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The Long Island Serial Killer stars in Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

As you might expect from the story of a serial killer who preys on prostitutes, the young women in Robert Kolker’s enthralling Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery were already, in many ways, lost. Prostitutes and runaways, their murders might have easily elicited a what-did-they-expect shrug. (Certainly that’s how the police at times seemed to handle the case). What sets Lost Girls apart is Kolker’s empathetic and detailed portrayals of the victims, based on hundreds of hours of interviews with their families and friends. This is an impressive and impassioned work of investigative journalism, and a chilling commentary on the entangled influences of economics, race, technology and politics on sex and murder in the Internet age. Kolker, a reporter for New York magazine, is that rare-breed journalist who latched onto a difficult story and refused to let go. In this haunting tale, he bravely and meticulously recreates the lives of once hopeful but sadly forgotten young women, while shining a light on the economic hardships that pushed them to make tough, risky choices. A colleague told me that after finishing Lost Girls she spent hours researching the victims and the case online. Her warning to me is my promise to you: Be prepared to obsess. –Neal Thompson (Amazon.com Review)

Elusive 1980s serial killer died in California prison



CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire authorities say they have confirmed the true identity of a suspected serial killer.

In January, authorities said that a man who died in a California prison in 2010 likely killed a New Hampshire woman who disappeared in 1981 and a woman and three girls whose bodies were found in barrels in Allenstown in 1985 and 2000.

The suspect went by several names, including Bob Evans, but authorities said Friday that DNA results confirm his real name was Terry Peder Rasmussen.

Investigators are still trying to detail his whereabouts between 1974, when he visited his ex-wife and children in Arizona, and his arrival

Read more at: http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170818/elusive-1980s-serial-killer-died-in-california-prison

New Hampshire confirms identity of suspected serial killer

FILE – This May 1985 booking photograph provided by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office shows Terry Peder Rasmussen, after his arrest for driving under the influence, in Cypress, California. Rasmussen, who died in a California prison in 2010, likely killed one women and three girls at the time he lived in New Hampshire, while using the alias Robert “Bob” Evans, according to officials. (Cypress, Calif. Police Dept. photo via AP)

Read more at: http://lancasteronline.com/news/national/new-hampshire-confirms-identity-of-suspected-serial-killer/article_eb7caa1b-88dd-52ec-9af3-954c17a5f43e.html

Court sentences serial killer to death

A local court on Thursday awarded the death sentence to Kukkapalli Venkatesh after declaring him as guilty in the sensational murder of Prabhavathi, wife of a a city-based auditor, on July 9, 2016.

Venkatesh, a native of Kondapuram area in the district, is already serving life imprisonment in another case involving the murder of a priest and his wife at Chinacherukuru village in Nellore rural mandal, and is also accused in another murder case in Kavali town last year.

Delivering the judgment in the Prabhavati murder case, Fourth Additional District and Sessions Judge B. Srinivasa Rao sentenced the serial killer to death, whose modus operandi was to attack his victims with a hammer and rain deadly blows on them till their death.

Initially a construction worker, Venkatesh later opened an eatery at Kovur town a few years ago. He used to go around residential localities and identify easy targets. Last year, he entered

Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/court-sentences-serial-killer-to-death/article19513197.ece

Serial killer receives capital punishment

The culprit developed criminal attitude to wriggle out of debts and lead a lavish life

Nellore: The Fourth Additional District and Sessions Judge B Srinivasa Rao in Nellore Court on Thursday awarded capital punishment to a serial killer, who was involved in many offences in the district. Balaji Nagar police filed a case against Kukkapalli Venkateswarlu alias Venkatesh for killing a SGT teacher and injuring two others for valuables at Sai Nagar, Children’s Park area in the city last year and the court sentenced him to death considering the intensity of crime.

According to police, Kukkapalli Venkateswarlu alias Venkatesh of Yerrabotlapalle in Kondapuram mandal was a spendthrift and married a woman from Allipuram in Nellore rural mandal. As he had huge debts, he shifted his family from his village to Kavali and was running a noodles business. He developed criminal attitude to bail out from the debts and lead lavish life.

On July

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Serial Killer Speed Dating Canceled Because Apparently Men Don’t Want to Date Serial Killers

Serial Killer Speed Dating will not be taking place in Seattle after all.

On August 4, the Seattle Immersive Theater (SIT) sent out a promotional email about their next show: Serial Killer Speed Dating—a production from LA’s Abel Horwitz—was to take place at Capitol Hill’s Liberty Lounge on August 19 and 20. “We’re dying to see you there” read the email, promising speed dating with a twist.

Unlike a typical theater performance, this one seemed particularly dedicated to its dating game premise. Attendees had to register for one of three events: There were two options for male/female

Read more at: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/08/17/25357682/serial-killer-speed-dating-canceled-because-apparently-men-dont-want-to-date-serial-killers

Serial Killer, NC Native Sentenced For Robbing, Killing 5 in Bocas …

PANAMA CITY – U.S. citizen and former WNC resident William Dathan “Wild Bill” Holbert was sentenced to 47 years in prison by a court in Panama for robbing and killing five other Americans in a Caribbean tourist destination, authorities said Monday.

Holbert’s ex-girlfriend Laura Reese was sentenced to 26 years for her role.

Authorities said Holbert admitted killing five people between 2007 and 2010 in Bocas del Toro province in order to steal their property.

MORE: History and background of the Holbert case here.

Holbert’s lawyer, Claudia Alvarado, suggested an appeal was likely.

Holbert and Reese were arrested while trying to enter Nicaragua from Costa Rica in 2010.

That year, the bodies of four

Read more at: http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/crime/serial-killer-nc-native-sentenced-for-robbing-killing-5-in-bocas-del-toro/464981922

Serial Killer, NC Native Sentenced For Robbing, Killing 5 in Bocas del Toro

PANAMA CITY – U.S. citizen and former WNC resident William Dathan “Wild Bill” Holbert was sentenced to 47 years in prison by a court in Panama for robbing and killing five other Americans in a Caribbean tourist destination, authorities said Monday.

Holbert’s ex-girlfriend Laura Reese was sentenced to 26 years for her role.

Authorities said Holbert admitted killing five people between 2007 and 2010 in Bocas del Toro province in order to steal their property.

MORE: History and background of the Holbert case here.

Holbert’s lawyer, Claudia Alvarado, suggested an appeal was likely.

Holbert and Reese were arrested while trying to enter Nicaragua from Costa Rica in 2010.

That year, the bodies of four

Read more at: http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/crime/serial-killer-nc-native-sentenced-for-robbing-killing-5-in-bocas-del-toro/464981922

Inside the mind of Hong Kong’s first serial killer

There are a handful of Hong Kong crimes that have slipped into local folklore and are best known by their monikers. Most famous are the Hello Kitty Murder (1999) and the Milkshake Murder (2003), but long before these there was the Jars Killer.

Lam Kor-wan is now 62 and serving a life sentence at the maximum-security Shek Pik Prison on Lantau Island for a string of grisly murders in the early 1980s. He holds the dubious distinction of being Hong Kong’s first serial killer and his reign of terror came to an end 35 years ago this week, when he was apprehended on August 17, 1982, at the age of 27.

Most press coverage at the time focused on the macabre details of the case

Read more at: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2017/08/17/inside-the-mind-of-hong-kong-serial-killer-known-as-the-jars-killer-35-years-after-his-arrest/

The Top 5 Serial Killer Movies, Ranked

Hollywood movies are some of the most influential media around today, and in America, true crime is currently having quite the moment. During the recent San Diego Comic-Con, another teaser trailer for the highly anticipated film “My Friend Dahmer,” which follows the teenage life of prolific serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, was released and met praise from fans and critics alike.

Along with that, in May 2017, news articles from multiple celebrity magazines revealed that none other than Zac Efron will be portraying the infamous ’70s literal lady killer Ted Bundy, in an upcoming film about the murderer’s life. These two massive announcements along with the upcoming spooky fall season harken us back to the love for one of Hollywood’s most popular villains—the serial killer.

Whether based on true life or pure fiction, serial killer movies are some of the most interesting to watch, not only due to the inevitable gore and viewers’

Read more at: https://studybreaks.com/2017/08/16/ranked-top-5-serial-killer-movies/