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One killer I could easily understand, but two made me ask, how many more might there be out there that I did not know about? I wondered what the odds were of walking by a serial killer without ever finding out about it—on the street, waiting in line for burger, browsing for books in a true-crime section, or sitting next to one on a train or bus? I shuddered when I heard somebody explain that serial killers might be strangers—but only to you.

They become very familiar with you if they pick you as their target—you are no stranger to them. It seemed to me that millions of people move about their daily lives without meeting a serial killer—or at least, without finding out they had met one. Perhaps that is precisely what makes me different from you— that I have uncovered the transparent monsters who had tramped across my path—my serial killers—while you perhaps have not uncovered yours. I pray you never will. But of the whole list man is the only one that kills for fun.

He was unfailingly polite and popular, and appeared caring and concerned to those in his proximity. He was educated, sophisticated, and well mannered, a graduate with a university degree in psychology. He had plenty of friends of different ages and romantic relationships with women.

Many other women considered him their trusted friend and confidant. The state government hired him as a crime-control consultant and he even wrote a rape-prevention handbook for women. He was a necrophiliac who kidnapped, murdered, raped, and mutilated, in that order, twenty college-age women over a period of sixteen months. At one point he kept four of their heads in his apartment. He came at the right time to be that—we would have first heard of him at the end of the s. Back then, we the public did not use the term serial killer, nor had we such a concept in mind despite the fact that such a thing was on the increase and was being puzzled over by experts and police.

Yes, we knew that more people were being murdered. Those of us who were children then remember how all the cartoon TV shows were preempted that afternoon and remained off the air until the next week. The only thing to see on the tube for the first three days were lots of shaken and frightened people.


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  • On the third day they put somebody on live TV and showed him being shot dead. Then they broadcast it over and over in replay. It was precisely around that time, on the second day after the assassination, that the Boston Strangler was ushering in the new times by raping and killing his twelfth victim, a twenty-three-year-old Sunday school teacher.

    How did they come up with that number—why not seven or nine? Things would get worse quickly. The times that followed were hyperviolent. People were being killed everywhere: in their homes, in church, at work, in the streets, overseas at war, in rice paddies, on college campuses, in cotton-belt bayous, in shopping centers, in riots. It was confusing. It was coming to and from all over, and out of it would spring forth occasional monstrous episodes: In we heard that in Chicago some alcoholic drifter killed eight student nurses in one hot amphetamine-frenzied night of binding, strangling, and stabbing.

    Then Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were shot months apart, with more street riots in between. And when our boys came home from My Lai as baby killers and Sharon Tate was hacked to death by crazed hippies, we could not imagine it getting any worse. But then the s had not crawled in on us yet. The first big case of that decade to reach public notice occurred in May Juan Corona, a labor contractor and a father of four children, was charged with the murders. We did not get it: How can someone kill that many people and nobody noticed it?

    That they were killed over a prolonged period of time just did not compute. Nor was there much follow-up in the press—it looked like Corona was simply insane, and to boot, according to the press, some kind of closet-homosexual aberrant, while the victims were all transient agricultural workers and Mexicans hardly worth mourning over. The big wave was yet to come.

    A recent study of serial homicides in the United States between and discovered that 45 percent of known serial homicides would occur in the recent twenty-year period between and This time everybody noticed when college girls on the way home from school or on dates were being slaughtered. New York City was in a panic. When Berkowitz was captured we were surprised by how mild-mannered, soft, and pudgy the killer looked. Again, he seemed totally insane, claiming to receive orders from a black dog, and that was sufficient explanation for us.

    The whole serial-sequential aspect of these murders somehow slipped by us. These crimes were perceived as inexplicable, sudden explosive acts of deranged monsters, a perception that was still rooted in the s with our experiences of Jack the Ripper. It would be Ted Bundy who would define for us the new postmodern serial killer role model. His story first slowly trickled out in Colorado in , when he was linked to seventeen homicides of young women, and then grew into a torrent everywhere after his two escapes and three subsequent murders in Florida.

    It introduced the general public to the concept of serial murder, even though the term never appeared in the text of her book. Jack the Ripper was always imagined as an aristocrat with a top hat— the best of our society gone worst. The serial killers who followed were portrayed as depraved monsters—freaks of nature—outcasts and drifters whose demented criminal features should have given them away.

    But not Bundy—he was like so many of us: an attractive college student with typical ambitions who drove a cute Volkswagen bug. He was an updated and egalitarianized version of Jack the Ripper—a killer of superior social qualities attributed to all the young middle-class upwardly mobile professionals taking over America. Near where Bundy started murdering, shoe fetishist Jerry Brudos had killed four women in —, cutting off their feet; in Michigan, John Norman Collins murdered seven young women between and And apparently there were others who entered guilty pleas, while some never went to trial by reason of insanity, so we never heard much about them.

    In Santa Cruz, California, John Frazier killed five people in , while Edmund Kemper, also in Santa Cruz, killed eight women between and ; at about the same time, in Santa Cruz once again, Herbert Mullin killed thirteen people. That one California town contributed a huge body count all on its own. By now everyone knew what this was.

    By then the FBI was on it, trying to figure it out by asking the killers themselves what they thought they were doing and why. From those interviews a new system of criminal profiling would emerge. In the meantime, more and more new reports kept coming in, faster and faster: In Chicago, a middle-aged man was a successful construction contractor and a respected figure in his community.

    In his house, buried in a basement crawl space, police found the trussed-up corpses of twenty-eight boys and young men. The worker reported his find to the police, and a subsequent search of the property revealed five male bodies, all shot in the head with a. In the house, a notebook was found with lists of temporary employees hired at the farm, some of the names marked with a sinister X.

    Upstairs in the bedroom, the police discovered a patchwork quilt spread on the bed, made by the wife from pieces of cloth torn from the clothing of the victims buried in the fields out back. The couple, Ray and Fay Copeland, became the oldest convicts on death row in America.

    Others he killed with arsenic, rat poison, cyanide, colostomy cleaner, and adhesive remover. I was putting people out of their misery. Then he was returned to Ohio to stand trial for the murder of a neighbor. Eventually he confessed to a total of fifty-eight murders. Statistically speaking, identified serial killers usually turn out to be white males of above-average intelligence who begin killing in their twenties or thirties, although some have been as young as ten years old when they first killed.

    Carroll Edward Cole in the United States was ten when he deliberately drowned a boy, and would go on to commit nine more homicides in his adult life—of women. In England, Mary Bell murdered and mutilated two boys on separate occasions when she was only eleven, probably the youngest serial killer on record, if you accept the definition of serial murder as more than one murder on separate occasions. In his adulthood, Kemper went on to kill six young women, his mother, and her best friend.

    Some serial killers can be as old as seventy-five, like farmer Ray Copeland, described earlier, who was sentenced to death with his wife in in Missouri for the five murders. Sometimes serial killers work in teams of two and sometimes they consist of husband-and-wife or boyfriend-girlfriend couples. There are also several cases of cult group serial killers consisting of more than two people. In the United States, serial killers are most often individual white males, although African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and even an Eskimo have been convicted. The incidence of African American serial killers is currently increasing dramatically—from 10 percent of the total reported prior to , to 21 percent currently.

    Seventyfive percent of known female serial killers have made their appearance since Of all the female killers, a third committed their crimes with an accomplice, frequently a male. Many victims are raped before or after being killed, while bondage, torture, dismemberment, and cannibalism are not uncommon features of a serial homicide. Other motives for serial murder have been financial profit; ritual, political, social, or moral imperatives missionary murders ; attention mothers killing their children ; and compassion frequent in medical-type serial murders.

    Most of the victims were not murdered while being robbed, nor did they get into an argument or dispute with their killers—they had no personal or business dealings with their murderer. The victims were strangers who were all murdered to be murdered. A perverse pleasure derived from killing them was the primary motive for their deaths. A study of U. After killing once, the killer rested for days, weeks, or months, then sought out a new victim and killed again and again. While a few are exactly like that, many appear at first glance to be healthy, normal, and even attractive people.

    Others are simply invisibly unmemorable and unnoticeable, until somebody notices them killing. Policemen would tell you that most murderers, when they killed, did not know that they were going to kill. They killed in the heat of an argument, in a jealous rage, or sometimes accidentally while committing another crime. And cops would tell you that if you were going to be murdered, it was statistically likely that your killer was somebody you already knew—and knew well.

    Your husband or wife, a parent or your own child, a friend, lover, relative, or acquaintance was more likely to kill you than a stranger. Murder was an intimate occasion that usually unfolded between friends and lovers. Often, remorse and horror quickly overcame those who found themselves having just committed a murder. Many sat passively waiting at the crime scene for the police to arrive. Some tenderly covered or washed the body of the victim they had just murdered.

    They quietly surrendered to police and quickly confessed; most would never kill again whether they ended up in prison or not. While even today the majority of murders still take place between people who know each other, the proportion is becoming significantly smaller. Serial killers deliberately and relentlessly hunt down their victims with the sole intention of coldly murdering them. The serial killer generally preys on strangers for a complex set of motives known only to him. The serial killer also prefers strangers because it makes him harder to catch and the anonymous fill-inthe-blank victim easier to torment and kill.

    Serial killers, however, murder for their own personal pleasure and carefully select their victims for their own reasons. Their killings are often highly sexual in nature and rarely offer any financial gain. Mass murderers are out of control and totally deranged and are quickly captured or shot dead by the police, or they commit suicide once their ammunition begins to run out. Serial killers, on the other hand, slip back to their normal state of life between their murders. They are controlled, are aware of what they are doing, and scrupulously avoid arrest.

    Some studiously read police investigative-technique manuals and familiarize themselves with all levels of police procedure. This, and the fact that serial killers so often prey on strangers, makes them very difficult to identify and capture. Moreover, about a third of serial killers are highly mobile and travel undetected thousands of miles a year, crossing different police jurisdictions during their killing, which further makes investigation difficult. Experts argue over how many victims define a serial killer.

    Some, like the FBI, insist on a minimum of three victims. Others, and I am in that school, argue that two or more murders on separate occasions with a cooling-off period in between are sufficient to define a serial killer. As far as I am concerned, one murder is freaky enough; anything more is horribly incomprehensible. How and why do serial murderers kill again and again?

    Serial killing is an addiction, some experts say. Simply explained, once they begin killing and sometimes they kill the first time by accident , serial killers find themselves addicted to murder in an intense cycle that begins with homicidal sexual fantasies that in turn spark a desperate search for victims, leading to their brutal killing, followed by a period of cooling off and a return to normal daily routine—with all its unbearable stresses, disappointments, and hurts, which lead back to the reemerging need to start fantasizing about killing again.

    Once a killing cycle is triggered, it is rarely broken. Once he crosses the line and actually realizes his fantasy and discovers that actual murder is not as satisfying as the fantasy, he is driven into the depths of depression and despair, from which rise even more intense homicidal fantasies driving him forward to kill again in an attempt to realize in the reality of murder the same satisfaction he derives in fantasy.

    Which is why some unsolved serial murders seem to mysteriously cease without the offender ever being identified. Others commit suicide, move on to commit other crimes, or turn themselves in to police. Ridgway was so typical and his victims, as street prostitutes, held in such low esteem in society that even the remarkable number of deaths did not evoke more than mildly routine press coverage outside the Washington State area. Indeed, Ridgway does represent everything typically known about serial killers. Born in , he is the middle child of three sons who grew up in a working-class neighborhood south of Seattle.

    His mother was reportedly highly domineering over the sons and her husband. He was married three times. His first wife claims their marriage failed because his mother dominated him. She described him, however, as socially and sexually normal. His fellow workers remembered him as a gregarious and pleasant fellow worker and would socialize with him after work. Some of the women he supervised recalled that he was a patient instructor who never yelled at them. His second wife remembers him as a loner obsessed with anal and oral sex.

    Both his second and third wives recalled he used to like having sex outdoors. Only after his arrest did they realize that those locations were at or near those where some of his victims were dumped. He killed most of his victims in a two-year span between and He carefully deposited cigarette butts and chewing gum belonging to others at the crime scenes and body dumps to mislead police.

    He did not smoke or chew gum. He dropped advertising leaflets around the body of one victim, hoping to mislead investigators, and transported the skeletal remains of two victims in the trunk of his car to another state while on a camping trip with his son. As soon as he became a suspect, Ridgway appeared to almost cease committing murders—he confessed to one in , one in , and another in Police suspect, however, that he may have committed another twenty murders in other jurisdictions.

    I went from having sex with them to just plain killing them. The young ones stood out more when they talked when they were dying. I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away, and might never be reported missing.

    I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught. Just like Richard Cottingham, Ridgway was steadily employed and had a wife, a house, and children just like fifty-year-old Robert Yates, who had five children, a wife, a house, and a mortgage. Like Ridgway, Yates quoted biblical scriptures as he murdered thirteen women in the Spokane region. Although many of them were in failed relationships, the failures were often no more extraordinary than the typical divorce.

    Cottingham, for example, had separated from his wife, but had a relationship with a girlfriend until the day he was arrested. William Lester Suff thirteen prostitute murders and Arthur Shawcross eleven victims were in long-term relationships when they committed their murders. Ridgway represents truly everything we know about serial killers today—everything and nothing at the same time—because the answer to the main question of why continues to elude us.

    Almost every month somewhere in the world a new case of serial homicide is reported by the police, and except for Antarctica, no continent has been spared. From Alaska to New Zealand, from South Africa to China, cases of serial murder appear to be on the increase—slowly in the Third World, and alarmingly rapidly in the industrialized nations. Anybody could be a potential victim of a serial killer— absolutely anybody: man, woman, child, old, rich, poor, obscure, or famous—nothing makes one immune from being a potential victim, as the murder of Gianni Versace demonstrated.

    And should anybody suggest the obvious, there is even a case of a serial killer being killed by another serial killer! In August , Dean Corll, who murdered at least twenty-seven male youths, was killed by Elmer Wayne Henley, one of his partners in the murders. As noted earlier, while not all serial killings are stranger-on-stranger, many are. The FBI reported that motiveless crimes accounted for 8. Today, serial murders, because of their sexual component, are often defined as felony-related. By , when the aggregate numbers of homicides in the United States peaked, an extraordinary 55 percent of victims were slain by strangers and persons unknown—a total of 11, people!

    This includes not only random victims of serial killers, but also, for example, store clerks shot dead by strangers in the course of a robbery. Moreover, the FBI has done little to discourage that practice for its own political reasons, as we shall see further on. Throughout most of the s, the murder rate in the United States as opposed to aggregate numbers of murders has been dramatically declining, with a drop from 9. Moreover, the volume of homicides by persons unknown and strangers continued to climb steadily to a current rate of There are no precise figures as to how many of those homicides were committed by serial killers.

    This does not bode well when accompanied by the fact that in , only How many unidentified serial killers are currently out there? Serial killers stop murdering because they move to a different jurisdiction, are arrested for some other crime, die, are killed, commit suicide, or simply grow old, mature, and become bored with or burned out on their fantasy by the process described previously. Many such unresolved serial murders seem to mysteriously cease on their own, such as the infamous Zodiac Killer, who killed between six and thirty-seven victims in San Francisco between and ; the Southside Slayer, who killed twelve black women in Los Angeles beginning in ; and the Black Doodler, who killed fourteen gay men in San Francisco nearly two decades ago.

    The Green River killings appeared to mysteriously cease in and remained unsolved until Some are arrested for other crimes after they stop killing and end up suddenly confessing, like Albert DeSalvo the Boston Strangler or Danny Rolling the Gainesville Ripper. Obviously there is no known fixed number of victims before a serial killer stops: Edmund Kemper killed ten women before he ended his career by killing his mother and then surrendered quietly to the police.

    Henry Lee Lucas, on the other hand, began by killing his mother and went on killing for decades before he murdered the only person he said he truly loved—his thirteen-year-old common-law wife—who, at least according to Lucas, was his th victim. Nothing, however, short of capture, will stop a serial killer if he is in his midcycle of murder. Arthur Shawcross first killed two children in upstate New York, was quickly arrested, and served fourteen years in prison before being released in He immediately began where he left off and killed eleven women in a twenty-one-month period in Rochester, New York, before being rearrested.

    In New Jersey in , Richard Biegenwald was arrested after committing his first murder and served seventeen years before being released in When he was rearrested in , he had killed at least seven additional victims by then. In Toronto, Canada, seventeen-year-old Peter Woodcock murdered two boys and a girl between September and January He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined in a psychiatric facility.

    He was treated for thirty-five years and was eventually groomed for gradual release back into society. On July 13, , the now fifty-two-year-old Woodcock was given his first three-hour pass allowing him to leave the grounds of the psychiatric facility to go for a walk in town and buy a pizza to bring back to the hospital.

    Using his pass, he then walked two miles to a nearby police station and confessed to the crime. Serial killing appears to be incurable: Time or prison does not relieve the need that serial killers feel for murder—only killing does. In , the U. Department of Justice estimated that serial killers murdered between 1, and 2, people that year.

    Remarkably, nobody even knows precisely how many homicides in total take place annually in the United States, as there are all sorts of reporting discrepancies. It is believed that until the recent decline in murders, approximately 20, to 22, murders occurred every year in the United States, but some sources estimate that the number is as high as 40, due to variations in reporting procedures.

    Preliminary statistics for indicate a further increase of 0. This recent rate is distributed strangely across the United States: a decline of 4. Cities of more than a million inhabitants show a decline in murders of 4 percent, while towns of 50, to , show a dramatic 6. Suburban counties reported an extraordinary An often-cited U. Department of Health report estimated that 1. That left , runaways simply unaccounted for! The other 5 percent of the missing were victims of abduction, of which 72, were abducted by parents in custody disputes.

    The remaining 18, children and adolescents simply vanished with no further explanation, according to the statistics. In , when Juan Corona initiated the era of big-number serial murder, none of his twenty-six transient victims were reported missing until their graves were discovered. Five remain nameless to this day. During his trial they would be named for articles of clothing they were wearing when their bodies were found. A young woman Lucas picked up hitchhiking in Oklahoma City was found dead in a culvert wearing only socks. While serial murder is not a new phenomenon, its dramatic rise in incidence in the last three decades is.

    Eighty percent of all known male serial killers in the United States appeared between and Serial killers between and accounted for 45 percent of the total of both male and female killers in the United States between and Most frightening were statistics that began to emerge from reliable sources that a huge number of children were being abducted by serial killers.

    In the s there were all sorts of secondary stories related to serial killing. First was the movie Silence of the Lambs, which introduced into mass consciousness the idea of FBI profilers and the character of serial killer Hannibal Lecter. The s marked a continuing wave of serial homicides heavily covered by the media.

    Television satellite trucks rushed to Gainesville, Florida, to cover practically live the five gruesome mutilations of college students in August In July , an estimated journalists covered the trial of Jeffrey Dahmer, who was charged with cannibalizing seventeen victims in Wisconsin and Ohio. The murder of Italian fashion mogul Gianni Versace in Miami propelled the issue of serial spree homicide into the headlines in In there was the arrest of Gary Ridgway, the suspect in the Green River murders, which had remained unsolved for twenty years. It just keeps coming and coming. In the autumn of , the Beltway Sniper murders were covered on live television as they unfolded—another case of serial spree killing.

    In February , law enforcement in Arkansas and Mississippi joined agencies from Texas and Oklahoma to search for a killer who police say is a long-haul truck driver and preys on women around truck stops. The bodies of ten victims, many of them prostitutes, were dumped near a river, creek, or around bridges in four states between and The killer had murdered at least eight people between and , including a family of four, while taunting police with letters and phone calls.

    Society can be thankful that there are ways for people like me to relieve myself at time by day dreams of some victims being torture and being mine. It a big compicated game my friend of the monster play putting victims number down, follow them, checking up on them waiting in the dark, waiting, waiting. Maybe you can stop him. The next day after I read the paper, I will know, but it to late. Good luck hunting. Since sex criminals do not change their M.

    The code words for me will be. Bind them, toture them, kill them, B.

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    They will be on the next victim. Then suddenly, in , the BTK strangler broke off contact and except for the murder of Vickie Wegerle, which was not at first linked to him, he appeared to have stopped killing. By , the special BTK task force was disbanded. Police are now combing prison records in the hope that perhaps the BTK strangler has been incarcerated on other charges during the last two decades and can be identified.

    Meanwhile, in Kansas City, police announced in April that they had charged a suspect in a series of twelve rape strangulation murders of women between and The accused is a forty-three-year-old married supervisor in a Kansas trash-collecting company who was linked by DNA traces to the victims: nine white and three black women ranging in age from fifteen to thirty-six.

    Eleven of the victims, according to police, were prostitutes, while the twelfth was a mentally ill woman known to wander the streets and accept rides from strangers. Investigators have been sifting the grounds of his pig farm for eighteen months, recovering the remains of twenty-two bodies and DNA traces linked to some of the missing women. Pickton is currently charged with fifteen counts of first-degree murder, but in January , police announced that they discovered the remains of an additional nine women on the pig farm.

    Six of the nine were identified through DNA testing. His trial is scheduled to begin in He had already confessed to killing seventeen high school boys he lured from Internet cafes and video game centers. China has been recently plagued with cases of serial murder.

    In the southern city of Shenzhen, a couple murdered seventeen young job seekers. In Beijing, a taxi driver and his wife killed seven people, including four prostitutes whose bodies they chopped into pieces and partially ate. Back on the Pacific coast of the U. At this writing they are awaiting trial. Only the Food Network seems to have resisted presenting serial killer cannibal recipes. The alarm you feel feeds sales of books, magazines, and commercial time on television. The historian in me, however, wants to know what really happened, even if the truth is more prosaic than the myth.

    This wave of serial murder is not as simple a story as a lot of true-crime literature, the government, and the media have been presenting it. Yes, it felt as if an epidemic of serial murder were starting in the s, just the way I described it, but first we need to acknowledge that the population had risen rapidly over the last half of the century. More people; more victims; more serial killers. Second, in the earlier part of the century, television did not exist and newspapers were not linked by wire services and syndication deals to the extent they are today.

    Stories of serial murder often did not get reported beyond a local region, and therefore historians have a hard time identifying cases in the past with which comparisons can be made. By the s, news reporting had become highly centralized by wire services, modern communication, and corporate amalgamation, and thus stories of serial murders, even in remote regions, were more likely to be broadly reported during the s and s, giving us this sense of a sudden epidemic of unprecedented serial killings.

    Reports of almost any multiple homicides anywhere would be big news and received national distribution on the wire services. Department of Justice and anticrime lobbies and victim advocate groups. The FBI at precisely that time was lobbying the government for funding for new programs. Between and , agents from the BSU conducted intimate and detailed interviews in prisons with thirty-six convicted sex murderers, of whom twenty-nine were serial killers.

    The families, friends, and acquaintances of the killers were also extensively interviewed, as were their surviving victims.

    The BSU also made a detailed study of the dead victims attributed to the killers in the study: their occupations, their lifestyles, vital statistics, where they encountered their killers, their autopsies, and the conditions in which their bodies were found. In order for the profiling system to be applied usefully to serial crimes in different parts of the United States, there needed to be some kind of formal, centralized organization and system of collecting very detailed crime data, storing it, and making it available for analysis.

    Big money would need to be allocated for that. The start of these hearings in was punctuated by several dramatic cases of child murders. In Atlanta, Wayne Williams was arrested for a series of murders of black male children and youths; in New York, Etan Patz vanished on his way to school; and in Florida, six-year-old Adam Walsh vanished in a mall when his mother left him alone for a moment. An out-of-state car was linked to the crime but the perpetrator was never identified. The problem, Walsh said, was linkage blindness and the failure of law enforcement agencies to coordinate information and intelligence across multiple jurisdictions.

    Because of this weakness, young people were disappearing without a trace, until they might be found in a mass grave somewhere. Using the controversial Department of Health figure that 1. He failed to explain that that 95 percent of those missing were confirmed runaways, of whom 95 percent would return home within fourteen days.

    This means 4, per day and 1. But where did that 50, figure that Walsh cited come from? According to recent research by John Gill, it was Senator Claiborne Pell, Democrat from Rhode Island, who in was the first public official to formally claim that the Department of Health and Human Services stated that 50, children vanish each year. The only thing that could save us now was funding from Congress.

    This claim was gleefully picked up by the press and true-crime authors. Even serious academic studies on serial murder bought into this big number. For example, an often-cited work by Holmes and De Burger states that in [b]etween 3, and 5, persons are slain by serial murderers each year in this country. We emphasize that this is an estimate, but we believe that it represents a reliable approximation, given the data available and the input of various experts now engaged in efforts to deal with this problem.

    The total maximum number of all known serial killer victims in the United States over a span of years between and is estimated at only 3, tops. Even if we account for unknown victims, that figure is nowhere near the 3, annual number so often bandied about. But 3, victims a year sells better than Strangers were involved in only The offender relationship was unknown in Acquaintances murdered In summary, young children are killed at home by relatives, while more mobile and independent older adolescent children are increasingly killed by acquaintances first, and then by strangers in public places.

    The incredible stranger child abduction figures of 30, to 45, so often cited became more frequently challenged in the late s. People began to wonder: Where were these abductions occurring? Why were they not being reported in the papers? Where were the anecdotal accounts? Who were the serial killers committing these abductions? In public perception a child abduction occurs when a victim is taken away by a stranger a great distance, held for ransom, kept overnight or longer, or killed.

    Crimes such as the abduction-murder of Polly Klaas or the recently resolved kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart fit the public perception of the threat posed by strangers to children. For example, California courts define abduction as when a victim is lured or forcibly moved farther than twenty feet or held longer than half an hour if no movement occurs. But this was not what the public was thinking in their definition of the type of child abduction they feared.

    That brings the statistic more in line with the highly rare anecdotal and press reports of stranger abductions of children that we hear about. The reality is that the abduction and murder of children by strangers is a very rare crime. The degree of fear and concern generated by exaggerated and misrepresented statistics during the early s far exceeded the reality of the danger.

    This fear persists to this day, despite the extremely low probability of such threats to children. Of course, this fact is of little consolation to the parents of the 43 to children who on average every year are abducted by strangers. Back in —, as the committee hearings unfolded in Washington, the press darted like schools of fish to the Senate hearings and the various press conferences. All those fearful and perhaps exaggerated cries came to some fruition. When police suspect that a serial offender is loose in their jurisdiction, they can fill out a standard VICAP questionnaire consisting of questions about their homicide case and submit it to the Investigative Support Unit requesting a profile of the unknown offender.

    See Chapter 9 for a more detailed account of profiling and its problems. Second, the data supplied by the VICAP report allows analysts to profile the killer, something that the FBI has developed into a reasonably effective but not entirely perfect technique. Successful profiling can greatly narrow the field of suspects. This means that there is an identifiable method to the madness committed by serial killers.

    Since the BSU study was completed, much has become known as to how and why serial murderers come to develop and act on their killing addiction. Is it real, or is it exaggerated media hype intended to address political agendas and sell papers? Philip Jenkins, a professor at Penn State, is probably the most recognized debunker of serial homicide statistics. Jenkins, for example, cites working lists of all known serial killers compiled by the Justice Department for use at the Behavioral Sciences Unit.

    He noted that in , the FBI list of serial killers in the United States from to contained names and an additional names from to , linked to 2, known victims and suspected in an additional 1, But after combing through the lists, Jenkins found enormous faults of duplication—for example, each of the convicted killers in the Manson Family was assigned the same list of victims, making the number of victims of spree killing in three times greater than it really was.

    The bad news, according to Jenkins, is that the apparent rise in serial murder in the last three decades, while not as big as once thought, is nevertheless real—and worse, it is not our first. It merely follows several previous waves of serial killer epidemics over the last hundred years, each bigger than the last. Jenkins identified two previous periods during which there were surging waves of serial homicides: — and — He found that the FBI list, while duplicating some of the more modern serial homicide cases, entirely overlooked the existence of earlier ones.

    But by merely looking through back issues of the New York Times, Jenkins identified a wave of seventeen cases just in the short period of five years between and ! Clearly the FBI was underestimating the prevalence of serial murder in America in earlier years. Henry Lee Moore, for example, between and , was a traveling serial killer who murdered more than twenty-three people—entire families.

    But little is known about him—he is a mere footnote. In September , using an axe, Moore killed six victims in Colorado Springs—a man, two women, and four children. In October he killed three people in Monmouth, Illinois, and then he slaughtered a family of five in Ellsworth, Kansas, the same month. In June , he killed a couple in Paola, Kansas, and several days later he killed seven people, including four children, in Villisca, Iowa. Moore then returned home to Columbia, Missouri, where he murdered his mother and grandmother. At this point he was arrested and prosecuted in December In another case, in Atlanta between May and May twenty light-skinned black women were murdered on the streets in Jack-the-Ripperstyle mutilations.

    Between May 20 and July 1, , the unknown killer murdered the first seven victims—one every Saturday night like clockwork. In Denver and Colorado Springs in —, seven women were bludgeoned to death with the perpetrator never being caught. Very similar to the Moore murders, entire families were wiped out: a mother and her three children hacked to death in their beds in Rayne, Louisiana, in January ; ten miles away in Crowley, Louisiana, three members of the Byers family in February ; two weeks later, a family of four in Lafayette.

    In April the killer struck in San Antonio, Texas, killing a family of five. All the victims were killed in their beds at night and nothing was stolen from their homes. In November the killer returned to Lafayette and killed a family of six; in January a woman and her three children were killed in Crowley. In March, a man and a woman and her four children were hacked to death in Glidden, Texas, while they slept. In April a family of five were killed in San Antonio again, and two nights later, three were killed in Hempstead, Texas.

    The murders were never solved. On May 3 he killed a fouryear-old boy playing in a hallway and stuffed his body under a tenement staircase. The offender was never identified. These murders were all spectacular crimes, some widely reported in their time, others not, but all forgotten today. Jack the Ripper with his five victims is immortalized, but the Louisiana-Texas axe murderer with fortynine victims is entirely forgotten.

    The primary difference is that London was the center of a huge newspaper industry while Louisiana and Texas were not. The story of Jack the Ripper was retold and entered popular myth and literature—while the Louisiana-Texas axe murderer faded from public consciousness. Although the United States is the primary location for serial murders, it does not exclusively harbor this trend.

    While 76 percent of all recently reported serial killings in the world took place in the United States, 21 percent occurred in Europe, where England led with 28 percent of the European total, followed by Germany with 27 percent and France at 13 percent. In England, police uncovered twelve murders committed between and by Rosemary and Fred West in Gloucester, England, including that of their sixteen-year-old daughter, who vanished in In another case, the residents of a London apartment building complained that their toilets were not flushing properly. When a drain company operator inspected the plumbing he found it blocked by greasy fragments of human remains.

    Dennis Nilsen, a former police constable who lived in the same building, confessed to killing sixteen young men, cutting them up into pieces, and flushing them down the toilet. In , English doctor Fred Shipman was convicted of murdering fifteen of his elderly patients, while the actual number of his victims is believed to be four hundred—making him the possibly the most prolific serial killer in recent history. Once a serial killer is successfully convicted for a few murders, authorities often do not pursue further convictions in the same jurisdiction.

    Born and raised in Angers, he is also being questioned about three rapes and murders committed there between and All the victims were young women, some found tied to their beds with knife or razor cuts to their throats. In he was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for twenty-five years. The police pathologist had performed the forensic autopsies on some of his own victims.

    Italy is not immune to the current rise of serial murder in Europe, as illustrated by the well-known case of the Monster of Florence, who killed eight couples between and and mailed pieces of their bodies to police and the media. One victim was a priest who had a nail driven through his forehead followed by a chisel with a cross attached to it. More recently, in Apulia, in September police arrested a suspect in the murders of at least eight elderly women, each of whom lived on the ground floor of her building.

    Meanwhile in Verona, Gianfranco Stavanin was convicted in of murdering and dismembering six women between and and burying their remains in nearby fields. That same winter in , Italy was electrified by a dramatic series of murders of women on trains along the vacation coast between Genoa and Monte Carlo. The killer would surprise women inside the washroom by opening the door with his own special key. After murdering his victim, he would relock the door and slip back to his compartment in the dark while the train was passing through a tunnel. By the time a conductor would get around to checking the locked toilet, the killer had long ago gotten off the train.

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    Police eventually arrested forty-seven-year-old professional gambler and petty criminal Donato Bilancia and charged him with a total of seventeen homicides over a six-month period. His victims consisted of nine males and eight females and included not only women on the train and roadside prostitutes, but criminal associates and friends and acquaintances. One victim was strangled; the rest were shot. After awaiting trial for eight years, Marc Dutroux, 47, and his two accomplices, one of whom is his ex-wife Michel Martin, 44, finally went on trial in March for the horrific kidnapping, rape, and murder of four girls during the mids.

    In court, Dutroux admitted to the raping of the kidnapped girls, some were as young as eight, but he denies killing them. Dutroux admitted to raping the twelve-year old victim at least twenty times during her seventy-nine-day captivity. Belgians have been angrily protesting the eight-year delay of the trial amidst allegations of the existence of a highly placed and powerful pedophile ring in that country.

    In another case, in October Belgian authorities charged a man identified as Andras Pandy—a seventy-year-old Protestant pastor from Hungary—with the murder of two of his ex-wives and four of his children. His daughter, Agnes, confessed to helping him kill five relatives— her mother, two brothers, a stepmother, and her daughter—and is now being investigated for possible links to the disappearance of others in the family. Authorities have also linked Agnes to the disappearance in of a twelve-year-old girl whose Hungarian mother had a relationship with Pastor Pandy.

    It was reported that Andras Pandy fostered an undetermined number of orphaned or homeless Romanian children in his home in Brussels. The killer is believed to be a man, probably with local geographic and historical knowledge. Belgian authorities have called on the FBI for help profiling the elusive killer. The serial killer seems to be taunting authorities by leaving the dismembered remains of his victims in places with emotive names.

    Symphorien, named after a third-century French saint who was decapitated and whose relics are in church nearby. Apparently the killer did not dismember the bodies by hand. He rolled his victims through a machine— used for chopping logs—with circular blades placed at twelve-inch intervals. Each body fragment so far found measures exactly one foot. A native of Colombia, he is believed to have murdered three hundred girls in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. His prostitute mother threw him out of their home at age eight for fondling his younger sister. He was then picked up by a pedophile and sodomized against his will.

    By the time he was eighteen he had been gang-raped in prison and retaliated by killing three of his assailants. After his release he migrated to Peru, where he killed at least one hundred girls, until he was confronted by an angry mob in a marketplace when he attempted to walk away with a victim. In , police in Colombia arrested Luis Alfredo Garavito in connection with the murders of children.

    Police recovered mutilated bodies of mostly boys between ages eight and sixteen. Garavito was the oldest of seven children. He was repeatedly beaten by his father and raped by two male neighbors. Garavito was also a heavy alcoholic and was treated for depression and suicidal tendencies. He said he committed most of the murders after heavy drinking. Garavito had just five years of schooling and left home at age sixteen, working first as a store clerk and then as a street vendor who sold religious icons and prayer cards.

    Prosecutors said Garavito found most of his victims on the streets, gaining their confidence by giving them soft drinks and money. Sabir was sentenced to forty-two years in jail; the other two accomplices were sentenced to death. Iqbal wrote in a letter to the police that he killed the children, who were mostly beggars, in retaliation for the abuse they inflicted on him following a previous arrest when he was accused of sodomy. On October 25, , Iqbal and Sabir were found dead in their cell. South Africa, somewhere between the Third and First Worlds, for some reason has recently hosted a remarkably high number of serial killers in recent years—estimated to be as high as thirty-five.

    Cement truck driver Hua Ruizhuo was executed last year for picking up fourteen prostitutes near the Great Wall Sheraton Hotel in Beijing, handcuffing them in his van, raping them, and leaving their bodies in garbage dumps around the city. A gang of four murderers in the central province of Henan murdered seventy-one people and evaded capture for months in Their modus operandi was to break into homes using battering rams.

    Once inside, they killed the inhabitants, frequently castrating male victims with cleavers. They left behind calling cards: cloth masks with eye holes burned out by cigarettes. In , Duan Guocheng, a twenty-nine-year-old security guard in the Hunan province, was charged with the murders of thirteen women—many of whom were wearing red dresses when they were killed. In July , two serial killers in separate incidents in China were accused of targeting migratory street workers and vagrants.

    Why the Rising Wave of Serial Killing —? While we understand that waves of serial murder come and go, what we do not know is why there has been such a rise in cases in the last three decades. Some criminologists suggest that there are not more serial killers, but more potential victims. A serial killer desiring to kill a female can easily lure a prostitute into a vulnerable situation.

    College girls and children, by virtue of the impetuous nature of youth, become easy targets as well. Traditionalists argue that it is a matter of convenience, not social marginalization, that certain types of victims are selected. Egger, for example, despises the portrayal of the two serial killers in the movie The Silence of the Lambs, which essentially introduced into popular culture the concept of serial killers and profiling in the early s.

    Egger was appalled that audiences identified with the clever, sophisticated, and cultured Dr. Egger is concerned that [i]t was not only the brilliance of Anthony Hopkins that transformed this serial killer from a cruel, sadistic animal to an antihero. Acting skills notwithstanding, the public is preprogrammed to identify with or even laud the role of the serial killer in our society.

    For some, the serial killer may become a symbol of swift and effective justice, cleansing society of its crime-ridden vermin. According to him, serial murder culture in the United States has supplanted an earlier uniquely American cultural institution: Serial murder and its representations have by now largely replaced the Western as the most popular genre-fiction of the body and of bodily violence in our culture. Thomas Neill Cream, who killed women coming to him seeking abortions.

    McLaren proposes that Dr. The arrest of Gary Ridgway—the Green River Killer—and his guilty plea to the murders of forty-eight prostitutes garnered routine media coverage. Twenty-seven-year-old Francois killed eight prostitutes from to and stored their corpses in his attic, but he and his victims hardly made the news. Dead raccoons, he told them.

    Suff killed drug-addicted street prostitutes and left their bodies behind strip mall garbage Dumpsters, posed so as to call attention to their drug habits. But Suff went on trial in the middle of the O. Simpson case; what are thirteen dead crack whores compared to two shiny-white Starbucks victims in Brentwood at the hands of an enraged celebrity? The trial of Joel Rifkin was wrapped up in relative obscurity despite the seventeen murder victims. We might not even know his name if an episode of Seinfeld had not made it a butt of jokes.