New: Daisy de Melker: South Africa's First Serial Killer by Marilyn Z. Tomlins. (12/02/2007)
Daisy killed the old fashion way, with arsenic and strychnine.
Dr. Petiot Will See You Now by Marilyn Z. Tomlins, (10/07/07).
Sixty-one years after Dr. Marcel Petiot, dubbed "Dr. Satan" by French newspapers, was guillotined for the murder of 26 people, he remains France's most prolific murderer.
New: Adoption Forensics: The Connection Between Adoption and Murder by Dr. David Kirschner (09/19/07).
Of the 500 estimated serial killers in U.S. history, 16 percent were adopted as children, while adoptees represent only 2 or 3 percent of the general population. Adoptees are 15 times more likely to kill one or both of their adoptive parents than biological children.
Updated: Murderous Mothers by Marilyn Z. Tomlins (9/19/07; updated 10/25/07).
Six recent cases of infanticide in France are causing the French to ask what is it in their psyche that makes the nation's mothers kill their newborns.
Night Stalker by David Lohr. (11/05/03)
Richard Ramirez was a spineless, gutless punk who terrorized Los Angeles for five months in 1985. His frenzied nighttime murder spree of random targets was as senseless and pointless as his life.
Richard Speck by David Lohr. (08/20/03)
Speck's murders of eight young women -- all in nurse's training and rooming together in a quiet apartment house on Chicago's Southside -- stands as one of the most horrific and shocking crimes in U.S. history. During the mayhem of the killings, a ninth student nurse wedged herself under a bed and went undetected. Her description of the intruder with the "Born to Raise Hell" tattoo on his arm, led to Speck's capture. Her testimony at trial got him the death sentence. Murdering women was nothing new to Richard Speck. He had done it often before.
Ted Bundy: The Poster Boy of Serial Killers by David Lohr. (10/06/02)
Ted Bundy didn't have it all but he had most of it: good looks, charm, smarts, and ambition. He could have been anything he wanted to be. Instead he became the poster boy for serial killers, killing as many as 40 young women and girls as young as 12 years old during a four-year rampage in the mid 1970s. He was so mainstream that the Washington State Republican Party hired him, so cunning that twice he escaped from jail, and so dashing a figure that women sent marriage proposals to him on death row.
Jack the Ripper’s Victims by Denise M. Clark. Jack the Ripper lives in lore, an icon of butchery, the most infamous murderer in history. But what of his hapless victims? Who were they?
The Serial Killer the Cops Ignored by Jason Lapeyre. Serial killers are among the most reckless of murderers. Their need to keep killing far outweighs their need to be cunning or discreet. What allows many serial killers to keep killing is that their carelessness is dwarfed by police and investigative incompetence. The great majority of serial killers, like John Wayne Gacy, are well known to the police as violent sexual offenders long before their murders finally catch up with them. Such is the case of Henry Louis Wallace, a black serial killer who killed young black women the police just didn't seem to care about.
Boy Killer: John Wayne Gacy by David Lohr. Serial killer John Wayne Gacy was a born salesman with a natural charm. Kids loved him, parents trusted him, First Lady Rosalyn Carter posed in a picture with him. All the while, over a seven-year period, he sexually assaulted and murdered 33 teenage boys and young men, burying 28 of them under his house and garage in a Chicago suburb.
The Molalla Forest Killer by David Lohr. For serial killers, prostitutes make easy targets. Dayton Leroy Rogers bound and stabbed to death at least eight of them before his rampage ran its course.
America’s First Known Serial Killers: The Harps, Big and Little by Doris Lane. The first known serial killers in American history were the Harp boys. During the years of the Revolutionary War, the two cousins went on an indiscriminate killing rampage, killing anyone who got in their way. They killed infants, including their own, children, women and numerous men. They killed for the sake of killing.
Randy Kraft: The Southern California Strangler by J. J. Maloney. The reporter who coined the phrase "Freeway Killer," sets the record straight about why serial-killer Randy Kraft should not be confused with William Bonin.
Henry Lee Lucas is frequently touted as the ultimate serial killer, because he ultimately claimed to have killed more than 600 people. This in-depth story, by Bonnie Bobit, editor of the Death Row series of books, not only brings Lucas into sharp focus, but explains why the Texas board of pardons and paroles recommended that his death sentence be reduced to life imprisonment -- the only such instance of mercy by that board in modern times..
One of the most horrific serial killers of modern times was William Bonin, a/k/a the Freeway Killer. This story tells the story of not only Bonin, but of the media's pursuit of the story.