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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)

Pak Serial Killer Appeals To High Court Against Death Sentence

Lahore:  A serial killer in Pakistan, who was sentenced to death for the brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari, on Tuesday challenged his conviction in the Lahore High Court alleging that his trial was conducted in “haste” without fulfilling legal requirements.

In the first ever trial in the country’s history that concluded in shortest period of four days, an anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced to death 23-year-old Imran Ali on four grounds — murdering a child, kidnapping a child, rape of a minor, and committing an unnatural act with a minor.

In his appeal, he declared that he is “not guilty”.

He said the trial was conducted in “haste and legal requirements were not fulfilled” during the trial. He appealed to the high

Read more at: https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/pak-serial-killer-appeals-to-high-court-against-death-sentence-1814986

Parents of suspected Seminole Heights serial killer to learn details about their house arrest

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) –  The parents of accused Seminole Heights serial killer, Howell Donaldson, III  will learn more about their house arrest order Tuesday.

On Friday, Judge Mark Wolfe ordered Rosita and Howell Donaldson, Jr. to six months of home confinement.

“The judicial process is all about a search for the truth. From the beginning, we were focused on getting information from the parents because the community and the families deserve it,” State Attorney Andrew Warren said.

The Donaldson’s son, Howell III, is in jail for the murders of four people in Seminole Heights in 2017.

State prosecutors want to know if the parents have insight into his whereabouts before, during and after the murders and if they’re aware of any mental health issues.

Attorney Ralph Fernandez explained they’re not saying anything that could incriminate their son.

“This is a bad situation out of Tampa,

Read more at: http://wfla.com/2018/02/20/parents-of-suspected-seminole-heights-serial-killer-to-learn-details-about-their-house-arrest/

Investigators: Serial killer may have murdered teen picked up in … – WTVD

Investigators say a teenager picked up in Durham and later found dead back in 1981 may have been murdered by a serial killer.

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The Grimes County Sheriff’s Office in Texas is investigating the remains of a 13- to 17-year-old woman who was believed to be picked up by Henry Lee Lucas.

Lucas, also known as The Highway Stalker admitted to killing hundreds of people but was only convicted in 11 cases.

Deputies say he admitted to killing the teen he only knew by the name of “Cheryl” that he picked up in Durham in 1981.

Convicted killer Henry Lee Lucas is seen May 6, 1998, in Huntsville, Texas.

He led them to her body in October of that year in Iola, Texas.

Investigators say the unidentified woman died from blunt force trauma to the head.

She was 5’1” to 5’3” tall

Read more at: http://abc11.com/texas-serial-killers-victim-may-be-teen-girl-picked-up-in-durham/3110661/

Supper club’s menu selection for serial killer discussion called into question

CLEVELAND – The story of serial killer Anthony Sowell is a major, yet dark chapter in Cleveland’s history. The infamous murders of eleven women will be the topic at a downtown supper club later this week. But for some, the menu might not sound so appetizing.

July 2011, 51-year-old Anthony Sowell was convicted of killing eleven women, whose decomposed bodies were found in and around his home on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland in October 2009.

The killings happened over more than a two-year span, and made him one of the most notorious serial killers in Cleveland history.

Wednesday, an author and filmmaker will discuss the case at a dinner party at the Music Box Supper Club on the West Bank of the Flats. The menu includes”Heart of Romaine, Pasta Puttanesca and Lady Fingers.”

Music Box vice president Mike Miller, who runs the series, told Fox 8 over the phone that he understands some people

Read more at: http://fox8.com/2018/02/19/supper-clubs-menu-selection-for-serial-killer-discussion-called-into-question/

Notorious serial killer linked to teen girl from Durham | WNCN

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Investigators in Texas are working a local connection to one of the most notorious killers in United States history.

Officials hope someone recognizes a teen from Durham that a serial killer said he picked up and later killed.

Known first as the “Deadly Drifter,” Henry Lee Lucas became as infamous for the murders he committed as the hundreds he may have lied about.

One of his confessions involved a teen girl that Lee claimed to have met while passing through Durham.

“I had her mouth reconstructed, she had all her teeth. She had 14 molars that were taken care of. Somebody loved this child. They took care of her teeth,” John LeFlore, a former investigator on the case said.

On the southern edge of Durham along an interstate highway is where Henry Lee Lucas told investigators he picked up the teen girl.

Officials

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Notorious serial killer linked to teen girl from Durham

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Investigators in Texas are working a local connection to one of the most notorious killers in United States history.

Officials hope someone recognizes a teen from Durham that a serial killer says he picked up and later killed.

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Known first as the “Deadly Drifter,” Henry Lee Lucas became as infamous for the murders he committed as the hundreds he may have lied about.

One of his confessions involved a teen girl that Lee claimed to have met while passing through Durham.

On the southern edge of Durham along an interstate highway is where Henry Lee Lucas told investigators he picked up the teen girl.

Officials released a sketch of what she may have looked like. They say she was 13 to 17 years old with auburn hair and was

Read more at: http://wncn.com/2018/02/19/notorious-serial-killer-linked-to-teen-girl-from-durham/

Silent Shift: 5 Influential Killers From The ’70s Serial Killer Boom

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During the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a seismic shift in American culture. The violence of the Vietnam War was hitting its zenith, broadcasted across the country. The presidency was currently undergoing one of its biggest scandals since the Grant administration. The hippy movement ended with a fizzle, itself degraded and corrupted by drugs and violence. People were mad, and people were bitter. Out of this anger, out of this lack of authority, was born a new age of violence, a new killer breed.

Serial killings started to flood the country and the airwaves, and America has never been the same since. While numerous killers roamed the country over the decade, five specific killers took prominence in our news media and became ingrained in our culture. These five violent individuals caused a

Read more at: https://comicsverse.com/silent-shift-70s-serial-killer-boom/

Parents of Alleged Florida Serial Killer Put on House Arrest | Time

(TAMPA, Fla.) — The parents of a suspect in the random shooting deaths of four people have showed up late for a civil contempt hearing in Florida and have been placed on house arrest after refusing to cooperate with prosecutors.

Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe ordered the confinement of Howell Donaldson Jr. and Rosita Donaldson on Friday. Their 24-year-old son, Howell Donaldson III, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the October and November shootings of four people in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said Florida law doesn’t give parents privilege against testifying against a child. The Tampa Bay Times reports he suggested home confinement as an alternative to jail.

Their son is facing the death penalty.

Read more at: http://time.com/5165502/howell-donaldson-parents-serial-killer-house-arrest/

Parents of Alleged Florida Serial Killer Ordered on House Arrest for Refusing to Cooperate

(TAMPA, Fla.) — The parents of a suspect in the random shooting deaths of four people have showed up late for a civil contempt hearing in Florida and have been placed on house arrest after refusing to cooperate with prosecutors.

Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe ordered the confinement of Howell Donaldson Jr. and Rosita Donaldson on Friday. Their 24-year-old son, Howell Donaldson III, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the October and November shootings of four people in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said Florida law doesn’t give parents privilege against testifying against a child. The Tampa Bay Times reports he suggested home confinement as an alternative to jail.

Their son is facing the death penalty.

Read more at: http://time.com/5165502/howell-donaldson-parents-serial-killer-house-arrest/

Charlize Theron waves green flag, Rascal Flatts performs at 500 – Daytona Beach News

DAYTONA BEACH — Rascal Flatts took the stage with the song “Life is a Highway” in front of a crowd that included race fans taking in the show from the track of Daytona International Speedway.

Starting with the song the country music trio covered in 2006 for the animated racing movie “Cars,” the band performed a set that also including 2004’s “Fast Cars and Freedom” and was intended to rev up fans before the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

“I think no ballads is the first thing we think of,” bass player Jay DeMarcus said before the race. “We wanted to put as much energy into the set list as we could.”

“Try to make the music match the race,” lead vocalist Gary LeVox added.

The group also played the single “Yours if You Want It” from last year’s album “Back

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