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Danny Harold Rolling
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Blacks make up disproportionate share of serial killers
January 19th, 2008 Hidden Crimes, Race

This is part of a study showing negroids actually dominate in the field of serial killing. This myth of whites being the majority of serial killers and pedophiles must be dispelled!!

“Serial killers are usually white males.”
While technically correct, at least for the United States, this statement is incomplete. Three different studies of serial murderers found black offender proportions of 16, 20, and 20 percent, and female offender proportions of 9, 10, and 16 percent. According to the 2000 census, the U.S. population is 75 percent white and 49 percent male. So, while disproportionately male, the only reason most serial killers in the United States are white is because most of the population is white. More important, all else being equal, serial killers are less likely to be white in predominantly black or Hispanic areas.

Serial Murderers and Their Victims
Eric Hickey
Wadsworth Publishing 1996
With a database of serial killers from the 1790s to the 1980s compiled in 1991, Hickey found 13% of known cases were African-American.

In another study Hickey removed the decade of the 1790s and with data from the entire 1980s through 1995 included, please note the sharp upsurge in black serial killers:-

With a database of 399 serial killers from 1800 to 1995, Hickey found:
(1) 20% of the killers were black.
(2) 17% were women.

And here’s more:
Century of Slaughter 1992
Michael Newton
With a database of 800 serial killers from the 20th century, Newton found 16% of cases were African-American

And more:-
Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder
James Alan Fox and Jack Levin
Crime and Justice, Vol. 23, 1998 (1998), pp. 407-455
Sage Publications 2005
With a database of 558 offenders operating in the United States since 1900, Fox and Levin found:
(1) 86% of the killers are male.
(2) 82% are white.
(3) 15% are black.
(4) 4% are Hispanic.

Introducing Anthony Walsh, whose research covers a 58-year period from 1945 to 2004:-

African Americans and Serial Killing in the Media: The Myth and the Reality
Anthony Walsh
Boise State University

There were many expressions of shock and surprise voiced in the media in 2002 when the “D.C. Sniper” turned out to be two Black males.
In a sample of 413 serial killers operating in the United States from 1945 to mid-2004, it was found that 90 were African American.
Relative to the African American proportion of the population across that time period, African Americans were overrepresented in the ranks of serial killers by a factor of about 2.
Possible reasons why so few African American serial killers are known to the public are explored.

The major source of information on serial killers was the encyclopedias of serial killers written by Newton (1990, 1992, and 2000) and by Wilson and Seaman (1983, 1990), as well as the works of other authors. Newspaper and Internet sources were used for cases that occurred after 1999.
The study identified 90 African-American serial killers and 323 White-American serial killers within the time frame of the study.
African-Americans were represented among serial killers at a rate approximately twice their average percentage in the population (approximately 10.5 percent) across the 58-year time frame. Why, then, does the media limit its coverage of African-American serial killers?
In answering this question, this study suggests that the media’s fear of racism accusations constrains its coverage of heinous crimes committed by Africa-Americans, compared with the zealousness of its coverage of such crimes committed by Whites.
The myth that serial killers are rarely African-Americans has had two detrimental effects.
First, Whites tend to argue that Blacks are not sufficiently psychologically complex or intelligent to commit a series of murders without being caught. Second, police tend to neglect the protection of potential victims of serial killers in African-American communities.
African-Americans and Serial Homicide
Philip Jenkins
Pennsylvania State University
“[…] in the mid twentieth century, black offenders were among those claiming the largest number of victims. During the 1930’s and 1940’s, there was a group of such cases including Jarvis Catoe, Jake Bird, and Clarence Hill, all of which can be described as fitting the classic stereotypes of serial murder {Jenkins 1989, 1994}.”
Cases of Extreme Serial Homicide (8 or more victims) by African-Americans:-
Nathaniel R. Code Louisiana 1984-1987
Alton Coleman and Debra Brown Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois 1984
Carlton Gary Georgia 1970-1978
Kevin Haley and Reginald Haley Southern California 1979-1984
Calvin Jackson New York 1973-1974
Milton Johnson Illinois 1983
Devernon LeGrand New York 1968-1975
Michael Player (Marcus Nisby) Southern California 1986

Below is a non-comprehensive list of black serial murderers.
(# of victims in parentheses.)
Daniel Andrew Bowler (3), Richmond, VA
George Russell (3 women), WA state
Timothy W. Spencer (5), Arlington, VA and Richmond, VA
Elton M. Jackson (12), Norfolk, VA area
Carlton Gray (3), Columbus, GA
Mohammed Adam Omar (16 women), Yemen. Omar is Sudanese.
Kendall Francois (8 women), Poughkeepsie, NY and surrounding areas.
Terry A. Blair (Cool, Kansas City area
Zebra Killers (7Cool, San Francisco
Wayne Williams (33), Atlanta, GA
Some Negro (15), Indianapolis, IN
Vaughn Greenwood (11), LA
Andre Crawford (10), Chicago - southside
Calvin Jackson (9+), NY
Gregory Klepper (Cool, Chicago – southside
Alton Coleman (Cool, Midwest
Harrison Graham (7+), N. Philadelphia
Cleophus Prince (6), San Diego
Robert Rozier (6), Miami
Craig Price (3), Warwick, RI
Devine Jones (3+), St. Louis
Maurice Byrd (20+), St. Louis
Maury Travis (17 and rising), St. Louis and possibly also Atlanta
Coral Eugene Watts (13 confessed to, possibly 80), Texas, Michigan, Canada
Hulon Mitchell, a.k.a. Yahweh Ben Yahweh (20+), Florida
Lorenzo Fayne (5 children), East St. Louis, IL
Henry Louis Wallace (9), Charlotte, NC
Reginald and Jonathan Carr (5), Wichita, KS
John Allen Muhammad (a.k.a. John Allen Williams) and John Lee Malvo, (Suspected in 13 to 19 and rising fast), Maryland; Virginia; Montgomery, AL; Baton Rouge, LA; Tacoma, WA; Georgia; Tucson, AZ
Torey Miller (2 homicides, one of which was a freeway drive-by, and the attempted ambush-murder of one St. Louis City police officer), St. Louis, MO.Derrick Todd Lee, (5 women), southern Louisiana
Paul Durousseau, (6, two of which were pregnant women), Jacksonville, FL; Georgia.
Troy Sampson (3), Las Vegas
Edward James (3), Las Vegas (This and the previous Las Vegas worthie were both “thrill” serial killers, who brutally murdered innocent and unsuspecting white people they never even met — EPH)
Eddie Lee Mosley (25 to 30 women), south Florida
Henry Lee Jones (4+), south Florida; Bartlett, TN
Richard “Babyface” Jameswhite (15), New York; Georgia.
Donald E. Younge, Jr., (4), East St. Louis, IL; Salt Lake City, UT.
Lorenzo J. Gilyard (12 women), Kansas City, MO. (May be Missouri’s worst serial killer ever, according to the Kansas City Star.)
Michael Vernon (7), Bronx, NY. Killed at least seven people - 5 in a shoe store for not having his sneaker size and 1 pizza delivery person and 1 gypsy cab driver.
Lamon J. McKoy (2, maybe more). Geneva, NY.
Jake ( ?) Bird, Tacoma, WA. He offed two in Tacoma in the 1940s and admitted to murdering many others nationwide.
Chester Dewayne Turner (12 women), Los Angeles

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Leslie "Mad Dog" Irvin
Leslie "Mad Dog" Irvin (1924–1983) was an American serial killer whose killing spree in the early 1950s terrorized residents of southwestern Indiana and whose Supreme Court case set a precedent for ensuring a fair trial for defendants even in the wake of a great deal of pretrial publicity.

He was apprehended on April 8, 1955 after killing six people. He was eventually given the death penalty, but the sentence was overturned; he was instead given a life sentence and died in prison of lung cancer. [1]

‘The constitutional claim arises in this way. Six murders were committed in the vicinity of Evansville, Indiana, two in December 1954, and four in March 1955. The crimes, extensively covered by news media in the locality, aroused great excitement and indignation throughout Vanderburgh County, where Evansville is located, and adjoining Gibson County, a rural county of approximately 30,000 inhabitants. The petitioner was arrested on April 8, 1955. Shortly thereafter, the Prosecutor of Vanderburgh County and Evansville police officials issued press releases, which were intensively publicized, stating that the petitioner had confessed to the six murders. The Vanderburgh County Grand Jury soon indicted the petitioner for the murder which resulted in his conviction. This was the murder of Whitney Wesley Kerr allegedly committed in Vanderburgh County on December 23, 1954. Counsel appointed to defend petitioner immediately sought a change of venue from Vanderburgh County, which was granted, but to adjoining Gibson County. Alleging that the widespread and inflammatory publicity had also highly prejudiced the inhabitants of Gibson County against the petitioner, counsel, on October 29, 1955, sought another change of venue, from Gibson County to a county sufficiently removed from the Evansville locality that a fair trial would not be prejudiced. The motion was denied, apparently because the pertinent Indiana statute allows only a single change of venue.’

During the course of the voir dire examination, which lasted some four weeks, petitioner filed two more motions for a change of venue and eight motions for continuances. All were denied.[2]

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Cambridge -- Albert H. DeSalvo, 35, the self confessed Boston Strangler, stares back at Theresa Morehead of Cambridge outside Middlesex Superior Court.
The 35-year-old DeSalvo is on trial for sex assault and robbery charges unrelated to the stranglings (1966)
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(Not all serial killers are white!!!)

Certain African-American professional callers to talk radio on WGNU have made a pastime of blaming whites for serial murder. The reason they are doing this is because the FBI states that the profile of the average serial murderer, among other things, is white and male. In fact, according to Gordon Lee Baum, CofCC CEO, the FBI's use of profiling in this stead is among the first instances of some law enforcement unit using the concept of overt profiling. In response to these callers, Earl P. Holt, III assembled this small list of black serial killers, and others alert us to even more examples, thank you all. -- The Webmaster

As a matter of fact, the proportion of the universe of serial killers that are black is slightly higher than their proportion of the general population.

If we missed any, please tell us about it.

Howard Arthur Allen. Indianapolis. 3 or more victims.

Jake Bird. Tacoma, Washington. He offed two in the Tacoma area in the 1940s and a total of 44 nationwide.

Terry A. Blair. Kansas City area. 8 victims. 2003-4.

Arthur Bomar. Philadelphia and Nevada. 4 or 5 victims.

Daniel Andrew Bowler. Richmond, Virginia. 3 victims.

Eugene Britt. Gary, Indiana. 10 or more victims.

Maurice Byrd. St. Louis area. 20 victims.

Reginald and Jonathan Carr. Wichita, Kansas. 5 victims.

Jarvis Catoe. New York City. 13 victims. 1941-42.

Leonard Christopher. Philadelpha. 7 victims. 1980s.

Alton Coleman. Midwestern USA. 8 victims.

Andre Crawford. Southside Chicago. 10 victims.

Paul Durousseau. Jacksonvile, Florida; Georgia. 6 victims, two of which were pregnant women.

Lorenzo Fayne. East St. Louis, Illinois. 5 victims, all children.

Kendall Francois. Poughkeepsie, New York and environs. 8 victims, all women.

Carlton Gary. Columbus, Georgia. 3 victims.

Lorenzo J. Gilyard. Kansas City, Missouri. 12 victims, all women. (May be Missouri's worst serial killer ever, according to the Kansas City Star.)

Mark Goudeau. Valley of the Sun, Arizona. "Baseline Killer." 9 kills, along with 15 sexual assaults and 11 kidnappings during his year-long spree.

Harrison Graham. North Philadelphia city. 7 victims, possibly more.

Vaughn Greenwood. Louisiana. 11 victims.

Kevin and Reginald Haley. Los Angeles. 8 victims. 1979-84.

Ralph Harris. Southside Chicago. 6 victims, along with 13 armed robberies and 6 sexual assaults. The first four murders in 1992 and the final two in 1995 sandwiched a prison stint for armed robbery.

Clarence Hill. Bucks County, PA. "Duck Island Killer." 6 victims, three pairs of "lovers lane" couples. 1939-42.

Ivan Hill. Los Angeles. "60 Freeway Slayer." 6 women. 1993-4.

Elton M. Jackson. Norfolk, Virginia area. 12 victims.

Calvin Jackson. New York State. 9 victims, possibly more.

Edward James. Las Vegas. 3 victims. (He and Troy Sampson [see below] were both "thrill" serial killers, who brutally murdered random, innocent white people -- EPH)

Richard "Babyface" Jameswhite. New York State; Georgia. 15 victims.

Milton Johnson. Joliet, IL. 4 victims.

Devine Jones. St. Louis area. 3 victims, possibly more.

Henry Lee Jones. Southern Florida; Bartlett, Tennessee. 4 victims, possibly more.

Arhon Kee. Harlem, New York City, New York. 3 girls. Late 1990s.

Gregory Klepper. Southside Chicago. 8 victims.

Derrick Todd Lee. Southern Louisiana. 5 victims.

Matthew Macon. Central Michigan. 7 victims.

Hulon Mitchell, a.k.a. Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Florida. 20 victims, possibly more.

John Allan Mohammed and Lee Boyd Malvo. Washington, D.C. and suburbs in Maryland and Virginia; Montgomery, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Tacoma, Washington; Georgia; Tucson, Arizona. 13 to 19 victims, and probalby many many more.

Edward Lee Mosley. Southern Florida. 25 to 30 victims, all women.

Mohammmed Alan Omar. Country of Yemen. 16 victims, all women. (Omar is Sudanese.)

Gerald Parker. "The Bedroom Basher." 6 white women, Southern CA.

Craig Price. Warwick, Rhode Island. 4 victims.

Cleophus Prince. San Diego, California. 6 victims.

Richmond Trio. Ricky Jovan Gray, Ashley Baskerville and Ray Joseph Dandridge. Richmond, VA. 8 victims among the three of them in several loosely related serial murder incidents.

Robert Rozier. Miami, Florida. 6 victims.

George Russell. Washington State. 3 victims, all women.

Troy Sampson. (See Edward James, above.)

Lemuel Smith. Upstate New York. 4 victims.

Timothy W. Spencer. Arlington, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia. 5 victims.

Maury Travis. St. Louis area; Atlanta area (?). 17 victims, possibly more.

Chester Dewayne Turner. Los Angeles. 12 victims, all women.

Unidentified. Indianapolis. 15 victims.

Michael Vernon. The Bronx, New York. 7 victims. (Five of his victims he killed in a shoe store because the store did not have shoes in his size. He later offed one pizza delivery man and one gypsy cab driver.)

Henry Louis Wallace. Charlotte, North Carolina. 9 victims.

Coral Eugene Watts. Texas; Michigan; Canada. He has confessed to 13 killings, but is suspected in as many as 80 killings.)

John Williams, Jr. Raleigh, North Carolina. 5 victims. 1990s.

Wayne Williams. Atlanta area. 33 victims.

Donald E. Younge, Jr. East St. Louis, Illinois; Salt Lake City, Utah. 4 victims.

Zebra Killers. Three convicted in San Francisco. 78 victims.

The current aggregate running total using the above list is 65 perpetrators and at least 615 documented serial murder victims. In comparison, about 2900 perished in the September 11 attacks at the WTC, the Pentagon and rural Pennsylvania, and 168 died in the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995.
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Black Serial Killer - Held In Custody
5/28/2003 10:44 am ·
Black Serial Killer - Held In Custody:

ATLANTA (May 28th) - Once again defying racial profile stereotyping of serial killers. A black man is caught; suspected in the killings of five women. He was arrested without a struggle, ending a many months-long manhunt in a case that terrified women across Louisiana.

Derrick Todd Lee, 34, was taken into custody by three police officers Tuesday evening, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington said.

“We have taken a very dangerous person that is a serial murder suspect off the streets,” Pennington said. He said Lee could be returned to Louisiana as early as Wednesday.

Over the last few weeks, Lee traveled by bus from Louisiana to Chicago and then to Atlanta, said U.S. Marshal Richard Mecum. Lee has been in Atlanta at least a week, and may have been working construction or concrete contracting jobs that pay cash, authorities said.

Acting on a tip received by the FBI, the Atlanta officers found Lee wandering around a tire store in northwest Atlanta. They approached him and asked for identification, which Lee produced, identifying him as the man that authorities have been looking for.

Lee is suspected in the deaths of at least five southern Louisiana women since September 2001. He is also a suspect in a sixth death more than a decade ago, details of this case are still pending. Lee is also suspect in the disappearance of another woman in a Baton Rouge, La., suburb. We at Altermedia are still investigating into this story. But, it is important to note, that it was these two cases that eventually led police to Lee.

Ed White, brother-in-law of Pam Kinamore, the serial killer’s third victim, said his family was relieved to hear that a suspect was finally in custody.

“This part of the nightmare is over,” White was quoted as saying on this past Tuesday night.

Lee was charged Monday with murder and aggravated rape in the killing of Carrie Yoder, 26, a Louisiana State University student who became the serial killer’s fifth suspected victim in March. A fugitive warrant issued for Lee before his arrest says DNA evidence indicates the same person who killed Yoder killed four other women starting in September 2001.

Although the warrant accuses Lee only of Yoder’s murder, it says DNA evidence removed from her body matched that taken from the other four victims.

Police in Zachary, La., a suburb of Baton Rouge, said a DNA sample from Lee linked him to the five slayings. It was obtained in their investigation of the disappearance of Randi Mebruer, 28, who vanished from her home in April 1998, and the murder of Connie Warner, 41, who was found killed in September 1992.

In 1998, Zachary police asked Louisiana attorney general’s investigators to help search for a man they believed was connected to both Mebruer’s disappearance and presumed murder and Warner’s death. The two women lived in the same Zachary subdivision.

The link came when the attorney general’s investigator, Danny Mixon, heard Lee was talking about Mebruer’s disappearance to various people, Zachary Police Chief Joey Watson said. Mixon looked at Lee’s criminal history, including arrests for stalking, peeping into homes, burglary and attempted murder, and got a court to order a DNA sample from Lee, Watson said Tuesday.

On May 5, the same day Lee submitted the DNA, he abruptly pulled his two children out of school, saying he was suddenly planning on moving to Los Angeles, according to Lloyd Lindsey, superintendent of West Feliciana school system. Authorities said they do not know the whereabouts of Lee’s wife and children.

Residents at Atlanta’s Lakewood Motor Lodge said Lee had spent at least the last week there. Neighbors described him as a smooth talker who dated several women and promised them cognac if they would come to his room.

Bubukutty Idicalla, manager of the motel Lee was staying in, is quoted as saying,”He would go to the ladies and say, ‘You married? You married?”’

While living in the Atlanta motor lodge, Lee made friends with many of the 50 or so residents. He grilled ribs and chicken at a party, and even started a Bible study. His charasmatic charcter duplicity still amazes authorities.

Motel residents said Lee didn’t have a car and got rides to a pawn shop, where he sold gold jewelry.

Lee entertained several women in his room, neighbors said. He would often compliment their hair and offer them drinks.

Idicalla who works at the motel Lee was staying at said, ” He seemed nice… I could not believe it when the police came and said he was wanted for killing women. None of us could believe it.”

More information, details and photos, on this story, to come soon.
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Cold Case Detectives use new technology to solve 1985 murder case

Arlington Cold Case Detectives have solved the 20-year-old murder of Sharyn Killsback after matching DNA evidence to a suspect currently serving a life sentence for another unrelated murder in Fort Worth. Ms. Killsback was 18 when her body was found in an east Arlington creek on March 23, 1985.

Curtis Don Brown, 49, is being held in the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth. Today, detectives issued an arrest warrant charging Brown with capital murder in the death and sexual assault of Ms. Killsback about a week before her body was found.

On March 23, 1985, a plumber found a woman's fully-clothed body inside a storm drain in the 1400 block of Bandera Drive near a residential neighborhood that was under construction. A rope had been wrapped tightly around her neck. Because there was no identification found on her body, police released her description to the news media, including the tattooed initials "SKB" on her left hand. One of Ms. Killsback's roommates, who had previously reported her missing on March 17, 1985, called investigators after seeing news reports of the body and recognizing Ms. Killsback's tattoo.
The roommate told police that she had last seen Ms. Killsback walking near Texas 360 and east Park Row Drive at about 8 p.m. March 15, 1985.

This past March, Fort Worth Cold Case detectives contacted Arlington Cold Case detectives to share information, said Detective Jim Ford. "They told us that Brown was serving a life sentence for the May 29, 1986 capital murder of Jewel Woods and that they had recently matched him through DNA evidence to another woman who was found dead in a river on May 30, 1985," he said.
"They also gave us a timeline of when he was not in prison, and we realized Ms. Killsback's murder - about March 15, 1985 - fell into that period. The suspect's method of operation was also similar."

This information prompted Detective Ford to immediately begin reviewing investigative reports and evidence complied by the original detectives in Ms. Killsback's case. He requested that forensic scientists in the DNA lab of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office obtain a DNA profile of any body fluids from the evidence collected at the 1985 crime scene. Fluids were found and the DNA profile was entered into the national Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
A comparison revealed that DNA evidence taken from the victim's body and clothing matched Brown's DNA.

The evidence had previously been tested using 1985 technology, Detective Ford said. "The technology we are using today was not available at the time of this victim's death," he said. "But fortunately, the evidence was obtained, stored properly and remained intact so that today, we have what we need to make an arrest and to bring justice to this victim and her family."

Since the Cold Case Unit formed in November 2004, detectives have cleared three other murder cases by arrest. Additionally, they cleared eight other murder cases in which there were enough facts and information to substantiate issuing a warrant for the suspects' arrest. In each of those eight cases, however, the suspects are deceased so the cases are now closed. Investigators will continue to review about 60 cold cases dating back to 1968.

(From May, 2005)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Police say they have linked a convicted murderer to DNA evidence found on the body of a 29-year-old who was among more than a dozen young women killed in Fort Worth over a 21-month period two decades ago.
Curtis Don Brown, 46, has been charged with capital murder in the death of Terece Gregory.

A fisherman found Gregory's body in the Trinity River in 1985, a day after she was last seen leaving a popular downtown Fort Worth nightclub just before daybreak. She was shot in the face.

Investigators say they linked Brown to Gregory through a DNA database in February while working on cold-case killings.
Police say that Brown's DNA matches semen taken from Gregory's body and stored in a crime lab freezer.

Since then, investigators have re-examined 25 unsolved slayings of women in Tarrant County and say 18 of those deserve a closer look, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its Thursday editions.
Over a period of 21 months in the mid-1980s, more than a dozen young women were slain, including a popular radio station employee who disappeared after buying gas at a convenience store in southwest Fort Worth and a middle school teacher strangled in her apartment. Most of the deaths remain unsolved.

"The DNA hit caused us to look at several other cases to determine whether Brown may be possibly involved in those," police Sgt. J.D. Thornton, head of the homicide unit, told the newspaper. "Whether he is or not, the evidence available in those cases will be processed to determine whether we can make a link to any suspect."
Brown was brought back to Fort Worth on Tuesday from a prison in Angleton, where he is serving a life sentence for the 1986 murder of Jewel Woods.
Woods was a 51-year-old nurse attacked in her apartment. Her body was found nearby the following day. She was beaten to death with a rock.

At the time of his arrest in Woods' death, Brown was free on bond after police say he crawled into one woman's apartment and tried to break into another.

Defense attorney Tim Moore, appointed to represent Brown on the capital murder charge, declined to comment.

Shortly after police announced that Brown was a suspect in 18 unsolved slayings, most of them taking place between 1984 and 1986, a relative named Betty Phenix contacted the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to speak in his behalf. According to Phenix, Brown had a troubled childhood, marked by tragedy and crime. His mother was burned in a house fire in 1972 that killed two of her children. One was 3 years old, and the other was just 5 1/2 months. Brown, who was 13 at the time, escaped unharmed.

When he was in his mid-20s he came to Texas to live with his mother, who had moved to Fort Worth from their native California. By then, he had already served time for armed robbery.
In 1984 he married, and a year later he had a daughter. He worked sporadically as a laborer and as a machinist.
In 1986, he pleaded guilty to raping and killing Jewel Woods, a 51-year-old nurse, in her Fort Worth home. Police say he beat her to death with a rock. He was found about a half-hour later, out of breath and sweating, carrying two purses wrapped in a towel. One carried Woods' identification. Her body, nude from the waist down, was found the next morning near her apartment in a patch of tall weeds.
Police believe that wasn't the first woman Brown killed. His first victim may have been Catherine Davis, an aspiring model who went missing on September 30, 1984. By December of that year, eight women were missing. Throughout the city, but especially in the neighborhoods near Texas Christian University, there was a growing fear that a serial killer was among them.
The murder that drew the most attention was that of Cindy Heller, a TCU graduate and former beauty contestant, who vanished on October 22, 1984. That night she stopped to help a stranded motorist and ended up sharing drinks with her. At about 11:30 p.m., they parted ways. Heller was never seen alive again.
On January 5, just days after police had found another body, a group of children playing near a creek on the TCU campus noticed something odd floating in the water. Tangled in the branches of a fallen tree, it appeared to be a headless corpse.
The children ran to tell their parents, who sent an older boy to check it out. When he confirmed their story, the parents called the police.
The press immediately speculated that it might be Heller's body, because she had lived a half-mile away from the creek. Identifying the body was difficult because it had been decomposing for months. Most of the upper body, including the head, the right arm and the chest had separated from the rest of the torso.
Firefighters pumped the creek and drained the three-acre Worth Hills Lake the creek fed into. Eventually, they found enough to identify the body as Heller's. Two hours later, another body was found, that of a 20-year-old waitress named Lisa Griffin.
Most cops already thought there was a serial killer on the loose. Reyes was a patrol officer at the time, and he was instructed to stop and help any stranded female motorist. Some women that he came upon were so scared they wouldn't even open their windows to talk to him until he could prove he was a cop.
Shortly after Griffin's body was discovered, Fort Worth police held a closed-door meeting and decided to form a task force to look into the serial killings. But they never caught the killer. Until now, Reyes believes.

Sharyn Kills Back
While Brown has not been linked through DNA evidence to the murder of Davis, Heller or Griffin (or any other woman who disappeared through that four-month period between 1984 and 1985), Reyes and others think he could be responsible for those slayings and more. So far, DNA evidence has linked him to the murders of Terese Gregory, a 29-year-old waitress killed in 1985, and Sharyn Kills Back, an 18-year-old also killed that year.

"I can't pinpoint the exact number he may be responsible for," says J.D. Thornton, who heads the Fort Worth homicide division and is leading the investigation into whom Brown may have killed. "We have eliminated him as a suspect in some of the murders--we can't say which ones--but we're confident there's more. They're similar enough in the victim's background, the m.o. and everything else. The only ones I'm going to eliminate him on are the ones that occurred while he was in prison."
Until Fort Worth police finish their investigation of Brown, which has been going on for more than a year, no trial date will be set. Brown's attorney, Tim Brown (no relation), says there has been no talk of a plea bargain.
"He maintains his innocence. They've made him out to be the serial killer of the '80s, and they only have DNA evidence linking him to two murders. It's completely inaccurate."
There is, of course, the possibility that Brown and Segundo are innocent of the murders Reyes has linked them to, or the ones he suspects them of committing. After all, DNA evidence has been successfully challenged across the country, often because the methods used to test it were faulty.

But Reyes feels confident that both are guilty. "I'd say it's about a one in a trillion chance we're wrong."
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Tuesday 5 August 2008, by Theophilus O’Donkor
An unusual serial rapist and killer arrested
Mauritanian police arrested a young man , Ali Sarr, presumed to be in his twenties and suspected of committing a series of rapes and murders, Monday evening in the Arafat district of the capital, Nouakchott.

The young man, suspected of at least, two rapes and murders at the Tevragh-Zeina residential area, in Nouakchott, is presently in police custody undergoing questioning.

Ali Sarr was caught with the help of a local mobile phone company which helped to locate his movements by virtue of a mobile phone chip he had taken from one of his victims, confirmed police sources.

The suspect is believed to have used a rather unusual method : killing his victims before sexually abusing them and then robbing them of their personal effects.
In the past few weeks, three young women, all in their early twenties, have been raped and murdered. The police have linked two of these acts directly to the suspect. All three crimes were committed at construction sites in Nouakchott.
Ali Sarr is undergoing questioning alongside another man suspected of being his accomplice, while the police continues to comb through the city for other suspects.
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Charles Papa Kwabena Ebo Quansah (b. 1964) is a convicted Ghanaian serial killer who was arrested in February 2000 for the murder of his girlfriend Joyce Boateng.

While in custody, Quansah was subsequently charged with the murder of another woman, Akua Serwaa who was found strangled near Kumasi Sports Stadium, in Kumasi on January 19, 1996 and subsequently confessed to the strangulation deaths of nine women in the capital city of Accra. The deaths of thirty-four women were attributed to a serial killer beginning in 1993.

Quansah, a mechanic who lived in the Accra, Ghana neighborhood of Adenta, had been previously under police surveillence as a suspect in the killings.

Police and prison records reveal that Charles Quansah was jailed at the James Fort prisons for the offence of rape in 1986. After completing his sentence, he committed another rape and was jailed for three years at the Nsawam Prisons in 1987. Quansah was imprisoned again for robbery in in 1996 at the Nsawam Medium Prisons in Kumasi, Ghana. After his release that year he relocated to Accra.

Charles Quansah's trial for the serial killings began on Thursday, July 11, 2002 at the High Court Criminal Sessions, Accra. He was subsequently convicted of the strangulation deaths of nine women and sentenced to be hanged until death.

In 2003, Charles Quansah spoke to the press and denied killing any of the nine women he was convicted of murdering or the further twenty-three women he was suspected of murdering and issued a statement proclaiming that he was tortured whilst in police custody.
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Police in Mexico City arrested Raul Osiel Marroquin yesterday, a serial killer who mad murdered at least four gay men by luring them from bars, some of whom he tortured before hanging them. In one instance, he carved a star into the victim's forehead. Marroquin is a former soldier who at one point had also kidnapped two additional gay men, before ransoming them for $11,500.

Said the killer, as he was paraded in front of the media: "I snuffed out four homosexuals that in some way were affecting society." Given the chance, Marroquin said he would kill again, but "refine his methods."
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64-year old serial killer to marry 20-year old fiancee
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A confessed French serial killer who was convicted and sentenced to life in a Nepal prison is engaged and plans to marry a woman 44 years younger than he.

Charles Sobhraj, 64, and his 20-year-old Nepalese fiancée, Nihita Biswas, said they are planning to get married if he is freed by Nepal's Supreme Court
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That is, ‘if’ he did it. This is the story of Robert “Willie” Pickton, a pig farmer, who has been waiting since 2002 to be brought to trial for some unspeakable crimes against women. As the story goes, this man, who owned a 17-acre pig farm, is alleged to have targeted women from the red light district. He allegedly lured them back to his pig farm, did unspeakable things to them, then shoved their bodies through shredders, feeding their remains to his pigs.

Not all the remains went to the pigs, though, I gather someone kept some souvenirs. The severed heads showed they’d been shot in the head. This reminds me somewhat of the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, because there were hands and feet, too, which showed no damage to the bones; because they were severed in a skillful manner.

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The Crown says witnesses will describe the finding of three severed heads, including that of [Sereena] Abotsway, in buckets on Pickton’s isolated property in Port Coquitlam.

The court was told investigators later found remains of the other women named on the indictment, including partial jaws, feet, hands and finger bones.

In a videotaped interview, he claimed the charges were ‘hogwash’, that he was being set up. But he also admitted to an undercover investigator that he was planning on doing one more, to make it an even 50.

Back in 1997, a woman charged him with attempted murder and unlawful confinement. She was Wendy Lynn Eistetter, a sex worker, and for some reason those charges were dropped, when Pinckton claimed he was acting in self defense.

I can’t believe it…it’s beyond the imagination. As Emanuella Grinberg said at Court TV, this story is befitting of a horror film. If the sickness of what was found on his farm isn’t enough, the defense has claimed that this man is ‘innocent’ and that someone else committed the crimes. Reportedly, Robert William Pickton admitted on tape that the reason he got caught was because he got ’sloppy’. He may have done just 49 and never made it to his even ‘50′, but he has only been charged with 26 of them. This trial just opens it upl; it’s for the the six murders of Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe, Georgina Papin and Marnie Frey, God rest their souls.

Canada does not have a death penalty.
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"El Depredador of Ciudad Juarez" (100-200) Since August, 1993, Mexican Federales have been baffled by the growing number of girls and young women appearing dead in the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez a border town next to El Paso with a population of 2 million. The numbers of dead vary according to the source. Here at the Archives we believe there have been at least 170 women have been murdered in Juarez since 1993. Of these, most have been killed by pimps, drug dealers, husbands and boyfriends. However, at least a third of the deaths seem to be unexplained and possibly the tally of one or more serial killers. (cont.)

Possible Colombian Child Killer (50+) Authorities in Colombia, fearing they might have a serial child killer on the loose, have created a special task force to hunt down the suspected maniac. In the past five years fifty-five bodies have been discovered, many of them in mass graves, some showing signs of torture and mutilation. "We fear that there could be a serial killer, or a group of murderers on the loose," said General Rosso Jose Serrano, Colombia's police chief. "The bodies of the children are all similarly mutilated, they were buried with hands tied and have organs missing."

The killings first caught the public attention last November, when a total of 25 children were found around the city of Pereira, 110 miles from the capital, Bogota. Victims have also been discovered in 10 other locations. Hundreds more young boys have been reported missing by their families in the past couple of years.

The most popular theory among Colombians is that the children were the victims of a Satanic sect. Satanism is said to be widely practised in the Pereira region, and the police have long suspected that children were being snatched off the street to be used in rituals. The police are also exploring suggestions that the children could be the victims of an organ smuggling or a group of pedophiles. Some believe the police themselves are responsible for the killings. It has been known that policemen to take part in paramilitary groups that kidnap and kill homeless people, prostitutes and street children. Many of the victims were living on the streets and making money by begging.

"The Green River Killer" (49+) The most prolific unidentified killer of the Archives. The Green River Killer tallied forty-nine kills between 1982 and 1984 in the Seattle-Tacoma area.
It's believed that the killer is a white, middle-aged male. During his two year rampage he enjoyed leaving his victims near the banks of the Green River outside Seattle, thus explaining his moniker. All his victims have been women. He prefers prostitutes, but will kill a runaway or a hitchhiker in a pinch. Some believe that the killer might have died, moved away, was incarcerated, institutionalized, or perhaps just retired. As of August 1988 authorities think that he might have resurfaced in San Diego where he has already bagged ten more women... (cont.)

"Twin Cities Killer" (34) No one wants to admit it but evidence points to the existence of one or several serial killers working the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul. From 1986 to 1994 up to 34 corpses have littered the streets of the Twin Cities. Most of them were prostitutes in their twenties and thirties. Several were mutilated, dismembered, and sometimes even decapitated.

Three scenarios have been posited to explain the growing list of dead. One: there is a number of serial killers preying on prostitues and drug users. Two: there is one or more serial killers and several murderers who have killed once or twice. Three: there is a number of nonserial killers hunting Twin Cities prostitutes. Whatever the case, 34 unresolved killings should not go unnoticed.

The I-45 Killer(s) (32) Over that last three decades the FBI has chronicled at least 32 dead women in an area a few miles on either side of Interstate 45 along the 50-mile stretch between Houston and Galveston in Texas. The latest victim was discoveredin early 1999 by a little boy and his dog when they were out for a walk in some marshy woods. The dog came up with a bone, and then the boy saw a skull. Nearby, the police later would find earrings, shreds of clothing and a belt tied around a tree. Investigators believe the killer used it to bind the young woman while she was sexually assaulted.

Now, for the first time since the first victim's corpse was discovered in 1971, investigators believe they are making progress both in breaking individual cases and devising a method to attack the overall problem. But early indications are not good for those who hoped it could be brought to an end by finding one serial killer who could be captured and put behind bars. "It appears that there may be multiple serial killers," said Don K. Clark, special agent in charge of the FBI's Houston division.

If that suspicion proves true--and investigators caution that they remain far from bringing charges in these crimes--then the bizarre pattern of killings along I-45 would be the result of an equally bizarre occurrence. Police now worry that for nearly three decades this stretch of coastal plain has served as a hunting ground for any number of murderers . Over time, it appears to police, the killers have come and gone but shared in common the site they selected to find their victims--or to dump the bodies of people killed elsewhere.

In fact, the bayous lined with longleaf pine, beech and live oaks appear to have served as a dumping ground not only for local killers but also for Houston's predators. The refineries and ports draw transients. The small towns and country roads have proved easy places to hunt victims. The patchwork of jurisdictions makes it easy to cloak activities simply by crossing the city limits.

The victims in the I-45 cases typically disappeared while out alone, only to be found dead and abused in a remote spot weeks or months later, leaving no hint as to their attacker's identity or motive.

The investigation took an important turn after several particularly horrific and well-publicized crimes in 1997. First, Laura Smither, 12, disappeared while jogging near her home, and then Jessica Lee Cain, 17, vanished, leaving behind only her empty pickup truck parked on the shoulder of I-45. Smither's decapitated body was found in a pond almost three weeks after her disappearance. Cain is still missing.

"Before Laura Smither and Jessica Cain, each one of us was in his own little world, investigating our own individual cases, and we would have no way of knowing that some fellow we wanted to question in one murder, and had been a top suspect, had already been questioned in a very similar murder just a few miles down the highway," said Lt. Tommy Hansen of the Galveston County Sheriff's Department.

Some evidence pointed to a serial killer long ago. Two girls disappeared from the same convenience store in the 1970s. Four bodies were found between 1984 and 1991 in a scrubby patch of pastures dubbed the "killing fields." More subtle patterns now are emerging from a computer analysis of the evidence. The victims seem to cluster according to physical type, such that it appears one killer has a preference for short, slim, brown-haired women. Another killer seems to have demonstrated distinctive habits in the way he disposes of bodies, investigators said.

Stark similarities in several early cases suggest that a serial killer was active in the area in the 1970s, but it is unlikely he will ever be identified because so much time has passed. Further complicating matters, Henry Lee Lucas roamed the Gulf Coast when some of the early I-45 murders took place, but he has not been linked definitively to any of the unsolved cases.

Police have been closely following a suspect who remains at large on the I-45 corridor, but who never has been publicly identified. "We know a guy, we know him very well, a guy who has killed before and who had some kind of contact with five of the girls, but all the evidence is circumstantial," said police Lt. Gary D. Ratliff of League City, a town of 50,000 where the "killing fields" are located.

The unnamed suspect suffered physical injuries in an automobile accident a few years ago and appears to have gone "dormant" since then, Ratliff said. While that is good news in one sense, his lack of activity makes it less likely he might commit a mistake that would allow him to be caught.

March 17, 2000 - Houston investigators believe there are a least a dozen serial killers living in or around the city, or passing through it on a regular basis. One killer is believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least two girls ages 9 and 12 whose nude bodies were found dumped in waterways. Another cluster of killings involves at least four women in their late teens and early twenties who dissapeared around the southern Houston and Galvenston area. Between April 1992 and July 1995 three killings in the Houston area have been linked to a serial killer who likes young Hispanic females and becomes anxious if his victims are not discovered quickly. Over a six-year period four other women have been found within a mile of each other in a field off Calder Road in Galveston County.

In the mid- to late '80s, a task force studied the killings of six prostitutes who worked in Houston's Montrose area. In the early '70s a number of young girls were abducted and murdered. In all ther are about 200 unsolved murders of women and girls in Houston and the surrounding areas since 1971.

Lusaka Serial Killer (30+) Police in Zambia are searching for a serial killer suspected of committing as many as thirty murders, mostly in family groups. His latest victims were an elderly couple, whose heads were crushed with a hoe. Police said the man they're searching for was tried in 1996 for killing a family of three in Monze, southern Zambia. He was sent to an asylum in Lusaka, but escaped within a few days.

On February 7, 1999, Zambian authorities announced that a task force charged with tracking down the Lusaka serial killer was assembled. "This task force has been drawn from the cream of the police service and we are hopeful of results very soon. We used the same system to track Sipalo the Lusaka serial killer of the 80s." The serial killer's latest victims are believed to be the former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Leonard Kombe and his wife.

On February, 1999, Zambian police it detained a man suspected of being the serial killer. Though no evidence linked Lanelo Mashow to the killing spree, a police source said that the suspect seemed to know a lot about the killings, especially in Lusaka. The source said Mashowo's background also raised much suspicion. However, Mashowo has not yet been charged with anything. The source disclosed that so far eight people had been to Woodlands Police Station to identify the man. Of the eight people two believe Mashowo is the man they saw live with their relatives on the farm while the other six are still in doubt.

In related news, Zambia Independent Media Association (ZIMA) chairman David Simpson criticised the stateowned Zambia Daily Mail for reporting to the police that he was the suspected serial killer. Simpson said the Zambia Daily Mail incident was "unfortunate as it conflicts with journalism ethics". He said the media should protect their sources regardless of circumstances.

"New Orleans Serial Killer" (24 +/-) There is a possible serial killer, or serial killers, roaming the streets of New Orleans logging in at 24 dead. The vicitms are mostly prostitutes who were strangled, their stripped bodies dumped in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, and swamps further west of the city. The killings started in 1991. Most of the victims were abducted in Algiers and Treme, two of the poorest neighborhoods of the city. A New Orleans police officer, Victor Gant is the suspect in the murders of two out of 24 victims. While being investigated for two death -- one of which was his girlfriend -- Gant remained in the force in a desk job. After a domestic dispute with his current girlfriend Gant was suspended from the force.

On March 2, 1998, another suspect, Russell Ellwood was arrested in connection to two of the killings. Ellwood, a former cab driver, is suspected in eight more killings. However, authorities still believe more than one suspect was responsible for the string of prostitute slayings. "We never thought, from the beginning, that this was the work of one person."

"Possible Vancouver Serial Killer" (27) Though they have no bodies or hard evidience to back their claims, prostitutes in one of Canada's poorest neighborhoods suspect a serial killer is responsible for the disappearance of up to 31 sex-trade workers since 1995. However, according to a spokesperson representing the prostitutes, there can be no other explanation for neighbors and friends in the HIV-ravaged downtown Vancouver neighborhood who have been seen on a corner one minute, then gone for good the next. (cont.)

"Possible Ghanaian Serial Killer" (25) Someone in Ghana has been killing women in cold blood to the tune of 21 dead over the last year. Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Peter Nanfuri, assured the Ghanaian public that the police was working hard to arrest the apparently elusive serial killer or killers.

Thousands of women marched in Ghana's capital Accra to press for action against the unexplained killings. The demonstrators dressed in black and sported red armbands chanting slogans condemning police for failing to end the killings .

Many Ghanaians blame the deaths on ritual killers. Most of the deaths have been in Accra's western district, where the bodies have generally been left in unfinished or abandoned buildings.

On June 30, 2000, responding to complaints from the irate citizenry, Ghana's National Security minister Kofi Totobi Quakyi said that there has been no major breakthrough in investigations into the serial murders. The killings started in the Ghanan capital of Accra about two years ago. The seeming police inaction has led to a public outcry for the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police and the Interior Minister.

Police have refused to make any comments on the cases and on whether they are dealing with a serial killer claiming they do not want to jeopardise their investigations. They also say they are over-stretched and do not have adequate resources for such an extensive investigation.

Possible Swaziland Serial Killer (24-33) - In April 2001 the dead bodies of 24 murdered women and children have been uncovered in a forest near Swaziland's traditional capital, Lobamba. Other accounts put the total of victims at 33. Initial investigations have revealed that the victims were killed over a period of several months up to a couple of years. Police Commissioner Edgar Hillary of the tiny mountain kingdom of Swaziland described the murders as a "national disaster".

Police and soldiers stumbled from one body to another after a herdsman discovered the first victim. All the victims' bodies were either in an advanced stage of decomposition or skeletal. Senior police detective Jomo Mavuso led the search in the thick forest. The police discovered that all the victims had been killed in a similar way. The bodies of the 21 women and three children were found stripped naked lying face down. The victims had been raped before either being strangled to death or beheaded.

The bones and clothing of the victims were packed into plastic bags and transported to a nearby police station before being taken to mortuaries for identification. The Swaziland police believe the murders are the work of serial killer.

Police suspect that the bodies and three others found a week before could possibly be further victims of suspected serial killer Bongani Vilakati, who was shot and killed by police on March 29. Vilakati was shot during a chase through a maize field after police had found six bodies buried on his farm about 30 miles from the city of Mbabane last year.

"Possible I-10 Serial Killer" (20) Police in San Diego is investigating an unnamed subject in relation to a string of slaying committed along Interstate 10, the 3,000-mile highway running across eight states in the lower United States.

The investigation was triggered by a woman who provided police with information about the 1981 slaying in San Diego's Balboa Park that only someone who was there and witnessed the killing or who received information from the killer could have known. The female informant, whom authorities have not identified, showed authorities the location of the crime and described how it was committed -- all facts that were known only to police.

The woman accused a truck driver of the 1981 killing, as well a string of other slayings across America. The victims were mostly hitchhikers and rostitutes. According to the informant, the trucker may have killed up to 20 people. Many of the victims were killed in Texas and their bodies dumped or buried in shallow graves hundreds of miles away.

San Diego police have obtained DNA from the suspect and has contacted law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions to compare DNA samples from their unsolved cases.

Officials have developed a time-line on the suspect for 1980 to 1990 and are hoping other law enforcement agencies may have unsolved cases that correspond to the trucker's movements. If so, they can then compare any evidence to that of the trucker. Meanwhile, the truck driver remains free.

"Phoenix Strangler" (19) South Africa's "Phoenix Strangler" is suspected of murdering up to 19 women in and around Phoenix, in the province of KwaZulu Natal. The latest batch of bodies were dug up on July 24 when police found five corpses in shallow graves in a Phoenix sugar plantation. In all 18 victims - black women aged between 20 and 30 years - have been found in graves in the Phoenix-Mt Edgecombe plantation area near the White House shopping complex north of Durban.

All victims were gagged and their hands and feet were bound, were strangled with their own underwear and buried in shallow graves. The latest batch of bodies was discovered by a man walking his dog. "The dog picked up the smell which led to the discovery." Three of the victims have been identified. Two were related to policemen, one of them stationed at the Phoenix police station.

The killings are believe to have started in August, 1994. The latest vicitm is believed to have died August 5, 1997. It appears that the women could have been searching for employment in the area and were lured by a man and a women to their deaths.

On August 15 heavily armed policemen arrested Sipho Agmatir Thwala, 30, during an early morning raid in the Besters shantytown near Phoenix. The suspect, a Zulu-speaking Phoenix man, closely fitted a psychological profile of the killer constructed by Dr. Miki Pistorius, South Africa's own star profiler. Pistorius, who trained under former FBI agent Robert Ressler, is rated as one of the world's foremost and respected authorities on serial killing. In South Africa she has helped track down the River Strangler, the Donnybrook Killer and Cape Town's Station Strangler. The psychological profile described the man as intelligent, charming to women and likely to kill again.

"Cape Town Strangler" (20+) Still on the loose in South Africa, "Cape Town Strangler" is responsible killing about 20 women, mostly prostitutes, according to police. Local authorities believe there are between three and five serial killers at large in South Africa. Here at the Archives we believe the number appears to be much higher.

"El Psicópata" (17+) Costa Rican police said the number of hits by a mysterious serial killer known as "El Psicópata" (The Psychopath) could exceed 31. Previously, authorities had attributed 17 dead or missing people to the elusive killer. Stumped by a decade of ramdom murder, Costa Rican police have even asked the FBI for help in tracking down this mysterious killer.

"El Psicópata" preys on young couples in secluded parks in and around the capital San Jose, police said. He often waits until the couples start making love before shooting them with a high-calibre weapon and mutilating the breasts and reproductive organs of his female victims. It is believed that he follows his potential victims for several days before killing them. In some cases, he has also killed young women on their own and has carried out acts of necrophilia. Authorities now think he may also be responsible for the disappearance of 12 other young people in 1996.

Most of the killings have been committed in a wooded area stretching from the southwestern district of Alajuelita to the eastern neighborhood of Cartago -- a patch of land locals now call the "triangle of death." The killer's murder spree began on June 6, 1986, with the murders of seven women and girls - known as the Alajuelita Massacre - and has continued unabated through October 24, 1996, with the deaths of Ileana Alvarez and Mauricio Cordero,

Costa Rican police have drawn up several psychological profiles of the killer, including one "Rambo" theory that portrays him as a deranged former military or police official. They also think he could be the son of a wealthy politician or a landowner. Police believe the killer is probably in his 30s or 40s, and could be highly intelligent.

On June 26, 1998, the Judicial Investigative Organization Costa Rica announced the arrest of a new serial killer operating in the so-called Death Triangle. The new killer is a 52-year-old construction, the father of 11 children whose favorite hobby is hunting.The police believe that he sexually abuses his victims, then kills them with hunting rifles, and finally buries them under concrete. So far authorities have found no connection between this new unnamed killer and The Psychopath.

"The Monster of Florence" (16+) Between 1974 and 1985, this Eurotrash psychopath has tallied at least 16 grisly sexual murders in the outskirts of Florence. All but two of the victims were courting couples. Four were foreigners. In all killings a .22 Beretta was used, and the women had their left breasts cut off and genitals mutilated. Once the killer (or killers) mockingly sent police a portion of the female genitalia from one of his victims. This pattern of murder-and-gore has been repeated with frightening regularity to the tune of 16 dead.

Police questioned more than 100,000 people and charged seven men with being the elusive killer. The latest accused, Pietro Pacciani, semi-literate farm hand whose hobbies are hunting and taxidermy, was arrested on January 17, 1993, He was convicted of the seven double murders in November, 1994. Not the innocent choirboy type, in 1951 Pacciani was jailed for 13 years for murdering a travelling salesman whom he had spied on during an amorous encounter with his fiancée in the woods. After stabbing the salesman 19 times, Pietro raped the unfortunate lass twhile lying next to the corpse. He also beat his wife and was jailed between 1987 and 1991 for sexually abusing his two daughters.

However, maintaining that he was "as innocent as Christ on the cross," on February 13, 1996, Pietro was set free when an appeals court overturned his conviction. Curiously, the decision to clear Pacciani came hours after the arrest of Mario Vanni, 70, a friend of Pacciani and former postman (showing that lethal postal workers are not a singularly American phenomenon). Vanni was subsequently charged with the murders of a French couple in 1985 .

Investigators acting on new information began to suspect that not one maniac, but an entire gang of ageing drunken perverts may be responsible for the monster's killing rampage. The gang, led by Pacciani, includes Vanni, Giancarlo Lotti, 54 and Giovanni Faggi, 77, a ceramic tile salesman with a penchant for sex toys. Lotti later confessed that he and Pacciani had had a homosexual relationship, and claimed that the women had been maimed to satisfy the fetish of "a doctor", who had paid to procure "sections" of the victims.

On December 12, 1996 the Italian Supreme Court overturned the decision to free Pacciani and ordered a retrial in the light of new evidence. Allegedly Lotti is said to have confessed to police the killings perpetrated by himself and his geriatric card-playing companion. On May 21, 1997, the three alleged accomplices of Pacciani went on trial for their involvement in five double murders.

On February 22, 1998, Pietro, 73, was found dead in his squalid cottage. He was discovered face-down on the floor with his trousers down at his ankles and his shirt up round his neck. Although his face was blue and disfigured, the initial police opinion that he died of a cardiac arrest was being widely doubted, and a post mortem examination has been ordered. Some believe that he may have been killed by the real "Monster" in an effort to protect his identity.

Four Possible Sexual Predators in Chicago (11+) - In July, 1999, Chicago authorities issued a citywide warning about four separate sexual predators active in an in and around the city's South Side. Especifically, the crack and heroin ravished neightborhood of Englewood, bounded by 51st and 59th between Halsted and Damen.

Since 1995, police said, Englewood has been plagued by a string of 11 unsolved killings. "We are now dealing with four distinct patterns. We have four individuals involved in 11 homicides, and in two criminal sexual assaults," said Police Comdr. Frank Trigg, of the Chicago Police Department. Through DNA evidence authorities have linked one man seven murders, another one to three, and two more men to one murder and two rapes. All victims shared a common "high-risk" lifestyle in which they sold sex to earn money to buy smokable crack cocaine. Many of the dead were discovered in burnt-out buildings in the neighborhoods of Englewood, the New City Area, and in Washington Park.

It is believed that the women are lured to the crime scenes with drugs, then raped and murdered once inside. "More than likely," said Commander Briggs, "these predators are selecting a location during the daylight hours, becoming familiar with that location, and then selecting and enticing a victim during the hours of darkness."

In the last eight years police have arrested two other men in connection with multiple slayings of women in Englewood and the adjacent New City neighborhood. In 1997 Hubert Geralds Jr. was sentenced to death for killing six women in Englewood in 1994 and 1995. Gregory Clepper is awaiting trial on charges he killed 14 women in the area between 1991 and 1996.

"Nasrec Strangler" (15) South Africa's "Nasrec Strangler" preys on women commuting between Soweto and Johannesburg. He is believed to have strangled and raped 15 women and a teenager since May of 1995. He has been dubbed the "Nasrec Strangler" because many of the bodies were found near an exhibition center with that name south of Johannesburg.

The killer has been profiled as well dressed, suave and intelligent man with a deep- seated hatred of women. His victims are black females, mostly between the ages of 20 and 35, who are lured from minibus taxis. Authorities suspect he could be a minibus driver. In 1996 authorities arrested a suspected rapist Samuel Bongani Mfeka and is being questioned over the Nasrec serial killings. Although suspected of six other murders, there has been no links established between Mfeka and the Nasrec killings.

On July 5, 2000, two men appeared in a South African court in connection with the murders of 51 people in the Nasrec industrial district in Southern Johannesburg and the Soweto township. Lazarus Mazikane and Kaizer Motshegwa, both 27, were already in custody on unrelated charges when police announced their astonishing body count. "There are 53 cases, of which 51 of the victims were killed," police director Henriette Bester told Reuters. "Of the 51 murder victims, 32 were female, all of whom were raped. Seventeen of the victims were children between the ages of five and eight of whom 11 were girls."

One of the two suspect had been recently convicted and sentenced to 30 years in jail on a rape charge. Facts surrounding the rape case convinced investigators that they had a serial killer in custody. According to authorities the suspects pointed out several murder sites during questioning.

Possible Newark, New Jersey, Serial Killer (14) Essex County Prosecutor Patricia Hurt appointed a task force on April 2, 1998, to investigate 14 unsolved murders of black women over the past five years. The women -- many of them prostitutes -- were stabbed, strangled or suffocated, and their bodies dumped in vacant lots or abandoned buildings a few miles from each other. Nine of the 14 cases targeted by the task force were killed in Newark, while three were killed in Irvington and two in East Orange. They were between 19 and 37 years old.

"We don't know if there is a pattern yet," Newark Police Director Joseph J. Santiago said. "That's not to say I'm not looking for one." The women were killed in different ways and disposed of in different places. But a high-ranking law enforcement source told The Star-Ledger of Newark, "All indications point to a serial killer."

In nearby Union County, Prosecutor Thomas Manahan said he is investigating four unsolved slayings of black female prostitutes killed between 1988 and 1994. He said authorities have likely suspects for all of them, but he appointed a homicide investigator to determine if the killings could be linked to the Essex County slayings.

Possible Muti Serial Killer in Johannesburg (13) South African police believe a serial killer could be responsible for the murders of two children and the disappearances of 11 others over the last five months in a Johannesburg shanty town. Authorities believe the children could have been dismembered so their body parts could be used for muti, a form of traditional medicine.

Police have been searching in and around the Orange Farm township, trying to establish whether any of the township's 13 missing children have fallen prey to suspected muti-murderers or a serial killer. The search was triggered by the discovery of the dismembered body of six-year-old Zanele Nongiza near her home. Three days later authorities found a skull and ribs, also believed to be those of a child. The body of a six-year-old girl was also found in nearby Finetown, outside Ennerdale. Police suspect the killings are muti-related. Muti being a ritualized religious practice of South African blacks. Police believe the first of the spate of killings in the area wstarted in February last year, when the body of a girl was found dumped in the veld near Finetown.

"The Southside Slayer" (12+) The Southside Slayer has tallied at least twelve black "strawberries" (crack-addicted prostitutes) in Los Angeles since 1984. In 1993, after denying the existence of a serial killer wiping out "strawberries" in South Central, authorities arrested a black policemen in connection to the killings. The man proved to be innocent. The whole incident ruined his life and his career in the police department. No one would blame him if he started his own killing spree. However, the real killer is still at large and at work in the streets of Los Angeles. Presently he is at twelve confirmed hits and counting.

"Possible Pittsburg Serial Killer" (12+) Pittsburg police announced there could be a serial killer in their city who has claimed the life of more than a dozen prostitutes since the late 1980s. However, detectives can't establish a connection between the cases except the victims' hard lives as drug addicts who sold themselves for a fix and ended up dead in remote areas outside the city, some in suburban communities and others in outlying counties.

Some victims, such as Leah Hall, 32, of Oakland, who was found dead in Carnegie in 1997, were strangled. But the coroner's office hasn't been able to establish a cause for others, such as that of Cherida Warmley, 43, of Lawrenceville, whose skeleton was found in North Versailles last year, or Faye Jackson, 24, of Garfield, whose dismembered remains were found in a Monroeville creek in 1994.

Talk of a link began in October, 1999, with the discovery of the skeletal remains of Angelique Morgan, 27, in an abandoned Shadyside house. In the winter of 1997, after the bodies of Hall and Dorothy Siemers, 29, turned up in the suburbs, county police said they suspected the deaths could be connected.

Three years ago, Torbin and Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Ron Freeman even discussed going to the media to drum up information about some of the deaths, although they never did.

While some city and county detectives privately doubt there is a link, others point to the improbability that so many similar deaths -- perhaps as many as 18 -- would be the work of different people.

At least five Allegheny County deaths fit the category of prostitutes from the city found dead in the suburbs: Hall, Siemers, Warmley, Jackson and Jessica Freeman, 15, whose beaten body was discovered along railroad tracks in Bethel Park in 1992. Two recent deaths also might be part of the police investigation.

On June 28, the skeletal remains of a young woman were found in a vacant house in Wilkinsburg. She has yet to be identified, but an autopsy showed she was strangled. On Oct. 6, Morgan's skeletal remains were discovered. The cause of her death hasn't been determined, but police suspect she was slain, because she was found under a carpet and a mattress with her sweat shirt wrapped around her head. Police said she was a prostitute and drug addict.

"We have developed suspects in most of these cases, but the evidence does not overlap," said Sgt. Lee Torbin, a 27-year homicide squad veteran. "There is no common denominator."

"Northwest Serial Killer" (12+) The disappearances of 12 women and the slaying of 29 others in the counties of King, Pierce and Snohomish in Washington State are being considered as the work of a possible serial killer.

Authorities do not believe these slayings, which began in 1985, have been perpretrated by the "Green River Killer" because there have been too few of them. The "Green River Killer" was very prolific, killing as many as five women in a month. However, this new killer shares some habits with the notorious murderer: he abducts mostly prostitutes, kills them, and leaves their bodies in rural areas.

Timothy Joseph McGhee (12) On January 10, 2003, 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.

McGhee, the leader of Toonerville gang, has spent a third of his life behind bars. Formed in the late 1950s, the mostly Latino gang claims the largely middle-class Atwater Village area east of Hollywood as their turf. McGhee, who has an eagle and a snake from the Mexican flag tattooed across the back of his head, was convicted in 1994 of assaulting a peace officer in San Bernardino County and sentenced to four years in prison. He was released after serving three years, and then sent back to prison in 1997 on a parole violation. He was released in March 1999, violated parole again and was returned to prison in February 2000. He was released two months later. Police suspect that McGhee killed a rival gang member in 1997 and a bodyguard for a rap artist at an Atwater music studio in 1999.

McGhee was "out hunting" with fellow gang members on June 3, 2000, when they allegedly killed 16-year-old Ryan Gonzales "When they go into rival territory, it's like a hunter going into a big-game preserve," , Teague said. McGhee also is alleged to have fatally shot a 17-year-old boy, Marty Gregory Roybal, who was sketching a picture at the Los Angeles River on September 14, 2000, and then, seeing that a nearby homeless man -- David Lamont Martin, 33 -- might have been a witness, is alleged to have killed him too.

McGhee's killings accelerated during the summer of 2001. In June 12, he is suspected of fatally shooting a Pomona resident, Manuel Apodaca, 21, and critically wounding Nina Guerrero, his pregnant girlfriend, when they tried to rob him. Guerrero suffered severe brain damage, but was able to give birth. The next month, McGhee ordered the killing of Carlos Velasco, a 21-year-old man working at a furniture warehouse. Three weeks later, McGhee allegedly killed Bryham Robinson, 38, Cheri Wisotsky, 46, and her mother, Mary Ann Wisotsky, 64, after Cheri told police about drug dealing at the house where McGhee's sister lived.

In November 2001, McGhee and fellow gang members, armed with handguns and assault rifles, went looking to kill a victim in rival territory, police said -- revenge for the earlier slaying of a Toonerville member. Once they spotted a sport utility vehicle on the road, they decided to make the occupants their next victims. McGhee and crew allegedly cut off the SUV and fatally shot Margie Mendoza, a mother of two, and wounded her husband. "They murdered the first people they saw," Teague said. "For them, it didn't matter if it was a guy watering his lawn or a kid skateboarding down the street. All that's necessary is that the victim is in the rival gang's territory."

"Spider Killings" in Iran (12) Authorities suspect there is a serial killer active in Mashhad, one of Iran's holiest cities. Since July 2000, at least 12 "truck women" -- prostitutes who service truckers and delivery men -- have been found strangled to death, their bodies dumped into local streets and canals. In all cases a head scarf has ben found knotted twice to the right side of the neck. The slayings have been dubbed "the spider killings" by a local newspaper because of the way the women were found wrapped in their chadors.

Curiously, the killings pose a complicated problem for Iran's religious leadership who deny the existence of prostitution in their society. "We are an Islamic state. We don't have prostitution. We don't have drug addicts," said Fatamh Mansourian, director of the first and only nongovernmental organization allowed to work on the issue of prostitution. "The first step is saying, Yes, we have prostitutes; we have problems."

Some believe that the killings are a cold-blooded conspiracy perpetrated by religious radicals and aimed at undermining moderate presidency of Mohammad Khatami, who has tried to open society and force it to confront difficult social issues. H. Zaare Seffat, deputy governor general for security and law enforcement in the region said that there is no proof of a conspiracy but that the conservative religious community is not terribly disturbed by the affair. "Extramarital relations--our society cannot accept," he said, though he added that he does not excuse murder. Furthermore, no one really feels sorry for the women who, for all given purposes, have hopelessly disgraced themselves. But most believe the killings are the work of a single individual out for some sort of revenge.

The authorities are especially sensitive about the killings because they've been happening in Mashhad. The city -- whose name literally means Place of Martyrdom -- is an extremely sacred site for Iran's Shiite Muslims, drawing as many as 12 million pilgrims annually to the burial site of Imam Reza, the eighth grandson of the prophet Muhammad. The city also has a dark underbelly -- right next to the sacred shrine -- crawling with heroin addicts and prostitutes, where the killings are taking place. The city is also overwhelmed with 200,000 refugees from Afghanistan, which is merely a two-hour drive, and which bring poverty, drugs and prostitution.

The first body was found on a roadside last July. The dead woman, Afsaneh, 30, was a suspected prostitute and convicted drug user. The next week, two more prostitutes were found strangled, both with those two knots on the right side of the neck. Five months later, three more bodies were added to the toll, and police acknowledged a link between the killings and set up a special task force. When local newspapers suggested that the killings were the work of religious vigilantes, the reform-minded parliament in Teheran ordered an inquiry. On April 1, 2001, following the inquiry, the local investigative team was replaced with a special squad from Tehran. Within two weeks, three more prostitutes were killed, suggesting it could indeed be a politically motivated rampage.

Possible Cincinnati Serial Killer (12) Although police are reluctant link any of the killings or discuss the subject, it seems like the Cincinnati area has a serial killer hunting women. Since 1996 about a dozen female bodies have popped up throughout a eight to ten county area in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The victims are similar in age and appearance.

"The Norfolk/Hampton Roads Killer" (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. Ten were strangled; the others were too decomposed to determine how they died. All but one were found nude. Most victims were gay, some were drifters or transients and some were hustlers. Nearly all were last seen in or near gay bars in Norfolk or Portsmouth.Chesapeake Detective Cecil Whitehurst who was assigned to the case said the fact that the killer dumped the bodies away from the crime scenes made solving the cases more difficult. A couple of suspects have been in custody regarding one victim or another, but no one has been tied to more than one killing. On March 5, 1998, Chesapeake Police Chief Richard A. Justice named Elton M. Jackson as the suspect in all 12 homicides

"The Cleveland Torso Murderer" (12+) Also known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. His official tally was 12, but some believe that he killed up to 40. His bloody rampage spanned from 1935 to 1938. Some believe he was active from 1923 to 1950. He decapitated most of his victims and cut off their limbs. Unwittingly he caused the downfall of Eliot Ness who failed to capture him. The Mad Butcher apparently was very knowledgeable of anatomy leading many to believe he might have been a surgeon. The Butcher's precise cutting style also linked him to the Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles.

Ness believed the Butcher was a medical student from a prominent and politically active Cleveland family. The name of the suspect was never released due to the family's powerful connections. Curiously, the murders stopped in August of 1938 when Ness forced the student doctor into a hospital. The killings resumed briefly in 1950 when he was let out and stopped when he was hospitalized once again n.

In 1939 the sheriff's department extracted a confession from a Bohemian immigrant named Frank Dolezal. When the confession was questioned Dolezal recanted and was soon found hanged in his jail cell. It is believed his apparent suicide was in fact a cover-up for the brutal treatment he received from the police.

"Grand Rapids Serial Killer" (11) Authorities are puzzled by the slayings of 11 women -- nine of which were prostitutes -- in and around the Grand Rapids area. "When this started, the reaction we heard was rather casual, like the women who had been killed were too careless. But then more and more bodies were found."

The first victim, Lesa Otberg, 25, of Grand Rapids, was discovered in March 1994 in nearby Muskegon. Eight months later, another body, still unidentified, was found in neighboring Ottawa County. The others have been in the Grand Rapids area, including five since August, 1996. The latest victim was Victoria Moore, 29, whose decomposed body was spotted by a squirrel hunter two weeks ago 20 miles north of the city.

Police aren't certain they are dealing with a serial killer. "We're not denying that it's a possibility," said Lt. Carol Price, a spokeswoman for the 15-member task force assigned to the case. "But we don't concentrate on that theory to the exclusion of others."

At least five of the 11 victims had contacts with the Rose Haven Ministry, a sanctuary for prostitutes. Most of the victims have been young white women with dark hair.

Missouri River Killer (10+) AKA "Independence Avenue Killer". Apparently a serial killer has been dumping into the Missouri River the bodies of Kansas City women from red light district. On October 10, 1996, the body of 21-year-old Christy Fugate was pulled from the rushing waters of the Missouri river near Dover in Lafayette County, Missouri. Since then, nine more bodies has appeared downriver.

All murdered women were alleged prostitutes working in the Independence Avenue area of Kansas City, Missouri. They were all roughly of the same weight and height, and many had been warned of the possible threat to their lives posed by what police are ready to call a serial killer.

So far, ten women from Kansas City have been discovered downstream, and three women who were suspected to work in the Independence Avenue area have disappeared. Five months after Christy's body was discovered, the body of Sherri Livingston was found in the river nearby. Three weeks passed, and another body - Connie Wallace-Byas - was found. The next day, Linda Custer's body was recovered near Dover. Two weeks later, Chandra Helsel's body was found near Boonsville. In April 1998, the mutilated body of Tammy Smith was found in the river near Sibly.

The bodies of four other Kansas City women have been discovered along the water's edge. Police believe they too may be the victims of the mysterious Missouri River Killer.

"Possible Atlanta Lust Killer" (10+) Law enforcement personnel believe that a lust killer has been at large in Atlanta for the last 15 years. Though the killings have been occuring since the Wayne Williams investigation, many upper level enforcement agents believe that it is not a serial killer. The suspected perpetrator hunts black prostitutes and thetrically stages their bodies at most crime scenes. The possible killer is believed to be responsible for more than ten deaths.

"The Original Night Stalker" (10) On October 3, 200, California investigators annnounced they had uncovered through DNA testing that a serial killer was responsible for the deaths of 10 people, most of them couples, between 1979 and 1984. Dubbed "The Original Night Stalker," the killer is believed to have carefully selected his victims from upscale communities in Orange, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Using cutting-edge technologies investigators at the Orange County Sheriff's Department have linked six separate murder scenes and 10 victims to a single suspect.

The suspected killer disappeared after 1984, leading authorities to believe he might have died, was incapacitated, or was incarcerated for an unrelated crime. "It's very doubtful that he would have just stopped," Orange County sheriff's Detective Larry Pool said. "Serial killers don't just stop." After years of inactivity, the investigation is white-hot once again, driving the families of the victims have posted a $100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the unidentified suspect.

The mystery began to take shape four years ago when scientists at the Orange County Sheriff's Department's DNA lab started applying new technology to old murder cases and found three with striking similarities. The next year, the department's new "cold case" unit found evidence that a previously undetected serial killer may have left at least 10 victims in three Southern California counties from 1979 to 1984. DNA tests of semen and hair found at four crime scenes and a common method have led investigators to believe that a single man was involved in six different attacks.

The idea that the killer may still be alive has spurred Detective Pool to conduct a desperate search to match a face to the trail of DNA. The search has taken him and partner Brian Heaney to San Quentin prison, where more than 60 inmates occupy death row. But the two hit a legal hurdle. An injunction prevents investigators from taking DNA samples from California inmates on death row.

At the time of the murders the killer is believed to have been a young man, maybe in his early 20s, and he had a medium build, with a broad, muscular chest. He also brought his German shepherd to several of the crime scenes. Based on the nature of his crimes, Pool said, investigators have concluded that the killer harbored a murderous rage towards women, probably because he believed some woman in his life, "a girlfriend, a mother, a stepmother," wronged him.

His first known attack was in 1979 when he broke into the home of Jennifer Horinek and her boyfriend Abraham Himmel in Goleta, not far from Santa Barbara. When the man started rubbing himself over his pants the would -be victims managed to escape. Several weeks later, authorities say, the man broke into the Goleta home of Alexandra Manning, a clinical psychologist, and Dr. Robert Offerman. There he caught the couple sleeping and bludgeoned them to death. Curiously, he brought his dog with him. As in all other cases, he used an object he picked up in the home as the murder weapon.

More than a year and a half passed before the killer struck again. Again, the victims were from Goleta, leading investigators to believe that the killer lived nearby. Authorities now say that the killer seemed to have carefully selected his victims, picking out women who appealed to him and making sure that their mates could easily be disposed of. the victims were Cheri Domingo, 35, and Gregory Sanchez, her 27-year-old lover. Domingo had been bound and her head smashed with a blunt object. Sanchez was shot first and then clobbered to death.

By 1980, authorities say, the killer headed south. First he killed Charlene Smith, 33 and her husband, Lyman Smith, in their Ventura County home. The Smiths were beaten to death with a log from their fireplace. A short time later, the killer surfaced in Orange County, south of Los Angeles. There he targeted Keith Harrington, 24, and his new bride, Patrice. They were found bludgeoned to death in their Laguna Niguel home. A year later, authorities say, another young Orange County woman, Manuela Witthuhn, was raped and killed in her Irvine home. In 1986, another young woman, Janelle Cruz, 18, was also killed in her Irvine home. She, too, had been raped. Since the murder of Cruz the killer has not resurfaced, leading investigators to think he is dead, incapacitated or in jail.

On March 28, 2001, authorities announced they had linked through DNA the "Original Nightstalker" to a series of rapes in Northern California. Known as the "East Area rapist" the suspect is responsible for at least 44 rapes committed from Sacramento to San Ramon during a three-year period in the 1970s. "Unfortunately it's still a faceless person," said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "Now more and more information is going to come out. There is lots of work to do--the most exciting news would be to match this up to a suspect and bring him to justice, and I believe this brings us closer to doing that."

Using new DNA technology investigators talked to a now-retired detective in the rape cases who speculated that the rapist had moved to Southern California in 1979. A series of phone calls led to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which had retained DNA samples from the murders, and the match was made. "It's a breakthrough from the standpoint that the investigators down there all of a sudden have 44 new cases where investigations were done," Holes said. "Now the homicide investigators have a history of the early offenses--we're all hoping that it leads to the killer's apprehension."

"River Monster Killer" (10) While police in Transkei probe reports that a "river monster" has killed at least seven people in the Mount Ayliff area in the last few weeks, there are growing fears that a serial killer is actually on the loose and is being mistaken for the "monster". Police spokesman Insp Maphelo Ngame confirmed that police were investigating the possible existence of the "half-fish, half-horse" monster said to have savaged people crossing the Mzintlava river to Rubaleko village. "The matter has been reported to the police by several people in Mount Ayliff and while the monster is said to have struck on different occasions, the affected families have given similar accounts of how the victims were attacked.

"The Butcher of Mons" (3-10) Since March 22, 1997, authorities have found 30 garbage bags in the town of Mons and it's surroundings containing severed female body parts of at least four, and possibly up to eight, women.

Belgium's latest criminal embarrassment seems to be taunting authorities by leaving the dismembered remains of his victims in places with emotive names. Having already left remains in the Rue du Depot (Dump), near the River Haine (Hate), on the Chemin de l'Inquietude (the path of Worry), and on the banks of the River Trouille (Jitters), one can only think that Belgian authorities should give their geography more cheerful names.

Police are under heavy pressure to solve the killings after strong parliamentary criticism of bungled investigations into missing children kidnapped by Marc Dutroux's pedophile ring. Investigators revealed that the victims were dismembered with "remarkable precision" leading them to believe the killer could be a surgeon or butcher. They believe the suspect might have a regular suspect he may have a 9-to-5 job because the carefully placed bags with dismembered bodies have only appeared on weekends.

An FBI-trained specialist has been called in to help prepare a psychological profile of the maniac. Furthering the scope of the investigation, Belgian prosecutors have been in contact with French counterparts in Valenciennes, to find out if there is any link with the still-unidentified woman's pelvis found at Chateau l'Abbaye in January, 1996.

Analysis suggests that one of the victims might have died less than two weeks before the body parts were found. Another victim seem to have been killed up to two years ago. Some body parts appear to have been frozen suggesting that the killer must have access to a large refrigeration unit.

On June 3 a report was released that said investigators are looking into some religious motive, or even satanism, relating to the killings. "The treatment of the bodies is very methodical, which is often the case with satanics involved in ritualistic killings," said local gendarme Didier Van Reusel. The town itself has worshipped through the ages many saints associated with decapitation. Pointedly, the last of the 30 bags found containing bodyparts was on Rue St Symphorien, named after a third century French saint who was decapitated and whose relics are in church nearby.

The initial supposition that the killer was a butcher or a surgeon because of the precision of the dissections has been disproven. Apparently the killer did not dismember the bodies by hand. He rolled his victims through a machine -- used for chopping logs -- with circular blades placed at 12-inch intervals. Each body part so far found measures exactly one foot. "There are not that many places you can carry out that operation, with the blood and the smell," said Mr Van Reusel. "And there are not that many people who own a machine like that."

The report also identified Martine Bohn, 43 and Nathalie Godart, 21, as two of the victims. Martine, a French transsexual and a retired prostitute who worked the bars, disappeared on Sunday July 21. Her torso was found floating in the Haine with her breasts cut off. A third presumed victim is Jacqueline Leclercq, 33, who disappeared on Jan 23. Psychiatrist believe the killer is a fastidiously anal retentive person. All 30 bags disvovered were bundled up and knotted in precisely the same manner. "Very neatly, very precisely, the work of an obsessive," said Mr Van Reusel. Furthermore, their placement and display seems to be meticulously thoughtout and orchestrated.

Authorities released their only suspect -- a man who lived in the fringes of society who new one of the victims -- because clearly he was not the killer. Presently the man left the country and the deadly cat and mouse game continues.

A year later, on May 21, 1998, authorities believe the killer might have resurfaced in the city of Ranst where police found 5 human heads and skeletal remains of what could be 7 bodies in a container.

Operation Enigma (14) On May 26. 1996, in order to find out whether or not they are dealing with a serial killer, British authorities launched Operation Enigma. The files on the unsolved murders of scores of women over the past decade have been reopened and police will be harnessing the skills of criminologists at home and abroad, including the psychological profilers of the FBI.

The killings go back to January 1987, when 27-year-old prostitute and heroin addict Marina Monti's partially clothed body was discovered on waste ground near Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London. She had been strangled and beaten. Next was Janine Downes, 22, also a prostitute. Her half-naked body was found in a hedge near the Wolverhampton to Telford road in February 1991. She, too, had been severely beaten and then strangled. The other seven victims followed a similar pattern.

"From the general information, such an individual is likely to be personable and not stand out. He is able to blend in because he can approach and solicit victims," former FBI profiler, Richard Ault told authorities. According to Ault such a man would be employed and probably falls into what the FBI categorises as the "organised" killer-- someone of above-average intelligence, socially competent, often living with a woman and driving a well-maintained car who kills after some stressful event.

However the British police are skeptical of the FBI's profiling and computer referencing techniques. They prefer to find their killers the old fashioned way. James Dickinson, an assistant chief constable of Essex police, who is co-ordinating Enigma, acknowledges some common traits in the nine separate murder inquiries but points out that the investigating teams, having considered all the relevant information, "do not feel that there were sufficient grounds to formally link the nine inquiries."

Enigma was launched by the crime committee of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) two years ago, following concern about the number of unsolved murders of women. It was co-ordinated by experts at the National Crime Faculty at Bramshill, the police training college in Hampshire. They analysed factors such as geography, position of the body, the weapons used and medical details of sexual assaults. Computer analysis provided psychological profiles of the killers and the probable modus operandi. Initially, police identified 21 clusters involving 72 murders, but narrowed it down to 14 linked cases.

After reviewing 207 unsolved murders of women since 1986, authorities concluded that there are four suspected serial killers stalking Britain and that 14 women may have died at their hands in the past six years. The 14 murders were subdivided into four "clusters" - each with with distinctive characteristics sugesting that four men were responsible.

One cluster appears to be centered around Lincolnshire where at least three women had been strangled and sexually assaulted in similar circumstances. In another "cluster", police have obtained a psychological profile of a suspect who may have killed four women. Police from Lincolnshire, the West Midlands and other forces investigating the 14 deaths will meet within two months to compare their cases.

"The Negev Desert Psychopath" (9+/-) Police investigators believe there's been psychopath hunting tourist around Israel's southern Negev desert for the past 12 years. The latest vicitm could have been the English hitchhikker Max Hunter who was shot at point-blank range in the summer of 1997.

The suspect -- described as a 50-year-old, thin man with greying hair -- shot Max and his travelling companion along a desert road more than an hour into the journey. Police initially focused on a possible "terrorist" motive. But sources said that the investigation had now been widened to include a psychopath who has stalking the Negev for several years.

In early August police arrested Daniel Okevn, a former Israeli army officer, for the shooting death of Hunter, and suspect they might have a serial killer in their hands responsible for a series of gruesome rape-murders around Israel. Investigators are compiling a dossier of unsolved crimes which may link the reserve army major to the rapes and murders of four women in southern Israel in 1986, the 1994 rape and murder of a schoolgirl, the 1997 disappearance from Tel Aviv of a 15-year-old, and the 1996 murder of a couple in the Ben-Shemen forest in central Israel.

Okev was a member of a secret Israeli army unit that executed Palestinian prisoners in the Gaza Strip 25 years ago. The manner of the Gaza Strip executions in the early 1970s was identical to Okev's murder of Hunter and point-blank shooting of Gibb. Although Okev claimed he killed Hunter "in a fit of madness" it has become clear that these burst of madness have been coming at a frequent rate.

"I-70/I-35 Killer" (8+) Police are searching for a man who has killed five women and a man in at least three Midwestern states and three more women in Texas. Their prime suspect is male in his mid-20s to early 30s. He is described as thin, 5-foot-7, with sandy blond hair with a reddish tint and a day-old beard.

During a 29-day killing spree -- between April 8, and May 7, 1992 -- the killer preyed on female shop clerks within a mile or two of the interstates. His male victim had long hair and a earring, leading authorities to believe the killer thought he was a woman. He robbed most of his victims, but as an afterthought. Clearly, his main intention was murder. After 29 days the killer disappeared from the Midwest. Authorities believed he was in jail or dead until 1993 when he started killing in Texas. There he bagged between two and four more women using once again his signature .22 automatic pistol.

Cluster Killing in Rural Lousiana (Cool On October 29, 1999, authorities in Lousiana announced that the deaths of eight black men found outside New Orleans could be the work of one or more serial killers. All the victims have been asphyxiated -- which is highly unusual considering the victims were young men -- dumped in remote areas and, strangley, left shoeless.

There is no hard evidence connecting the killings, but common threads tie them together. Aside from being young and black, the victims came from poor neighborhoods. Three knew one another. Some had a history of either taking or selling drugs. Most were killed in one place and dumped elsewhere. Seven were found either shoeless or missing one shoe.

The most prominent cluster is in Kenner, a town in Jefferson Parish, home to the New Orleans International Airport. Between October 1998 and June of this year, the bodies of three young men were found, their corpses deposited within a one-mile radius around the outskirts of the airport, stuffed in or next to dumpsters. All three were shoeless. Police said the killer apparently removed the victims' shoes intentionally. "It's baffling," Caraway said. "There's a lot of theories -- maybe that's his trademark or maybe they were inside a house."

The first of the Kenner three to die was 16-year-old Joseph Brown, whose body was found Oct. 20, 1998, across a small bridge on a dead-end road. Brown was in gym shorts and shirtless. He'd bee
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Women serial murder toll in Ghana capital tops 30
December 19, 2000
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ACCRA, Ghana (Reuters) -- Police in Ghana said they have found the bodies of four women in as many weeks, bringing to 30 the number of women feared murdered by a suspected serial killer or gang.

The half-naked body of a woman believed to be in her mid-thirties was found in roadside bushes Monday, the 31st female corpse to be found in similar circumstances in the capital Accra over the past two years, police said.

Two women's bodies were also found in Madina, a suburb of Accra, where panic about a suspected serial killer has gripped the area.

Few details were immediately available about the fourth victim.

In the past, other bodies had shown signs of rape or mutilation.

Women rights group Sisters' Keepers has said public safety should be a central issue in a presidential runoff vote on December 28 between John Atta Mills, currently vice-president of outgoing President Jerry Rawlings, and the main opposition candidate John Kufuor, who led in the first round vote.

Kufuor's New Patriotic Party highlighted women's safety in a political broadcast on television last week.
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The First Serial Killer - Ed Gein

Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/11/2005

Ed Gein is also known as The Butcher of Plainfield, The Plainfield Butcher, The Mad Butcher, The Plainfield Ghoul. A serial killer who served as the inspiration to numerous films, among them Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, Maniac, Three on a Meathook, Deranged, Ed Gein, The Movie, and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

He was born on August 27, 1906 in La Crosse, Wisconsin and lived with his domineering and fanatically religious mother, Augusta, and his older brother, Henry, on a 195-acres family homestead outside Plainfield, Wisconsin. His father, George, a no-good alcoholic, and much despised by Augusta, died in 1940, aged 67. His brother abruptly followed suit in 1944, aged 43 (he died in a mysterious and suspicious brush fire). Ed's mother passed away a year later, on December 29, 1945, aged 67. Ed remained all alone and subsisted on Federal farm subsidies and his occasional bouts as the community's itinerant handyman and babysitter.

After his mother died, Ed sealed the upper floor as a shrine, and lived in a single room by the kitchen. He accumulated a library of anatomy books, porn magazines, horror and adventure novels, historical accounts of the Nazi medical experiments in Auschwitz and elsewhere, and medical encyclopedias. At night, he performed rudimentary surgeries on exhumed and decomposing female bodies about whose death he learned from the obituaries in the local paper. His semi-retarded friend Gus helped him dig up the graves, including, reportedly, the body of Ed's own mother.

Even at this early necrophiliac phase, Gein kept the victims' internal organs and draped himself with the flayed skins or fitted them onto a tailor's mummy. Around the house, he wore women's panties stuffed with excised vaginas. Contrary to rumor, he did not have sex with the bodies. They smelled too bad, he explained.

Gein wondered what it feels like being a woman and fantasized about gender reassignment. He was not shy about his collections and even showed them to visitors. For many years, Ed and his shrunken heads have been the butt of morbid local jokes. Once he told a sawmill owner named Elmo Ueeck that Mary Hogan, one of his victims, is not missing. "She is at my farm right now" - confessed Ed sheepishly. No one paid any attention to the shy recluse.

When Gus was committed to an old people's home, Ed's supply of corpses dried up. To replenish it, he proceeded to murder a string of women who were in their mid to late fifties (he denied having killed young girls who vanished without a trace throughout the area starting in 1947). Bernice Worden was dragged from her hardware store on November 16, 1957 together with her cash register and $41 in cash (Ed said he was planning to return the money, he just wanted to learn how cash registers work).

Her son, Frank, the deputy-sheriff, suspected Gein. A day later, captain Lloyd Schoephoester and the sheriff, Art Schley, found her at Gein's house, hanging upside down from a meat hook, beheaded, and gutted. Her intestines and head were discovered in a box, nails driven through her ears. Her heart rested on a plate in the living room.

A search throughout the grisly, trash and junk ridden house yielded ten preserved skins from human heads, a rug consisting of the skin from a woman's upper torso, a belt with embedded female nipples, a chair, a drum, and a wastebasket upholstered in human skin, a soup bowl made from the crown of a skull, lampshades fashioned from human flesh, a table resting on human shinbones for its legs, and a refrigerator stocked with bits of female anatomy (Ed denied the cannibalism charges levied against him). Other artifacts made of human skins (and the occasional sown-off nose) included a purse, bracelet, a sheath for a knife, and leggings. A pair of human lips were sewed onto a string (a curtain pull).

Skulls crowned the four bedposts in Gein's room. Trophies - human heads stuffed with newspapers - were pinned to the walls, flanked by nine death masks made of the original faces of dead women. A shoebox contained nine female genitalia including one painted silver (presumably his mother's). Finally, Gein peeled the breasts off one of his victims to make himself a "mammary vest". He wore it - and other garments made from human female skin - when he pretended to be his own mother.

All in all, the house and the surrounding land contained the remains of 15 bodies but Gein himself admitted that he had murdered only two - Worden and Mary Hogan, a tavern keeper on December 8, 1954. They were both shot in the head. The police found eight bodies in the local graveyard that were exhumed and mutilated by Gein. All body parts found belonged to female adults.

Gein quickly became a cult figure and the butt of moralizing folk tales and "Geiners", macabre jokes. His farm and belongings were put on the block in a much-publicized and controversial auction. On March 20, 1958, the house burned to the ground as a result of probable arson. "Just as well" - muttered Gein when he learned of the conflagration. His Ford Sedan 1949 was displayed in carnivals and fairs by an entrepreneurial businessman for many years.

Gein spent a decade in an insane asylum but finally was judged competent to stand trial. The trial started on November 7, 1968 and the jury found him guilty but criminally insane. He was committed to Central State Hospital (for the Criminally Insane) at Waupon, Wisconsin and moved in 1978 to the Mendota Mental Health Institute. He was a model patient. There he died on July 26, 1984 of cancer and respiratory and heart ailments and was buried next to his mother in the Plainfield cemetery. His grave was desecrated by vandals.

Sam Vaknin ( ) is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist for Global Politician, Central Europe Review, PopMatters, Bellaonline, and eBookWeb, a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

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The Serial Killer the Cops Ignored
The Henry Louis Wallace Murders
by Jason Lapeyre

When he was arrested on Feb. 4, 1994, in Charlotte, N.C., Henry Louis Wallace had already raped and strangled to death five young black women. Each of his victims worked in the fast-food industry, and more significantly, each knew Wallace and was a friend of his girlfriend. Wallace's name appeared in the address books of several of the deceased. At the time of his arrest, Wallace had a burglary record, a prior charge of raping a woman at gunpoint, and connection to all five murder victims. Unfortunately for Wallace's next four murder victims, all this meant nothing to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and the prosecutor's office, which released Wallace from custody that same day.
Wallace had not, after all, been arrested for murder. He had been arrested for allegedly shoplifting at a mall.
At the time of Wallace's arrest on the shoplifting charge, the police did not consider the string of murders of the young black women related. They did not have significant leads on any of them. Wallace would kill again 16 days later.
Twenty-nine years earlier, Wallace was born to an impoverished, unwed mother in Barnwell, S.C. He never knew his father. His childhood home had no indoor plumbing or electricity. Carmeta Albarus, Wallace's state-appointed psychiatrist during his trial, told jurors of a mother who would sometimes force her son and daughter to beat each other with a switch. His mother and sister would dress him as a little girl and parade him around the neighborhood. He witnessed a gang rape at the age of 7.
Wallace bounced from high school - where he was the only male cheerleader on the squad - to a stint in a couple of colleges, to a temporary gig as a disk jockey at a local radio station. He called himself "The Night Rider." He was caught stealing records, and fired after a short time. His options dwindling, he chose a career aggressively aimed at poor, young black men in America: the military. Joining the Navy, he spent eight years as a sailor, earning laudatory reports, traveling around the world and marrying a high school sweetheart in 1985. Again, burglary proved his undoing: He was dismissed from the Navy after breaking and entering near a naval base, although his Navy record allowed him an honorable discharge. Soon after his dismissal in 1992, his wife left him. He moved back in with his mother and sister, now relocated to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area of South Carolina.

Wallace's life in Charlotte was unstable. He was fired from several different restaurants, eventually ending up as a manager at a local Taco Bell. He began smoking crack cocaine. He impregnated one of his girlfriends in December of 1992. It was during this time that Wallace crossed the line from burglary and drug-use to serial murder.

On June 19, 1992, Wallace let himself into his girlfriend's apartment using a key he had taken from her. His girlfriend, Sadie McKnight, shared the apartment with Caroline Love, her co-worker at a local restaurant named Bojangles. Neither was home when Wallace let himself in. When Love did return, Wallace gave her a kiss on the cheek. Love told Wallace that if he promised not to do that again, she wouldn’t tell his girlfriend about it. Wallace responded by putting her in a choke hold he later described to police as "the Boston choke" until she was barely conscious. He then dragged her to the bedroom, removed her clothes, and raped her while continuing to apply the chokehold. When Love began to struggle during the rape, Wallace reached for the nearest object, a curling iron, and choked her to death with its cord.

Now he was faced with the most troubling logistical problem of any murderer: what to do with the body. Wallace wrapped Love's corpse in her bed sheets, stuffed her into a large orange garbage bag and dragged her out to his car, unnoticed. Returning to the apartment, he grabbed a roll of quarters and locked the door. He then drove the vehicle to Charlotte's city limits and dumped the body in a ditch.

Sadie McKnight returned to her apartment that night and was contacted by Kathy Love, Caroline's sister. Kathy wanted to know if Sadie knew where Caroline was - Caroline's supervisor at Bojangles had been looking for her because she had missed a shift. McKnight did not, and realized that it was unusual for Caroline not to check in with her for so long. The two women eventually went to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police station and filed a missing person's report. They were accompanied to the station by McKnight's boyfriend, Henry Louis Wallace.

Investigators declared that Love's apartment bore suspicious signs, such as furniture that seemed disrupted during a scuffle, missing bed sheets, and a missing roll of quarters sold to her by her supervisor to do laundry with. Her laundry hamper was full. She had not gone out to do laundry. The investigation ended there. No interview with Wallace is recorded in the investigation. Love was declared a missing person. The case was filed.

Wallace returned to the spot where he had dumped the body two days later. He described Love's body as being "decayed to the point where she just looked like leather. An E.T. doll, or something." He returned a third time and found only bones. No longer having a roommate, McKnight moved in with her boyfriend.

Seven months passed. Wallace continued to live with McKnight. On the afternoon of Feb. 17, 1993, Wallace paid a visit to Shawna Hawk, a teenager who had just returned from community college. Hawk was slipping off her coat when she heard her doorbell. It was her manager from Taco Bell, Henry Wallace.

According to court records available on the North Carolina Public Records web site, Hawk let him in right away and the two chatted amiably for about an hour. Wallace appeared to have no difficulty gaining the trust of the women who knew him. Feeling relaxed around him, Hawk, according to Wallace's confession, didn’t hesitate to tease Wallace when he described how he had been fighting with his girlfriend Sadie. As he was leaving, Wallace hugged her and told her that he wanted to have sex with her. According to Wallace's confession, she reluctantly agreed. Leading her to her bedroom, Wallace told Hawk to remove her clothes. The girl was afraid. She began to cry. It didn’t stop him from having sex with her. She cried throughout. Afterwards, Wallace told her to get dressed and took her into the bathroom. Wallace put her in the same Boston chokehold he used on Caroline Love. Soon, Hawk was unconscious. He then ran a bath, put her body into it, went upstairs, took $50 out of her purse, and left.

Hawk's body was found by her boyfriend and mother. The autopsy revealed that the cause of death had been ligature strangulation - strangulation by an object wrapped around the neck and used to compress the throat. The investigating officers interviewed co-workers, friends, and classmates, turning up nothing.

In the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area in 1993, there were 122 reported murders and 350 reported rapes. Furthermore, hundreds of people are reported missing annually, many turning up within 24 hours. At the time of Wallace's activities, there were only seven investigators working full time in homicide.

About four months after Wallace murdered Hawk, he paid a visit to another young woman who had worked with him at Taco Bell, Audrey Spain. Spain, 24, had just returned from a vacation. Again, he was able to charm his way into the woman's apartment with his laid back attitude and smooth talking.

Wallace's drug use was escalating, and crack wasn’t cheap. He needed money. He thought Spain would have access to the safe at Taco Bell. Rolling a joint, Wallace chatted amiably with Audrey as they both got high and Spain let her guard down bit by bit. When they were done, Wallace threw her to the ground and demanded the combination of the safe at Taco Bell. She did not know it. He asked her about her personal account. She had just returned from a vacation; there was no money in it. Wallace was frustrated. He put the Boston choke on her. He dragged her into the bedroom and raped her. According to Wallace's confession, she came to during the rape. She was frightened, and begged him not to hurt her. He continued to rape her, and then ordered her to get dressed. When Spain turned her back, he put the choke on her again. As she lay unconscious, he tied a nightgown and a shirt into a makeshift rope and strangled her to death. He put Spain's body in the shower, washed any evidence off of it, and then put her body on the bed. On his way out, he stole her credit card.

The similarities between the Hawk and Spain murders were striking: Both victims were young, black, attractive women who were killed in their homes. Both worked at the same Taco Bell for a time. Both victims were killed by ligature strangulation. Both victims were robbed of an insignificant amount of money. The murderer washed off both bodies. Both homes showed no sign of forced entry, indicating that the victim knew the murderer. The investigation into Spain's murder by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, however, records no connection to any other recent murder in Charlotte. The case was considered unsolved. The police apparently came to the same erroneous conclusion as Joseph Geringer, author of Henry Louis Wallace: A Calamity Waiting to Happen: "The killer's modus operandi did not follow a set pattern."

Six weeks passed. Wallace kept to his pattern. He went to the home of Valencia Jumper, a friend of his sister's. He again talked his way in, telling Jumper that he needed to talk to someone about a fight he had had with his girlfriend. After talking for a while, he suggested that Jumper call McKnight to tell her where he was. When she turned her back, Wallace choked her, dragged her to the bedroom, and raped her. He then choked her to death with a towel. Here Wallace's methods took a turn. According to his confession, he soaked her body in rum. He put some pork and beans on the stove, and turned it on high. He took the battery out of her smoke detector, struck a match, lit her body on fire, and walked out. Before leaving, he took some jewelry from Jumper's body, which he later pawned.

Despite being troubled by tests showing that Jumper did not die of carbon monoxide poisoning (the cause of most fire related deaths), nor finding evidence of inhalation through soot in the airway, County Medical Examiner Michael Sullivan ruled the cause of death to be "thermal burns". His decision effectively ruled the death accidental, although the victim's injuries were not consistent with an accidental death. Had he ruled it "undetermined," her death would have prompted a more thorough investigation, which may have shown Jumper's true cause of death: ligature strangulation. A police investigation may have revealed the removal of Jumper's smoke detector battery and the presence of rum on her entire body. As it stood, the case was considered isolated despite the similarity of the victim to three other recent victims. Sullivan's comment upon finding out his error a year later? "It was just a bad judgment call." (Sullivan remains the county's medical examiner.}

Five weeks passed. On Sept. 15, 1993, Wallace dropped in on Michelle Stinson, a friend of his from Taco Bell. Stinson was 20 years old and had two sons, aged 1 and 3. After talking for a while, Wallace, according to his confession, gave her a hug and told her he wanted to have sex with her. She should take off her clothes. Stinson told him she was sick. Wallace demanded to see the medicine she was taking for this "illness." Stinson could not find any medicine. Wallace raped her on the kitchen floor. He then put the Boston choke on her, but decided for some reason to run to the bathroom for a towel. He attempted to finish the job with the towel. Stinson, however, continued to moan and gasp for air. Wallace then stabbed her four times in the back with a kitchen knife. Using a washcloth, he wiped his fingerprints from a glass, the phone (which, for unknown reasons, was ripped from the wall), the door, the wall, and the floor. At some point, Stinson's 3-year-old son woke up and wandered into the kitchen. Wallace told him to go back to bed. Fleeing the apartment, he threw the knife and washcloth over a fence near the back of her apartment. Her two children discovered Stinson's body. When a visiting friend knocked on the door, the 3-year-old told him that their mother was sleeping on the kitchen floor.

Sullivan determined that Michelle Stinson died from stab wounds with ligature strangulation as a contributing cause. It is not known if the investigation conducted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department established that Wallace was a friend of Stinson, although this was common knowledge. It did ascertain that she frequently ate at the Taco Bell where Wallace worked. Still, no connection was made.

At this point, there had been five deaths/disappearances in 15 months, all within a five-mile radius inside East Charlotte. The predominantly black community was frightened and angry. Black residents accused City Hall of a lackadaisical attitude towards the problems of 31 percent of Charlotte's population. The police department held an emergency press conference. Hours before the conference, the department appointed Sgt. Gary McFadden as lead investigator. McFadden had no previous involvement with any of the cases in East Charlotte. But he was black.

Three things happened in the fall and winter of 1993-94 that may have kept Wallace from continuing his killing spree. In response to the black community's indignation, the police increased patrols in East Charlotte. A second factor was that three months after raping and murdering Stinson, Wallace fathered a baby girl, although not by McKnight. Finally, on Feb. 4, he was arrested for allegedly shoplifting. He was booked, given a court date, and released. He did not turn up for that court date, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. There is no record of an attempt to apprehend him.

Perhaps it had occurred to Wallace after being arrested and released that he had very little to fear from the authorities. They had him in handcuffs, and they had let him go. They had no idea what was going on. Whatever was going on inside his head, the way he killed his next four victims suggests that he felt a growing confidence about his actions. His modus operandi grew reckless. The murders became more violent. Combined with his mounting addiction to crack, Wallace's state of mind turned East Charlotte into a terror zone for nearly a month, culminating in an incredible spree that saw him killing a woman a day for three days.

Two weeks passed.

The pattern was familiar by now. Wallace was jonesing hard for crack, but had no money. Wallace called on Vanessa Mack, the sister of one of his employees at Taco Bell. Again, according to his confession, Wallace used his charm to chat with her for a while, and then asked for a hug. This time, the victim refused. Instead, he asked her for a drink. She turned. He brought out a pillowcase from under his shirt, and choked her with it. He wanted her bank card, and her code number. She gave him a code. Again, he dragged his victim into the bedroom and raped her. Again, after he was finished, he ordered his victim to get dressed, and then strangled her with a towel. Leaving the apartment, he walked down the street and hailed a cab. He got out of the cab and walked to a bank machine. He couldn’t take out any money with Mack's card. She had given him the wrong code number.

Mack's body was found by her mother the next morning. Sullivan determined the cause of death to be ligature strangulation. There was no report of the murder on the news that night. The investigation did not make special note that Mack's sister worked at the same Taco Bell as Shawna Hawk or Audrey Spain.

Two more weeks passed. Evidence indicates that Wallace's crack addiction was now the center of his life. He didn’t get any money from his last victim, so he was still too broke to get high. Perhaps he thought that two weeks was long enough to wait before taking another victim, since Mack's murder hadn’t even been reported on the news. On March 8, Wallace went to the apartment complex of his friend Vernon Lamar Woods, with the intention of robbing, raping and murdering Woods's girlfriend, Brandi Henderson. When he got there, Woods answered the door. He hadn’t expected that. Flustered, Wallace told him that he was leaving town for a while and said goodbye. Before leaving the apartment complex, he realized he knew someone else that lived there: Betty Baucom, who worked with his girlfriend McKnight at Bojangles. Betty was the assistant manager. Wallace believed that she might have the key and the combination to the safe at Bojangles. He went to her apartment door.

When Baucom answered the door, Wallace told her he needed to use her phone. She was more than glad to help her friend's boyfriend. He pretended to look up a phone number until Baucom turned her back, and then he grabbed her. He demanded keys, the safe combination, and the alarm code for Bojangles. Baucom resisted for over 30 minutes, refusing to give them to him. Finally, she surrendered the combination. Wallace stopped choking her. Baucom asked him, "Why did you do that to me"? Wallace said he was sick. He had hurt many people. According to Wallace's confession, Baucom stood up and told him that she forgave him. She told him that he needed help. Wallace grabbed her by the throat, and pushed her to the floor. The pattern held: He dragged her to the bedroom, and put a towel around her neck, choking her until she was almost unconscious. He took off her clothes and raped her. Afterwards, he ordered her to get dressed, demanded the money in her purse, and strangled her to death. He also took a gold chain from around her neck.

Wallace's new recklessness appeared here. He stole Baucom's TV and her car. He sold the TV, bought crack with the money, and smoked it. Later, he returned to her apartment and took her VCR. He checked to make sure she was still dead. He smoked the VCR too, along with Baucom's gold chain and the money from her purse.

Twelve hours passed. There was no time for a police investigation between Baucom's death and Wallace's next murder. He went back to the same apartment complex that night, March 8, knowing that his friend Vernon Woods would be at work, and he could resume his original plan: the murder of Brandi Henderson. Pretending he had something to drop off for Woods, Wallace gained entry to the apartment. Again, he smooth-talked Henderson until she was relaxed, asked for a drink, and attacked her from behind. Many things went wrong for Wallace during this murder. He demanded money from Henderson. All she had in the house was a Pringles can filled with change. He ordered her into the bedroom and forced her to disrobe. According to Wallace's confession, she begged him to let her hold her son. He refused. She continued to beg. He relented. With Henderson holding her baby son across her chest, Wallace raped her. The baby cried. They moved into the baby's room to keep it from crying. Wallace continued to rape Henderson. When he was finished, he told her to get dressed. She put the baby back in his crib. Wallace went to the bathroom, took a towel, wiped the apartment free of his fingerprints, and strangled Henderson to death. The baby cried loudly. Wallace panicked. He tried to give the baby a pacifier. It didn’t work. He went to the bathroom and got a smaller towel. He tied it around the baby's neck tightly. The baby, barely able to breathe, sputtered and choked, but stopped crying. Wallace took Henderson's TV and stereo, and left. He sold them for $175, and bought crack with the money.

The police were scrambling now. Sullivan had determined that ligature strangulation was the cause of death in these two most recent cases as well. Maybe because the Henderson murder followed the Mack murder by only two weeks, someone noticed that the two cases were similar. Two days after Henderson's murder, Sgt. McFadden, the head of the investigation, called a meeting of his detectives to compare notes. Only then did they learn that Betty Baucom had been killed in the same apartment complex as Henderson. The method of Baucom's murder matched Henderson's and Mack's. The detectives approached the families of the three victims and asked for a list of people that each woman might let into their apartment. Wallace appeared on all three lists.

The next day, March 11, Baucom's stolen car was recovered. All fingerprints had been wiped from the steering wheel, gearshift, handle, seat, but not from the trunk. A handprint was taken, and matched Wallace's.

McFadden ran his name to see if he had a sheet. He did. It contained burglaries, an armed rape, and an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on a larceny charge from a month ago. A citywide hunt for Wallace began.

Meanwhile, the same day, Wallace was murdering his final victim. Debra Slaughter used to work at Bojangles with McKnight. Wallace knew that she smoked crack, and wanted to talk her into buying some with him. She told him she needed her money for rent. Wallace asked her for a drink. When he put the towel around her neck, Slaughter accused him of murdering Betty Baucom and Brandi Henderson. She probably figured it out a few hours before the police did. Wallace ordered her to give him head. She said, "I don’t do that. You might as well go ahead and kill me." Wallace tightened the towel and asked her if she wanted to change her mind. She refused again. He raped her. After he was done, he told her to get dressed. Wallace knew Slaughter well enough to know that she always kept a knife in her purse. He told her to empty it. He kicked the knife away and told her to give him everything in her wallet. Wallace grabbed the knife. Slaughter gave him $40, smacked him, and screamed for the police. Wallace twisted the towel around her throat until she fell to the floor and started kicking loudly. He tried to sit on her legs to keep her from tipping off the downstairs neighbors. At some point he stuffed a sock into her mouth. He tied another towel around her neck, grabbed her knife, and stabbed her 38 times in the stomach and chest.

Wallace took the money Slaughter had given him and left. He returned a few hours later with a glass pipe and some crack rocks. He smoked the pipe in her bathroom. When he was done, he grabbed a Chicago White Sox jacket, a baseball cap, and a butcher knife, and left again. He threw all three items away after leaving the apartment.

The next day, on March 12, Wallace was arrested again. By then he had killed nine. Under questioning, he confessed to all nine murders, explaining in a recorded interview the details of each murder. He also confessed to two other murders committed before the nine. He told the officers present that he felt "like a big burden has been lifted." Wallace went on trial in September of 1996 and was pronounced guilty on Jan. 7, 1997. Wallace's defense attorney, Jim Cooney, said at his defense:

Henry Wallace's life is full of holes. He was born into terrible circumstances, circumstances most of us can’t relate to. For a while, he was able to overcome those circumstances. Then the darkness inside those holes overcame him.

On Jan. 29, 1997, he was given nine death sentences. He currently is on death row in Raleigh, N.C.

Why had it taken the police so long to capture such a manic, careless killer? The community that Wallace victimized demanded answers. Dee Sumpter, Shawna Hawk's mother, stated that the victims "weren't prominent people with social-economic status. They weren't special. And they were black." Debra Slaughter's father also suggested that each girl's murder investigation took a low priority because of her race and economic status. "To me, the girls just weren't important to the police," he argued. "They didn't live in a high-rent district. They weren't famous or known. They worked in fast-food joints. And they didn't have blond hair and blue eyes." Slaughter says he can't understand any other explanation for the police's slow response.

Darrell Alleyne, a retired police officer from New York now living in Charlotte, called for Sgt. McFadden's dismissal, arguing that Wallace should have been a suspect in the Caroline Love disappearance in 1992, let alone in any of the other killings. Charlotte's National Organization of Women called for an independent counsel to investigate the police department:

Whether [the problem] is economic, racial, procedural, or managerial this issue must be resolved so that all Charlotteans can feel complete confidence in the Law Enforcement's ability to deal fairly and effectively with crime.

One of the reasons that the police department gave for its inability to catch Wallace was its inexperience with investigating serial murder. Early in 1994, the department sought the help of the FBI. The FBI erroneously declared that the rash of murders was not the work of a serial killer. Wallace didn’t fit the profile: He was black, whereas most serial murderers are white; serial killers are also expected to kill strangers whereas Wallace killed friends and co-workers. Robert Ressler, an FBI expert on serial killings, testified in Wallace's defense: "If he elected to become a serial killer, he was going about it in the wrong way."

The police department's excuse would seem to negate itself: It couldn’t catch Wallace because it had no experience investigating serial killers. But Wallace's methods did not match that of a serial killer. Serial killers are difficult to catch because they kill randomly; nothing links their victims, so investigators have no way of connecting their murders. All of Wallace's victims, however, did have something in common. They had many things in common.

In May of 1994, Dee Sumpter of Mothers of Murdered Offspring asked Charlotte's City Council to investigate the police department. Her organization offered to work with the department and train police investigators to be more sensitive to the kinds of issues they were overlooking, increase communication between investigators, and increase information exchanges between the homicide department and patrol divisions. The council requested a report from the department on the specifics of the Wallace investigation, but decided that it was inappropriate to hear the report until after Wallace had been tried. There has been no briefing on the investigation to date.

Since being incarcerated, Wallace has confessed to killing other women. He claims to have committed murders while stationed around the world during his time in the Navy. If true, these new murders bring his death toll to nearly 20. On June 5, 1998, Wallace married prison nurse Rebecca Torrijas, 23 years his elder. They were married in the room next to the execution chamber. Wallace has not received an execution date.

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Peter Bryan is a serial killer of at least three people. He was frying the brains of one of his victims when the police caught up with him. Since his incarceration he has murdered a fellow mental patient.
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Nicknamed "The Stockwell Strangler" by the media, Kenneth Erskine was convicted of the murder of 7 London pensioners in 1986.
The police are sure that he killed many more. He buggered all of his victims before or after they died.

In 1999, the black homosexual, Richard Fielding, murdered Lee Day, his girlfriend and 5 members of Lee's family.
He killed them because he blamed Lee for preventing him becoming a "famous male model" and a "famous DJ".

Stephen Akinmurele was imprisoned for murdering 5 pensioners in various British seaside towns.
The police believe he may have killed more than those for whose deaths he was tried.

On the 6th of July, 2000, whilst addressing black religious leaders at the "Faith in the Future" conference in Brighton, Tony Blair insisted that:
"One day, yes, one day, there will be a black Prime Minister."

After a lifetime of prolific criminality, Duaine Daniels, murdered George Napier almost immediately after being released from a 10-year sentence for beating up an old lady.

Adrian Thomas was the leader of the gang that gang-raped and tortured 16-year-old Mary-Ann Leneghan and her friend. Mary-Ann was stabbed over 40 times, her throat was cut and she died. Her friend was shot in the head but, miraculously, survived.

Azhar Ali Mehmood murdered Eileen Lowe and her daughters, Sarah and Lucy. 16-year-old Lucy was pregnant at the time of her death.

An extremely violent, knife-carrying nut of the serial offender variety, the cops kept letting Magdi Elgizouli out on bail. Then, when he didn't bother to turn up in court, they sent a bue platoon round to get him. Thus was PC Nina McKay stabbed to death

Moroccan immigrant, Ibrahim Aderdour, murdered Vivien and John Trant, their daughter Sophie and Sophie's 16 month old daughter.He also killed the family's dog.

Jamaican immigrant, Germaine Lindsay, a former drug dealer, once said he was going to get all white people hooked to kill them off. However, he discovered Islam and decided to blow them up instead. Lindsay murdered 26 people in the Kings Cross bombing.

There are, in Rogues Gallery, more than 700 pictures and an abridged record of the career criminal/politician cited.

The Gallery may be found here:

If, having witnessed the felons therein, you know of a miscreant or two worthy of a place in the Gallery, please leave their details and photo below.

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