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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 »

'Speed Freak Killer' Got $33K to Tell Where Bodies Were

Wesley Shermantine, partner killed up to 20 in decade-long murder spree

(Newser) - A serial killer on Death Row is giving up the locations of the bodies of up to 20 people he killed—for the tidy sum of $33,000, reports the LA Times . Convicted murderer Wesley Shermantine drew maps of two dumping grounds after he was paid by a Sacramento bounty... More »

Lawyers: John Wayne Gacy Had Accomplice

They cite evidence suggesting the serial killer had help

(Newser) - John Wayne Gacy had help abducting and killing at least some of his victims, and one or more accomplices may still be at large, say two criminal defense attorneys who reviewed the cases. The attorneys tell the Chicago Sun-Times that it seems unlikely Gacy could have killed at least three... More »

Homeless Killer Suspect Accused of 2 More Murders

Itzcoatl Ocampo to be charged with stabbing Raquel Estrada, Juan Herrera

(Newser) - Authorities believe Itzcoatl Ocampo, the 23-year-old Iraq veteran charged with stabbing four homeless men to death in California, also killed two other people—ones that he knew. Ocampo will be charged today with the murders of Raquel Estrada, 53, and her 34-year-old son, Juan Herrera, the mother and brother of... More »

Homeless Killer Suspect's Father Is Homeless

Itzcoatl Ocampo was a changed man after serving in Iraq, family says

(Newser) - Itzcoatl Ocampo, the California man accused of stabbing four homeless people to death , often gave money to the homeless, says his father, who is homeless himself. Refugio Ocampo, who lives in the cab of a broken-down truck, says that just a few months ago, his son gave a beggar his... More »

Booming 'Murderabilia' Sales Spur Outrage

Victims' rights advocates slam 'insidious and despicable industry'

(Newser) - Sales of the personal effects, letters, and even fingernail clippings of mass murderers and serial killers are stronger than ever thanks to the Internet, but victims' rights advocates say it's time to end the trade in "murderabilia," the Washington Post reports. Only eight states have laws banning... More »

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