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Recent Serial Killers 1970 to present (AP list)
Posted on 10/11/2002 1:58:11 PM PDT by alisasny
Oct. 11 Some well-known serial killers in recent U.S. history:
1997-1999: Angel Maturino Resendiz was convicted of murdering a Houston woman, but was linked by confessions and evidence to at least 12 other killings nationwide. He's on death row in Texas.
1996-1998: Robert L. Yates Jr. was convicted of two murders but admitted to 15. He's on death row in Washington state.
1990-1993: Heriberto Seda, aka "the Zodiac Killer," killed three people and wounded four in New York City and is serving a 235-year sentence.
1989-1990: Aileen Wuornos, a rare female serial killer, was convicted of murdering six men while working as a prostitute along highways in central Florida. She was executed Wednesday.
1984-1985: Charles Ng and Leonard Lake were convicted of murdering 11 people. Ng is on death row in California; Lake committed suicide.
1984-1985: Richard Ramirez was convicted of killing 14 people during break-ins in the Los Angeles area. He is on California's death row.
1979-1981: Wayne B. Williams of Atlanta was convicted and sentenced to two life terms for killing two boys, but police believed he may have been responsible for up to 28 deaths.
1978-1995: Theodore Kaczynski, aka "the Unabomber," carried out a series of mail bombings that killed three people and injured 23. He is serving a life sentence at a federal prison in Colorado.
1978-1992: Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 16 consecutive life terms for killing 17 men and boys, most in Milwaukee. He was killed in prison in 1994.
1977-1978: Ted Bundy was convicted of three Florida slayings, including that of a 12-year-old girl. He confessed to more than 30 and was executed in 1989.
1977-1978: Angelo Buono Jr. was convicted of murdering nine young California women and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Kenneth A. Bianchi pleaded guilty to five of the murders, agreeing to testify against his cousin in return for being spared a possible death sentence. He was sentenced to five concurrent life terms in prison.
1976-1977: David Berkowitz, aka "Son of Sam," killed six people and wounded seven others in New York City. He is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences.
1972-1978: John Wayne Gacy of suburban Chicago killed 33 young men and boys. He was executed in 1994.
February-May 1971: Juan Corona was convicted of murdering 25 farm workers whose bodies were found buried near Yuba City in northern California. He is serving a life sentence.
2002 The Associated Press.
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This is not a complete list but hard to find any comparison to the current situation in the Beltway.
posted on 10/11/2002 1:58:11 PM PDT
October 2002 - Two cowardly Islamic extremists worked as a team to commit a string of sniper murders in the Washington, DC area. They were caught in the act by an armed citizen who shot them both to death.
I have tried in vain to find info about a sniper in the Jacksonville, FL area some time ago. IIRC, it was around the I-10 loop.
Does anyone recall this?
posted on 10/11/2002 2:10:26 PM PDT
To: E. Pluribus Unum
They were caught in the act by an armed citizen who shot them both to death.
We could erase a bit of the national debt by auctioning off batting practice with the likes
posted on 10/11/2002 2:12:11 PM PDT
1997-1999: Angel Maturino Resendiz was convicted of murdering a Houston woman, but was linked by confessions and evidence to at least 12 other killings nationwide. He's on death row in Texas.
Is this the Railroad Killer? - He killed a man and his daughter about 15 miles from me here in IL. It was crazy around here when it happened and people were scared out of their wits (cops & helicopters everywhere), since we have many railroad tracks around here. The train track he was on when he killed the 2 people in IL sits about 1/2 mile behind my rural home. I can relate to what the people in the DC area are feeling.
posted on 10/11/2002 2:18:41 PM PDT
Is this your guy???
Florida executes second killer in 2 days (From top) Jones, Buenoano, Stano and Remeta 2 more executions due soon March 24, 1998 Web posted at: 12:09 p.m. EST (1709 GMT) In this story: Last words 'Long overdue' Flames from electric chair led to delay Related stories and sites STARKE, Florida (CNN) -- Florida has carried out its second execution in two days, putting to death a man convicted in the 1981 murder of a Jacksonville police officer. Leo Jones, 47, who had argued that the use of a 75-year-old electric chair was cruel and unusual punishment, died in it on Tuesday morning. Jones' attorneys objected after the fiery death of another inmate on March 25, 1997, when flames leaped from the head of an inmate during an execution in the wired, wooden chair known as "Old Sparky." The attorneys had filed an appeal, arguing that Florida's method of execution was cruel and unusual and therefore in violation of the state and U.S. constitutions. The problem led to a yearlong halt in executions in Florida, which ended on Monday when Gerald Stano, 46, died in the state's electric chair for the 1973 murder of a 17-year-old girl. Stano had confessed to 41 killings. Last words "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger," Jones said repeatedly during preparations while staring at his religious adviser, El Hajj Rabbani Muhammad. When the jolt hit, Jones' fingers tightened and he flinched. As a physician's assistant held a stethoscope to his chest afterward he breathed at least once. Jones' execution was the 41st since Florida's death penalty was upheld in 1976. The last time the state had back-to-back executions was in December 1995. Two more executions are scheduled for next week: Judy Buenoano, 54, the "Black Widow," is scheduled to be executed next Monday for the murder of her husband. She would be the first woman put to death by Florida in 150 years. Twenty-four hours later, the state plans to execute Daniel Remeta, 40, for the 1985 fatal shooting of Mehrle Reeder, a convenience store clerk in Ocala. 'Long overdue' Jones was condemned for the 1981 slaying of Thomas Szafranski, who was struck in the head by a sniper's bullet while sitting in his patrol car in downtown Jacksonville. "In the hearts of all us, it's long overdue," Thomas Pialorsi, who was president of the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police when Szafranski was shot, said Monday. Jones confessed to the shooting, saying he killed the officer because of police beatings. But he later denied the killing, saying the confession was coerced. In his appeals, he noted the statements of a dozen people who said another man had confessed to the killing. Jones' appeal for a stay to the Florida Supreme Court and a separate appeal to a federal judge were rejected Monday. Flames from electric chair led to delay The delay in Florida executions began last year after flames up to a foot long burst from behind the mask covering the face of Pedro Medina during his execution. The death chamber filled with acrid smoke. No problems with the electric chair were reported as Stano and Jones were put to death. "We've been assured that the chair and all the components are in very good working order," Florida State Prison spokesman Gene Morris told CNN earlier this week. The Florida Supreme Court in October 1997 cleared the way for resumed use of the chair but if such a method for capital punishment is ever ruled unconstitutional, Florida lawmakers have approved execution by lethal injection. In 1990, a sponge in the headpiece caught fire during the death of Jesse Tafero. That also led to a temporary halt in Florida executions. Correspondent Susan Candiotti, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
posted on 10/11/2002 2:19:27 PM PDT
Worldwide serial killer lists
The Crime Archives catalogues its serial killers by their number of proven hits. Some killers are suspected of much higher body counts. Others bragged about crimes they never committed. Check in the morgue for the latest entries. Because of its ever-increasing size, the Serial Killer Hit List has been broken into four sections according to number of hits.
posted on 10/11/2002 2:21:59 PM PDT
To: alisasny; Mitchell; The Great Satan
How many of these serial killers averaged one victim every two days?
posted on 10/11/2002 2:24:05 PM PDT
How many of these serial killers averaged one victim every two days?
Toward the end, Wayne Williams came close.
But none of them were so public and all left calling cards or did something with the bodies. Usually it was something sexual or cannibalism. They were secretive, too. They didn't kill in full view of the world. And other than the guy in Florida, how many used automatic rifles at a distance of over 50 yards.
Whatever is going on in Maryland isn't a serial killer. At least not as we know them.
Serial Killer - A serial killer is a typical white male, 20-30, and most of them are usually in the USA. Their main motives are sex(even though the act of sex may or may not take place), power, manipulation, domination and control. The sex motive is usually rape for an organized killer and sadism for a disorganized killer. They act in a series of 5 or more murders with a cooling off period between each murder. Serial killers can go on for months and years before they are usually caught. The victim is usually the same for every killer - prostitute, hitch-hiker etc. Their victims may also have the same or similar attributes in gender, age, race, general look, residence etc. Serial killers also stick by their modus operandi very closely and may change it with experience. Most murders occur by strangulation, suffocation, stabbing etc. Serial killers act by a sex-murder fantasy based with their control, they usually live in this dream world in their teens until they act it out for real when they get into the adult stage. As each murder occurs a serial killer may be disappointed by his murder fantasy and may act it out again to achieve it to their own satisfaction. Mass Killer - A mass killer is a a very angry and frustrated white male, 25-40, who may be suffering from some sort of mental problem. They are wholey disorganized and show a similar lifestyle to that of a disorganized serial killer. Their lifestyle usually includes such things as - they have a large array of weapons at home, are heavily into violence(on TV or videogames etc), live by themselves or with a parent, have no partner and may have been rejected by the opposite sex too much, would have tried to get into the army, plus many other common factors. They usually attack restaurants, schools, or other public places(they may at some time have been affiliated with this place because they could of been stressed, fired there, or rejected by the opposite sex there) wearing army camouflague gear and armed to the teeth. They have a blitz style attack involving machine guns or sometimes explosives. Although mass killers usually have guns there have been a few cases like Richard Speck - where all victims(considered to be over 3 for a mass kill) may be killed by stabbing or strangulation. The blitz attack has them with an automatic weapon with many spare rounds firing at any person in their path. The victims may or may not be related(some mass killers kill their entire families), but usually they just kill anyone. In many cases the killer has killed more females than males, this goes with the rejection factor. As they become suddenly stressed and act out this large murder in a short time of usually minutes to hours, they may commit suicide or get shot by police. No mass killer ever intends or knows he is going to escape the carnage. Spree Killer - A spree killer is like a serial killer at warp speed(without the sex motive) or a mass killer at a snails pace. There havn't been too many spree killers and people havn't usually heard of them. A spree killer is usually a white male 20-30 who acts like a mass killer, killing alot of people by shooting, and this murdering usually happens over a period of time from a week/s to a month, with the killer fleeing the police and public fear at the same time. Spree killers usually flee with someone else and are like the typical mass killer but who intends to go uncaptured. Some cases of spree killers are Charles Starkweather or Andrew Cunanan.
They are alike to mass killers in ways of victims and methods but lifestyles may have the spree killer with a criminal record and a partner. I have also read that spree killers may also be the type of killer who advertises to, or personalises with a victim, kills that victim to collect some profit, and hides the remains of that body to start with the process again; many of these killers are called Bluebeards and go back into the late 1800's - early 1900's. These 'Bluebeard' type killers are sort of like spree killers but operate for profit and can go for a longer time, although, the classifcation of a spree killer may be put to them because a Bluebeard isn't an official murderer classification.
from : www.fortunecity.com/roswell/streiber/ 273/inf_servsmas.htm via google keywords spree serial killer
posted on 10/11/2002 2:30:43 PM PDT
And the winner is......
What's their reason for listing Seda as Zodiac? Zodiac was on the other side of the country 20 years earlier and is still officially an unsub (last I heard anyway). Was he a copy cat, have I missed a rather significant chapter in the story of Zodiac?
Actually Zodiac (1966-74, SF area) bears some striking resemblances to the current guy(s) in the Beltway. Both use guns, neither kidnaps or sexually assaults, both have tied themselves to fortune telling, both are apparently pure opportunity killers. Son of Sam also bears some similarities, though Sam had a definite target victim. My wife is the real true crime nut in the family, I'm sure she could figure out a few other nut jobs with ressemblance to these guys.
posted on 10/11/2002 2:44:28 PM PDT
To: alisasny; Route66; Peach; Bella; Pete; areafiftyone; brigette; harpseal; Merovingian; ...
Thanks for this thread Alisa..
I forgot to post the paragraph..sorry
"At Berdella's arraignment in the courtroom of Judge Alvin Randall, Berdella shocked everyone by entering a plea of guilty to the charge of murder in the first degree. Eventually, Berdella confessed to the murder and torture of six young men between the years of 1984 and 1987. With an uncanny ability to recall detail, he told his frightening story as Court Reporter Ruth Emma Pietro recorded each grisly event of the carnage in the court record. He enjoyed his moment in the limelight while in the courtroom confessing because he was in total control of the stage. "
Why did they leave out the Zebra killers, a group of some 5-8 Black Muslims who called themselves the "Death Angels" and killed at least 17 whites (men, women, old people, all of them just going about their daily routines) in San Francisco in the early 70s? These guys shot from a car and were not caught for nearly 2 years, until one of their members turned himself in and named the rest of them.
BTW, the ones who were caught and convicted were due to be released from California prisons in 2002...
posted on 10/11/2002 2:49:01 PM PDT
Dont forget the cowardly organized army of Islamic serial killers armed with gas filled commercial aircraft and willing dupes who helped them with the OK City bombings...
And many many attemps lately twarted by alert home security troops...
Don't forget the real Zodiac killer in SF area in 1966 who never was caught and taunted police for years.
The all time champs...pile of little bodies to the moon.... sigh......
and the liberal democrats thrist for their blood hasnt abated one iota...a thirst impossible to slake..
Vampires living off the blood of patriots and pre-born children..
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The ones on death row in CA just change their sentences to death by old age.
posted on 10/11/2002 3:27:54 PM PDT
Joel Rifkin, the Long Island killer of prostitutes, and Thomas Lee Dillon, Ohio's "Hunter of Humans." Also Colin Ferguson, the "LIRR killer."
I saw that one while searching for info about the I-10 sniper. I don't think he's the one, although I can't be certain. Thanks for checking! :o)
I think that this killer is not in the serial killer/mass murderer mode. I believe that he is a highly diciplined professional. A hired assassin perhaps. His killings are very cold blooded. He isn't doing this to get his jollies. IMHO.
posted on 10/11/2002 3:54:45 PM PDT
Add to the list the Yahweh Ben Yahweh murders.
From the Miami Herald, October 15, 2001:
MONTREAL -- The Nation of Yahweh had much to celebrate when members gathered in Montreal, their ''New Promised Land,'' last week.
Their leader and messiah, Yahweh Ben Yahweh, 65, just got out of prison after serving nearly 10 years for his part in 14 Miami murders in the 1980s. Their numbers are growing again, and they have come out of hiding.
But the question is: Is their message the same?
In the 1980s, the best of it was to make blacks feel empowered. The worst of it was to brainwash those who became Yahwehs to the degree that they would shout that they would ''die for Yahweh . . . kill for Yahweh.''
Then do it.
At their Montreal conference last week, attended by about 600 Yahwehs in characteristic white robes and turbans, there was no promise to either die, or kill for Yahweh.
Yet, more than ever before, most Yahwehs cast themselves as a nation of believers at war with nonbelievers, and the old message of self-esteem has been crowded out by one that elevates their leader to ''Grand Master of All, the God of the Universe, the Grand Potentate, the Everlasting Father and the persecuted Messiah.'' The new message also is more stridently jingoistic, including a ''Pledge of Allegiance'' to Yahweh Ben Yahweh.
''What's different now is that the U.S. is not just a corrupt society in their eyes, it's one that the global nation of Yahwehs is ready to take on. We have become the Infidel,'' said Richard Scruggs, former Yahweh federal prosecutor.
Yet Wendelyn Rush, a Yahweh member and attorney, cautions against demonizing their mission: ''It's not a violent war, it's a war of words,'' she said at an August federal hearing to decide on Yahweh Ben Yahweh's parole restrictions.
At Yahweh Ben Yahweh's trial in 1992, federal prosecutor Scruggs noted that Yahweh Ben Yahweh had gone from being a poor kid in a dusty Oklahoma town to an Air Force airman to a Black Muslim leader to a radio Christian evangelist to a self-declared prophet the center of the religion he founded, to saying he was the Son of God.
''It took you a while to work your way up, didn't it?'' Scruggs said.
''Certain things were revealed to me with time,'' Yahweh Ben Yahweh replied.
He isn't doing this to get his jollies
I don't know...he says he is God; he's on some kind of trip.
Years ago when I lived on Long Island there was a killer of this type. He shot several people in Suffolk county, one of them was sitting in a restaurant eating and was shot through the glass. The police got a break because I think they were able to figure out the weapon, and found out where it was bought from or stolen from. Does anyone remember this?
The nice thing about gas stations (from the killer's pov, of course) is that they are well illuminated, and that people have to stand still while they pump their gas (here in NY State they don't allow self-serve pumps to have those little latch mechanisms in the valve handles, I don't know if this is true in VA and MD).
It almost seems like the killer has figured this out over time and has settled on this as an MO after trying out some other locations first.
I am amazed that this individual has been able to operate without a witness for so many days. I'm sure he doesn't have much time left. He's going to screw up soon. He has to do everything perfectly from this point on; even a single misstep will result in capture or death.
posted on 10/11/2002 4:15:40 PM PDT
Very, very interesting.
There used to be a group of these people - I think they were associated with him, but maybe it was another strange black Islamic group - who would station themselves at various street corners in NYC (frequently in front of Macy's at 34th St.) and scream the most revolting things through their microphones. They were always urging the killing of Jews in particular and whites in general, and I never understood why they were allowed to stand there and spout this stuff.
Maybe because they were wearing what appeared to be Shriner outfits gone berserk - purple fezzes with long gold tassles and strange circus-like purple and gold costumes - they were considered to be just local loonies.
But they were full of hate, and I always considered them dangerous. If people like this have been recruited by radical Islamists, I think we're in trouble.
posted on 10/11/2002 4:17:09 PM PDT
Well, that's good news, at least!
posted on 10/11/2002 4:18:39 PM PDT
To: Steely Tom
This is partly my point. He doesn't choose victims, he chooses opportunities
. He isn't going after anybody in particular (race, sex, age, profession), he is looking for the situation where he is in control, where he can get a good shot off, where he may not be observed, where he can get away.
He takes one shot. He has been successfull 80% of the time, but if he is not, he doesn't wait around to find out, or take another shot that might give him away. Just one good shot. That is his objective.
He is so divorced from his actions that he is like a machine. Find an opportunity, get off one shot, make your getaway. Very dispassionate. If he keeps it up, he most certainly will screw up and get caught. But he adheres to his formula despite a massive manhunt. To me, this seems to indicate an experienced professional who can control the rush of adrenilin coursing through his veins.
posted on 10/11/2002 4:26:35 PM PDT
The gas station thing is making me think... I wonder if he isn't just sighting his weapon on a single point, like the area next to a particular pump, and then just holding still until someone walks into his crosshairs and stands still. Since he is, as you say, looking for opportunities, this method would give him the best probability of a one-shot one-kill outcome. He doesn't care who he kills.
This is horrible. FWIW I rate the ME terrorist theory at 50-50, and I am no conspiracy nut.
That's the 'railroad killer' alright. He stole the Month of June from a lot of frightened Southern Illinoisans in 1999. My daughter and I had been rock hunting in the Gorham area the week before the killings there. Count us among the scared witless back then, and count us as praying for the good people in the DC area now.
posted on 10/11/2002 4:40:19 PM PDT
Re: Railroad Killer.
I believed he used the moniker "Side Track."
you are kind of stating what Mark Furman(sp) was saying on the Sean Hannity show today. He equated it to that boyfriend\girl slaying randomly I believe decades ago in the midwest. I think he was mentioned here in the list. Also, that this person is cold and calculated in the victims, like a sport, whereas, a mental killer knows the targets that set him or her off. The perp is getting off in all the publicity and news.
Long ago, I saw this sci fi flick where the killer invites people, and then makes them become the Safari type sport in hunting them down. Animal kingdom of who survives, the hunter or the hunted. Naturally in the flick, the hunted outwits the hunter.. ;o)
A good tip Mark stated is that this person is targeting victims at gas stations, and sooner or later, this vehicle has to refuel somewhere, so that is where some focus should be in seeking the perp.
What was the talk on some female companion seen in the vehicle today?
You're right, sooner as each attempt to commit another murderous act, mistakes are going to be made. They are now, and evidence is being collected and compiled to profile this nut further.
My opinion, when he becomes in focus of LEO's gunshots, bang.... taken out!
Don't forget the ever so charming Henry Lee Lucas.
Two others of note are, "Freeway Killer" William Bonin who killed 21 in Southern California and was executed in 1996 and Randy Kraft, the "Southern California Strangler" who killed 16 and is on California's death row.
Hey we're all playing amatuer sleuth here. And Furhman is a professional. But I am suggesting something somewhat different. I don't know if he IS getting off on all the publicity surronding these murders. Its all very methodical. Almost like punching a time clock. I know, I know, the TAROT CARD. Seems like he is taunting the police. My theory about that is that it is a red herring. Helps to feed hysteria.
I am not a conpiracy theorist. I hope it is not terrorism. But the man (men?) is very efficient. He doesn't seem to want to be caught. Yet he stays close to D.C. He doesn't move on or lay low. He is intent on spreading terror. For whom or for what purpose? Of course we don't know.
posted on 10/11/2002 7:26:02 PM PDT
To: NautiNurse; Squantos
I have tried in vain to find info about a sniper in the Jacksonville, FL area some time ago ... Does anyone recall this?
I recall some Jacksonville area incidents a couple of years back regarding an individual shooting at trains. I don't believe the shooter was ever apprehended.
There was at least one similar incident in Wyoming a year or so before the Oklahoma City bombing, in which a railcar transoporting a Minuteman missile was struck by rifle fire. the shooter targeted the correct car to hit the multimillion-dollar cargo inside, and even directed his fire to the correct end of the car to destroy the guidance control *brains* of the aerospace vehicle, which was described as a total write-off. There was no warhead fitted while it was in transit, of course. Again, no apprehension, so no conviction.
posted on 10/12/2002 1:17:10 PM PDT
How many of these serial killers averaged one victim every two days.
I believe Hoosier gay serial murderer Larry Eyler committed several back-to-back murders, some with an accomplice [Indiana State University professor Robert David Little was so named in one case, found not guilty in that one instance, and has remained free since. Eyler, on his deathbed from AIDS, implicated Little in several other murders for which he was never charged.] and one series in which 4 bodies were found in the same rural abandoned farmhouse/barn location.
Eyler confessed to twenty-one of some 40 similar deaths then under investigation in that area, though the killings also continued after his arrest. Another possible suspect, from the Indianapolis area, committed suicide [shotgun] after learning he too was a suspect.
Interestingly, Eyler was at one time a suspect in some instances of a rifleman shooting from ambush at passing cars, and was known to have posed as a former Marine. But Eyler died in an Illinois prison of AIDS on 06 March, 1994.
posted on 10/12/2002 1:36:34 PM PDT
He equated it to that boyfriend/girl slaying randomly I believe decades ago in the midwest...
That would likely be Charlie Starkweather and Caril AnnFugate you're thinking of, previously discussed in the FReeppost *here* and following posts. Their activities began in Nebraska, midwestern enough, but concluded in Wyoming, when the first of their victims to resist wrestled a handgun away from the 19-year-old desperado, executed a year later.
And after that, he never did it again.
posted on 10/12/2002 1:50:59 PM PDT
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