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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)

‘Evil and depraved’: Could this ex-cabbie be Britain’s worst serial killer?

Ex-taxi driver and convicted killer Christopher Halliwell may have murdered dozens more women, possibly making him one of Britain’s worst serial killers.

These are the salacious claims made in a book “Catching A Serial Killer” written by former Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher.

The former detective was involved in the investigation when Sian O’Callaghan first went missing in 2011.

‘Depraved’ taxi driver Christopher Halliwell. Source: Yahoo

Halliwell, 53, is currently serving life for killing Sian O’Callaghan, 22, and Becky Godden, 20.

According to the author a secret trophy store of around 60 items of women’s clothing suggests potentially dozens more victims may have been raped or killed by Halliwell reports The Swindon Advertiser.

Fulcher writes that the discovery of clothing and other personal items around a Ramsbury pond in 2014, including boots belonging to

Read more at: https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/36174508/evil-and-depraved-could-ex-cabbie-be-britain-s-worst-serial-killer/

VERIFY: Is there an animal serial killer on the loose in Lumberton?

A social media post is spreading rapidly on many Southeast Texas “community pages.” It claims dogs are being shot in Hardin County. Reporter, Troy Kless verifies to see if there is a serial dog killer on the loose.

Read more at: http://www.12newsnow.com/news/local/verify-is-there-an-animal-serial-killer-on-the-loose-in-lumberton/452300043

Serial killer marks his birthday with a new record for longest time spent in solitary confinement

A notorious serial killer marked his birthday with an unwanted present – a new UK record for solitary confinement.

Robert Maudsley turned 64 with a ‘celebration’ very like the previous four decades – locked up alone in prison .

He has endured the same miserable existence for 39 years, or 14,235 consecutive days.

On July 28, 1978, already serving life for double murder , Maudsley made a knife from a soup spoon and plunged it into the head of fellow inmate Salney Darwood, 46, in Wakefield jail, West Yorks., before garotting him.

He hid his body under a bunk, then smashed the head of another prisoner, William Roberts, against a wall, before using his homemade weapon to prise open his skull, allegedly to eat his brain, a claim he always denied but which earned him the nickname ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’, although it was later shown

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/serial-killer-marks-birthday-new-10693628

West Mesa Bone Collector murders spotlighted on The Real Story With Maria Elena Salinas

West Mesa Bone Collector

Police investigating the West Mesa murders

This week The Real Story With Maria Elena Salinas examines the disturbing case of unsolved murder where the bodies of 11 women were found buried in the banks of a dried up creek bed.

West Mesa, Albuquerque, in 2009 and the remains came to light after a housing development suffered from flooding after an arroy was buried. The remedial work led to some bones being uncovered and a dog walker spotted them in February 2009.

The investigation uncovered the remains of 11 females and a fetus, the women and girls were aged between 15 and 32. Most the women worked in the sex trade or had some connection with drugs and it is believed that all of them disappeared between 2001 and 2005.

Satellite photos later revealed truck tyre marks and disturbed ground over this period, the last indication

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/west-mesa-murders-spotlighted-on-the-real-story-with-maria-elena-salinas/

Ex-nurse serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer sentenced to life in prison

A former Woodstock nurse who murdered eight seniors in her care has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

All of Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s sentences will be served concurrently, not added together and no chance for parole for the duration of the 25-year sentence.

She showed no emtion as she was sentenced Monday afternoon in the Woodstock courthouse.

The judge handed down Wettlaufer’s sentence after hearing 19 victim impact statements, on the first day of her sentencing hearing in Woodstock, Ont. Many of the victims’ families expressed overwhelming guilt, which Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas addressed in his ruling.

“You simply cannot blame yourselves,” Thomas told them. “She was far from the angel of mercy, more the shadow of death who passed over them,” he said of Wettlaufer’s treatment of her victims.

The sentence comes after the Crown and the defence jointly recommend that all sentences run concurrently. They suggested a life sentence with no eligibility

Read more at: http://london.ctvnews.ca/ex-nurse-serial-killer-elizabeth-wettlaufer-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-1.3476003

Victim impact statements to be heard at sentencing of killer ex-nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer in Woodstock court

WOODSTOCK  – 

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the worst health-care killer in Canadian history, finally spoke Monday.

Before being sentenced to life behind bars for 14 crimes, including the murders of eight vulnerable patients in her care, the 50-year-old mass murderer addressed the court briefly after the loved ones of her victims spoke out.

“I caused tremendous pain, suffering and death,” Wettlaufer, who was unemotional in the courtroom, said. “Sorry is too small a word.”

Wettlaufer was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no chance at parole for 25 years, in 2041. By then she would be 75, and it was indicated she “may never be parolled.”

Justice Bruce Thomas told the families – and the surviving victims of Wettlaufer’s failed murder attempts

Read more at: http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/26/victim-impact-statements-to-be-heard-at-sentencing-of-killer-ex-nurse-elizabeth-wettlaufer-in-woodstock-court

Ontario serial-killer nurse who murdered eight patients to be sentenced today

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A former Ontario nurse who murdered eight seniors in her care is expected to appear at a sentencing hearing in Woodstock, Ont., today.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in late May.

The 50-year-old admitted to using insulin in all 14 cases that stretched from 2007 to 2016, and has said she believed she was an instrument of God as she killed and hurt vulnerable patients.

The crimes, which occurred in three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home, make Wettlaufer one of Canada’s worst serial killers.

Victim impact statements are expected to be filed in court today, and some family members

Read more at: http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/ontario-serial-killer-nurse-who-killed-eight-patients-to-be-sentenced-today/wcm/b7fabb65-4a2e-4cbe-ad32-9e243263a7eb

Sentencing hearing today for ex-nurse serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A former Ontario nurse who murdered eight seniors in her care is expected to appear at a sentencing hearing in Woodstock, Ont., today.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in late May.

The 50-year-old admitted to using insulin in all 14 cases that stretched from 2007 to 2016, and has said she believed she was an instrument of God as she killed and hurt vulnerable patients.

The crimes, which occurred in three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home, make Wettlaufer one of Canada’s worst serial killers.

Victim impact statements are expected to be filed in court today, and some family members of Wettlaufer’s victims are expected to read their statements to the court.

Crown prosecutors have said they are proposing a joint submission with the defence on sentencing.

They are suggesting all Wettlaufer’s sentences run concurrently,

Read more at: http://london.ctvnews.ca/sentencing-hearing-today-for-ex-nurse-serial-killer-elizabeth-wettlaufer-1.3476003

Lou Diamond Phillips changed his look to play serial killer The Night Stalker

The La Bamba star, who plays the late murderer in The Night Stalker, admits he didn’t notice Ramirez’s bad teeth until his wife pointed out how mangled they were.

“My wife, Yvonne, who’s a brilliant make-up artist…, made mention of the fact… his teeth were infamous,” he explains during an appearance on Access Hollywood Live.

“They did a cast of his teeth because so many of his victims, who survived, remembered those teeth… They were just gnarly. He had no hygiene whatsoever.”

“They made a mold from the photos of Richard and I wore those and it kind of changed the shape of my face a little bit, and we also pulled my eyes back, because people talked about how coyote-like his eyes were.”

Phillips also lost weight to play homeless Ramirez, who terrorised Los Angeles in the 1980s.

“He was on Death Row for

Read more at: https://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/entertainment-news/243973/Lou-Diamond-Phillips-changed-his-look-to-play-serial-killer-The-Night-Stalker