The name of this case is derived from the Green River, a river that begins in Washington State and empties into the Puget Sound in Seattle. Near the river is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, built in 1942.
On June 24, 1969, Coral delivered the daily paper of Joan Gave to her door. He knocked on the door and when Joan answered, he quietly handed the paper to her and stood on the step peering past her into the living room. His gaze returned to her and their eyes locked. For no apparent reason, Coral struck her in the face.
The Son of Sam saga began on July 29, 1976. Donna Lauria (18) and Jody Valenti (19) were sitting innocently in their car outside Lauria’s Bronx apartment when Donna noticed a man peering into the window. David Berkowitz pulled his .44 caliber Charter Arms Bulldog pistol out of a paper bag and fired five times into the car. Donna died instantly.
The murder spree initiated by a man known only as The Zodiac, has to be one of the most intriguing criminal mysteries the United State has ever experienced. No one is sure exactly when it began nor do we know when it will end. All we do know is that for over 22 years, someone has managed to outwit the California authorities all the while taunting, goading, and ridiculing the police while he maintained his cycle of viscous killings, often within sight of the authorities that sought him.
Belle Gunness, a homely Norwegian immigrant from Chicago, desired to be married. She also desired money. In an attempt to satisfy at least one of those wishes, Belle ran an advertisement in 1906 editions of area Chicago newspapers. And indeed the gentlemen arrived – in droves. To Andrew Hegelein, a farmer from South Dakota, she closed her letter to him with “My heart beats in wild rapture for you, My Andrew, I love you. Come prepared to stay forever.” And stay forever he did – dead, buried underneath her barn.
They have his DNA. They have his fingerprints. Ballistics tests match the .25 caliber gun used in the crimes. They have a description from a survivor. But the elusive Grim Sleeper serial killer is still on the loose and has been claiming victims in Los Angeles for over a quarter of a century. The Grim Sleeper is believed to be responsible for 11 murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles since 1985. He kills by gunshot or strangulation and in some cases, both, usually after some sort of sexual contact with the victim. Ten of his victims were black women – several were prostitutes, their bodies typically found in alley ways, and most near Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. Six of the victims were found with the killer’s DNA on them but searches of DNA databases comes up blank.
John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer. Between the years 1972 and 1978, when he was arrested, convicted, and later executed, Gacy raped and murdered thirty three young boys. He buried 29 of them in the crawl space underneath the basement of his home. When the crawlspace filled with bodies, he began dumping his vicitims in the Des Plaines River. He became known as “Killer Clown” because of the popular block parties he would throw for his friends and neighbors, entertaining children in a clown suit and makeup under the alias “Pogo the Clown”.
Armin Meiwes, a computer technician living in the German town of Rotenburg, was born December 1, 1961. He was described by neighbors as being “very childlike”, friendly, and a sensitive person. He was also called The Master Butcher and the Rotenburg Cannibal after he achieved international notoriety for killing and eating a voluntary victim whom he had found via an Internet forum dedicated to people who fantasized about cannibalism.
The Long Island Serial Killer (also known as the Gilgo Killer or the Long Island Ripper) is a serial killer who is believed to have murdered at least ten people in the Long Island area. He targets prostitutes, who were often contacted from the online bulletin board Craigslist, and has been in operation for at least fifteen years. The Long Island Serial Killer dumps the bodies of his victims along Ocean Parkway, a fifteen mile highway that traverses Jones Beach Island on Long Island, New York. The killer dumps his victims, unburied in thick brush, often only a few feet from the roadway. Some victims’ bodies lay undiscovered for over a decade.