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'Torso Killer' Pleads Guilty to 1974 Murders

Richard Cottingham says he kidnapped, drowned New Jersey teens

(Newser) - Authorities in New Jersey say they can close the book on two unsolved murders from 1974 after a confession from a serial killer linked to at least nine other killings. Richard Cottingham—known as the "Torso Killer" because he often dismembered his victims—pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing 17-year-old...

Serial Killer on Death Row for Murdering Family Dies

Victims of Joseph Edward Duncan, 58, who'd been diagnosed with brain cancer, included 2 boys

(Newser) - A convicted serial killer whose victims included two young boys died Sunday at a hospital in Indiana, authorities said. Joseph Edward Duncan died at the medical center near the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, where he was on death row, according to a statement from prosecutors in Riverside County,...

Scientists Say Convicted Serial Killer Is Innocent

They petition for release of Australia's Kathleen Folbigg, imprisoned after deaths for her 4 babies

(Newser) - The name Kathleen Folbigg may not be familiar to Americans, but it surely is to Australians. The 53-year-old is known as the nation's "worst female serial killer" after being convicted of murdering her four babies in the 1990s, reports the Guardian . Folbigg, though, has always maintained her innocence,...

Serial Killer Slain in Cell
 I-5 Strangler Slain in Prison

I-5 Strangler Slain in Prison

Roger Kibbe would look for women having car trouble along the road

(Newser) - Roger Kibbe, who was convicted in the deaths of at least seven women over two decades in the Sacramento area, was killed Sunday in his cell, California prison officials said. The serial killer, who became known as the "I-5 Strangler" because he seized most of his victims along the...

&#39;Twitter Killer&#39; 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...

&#39;Grim Sleeper&#39; 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 &#39;Hottest Boy&#39; 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&#39;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...

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