Serial Killers

Darren Deon Vann – authorities fear alleged Indiana Strangler serial killer may have been active for two decades or more

// October 21st, 2014 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

Confessed Indiana serial killer Darren Deon Vann

His first known victim was 19-year-old Afrika Hardy (aka Octavia), a known prostitute in Hammond, Indiana who advertised her services on the Illinois area of Backpage.com. On October 17, 2014, a female friend helped Afrika arrange a meeting with 43-year-old Darren Deon Vann at a Motel 6 at 3840 179th Street in Hammond, Indiana. Soon thereafter, the friend began receiving “suspicious text messages” from Afrika’s phone. Alarmed and concerned for Afrika’s safey, she called a male friend who went to the Motel 6 to check on her. There, at around 9:30 PM, the man found Afrika’s strangled body in the bathtub.

Serial kitty killer in Yonkers – bodies of more than 25 cats found hanging from tree

// May 1st, 2014 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

Bodies of dead cats in plastic bags hung from tree in Yonkers, New York

Yonkers, New York residents and city officials were horrified to find the bodies of at least two dozen dead cats hung from a tree near Overlook Terrace. The cats, some of which were badly decomposed and hanging from tree limbs in black bags, were found by public works employees cleaning up trash in an abandoned lot in Yonkers, New York. The skull of each cat had been crushed before the body was placed in a plastic bag and tied to branches of the tree like ornaments. Investigators are searching for the cat slayer who they fear may be taking part in some sort of sick ritual.

Lewis-Clark Valley Serial Killer – 35 years later, frustrated police know who killer is but lack evidence to make arrest

// April 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

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During those three years in the late 70’s, five youth disappeared from the Lewis-Clark Valley area. When body parts were found wrapped in black garbage bags, floating in the nearby Snake River, police knew they had a serial killer running rampant in their community. They were even certain they knew who the killer was. Regardless, lack of evidence and one critical missing person rendered them unable to make an arrest of the person they were “99% sure” committed the evil acts.

The Zodiac Killer (serial killer) terrorizes northern California

// December 27th, 2013 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

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.

The Axeman serial killer of New Orleans (1918-1919)

// November 18th, 2013 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

Map of New Orleans showing sites of the Axeman murders

During a period of several years in the early 1900’s, New Orleans teetered on the brink of panic after a string of murders that were as gruesome as they were terrifying. Reminiscent of an American version of Jack the Ripper, the ax-wielding serial killer known as “Axeman”, broke into homes across New Orleans in the middle of the night and savagely hacked his sleeping victims to death with an axe before quietly slipping away into the darkness. By the time the attacks mysteriously ended in October 1919, over a dozen people had been attacked with at least six people hacked to death in bloody fashion. The Axeman was never caught.

Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie – New Orleans socialite caged, tortured, and maimed her slaves for fun

// October 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie haunted New Orleans mansion

Those who watched season 3 of American Horror Story may be surprised to learn that Kathy Bate’s character, Madame Delphine LaLaurie, is based on a real-life New Orleans tale of horror. In true-life, Mad Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie, a prominent New Orleans socialite, was discovered to have caged and savagely tortured her slaves in a small room at the top of her Royal Street mansion. The LaLaurie Mansion is now considered one of the most haunted places in New Orleans.

Israel Keyes – meticulous serial killer’s body count may never be known

// August 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

Serial killer Israel Keyes

Serial killer Israel Keyes is the type of serial killer the public – and police fear: one that is so wily and meticulous, a complete story of his murders may never be known. Keyes is believed to have embarked on a decades-long murder spree which may have included more than a dozen murder victims. The FBI has linked Keyes to at least 11 killings and feel that they may never know the true body count.

The Boston Strangler – serial killer terrorizes Boston killing 13 woman in unsolved crime wave (1962)

// July 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

The 13 victims of the Boston Strangler

Between June 14, 1962 and January 4, 1964, 13 single women in the Boston area were victims of either a single serial killer or possibly several killers. While the police did not see all of these murders as the work of a single individual, the public did. All of these women were murdered in their apartments, had been sexually molested, and were strangled with articles of clothing. With no signs of forced entry, the women apparently knew their assailant or, at least, believing them to be an apartment maintenance man, delivery man, or some other service man, voluntarily let him in their homes. The victims were respectable women who for the most part led quiet, modest lives. Despite enormous media publicity that would presumably have discouraged women from admitting strangers into their homes after the first few murders, the attacks continued unabated.

Green River Killer – Gary Ridgway kills nearly 50 prositutes in the Seattle-Tacoma area [UPDATE]

// December 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

Green River sign

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. It was in this area that the Green River Killer, later identified as Gary Leon Ridgway, killed and disposed of nearly 50 victims, most of them destitute prostitutes.

Coral Watts

// December 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

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 Washington Sniper

// December 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

On Wednesday October 2, 2002, the windows of Michael’s craft store in the wealthy town of Wheaton, Maryland were shot out at 5:20 PM. It would be the only shot fired that was a miss.

Son of Sam – David Berkowitz

// December 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

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.

Belle Gunness – First Female Amercian Serial Killer

// December 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

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.

The Grim Sleeper Serial Killer

// December 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

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 – the Clown Killer

// December 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer. Between the years 1972 and 1978, before he was arrested, convicted, and later executed, Gacy raped and murdered thirty three young boys. He buried 29 of of his victims 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”