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'Croydon Cat Killer' Is No Killer at All

400 cats weren't killed by human hand, police say

(Newser) - For three years, Southern England has been in search of the Croydon Cat Killer , the seemingly macabre culprit behind a series of animal killings, mostly in the form of beheadings. Now, after the deaths of some 400 cats, police say the case has been closed—and that the killer wasn'... More »

Border Patrol Agent Wanted to 'Eradicate All Prostitutes': Cops

Juan David Ortiz befriended sex workers before murders, say authorities

(Newser) - A Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women over 12 days wanted "to eradicate all the prostitutes," authorities in Laredo, Texas, tell USA Today , and they're not ruling out the possibility of more victims. The bodies of two women had already been found when 35-year-old Juan... More »

Woman Describes Escape From Alleged Serial Killer

Authorities say she likely saved lives in Laredo

(Newser) - Police say a woman who escaped from an accused serial killer in Laredo, Texas, likely saved lives. Authorities were still piecing together the details of the case of veteran Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz, who allegedly killed four people and attempted to kidnap a fifth before his arrest over... More »

Serial Killer Claims More Bodies Buried Near Interstate

Search failed to uncover more Todd Kohlhepp victims

(Newser) - One of South Carolina's most notorious serial killers claims to have buried two more bodies near an interstate—but a full day of searching Wednesday failed to find any remains. Police using cadaver dogs searched an area near Interstate 26 in southern Spartanburg County without success after receiving information... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Used Dating Sites to Lure Victims

Connecticut's Danueal Drayton says he has killed up to 7 people, though cops are still investigating

(Newser) - He was on probation in Connecticut; eyed as a suspect in a New York murder; and now has been busted across the country for rape and attempted murder. Danueal Drayton offered some other crimes to cops in Los Angeles when he was arrested and charged there last week, per the... More »

Serial Killer 'Accidentally' Kills Himself

Egifius Schiffer, 62, was being held in a German prison

(Newser) - It involves a lamp—that's all you need to know. For those reading on, serial killer Egifius Schiffer died in what appears to be an autoerotic sex act while serving life in a German prison, Oxygen reports. Schiffer, 62, was found last week hooked up to a lamp cable... More »

Suspected Serial Killer Busted in Houston

Jose Gilberto Rodriguez suspected in 3 murders, other crimes

(Newser) - Houston police believe they nabbed a suspected serial killer with the Tuesday morning arrest of Jose Gilberto Rodriguez. A deadly crime spree began in the area on July 9 with a home invasion and robbery followed by the murder of a 62-year-old woman whose car was stolen. On Saturday, a... More »

More Human Remains Discovered Near Property Linked to Alleged Serial Killer

Bruce McArthur is accused of killing 8 men in Canada

(Newser) - Human remains have been discovered in the Toronto ravine behind a home that alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business, the AP reports. Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters Thursday that the remains were found with the help of K-9 units and have been sent... More »

Cops Have Suspect in 1970s Serial Killer Case

They're on trail of the Doodler

(Newser) - The San Francisco Police Department might be close to finally catching the Doodler, a 1970s serial killer more savage than his nickname might suggest. The killer is believed to have killed at least five gay men and possibly up to 14 in 1974 and 1975, SF Weekly reports. Police say... More »

Suspected Serial Killer Demands Apology From Cops

Arthur Ream claims he never killed anybody

(Newser) - Arthur Ream, a convicted murderer and rapist with a sickening history of crimes involving young girls, wants police to apologize for besmirching his name. In a bizarre interview with the Detroit Free Press , the Michigan inmate, who is serving life for the 1986 murder of 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki, denies murdering... More »

1.8K Items Taken From Alleged Serial Killer's Home

Bruce McArthur's place was searched inch by inch

(Newser) - After four months of painstaking work, police in Toronto have completed their search of the apartment of the man believed to be the city's worst-ever serial killer. Police say at least two forensic officers have been at Bruce McArthur's 19th-floor apartment every day since mid-January, looking for evidence... More »

Golden State Killer Suspect Charged With 4 More Murders

DeAngelo accused of killing 2 Santa Barbara couples

(Newser) - A man who prosecutors say was one of California's most elusive serial killers was charged Thursday with four additional counts of murder, leaving him now facing a dozen murder charges across the state. Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old ex-cop, was charged in connection with four slayings in 1979 and... More »

Police Believe Serial Killer Left Girls in Michigan Woods

Authorities are excavating a site in Macomb Township

(Newser) - Authorities believe up to half a dozen bodies of missing girls could be buried in a wooded area northeast of Detroit. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer tells WJBK-TV that officers are excavating Tuesday at the site in Macomb Township for the remains of 12-year-old Kimberly King, who last was seen... More »

Golden State Killer Suspect: You Can't Take My DNA

Joseph DeAngelo's lawyer fights effort to collect possible evidence

(Newser) - The former policeman accused of being the Golden State Killer heads back to court Thursday to fight prosecutors' efforts to collect more of his DNA. Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was scheduled to appear in a Sacramento courtroom connected to the county jail where he's being held. His public defender, Diane... More »

DNA Frees Boyfriend. So Was It the Golden State Killer?

Craig Coley lost nearly 4 decades of his life

(Newser) - Forty years ago, the wrong guy took the rap for a gruesome double murder in Simi Valley, Calif.—and now police are asking if the real culprit was the Golden State Killer, NBC San Diego reports. Back in 1978, a family member stumbled on the raped, strangled, and beaten... More »

DNA on a Genealogy Website Helped Snare Golden State Killer

Distant relative of suspect submitted sample

(Newser) - A distant relative of Joseph James DeAngelo hoping to learn more about their family submitted a DNA sample to a genealogy website. They now know that they're related to a suspected serial killer. Police say they tracked the suspected Golden State Killer by comparing DNA from one of his... More »

'You Did It, Michelle': Oswalt to Late Wife After Big Arrest

Comedian praises Michelle McNamara after Golden State Killer suspect is detained

(Newser) - "Goodnight, Michelle. You did good," comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted Wednesday, praising his late wife's role in the Golden State Killer case. Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested almost two years to the day after the death of Oswalt's wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara. She chronicled her... More »

Golden State Killer: 'Answer Has Always Been in Sacramento'

One of his victims says detectives emailed her this morning

(Newser) - "The answer has always been in Sacramento," said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in a Wednesday press conference announcing an arrest has been made in one of America's most persistent serial killer mysteries. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was on Tuesday arrested on two murder charges, and authorities... More »

Man Accused of Murdering Wife Dressed Up as Serial Killer

Documents allege Matthew Phelps posed as 'American Psycho' killer on Instagram

(Newser) - The Sept. 1 killing grabbed national headlines in part because of Matthew Phelps' unusual defense: The 29-year-old told a 911 dispatcher he thought he had stabbed to death his wife of less than a year in his sleep after taking more cough and cold medication than he should have. Now,... More »

Georgia Executes 'Stocking Strangler'

Prosecutors say Carlton Gary raped, killed 7 elderly women

(Newser) - A man known as the "Stocking Strangler" was executed Thursday for the rape-slayings of three older women in attacks that terrorized a Georgia city four decades ago. Carlton Gary, 67, was put to death by lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. He was the first inmate executed... More »

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