serial killers

30 years later, police still searching for bodies of serial killer John Wayne Gacy victims

Tom Dart, the Cook County Sheriff, explained to ABC News yesterday that serial killer John Wayne Gacy's contractor job brought him to as many as 20 states and that he intends to look at in each location for unsolved murders to possibly tie to Gacy.  The detectives have just finished digging through the property of the former home of Gacy's mother in Chicago.  Police used ground sonar, cadaver dogs and a team of professionals to search the property.  No bodies were found. According to ABC News: “Detectives have gone through a mountain of evidence that they've gathered from the arrest of Gacy back in 1978 and from those files it was learned Gacy traveled to 15-20 states for his contractor's job. A sample of Gacy's blood was

Son of Sam – David Berkowitz

The Terror Begins 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 car window.  "Who is this guy?  What does he want?" Donna never lived to hear her questions answered.  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.  Jody survived the attack and was able to give the first vague description of a man that was soon to be known as the .44 caliber killer(police were able to obtain evidential bullets from the shooting).  Police surmised that the attack was a mob (organized

The Alphabet Murders (Rochester, New York)

Alphabet Murders (aka the Double Initial Murders) The "Alphabet murders" (also known as the "double initial murders") took place from 1971 to 1973 in the Rochester, New York area. Three young girls were raped and strangled. The case got its name from the fact that each of the three girls' first and last names started with the same letters and that the bodies were found in towns that started with the same letter as the girls' names. Each of the girls was found in or near an area matching their initials: Carmen Colon near Chili, Wanda Walkowicz in Webster, and Michelle Maenza in the town of Macedon. Carmen Colon goes missing Carmen Colon, 11, lived with her grandparents when she disappeared November 16, 1971. She was last seen

The Grim Sleeper serial killer – illusive for three decades, at least a dozen women meet untimely deaths by his hand

  Introduction They had his DNA. They had his fingerprints. They had a description from a survivor. Ballistics tests matched the .25 caliber gun used in the crimes. But the elusive Grim Sleeper serial killer remained on the loose and claiming victims in Los Angeles for over a quarter of a century. The Grim Sleeper is believed to be responsible for between 10 to 20 murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles since 1985. He killed 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 discarded in alley ways, most near Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. LA Weekly exposes a hidden

Jack the Ripper Timeline (Complete)

Timeline Below is an extensive timeline of Ripper-related events covering over 100 years. It is a supplement to the Jack the Ripper article. APRIL 1887 April 6, 1887 -- Elizabeth Stride brings charges of assault against her lover, Michael Kidney. April 8, 1887 -- Joseph Barnett and Mary Kelly meet for the first time. JUNE 1887 Severin Klosowski arrives in London from Poland. June 10, 1887 -- Elizabeth Stride, using the name 'Annie Fitzgerald', is brought before Thames Magistrates Court for drunk and disorderly conduct. June 28, 1887 -- Israel Lipski poisons Miriam Angel at 16 Batty Street. AUGUST 1887 Mary Ann Cox charged on assault charges in front of Thames Magistrates Court. August 22, 1887 -- Israel Lipski is hanged for the murder of Miriam Angel. SEPTEMBER 1887 Michael Ostrog sent into Surrey Pauper Lunatic Asylum, suffering