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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Cops Suspected a Serial Killer. They Say They've Got Him

Detroit police think Deangelo Martin may be behind deaths of 4 women

(Newser) - A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women whose deaths Detroit police have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder in the killings of the... More »

Police Think This Is Serial Killer Who First Murdered in 2005

Robert Hayes arrested for 2016 murder in Palm Beach, but allegedly linked to earlier slayings

(Newser) - Florida police believe they have finally caught a serial killer they've been seeking since 2005. Robert Hayes, 37, was arrested late Sunday and faces a first-degree murder charge in a 2016 slaying, and police say DNA taken from that victim matches other victims from nearly 14 years ago, the... More »

Florida Executes Serial Killer Who Preyed on Gay Men

Gary Ray Bowles killed at least 6

(Newser) - Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead, was executed by lethal injection Thursday at Florida State Prison. The sentence was carried out at 10:58pm, according to the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis. Bowles received the death... More »

Aspiring Actor Found Guilty in California Slayings

Michael Gargiulo convicted of killing two women, attempting to kill a third

(Newser) - A jury on Thursday found an aspiring actor who was described by prosecutors as a serial killer guilty of fatally stabbing two women and attempting to kill a third in their Southern California homes, the AP reports. After three days of deliberations, the Los Angeles jury reached the verdict against... More »

Prosecutor: Serial Killer Carried Out 'Strikingly Similar' Attacks

'These were monstrous, torturous attacks, all four'

(Newser) - Four strikingly similar attacks on women in California and Illinois were all planned and executed by a skilled serial killer who studied the lives and homes of victims who lived near him before savagely stabbing them, a prosecutor said Tuesday. In his closing argument, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney... More »

A Serial Killer, Faded From Memory, Is Brought Back

The Riverfront Times resurfaces the case of the 'package killer'

(Newser) - He was referred to as the "package killer" for the way the remains of his three known victims were found: The first in between two mattresses whose corners were tied; the second in trash bags bound with wire; the third in a homemade box. The women, found between March... More »

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 »

Investigators Tie Killer to More Slayings

Samuel Little says he struck in 14 states over decades

(Newser) - Investigators have now linked confessed serial killer Samuel Little to 60 killings in 14 states, a Texas prosecutor says. Authorities had tied Little to 34 deaths, CNN reports. The FBI has said Little told investigators he killed more than 90 people. Little chose marginalized and vulnerable women, the FBI says,... More »

Police Go Door-to-Door to Find Detroit's Serial Killer

Vacant buildings will be torn down or boarded up

(Newser) - With police fearing the city is dealing with a serial killer, Detroit officials have announced a door-to-door search for victims and information. "We are not going to let up," Police Chief James Craig said Friday, per the Detroit Free Press . "We are going to find this violent,... 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 »

Germany's Serial Killer Nurse Learns His Fate

It's another life sentence for Niels Hoegel

(Newser) - A former nurse has been confirmed as Germany's most prolific serial killer since World War II with his conviction of the murders of 85 patients. "The human mind capitulates in the face of the sheer number of deeds," Judge Sebastian Bührmann said Thursday in handing Niels... 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 »

Cops: Traveling Serial Killer Struck 3 Times in 3 Weeks

James M. Wright allegedly met victims through carnival where he worked

(Newser) - Virginia police say a traveling carnival worker has confessed to killing two women and a teenage girl he met on the job. James Michael Wright, 23, admitted to carrying out the fatal shootings over three weeks after the cellphone of a missing 25-year-old was discovered in his truck, according to... More »

She Was Murdered Just Before Her Date With Ashton Kutcher

Alleged serial killer Michael Gargiulo goes on trial in California

(Newser) - He's known as the "Hollywood Ripper" and the "Boy Next Door Killer," and he's now on trial in Los Angeles. Michael Gargiulo, 43, is accused of using his job as an air-conditioning repairman to murder two women in the LA area between 2001 and 2008... More »

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