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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 »

Cops: Border Patrol Cop Went on Killing Spree of Prostitutes

10-year veteran arrested after a 5th woman managed to escape

(Newser) - Texas authorities charged a US Border Patrol supervisor with murder following what they called a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended when a fifth woman escaped at a gas station. Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was charged... More »

Serial Killer Claims More Bodies Buried Near Interstate

Search failed to uncover more Todd Kohlhepp victims

(Newser) - One of South Carolina's most notorious serial killers claims to have buried two more bodies near an interstate—but a full day of searching Wednesday failed to find any remains. Police using cadaver dogs searched an area near Interstate 26 in southern Spartanburg County without success after receiving information... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Used Dating Sites to Lure Victims

Connecticut's Danueal Drayton says he has killed up to 7 people, though cops are still investigating

(Newser) - He was on probation in Connecticut; eyed as a suspect in a New York murder; and now has been busted across the country for rape and attempted murder. Danueal Drayton offered some other crimes to cops in Los Angeles when he was arrested and charged there last week, per the... More »

They Were Under Gacy's Home. Now, a Push to ID Them

John Does No. 10 and 13 are some of the 6 who remain unidentified

(Newser) - The quest to identify all of John Wayne Gacy's victims has not flagged. Authorities on Monday released facial reconstructions of what John Doe No. 10 and John Doe No. 13 may have looked like in a bid to erase the John Doe part of the equation, reports CBS News... More »

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 »

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