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Serial Killer's 7th Victim: Girl Wrapped in Bed Sheet

Discovery brings 2-month search in Cyprus to a close

(Newser) - Authorities in Cyprus say they've found the bodies of all seven victims of the island nation's first known serial killer —including that of two young girls. Decomposing remains believed to be of Sierra Granze, 6, were found wrapped in a bed sheet and tied to a cement... More »

Librarian Helps Solve Case of the Bear Brook Murders

Woman, children were found in metal drums in New Hampshire in 1985, 2000

(Newser) - Advances in DNA technology have helped identify serial killers—and, in this case, their victims. Police in New Hampshire say they have identified three of the four victims in a decades-old cold case, CNN reports. In what became known as the Bear Brook murders, the bodies of a woman and... More »

Woman Who Survived Killer's Murder Spree Watches Him Die

Bobby Joe Long, 65, killed 10 women in Florida in 1984

(Newser) - A serial killer and rapist who terrorized Florida with a murderous spree that claimed 10 women's lives in 1984 was put to death Thursday, his execution witnessed by a woman who survived one of his attacks and aided in his capture. Bobby Joe Long, 65, was pronounced dead at... More »

He Left 10 Bodies in His Wake. Today, His Own Death

Serial killer Bobby Joe Long set to be executed in Florida Thursday

(Newser) - A serial killer is facing execution Thursday for a murderous spree that claimed 10 women's lives and terrorized Florida's Tampa Bay area in 1984. Bobby Joe Long, 65, is set to receive a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke, per the AP . Artiss Ann Wick was... More »

Cops: Serial Killer With an Eye for Jewelry Killed 12 in 2 Years

Billy Chemirmir allegedly targeted elderly women in Texas

(Newser) - Police in Texas believe they've uncovered one of the state's most prolific serial killers, a man accused of killing 12 women in less than two years. Billy Chemirmir—a citizen of Kenya living in the US illegally, per KTVT —was jailed in March 2018 on suspicions that... More »

In This Toxic Lake, a Serial Killer's Victims

Cyprus is dealing with 'a form of crime unprecedented' for the country

(Newser) - Investigators in Cyprus are currently looking for at least two suitcases at the bottom of a toxic lake. What they believe to be inside is gruesome: the remains of murdered females, two of seven women and girls that an unnamed Cypriot army captain allegedly admitted to killing. He has not... More »

Prosecutors Want Death Penalty for Alleged Serial Killer

Golden State Killer suspect accused of murders in 5 California counties

(Newser) - Prosecutors want the Golden State to kill the Golden State Killer. Prosecutors from four California counties—Sacramento, Orange, Ventura, and Santa Barbara—announced Wednesday that they will seek the death penalty for alleged serial killer Joseph James DeAngelo, the Sacramento Bee reports. The 73-year-old ex-cop is accused of 12 murders... More »

'Most Advanced' Study on Jack the Ripper Is Ripped Apart

Experts throw cold water on new study that claimed to use DNA to unmask him

(Newser) - It's an intriguing assertion, and one that grabbed headlines at sites like ABC News and NBC News —that more than a century after Jack the Ripper terrorized London, the serial killer had possibly been unmasked. Too bad it's bogus, at least according to a slew of experts.... More »

Sketch Shows How 'Doodler' Serial Killer Might Look Now

He terrorized SF's gay community 40 years ago

(Newser) - More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the "Doodler" terrorized San Francisco's gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and announced a $100,000 reward for details leading to his capture. Police believe the killer stabbed at least... More »

Prosecutor: Bruce McArthur Staged Corpses With Cigars

Grisly details emerge during serial killer's sentencing hearing

(Newser) - A prosecutor last week revealed that serial killer Bruce McArthur staged photos of some of his victims after they died, but he gave a fuller picture of what that meant Monday as the sentencing hearing began for the former gardener who preyed on men from Toronto's Gay Village district.... More »

Bruce McArthur Pleads Guilty as Grisly Details of Killings Aired

The Toronto landscaper will be sentenced on Monday

(Newser) - Bruce McArthur has pleaded guilty to murdering eight men in Toronto , and prosecutors in court on Tuesday provided grisly details of the crimes. Crown prosecutor Michael Cantlon said McArthur "staged" and photographed some of his victims and held on to some of their possessions, including jewelry and a notebook.... More »

Lots of People Appalled at Zac Efron as Ted Bundy

But others say critics are 'missing the point' of new Bundy movie

(Newser) - The trailer has dropped for the Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron as the 1970s serial killer, and let's just say it's got people talking. "Gross," reads one of the many appalled tweets rounded up by BuzzFeed . Critics are pointing out the jaunty music choice, noting... More »

A Modern 'Jack the Ripper' Is Executed

China's Gao Chengyong killed at least 11 in 14 years

(Newser) - China's " Jack the Ripper " is no more. Gao Chengyong, convicted of the rapes and murders of 10 women and an 8-year-old girl in northwest China between 1988 and 2002, was executed Thursday, CNN reports via state media . Sentenced to death last March, the 54-year-old was nabbed in... More »

The Word 'Odessa' Got a Serial Killer to Start Talking

Christie Palazzolo was asked to look into Samuel Little in 2013

(Newser) - Much has been written about Samuel Little , a 77-year-old serving life in California whose recent confessions may make him one of America's deadliest serial killers. In a lengthy piece for the Los Angeles Times , Del Quentin Wilber manages to present new details on how those confessions came to be... More »

Inside One Man's Theory: There Is No Zodiac Killer

Thomas Henry Horan believes the murders were committed by various people

(Newser) - "Finding out there’s no Zodiac would be like finding out there's no Santa Claus," writes Bill Black for MEL Magazine —which may explain why a whole bunch of people are no fan of Thomas Henry Horan. He's a semi-retired community college writing professor in... More »

'Messy,' Murderous Story of John Ackroyd Comes to an End

The conclusion of the Oregonian/OregonLive's five-part series

(Newser) - If you've been following the five-part story of John Ackroyd , its conclusion might leave you hanging. Noelle Crombie knows that. "This is a messy story with loose ends and unanswered questions," she writes for the Oregonian/OregonLive . Part V opens with Ackroyd in 1993 going to trial for... More »

He Showed Up Covered in Dried Blood, With an Odd Story

Part IV of the Oregonian/OregonLive's series on John Ackroyd

(Newser) - It was a bizarre scene that went unmentioned to authorities for years: Two workers at the state highway shop in Sweet Home, Oregon, saw John Ackroyd pull in uncharacteristically late one night in 1992. The state highway mechanic would swap his truck for a state vehicle at the shop, and... More »

Siberian Serial Killer Guilty of 56 More Murders

Ex-cop Mikhail Popkov has killed at least 78

(Newser) - A court in Russia's eastern Siberia has convicted a former policeman of murdering 56 women, bringing the number he is believed to have killed to at least 78. The court on Monday found Mikhail Popkov, from the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, guilty of the murders between 1994 and... More »

His Stepdaughter Vanished. What He Said Was Disturbing

Part III of the Oregonian/OregonLive's series on John Ackroyd

(Newser) - John Ackroyd was no stranger to Oregon police, or even to the district attorney in Jefferson County: The state highway mechanic had been accused of a 1977 rape and a suspect in a 1978 murder , both of which took place near Highway 20. Then, in 1990, his name surfaced again.... More »

A Runner Went Missing, Then 'Tantalizing Coincidences'

Part II of the Oregonian/OregonLive's series on John Ackroyd

(Newser) - Oregon's Highway 20 was John Ackroyd's professional stomping grounds: The state highway mechanic spent his days along the often remote road. He was there on Dec. 24, 1978, the morning Kaye Turner went missing while on an 8-mile run. She and her husband were on a holiday vacation... More »

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