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In a First, India Executing Women: Sister Serial Killers

Pair convicted of murdering five kids, suspected in other killings

(Newser) - Serial killer sisters, who kidnapped and murdered at least five children, are poised to become the first women hanged in India, reports the Washington Post . “This is indeed one of the rarest of the rare cases where the perpetrators deserve the death sentence,” a human rights lawyer tells... More »

Woman Watching TV Learns of Her Home's Violent Past

Her landlord is the mother of an alleged serial killer, and it only gets worse

(Newser) - When Catrina McGhaw signed a lease on a house in Ferguson, Mo., she didn't think to ask whether she'd be living in a former torture chamber. But when a family member told her to watch a documentary about serial killers on A&E, there was her house—including... More »

My Dad Killed Black Dahlia, Says Retired Cop

Steve Hodel says he has new evidence his doctor father was a serial killer

(Newser) - A retired police detective suspects he's getting closer to solving a series of 1940s Hollywood murders, including that of the Black Dahlia —and the man he suspects to be the killer is his own father. Steve Hodel first began to suspect George Hodel while going through his belongings... More »

Zodiac Killer Married 13-Year-Old, Book Claims

The late Earl Van Best Jr. was behind the killings, claims his son

(Newser) - The late Earl Van Best Jr. was the Zodiac Killer, at least according to his own son. HarperCollins yesterday released a book by Gary L. Stewart that got a quick avalanche of press, due in part to the fact that the publisher managed to keep the lid on the book... More »

Man Claims Dad Was Zodiac Killer in New Book

Gary L. Stewart says he came to conclusion while searching for biological father

(Newser) - It's an explosive claim shrouded in an unbelievable amount of secrecy. Gary L. Stewart alleges that a dozen years of research have led him to the conclusion that his father was the Zodiac Killer—and HarperCollins is publishing a book to that end today. New York broke the news... More »

Cops: Men Killed Women While Wearing GPS Trackers

Calif. sex offenders were on parole during 4 murders

(Newser) - Two suspected serial killers in California were registered sex offenders and were probably wearing their court-ordered GPS devices during the slayings, police say. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, are suspected of raping and murdering at least four women in Santa Ana and Anaheim, and police say they... More »

Fake 'Hannibal Lecter' Freed After 20 Years

Sweden's Sture Bergwall, aka Thomas Quick, lied about committing 8 murders

(Newser) - Yesterday, the man who once proclaimed himself "Sweden's answer to Hannibal Lecter" became a free man. Sture Bergwall—better known to most in Sweden as Thomas Quick, a combination of his mother's maiden name (Quick) and the first name of the 14-year-old boy he confessed was his... More »

Cops: Teacher's Shooter May Be Serial Killer

Possible victims include transportation official, sheriff's wife

(Newser) - Ballistic testing has bolstered the theory that the mysterious man who shot and killed Virginia music teacher Ruthanne Lodato might be a serial killer, Alexandria police announced at a press conference yesterday. Lodato's murder was similar to the murders of Ronald Kirby, who was killed in November, and real... More »

Satanists Disown Accused Craigslist Killer

Woman who claims to have killed at least 22 'isn't one of us'

(Newser) - The nation's devil-worshipers are scrambling to distance themselves from a teenage woman who claims to have killed at least 22 people as part of a satanic cult. "We have never had any contact from this woman, nor her accomplice," the head priest of the Church of Satan... More »

Accused Craigslist Killer: I Killed 22-Plus 'Bad People'

Miranda Barbour says she stopped counting victims she killed in last 6 years

(Newser) - Miranda Barbour admits killing a 42-year-old Pennsylvania man she says she and her new husband picked up on Craigslist for sex in November, but her tale only gets darker from there: In an interview with the Sunbury Daily Item , the 19-year-old says that she's killed at least 22 people... More »

Dead Serial Killer Suspect Ingested Ajax: Lawyer

Itzcoatl Ocampo faced death penalty for 6 murders

(Newser) - A California man believed to have been the serial killer who stalked homeless people in Orange County last year died yesterday after being found vomiting in his prison cell. Itzcoatl Ocampo, a 25-year-old Iraq veteran, had yet to stand trial for the stabbing murders of four homeless men he apparently... More »

Green River Killer: 20 More Bodies Still Out There

Serial killer gives first interviews in decades

(Newser) - Seattle's KOMO has quite the scoop: The first interviews with one of America's most prolific serial killers since he was imprisoned a decade ago. It's pretty grim stuff. Green River Killer Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to killing 48 women (a 49th victim was IDed in 2011), but... More »

'Oldest Possible Serial Killer Case' Ever Uncovered

Journalist's crusade led to Felix Vail's arrest

(Newser) - A grand jury yesterday indicted a man for the murder of his wife—a crime he allegedly committed 50 years ago. Felix Vail, 73, will automatically get life without parole if convicted, reports Jerry Mitchell at the Clarion Ledger , where he calls it "the oldest possible serial killer case... More »

'Night Stalker' Serial Killer Dead at 53

Richard Ramirez had been on death row

(Newser) - California's "night stalker" is dead. Serial killer Richard Ramirez died this morning at a hospital after being transferred there from San Quentin, reports AP . The 53-year-old died of natural causes, but specifics aren't known. Ramirez was convicted of killing 13 people during a rampage in 1984 and... More »

More Murders Linked to Serial Killer Keyes

He offered chilling details before committing suicide

(Newser) - Before admitted serial killer Israel Keyes killed himself in an Alaska prison last week, the 34-year-old gave up details about his spree in a series of interviews that raised the number of murders from eight to at least 11 or 12. But authorities say they can't know for sure... More »

Family: DNA Proves Gacy Victim Was Misidentified

Mother finally gets an answer, though police haven't confirmed

(Newser) - For years, Sherry Marino has doubted that John Wayne Gacy actually killed her son, believing that some stranger was buried in the grave with Michael Marino's name on it. Now, after an exhumation , she says she's got DNA tests to back her up, reports AP . "We don'... More »

Experts Point to New Suspect as Jack the Ripper

Say he was lowly cart driver Charles Cross

(Newser) - The last time we checked in on the identity of Jack the Ripper, he was a woman . The latest theory, as reported by the Telegraph , restores his gender to male but points the finger at a new suspect: a cart driver. Ripper experts Christer Holmgren and Edward Stow have IDed... More »

Son of Sam Decries Gun Violence

'I have regrets more than words can say,' says David Berkowitz

(Newser) - Exactly 35 years after his 13-month killing spree came to an end, notorious NYC serial killer David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, gave an interview to the New York Daily News in which he lamented gun violence and gave some insight into his reformed lifestyle. About 10 years... More »

Cops ID Old Victim of Green River Killer

DNA identifies Sandra Denise Major as one of Gary Ridgway's 49 victims

(Newser) - Washington state authorities said they have positively identified the remains of a woman killed by the Green River Killer, one of the nation's most prolific killers. The King County Sheriff's Office said yesterday that remains found in Auburn, Wash., in 1985 belong to Sandra Denise Major. The 20-year-old... More »

Groupon Sees Backlash Over 'Dahmer Tour' Coupon

It yanks affiliation after Milwaukee residents complain

(Newser) - A gruesome Groupon has sparked an uproar in Milwaukee. The daily deal website offered a coupon for a tour of "the hunting grounds" of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. The deal sold out, but a flurry of negative reaction caused Groupon to pull its affiliation with the company organizing the... More »

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