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'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate
'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate

'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate

Takahiro Shiraishi gets death after pleading guilty to murdering, dismembering 9 in Japan

(Newser) - The "Twitter Killer" of Japan has heard his fate, and he didn't react. Takahiro Shiraishi received the death penalty Tuesday after pleading guilty in September for the murder and dismemberment of nine people, and the judge who handed down the sentence had to ask if the "stone-faced"...

'Volga Maniac' Accused of Killing 26 Elderly Women

Russian police say suspect has confessed

(Newser) - Investigators in Russia say they have caught the "Volga maniac," a serial killer who killed dozens of elderly women in 2011 and 2012. Russia's Investigative Committee says Radik Tagirov, a 38-year-old locksmith, was identified from DNA evidence and shoe prints and has confessed to the murders, the...

How Worst Serial Killer in US Got Away With It for Decades

Samuel Little enjoyed decades of impunity by targeting the unmissed: Washington Post

(Newser) - America's most prolific serial killer operated for more than 30 years, targeting vulnerable, usually Black women, under the watch of an "indifferent" criminal justice system. That's according to part one of an in-depth investigation by the Washington Post , which interviewed experts and reviewed thousands of pages of...

Yorkshire Ripper Dies After Refusing COVID Treatment

Peter Sutcliffe was one of UK's most notorious serial killers

(Newser) - Few people will be mourning one of COVID-19's latest victims in Britain. Peter Sutcliffe, one of the country's most notorious serial killers, has died after refusing treatment for the virus, the BBC reports. He also had underlying health conditions including obesity and diabetes. The 74-year-old "Yorkshire Ripper"...

Serial Killer: Cops Should Have Easily Caught Me

South Korea's Lee Chun-jae says he didn't try very hard to cover his tracks

(Newser) - One of South Korea's most notorious serial killers spoke publicly about his crime spree for the first time on Monday, and he expressed surprise police didn't catch him sooner than they did. "I still don't understand [why I wasn't a suspect]," Lee Chun-jae said...

Showtime's Most Famous Serial Killer Is Coming Back

Network is bringing Michael C. Hall back for 10-episode run of 'Dexter'

(Newser) - With recreational activities still limited due to COVID-19, people have taken to hunkering down at home and binge-watching TV. Now, fans of one of Showtime's most popular shows ever can gear up for a return of their favorite serial killer, at least for a little while. USA Today reports...

Report: 5 Elderly Couples Didn't Die by Murder-Suicide

And the killer might still be on the loose

(Newser) - British police are facing the possibility that five murder-suicides of elderly couples might really be double homicides—perpetrated by a killer who's still on the loose, the Guardian reports. Stephanie Davies, the top coroner for Cheshire police, compiled a 197-page report linking two apparent murder-suicides in the 1990s to...

Victims Curse 'Subhuman' Golden State Killer

'He truly is an evil monster with no soul'

(Newser) - Victim after victim lined up on Tuesday to describe Joseph DeAngelo as a "sick monster,” "horrible man," and “subhuman” who stole their innocence and changed their lives during a more than decade-long reign of rape and murder that earned him the nickname Golden State Killer....

DeAngelo Admits He Is the Golden State Killer

He pleads guilty to California murders, kidnappings

(Newser) - Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. has confessed that he is the Golden State Killer who terrorized California with a long and sadistic series of crimes in the 1970s and 1980s. In a courtroom set up in a Cal State Sacramento ballroom, the 74-year-old uttered his first guilty plea Monday in a...

'Grim Sleeper' Found Dead
'Grim Sleeper' Found Dead

'Grim Sleeper' Found Dead

Serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. died in prison cell

(Newser) - The "Grim Sleeper" is dead. Lonnie Franklin Jr., the serial killer who murdered nine women and a 15-year-old girl in Los Angeles between 1985 and 2007, was found unresponsive in his prison cell Saturday night, NBC News reports. The 67-year-old was on San Quentin State Prison's death row....

How the 'Hottest Boy' in Town Became a Serial Killer
How the 'Hottest Boy' in Town
Became a Serial Killer
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How the 'Hottest Boy' in Town Became a Serial Killer

'Philadelphia Magazine' takes a deep dive into Cosmo DiNardo's downward spiral

(Newser) - On July 6, 2017, Cosmo DiNardo met with his psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania. Christian Kohler had been treating the 20-year-old since November and had gradually been decreasing the anti-psychotic drugs the Bucks County man took for the bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia that he had only recently...

Golden State Killer Suspect Wants to Plead Guilty

But he wants the death penalty taken off the table, lawyers say

(Newser) - After allegedly murdering at least 13 people, former police officer Joseph DeAngelo is now trying to save his own life. Lawyers for the alleged Golden State Killer say he has offered to plead guilty to the 26 charges against him as long as he receives a life sentence instead of...

Cops Reveal Clue in Serial Killer Case

Gilgo Beach find has initials 'WH' or 'HM'

(Newser) - Police in Long Island have revealed what could be key evidence in the Gilgo Beach serial killer case: a black leather belt, embossed with the initials "WH" or "HM." Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart told reporters Thursday that investigators believe the belt, which was recovered at...

Police Say DNA Has Identified Suspected Illinois Serial Killer

Evidence shows Bruce Lindahl murdered 16-year-old Pamela Maurer in 1976

(Newser) - A suspected serial killer strangled a suburban Chicago teenage girl in 1976 and likely killed another woman just days before she was to testify in court that he raped her, police said Monday. Lisle Police Detective Chris Loudon, who investigated the Jan. 1976 slaying of 16-year-old Pamela Maurer of Woodridge,...

How a Serial Killer's Scar Gave Him Away
'Jack the Ripper' Caught
Snoozing on a Train
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'Jack the Ripper' Caught Snoozing on a Train

Somkid Pumpuang had been paroled for good behavior

(Newser) - Thailand isn't exactly known for its serial killers—only two exist on record—but after imprisoning one, they let him go, and he killed again. Then a young couple spotted him while traveling by train to Bangkok on Wednesday, the Bangkok Post reports. "That mark over his left...

A Serial Killer Says He Killed This Woman. But Who Is She?

Samuel Little drew her sketch, and authorities are hoping someone recognizes her

(Newser) - Confessed serial killer Samuel Little has been drawing dozens of macabre sketches : Each of them shows a woman he says he killed between 1970 and 2005. The 79-year-old says he strangled a total of 93 victims across the country, which, if confirmed, would make him the most prolific US serial...

Police Say Woman Killed 6 Relatives Over 14 Years

Woman in India was motivated by greed, police say

(Newser) - India has been transfixed by a case involving an alleged serial killer with an incongruous name. Police say Jolly Thomas, 47, has admitted poisoning six relatives with cyanide over a 14-year period, the Guardian reports. She was present at the deaths of all six victims, who had consumed food or...

FBI: This Man Is the Worst Serial Killer in US History

50 Samuel Little murders have now been confirmed

(Newser) - The FBI says it is now confident that Samuel Little is the most prolific serial killer in American history—and the number of confirmed murders could still rise by more than 40. The 79-year-old, who started cooperating with law enforcement last year, has confessed to murdering 93 women across America...

A Decades-Long Serial Killer Case Ends With Confession

S. Korea's Lee Chun-jae admitted to 14 murders, but statute of limitations has run out

(Newser) - Police had only been able to link him to a handful of rapes and murders in South Korea—but a suspected serial killer has just confessed to many more. The New York Times reports that 56-year-old Lee Chun-jae, already in prison for life for raping and killing his sister-in-law, has...

Cops Say They've IDed a Serial Killer—but There's a Twist

Suspect can't be charged in South Korea murders as statute of limitations has run out

(Newser) - For years, a serial killer terrorized Hwaseong, a city south of Seoul in South Korea, leaving police stymied. Decades later, authorities say they've finally identified the man who murdered at least three of the 10 victims who were killed between 1986 and 1991 in what is called "the...

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