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Cops: 'Polite' Serial Killer Murdered 5, Maybe More

He killed first victim in 2005, police say

(Newser) - A suspected serial killer is now linked to five deaths, police say, and authorities think the number may grow. In the newest revelation, Shawn Grate, 40— arrested in Ohio last week—has admitted to killing his first victim in 2005 in Marion County, police say. Grate reportedly told police he... More »

28 Years After He First Struck, China's 'Jack the Ripper' Found

Gao Chengyong, 52, confessed to 11 murders, say police

(Newser) - The case of Jack the Ripper may have been solved—the Chinese version, that is. A serial killer who first struck in 1988 and is believed to have raped and killed 11 women and mutilated a number of them has been apprehended and confessed, state-run media report by way of... More »

Phoenix's Serial Shooter Strikes Again

No one was injured in latest incident on July 11

(Newser) - Phoenix police have added another shooting to the lengthy list attributed to an alleged serial killer apparently targeting people at random . Authorities now believe a man who opened fire on a vehicle last month is the same one responsible for at least eight other shootings since March, resulting in seven... More »

A Serial Killer May Be Striking at Random in Phoenix

Police say five shooting deaths since April are linked

(Newser) - Six people have been shot—five fatally—within a four-mile radius in west Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood since April. Now police say a serial killer (or killers) may be on the loose. Authorities have made little progress in the investigation but say all six victims—aged 12 to 32—were... More »

Ex-Cop: Why I Think My Dad Killed the 'Black Dahlia'

Thought murder 'masterpiece' would get him 'immortalized': Steve Hodel

(Newser) - Retired police detective Steve Hodel believes he's not only solved what the Guardian calls "one of the most brutal murders in American history," he's also come up with a motive. Hodel—who has long claimed his physician father killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, also known as the... More »

Grim Sleeper Found Guilty of Killing 10 Women

A jury will now decide between life in prison or the death penalty

(Newser) - With a guilty verdict Thursday, the Grim Sleeper officially became one of the "most prolific and enduring serial killers" in California history, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, was convicted of murdering 10 women, one only 15 years old, between 1985 and 2007 in South Los... More »

Amazon Pulls Serial Killer's Book After 1 Day

Pig farmer proclaimed his innocence in manuscript

(Newser) - A book reportedly written by Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton was removed from Amazon's website a day after being put on sale online following protests by authorities in British Columbia. Publisher Outskirts Press issued a statement saying it had asked Amazon to remove the book from its website and... More »

Alleged 'Serial Killer' Truck Driver Pleads Not Guilty

He's charged with multiple rapes and murders dating back to 1997

(Newser) - "Robert Rembert is a serial killer," prosecutor Timothy McGinty tells NBC News . "So far, we know he's purposefully executed five people." The 45-year-old truck driver pleaded not guilty to 25 felony charges Friday in connection with the deaths of four people in the Cleveland area... More »

John Wayne Gacy Probe Reveals Fate of Missing Man

He was murdered, but not by Chicago's 'killer clown'

(Newser) - The effort to identify all of John Wayne Gacy's victims has solved another decades-old disappearance, and while it isn't exactly a happy ending, Andy Drath's relatives now know that he wasn't murdered by the notorious serial killer. Drath was 16 when he was last heard from... More »

Connecticut Serial Killer Case Now Has 7 Victims

But suspect is believed to be in jail already

(Newser) - Police in New Britain, Conn., have revealed good news and bad news about a suspected serial killer: The bad is that he's believed to have murdered more people than realized, but the good is that he's no longer considered a threat. Though officials won't say exactly why... More »

Detective Who Hunted Down 'Son of Sam' Dead at 99

Timothy Dowd also on NYPD team that broke apart 'French Connection' drug ring

(Newser) - Almost 40 years ago, "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz terrorized New York City—until he was brought down by the investigative work of the NYPD's "Operation Omega" team and a simple parking ticket. Timothy J. Dowd, the detective who led that task force, died Friday in... More »

Man Claims to Be One of the Most Prolific Serial Killers

Sailson Jose das Gracas admits to killing 42 people

(Newser) - When Brazilian police arrested Sailson Jose das Gracas Wednesday, after he allegedly stabbed a woman to death, they got more than they bargained for—much more. Das Gracas ultimately confessed to murdering another 41 people in Rio de Janeiro since 2005, 37 of them women, three men, and one a... More »

Ex-Wife of Suspected Serial Killer: I'm 'Lightheaded'

Darren Vann 'basking in glory,' police say

(Newser) - The ex-wife of Darren Vann says she is "lightheaded" to discover the man she was married to for 16 years is a suspected serial killer—whose crimes may have begun in the early years of their marriage . Maria Vann tells the New York Times that the man she first... More »

Confession Makes Man One of the Biggest Serial Killers

Brazilian 26-year-old killed due to 'fury against everything'

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man has confessed to killing at least 39 people in a three-year rampage that makes him one of the world's most prolific serial killers, police in Goiania, Brazil, say. Thiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha, a security guard who lives with his mother, cruised the streets and gunned... More »

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 »

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