Serial Killers

Glen Edward Rogers – the Cross Country Killer and his potential part in the OJ Simpson murders

Glen Edward Rogers, known as The Cross Country Killer or The Casanova Killer, was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after a roaming crime spree on September 28, 1995. He was captured, tried, and convicted of two murders. He claims he killed 68 more including the unsolved murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman which OJ Simpson was tried and acquitted for. Glen Edward Rogers shows a proclivity for violence Rogers has never been a stranger to trouble. He was kicked out of high school when he was just 16 years old. After the expulsion, his 14-year-old girlfriend (Deborah Ann Nix) became pregnant from another boy. Despite the betrayal, Rogers married Deborah, accepting the bastard child as his own. Two years later Nix filed for

Lainz Angels of Death – four nurses systematically murder hundreds of patients in Vienna hospital

Beginning in 1983, a series of crimes occurred in Vienna, Austria that Chancellor Franz Vranitzky called “the most brutal and gruesome crime in Austria’s history”. The crimes took place within the walls of the Lainz General Hospital and would prove so horrifying, the four nurses who committed them would come to be known as The Angels of Death. Together, for seven years between 1983 and 1989, they killed scores of people. Waltraud Wagner kills 77-year-old woman to “ease her pain” 23-year-old Waltraud Wagner worked the graveyard shift at Lainz General Hospital, a picturesque facility fixed into the side of a hill next to the Vienna Woods. With over 2,000 staff members watching over patients, Lainz was the fourth largest medical facility in Vienna and considered one of

Robert Pickton- pig farm serial killer murdered more than 30 woman then fed them to his pigs

Robert Pickton – pig farm serial killer By all accounts, the owner of the Pickton pig farm, Robert Pickton, was an odd duck - quiet, hard to strike up a conversation with, and nervously fearful of others. Born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, his mother recognized at an early age that something was not right with Robert. As a result, he was marginalized by society, shunned by women, and dominated by his younger brother, David. A bartender at a venue Robert frequented said he was much less of a man than he pretended to be. “He was a wannabe, you know, he wanted to be a biker, a Hells Angel, a mean leather guy. But everyone knew he was a weasel, a wannabe. I

The Golden State Killer (aka East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker) – California’s most prolific serial killer eludes police for over 40 years

He was originally known by two names, the East Area Rapist (EAR) and the Original Night Stalker (ONS).  Once police realized the two were one and the same person, the Golden State Killer moniker took hold (often referred to as EAR/ONS or EARONS by case researchers). Altogether, he is believed to have burglarized more than 120 California homes, raped between 45-50 women, and slain 10-12 people during the years between 1976 and 1986. Today, police are no closer to capturing the man who has eluded them for more than four decades. The first attack defines a serial rapist’s modus operandi (June 1976) The East Area Rapist's first known attack occurred on a Friday, June 18, 1976. The assailant snuck into the Paseo Drive home of a 23-year-old

Cannibal serial killer Albert Fish – the American Boogeyman who butchered and ate up to 15 children (1928)

A visit from "Frank Howard" At 18-years old, Edward Budd refused to accept the desperate poverty of his parents and was determined to make something of himself. Edward was a strapping young lad, eager to work and do his part to ensure the well-being of his impoverished family. Trapped in the stinking, crowded confines of New York City, living in a miserable tenement with his father, mother, and four younger siblings, he longed to work in the wide open spaces of the countryside where the air was fresh and clean.  On May 25, 1928, he placed a classified ad in the Sunday edition of the New York World.  It read, "Young man, 18, wishes position in country. Edward Budd, 406 West 15th Street." On the following Monday, May 28, Edward's mother, Delia, a huge

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

First victim discovered – police track down suspected serial killer His first alleged victim was 19-year-old Afrika Hardy (aka Octavia), a known prostitute in Hammond, Indiana who advertised her services on the Illinois section of Backpage.com. “Are you ready to have some real FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am 5'7 and 165 pounds. I am very friendly but I DON'T TAKE NO STUFF NEITHER. I Love Mature Men.” 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

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

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. Investigators told reporters: “They were placed in small shopping bags, the plastic bags that you might get from an A&P or

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

Life in the Lewis-Clark Valley grows complicated after a serial killer strikes their quiet rural communities Life in rural America is supposed to be relaxing, simple, and even mundane. But for three years in the late 70’s, life in communities in and around the Lewis-Clark Valley was anything but ordinary. Parents shuffled their youth to school in groups and children were told to never be alone outside after dark. During those three years, five youth had disappeared. When human 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. In fact, they were even certain they knew who the killer was. Regardless, lack of evidence and one critical missing

The Zodiac Serial Killer terrorizes northern California, murdering up to 37 people, while brazenly taunting police with secret ciphers

The Zodiac Killing Spree Begins The murder spree initiated by a man known only as The Zodiac, is one of the United States' most intriguing  and enduring crime mysteries.  No one is sure exactly when the murderous wave of killings began nor when it ended.  All we do know is that for over 22 years, someone managed to outwit the California authorities all the while taunting, goading, and ridiculing the police while he maintained his cycle of vicious killings, often within sight of the very authorities that sought to stop him. The first Zodiac victim? The first victim of the Zodiac was likely 18-year-old Cheri Jo Bates (18), a student at Riverside City College.  Her nearly decapitated body was found on October 30, 1966 near the college library's

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

During several years in the early 1900’s, New Orleans teetered on the brink of panic after a string of horrendous 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 with an axe before quietly slipping away into the darkness. As with the Jack the Ripper murders that occurred in London during the late 1880's, a canonical list of victims was attributed to the Axeman serial killer but in truth, nobody is sure how many victims died by his hand.  Regardless, by the time the attacks suddenly ended in October 1919, at least

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

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 (now considered one of the most haunted places in New Orleans). When the bizarre atrocities were discovered after her mansion caught fire, she reportedly fled to Paris, France where she lived the remaining years of her life in hiding. But in 1924 the plot thickened further after an old cracked copper plate was found in Alley 4 of the St.

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

Israel Keyes murder spree Serial killer Israel Keyes is the type of serial killer the public, and police, fear: one that is so wily and meticulous, the 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. He murdered his first victim in 2001 and his last in 2012 when he kidnapped 18-year-old Samantha Koenig of Anchorage, strangled her, and dumped her remains in an icy Alaskan lake. Thus far only three of Keyes' victims have been positively identified even though while in custody, Keyes admitted to eight murders.  The FBI has linked Keyes to at least 11 killings, and likely many more, and feel that

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

Between June 14, 1962 and January 4, 1964, 13 single women in the Boston area were victims of a deranged serial killer, or serial killers, who seemed to take pleasure in strangling his victims. While the police did not see all of these murders as the work of a single individual, the public believed all of the murders were related and that a monster was running rampant through their city. All of the victims 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, had voluntarily let him in

Bind, Torture, Kill – BTK serial killer terrorizes Wichita, Kansas

The deaths of Joseph and Julie Otero and their children On January 15, 1974 shortly before 4:00 PM, three young children arrived home from school in Wichita, Kansas to find their father, Joseph Otero, mother, Julie Otero, and their two siblings Josephine (age 11) and Joseph II (age 9) strangled to death in their home.  Joseph was found lying face down on the floor with his hands and feet bound with a cord that had been ripped from a Venetian blind from one of the rooms.  Julie was found in the bedroom, lying on the bed, bound in a similar manner.  Both appeared to have been strangled by a strip of cord cut from the Venetian blind.  The police were summoned to the 803 North Edgemoor

Green River Killer – Gary Ridgway murders nearly 50 prostitutes in the Seattle-Tacoma area

Introduction The crimes, methods, and bizarre behaviors of serial killers never cease to amaze us. Sadly, the most interesting cases are typically the ones that baffle authorities and allow the killer to ply his trade unhindered, upping his body count as the murderous days tick by. The name of this case derives 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 (SeaTac), built in 1942. As with any international airport, the area around it quickly grew as businesses sprouted to cater to the many travelers who crossed through its gates. One major throughway that runs near the airport is Aurora Avenue.  Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, Aurora Avenue is