoo on his arm that read “Born to raise hell”. In 1966 that’s exactly what this garbage man and apprentice seaman did when he leisurely slaughtered eight student nurses in Chicago. Rich, a possible serial killer, is believed to be responsible for at least four more deaths in the three month preceeding his blood-soaked swan song.

On the night of July 13, Rich, tanked up with booze and tripping, knocked on the door of the two-story town house occupied by the nurses. He corralled the six women inside and hog-tied them with torn bed-sheets. He then led the first victim upstairs to a separate room and stabbed her to death. Methodically, he smoked the rest of the nurses at a clip of three per hour. Throughout the slow-motion butchery, he only raped one of the women.

As the night wore on three more nurses arrived from their dates to fall prey to his mania. One nurse, Corazon Amurao, survived the deadly visit by scooting under a bed. Rich left the townhouses when he thought there was no one left alive and headed back to a bar. Days later, as police closed in on him, Rich tried to kill himself by slashing his wrist. When he was rushed to the hospital a doctor recognized his tattoo from a news report and turned him in. In 1991 Ricky died of a heart attack while serving a 400 year sentence. He was forty-nine. At the time of his death he was “overweight, a chain-smoker and had poor eating habits.” But that wasn’t half of it.

In May, 1996, five years after his death, a pornographic video made secretly in prison began airing on Chicago’s WBBM-TV showing the mass murderer wearing woman’s panties, doing drugs, having sex and bragging about living the good life at Stateville prison. A total embarrassment for Illinois lawmakers, the tape, believed to have been shot in 1988, shows Speck handling $100 bills and casually snorting from a huge pile of coke. At one point he says, “If they only knew how much fun I was having in here, they would turn me loose.”

A feminine looking Speck appeared to have taken hormone shots and, like fellow killer Bobby Joe Long, seemed to be sporting a pair of tits. It is unclear how the jailhouse Tarrantinos obtained the equipment to make their porn video. Besides Speck two other inmates appear on the tape, Speck’s black lover, or in prison lingo, “his bitch,” and the film maker himself who casually pops in for a line of coke. After viewing the video, Illinois state Representative, Al Salvi, said the demeanor of Speck and the others suggest “that they had the run of the place.” On the tape, the convicts do not appear worried about getting caught. At one point Speck acknowledges that he killed the eight nurses saying that it, “just wasn’t their night.” For years he claimed to have “blacked out” on drugs, and could remember anything about the killings.

The Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security party unit in Joliet, was used in the filming of the movie Natural Born Killers. It is reputed to be one of the toughest prisons in the United States… And, by the looks of it, the funniest.

Anton Probst (8+) The axe murders in 1866 near Philadelphia were unprecedented. Anton Probst, a farm hand, systematically lured all eight members of the Deering family into a barn, then axed them to death. Beginning about 8:00 in the morning and finishing around 1:30 p.m., he then went into the farmhouse and put on Mr. Deering’s fine clothes, sat down and ate the food in their kitchen (a man’s got to eat), then plundered the house one room at a time until evening.

He then went into Philadelphia to his favorite saloon, bought drinks for the house with his new found wealth, gambled and lost at bagatelle (an early form of pool) and then treated himself to a lady of the evening until the following morning when he was thrown out of the whorehouse almost penniless. Managing to come up with more money for whoring for the next five days, Probst was finally captured and subsequently hanged, His body was then used for chilling medical experiments at the local college.

Strong evidence also suggests he was also a cold-blooded serial killer who roamed the east coast and enjoyed butchering families.

Richard Durn (8) On March 27, 2002, a man sat silently through a six-hour Nanterre city council meeting, then rose and started firing two semiautomatic Glock pistols, methodically killing eight city officials and wounding 19 more people. The shooter, Richard Durn, was also packing a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver, which he did not use. Durn was restrained by witnesses after an official threw a chair at him. That official was seriously wounded when the Durn managed to free one of his free hands and continued firing. When police arrived, the rampager begged them to kill him. Nanterre is a working-class neighborhood near a business district of western Paris.

Durn, 33, often attended council meetings but never said anything. According to Stephanie Durn, his 68-year-old mother, Richard was deeply disturbed, had been in psychiatric treatment for years and had spoken “probably 10 to 20 times” of wanting to kill people. “The reason why I think he wanted to kill was because he felt very alone,” she told reporters outside her home. “When he first went into psychotherapy in 1990, he asked the doctor: ‘Help me to die’.”

French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, who rushed to the scene in the early morning darkness, called the shooting rampage “a case of furious dementia.” President Jacques Chirac, who met with grieving family members, described the events as “a completely unimaginable drama.” Rightist presidential candidate Alain Madelin called the shooting, “This American-style byproduct, we wished not to have in France.”

The rampage took occurred about 1:15 a.m. as about 40 people attending the were getting ready to leave. Nanterre’s mayor said she didn’t know the attacker and that there had been no heated debate at the meeting which had ended quietly when the shooting began. “He had been sitting in the public area. He shot straight in front of him, and then he moved to where the council members were sitting.” The man had waited until there were only officials and bureaucrats left in the room, she said. “He said nothing,” she said. “It was long. It lasted many minutes.” Showing no party affiliations, shot at municipal officials from both ends of the political spectrum.

Durn had trouble keeping a job and was collecting unemployment. He once worked for several years at a nearby elementary school as a hall monitor. He also volunteered at the local branch of France’s Human Rights League. He was described by acquaintances as a sympathizer of ecological organizations, but was not member of the Green Party. “He was somebody opposed to the directives of the city hall,” said Christian Demercaster, a municipal official from the Green Party who said he’d greeted the attacker before the session.

Durn had no criminal record and had a permit for his guns, which he’d bought in 1997 and used for recreational shooting. Durn had been practicing shooting regularly for six years at a club in the Garenne-Colombes region. “It seems he regularly practiced shooting, and he never caused any problems to the club,” said Alain Joly, an official at the French federation governing the sport.

Mamoru Takuma (8) On June 8, 2001, Mamoru Takuma Armed with a kitchen knife,burst into an elementary school in Osaka, Japan, slashing eight children to death and wounding 18 other children and three adults. Takuma, 37, was subdued by a vice principal and a teacher before police arrived. He was arrested at the scene, but was taken to a hospital, reportedly with self-inflicted injuries. The victims — six girls and two boys — were first- or second-grade students, ranging in age from 6 to 8. Two children were killed immediately and another six died at hospitals after the attack. Six more victims were in serious condition.

Police said the suspect, who had a long history of metal illness, worked as a janitor at an elementary school in a nearby city about two years ago but was fired after he spiking the tea of four teachers with tranquilizers. He was arrested at the time but was never prosecuted because he was mentally unstable.

Takuma told police he had taken 10 times his daily dose of an unspecified anti-depressant before heading out to the school. He allegedly said he was “sick of everything” and “wanted to be caught and executed.” He told police he had attempted suicide several times but failed to kill himself

The stabbings occurred shortly after classes began at the elementary school. The attacker allegedly climbed into a first-grade classroom during a recess and began slashing children in the back of the room, and then moved into a hallway. Several children were slashed in their sides and arms as he moved into other classrooms. As the attacker tussled with two teachers, school officials called police and rushed the children out to the playground.

Within minutes after the attack, a cashier at a nearby grocery said a group of terrified, bloodied children ran into the store. “I saw one of them, a boy, with blood all over his body,” said Ikiyo Iriye, 23. “He had been stabbed in the back.”

On December 19, 2001, Takuma pleaded guilty in the Osaka District Court to stabbing eight children to death. Though he had a history of schizophrenia, but psychiatrists reportedly determined he could tell right from wrong and was fit to stand trial. The attack led to calls for greater security at schools. Takuma allegedly entered the school unopposed and went from classroom to classroom knifing children.

Russian Bath House Massacre (8) Five men and three young women were shot dead as they were having a birthday party in the sauna of a bath house in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil. The causes of the massacre were simply that there were not enough girls to go around. As the lucky men paired off in different parts of the sauna, the unlucky ones flew into a drunken rage.

“They went wild, killed one man, then another and when they saw what they had done, they had to get rid of the witnesses,” an investigator is quoted as saying. One witness fled stark naked, but died in the snow. The killers have not been caught.

Todd Hall (8) On July 3, 1996, in an act of sheer stupidity, Todd Hall decided that it would be fun to ignite a box of fireworks inside a fireworks store in Lawrence County, Ohio. The bone headed prank left eight people — six adults and two children — dead and a dozen injured as the store exploded in flames while customers were shopping for Independence Day fireworks. The bodies of the dead were so badly charred that the Ohio state coroner needed dental records to identify the victims.

Hall, who was described by neighbors as “mentally slow”, suffered a head injury as a child. He was no stranger to having trouble with the law. In 1994 he was declared “incompetent” to stand trial on a domestic violence charge. He was also issued a citation for criminal trespass on May of 1996. Two days after the deadly blaze Hall stood up in court during his arraignment on eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and declared, “I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it, it’s not fair.” If convicted, Hall could face up to 25 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count.

Ray Martin DeFord (8) In 1996, 11-year-old Ray — the youngest member of the Archives — was charged with eight counts of murder after allegedly setting a lethal fire in a suburban apartment complex west of Portland, Oregon. Three days before his arrest the kid was heralded as a hero. At first Ray told reporters that he was awakened by squeals from a rat he was planning to feed to his pet snake. When he realized the building was being ravaged by fire he woke up the rest of his family and alerted the neighbors. “My dad says I’m the hero for the day,”Ray said. After the fire the Portland media billed the kid as a real-life hero showing him eating chocolate cake at his favorite restaurant and interviewing him extensively.

On July 2, 1996, the story took an unexpected turn. The boy confessed to setting the fire next to the only exit for the 12-unit apartment building and was heralded as a cold-blooded murderer. All the victims of the fire were of Mexican descent. A family of six – four of them young children – that lived in the apartment above, and a teen-age mother and a 3-month-old baby that lived next to them. “He might be a small child, but he had the head to do such a dreadful act, I want him to pay. He killed my family,” said Mario Guzman, a relative of the victims. Although authorities assert that no evidence indicates the arson was racially motivated, the boy’s uncle said that their Mexican neighbors never liked young Ray. In fact, no one did: “He only had one friend down the street, a little guy named Matt.”

On August 22, 1997 a state judge found the now 12-year-old Ray criminally responsible for one count of arson and eight counts of felony murder and criminally negligent homicide. The lethal tot showed little reaction to the verdict.

Wade Frankum (8) In 1991 taxi driver Wade Frankum killed 8 people when he sprayed his chinese assault rifle in a suburban shopping mall in Strathfield, Australia. Then he killed himself.

Frank Vitkovic (8) Like the U.S., Australia has also had it’s share of postal rampages. In 1987 Melbourne law student Frank Vitkovic rampaged through an Australian Post Office building killing 8 and injuring 17 before leaping to his death from the 11th floor.

Julian Knight (8) A failed Australian military cadet, Julian shot his way into infamy on August 7, 1987, as he mowed down 7 and wounded 19 on a busy Melbourne street. After his arrest, the 19-year-old maniac blamed the military for his rampage: “They trained me to kill, and I killed.” At one with his role of media star, Julian criticized local police for their slow response to his attack and announced plans to write the definitive account of his rampage, casting himself as the hero.

Julian thought his behavior was a result of being ousted from the Royal Military College, where He was he was regularly beat up by his fellow cadets who thought he was a wimp. Adding insult to injury, he was rejected by his girlfriend. And, when the gear box of his car blew up, it pushed him right over the edge. Curiously, the killer counted being adopted and not being breast-fed among his list of reasons for his actions.

On August 7, at 9:35 p.m., Julian took up his position in the shrubbery on the median strip of Hoddle Street and fantasized that the homeland was being invaded. Armed to the teeth with a Ruger semiautomatic rifle, a Mossberg pump-action shotgun, an M-14 and 200 rounds of ammunition, he started shooting at everything that moved. After 38 minutes he ran out of bullets and was captured by police. Later he claimed that he had saved a round for himself and lost it, prompting his surrender. Otherwise, he thought he deserved to be praised for his actions. “I performed exactly as my Army superiors would have expected me to perform in a combat situation… In other circumstances I would have gotten a medal for what I did.”

Carl Brown (8) Unhappy with the work done on his lawn mower, Carl Brown returned to a Miami machine shop and shot eight people. He then walked out the back door and rode his bicycle back home. Two witnesses chased after him, shot him down and ran him over with their car to make sure he was dead.

Dale Merle Nelson (8) A sexually dysfunctional lumberjack, Dale fought his impotence with violence and liquor. On September 5, 1970, tanked up with booze and hatred, he drove to his wife’s relatives’ house where he killed a women and her seven-year-old daughter. Feeling a bit hungry, he slit the young girl’s gut and munched on the half-digested food in her entrails. He then went to a neighbor’s house and killed all six inside, sodomizing an eight-year-old girl as she died. Feeling hungry again, he returned to the first house and stole the corpse he previously had for dinner.

Gian Luigi Ferri (8) A failed businessman Ferri did what others only dream about doing. In 1993, the avenging angel of all those screwed by lawyers, killed eight and wounded six, as he rampaged through the Pettit and Martin Law offices in San Francisco. Fearing legal recourse, he turned the gun on himself.

On May 8, 1997, a San Francisco judge dismissed a lawsuit against Miami-based gun manufacturer Navegar Inc., saying the company wasn’t responsible for the July 1, 1993, Gian Luigi Ferri rampage that left eight people dead. Superior Court Judge James Warren ruled two years before that victims and their survivors could try to prove that the Miami-based Navegar Inc. had designed the Intratec TEC-9 semi-automatic pistol for mass killing and marketed it in a way that would appeal to criminals.

Larry Gene Ashbrook (7+) Three adults and four teen-agers were killed on September 16, 1999, when Larry Gene Ashbrook — armed with two handguns and shouting anti-Baptist rhetoric — opened fire in Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Seven others were wounded. Minutes after the rampage the killer sat in a pew towards the back of the church and blew his brains out.

Armed with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and a .380-caliber handgun, Ashbrook reloaded several times as he calmly walked down the aisle shooting and spewing out mocking comments about the Baptist religion. Three empty gun clips were found at the crime scene. He also set off a homemade pipe bomb but it did not harm anyone.

The victims were attending a concert by Forty Days, a Christian rock group from Dallas, as part of an annual “See You at the Pole” prayer event organized by local schools. The Forty Days band was playing a song called “Alle,” short for “alleluia,” when “we heard a couple of pops and we thought it was the speakers,” said Drue Phillips, 19, the group’s bass player and backup singer.

According to his neighbors Ashbrook was a jobless loner who exposed himself, screamed obscenities and kicked doors during fits of rage. They said he was often seen carrying a blue gym bag. Occasionally his temper flared, though no one knew if he had any particular religious convictions. He “has been strange as long as I can remember,” a 38-year-old neighbor said.

Investigators picking through his modest, wood-frame home, found bomb-making equipment. Previous to his murderous rampage, Ashbrook ransacked his house, breaking holes in the walls, pouring concrete in the toilets, overturning furniture and slicing up family photos. “He virtually destroyed the interior of his house,” said Robert Garrity, the FBI’s special agent in charge. “This has the appearance of being a very troubled man, who, for whatever reason in his own mind, sought to quiet whatever demons that bothered him.”

Old journals revealed that he was very disturbed and particularly upset about his difficulty in finding and keeping a job, the agent said. “I think he was just somebody who was a social outcast,” Garrity said. “This has the appearance of being a very troubled man, who for whatever reason in his own mind, sought to quiet whatever demons that bothered him.”

Ashbrook never married or had children, and had peculiar habits like leaving home for an hour each morning carrying a blue canvas bag. Elderly residents would retreat into their homes when Ashbrook walked down the street, intimidated by his menacing appearance. He invariably opened and closed doors to houses and cars with violent kicks.

He became more erratic after his mother died nine years ago. Ashbrook lived for many years with his father, Jack D. Ashbrook, a retired railroad switchman, who died two months ago at age 85. Across the street from the Ashbrooks’ home, longtime neighbors said they saw Larry Ashbrook push his father down more than once, but did not call police because they feared retaliation.

Days before the shooting rampage at a Baptist church, Ashbrook wrote two letters to the editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram complaining about the CIA, psychological warfare, assaults by co-workers, being drugged by police and being suspected of being a serial killer. He even came by the newspaper’s offices and visited city editor Stephen Kaye, who described the killer as “the opposite of someone you’d be concerned about… He couldn’t have been any nicer.”

He repeated his concerns in an Aug. 19 telephone call to FW Weekly, a Fort Worth alternative newspaper. Ashbrook said he was being targeted by authorities and that he was innocent of any crime, the newspaper said. “I want someone to tell my story,” he told the newspaper. “No one will listen to me; no one will believe me.”

The two letters, dated July 31 and August 10, read as follows

City editor Stephen Kaye Fort Worth Star-Telegram 400 W. Seventh St. Fort Worth, Texas, 76102 July 31, 1999

Sir:

I am interested in relating to you some events I have experienced. If these events are true, then they would indicate a serious injustice against me. Specifically: the denial of due process for me in the investigation of me as a suspected serial murderer. I use the term -investigation- loosely. It was not so much an investigation as it was a continuous intereference in my life and employment for a period of possibly twenty years.

Three operative terms apply to this situation: First; rumor control, this was one method by which those investigating me used to create problems for me: Second: Psychological warfare, this was the general mode of of operation: Third: Plausible deniability, the ideas those involved would proffer in order to divert blame from themselves.

The first experience I had which became a clue to my future problems occured in July of -79.- Soon after reporting to a deployment site with the U.S. Navy squadron, I attended a social event. While there I was pulled aside by a young man who was in that squadron and he asked me some odd questions. The questions involved the murder of someone I had no knowledge of. The tone of his questions became almost accusatory. This was the first of three similar events which occured during my active duty with the Navy from -79- to -83.- What I eventually began to wonder was if there were any reason for me to be a suspect in any murder. As I now know, there were several abductions or murders of young women in Fort Worth and Arlington during the -70s- when I lived in the area.

After I moved back to Fort Worth in -84- the odd events became a major problem in my life and occurred both on and off the job. The seriousness of the events and the humiliation I sufered made it impossible for me to keep a job.

The most pronounced situation began soon after I began work at the Photo-Etch Company in 1986. Shortly after I was hired as a machinist I was put on the evening shift with another employee who was hired about a week after me. We were the only workers at the company during that shift. At some point around September of that year in the evening I was taking a break when the other employee walked up to me and made a somewhat veiled indirect threat. It went like this: -I have a lot of friends on the police force, in fact I know a woman police officer who can kick your (deleted) all over the place.- This was the beginning of continuous troubles on the job at that company. When I attempted to remedy the problems through the proper channels I got no where. The troubles included minor physical abuse and general disrespect by another employee.

Eventually after about six months of the situation I was visited by the owners son. He identified himself as the one who oversees the machine shop (even though I had never met him) and he called me a liar concerning what was happening on the job. It was obvious then that there was nothing I could do to remedy the situation and I quit to look for another job.

During the period of unemployment that ensued the most blatant event occurred. At that time in my life I was not dating, socializing or spending much time with others. One evening I decided to go out for a beer and I ended up at a nightclub on East Lancaster. After I had been there for a few minutes a man came and sat next to me at the bar. All that I recall of him is that he talked about he had been in the U.S. Army special forces. During the time we talked I began to feel slightly sick so I went to the restroom. After a short time I felt better; however as I returned to my seat I became very dizzy and passed out. Never before had I experienced such an event. I was partically concious and was aware that I as dragged out to the back of the bar by several men. Eventually I told them that I believed that I had been durgged and would they call the police. -We are the police- was one man’s reply. I was held against the wall with one mans hand around my throat for several minutes. During that time I described for them the man who had been sitting next to me. If they did search for him they didn’t find him. After a while I felt better and left. Had I been at the east Fort Worth bar that Linda Taylor was abducted from by Farryion Wardrip two years earlier? I have other reasons for suspecting this.

The next job I had I was fired from, for no valid reason, one week after the abduction of Wendy Robinson from Lake Weatherford. I believe there was a connection.

In 1987, around the late summer, I began to seek the audience of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I certainly had reason to believe I was being targeted by some investigative group. I was unable to get an agent over the phone as the young woman who was answering the phones would not connect me with one for reasons I’ve never understood. By June -88- I decide to pay a visit to the FBI office in person. I went to the down town Fort Worth Federal Court House third floor office of the FBI and asked to speak with an agent. An agent, I will not list his name here, invited me to sit in his office and he would hear what I had to say. The problem, though, is that he listened for about one minute then stood-up and told me that I would be -contacted.- I did not believe him though. I shook his hand and left.

Within about ten days I began to be visited by a person from the neighborhood whom I had only been slightly acquainted with years earlier. During the course of our initial, short, conversations he asked me if I would be a -designated- driver for him and his brother some time. I told him that I was uninterested. He continued to come around for several weeks with the same request until my interest was piqued and I consented to be his designated driver so that he and his brother could visit a bar.

Beginning in late June I went to his house to pick him up and take him to the bar he wanted to go to. We started out with him directing me to go toward west Fort Worth on Loop 820. When we got all the way around to the west side of -820- he began discussing with his brother which bar to go to. Evenutally they settled on a bar on Highway 180 even though we already exited on to Route 199. After turning around and getting to -80- my passengers decided they didn’t want to go there either. I then took them home. To make a long story short: in the foolowing year up to April of -89- I continued to go over to this persons house after he would call me. There were two recurrent phrases that continued to come up in various conversations with him. The first was that he -was going to do a cemetary job.- Initially when I asked what he meant he said that he did lawn maintenance at a cemetary. Then he would cite this quote which he said went back to someone else: -Live by cancer, die by cancer. All he meant by this, he would say, us that he was of the zodiac sign of the cancer and that so was I. This relationship continued until the day of Rick Green’s arrest for the murders of several people in west Fort Worth. When I called him up several times after Green’s arrest I was told by someone else that he was at -another location.-He did not contact me again.

The possible connection is this: Ricky Green abducted two women from a bar on -199.- Wendy Robinson was abducted from Lake Weatherford which is near -180.- Was the drive my acquiantances took me on supposed to be a test of some sort? I believe it was.

After Ricky Greens arrest I realized the reasons for my troubles. There was no doubt. However; I could not forsee, at that time, that there was another serial murderer, Faryion Waldrip, who fit the same physical description of both Green and myself.

What could I have done about it? I tried for months to find a lawyer who might make a case for me. After a year or so it was evident no lawyers were going to be interested. Then I began making contact with the media. I contacted three newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. All with no result. I contacted each of the network TV station affiliate news rooms. None were interested. During one conversation with a TV news anchor he asked me an odd question: -Didn’t you recently get out of the military.-Certainly that struck me as a very strange or evne suspicious question for him to ask. Why would he possibly think that I had been in the military?

I have sought the assistance of many different people. I could relate many more events that indicate that I was targeted as a suspected serial murderer. There are many names of people whom I could identify as being a party to the events. If just one individual admitted, for there part what I allege, then I believe the others would begin to be proven.

What I am asking is for you to investigate and tell my story.

Sincerely,

Larry Ashbrook


City Editor Stephen Kaye The Fort Worth Star-Telegram 400 W. Seventh St. Fort Worth, Texas 76102 August 10, 1999

Sir

This communication is an addendum to the July 31 letter. It is obvious that you are uninterested in my story. Therefore, I find it necessary to amplify certain aspects of it.

Consider one of three situations I experienced where people I had never met volunteered that they were either former Central Intelligence Agency employees or were laision with the CIA while they were in the military.

In 1987, after being fired from the company I worked for in July, as I related earlier, I got a job with a forging company in Fort Worth. On the morning I reported to that company I aws to be indoctrinated into the opearations of the machine shop by the shop foreman. Unfortunately, it was not so much an indocrination as it was a recounting of the mans exploits in Viet Nam. Particularly his story was about how he worked laision with the CIA and his exploits included special forces operations which entailed assissination of enemy political units. This lecture lasted the entire morning. From eight until lunchtime.

If this were the only time I had ever encountered someone who voluntered such a story I would think nothing of it. However, since it is one of three encounters and since it falls within the time period that I am certain that I was being targeted as a suspected serial murderer, then I must consider it a relevant part of my situation. My employment at this company eventually became impossible and I quit. Not because I could not work with them but because they did not want to work with me.

Without belaboring the point with my experiences, I will call to your attention two stories that have come out of the news in the last decade. The first involved the Tarrant County Sheriffs Department. I believe the year was 1991; and in that year there was a situation which came to light in which it was found that reserve deputies with the sheriffs department, who were full time U.S. Airforce personel, were also discovered to be affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. What I particularly recall is that when one of those involved personel was interviewed on TV (KXAS Channel 5, NBC affiliate) he directly stated that they were involved in -going after child abductors.- Amy Robinson’s abductor perhaps?

The second also involved the sheriff’s department. The year was, I believe, -95- or -96.- The story that came out disclosed that an individual or individuals within the department had had, for some time, a web site that contained the dossier’s of suspects in a criminal investigation. These files were being made available to civilians so as to enable them to aid in the -criminal- investigations. The implication of this should be obvious with regard to my allegations.

What I must wonder about is the reason that no news reporting agency, particularly yours, is interested in this story. Is it because you think it implausible or unimportant? Is it because the general political climate in Fort Worth is not conducive to such a story? Or is there a clue in the words of John Chriswell, then news anchor for the CBS affiliate, when he asked me, as I was attempting to explain my situation: -Didn’t you just get out of the military?-

It is apparent to me that the suspicions against me have been widely disseminated. I believe that there are a few individuals who would realize no damage to themselves if they admitted to the truth regarding my allegations.

With all due respect,

Larry Ashbrook

Lt. Sibusiso Madubela(7+) A black army officer in South Africa army base went on a shooting spree killing six white soldiers and a female South African National Defence Force employee. Lt. Sibusiso Madubela, 28, of the 1st South African Infantry Battalion, moved from building to building at the Tempe military base in Bloemfontein randomly shooting at white soldiers with an R4 semiautomatic rifle. The base is located in Bloemfontein, the largest city in Free State, a sparsely populated farming province 220 miles south of Johannesburg.

Killed in the shooting were Major Jacques Coetzer, 31, Warrant Officer Reg Sieberhagen ,38, Warrant Officer Johan Lombard, 49, Staff Sergeant Doughie Douglas, 30, Sergeant Willie Nell, 27, Sergeant Tertius Lombard, 26, and a female defence force employee, Marita Hamilton, 57. Five more people were wounded, including one in critical condition. Madubela died in a shoot out with one of the wounded soldiers.

South Africa’s Defense Minister Patrick Lekota announced a wide-ranging probe into problems in South Africa’s defense force following Madubela’s shooting rampage. Perhaps in reaction to the killings suspected members of the AWB,the neo-Nazi African Resistance Movement, broke into the army base, stole a minibus and painted the words “We shall be back,” on a wall.

Highlighting racial tensions in the post-apartheid military, South African police launched an inquiry into the killings to determine whether they were racially motivated. One soldier at the base, who said he was a close associate of Madubela, said the killings were a result of racial tensions. Allegedly the lieutenant had been angered by news that his pay for the month had been cancelled after he left the base to attend his father’s funeral.

“Anybody who thinks these killings are not part and parcel of apartheid is mistaken,” said the soldier, who declined to be identified. “This guy went to bury his father and he comes back to be told that he went AWOL. What is that? He had sought permission before he went.”

“I think we’re going to see the army split into two — one section for whites and another one for blacks — if there are still people dragging their feet when it comes to progress. We’ve fought for this country and we don’t need that to happen.”

Gary Gene Tison & Randy Greenawalt (7+) On July 30, 1978, Gary Gene Tison and Randy Greenawalt had enough of their life sentences at the Arizona state prison . The imposing Tison, feared and respected by fellow inmates, had killed a policeman for shoving his wife. Greenawalt, a pudgy man with a very high IQ, was doing time for serial-killing at least two, maybe four truck drivers, by shooting them in the head while they slept in their cabs.

Transferred to the low-security Trusty Unit for excellent behavior, Tison and Greenawalt pulled off a daring escape in broad daylight. They were aided by Gary’s young and near-brainwashed sons Donny, Ricky and Ray. After suffering two flat tires on rough Arizona back roads, they kidnapped a family of four for their car, then shotgunned the whole family to death. A week later, a game warden discovered the sun-bloated corpses in the desert. One of the victims had crawled a thousand feet before dying.

Failing to obtain a plane in which to fly to Mexico as planned, the gang tried to drive across the border in a stolen van. The owners of the van, a couple vacationing in Colorado, were later found dead in the woods. On the night of August 10 they met by a hail of gunfire that killed Donny, the van was forced off the road. Randy, Ricky and Ray were captured and sent to prison, but Gary, who had sworn he wouldn’t be taken alive, died of dehydration in the desert, while hiding only a few feet away from a building where he could have turned himself in.

Mauro Antonello (7) On October 16, 2002, a man in the northern Italian town of Chieri shot and killed his ex-wife and six others relatives and neighbors before turning the gun on himself. The gunman, Mauro Antonello, a 40-year-old construction worker, former security guard and gun collector, reportedly had a bitter breakup two years ago with his wife, 40-year-old Carla Bergamin. Antonello left a videotaped message for the couple’s 7-year-old daughter, who was at school when the slayings occurred, to “explain why you have been left without me,” the Turin-based La Stampa newspaper reported Wednesday. “It was all mom’s fault. It was she who didn’t want to go back with me, who didn’t want to reunite our family.”

The man also reportedly left notes in the trailer he rented last week and where he spent the night before carrying out the massacre. “I kill you because I love you,” he reportedly wrote to the people he would shoot. Chieri, a relatively well-off suburb of about 32,000 people, near the norhtwestern industrial city of Turin. The victims were Bergamin, her mother, brother, sister-in-law, as well as two neighbors and a woman who worked in the Bergamin family textile factory.

A day before the family rampage, a former customs police official in the northern town of Reggio Emilia videotaped himself shooting and killing his wife and daughter and injuring his daughter’s boyfriend. The gunman then unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide, but eventually died in the hospital two days later. Two weeks before, in the northern suburb, Leno, near Brescia, police found the body of a missing 14-year-old, Desiree Piovanelli, who had been stabbed to death in what allegedly had been planned as a gang rape. Three teenagers, including one who lived next door, and a 36-year-old neighbor who lived across the street were arrested and charged with the murder.

Adam Moss (7) On August 31, 2001, the day after mass murderer Nikolay Soltys was captured in Sacramento, another man, 23-year-old Adam Matthew Moss, was arrested in Sioux City, Iowa, for the murders of two adults and five children. The suspect, 23-year-old Adam Matthew Moss, is believed to have been the boyfriend of Leiticia Aguilar, the 31-year-old female victim and mother of the five murdered children. The other adult victim, 58-year-old Ronald Earl Fish, was found dead in the entryway of his home on the north side of town. Authorities believe Moss, who had worked in Fish’s tire company, murdered him to steal his car. The bodies of Aguilar and her children were discovered by a babysitter who came looking for them after they did not show up at her house after school. Apparently the family had been dead for several days.

According to authorities, this murder rampage is the worst crime committed in Sioux City history. Once the bodies of Aguilar, her children and Fish were found, police identified Moss — who had been living with Aguilar — as their primary suspect. After an frantic, all-night search for Moss throughout the city, police found him hiding behind a pile of plywood outside a shack they had been watching.

Neighbors said Moss could be friendly and helpful but had a history of violence. His own brother filed a restraining order against him last week; court officials would not explain the cause. Fred Scaletta, spokesman for the Iowa Corrections Department, said Moss was sentenced to a year of probation in 1995 for assault. The next year, he was placed on two years’ probation for burglary and theft. Moss and Aguilar had worked at Smurfit-Stone Container Co., which makes cardboard and paper products.

Nikolay Soltys (7) For reasons unknown, Nikolay Soltys, a 27-year-old Ukrainian immigrant, stabbed to death his 22-year-old pregnant wife, Lyubov, in their outside Sacramento. Twenty minutes later he went to his uncle’s home in nearby Rancho Cordova were he killed his aunt and uncle, Galina Kukharskaya, 74, and Petr Kukharskiy, 75, and two of their grandchildren, Tatyana Kukharskaya and Dimitriy Kukharskiy. The two cousins were 9 years old. About an hour later Soltys went to his mother’s house in Citrus Heights, another Sacramento suburb, from where he left with Sergey, his 3-year-old son. According to the mother Soltys seemed fine, and showed no sign of anything wrong. The next day police found the child in a bloodied with his throat slit… (Continued)

Craig Godineaux & John Taylor (7) Craig Godineaux, 30, and John Taylor, 36, are accused of entering a Wendy’s in Flushing, Queens, on May 24, 2000, and ordering seven employees into a basement freezer. There, they allegedly bound and gagged their victims with duct tape, placed bags over their heads, then shot them one by one in the head during a robbery.

“[The victims] were marched single file into a big freezer box. They were told to get on their knees, and they were each shot by the defendants once in the head,” said Lasak Assistant District Attorney Greg Lasak. Two of the employees survived the attack, in which $3,200 was stolen from the eatery. Police say most of that money was found at Taylor’s home.

Craig Godineaux told the cops he didn’t wear a mask during the robbery that left five dead and two wounded because “nobody was going to be left.” The suspect also allegedly told cops that he put a coat on victim Anita Smith to keep her warm in the basement freezer before she was murdered on May 24. The new information came out in the Queens courtroom of Supreme Court Justice Robert Hanophy as Godineaux and Taylor were arraigned on five murder charges. Taylor, a former co-worker of some of the victims, was also arraigned on unrelated indictments, charging him with three robberies of McDonald’s restaurants in June of last year.

After his arrest on Long Island Taylor told two detectives while en route back to Queens that they should arrest Godineaux. “Please get Craig,” Taylor allegedly said. “Please get Craig because I was the only one who saw him shoot those people. I knew three of those people. It was supposed to be a robbery.”

In reading the charges against Godineaux, the suspect made it clear to detectives he did not wear a mask because the murders were part of the robbery plan. “This is that fat bastard’s [Taylor's] fault,” Godineaux allegedly said. “I only shot the survivors.” Godineaux later allegedly added. “I shot five of them. I didn’t shoot the girl. That fat bastard shot Anita [Smith]. I liked her. I put a coat on her before she went into the freezer.”

On January 22, 2001, Craig Godineaux pleaded guilty to murdering three people and wounding two others. According to prosecutors Godineaux, who will be sentenced to five consecutive life sentences without parole, was spared from the death penalty because he is mentally retarded. “I know my apologies to the families will never bring their loved ones back,” he said at his sentencing hearing on February 22. “I do deserve what I get. I don’t expect nobody to accept my apology.” As for Taylor, prosecutors plan to push for the death penalty in his trial.

Byran Uyesugi(7) On November 2, 1999, Byron Uyesugi, a Xerox copy repairman who believed his coworkers were plotting gainst him, showed up at the offices of Xerox in Honolulu and hunted down seven of his coworkers.

In the opening statements in the Byran Uyesugi trial City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle described murder defendant Byran Uyesugi as a calculating, disgruntled employee out to settle a grudge and defense attorney Rodney Ching described the gunman as sick individual with a history of mental illness who was legally insane at the time of the shootings.

According to Ching the rampage was the product of a delusional mental disorder fueled by the belief that his co-workers were spying on him and sabotaging his work. Uyesugi, Mr. Ching said, believed for years that unseen demons stalked and tormented him, and that the FBI and co-workers bugged his bedroom, mutilated his prized fish, stole his woodwork and put sugar in his gas tank. Against such odds, who can blame the man for going on a shooting spree.

In the first day of testimony in the trial of Uyesugi coworker George Moad described his horror and disbelief as he ran to the second floor of Xerox warehouse to see what was going on and stumbled over the bleeding and lifeless bodies of coworkers as he looked for a phone to call 911. “I saw bodies and I couldn’t understand, fathom,” he testified. “I felt sick.”

In fact Moad sued both Uyesugi and the Xerox Corporation for the emotional distress he suffered after seeing the carnage. Attorneys for Xerox argued that the multinational conglomerate could not be held liable for an employee acting outside the scope of his employment. Uyesugi’s actions were “privately and personally motivated acts of violence,” said lead attorney Crystal Rose. “Xerox didn’t hire Byran Uyesugi to murder his co-workers.”

According to David Gierlach, Moad’s attorney, Xerox knew before the slayings that Uyesugi had threatened to kill co-workers, that he suffered from delusional disorder and that he had a collection of guns. Furthermore the killing spree was motivated in part by Uyesugi’s desire to serve Xerox because he thought co-workers were sabotaging his repair work. Xerox denied all charges and tried to have two of the six counts against them dismissed.

During the second week of the trial of rampage killer Byran Uyesugi a psychiatrist who treated him in 1993 said the Xerox copy repairman suffered from deep rooted delusions. In 1993, Uyesugi spent five days in the psychiatric ward at Castle Hospital after he kicked in an elevator door at a customer’s building. Upon evaluation, Dr. Denis Mee-Lee found Uyesugi suffered from a major mental illness. “Somewhat of a suspicious distrustful, what we might overall typically call paranoid types of feelings,” says Mee-Lee.

According to testimony from co-workers Hawaian rampager Byran Uyesugi was ostracized and isolated at work. One day he told Xerox service technician Clyde Nitta, “I’ll take care of them. I’ll shoot all of them.” Uyesugi one day told co-worker . Nitta described Uyesugi as mild-mannered and quiet. But when Uyesugi spoke of his co-workers, “he got very upset and his demeanor changed,” Nitta said. Nitta said he thought of Uyesugi, who police revealed owned 25 firearms at the time of the shooting, was “a little strange” but not crazy. Russell Inaba, another repair technician, testified he stayed home from work for a week in 1993 after Uyesugi’s boss notified him that Uyesugi made threats on his life. When he eventually returned to work, he tried to avoid Uyesugi as much as possible, Inaba said.

Uyesugi told the psychiatrist about co-workers sabotaging his copiers, fellow employees posing as FBI agents and that the government would kidnap his child if he ever had one. Despite his condition, prosecutors argued Uyesugi knew right from wrong. “Individuals have ability to make choices,” said Mee-Lee. “And even the most mentally disturbed individuals will usually have some understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it.”

On June 13, 2000, a circuit court jury found Xerox Uyesugi guilty as charged of seven first-degree murder charges. He faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Sentencing was scheduled for August 8. The jury also found Uyesgui guilty of attempted second-degree murder for shooting and narrowly missing Steven Matsuda in the stairwell of the Xerox building. Defense attorneys had sought an acquittal by reason of insanity. The defense argued that Uyesugi suffered from delusions that began about 10 years ago in which he believed his coworkers were conspiring to discredit him. The state argued although he suffered from a mental disorder, he knew what he was doing what was wrong when he gunned down his seven coworkers. The 12 jurors took less than two hours to deliberate.

Following the conviction, the XEROX Corporation said that although they are sorry for what happened, they accept no blame for the copier repairman’s deadly rage. Alluding to how they handled Uyesugi’s worsening relationship with his co-workers, Xerox public relations manager Terry Dillman said: “No matter what you do, taking every precaution and taking every step, there will never be a guarantee that something like this won’t happen… We believe that Xerox acted as responsibly and reasonably as it possibly could have at each and every turn.” Xerox’s post-verdict message did not surprise Honolulu attorney Michael Green, who remarked: “This is called cover your ass,” Green said. “The corporate strategy is coming out now, and I would suggest that the families seek attorneys.”

On October 12, 2000, Uyesugi asked the Oahu public defender’s office to file an appeal to overturn his seven murder convictions because he was denied a fair trial. In June, a jury rejected defense arguments that a delusional disorder had convinced Uyesugi that co-workers were sabotaging his career, spying on him for the federal government and mutilating his prize goldfish that led to his November 2, 1999, deadly workplace massacre. Uyesugi, however, still believes he was wronged and the massacre was justified.

On July 6, 2001, The widow of one of the seven men killed during the rampage filed suit against Uyesugi and three Xerox executives, alleging the three knew or should have known that Uyesugi showed violent tendencies as far back as 1993. The suit has been the first filed in behalf of family members of the seven killed during the Uyesugi’s workplace rampage. The suit was filed by Honolulu attorneys Michael Green, David Gierlach and Debra Kagawa on behalf of Merry Lynn Balatico, whose husband, Jason, was gunned down by Uyesugi who feared he was about to be fired.

The three executives named in the lawsuit were Glenn Sexton, vice president and general manager of Xerox Corp.; James Hughes, identified in the suit as Western region manager of investigations for Xerox ; and Tom Trittipo, listed as Western region manager of human resources for Xerox. The suit seeks general, special and punitive damages, the amount of which is to be determined at trial.

Michael McDermott (7) Chalk this one to the IRS. On December 26, 2000, a Massachussets software tester allegedly gunned down seven co-workers at their Internet consulting company because he may have been upset by a request by the IRS to garnisheed his wages to pay back taxes. Michael McDermott, 42 — wielding a semiautomatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol — made his way through the offices of Edgewater Technology on the day after Christmas, leaving in his wake a stream of spent shells and the bodies of four women and three men.

Pvt. Oleg Naumov (7) On January 28, 1998, Pvt. Oleg Naumov — a glue-sniffing Russian soldier on guard duty in the far eastern island of Sakhalin — went on a rampage killing seven soldiers. Zonked on acetone fumes, Pvt. Oleg Naumov pick-axed one comrade — who escaped alive — before picking up his army-issued AK and killing his commander and a six others. The rampaging private — who had been addicted to drugs since age 13 — was detained five hours later and hospitalized under heavy sedation.

Illustrating the murderous epidemic plaguing the Russian army, a day before the rampage, a soldier shot a fellow serviceman to death and deserted his post on the outskirts of Moscow. Such episodes have become increasingly common.

Ahmad Dakamseh (7) In 1997 Jordanian soldier Ahmad Dakamseh shot to death seven Israeli schoolgirls on a field trip. The soldier was sentenced to life in prison by a military tribunal after he opened fire on a group of Israeli girls in Baqoura in the northern Jordan Valley, a small piece of land the kingdom retrieved from Israel under their 1994 peace treaty. Six other girls were wounded in the rampage. On May 26, 1999, sources at the Jordan Bar Association said that Prime Minister Abdul Raouf Rawabdeh recently told the association’s president that the “government may decide to free ” the incarcerated rampager.

Zurab Chkheidze (7) On June 25, 1997, Zorab, a Russian soldier, shot and killed four other guards and a technician at a gasoline storage depot 12 miles east of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Zurab then fled with Petre Kamkamidzean — another soldier — taking with them two Kalashnikov rifles. Later they killed a couple and stole their car before being arrested at a nearby roadblock.

Roland Smith (7) On December 8, 1995, Ronald Smith, an overzealous black activist, turned the white-owned Freddy’s Fashion Mart across the street from Harlem’s famous Apollo Theatre into a flaming grave for seven low-wage workers and himself. Fueled by a bitter dispute stemming from the clothing store’s planned expansion that would result in the eviction of the black-owned Record Shack next door Ron grew tired of picketing and decided to take matters into his own hand. On that fateful morning he entered Freddy’s with a .38-caliber revolver and a bag of lighter fluid, yelled for everyone to leave and started firing wildly wounding four people who managed to stumble out of the shop.

Then he proceeded to set up barricades trapping seven people inside. After exchanging gunfire with police the mad activist set several fires in the store. Ronnie, who liked to call himself Abubunde Mulocko, feeling he had done his job for the cause, ended his morning rampage by putting a bullet in his head. The seven others trapped in the store burned to death. Police are still investigating the reasons for his attack.

Richard Farley (7) A computer technician obsessed with a female coworkers, Richard Farley killed 7 people — including the object of his obsession — in one day. On the positive side, Rich single-handedly forced a revision of the California law against stalking.

Ramón Salcido (7) After a night of heavy drinking and snorting cocaine, Ramón pondered his impending unemployment and divorce. On April 14, 1989 –the next morning –he decided what to do. First he took his three daughters to a municipal dump and slit their throats. One survived, two died. Then he went looking for his wife in his in-laws house. There he killed his mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. When he returned home he found his wife, Angela, and smoked her too. He finished the day’s work by murdering his boss whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife.

Jorjik Avanesian (7) On February 6, 1996, this 40-year-old Iranian immigrant, killed his wife and six children by torching their Glendale, California apartment. Jorjik, after years of anger at his wife, set the lethal fire out of jealousy because “his wife was involved with drugs and had been with another man.” The lethal familicide fled the one-room inferno with burns on his hands and headed to the offices of Asre Emrooz, a Farsi-newspaper in Encino, to tell his side of the story. Jorjik, unaware of having charred his wife and six children, ages 4 to 17, said that he burnt down their home to scare his wife. He was hoping to get a divorce and get her deported.

However, as news came that the whole family was dead, Houshiar Nejad, the publisher, called the cops. Later, his sister Maro Ovanesyan told authorities that he had been arrested in Iran for trying to stab his wife. He was also arrested in the United States for using excessive force disciplining one of his children. His wife complained to police that he threw a chair at one fo the children and brandished a knife. He served no jail time but received counseling.

Fire officials could not explain why the Avanesians where trapped in their one-bedroom apartment and could not escape the fire. Three bodies were found in the bathtub and another on the bathroom floor. The bodies of two small children and a teenager were found in the bedroom.

Mattias Flink (7) Sweden’s premier mass murderer. In June, 1994, Mattias killed seven and wounded two during a one-night rampage through the town of Falun. Matt, an army man, was distraught over the impending break-up with his girlfriend. After a night of serious drinking he returned to his barracks, grabbed his AK-5, extra ammunition clips, and went back to town to mow down citizens. After killing seven people he climbed on a crane and waited for the police. Two hours later he got bored, climbed down, and was spotted by the police who tracked him to a railway station. When he saw the cops he tried to fire at them but his AK-5 jammed with a casing caught in the ejector. The two lucky cops shot him on the buttocks before arresting him. Now Mattias spends his times in Sweden’s premier prison wishing he had stayed on the crane.

Raymond Ratima (7) In June 1992, a month after the Schlaepfer family massacre, 25-year-old fellow New Zealander Raymond Ratima bludgeoned and stabbed to death seven relatives, including five children, in the quiet rural town of Masterton, north of Wellington.

Joseph Wesbecker (7) At 8:30 a.m., September 14, 1989, Joe entered the Kentucky printing plant where he worked, armed to his teeth with an AK-47, two Mac-10s and two other pistols. After testing out all his weapons and killing seven, he put a bullet in his head. A former co-worker thought that Joe was argumentative, confrontational and paranoid. “This guy’s been talking about this for a year.” He went in looking for bosses but ended up shooting at anyone that moved.

Daniel Patric Lyman (7) In July, 1987, Danny boy, a thirty-six year-old resident of Tacoma, Washington, decided his family had bothered him long enough. He proceeded to kill the whole lot: his parents, his parents-in-law, his wife, his two children, and then, himself.

Edward Charles Allaway (7) In 1976 Ed shot nine people, seven fatally, in a homicidal rampage at the library at Cal State Fullerton where he worked as a janitor. Not a marksman, Eddie used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot his victims at close range. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, the killer has been confined to the Atascadero State Hospital. In 1992 he was transferred to the less restrictive Napa State Hospital and has been deemed well enough to be released into the community. Dr. Paul Blair, a state psychiatrist and UC Irvine professor said that Allaway’s psychopathic behavior appears “to be in full remission.” If released maybe Dr. Blair could give him some work in the UC Irvine campus. However, he should stay clear of the library.

Mark Essex (7) Mark Essex left the U.S. Navy because he thought the white man did not care about his problems. He moved to New Orleans where he brooded over racism a little too long. On a Sunday morning in January, 1973, Mark stormed into a Howard Johnson’s Motel with his rifle in his hand and a private race war on his mind. A black maid spotted him but he reassured her, “Don’t worry. We’re not killing blacks today, just whites. The revolution is here.” With that, he torched the drapes of his room and started shooting at the white folk.

He spent the rest of the day on the roof of the hotel shooting people.He killed two hotel workers, three cops, a newlywed couple, and wounded twenty-six others. Eventually he was shot down by Marine sharpshooters who were called in to take him out.

James Schnick (7) Another from the family-annihilator file. In September, 1987, this Elkland, Missouri, resident wasted seven family members, including four of his children. He then tried to blame his14n-year-old nephew for the crime.

Josef Gautsch (6) On November 22, 1997, Josef Gautsch shot and killed his ex-wife, her 3-year-old daughter and four other people in a central Austrian town before turning the gun on himself. The dead included the ex-wife’s live-in companion and a school principal, who also served as deputy mayor of the town. The gunman, identified as 36-year-old mechanic Josef Gautsch, killed himself shortly after the shootings.

Robert Bryant (6) On March 16, 2002, Robert Bryant shot and killed his four children, his wife and himself in the family hillside home in Yamhill County, Oregon. The children — ages 8 to 15 — were found in their beds, dressed in their night clothes. Their mother, 37-year-old Janet Ellen Bryant, was found on the floor in the master bedroom. Robert Bryant, the 37-year-old familicidal dad, was found in the living room dead from an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound. Authorities believe the family was dead for several days before they were discovered. The Bryant home sits on about two acres in a rural subdivision outside McMinnville, a prosperous town in Oregon’s vineyard country about 35 miles southwest of Portland.

The children were last at school on Feb. 22, and the shootings are believed to have occurred the following night. Karen Richey, assistant superintendent for the McMinnville School District, said teachers had noticed the children’s absence from school and several attempts were made to contact the Bryants. “We had people knocking on the door several times,” but no one ever answered. When two Yamhill County sheriff’s deputies were in the area on an unrelated call, neighbors asked them to check on the family. The deputies used a ladder to look into a window in the rear of the house and spotted Robert Bryant’s body.

The Bryants moved last summer to Oregon from the Sacramento, California, area, where they had lived for nearly a decade, according to Mark Messier, a family friend. Court records show that before they moved, Bryant had filed for bankruptcy. Messier said the family’s move came as a surprise. “Their uncles and aunts and grandparents all loved those kids, and they wanted to maintain contact, but Rob wouldn’t let them,” Messier said. “We don’t even know when they moved. They just up and went.”

Pvt. Yevgeny Gorbunov (6) Police and federal agents in the Chita region of Siberia announced an all-points bulletin for Pvt. Yevgeny Gorbunov. While on guard duty at a military installation Gorbunov ran amok killing five fellow soldiers and an officer.

Poor morale, mental abuse, severe hazing, and underfunding in the Russian military have led to a series of shooting incidents involving soldiers.

Feng Guohui (6) After endless taunts from his neighbours for his hermaphroditism, on April 28, 1997, Feng stabbed six people to death in Yangjiang, southern China, and was later captured by police.

Forestry worker Feng Guohui, 25, born with both male and female sexual organs, became a man through a series of operations four years ago, but his neighbors kept making fun of him. In a fit of rage, Feng attacked them with a long knife, killing three women aged 81, 59 and 27, along with two 4-year-old boys and another 5-year-old boy. An 8-year-old girl survived the vengeful rampage.

Mohammed Nazari (6) Distraught over “indiscretions” by his teen-age daughters, Hassan opened fire at two high schools in the Yemeni capital of San’a, killing at six people, including four students.

On March, 30, 1997, the angry father waited outside the gates of Al-Tallai private high school, which his two daughters attended, for the headmistress, Asma al-Nomaan. When she arrived, he fatally shot her in the head. He then killed a cafeteria employee who rushed to cover her body and wounded a bus driver who tried to block him from entering the school.

Once inside the schoolhouse, he went from classroom to classroom, shooting at hundreds of students killing three and wounding one teacher before walking 500 yards to the nearby Moussa bin Nussair High School. There he killed three more students and wounded another teacher before being wounded and arrested. An Interior Ministry statement said 11 pupils from the two schools and three other people were wounded.

A day after his deadly rampage, the disgruntled Yemeni father was sentenced to death by firing squad. Nazari told the court that he worked as a bus driver for the two schools where he rampaged and that the headmistress he killed had him fired. The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that Hassan intended to kill a headmistress and her husband because of the couple’s part in the alleged rape of his daughter.

On April 7, 1997, as crowds yelled “God is greatest,”the vengeful father was publicly executed in front of the two schools were the rampage took place with a single bullet from a sharpshooter. His corpse was then nailed to a cross and left displayed in public for three days.

Sergei Lepnev (6) On March 8, 1997, a first-year cadet at a Russian military school opened fire on his classmates killing six people and wounding two others. The rampager, 18 year-old Sergei Lepnev, decided that a career in the military was not his calling and at 4 a.m., after the changing of the guard, he shot and killed the officer on duty, a 32-year-old captain who had served in Afghanistan, and then opened fire on his fellow students.

After the shooting, the cadet and a friend fled the Kamyshin Higher Military Construction School with two automatic rifles and ammunition. 12 hours later, the gunman and his buddy were arrested hiding inside a home in Kamyshin.

Stephen Anderson (6) A 24-year-old native of Wellington, New Zealand, Stephen went berserk during a family reunion in a small ski resort killing six people and wounding five others. The shotgun wielding maniac was tracked down by authorities through the surrounding rugged terrain using helicopters and planes. Within an hour he surrendered to police commandos naked and unarmed close to the ski lodge where many of the victims were blasted to death.

The suspect, described by local residents as a former psychiatric patient, vented his lethal anger against mostly relatives, although several passers-by were also hit by the gunfire. 18 members of the Wellington family gathered at the ski lodge in Raurimu for a reunion. After a family argument, Stephen picked up his shut gun and started blasting away. Unconfirmed reports include his father and three other relatives among the casualties. After his arrest,Stephen was formally charged with the death of Hendrick Derek Young Van de Wetering, a local resident, and ordered the killer to undergoe psychiatric testing at the Tokanui Mental Hospital. On February 12, he was charged with five additional counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a 12-gauge shotgun when his firearms licence had been revoked.

New Zealand, known mostly for its sheep and butter exports, is now in danger of becoming the homeland of the mass killer. Since 1990 there have been five massacres. Before that there was just one other incident. A decade ago just one murder was enough to send the nation into a state of shock. Now there is an average of more than one homicide a week. Psychologists and criminologists are baffled by the rising body count.

The fact that most mass murders occur in rural areas has led experts to believe they are the result of families living in isolated surroundings. Some say that contributing to the mayhem is the “settler” mentality which has bred a macho culture, in which men can only express their anger through extreme violence. Perhaps New Zealand’s lax gun control might also be contributing to the slaughter. New Zealanders own a gun for every household. After the massacre there was an outcry for tighter gun control. However, a coalition of firearm users lashed back saying that the government should be looking at improving the mental health system instead of changing the gun laws.

Brian Schlaepfer (6) Another in a long list of New Zealand rampagers. In May, 1992, 64-year-old wealthy farmer Brian Schlaepfer shot or stabbed six members of his family before killing himself with a shotgun at Pukekohe, near the northern city of Auckland. Only his granddaugher Linda, then nine, survived the massacre.