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'Most Advanced' Study on Jack the Ripper Is Ripped Apart

Experts throw cold water on new study that claimed to use DNA to unmask him

(Newser) - It's an intriguing assertion, and one that grabbed headlines at sites like ABC News and NBC News —that more than a century after Jack the Ripper terrorized London, the serial killer had possibly been unmasked. Too bad it's bogus, at least according to a slew of experts.... More »

Sketch Shows How 'Doodler' Serial Killer Might Look Now

He terrorized SF's gay community 40 years ago

(Newser) - More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the "Doodler" terrorized San Francisco's gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and announced a $100,000 reward for details leading to his capture. Police believe the killer stabbed at least... More »

Prosecutor: Bruce McArthur Staged Corpses With Cigars

Grisly details emerge during serial killer's sentencing hearing

(Newser) - A prosecutor last week revealed that serial killer Bruce McArthur staged photos of some of his victims after they died, but he gave a fuller picture of what that meant Monday as the sentencing hearing began for the former gardener who preyed on men from Toronto's Gay Village district.... More »

Bruce McArthur Pleads Guilty as Grisly Details of Killings Aired

The Toronto landscaper will be sentenced on Monday

(Newser) - Bruce McArthur has pleaded guilty to murdering eight men in Toronto , and prosecutors in court on Tuesday provided grisly details of the crimes. Crown prosecutor Michael Cantlon said McArthur "staged" and photographed some of his victims and held on to some of their possessions, including jewelry and a notebook.... More »

Lots of People Appalled at Zac Efron as Ted Bundy

But others say critics are 'missing the point' of new Bundy movie

(Newser) - The trailer has dropped for the Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron as the 1970s serial killer, and let's just say it's got people talking. "Gross," reads one of the many appalled tweets rounded up by BuzzFeed . Critics are pointing out the jaunty music choice, noting... More »

A Modern 'Jack the Ripper' Is Executed

China's Gao Chengyong killed at least 11 in 14 years

(Newser) - China's " Jack the Ripper " is no more. Gao Chengyong, convicted of the rapes and murders of 10 women and an 8-year-old girl in northwest China between 1988 and 2002, was executed Thursday, CNN reports via state media . Sentenced to death last March, the 54-year-old was nabbed in... More »

The Word 'Odessa' Got a Serial Killer to Start Talking

Christie Palazzolo was asked to look into Samuel Little in 2013

(Newser) - Much has been written about Samuel Little , a 77-year-old serving life in California whose recent confessions may make him one of America's deadliest serial killers. In a lengthy piece for the Los Angeles Times , Del Quentin Wilber manages to present new details on how those confessions came to be... More »

Inside One Man's Theory: There Is No Zodiac Killer

Thomas Henry Horan believes the murders were committed by various people

(Newser) - "Finding out there’s no Zodiac would be like finding out there's no Santa Claus," writes Bill Black for MEL Magazine —which may explain why a whole bunch of people are no fan of Thomas Henry Horan. He's a semi-retired community college writing professor in... More »

'Messy,' Murderous Story of John Ackroyd Comes to an End

The conclusion of the Oregonian/OregonLive's five-part series

(Newser) - If you've been following the five-part story of John Ackroyd , its conclusion might leave you hanging. Noelle Crombie knows that. "This is a messy story with loose ends and unanswered questions," she writes for the Oregonian/OregonLive . Part V opens with Ackroyd in 1993 going to trial for... More »

He Showed Up Covered in Dried Blood, With an Odd Story

Part IV of the Oregonian/OregonLive's series on John Ackroyd

(Newser) - It was a bizarre scene that went unmentioned to authorities for years: Two workers at the state highway shop in Sweet Home, Oregon, saw John Ackroyd pull in uncharacteristically late one night in 1992. The state highway mechanic would swap his truck for a state vehicle at the shop, and... More »

Siberian Serial Killer Guilty of 56 More Murders

Ex-cop Mikhail Popkov has killed at least 78

(Newser) - A court in Russia's eastern Siberia has convicted a former policeman of murdering 56 women, bringing the number he is believed to have killed to at least 78. The court on Monday found Mikhail Popkov, from the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, guilty of the murders between 1994 and... More »

His Stepdaughter Vanished. What He Said Was Disturbing

Part III of the Oregonian/OregonLive's series on John Ackroyd

(Newser) - John Ackroyd was no stranger to Oregon police, or even to the district attorney in Jefferson County: The state highway mechanic had been accused of a 1977 rape and a suspect in a 1978 murder , both of which took place near Highway 20. Then, in 1990, his name surfaced again.... More »

A Runner Went Missing, Then 'Tantalizing Coincidences'

Part II of the Oregonian/OregonLive's series on John Ackroyd

(Newser) - Oregon's Highway 20 was John Ackroyd's professional stomping grounds: The state highway mechanic spent his days along the often remote road. He was there on Dec. 24, 1978, the morning Kaye Turner went missing while on an 8-mile run. She and her husband were on a holiday vacation... More »

Police Didn't Believe Her. It Was a Fatal Mistake

Part I of the 'Oregonian'/OregonLive's investigation into John Ackroyd

(Newser) - Dead men tell no tales, and John Ackroyd is dead. So the Oregonian /OregonLive is going to do the telling for him. Its five-part series "Ghosts of Highway 20" is the result of a years-long investigation into a man who died in 2016 while serving time for one woman'... More »

Killer Hoped to Move Prisons, Made Astounding Confession

So far, 34 murders have been confirmed and attributed to Samuel Little

(Newser) - If Samuel Little hadn't wanted a change of scenery, scores of murders across the US might have remained unsolved. The FBI says the 78-year-old man suspected of being America's most prolific killer wasn't happy in California, where he was serving three life sentences for the murders of... More »

78-Year-Old May Be the Most Prolific Serial Killer in the US

Samuel Little has provided information about more than 90 murders

(Newser) - A 78-year-old man already serving three life sentences for murder may be one of the most prolific serial killers ever in the US. Samuel Little, convicted in 2014 of slaying three women in California in the late 1980s, has provided authorities from across the nation with information about more than... More »

Serial Killer Kills Himself After 3rd Death Sentence

He was one of 2 killers found dead at San Quentin

(Newser) - Death was apparently preferable to life on California's Death Row for serial killer Andrew Urdiales. The 54-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell at San Quentin State Prison on Friday night and authorities believe he killed himself, News 10 reports. Urdiales was sentenced to death by an Orange... More »

Man Admits to Being Among 'Most Prolific Serial Killers'

Niels Hoegel's latest trial opens in Oldenburg, Germany

(Newser) - A German man in court on Tuesday essentially admitted being "one of the world's most prolific serial killers," as the BBC puts it. That he was a killer was already known: Niels Hoegel, a 41-year-old former nurse, is currently serving a life sentence in connection with the... More »

100 Dead Rabbits and a 'Village Gripped by Fear'

Who's killing the bunnies in Minihy-Treguier?

(Newser) - A French town is being terrorized by a serial killer—but humans aren't the target. The Telegraph reports that someone in the village of Minihy-Treguier has so far slaughtered more than 100 rabbits, slipping into residents' yards, yanking rabbits out of their hutches, and either stomping them to death... More »

'Croydon Cat Killer' Is No Killer at All

400 cats weren't killed by human hand, police say

(Newser) - For three years, Southern England has been in search of the Croydon Cat Killer , the seemingly macabre culprit behind a series of animal killings, mostly in the form of beheadings. Now, after the deaths of some 400 cats, police say the case has been closed—and that the killer wasn'... More »

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