Dr. Harold Fredrick Shipman was a English doctor and is one of the world’s most prolific serial killers in recordedDr. Harold Fredrick Shipman was a English doctor and is one of the world’s most prolific serial killers in recorded history, proven to have been responsible for up 250 murders. A trusted doctor, he was well respected in his community, however colleagues and local undertakers began raising concerns over the high death rate in the area and the large number of cremation forms for elderly women that he had countersigned. Several bodies were later exhumed and post mortems revealed diamorphine within their system. It was later established Shipman had purposely injected fatal doses of the drug in a huge number of patients, causing their death. He then forged their wills so he could inherit large sums of money and completed cremation requests to destroy the victim’s bodies. The trial judge sentenced him to 15 consecutive life sentences and recommended that he never be released. Shipman later hanged himself in January 2004 in his cell at Wakefield Prison. history, proven to have been responsible for up 250 murders. A trusted doctor, he was well respected in his community, however colleagues and local undertakers began raising concerns over the high death rate in the area and the large number of cremation forms for elderly women that he had countersigned. Several bodies were later exhumed and post mortems revealed diamorphine within their system. It was later established Shipman had purposely injected fatal doses of the drug in a huge number of patients, causing their death. He then forged their wills so he could inherit large sums of money and completed cremation requests to destroy the victim’s bodies. The trial judge sentenced him to 15 consecutive life sentences and recommended that he never be released. Shipman later hanged himself in January 2004 in his cell at Wakefield Prison.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Pedro Alonso López is a Colombian serial killer, accused of raping and killing more than 300 girls across South America was believed to have preyed on young and vulnerable girls in Peru. He lured them to secluded areas or inside unoccupied buildings where he raped each of them before killing them by a range of brutal methods, primarily strangulation. López was arrested when an attempted abduction failed and he was trapped by market traders. He confessed to over 300 murders. The police only believed him when a flash flood uncovered a mass grave containing many of his victims. Eventually 53 bodies were discovered. Imprisoned in 1980 he served just 18 years before being released from a Ecuadorian prison and was deported to Columbia where he was rearrested and in 2002 was sentenced to life.
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Beast: Mikhail Popkov killed 22 women but may have murdered many more
A serial killer nicknamed ‘The Werewolf’ who murdered 22 women in a chilling campaign of terror could be responsible for DOZENS more brutal deaths, it has been revealed.
Mikhail Popkov sliced the head of one of his victims and carved the heart out of another during a twisted series of murders in Russia.
The 50-year-old beast was jailed for life earlier this year for the killings, but up to 39 additional murder cases are being investigated - including 11 on which he already faces charges, according to reports in Siberia.
The married father of one, a former policeman, is said to be co-operating with police amid new disclosures that his reign of terror was sparked by his suspicions that his wife had cheated on him in his own home.
"If he is eventually convicted of such a number, his murder spree would exceed his idol, Soviet-era Andrei Chikatilo, aka the Butcher of Rostov, who was convicted of 53 murders, and the more recent Moscow maniac Alexander Pichushkin, known as the Chessboard Killer, who killed 49," reported The Siberian Times.
Butcher: Popkov with his wife Elena, who previously told how she still loves the beast
One Russian newspaper claimed: "Almost every day a new crime is added to his 'track record’."
Another cited police sources indicating that his total death toll could be 61.
Cruel Popkov gave lifts in his police cars to many of his victims, who he then murdered with axes, knives or screwdrivers.
He brutally raped most of the women he killed, while claiming he wanted to "cleanse" the streets of his city of Angarsk of prostitutes, his earlier court hearing was told.
Until now, it was thought he stopped killing around the year 2000, a dozen years before his arrest, after he claimed to have lost his sexual potency.
Now police fear he did not halt his murderous spree.
Victims: Popkov was sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering 22 women
He told police he suspected his wife of infidelity, which she denied, claiming instead a neighbour had used their home for a sexual liaison.
He found two used condoms in the rubbish at home, and this led to his drive to take revenge on women, it is claimed.
"I just had some reasons to suspect her," he said of his fear that his wife had slept with another man.
"I'm not looking for excuses, but this was the impetus for my future.”
"If I had seen the treason with my own eyes, I would maybe have done everything differently.
"Everyone goes through such things differently: some take it easy and forget, others take it painfully.
"What happened with me? The worst-case scenario.”
Wife Elena, 48, admitted he found the condoms, and said: "Maybe the police suppose it was kind of impetus to him, I do not know.”
Life: Mikhail Popkov will never leave jail
Initially, when he was sentenced, she stood by him, as did their teacher daughter Ekaterina, now 27.
Elena said at the time: "We have been married for 28 years.
"If I suspected something wrong, of course, I would divorce with him.
"I support him, I believe him.
"If he were to be released right now, I would not say a word and we would continue to live together.”
But now both women have moved to another city to begin new lives.
They no longer visit him.Popkov was arrested in 2012 after detectives took DNA samples from 3,500 current and former police officers.
While not commenting on the claims that he killed more than the 22 victims for which he was convicted, he expressed "repentance" over the misery he caused.
He admitted to having a negative view of women who went out at night to drink without their husbands or boyfriends.
Now he says: "I had no right to evaluate people, their behaviour...this is my repentance."
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The notorious killer's 26-year-old fiancé was seen out with Craig Carlisle Hammond, 65 - known under the mysterious name of 'Grey Wolf'
The 26-year-old fiancé of serial killer Charles Manson has been seen getting to close to one of his best friends - known as 'Grey Wolf'.
Afton 'Star' Burton was pictured with 65-year-old Craig Carlisle Hammond, who has a remarkable resemblance to the notorious killer.
Manson, 80, who is being held indefinitely at Corcoran California State Prison for the murders of eight people in the 1960s, is planning to wed Burton in the coming months.
But the Mail Online reports the bride-to-be skipped visiting hours to spend time with Hammond at the Paso Robles 2015 Rock and Gem Show.
The pair were seen laughing and joking as they looked at precious stones for around three hours.
A source inside the showcase is reported to have said: "They appeared very close, leaning in together to look at certain rocks and minerals and sharing jokes. They were both completely engrossed in what was on display and stood examining stones for up to twenty minutes each."
Hammond – who got his Grey Wolf nickname from Manson - is said to have grappled with a cameraman from US newspaper National Enquirer when he spotted the pair were being filmed.
Manson and Burton pair became close after Star began writing to him in prison as a 19-year-old.
The mass murderer's plans to wed were cancelled in February after the marriage license he and Burton applied for failed to be used.
But a message posted on Manson's ATWA website - which is run by Burton - that month read: "Charlie and Star were not able to complete their wedding ceremony due to an unexpected interruption in logistics.
Trio: Burton pictured with Craig Carlisle Hammond (left) and Charles Manson
"They plan on renewing the license, and things will move forward in the coming months."
Even if Burton and Manson do marry, they will not be allowed conjugal visits under California law, as Manson is a life prisoner with no parole date.
He will next be eligible for parole in 2027 when he is 92-years-old.
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Serial killer Peter Tobin is said to be recovering in hospital after being attacked in prison.
Tobin, who is serving three life sentences for murder, is understood to have been attacked at HMP Edinburgh yesterday.
The Scottish Prison Service confirmed an incident had been reported to police.
Tobin lived in Station Road, Portslade, and in Marine Parade, Brighton, in the late 1980s
The 68-year-old is serving a life sentence for raping and murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk, 23, and hiding her body under the floor of a Glasgow church in 2006.
He was also convicted of murdering 15-year-old schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton, of Redding, near Falkirk, in 1991, and 18-year-old Dinah McNicol in the same year.
Their bodies were found 17 years later, buried in the garden of his former home in Margate, Kent.
The operation, codenamed Anagram, was launched in 2006 and wound down in 2011.Police examined hundreds of other unsolved murder cases to see if they could be linked to Tobin.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
|1895||Theo Durrant||Known as “The Demon of the Belfry” Theo Durrant raped, murdered and mutilated Blanche Lamont in the Emanuel Baptist Church on April 3, 1895. Nine days later he did the same to Minnie Wallace. Durrant was captured and executed before he could kill more.|
|1888||H. H. Holmes||Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as H. H. Holmes, may have murdered many as 230 people between 1888 and 1894. While only convicted of one murder, Holmes confessed to killing 27 and police believed he burned, asphyxiated and tortured many times that.|
|1887||Kelly Family||Like the Bender Family before them (see below) the Kellys operated in rural Kansas, preying upon travelers who stopped for a meal, dropping them through a trap door to the basement where they were robbed and murdered. They killed an estimated 11 people between September and December 1887|
|1885||Minnie Wallace Walkup||While never convicted, it is believed that Minnie Wallace Walkup poisoned her first husband James Reeves Walkup, her second husband John Berdan Ketcham, and her companion Delancy Horton Louderback.|
|1881||Sarah Jane Robinson||Sarah Jane Robinson, “The Massachusetts Borgia” poisoned her husband, her children, her sister, her brother-in-law, her nephew, and her landlord between 1881 and 1886.|
|1881||Dr. Thomas Neil Cream||Cream was convicted of one murder in Chicago and was suspected of poisoning several more in the U.S. before moving to London. There he was known as “The Lambeth Poisoner” after he poisoned at least two prostitutes with strychnine. Some have speculated that Cream was Jack the Ripper.|
|1879||Bender Family||The “Bloody Benders” murdered at least 10 people in Kansas between 1870 and 1873. Visitors were lured to their farmhouse where they operated a small restaurant. While guests dined, the male Benders would hit them from behind with hammers, rob them and bury their bodies in the yard.|
|1875||Thomas W. Piper||After being convicted of murdering 5-year-old Mabel Young in the belfry of the Warren Street Baptist Church in Boston, Thomas Piper confessed to murdering Bridget Landregan and Mary Tynam and attacking Minnie Sullivan.|
|1875||Joseph Lapage||17-year-old Josie Langmaid was raped, murdered and decapitated on her way to school in Pembroke, New Hampshire, by Joseph Lapage. Before his execution, Lapage confessed to a similar murder in St. Albans, Vermont. His sister-in-law testified that Lapage, wearing mask, had threatened her with a club and raped her.|
|1874||Jesse Pomeroy||When only 14 years old, Jesse Pomeroy stabbed and mutilated 10-year-old Katie Curran. Four days later he murdered 4-year-old Horace Millen. Prior to the murders, Pomeroy had bound and tortured 7 children. Pomeroy was convicted of murder and spent the next 53 years in prison.|
|1864||Lydia Sherman||Between 1864 and 1871, Lydia Sherman poisoned 3 husbands and 7 of her children. She was convicted of 2nd degree murder and died in prison.|
|1798||Harpe Brothers||In 1798 the Harpe Brothers “declared war on all mankind” and murdered between 25 and 40 men, women, and children in Tennessee and Kentucky. Though they operated in the 18th century, they are included here because the Harpe Brothers are probably the earliest recorded serial killers in America. No doubt, earlier serial killers will be found.|
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Chris Jenkins was a popular student at the University of Minnesota who disappeared one night in 2003.
Four months later, he was found dead in the Mississippi River. At first police thought Jenkins was just a drunk college kid who accidentally fell into the river and drowned after a night on the town.
But for two retired New York City Police detectives, Jenkins' death became the link that connected the drowning deaths of 40 young men — usually high-achieving college students — in 25 cities in 11 different states.
Detectives Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte have been tracking the suspicious drowning deaths of young men across the country ever since they investigated the death of college student Patrick McNeill, who drowned in New York City in 1997. Gannon made a promise to McNeill's parents that he would never give up on his case.
When the detectives took a look at Jenkins' death, they discovered that the position of his body and other physical evidence proved that the college student didn't drown accidentally. The cause of death on Jenkins' death certificate was changed to "homicide."
While most local investigations focus on where a body was recovered, Gannon and Duarte wanted to know where the body went into the water. If they could figure out that location, the detectives believed they'd be able to gather evidence from the actual crime scene.
In city after city, the detectives found a smiley face painted somewhere at the crime scene. The color of paint used and the size of the faces varies, but the detectives are convinced it is a sick signature claiming responsibility for the homicide.
The detectives found the smiley faces in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Gannon and Duarte also came to the surprising conclusion that more than one person is involved in the murders.
"Because there's such a wide range of states the killings are through," Gannon said today in an exclusive interview on "Good Morning America." "Besides the fact that we have multiple victims on the same night."
At the crime scene of a drowning in Michigan, Gannon and Duarte discovered grafitti that they believed was written by the killers, but were puzzled by a word they hadn't seen before.
"We found 'sinsiniwa,' which was very suspicious at the time," said Gannon.
Then the detectives found the strange word in Iowa, where they were investigating the drowning death of 24-year-old Matt Kruziki.
Bloodhounds tracked Kruziki's scent to an intersection near the Mississippi River. The detectives believe that is the location where the killers slid Kruziki's body in the water — it was at Sinsiniwa Avenue.
"We believe they were specifically leaving a clue for us or anyone who was paying attention to these drownings, that the cases were ultimately linked," Gannon said.
Paul McCabe of the FBI office in Minneapolis said the bureau investigated some of the deaths late last year and concluded that they were accidental drownings. He said an FBI behavioral analysis, requested by a Wisconsin police chief, concluded that there was probably not a serial killer at work.
McCabe said his office is not actively investigating any of the deaths but would be interested in seeing any new information that Gannon and Duarte had discovered.
Gannon said they were publicizing their conclusions now because they are looking for help.
"Right now really we're out of finances and really can't do any more on the cases. In fact, we looked at 89 cases in totality. We knocked out 30 right away and there was 19 cases that we haven't even done yet and out of those 19, they look like at least 10, 15 of those could be connected," Gannon said.
Chris Jenkins' mother, Jan, like the McNeills and other families, want answers about how their son died.
"The people that murdered Chris have murdered before him and they've also murdered people after him and those people are still at large," Jan Jenkins said.
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The Smiley face murder theory (variations include Smiley face murders, Smiley face killings, Smiley face gang, and others) is a theory advanced by two retired New York City detectives, Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte, that a number of young men found dead in bodies of water across several Midwestern American states over the last decade did not accidentally drown, as concluded by law enforcement agencies, but were victims of a serial killer or killers. The term smiley face became connected to the alleged murders when it was made public that the police had discovered graffiti depicting a smiley face near locations where they think the killer dumped the bodies in at least a dozen of the cases. The response of law enforcement investigators and other experts to Gannon and Duarte's theory has been largely skeptical.
Gannon and Duarte's investigation
As recently as 2008, Gannon and Duarte were examining evidence going back to the late 1990s that they believe connects the deaths of 45 college-age males, whose dead bodies were found in water in 11 states, often after leaving parties or bars where they were drinking. The men, according to the former detectives, often fit a profile of being popular, athletic, and good students, and most were white.
Gannon and Duarte have theorized that the young men were all murdered, either by an individual or by an organized group of killers.The term smiley face became connected to the alleged murders when it was made public that Gannon and Duarte had discovered graffitidepicting a smiley face near locations where they think the killer dumped the bodies in at least a dozen of the cases.
Reception of the theory
Other police forces that have investigated the deaths dispute the conclusion that the cases are linked. The La Crosse, Wisconsin police department, which was in charge of eight of the investigations, released an official statement reiterating their original conclusions that the deaths were accidental drownings of inebriated men and stating that no smiley face symbols were found in connection with any of these cases. The Center for Homicide Research in Minneapolis, Minnesota has recently published a research brief that also attempts to scientifically refute the theory. In March 2009, Lee Gilbertson, a criminal justice faculty member at St. Cloud State University, voiced his support for the theory on an episode of Larry King Live which discussed the alleged murders.
Criminal profiler Pat Brown calls the serial killer theory "ludicrous", arguing that the evidence does not fit what is known about serial killers. Brown also believes that the smiley face images found in some of the cases are likely nothing more than coincidences based upon making a guess at where the body entered the water and searching a wide area until an example of smiley face graffiti can be found. "It's not an unusual symbol," she told Matt Smith of the Minneapolis-based newspaper City Pages. "If you look in an area five miles square, I bet you could find a smiley face."
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued the following statement:
"...The FBI has reviewed the information about the victims provided by two retired police detectives, who have dubbed these incidents the “Smiley Face Murders,” and interviewed an individual who provided information to the detectives. To date, we have not developed any evidence to support links between these tragic deaths or any evidence substantiating the theory that these deaths are the work of a serial killer or killers. The vast majority of these instances appear to be alcohol-related drownings. The FBI will continue to work with the local police in the affected areas to provide support as requested.
Ruben Rosario of the Pioneer Press questions the motives of Kevin Gannon. He states that Gannon has failed to provide any factual evidence that a group of killers exists, and that others, like reporter Kristi Piehl (the original reporter of Gannon and Duarte's theory), and some of the parents of the young men, who were at first encouraged by Gannon, now wonder if he isn't actually hurting the families who are trying to get over the loss of a child. One of the parents, Bill Szostak, and Rosario even speculate that Gannon is out for either money or the notoriety and press attention. Another parent, Kathy Geib, is working with Piehl and others, but their main goal now is just to get police to take a compulsory second look at cases of alcohol-related drownings.
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