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Photo Links Dating Game Killer to 1977 Wyoming Murder

Alcala accused of killing pregnant woman

(Newser) - Serial killer Rodney Alcala has been charged with another murder almost 40 years after his 1970s killing spree. Investigators say Alcala, 73—who has been behind bars since 1979 and was sentenced to death in 2010—murdered 28-year-old Texas woman Christine Ruth Thornton in Wyoming during a road trip in... More »

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 »

At-Large Serial Killer Turns Neighborhood Into 'Ghost Town'

Trace explores the situation in Maryvale, Arizona

(Newser) - A serial killer who has shot at least nine people since March remains at large in the Phoenix area, and authorities don't have a ton to go on. He's white or Hispanic, drives a black car, and seemingly chooses his victims at random on the streets at night.... More »

Another Victim Is Shot Dead in Phoenix

Police aren't sure if serial shooter is responsible

(Newser) - Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood, where a serial killer is on the loose , has suffered another shooting death. Police say a man found dead outside a home Thursday night was likely shot a short distance away then made it to the house and collapsed around 10pm, reports KPHO . Police aren't... 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 »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

Jurors Vote for Death Sentence for 'Grim Sleeper'

Lonnie Franklin Jr. will be formally sentenced later

(Newser) - A jury has returned a death sentence for a serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," who murdered nine women and a teenage girl over several decades in South Los Angeles, the AP reports. The verdict Monday came nearly a month after 63-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted... More »

Victim's Dad Jumps Over Table to Attack Killer in Crazy Court Video

Michael Madison was sentenced to death

(Newser) - The father of a woman killed by a convicted sex offender dove across a courtroom table to attack him Thursday, shortly after a judge sentenced the defendant to death for killing three people and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags, the AP reports. Van Terry, the father of Shirellda Terry,... 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 »

London Has a Serial Animal Killer on Its Hands

Dozens of cats, foxes, rabbits, birds found with their heads, tails, or paws cut off

(Newser) - Southern England is now on high alert after a series of animal killings across the region—mostly in the form of beheadings—has rendered the original moniker, the Croydon Cat Killer, far too specific. The person is killing well outside the London borough of Croydon and claiming not just felines,... More »

Before Jack the Ripper Came America's First Serial Killer

The 'Midnight Assassin' terrorized Austin in the 1880s

(Newser) - For years, author Skip Hollandsworth has been trying to solve the case of the Midnight Assassin—a serial killer who brutally slayed six women and a 12-year-old girl in Austin, Texas, between December 1884 and December 1885. But, he tells the Star-Telegram , "I still have no clue," adding... More »

'John Doe Duffel Bag' Convicted in Serial Killings

Salvatore Perrone faces life in prison

(Newser) - A clothing salesman on trial for the serial slayings of three New York City shopkeepers has been convicted of murder. Jurors deliberated for less than half an hour Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn before finding Salvatore Perrone guilty of three counts of murder. A police detective testified the... More »

This Woman Left Her Family to Marry Man on Death Row

They married over speaker phone in 1996 and see each other twice a week

(Newser) - Rosalie Bolin hasn't always had such an unusual story. Back in the '90s she had a normal-looking marriage with wealthy attorney Victor D. Martinez (described by the LAT as "the scion of one of [Tampa's] oldest and most prominent families") and four daughters to show... More »

DiCaprio's Next Role: Man Who Killed at Least 27

He'll play serial killer HH Holmes as Martin Scorsese directs

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio will play to his dark side for a new role as "the 19th century equivalent of Hannibal Lecter," reports Deadline . He'll play serial killer HH Holmes in the film adaptation of Erik Larson's 2003 book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, And ... More »

Police: Sex Worker Kills Guy Carrying 'Kill List'

West Virginia woman says Neal Falls, 45, turned violent

(Newser) - A West Virginia sex worker may have saved the lives of several colleagues by shooting a violent client in her home last weekend. Police say he could be a serial killer who planned to murder other sex workers, the Washington Post reports. The woman, whose identity is being held back,... More »

In Ohio's Rundown Ex-Capital, Fears of a Serial Killer

4 women found dead near Chillicothe's waterways over year

(Newser) - Chillicothe was the capital of Ohio some 200 years ago. Things have gone downhill from there. But amid poverty and heroin woes, the city of 21,000 has "turned for the worst," Jessica Sayre tells the Washington Post . Her 26-year-old sister, Tiffany, a sex worker battling a drug... 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 »

Police: Sex Offender Is a 'Serial Killer'

Darren Vann hints at murders going back 20 years, cops say

(Newser) - Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend say today they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect indicates there could be more victims going back 20 years. The Lake County prosecutor's office today charged... More »

After Indiana Man Admits One Murder, 6 Bodies Found

After body found in motel, cops find 6 more dead women

(Newser) - After Afrika Hardy, 19, was found strangled to death in a motel room in Hammond, Indiana, on Friday night, police took a man into custody. The 43-year-old admitted to the killing, then provided information that led police to the bodies of three more women in separate locations in nearby Gary,... More »

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