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Italian Mafia boss Messina Denaro dies of cancer months after capture
Italian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro fell into a coma on Friday and never regained consciousness.
- Richard Pollina
Mom of Idaho murder victim makes surprise CrimeCon appearance: ‘We miss them all terribly’
“There was something…this overwhelming, I needed to say this story is real and that’s my son.”
- Post readers
Boebert’s antics and more: Letters to the Editor — Sept. 24, 2023
Rep. Lauren Boebert blames her antics at a “Beetlejuice” performance in Aspen on her “eccentric” and “animated” personality.
- Dana Kennedy
Las Vegas teens suspected of running down former police chief while he was riding his bike were on crime spree: report
Two Las Vegas teenagers accused of intentionally fatally running down a cyclist were in the midst of a two-hour crime spree when they killed the retired police officer, according to a report.
- Dana Kennedy
Nebraska mom gets two years in prison for giving daughter abortion pills
Prosecutors say the women discussed ending the pregnancy and destroying the evidence. Police then found the burned fetal remains buried in a field north of Norfolk.
- Matthew Sedacca
East Village locals, retailers fed up as elevated crime persists: ‘It doesn’t feel safe’
Many residents and business owners say they're on edge due to spates of random street crime plaguing their neighborhood.
- Dean Balsamini
‘Possible abduction’ of duct tape-bound child in the Bronx was ‘misunderstanding’: cops
The alleged incident was a disagreement between the girl and one of her parents, authorities said Saturday.
- Kathianne Boniello
Accused EMT killer insists he was home watching ‘Star Wars’ during random stabbing, calls evidence ‘photoshopped’ in jailhouse interview
Peter Zisopoulos was home in his mom's apartment watching "Star Wars" when veteran first responder Alison Russo-Elling, who was months away from retiring, was brutally knifed to death, he said.
- Jacob Geanous
Bloodthirsty female kingpins of nationwide sex trafficking ring circulated videos showing brutal torture of rivals: DA
The doe-eyed duo were part of a Flushing-based sex ring that extended all the way to Oregon and included hundreds of sex workers, according to filings in Brooklyn federal court.
- Nicholas McEntyre
California reporter assaulted by teens who tried to steal his bike: ‘Sorry to see our city like this’
Noyes quickly got up as the kid grabbed the bike and began to run away but the reporter stopped the potential thief with the threat of public humiliation.
- Katherine Donlevy
Duct tape-bound girl whisked into car in ‘possible abduction’ in the Bronx: NYPD
Cops are on the hunt for two men who tossed a young girl bound by duct tape into their car in the Bronx Friday.
- Katherine Donlevy
Iowa killer skips town day jury finds him guilty of murdering his wife of 40 years
The fugitive has since shut off his cellphone and cut off his GPS ankle monitor and is considered armed and dangerous.
- Larry Celona, Katherine Donlevy
NYC school worker slams autistic student, 6, against wall — the third DOE employee arrested in two days
Fauzia Nazni, 49, was arrested after allegedly throwing a 6-year-old autistic nonverbal student against the wall at PS 213, The Carl Ullman School, in Oakland Gardens.
- Steven Vago, Larry Celona, Joe Marino, Patrick Reilly
‘Madman’ stabs two elderly neighbors — killing one — in Staten Island attack
An 80-year-old man was killed and two others wounded in a triple stabbing on Staten Island Friday night, according to police and sources.
- Larry Celona, Amanda Woods
Ex-security worker at NYC hotel busted for shooting at migrant during feud: sources
Josue Payamps, 33, was working an administrative job for a security company when he got into a daytime fight with one of the asylum seekers on Sept. 5, sources said. 
- Alyssa Guzman
Judge arrested in Texas after firing shots into cars, slamming into vehicle
Brian Lovell was arrested on September 11 in Austin, Texas, and faces charges of reckless driving and deadly conduct with a firearm.
- Amanda Woods
NYPD arrests 21-year-old man in fatal shooting of NYC deli worker during stick-up
Yaseen Bassuny was busted Thursday night and arraigned Friday afternoon on charges of second-degree murder.
- Post Editorial Board
Merrick Garland’s Hunter lies blown up YET AGAIN by IRS whistleblowers
AG Merrick Garland swears that US Attorney David Weiss was in fact the top dog when it came to charging the first son -- yet senior feds keep blowing up his claims
- Michael McMahon
Staten Island’s skyrocketing crime is proving NY progressive lawmakers all wrong
Until recently, Staten Island enjoyed record-low crime numbers. Now, thanks to progressives in Albany and elsewhere, that's changed for the (much, much) worse.
- Amanda Woods
Good Samaritan socked in the head for confronting bully on NYC subway, cops say
A Good Samaritan was punched in the head when he confronted a stranger for bullying another straphanger on board a Lower Manhattan train Thursday night, cops said. 
- Pamela Chelin

Writers celebrate the tentative deal with the studios with drinks, group hugs and selfies. They now turn their attention to support for actors on strike.

- George Skelton
Column: California Democrats misfired by passing proposed tax on guns and ammo

Aiming for more gun safety, the California Legislature fired away with hits and misses in its recently concluded annual session.

- Emily Alpert Reyes
Hospital medication errors left SoCal patients at risk. One suffered a brain bleed

State regulators faulted two hospitals in Southern California for medication errors that put patients at risk, including one who suffered a brain bleed after receiving repeated doses of blood thinner.

- Roger Vincent
The race is on for more EV charging stations at stores, offices and apartments

Commercial landlords and businesses are scrambling to adjust to the changing world of transportation with new EV charging stations. What's next: autonomous parking garages, vehicle-friendly lobbies, rooftop air taxi entrances?

- Alex Wigglesworth

Half the nation's federal wildland firefighters could quit if Congress fails to avert major pay cuts, according to the union representing federal employees.

- Debbie Truong
Where to get a low-cost bachelor's degree close to home and a job lead: Community college

Community colleges are breaking new ground with more bachelor's degrees in specialized fields. In the Antelope Valley, a popular program leads to aviation jobs.

- Matthew Ormseth

Before blowing out the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins honored Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, a fan of the franchise who was gunned down Sept. 16 in what authorities have described as an ambush.

- Matthew Ormseth
After East Hollywood shooting and standoff, police storm suspect's home and find it empty

A gunman shot and injured two people in East Hollywood, police say. Police believed the suspect was barricaded inside his home and eventually forced their way in.

- Priscella Vega
Long Beach aims to lower traffic fatalities by reducing speed limits throughout the city

The city is among the first to set new speed limits and is also looking to reduce speeds in business district areas.

- Liam Dillon
Five people taken to hospital for drug overdoses in Long Beach

Five people were found with possible drug overdoses early Sunday in Long Beach and transported to a hospital, Long Beach police said.

- Mackenzie Mays

The new legislation expands a decade-old law that requires K-12 schools to allow students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.

- Priscella Vega
Smoke advisory issued through weekend in L.A. area from Northern California wildfires

Wildfires burning in Northern California result in a smoke advisory in the greater Los Angeles area. Residents are advised to limit outdoor exposure.

- Liam Dillon

Residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have until Oct. 16 to file their taxes.

- Doug Smith

Day led the W.M. Keck Foundation, founded by his grandfather, and was a major donor to Claremont McKenna College and USC.

- Laura J. Nelson, Anabel Sosa
Most Californians want reparations for slavery but don't want to pay cash. Now what?

Most California voters possess a more nuanced view on the lasting legacy of slavery and how the state should address those wrongs. Still, there is overwhelming opposition to cash reparations.

- Emily Alpert Reyes, Cindy Carcamo
California workers who cut countertops are dying of an incurable disease

The booming popularity of countertops made of engineered stone has driven a new epidemic of silicosis, an incurable lung disease, researchers have found.

- George Skelton

The Republican Party will hold a presidential candidates debate at the Ronald Reagan library Wednesday. It's a bad fit. The GOP's modern idol is exactly the opposite of Reagan in personality and character.

- Brennon Dixson

Nic Kerdiles, the first player from Orange County to play for the Ducks, died Saturday in a motorcycle crash in Nashville.

- Harriet Ryan
LAPD investigating midnight heist of $1.5-million Buddha statue

The LAPD is investigating the midnight heist of a Buddha statue valued at $1.5 million from Barakat Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard.

- Benjamin Oreskes

Two separate vehicle crashes left three people dead in the San Fernando Valley this week. Two of the victims were in wheelchairs.

- Detective Judinna Gulpan
Fatal Stabbing in Belltown Neighborhood 
Police responded to a report of a stabbing in the Belltown neighborhood Friday afternoon.  Around 5:00 p.m. officers arrived and found the male victim who sustained a life-threatening wound in the lobby of an apartment building in the 100 block of Cedar Street.  Police provided life-saving aid until Seattle Fire responded to take over medical […]
- Detective Judinna Gulpan
Man Fatally Injured in Columbia City 
Seattle Police received a 911 call about an overdose in the 2700 block of South Hanford Street late Friday evening.  Officers arrived at approximately 9:30 p.m. and found a man who was unconscious on the sidewalk. Preliminary investigations revealed the male victim had signs of trauma from an unknown weapon.    Seattle Fire was on […]
- Public Affairs
Statement of Police Chief Adrian Diaz “This morning I listened to an audio recording that includes comments by an off-duty Seattle police officer.  A bias/hate complaint was filed with the Office of Police Accountability. I have taken immediate steps to place the officer on administrative leave.  This action is consistent with our values and the […]
- Public Affairs
Officers and Suspect Stung by Swarm of Wasps While Arresting Attempted Carjacking Suspect
On August 13, 2023, Seattle Police officers arrested a 22-year-old male suspect after he attempted to car-jack multiple vehicles in East Queen Anne.       Shortly after 6:00 p.m., several 911 calls were received regarding a male suspect attempting to car-jack multiple vehicles armed with a knife. According to the victims, the suspect blocked traffic then […]
- Public Affairs
The Seattle Police Department has partnered with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) for a community improvement project to address illegal vending in the public right-of-way in the Chinatown- International District. Stakeholders from both organizations identified illegal vending on sidewalks as a major issue facing business owners, residents, pedestrians, and people who use public transit […]
- Public Affairs
Detectives are investigating after a male was found shot in SODO Sunday Morning. Shortly after 9:20a.m., Dispatch received a call about a male shot near the intersection of the 8th Avenue S and S Massachusetts St. Police arrived and found a 70-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers provided aid until Seattle Fire Department arrived. […]
- Public Affairs
Along with the Mayor’s Office, the Seattle Police Department condemns yesterday evening’s property damage hate crime in the Chinatown-International District. At 5:22 p.m., a 911 caller reported a man yelling racial slurs as he was smashing windows with a sledgehammer in the 700 block of South King Street. Due to staffing constraints and call volume, […]
- Public Affairs
Due to the case being an active and ongoing investigation, the Seattle Police Department will be deferring questions about the incident to the Edmonds Police Department. OFF-DUTY SEATTLE POLICE OFFICER INTERRUPTS THEFT OF HIS PERSONAL VEHICLEVehicle Strikes Officer Who Fires Shot During Confrontation in Edmonds An off-duty Seattle Police officer interrupted the theft of his vehicle […]
- Detective Judinna Gulpan
On August 29th police received a 911 call about a carjacking in the Rainier Valley.  Officers arrived around 11:30 p.m. and contacted the 23-year-old female victim. Police learned after the victim had initiated a turn onto 49th Avenue South, a vehicle crashed into the rear of her vehicle. When she stopped to speak to the […]
- Public Affairs
“The following video was identified in the routine course of business by a department employee, who, concerned about the nature of statements heard on that video, appropriately escalated their concerns through their chain of command to the Chief’s Office which, following a review of the video, referred the matter to OPA for investigation into the […]
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Is This The Second Victim Of Black Dahlia’s Killer?

On February 10, 1947, the nude and mutilated body of a 40-year-old pilot, nurse, and small-time actress Jeanne French was discovered in a vacant lot in West Los Angeles.

The woman had been beaten and stomped to death. A cryptic message, “Fuck you BD,” and “Tex Andy,” was scrawled onto her skin with red lipstick.

Investigators who arrived at the scene were shocked to discover that French’s murder bore eerie similarities to the Black Dahlia case. Not only did both crimes occur less than a month and seven miles apart, but both women suffered extensive pre and post-mortem injuries. Media reports speculated that the initials “BD” found on French’s body could refer to the “Black Dahlia.”

On the same day of the discovery, the police arrested and questioned French’s husband, Frank. The 51-year-old aircraft plant worker told the police that the two had separated about a week ago and had agreed to live apart for six months following a domestic violence dispute.

After further questioning and a polygraph test, Mr. French was cleared of any suspicion.

Captain Jack Donahoe told the press that French’s shoes did not match the plaster cast of the footprints found at the scene. Donahoe also noted that French’s husband was unable to drive a car, while the killer was believed to have dragged the victim from a car to the desolate field where it was found.

Three days after the shocking discovery, investigators received a detailed description of a man with whom Jeanne French is believed to have shared a late-night snack.

A waitress from an all-night Culver City cafe told the police she had served Mrs. French and her unknown male companion shortly after midnight. The waitress described the man as a short Latin man with a neat mustache.

The couple reportedly appeared to be on good terms and engaged in lively conversation.

French’s mutilated body was discovered eight hours later, a mile from the restaurant. Autopsy results revealed that she was likely murdered an hour after leaving the restaurant.

More than seven decades have passed, yet both the Dahlia and French cases remain unsolved. Despite exhaustive investigative work, investigators have struggled to unearth any substantial leads.

Behind the Tape Photobook features 17 never-before-seen graphic shots following the bloody footsteps of Black Dahlia’s killer, as well as nearly a thousand more crime scene photos.

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An Eerie Look Back At Ted Bundy’s First Murder

In the early morning of February 1, 1974, college student Lynda Ann Healy vanished from her bed, leaving behind only bloody sheets and a mystery of the evil she encountered while her roommates were asleep.

Healy’s roommates, who discovered that the back door they always kept locked was open, and nobody saw Healy on campus that afternoon, immediately called the police.

Her nightgown, covered in blood around the neck, was found in her closet.

The only clothes that were missing were the ones she had been wearing the night before, suggesting whoever had abducted her may have taken off her pajamas and gotten her dressed.

A pink satin pillowcase that usually lay on her bed and her backpack was also missing.

Shortly after Healy’s disappearance, investigators interviewed more than 65 people but were still left with very few leads.

“We couldn’t do anything except sit and man a telephone. It was pretty bad,” Bob Keppel, a detective with King County Police, said.

Healy’s skull and mandible were later found at Taylor Mountain dumpsite by forestry students from Green River Community College.

When journalist Stephen Michaud asked Bundy to speculate about how Healy may have died in tapes recorded with the notorious serial killer after his conviction, he was evasive.

“My initial reaction is that I don’t think I can,” Bundy told Michaud.

Eventually, in the interviews prior to Bundy’s execution, Special Agent William Hagmaier managed to crack the killer’s shield of secrecy.

Bundy revealed that Healy’s murder was a part of his transition from an “amateur”, an “impulsive” killer to his “prime” or “predator” phase.

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15 Little-Known True Crime Facts To Blow Your Mind

A handpicked roundup of 15 little-known true crime facts featured in True Crime Factbook.


Thanks to a legal loophole, you could technically get away with murder within a fifty-square-mile section of Yellowstone National Park.

Under the Sixth Amendment, the accused has the right to a jury composed of people from the state where the murder was committed and from the federal district where it was committed.

However, as the small sliver of the park, known as the Zone of Death, is uninhabited, it would be impossible to form a jury.

According to Brian Kalt, a law professor at Michigan State University, who brought the loophole into the spotlight in 2005, “the loophole looms, waiting for a murderer to exploit it. I feel like I’ve done what I can to prevent this; the blood will be on the government’s hands.”


Upon Samuel Little’s arrest in 2012, police learned the killer had a near-photographic memory.

During confessions, the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history described his crimes in painstaking detail, sometimes smiling or laughing at the memory.

A Texas ranger who interviewed Little noticed that the killer liked to draw and gave him art supplies. Little went on to produce over thirty color portraits of women he strangled and handed them over to the FBI, who released the sketches to the public in hopes someone would recognize the women and provide a crucial clue to identify them.

The strategy was successful as two women who appeared in the sketches were identified.


While serving in the U.S. Army, Bobby Joe Long got into a motorcycle accident and suffered his seventh head injury.

During his time at the hospital, Long discovered a new obsession with sex, which drove him to relieve himself at least five times a day.

Long continued the practice at home despite twice-daily intercourse with his wife, claiming the accident made him hypersexual.

At one point following his release from the hospital, Long could no longer achieve enough satisfaction and began his career as the “Classified Ad Rapist,” sexually assaulting at least fifty women and murdering ten.


Lois Gibson, who holds the Guinness World Record for being the most successful forensic artist of all time, has helped Houston Police Department solve over 1,000 crimes.

Gibson’s motivation to seek justice came from personal experience, when, at the age of twenty-one, she was assaulted and nearly killed.

“I got attacked by a guy who almost choked me to death for twenty-five minutes straight,” said Gibson.

Later, by accident, she witnessed police arresting her rapist.

“I saw the arrest,” she said. “I know what it is to see justice … It changes your life.”

During her career, Gibson worked in a number of high-profile cases and authored a textbook, Forensic Art Essentials.


In 1981, Clifford Olson reached a controversial deal with the authorities, agreeing to confess to eleven murders and show the location of the bodies in return for $10,000 being paid into his wife’s trust for each victim.

Olson’s wife received $100,000 in total, with the eleventh body being a “freebie.”

During his time in prison, Olson continued toying with police and journalists, promising them details on unsolved crimes in return for privileges and media coverage.

The killer also submitted poems and stories to literary contests and used his manipulative narcissistic personality and his quasi-knowledge of the law to taunt lawyers and the families of his victims.


In 1984, Charles Manson was drenched in paint thinner and set on fire by a fellow inmate, Jan Holmstrom, who claimed Manson threatened him for participating in the Hare Krishna religious sect.

Manson suffered burns over 18 percent of his body, concentrated on his face, scalp, and hands.

“He was screaming, ‘My face is burned!’” said the prison guard who responded to the incident.

“Manson was lucky because it turned out that his beard prevented much more serious injury.”


In 1999, Joel Rifkin unveiled his plans for “Oholah House,” a proposed shelter for prostitutes that would include drug treatment, counseling, medical care, and job training.

“It’s a way of paying back a debt, I guess. Sitting here until I die or get murdered is not paying a debt,” Rifkin said.

In his ten-page proposal, Rifkin included an idea for the “Motivation Room,” where women could be “scared straight” with photographs of the violent ends prostitutes often meet. “There could also be field trips to morgues,” he said.

“These girls think, ‘I can’t be touched,’” Rifkin added. “Well, seventeen girls thought that. And now they’re dead.”


During his incarceration, Peter Sutcliffe proved himself to be very disliked among his fellow inmates and patients, leading him to be seriously injured four times.

In 1983, career criminal James Costello slashed the left side of Ripper’s face with a broken coffee jar, resulting in injuries that required thirty stitches.

Sixteen years later, convicted robber Paul Wilson attempted to strangle Sutcliffe with headphones, however, the luck was on Ripper’s side — two other patients intervened and saved Sutcliffe’s life.

A year later, fellow patient Ian McKay stabbed Sutcliffe in both eyes with a pen, leaving the Ripper blind in one eye and severely damaged the other. Ten years later, Sutcliffe was attacked again when Patrick Sureda unsuccessfully tried to completely blind the Ripper with a knife.


To this day, the McMartin preschool trial remains the most expensive trial of all time.

After the mother of one of the students made allegations of sexual abuse against a teacher at the preschool, police sent a letter to 200 students’ parents detailing the allegations, asking them to question their children.

This resulted in 360 children claiming they had been abused. A series of interviews conducted by inexperienced investigators were highly suggestive and invited children to pretend or speculate about supposed events.

The case dragged on for seven years, involved testimony from hundreds of witnesses, charged seven defendants on hundreds of counts, received massive media attention, and cost $15 million. Yet, in the end, there wasn’t a single conviction.


In an interview several years after his arrest, John Wayne Gacy said that the murder of Timothy McCoy felt like some strange and violent form of sex.

“The splat of the knife, the screams of pain and fear, the awful “guzzling” of open chest wounds. It was like that Goodbar movie, where he stabs the girl in the end,” Gacy said.

When McCoy went still, Gacy experienced a mind-numbing orgasm.

“I felt exhausted, just totally drained,” the Killer Clown said.

“That’s when I realized that death was the ultimate thrill,” he added.


In 1982, while incarcerated in a high-security block, Donald Gaskins managed to kill a death row inmate, Rudolph Tyner.

Gaskins initially made several unsuccessful attempts to kill Tyner by lacing his food and drink with poison but later opted to use explosives. Gaskins rigged a device similar to portable radio with a C-4 plastic explosive and placed it in Tyner’s cell, under the pretext that this would allow them to “communicate between cells.”

He then instructed Tyner to hold a speaker to his ear at an agreed time and eventually detonated the explosives, instantly killing the condemned inmate.

Gaskins later said, “The last thing he heard was me laughing.”


During his confessions, “The Kansas City Butcher” Bob Berdella claimed that the movie adaptation of John Fowles’ 1963 novel The Collector had a huge impact on him as a teenager and served as inspiration for his crimes.

Eerily enough, Berdella was not the only killer who took the novel as a source of inspiration.

The infamous murderous duo, Charles Ng and Leonard Lake, named their murder and torture plot “Operation Miranda” after the character in Fowles’ book. Lake was obsessed with the novel and had a copy of The Collector inside his bunker.


After being bludgeoned to death, Jeffrey Dahmer was left partially shackled until a forensic pathologist began an autopsy.

“Such was the fear of this man that chains were on the feet, even post-mortem,” said Dr. Robert Huntington, a forensic pathologist at the University of Wisconsin who performed the autopsy.

Although prison officials said Dahmer died within minutes after the attack, he wasn’t pronounced dead until he was taken to a hospital.

Upon learning of her son’s death, Dahmer’s mother Joyce responded angrily to the media: “Now is everybody happy? Now that he’s bludgeoned to death, is that good enough for everyone?”


After Randy Kraft was arrested, police discovered his “score card,” a coded list of sixty-one people Kraft claimed to have murdered.

Although the investigators were able to connect at least forty-three entries to Kraft’s victims, the killer never admitted his guilt and claimed the list merely referred to sexual encounters he had.

However, in one of his interviews, Kraft changed his story and said that the “score-card” was actually a list of people he was going to invite to a surprise housewarming party he planned to throw for his boyfriend, Jeff Seelig.

“One column was the names of people I wanted to invite and the other column were maybes. It was in code so he wouldn’t recognize it,” Kraft explained.


During Karla Homolka’s trial, the judge issued a publication ban, preventing members of the public from attending the proceedings and sharing the details of her trial with the media.

The ban was designed to ensure Homolka’s partner in crime, Paul Bernardo, received a fair trial in the future.

However, the plan did not work out well. Since the ban did not apply to the U.S. or anywhere else outside of Ontario, details of the proceedings, including Homolka’s testimony, were published by the American press, forcing Canadians to bring bootlegged newspaper copies across the border.

Although the trial occurred during the Internet’s infancy, the information was widely distributed through many chatrooms, and the rumors went beyond the confirmed details of the case.

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10 Most Gut-Wrenching Crime Scenes You’ll Ever Come Across

A handpicked roundup of the 10 most gut-wrenching crime scene photos featured in Behind the Tape Photobook.

Black Dahlia Evidence 1. The Black Dahlia Murder

On the early morning of January 15, 1947, a mother taking her child for a walk in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, stumbled upon a deeply disturbing sight: the body of a young naked woman cut clean in half at the waist.

Black Dahlia Crime Scene

The badly mutilated body was lying just a few feet from the sidewalk and was posed in such a way that the passerby reportedly thought it was a mannequin. Despite the extensive mutilation and injuries on the body, there wasn’t a drop of blood at the scene, indicating that the woman had been killed elsewhere.

Although the LAPD led the initial investigation, the FBI was asked to help, and quickly identified the body.

The victim turned out to be a 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, dubbed by the media as the Black Dahlia for her rumored penchant for sheer black clothes.

Black Dahlia Crime Scene

Although there has never been a shortage of suspects in the Black Dahlia case, her murder remains one of the most fascinating mysteries in the world. The notoriety of Short’s slaying has spurred a large number of confessions over the years, but all of them have been deemed false.

Black Dahlia Crime Scene

In his book The Cases That Haunt Us, legendary FBI profiler John Douglas theorized that Short’s murder would have been solved if it was committed today. In Douglas’ words, “the killer would have given himself in by his behavior after the murder.”

Black Dahlia Crime Scene

Douglas believed the killer must have known Short well enough to have some emotional attachment to her. According to the profiler, the killer chose the extensive mutilation to make a personal statement about the rage he felt towards the young woman. The public display indicates that the killer wanted the world to see Elizabeth Short and the wrongdoings that he believed she had done to him.

Black Dahlia Crime Scene

Will the Black Dahlia’s murder ever be solved? Unlikely. Theories and false confessions abound, physical evidence is non-existent.

2. William Suff Murders

Meet William Suff, a real-life monster who raped, tortured, stabbed, strangled, and mutilated at least 12 Riverside County sex workers in less than three years.

A man, who, 15 years before his murder spree, was convicted of beating his two-month-old daughter to death and sentenced to 70 years in prison, serving only ten before being released on parole in 1984.

William Suff's Victim

Five years later, he began cruising around red-light districts in a van, killing as many as 22 innocent prostitutes.

Described by neighbors as “a friendly nerd who was always doing things to help people,” Suff allegedly used the breast of one of his victims in his prize-winning chili.

William Suff's Victim

Viewed as a seemingly model citizen, Suff successfully blended into society and was once hired to deliver furniture to the serial killer task force investigating his crimes.

His killing spree came to an end on January 9, 1992, when Suff was arrested during a routine traffic stop after a police officer found a bloody knife and objects believed to be related to the killings.

William Suff's Victim

During closing arguments to the jury during Suff’s trial, prosecutor Paul E. Zellerbach, said:

“I submit to you, Mr. Suff is no longer a member of the human race. By the nature of the crimes he has committed, he has no heart, he has no soul and, by God, he has no conscience.”

William Suff's Victim

On October 26, 1995, William Suff was condemned to death and, to this date, resides on death row at San Quentin State Prison awaiting execution.

John Edward Robinson Crime Scene 3. Edward Robinson’s Farm

Dubbed “the Internet’s first serial killer”, John Edward Robinson killed eight young women whom he met on the Internet to fulfill his lust as a self-proclaimed “slave master.”

On June 2, 2000, Robinson was arrested inside his house in Kansas, after two of his “slaves” had lodged battery and theft complaints against him. The usual glib and grandiose Robinson was visibly nervous as the police searched for evidence inside his home.

Photographs found on Robinson’s computer revealed his intense interest in sadomasochism. He also had photos of his bound victims.

John Edward Robinson Crime SceneThis photo depicts what Robinson was doing to his female “slaves.” This was one of the hundreds of images that Robinson had on his computers, which were presented in courts as evidence against him and enabled the authorities to identify additional victims.

The task force continued then shifted their focus to Robinson’s storage locker. Upon arrival, detectives immediately began locating pictures and documents of the missing women from the 1980s.

John Edward Robinson Crime SceneA look inside the Kansas storage locker where Robinson kept the property of one of his victims. Inside this locker, the detectives found a treasure trove of information, including information about the additional victims of the serial killer.

As the detectives continued the search, they recovered sex toys, slave contracts, envelopes addressed to the missing women’s relatives, and blank sheets of paper signed with the names of the missing women.

John Edward Robinson Crime SceneThe “sex toys” that Robinson stole from one of his slaves.

With a wealth of evidence in their hands, the next day, detectives went to Robinson’s 17-acre farm with three search-and-rescue dog teams. The search led investigators to the barrels near a shed.

John Edward Robinson Crime SceneThe search and rescue dog teams led authorities to these barrels near a shed. When detectives opened the barrels they discovered the remains of two of Robinson’s victims.

When the two barrels were opened, detectives stumbled upon the sight that still haunts them to this day.

John Edward Robinson Crime SceneThe decomposing body of one of Robinson’s victims, later identified as Suzette. John Edward Robinson Crime SceneThe second body discovered on the Linn County property was identified as Isabella, who had also been reported missing. Richard Ramirez Crime Scene 4. Richard Ramirez Murders

In the 1980s, California has seen a number of notorious killers, such as the Original Night Stalker, the Grim Sleeper, and the Freeway Killer.

Richard Ramirez Crime Scene

But there had never been one quite like Richard Ramirez, who, over a period of 14 months, killed 14 people and attempted to kill five more.

Richard Ramirez Crime Scene

Known to use a wide variety of weapons, such as a handgun, knife, machete, tire iron, and hammer, Ramirez went down as one of the most ruthless serial killers of all time, earning him the flashy, fearsome tabloid nickname “The Night Stalker.”

Richard Ramirez Crime Scene

The judge who sentenced Ramirez remarked that his deeds exhibited “cruelty, callousness, and viciousness beyond any human understanding.”

Richard Ramirez Crime Scene

With plenty of horrific facts and stories surrounding Richard Ramirez, the visual retrospective of the Night Stalker’s reign of terror remains one of the most spine-chilling pieces of true crime history.

Maury Travis' Crime Scene 5. Maury Travis Murders

He’s one of the most brutal serial killers of the modern era, who built a torture chamber inside his own house.

Maury Travis' Crime Scene

He’s Maury Travis – a twisted man who taunted the police, took delight in torturing his victims, and completely mentally devastating them before the murders.

Maury Travis' Crime Scene

When police in St. Louis searched the killer’s house, they found a secret torture chamber in the basement, with bondage equipment, a stun gun and clippings about the slayings he was suspected of.

Maury Travis' Crime Scene

But, most chilling of all, they found a videotape containing footage of his crimes. The tape, labeled “Your Wedding Day,” showed Travis tying women up and torturing and raping them. One scene showed him apparently strangling one of his victims to death.

Maury Travis' Crime Scene

The scenes on the tape were so disturbing that Police Chief Joe Mokwa ordered psychological counseling for the officers who viewed them.

Maury Travis' Crime Scene

Police believe he killed between 12 and 20 women, but in a letter Travis sent to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which helped lead police to him, the killer boasted of killing 17 women.

Maury Travis' Crime Scene

On June 10, 2002, despite being held on suicide watch Travis managed to hang himself before admitting to any of the murders. Despite that, Travis went down as one of the worst serial killers in Missouri history.

6. Richard Cottingham Murders

Today, Times Square is glittering with dazzling neon lights and giant digital billboards. It’s big, bright, and unforgettable. But in the 1970s, “the heart of the world” was a hunting ground for the American Jack the Ripper, Richard Cottingham.

Richard Cottingham Crime SceneIncised breasts found on the headboard of the bed.

Between 1967 and 1980, Cottingham brutally murdered and dismembered at least 6 women, and claimed to have killed at least 80 more.

Richard Cottingham Crime SceneA mutilated body found in a midtown hotel. The victim had been sadistically tortured over a period of days. Cottingham purposely severed the head and hands to make the victim unidentifiable, then set the room on fire before leaving the hotel.

Known as the Torso Killer for his unique MO of dismembering the victims and leaving only their torsos behind, Cottingham is still considered to be one of the most sadistic serial killers in American history.

Richard Cottingham Crime SceneA victim found in New York City hotel. Cottingham had removed the breasts and placed them on the bed headboard to shock the police. He once again set the room on fire, allowing the authorities to immediately link this killing to the previous incidents. Richard Cottingham Crime SceneA mutilated body found in a midtown hotel. The victim had been sadistically tortured over a period of days. Cottingham purposely severed the head and hands to make the victim unidentifiable, then set the room on fire before leaving the hotel. Investigators removing the victims of Richard Cottingham. Issei Sagawa's Apartment 7. Issei Sagawa’s Apartment

On June 11, 1981, 32-year-old literature student Issei Sagawa invited his 25-year-old classmate to dinner at his apartment in Paris under the pretext of translating poetry for a school assignment.

Issei Sagawa's Apartment

After she arrived and began reading, Sagawa shot her in the neck with a rifle. The killer fainted due to the shock of shooting her but soon awoke to realize that he had to carry out his plan of killing and eating her.

Issei Sagawa's Apartment

Sagawa selected her for her health and beauty – characteristics he felt he lacked. The infamous cannibal considered himself weak, ugly, small, and claimed he wanted to absorb her energy.

Issei Sagawa's Apartment

Sagawa then had sex with her corpse and ate various parts of her body, eating most of her breasts and face, saving other pieces in his refrigerator. He also took photographs of her at each eating stage.

Issei Sagawa's Apartment

Once he fulfilled his perverted desires, Sagawa crammed the girl’s body into two suitcases and attempted to dump her body in a lake. Sagawa was caught in the act and arrested by the French police.

Issei Sagawa's Apartment

Despite the brutality of his crime, Sagawa was found unfit to stand trial by reason of insanity and spent five years in a mental facility, where psychologists declared him sane and found sexual perversion was his sole motivation for murder.

Issei Sagawa's Victim

However, Sagawa could not legally be detained in Japan and despite the public outrage, walked free.

Issei Sagawa's Victim

Following his release, Sagawa gained notoriety as a small-time Japanese celebrity.

Issei Sagawa's Victim

Sagawa was frequently invited to be a guest speaker and commentator, appeared in a movie as a sado-sexual voyeur, authored 20 books about his crimes and fantasies, and freelanced as a food critic.

Jeffrey Dahmer's Polaroid Drawer 8. Jeffrey Dahmer’s Polaroids

On July 22, 1991, while searching for evidence inside Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment, police officer Rolf Mueller made a gruesome discovery of nearly 80 Polaroids of naked, posed, and dismembered dead bodies.

Jeffrey Dahmer's Polaroid

Shocked by sight, Mueller walked into the living room to show the Polaroids to his partner, uttering the words, “These are for real.”

Jeffrey Dahmer's Polaroid

When Dahmer saw that Mueller was holding several of his Polaroids, he fought with the officers in an effort to resist arrest.

Jeffrey Dahmer's Polaroid

The officers quickly overpowered him, cuffed his hands behind his back, and called a second squad car for backup.

Jeffrey Dahmer's Polaroid

According to Dahmer’s neighbor Pamela Bass, after finding the photographs inside the dresser drawer, “Officer yelled, ‘Get the cuffs on him,’ or something like that. The other one came out in the hallway, and I was running down that way to get out the way because I said, ‘I don’t know what they’re doing. I don’t know what they found.'”

Jeffrey Dahmer's Polaroid

Expert psychologists say Dahmer posed and photographed his victim’s bodies to be able to relive the events in the future and stimulate his obsession with sexual sadism and necrophilia.

Jeffrey Dahmer's Polaroid

The madman posed his victims’ bodies in various positions, which he found to be sexually significant.

Andrei Chikatilo's Trial 9. Andrei Chikatilo Murders

Known as one of the worst serial killers of all time, Andrei Chikatilo roamed the streets of Rostov-on-Don for nearly 12 years, killing, sexually assaulting, and mutilating at least 52 women and children.

Andrei Chikatilo Crime Scene

During the hunt for the “Rostov Ripper”, there were hidden cameras at train stations and undercover policewomen dressed as runaways. Other undercover officers would dress as rail workers and mushroom pickers.

Andrei Chikatilo Crime Scene

Although the efforts to catch the killer resulted in the arrest of more than 200 rapists and dozens of murderers, this was a somewhat frustrating achievement as none of the criminals apprehended had been the man they really wanted, with the former senior investigator Amurkhan Yandiev saying, “Nobody connected to this case has anything to boast about.”

Andrei Chikatilo Crime Scene

But on November 19, 1990, the investigators made a promising breakthrough. A policeman who was patrolling the train station saw Chikatilo walk from the woods before stopping to clean his boots and coat in a puddle. He also noticed there was a smear of blood on his cheek and what appeared to be a deep cut on his finger.

Andrei Chikatilo Crime Scene

After Chikatilo was arrested, the killer not only admitted to the 36 murders which were known to the police but also described 17 more that they were unaware of. In Chikatilo’s words, “I was like a crazed wolf. (I) just turned into a beast, into a wild animal.”

Andrei Chikatilo Crime Scene

During a series of court appearances, Chikatilo was kept locked in an iron cage to keep him safe as the distraught relatives of victims threw themselves at the guards in an attempt to get their revenge.

Andrei Chikatilo Crime Scene

Paulina Ishutina, the mother of one of Chikatilo’s victims, said, “Why bother trying him? If they gave him to me, I’d tear him apart. I’d gouge out his eyes and cut him up. I’d do everything to him that he did to my daughter.” Adding emotionally, “My daughter had 46 knife wounds, her womb was cut out. Why did he do that? What did he need with it? How can you torment someone like that?”

Richard Chase Crime Scene 10. Richard Chase Murders

Meet Richard Chase, a deranged man, who killed 6 people in just a month.

Richard Chase Crime Scene

A cannibal, who drank his victims’ blood and cannibalized their remains.

Richard Chase Crime Scene

A serial killer, who told the detectives that he took locked doors as a sign that he was not welcome, but unlocked doors were an invitation to come inside.

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Meet A Serial Killer With The Most Bizarre Crime Scenes

The morning of June 23, 1990 started out perfectly normal at a McDonald’s in Bellevue, Washington — until an employee went to take out the trash.

Lying incongruously near a pile of sweepings was a nude deceased woman. Although investigators saw no visible gunshot or stab wounds, they noticed something unusual – the victim’s body was deliberately posed.

“Somebody had taken quite some time staging the body. I had noticed there was a large size coffee cup lid covering her right eye. One foot was crossed over the other and her hands were folded over her stomach and they were holding a pine cone,” Detective John Hansen told the press.

The police knew they had a sadistic necrophile on their hands. What they did not expect was that they were facing a serial killer with one of the most distinctive methods of operation in history – George Russell.

On August 9, 1990, seven weeks after the first murder, a 13-year-old girl realized her mom hadn’t woken up for work yet. When she went to check on her, she walked into Russell’s second murder scene.

The victim was carefully positioned in an open display on top of her bed. She was naked, except for a pair of red and white high-heeled shoes on her feet. The victim’s legs were completely splayed and her exposed groin was facing the doorway of her bedroom. Inserted well up into her vagina was the barrel of a rifle that the victim kept under her bed, with its stock resting across her shoes.

This time, Russell slashed his victim’s ear and left 13 distinctive Y shapes on her body. She had been bitten and kicked with such ferocity that two broken ribs penetrated the chest cavity. Her head was bound in a plastic dry-cleaning bag.

Just as the investigators thought they were making progress investigating the first two murders, Russell claimed another victim.

Once again, the “Charmer” took his time to pose the victim. Her legs were spread and an electronic dildo was inserted in her mouth, with the book More Joy of Sex cradled in her left arm.

The victim’s spread-legged body was stabbed and covered from the scalp to the bottom of her feet with 231 small knife wounds, some in patterns.

According to Dr. Robert D. Keppel, the victims “were posed in sexually degrading positions: naked, arms spread or folded over as if in deliberate repose, holding or supporting items that revealed the killer’s attitude toward them, and legs deliberately spread.”

“The killer obviously received an intense sexual thrill from manipulating the victims’ bodies so as to demonstrate their vulnerability after death. These bodies belonged to him. As part of the pose, only items that the killer found at the crime scene were incorporated into the victim’s portraits—the crime shots that he knew would be taken by police photographers. He did this consistently in all three murders,” Keppel said.

Two weeks after the third attack, Russell was arrested while trying to break into the residence of his fourth intended victim Robyn Oldenburg.

In November 1991, the “Charmer” was found guilty of all three murders and sentenced to two life imprisonment terms plus 28 years.

Despite the conviction, in one of his phone interviews, Russell continued denying his guilt and told the press that much of the evidence against him was circumstantial and he had alibis.

“Supposedly I’m a Ted Bundy fan. I had books on him, but as far as a fan, no!” Russell told Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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Jeffrey Dahmer’s Arrest In Photos

Jeffrey Dahmer. A name that shocked Milwaukee and the entire nation to the core. A name whose murderous rampage might have continued indefinitely had one of his victims not escaped.

On the night of July 22, 1991, 32-year-old Tracy Edwards flagged down two Milwaukee police officers claiming a “freak” kidnapped and handcuffed him. Edwards accompanied the policemen back to Dahmer’s apartment, where he claimed to have been held captive for five hours.

The handcuffs Dahmer used to handcuff Edwards.

Upon arrival, Edwards revealed Dahmer also threatened him with a knife and told him he wanted to eat his heart.

Surprisingly, Dahmer did not seem bothered by Edwards’ claims and simply directed the officers to a handcuff key on his bedside dresser.

Upon entering the bedroom, the officer stumbled upon a large knife hidden under the bed as well as an open dresser with Polaroid pictures of dismembered human bodies.

“These are for real,” the officer called back to his partner in the living room. The discovery startled Dahmer, who tried to avoid arrest but was quickly overpowered by an officer.

A search conducted by the Milwaukee police’s Criminal Investigation Bureau revealed five severed heads, seven skulls (including some that were painted or bleached), and a tray of blood drippings inside a refrigerator.

Investigators also discovered two human hearts and a part of an arm wrapped in plastic bags on the refrigerator shelves, as well as a torso and a bag of human organs and flesh frozen in ice at the bottom of Dahmer’s freezer.

Further investigation revealed two skeletons, a pair of severed hands, two severed penises, and a mummified scalp, as well as three more torsos dissolving in acid in the 57-gallon drum.

74 Polaroid photographs in total were found detailing the dismemberment of each of Dahmer’s victims.

Jeffrey Dahmer's Polaroid Drawer

“It was more like dismantling someone’s museum than an actual crime scene,” the chief medical examiner once said.

Neighbors, curious onlookers, and members of the media flocked to the scene of the killings.

“Everyone in the building felt suckered. We all felt that Jeffrey Dahmer had played us. It’s really hard to become fond of someone, to find out that actually that person had a dagger in your back. I thought this guy was my friend,” Pamela Bass, Dahmer’s neighbor told the press.

In addition to an extensive search of the apartment, police expanded their search to include the area and buildings around the apartment building.

Police photographer focuses on bones found in the backyard of a building across the alley from 924 N. 25th St., where Jeffrey Dahmer lived. It could not be determined at the time whether the bones were human.

More than a week later, investigators started searching the backyard of Dahmer’s family home where he claimed to have killed his first victim Steven M. Hicks.

Summit County Sheriff’s Detective Larry Momchilov sifts through debris as Dr. Thomas Marshall, a forensic expert with the Sheriff’s Department, checks a burned barrel at Dahmer’s family house.

In an effort to make the disposal easier, several weeks after Hicks’ murder, Dahmer dug the body up, dissolved it in acid, and crushed the bones with a sledgehammer.

Members of the Summit County Sheriff’s Department and Bath Township police videotape pieces of evidence found at Dahmer’s family home.

Despite their efforts, investigators failed to recover Hicks’ remains but eventually charged Dahmer with the murder based on his confession.

“I created this horror and it only makes sense I do everything to put an end to it,” Dahmer said.

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8 Lesser-Known Facts About Ted Bundy

From Charles Manson publicly calling Ted Bundy names, to Sherriff Ken Katsaris revealing he had thought about murdering Bundy in his cell, here are 8 lesser-known facts about Ted Bundy from our best-selling True Crime Factbook.

Serial killer Ted Bundy is escorted out of the Pitkin County courthouse, Aspen, Colo., in 1977. (Ross Dolan/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

Following Ted Bundy’s recapture in 1977, Pitkin County’s Sheriff’s Department greeted the killer with a sign that read “Welcome Home, Teddy.”

The judge immediately ordered Bundy to wear ankle restraints during court appearances after the first attempt to excuse him from wearing them resulted in an escape from Pitkin County Courthouse.

Bundy was unhappy with the judge’s decision, saying, “I’m at a psychological disadvantage cross-examining witnesses with these on.”

Prison guards had planned to hire a welder to install extra bars in Bundy’s cell after the reports that he was planning to escape again, but the welder never got around to it, and Bundy fled again.


According to one of Charles Manson’s prison friends, interviewed by investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett, the infamous criminal mastermind was not a big fan of Ted Bundy.

“Charlie knew his influence and how big he was. Sometimes he’d say, ‘Ted Bundy was a coward’—and then tell you he, Manson, was the greatest serial killer of all time,” the prison jail confidant said.

Following Bundy’s execution in 1989, Manson did not miss the chance to make a public statement of how he felt about the infamous serial killer:

“Bundy’s a rumpkin. Bundy’s a poop butt. Bundy’s his mama’s boy. Bundy’s out there trying to prove something to his own manhood — that’s got nothin’ to do with me. I don’t roll around with poop people like that.”


Many serial killers have paraphilias, but Ted Bundy took the term “fetish” to another level by being obsessed with white socks.

Bundy loved the fact that he possessed so many of them and fell into euphoria when his possessions were mentioned during court proceedings.

In Hugh Aynesworth’s book Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer, Bundy himself said:

“I’ve got a sock fetish. No question about it. I must have six or seven pairs right here with me in my cell. Socks are such a serious part of my life. They’re so very important to me. They kept reading the list of socks and all [in court] and I felt proud. Honestly, it didn’t even begin to occur to me that people might wonder why I had all those socks. I just felt proud.”


Knowing Ted Bundy’s ability to hamper the investigation, detectives had to take all necessary precautions to prevent him from smashing out his teeth or grinding them down on his cell bedposts in an attempt to throw bitemark evidence out of the case.

Although Bundy refused to provide his dental impressions voluntarily, investigators eventually outsmarted the killer by acquiring a warrant that allowed them to take Bundy on a surprise trip to a forensic odontologist under the ruse that he was going to the doctors for a routine checkup.

Upon seeing the search warrant, Bundy realized that the officers could use force, so he sat down in the dental chair, leaned back, opened his mouth, and said:

“Do what you have to do, Ken. You know I’m not a violent person.”


In his trials, Ted Bundy always made sure to address his female fans.

Bundy believed that the more supporters he had, the more the jury would be swayed into thinking he wasn’t capable of horrific acts of kidnapping, rape, and murder.

While in prison, Bundy received more than 200 letters a day from women obsessed with him. Many groupies were so deluded that they believed Bundy was actually innocent.

A number of women took their obsession to another level by showing up to the courtroom wearing their hair parted down the middle and hoop earrings, on the assumption that this style matched his victims. Some even dyed their hair brown to match the hair color of the women Bundy murdered.


As a part of his psychology studies at the University of Washington, Ted Bundy volunteered at the suicide prevention hotline, where he met the future true crime sensation, Ann Rule.

Perversely enough, Bundy also worked as the assistant director of the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory, where he helped draft the state’s new hitchhiking law and wrote a rape prevention pamphlet for women.

According to journalist Stephen Michaud, who managed to record more than 100 hours of interviews with Bundy on death row, this job “allowed Bundy to spot holes in the system to be exploited.”

“It gave him access to a lot of crime statistics. He saw what the police did and what the police did not do. He saw all sorts of places where somebody who was smart enough could take advantage,” Michaud said.


Although Ted Bundy and Gary Ridgway had significantly different methods of operation, they both shared a twisted ritual – revisiting their dead victims.

On numerous occasions, Bundy had sex with the decaying bodies and laid with them for hours afterward. He also decapitated at least twelve of his victims and took some heads home as temporary trophies. Bundy would wash their hair, apply make-up, engage in sexual acts and take Polaroid pictures before disposing of the body part.

During his confession, Ridgway revealed that he would occasionally return to the dumpsites to watch the bodies decompose and have sex with them. The Green River Killer later explained that he did not find necrophilia more sexually satisfying, but having sex with the deceased reduced his need to kill again and thus reduced his chances of being caught.


Following Ted Bundy’s ultimate recapture in 1978, Sheriff Ken Katsaris was in charge of watching over Bundy. Considering the killer’s history with escapes, Katsaris put three locks on the cell door Bundy was kept in and made sure the keys were always in the hands of three different people.

“I got written up by the fire marshal’s office because they said if the jail were to catch on fire, he couldn’t get out,” Katsaris said. “I said, ‘Too bad.’”

The former sheriff said he had requests from constituents to kill Bundy in his cell.

“I thought about it,” Katsaris said.

“I can’t tell you the times I have watched the sun rise and set and thought about the light he took out of the lives of so many people.”

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A Look Inside Fred and Rose West’s House of Horrors

What might look like a seemingly ordinary home, the semi-detached house at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, belonged to one of the most sinister killer couples in history – Fred and Rose Wests.

Between 1973 and 1987, the murderous pair is believed to have committed at least 10 murders, with the exact number unknown.

The couple preyed on young women, aged 15 to 21, often vulnerable and desperate, by promising them employment or shelter.

Inside their home, the victims were subjected to horrific acts of rape, bondage, torture, and mutilation to fuel the couple’s sexual gratification.

In the midst of their murder spree, Fred also encouraged Rose to meet men and women for sex work so he could watch the acts through specially designed peepholes.

The victims’ dismembered bodies were typically buried in the cellar or garden of the West residence, which eventually became known as the “House of Horrors”.

Fred West was detained on February 25, 1994, along with his wife Rose by detectives investigating the disappearance of their daughter, Heather, last seen alive aged 16 in 1987.

A day later, investigators discovered Heather had fallen victim to their own parents and was buried beneath a patio in the back garden. Perversely enough, Fred built a barbecue pit opposite where she was buried and constructed a pine table above the site for family dinners.

Although Fred West was charged with 12 murders, including two he had commited alone, and Rose was found guilty of 10, Mae West, one of the couple’s daughters, said she didn’t think her dad ever stopped murdering people, he just stopped using their home to bury the bodies.

The house on Cromwell Street, once a symbol of terror, has been demolished in October 1996, in an effort to provide closure for the victims’ families and to prevent the house from becoming a morbid tourist attraction. The building has been replaced by a public walkway, which connects a residential street to the city centre.

Fred West died by suicide on January 1, 1995, while in his prison cell on remand in HM Prison Birmingham awaiting trial.

Rose spent most of her at HM Prison Low Newton in Durham, where she reportedly enjoyed a luxury life, spending her days listening to The Archers, baking cakes and getting foot massages.

In 2019, Rose was transfered to HM Prison New Hall, West Yorkshire, after reportedly being threatened by a serial killer Joanna Dennehy. Although official sources stated that the reports were untrue, Dennehy had ­allegedly threatened to “do West in” after being transferred from HMP Bronzefield in Surrey.

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A GRAPHIC Look At the Hillside Strangler Murders

In the late 1970s, Los Angeles was a hotbed for serial killers. Randy Kraft prowled Southern California’s seemingly endless network of highways, murdering young men.

Hillside StranglerInvestigators examine one of the Hillside Stranglers murder scenes.

William Bonin, the “Freeway Killer,” stalked the streets in a beat-up van, killing at least 21 boys and young men.

Hillside StranglerA member of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office yells instruction up a hillside as members of the Los Angeles Police Hillside Strangler task force investigate the body of Cindy Hudspeth (her leg can be seen) found in the trunk of a car.

For four months, starting in October 1977, the residents of South California were living in fear of a monster who strangled and raped women as young as 12, and scattered their naked bodies around hillsides.

Hillside StranglerLos Angeles Police Department homicide detectives investigate the murder site of Lauren Rae Wagner. The body was found on November 29, 1977, on the west side of Mount Washington at 1217 Cliff Drive in Glassell Park.

Starting off by murdering three sex workers, the Hillside Strangler eventually began abducting young women regardless of race or background, before simply vanishing for good.

Hillside Strangler2006 N. Alvarado in Silver Lake, where Kimberly Diane Martin’s body was found. The covered body can be seen in the center of the photo, with police personnel and residents of the area in the background.

What people did not expect, was that it was the work of not one, but two insatiable killers – cousins Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono.

Hillside StranglerJane Evelyn King, the 9th victim of the Hillside Strangler. Her body was found dumped at a southbound Los Feliz off-ramp of the Golden State Freeway. Sheet in background marks where her nude body was found. Police investigators can be seen in the foreground. Behind the Tape Photobook features 9 more spine-chilling shots revisiting the Hillside Strangler’s reign of terror, along with nearly a thousand more crime scene photos. WARNING: THE PHOTOBOOK ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. The eBook Bundle The eBook Bundle $20 Add to cart Behind the Tape Photobook (Paperback) Behind the Tape Photobook (Paperback) $36 Add to cart Paperback Collection Paperback Collection $76 Add to cart

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Revisiting Ted Bundy’s Issaquah Dump Site

On September 6, 1974, two grouse hunters stumbled across the skeletal remains of Janice Ott and Denise Naslund near a service road in Issaquah, about 17 miles east of Seattle.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

Upon closer inspection, investigators made another eerie discovery – a femur and several vertebrae, belonging to Bundy’s 7th victim, Georgann Hawkins, whom he abducted from an alley behind her sorority house. Two of these women were abducted in broad light by the mysterious “Ted” at the Lake Sammamish Park.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

While interviewed by the police on the day of abductions, five female witnesses described an attractive young man wearing a white tennis outfit with his left arm in a sling, speaking with a light accent, perhaps Canadian or British.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

Introducing himself as “Ted,” he asked their help in unloading a sailboat from his tan or bronze-colored Volkswagen Beetle. Four women refused, but one accompanied him as far as his car, saw that there was no sailboat, and fled.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

The story got even worse, when three witnesses saw “Ted” approach Janice Ott, a probation case worker at the King County Juvenile Court, with the sailboat story, and watched her leave the beach in his company. She never came back.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

About four hours later, Denise Naslund, a 19-year-old woman who was studying to become a computer programmer, left a picnic to go to the restroom and never returned.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

The worst part? Deadly abductions were just starting off.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

Six months later, forestry students from Green River Community College discovered the skulls and mandibles of four more victims on Taylor Mountain, where Bundy frequently hiked, just east of Issaquah.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

With a total of 7 dead bodies found within less than a year, police could only speculate who were they dealing with.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

What they didn’t know was that they were dealing with a cold-blooded killer, capable of killing more than 30 women. A killer who revisited his crime scenes to lie with his victims and perform sexual acts with their decomposing bodies until putrefaction forced him to stop.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

They were dealing with Ted Bundy – a two-dimensional villain, a pop culture phenomenon, hiding behind the mask of a brilliant monster who seduced women and fooled investigators.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite

While the popular image of Bundy endures, the facts tell a very different story.

Ted Bundy's Issaquah Dumpsite Behind the Tape Photobook features 20 photos of the ransacked basement room of Bundy’s second victim, Lynda Ann Healy, as well as nearly a thousand more crime scene photos. WARNING: THE PHOTOBOOK ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! The eBook Bundle The eBook Bundle $20 Add to cart Behind the Tape Photobook (Paperback) Behind the Tape Photobook (Paperback) $36 Add to cart Paperback Collection Paperback Collection $76 Add to cart

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