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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)

Investigators remain hopeful that they’ll find the so-called ‘I-70 Killer’

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — This spring marks 25 years since a serial killer started his spree across the Midwest in Indianapolis. More than two decades later, detectives remain hopeful someone knows something that could help piece together the so-called I-70 killings.

Not a day goes by Cumberland Police Chief Mike Crooke doesn’t think about it.

“I personally have visited every crime scene, every single one of them,” Crooke said.

He was the lead investigator with IMPD on the first known case and one of the only original detectives still working.

“We haven’t given up,” he said.

In April 1992, police said Robin Fuldauer, 26, was working alone at Payless Shoesource in the 7200 block of Pendleton Pike after a co-worker called in sick. Investigators believe a man came into the store, took her to the back and fatally shot her before escaping out a back door.

“Robin was a very kind soul, she was very intelligent, she was

Read more at: http://fox59.com/2017/05/22/investigators-remain-hopeful-that-theyll-find-so-called-i-70-killer/

Dashcam video shows police encounter with accused serial killer James Dale Ritchie

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Surveillance video obtained today by KTUU shows the moments leading up to a fatal gunfight between Anchorage police and accused serial killer James Dale Ritchie.

I screengrab from the Nov. 12 dashboard camera video of Anchorage Police Officer Arn Salao. Salao encountered accused serial killer James Dale Ritchie in downtown Anchorage while investigating an unrelated call. Police say Ritchie opened fire on Salao moments later.

The footage above was captured early on the morning of Nov. 12, just a couple of hours into the shift of Officer Arn Salao. Salao, who was investigating a report of unpaid cab fare downtown, noticed a man walking alone and attempted to stop him.

The man would later be revealed to be Ritchie, a 40-year-old former East High basketball and football star who police say was responsible for five outdoor murders in 2016.

Read more at: http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Dashcam-video-shows-police-encounter-with-accused-serial-killer-James-Dale-Ritchie-423742404.html

Ted Bundy: Everything to Know About America’s Infamous Serial Killer

It was announced last week that Zac Efron has signed on to play Ted Bundy in a new film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Described by FBI director William S. Sessions in 1992 as “society’s most infamous and notorious serial killer,” Bundy became a household name after he confessed to the assault, rape, and murder of at least 30 women, all brunettes whose ages ranged from 12 to 23 years old, in incidents that occurred in the 1970s (though many believe he committed other crimes). His trial was the Read more at: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/ted-bundy-everything-to-know-about-americas-infamous-serial-killer

Hearing expected in case of suspected serial killer Todd Kohlhepp

A hearing in the case of Todd Kohlhepp, who is accused of killing seven people, is scheduled Friday, and the families of some of the victims are expected to be in court.

The families of the four victims of the November 2003 Superbike Motorsports killings will be at the hearing, but they have been asked not to divulge any details about the hearing ahead of time, a family member told WYFF News 4.

Related stories: Kohlhepp’s mother dies | Chilling online purchases | Suspect’s disturbing past

Kohlhepp, 45, confessed that he killed Beverly Guy, Scott Ponder, Brian Lucas and Chris Sherbert, investigators said.

Kohlhepp confessed to the Superbike Motorsports killings after investigators found Kala Brown, a woman who had been reported missing, on Nov. 4 chained inside a storage container on Kohlhepp’s property in rural Woodruff.

Read more at: http://www.wyff4.com/article/hearing-expected-in-case-of-suspected-serial-killer-todd-kohlhepp/9908295

Serial killer on south KC creek trails? Not so fast, police say | The …

As Kansas City police investigate four unsolved homicides that they described as having “obvious similarities,” police officials are not close to calling the deaths the work of a serial killer.

The homicides all occurred in recent months; the victims were white males from 54 to 67 years old; one death was on the Blue River Trail and three were along the Indian Creek Trail in south Kansas City, and three of the four were walking their dogs.

Could a serial killer be at work?

“Not yet, we’re not there,” said Maj. Donna Greenwell, commander of the Kansas City Police Department’s violent crimes unit. “I won’t put that out. It’s not even on the radar yet.

“We have no witnesses, we have no video,” Greenwell said. “We have nothing other than our victim. At this point anything we would say at this point would be guesses and speculation.”

The victims include Mike Darby, 61, co-owner

Read more at: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article151953327.html

Idea of a KC serial killer is ‘not even on the radar yet,’ police say

As Kansas City police investigate four unsolved homicides that they described as having “obvious similarities,” police officials are not close to calling the deaths the work of a serial killer.

The homicides all occurred in recent months; the victims were white males from 54 to 67 years old; one death was on the Blue River Trail and three were along the Indian Creek Trail in south Kansas City, and three of the four were walking their dogs.

Could a serial killer be at work?

“Not yet, we’re not there,” said Maj. Donna Greenwell, commander of the Kansas City Police Department’s violent crimes unit. “I won’t put that out. It’s not even on the radar yet.

“We have no witnesses, we have no video,” Greenwell said. “We have nothing other than our victim. At this point anything we would say at this point would be guesses and speculation.”

The victims include Mike Darby, 61, co-owner

Read more at: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article151953327.html

Serial killer (briefly) in our midst: History

In 1983 Henry Lee Lucas confessed to committing hundreds of murders. While every biography states his life of crime began with a series of burglaries in Richmond, it was actually his May 13, 1954 theft of a 1948 Pontiac from Waynesboro’s Keiser Motors on West Main Street that earned him a sentence in Richmond’s State Penitentiary and jump-started his role as either America’s most notorious serial killer or most outrageous liar.

Lucas was living with his step-brother Harry Waugh near Lyndhurst when the 17-year-old was stopped on a traffic violation in Waynesboro by Officer R. L. Stover. A check of his car revealed money, a coat and keys, all believed to be stolen. The May 14 Waynesboro News-Virginian reported that the unnamed “Augusta County youth” claimed the car belonged to Waugh.

Lucas had made

Read more at: http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/history/2017/05/22/serial-killer-briefly-midst-history/102008964/

Alleged serial killer’s attorney quits, says he couldn’t pay | NJ.com

NEWARK — An Essex County judge on Monday relieved the private defense attorney for an Orange man accused of killing three women last fall, after the judge found the man could no longer afford to pay her.

Following Shevelle McPherson’s withdrawal from the case, Khalil Wheeler-Weaver will instead be represented by public defender Deirdre McMahon.

Superior Court Judge Ronald D. Wigler said McPherson had asked to be removed from the case after it became apparent that Wheeler-Weaver could no longer afford her services, or those of any private attorney.

Wheeler-Weaver, 21, is charged with murder in the deaths of Sarah Butler, 20, Joanne Brown, 33, and Robin West, 19, who authorities say were killed in separate incidents last fall in Essex County.

He’s also charged with the attempted murder and sexual assault in a Nov. 15 attack on a woman in Elizabeth, and is accused of setting fire to the

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2017/05/khalil_wheeler-weaver_attorney.html

Alleged serial killer’s attorney quits, says he couldn’t pay

NEWARK — An Essex County judge on Monday relieved the private defense attorney for an Orange man accused of killing three women last fall, after the judge found the man could no longer afford to pay her.

Following Shevelle McPherson’s withdrawal from the case, Khalil Wheeler-Weaver will instead be represented by public defender Deirdre McMahon.

Superior Court Judge Ronald D. Wigler said McPherson had asked to be removed from the case after it became apparent that Wheeler-Weaver could no longer afford her services, or those of any private attorney.

Wheeler-Weaver, 21, is charged with murder in the deaths of Sarah Butler, 20, Joanne Brown, 33, and Robin West, 19, who authorities say were killed in separate incidents last fall in Essex County.

He’s also charged with the attempted murder and sexual assault in a Nov. 15 attack on a woman in Elizabeth, and is accused of setting fire to the

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2017/05/khalil_wheeler-weaver_attorney.html