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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 »

40-Year-Old Could Be 'Germany's Worst Post-War Killer'

Police allege Niels Hoegel killed at least 86 people

(Newser) - He has been convicted of killing two and attempting to murder two more—and he could actually be "Germany's worst post-war killer," reports the BBC . Niels Hoegel, 40, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for those crimes, but prosecutors voiced their belief that the nurse... More »

Panama Sentences American Serial Killer

William Holbert killed 5 other Americans

(Newser) - US citizen William Dathan Holbert was sentenced to 47 years in prison by a court in Panama for robbing and killing five other Americans in a Caribbean tourist destination, authorities say. Holbert's ex-wife Laura Reese was sentenced to 26 years for her role. Authorities say Holbert admitted killing five... More »

Serial Killer 'Son of Sam' Recounts His 'Walk in Darkness'

David Berkowitz says he was 'lost and confused'

(Newser) - "I didn't see it at the time," but "I was just very lost and confused," David Berkowitz says of his outlook during his killing spree in New York 40 years ago. In his first major TV interview in a decade, Berkowitz, 64, recounts shooting 13... More »

Almost Everyone Thinks Atheists Are the Worst

'Atheists are broadly perceived as potentially morally depraved and dangerous': study

(Newser) - When given a hypothetical scenario describing a fictional character who progresses from torturing animals as a child to murdering homeless people as an adult, most people assume that this person is an atheist—and that includes atheists themselves. That's what researchers at the University of Kentucky in Lexington are... More »

Remains Found Under John Wayne Gacy's Home Identified

James Byron Haakenson went missing in 1976

(Newser) - A Minnesota runaway has been identified as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, an Illinois sheriff's office announced in a Wednesday news release. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says that the remains of a person whose body was found under the crawl space of Gacy'... More »

Nurse Had 'Laughing Feeling' After Killing Elderly Patients

Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty Thursday to killing 8 seniors

(Newser) - Elizabeth Wettlaufer says she would get a "red surge" right before killing a nursing home resident with a lethal dose of insulin; afterward she would have a "laughing feeling." The 49-year-old former nurse pleaded guilty Thursday to 14 charges, including first-degree murder, in what the New York ... More »

Serial Killer Takes Final Secret With Him to the Grave

Hours before death, victim's brother begged for location of still missing body

(Newser) - One of Britain’s most notorious killers died Monday, taking a secret that’s haunted the family of one of his victims with him to the grave. The Telegraph reports that Ian Brady, 79, died in a hospital of causes not yet released to the public. Along with Myra Hindley,... More »

To Solve Mystery, 'Devil in White City' Will Be Exhumed

Some say serial killer Dr. HH Holmes managed to escape execution

(Newser) - For some who chose Dr. HH Holmes' hotel as their lodging during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, it was a deadly mistake. The 19th-century serial killer, born Herman Webster Mudgett, had fashioned a 100-plus-room house of horrors well-equipped for making people disappear: a building of soundproof, windowless rooms; gas... More »

'Angel of Death' Serial Killer Dies After Prison Attack

Donald Harvey admitted to killing three dozen hospital patients

(Newser) - A former nurse's aide known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky died Thursday, two days after he was attacked and beaten in his prison cell, the AP reports. Donald Harvey, who was serving multiple life sentences, was... More »

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