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Body Found in Dirt Mound Feels Like 'Deja Vu': Police Chief

Bones emerge a half-mile from graves of 11 female victims

(Newser) - Nearly a decade ago, the remains of 11 women who disappeared in New Mexico in the early 2000s were found buried in shallow graves in what's become the state's largest unsolved serial killing. As macabre as it was, police immediately suspected more graves remained hidden, given the unsolved... More »

Sandwich Killer? Man May Have Poisoned Up to 21 Co-Workers

German man allegedly caught sprinkling toxic substance onto a co-worker’s lunch

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man suspected of killing as many as 21 engineering workers over two decades at a valve manufacturing company in western Germany, reports CNN . The 56-year-old metal-fittings worker, identified only as Klaus O, was caught on surveillance video sprinkling a powdery substance onto a co-worker’s sandwich... More »

Cops Have Suspect in 1970s Serial Killer Case

They're on trail of the Doodler

(Newser) - The San Francisco Police Department might be close to finally catching the Doodler, a 1970s serial killer more savage than his nickname might suggest. The killer is believed to have killed at least five gay men and possibly up to 14 in 1974 and 1975, SF Weekly reports. Police say... More »

'Holy Crap. We Have Caught an Evil Man'

BuzzFeed has the story of Jose Manuel Martinez

(Newser) - "Holy crap. We have caught an evil man." That authorities caught Jose Manuel Martinez—known as El Mano Negra, the Black Hand, the self-proclaimed killer of roughly 3 dozen men in the US—wasn't due to superior sleuthing. When being questioned about a rural Alabama murder five... More »

Golden State Killer Suspect Charged With 4 More Murders

DeAngelo accused of killing 2 Santa Barbara couples

(Newser) - A man who prosecutors say was one of California's most elusive serial killers was charged Thursday with four additional counts of murder, leaving him now facing a dozen murder charges across the state. Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old ex-cop, was charged in connection with four slayings in 1979 and... More »

Police Believe Serial Killer Left Girls in Michigan Woods

Authorities are excavating a site in Macomb Township

(Newser) - Authorities believe up to half a dozen bodies of missing girls could be buried in a wooded area northeast of Detroit. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer tells WJBK-TV that officers are excavating Tuesday at the site in Macomb Township for the remains of 12-year-old Kimberly King, who last was seen... More »

To Find Golden State Suspect, Cops Went Back 200 Years

They first found his great-great-great grandparents

(Newser) - In 1977, at a public forum about a series of rapes in Northern California, a man expressed doubt that a serial rapist could assault a woman in front of her husband without him retaliating. Months later, the man's wife was raped while he was home. "I can't... More »

Killings Paused After Golden State Suspect Had Daughter

Life changes, including marriages, shown to impact serial killers

(Newser) - With an arrest in the case of the dormant Golden State Killer, the New York Times looks at what makes serial killers tick and, contrary to what you might think, it's not usually an insatiable thirst for blood. As forensic psychologist J. Reid Meloy explains, "These are not... More »

Golden State Killer: 'Answer Has Always Been in Sacramento'

One of his victims says detectives emailed her this morning

(Newser) - "The answer has always been in Sacramento," said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in a Wednesday press conference announcing an arrest has been made in one of America's most persistent serial killer mysteries. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was on Tuesday arrested on two murder charges, and authorities... More »

Man Accused of Murdering Wife Dressed Up as Serial Killer

Documents allege Matthew Phelps posed as 'American Psycho' killer on Instagram

(Newser) - The Sept. 1 killing grabbed national headlines in part because of Matthew Phelps' unusual defense: The 29-year-old told a 911 dispatcher he thought he had stabbed to death his wife of less than a year in his sleep after taking more cough and cold medication than he should have. Now,... More »

Nearly 30 Years After Disappearance, Serial Killer Confesses

Lawyer says 1990 killing of British student in France has been solved

(Newser) - British student Joanna Parrish disappeared in France after posting an advertisement for her services as an English teacher in a local newspaper, the Telegraph reports. A day after she was reported missing, her naked body was found in a river; she had been raped and strangled to death. That was... More »

More Bodies Have Turned Up in Case of Alleged Serial Killer

Police found remains of 6 people in planters on property connected to Bruce McArthur

(Newser) - Toronto police said Thursday they've recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur , the AP reports. Lead investigator Det. St. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property McArthur used as storage in exchange for doing the... More »

Sources: Man Found Bound in Suspected Serial Killer's Home

His arrival at apartment reportedly triggered Bruce McArthur's arrest

(Newser) - Toronto police arrested a suspected serial killer out of fear for a young man's life, sources say. The man—who was seeking a sexual encounter, per the CBC —was found restrained but unharmed in Bruce McArthur's apartment on Jan. 18; police had the 66-year-old landscaper under surveillance... More »

Landscaper Accused of Killing 5, Hiding Bodies in Planters

Toronto cops believe there are more victims to be found

(Newser) - After a series of grim discoveries, police in Toronto believe they have a serial killer in custody—one who was able to operate undetected for years because he had a job that was perfect for hiding bodies. Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been charged with first-degree murder in... More »

Phoenix Cops Arrest Alleged Serial Killer. Again

Cleophus Cooksey Jr. accused of killing 9 people, including mother, stepfather

(Newser) - After arresting a man for the murder of his mother and stepfather, Arizona police say they soon realized they had a serial killer on their hands. NBC News reports 35-year-old Cleophus Cooksey Jr. was arrested Dec. 17 after allegedly fatally shooting his mother and stepfather in Phoenix. Police say they... More »

'Son of Sam' Serial Killer Needs Heart Surgery

David Berkowitz, 64, is reportedly awaiting emergency operation

(Newser) - He prefers the name "Son of Hope" these days, but the serial killer known as "Son of Sam" has been hospitalized for a heart ailment, reports the New York Post . New York state prison officials didn't provide details on the problem, but they said 64-year-old David Berkowitz... More »

A Girl, 11, Is in Prison Because Her Mother Is a Serial Killer

Afghanistan's prison policy results in children behind bars

(Newser) - The yards were apparently gruesome places: Afghan officials say Shirin Gul brought home the men who hired her for sex and fed them drug-spiked tea and kebabs; 27 of them ended up dead, buried in one of two backyards after her family members robbed and killed them, the New ... More »

Japan's 'Black Widow' Sentenced to Death

Judge says Chisako Kakehi was 'driven by greed'

(Newser) - Her murderous web won't protect Japan's "black widow," who's been sentenced to hang after a months-long trial. Judge Ayako Nakagawa of Kyoto District Court ruled Tuesday that Chisako Kakehi, 70, will hang for the murders of two common-law boyfriends and a husband, as well as... More »

'Cannibal Couple' Accused of Killing, Eating Up to 30 People

Police led to couple by selfie of man with severed hand in his mouth

(Newser) - Russian investigators believe a couple may have killed, skinned, and eaten up to 30 people over the past two decades, even secretly feeding "canned human meat" to unsuspecting soldiers at the military academy where they worked, the Washington Post reports. According to the Moscow Times , a construction worker in... More »

It Seems Infamous Serial Killer Couldn't Cheat Death After All

Body buried in Philadelphia confirmed to be that of Dr. HH Holmes

(Newser) - Dr. HH Holmes—known as "America's first serial killer"—murdered an unknown number of people at his "hotel of horrors" during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the AP reports. Holmes' hotel "featured a bizarre labyrinth of windowless rooms, secret passageways, false floors, trapdoors,"... More »

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