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How a serial killer taught a reporter the complicated meaning of evil

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* Warning: This interview deals with disturbing material *

In the 1990s, New York Times stringer Claudia Rowe knew something sinister was happening when women who worked the streets of Poughkeepsie, New York, as prostitutes began disappearing.

But when Kendall Francois was arrested — and later confessed to killing eight women and hiding their bodies in his house — what began as a reporter’s investigation into the meaning of evil became an obsession that would have a profound impact on her life.

Rowe writes about her relationship with Francois in her new book, The Spider and The Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder.

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The reporter would become so obsessed with trying to understand the volcanic violence and rage inside Francois, it would destroy her personal life. 

The Spider and the Fly

(Harper Collins Canada)

She says the relationship

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Police: Edmonds woman declares, ‘I am a serial killer!’ and stabs date in the chest

A 24-year-old Edmonds woman allegedly told police she planned to kill a man she met online, eat his heart and leave a note on his body so police would know she intended to kill again, according to court documents in the bizarre case.

Amy Brown is accused of plunging a pocket knife into the chest of the 29-year-old man late Sunday in a room at the Rodeo Inn in Lynnwood, telling him she was a serial killer, according to the statement of probable cause outlining the police case against her.

The man, who met Brown after he created a Craigslist post seeking companionship, was able to escape and seek help at a nearby drugstore, the statement says.

A Snohomish County District Court judge on Tuesday found probable cause to hold Brown

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ITEAM: recent events have people asking about a serial killer in one Cleveland area

CLEVELAND – The FOX 8 I TEAM is answering the question on the minds of many women after a young girl was found dead in the same part of town where other women have been killed in cases still unsolved.

Is there a serial killer on the streets?

Investigators held a news conference to offer a reward in the case of the body found which is believed to be that of a missing 14-year-old girl, and police started to leave without taking questions. But the I TEAM asked about a potential serial killer.

Chief Calvin Williams said, “I’m not gonna definitively say yes or no.”

Williams didn’t want to talk specifically about it, but said investigators are always on the lookout for any serial criminal. He said, “They compare DNA, they compare forensics to make sure that things like that aren’t happening. And there’s always comparisons on a continuous basis.”

The unsolved murders in

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‘I am a serial killer’: Woman says she stabbed Craiglist date to eat his heart

A Washington woman who met a date from Craigslist at a motel on Tuesday didn’t make the best first impression.

After asking him repeatedly if he was a murderer, the 24-year-old woman pounced on the man with a pocket knife.

“Well, I’m a serial killer,” she said at the Rodeo Inn motel room in Lynwood, Washington.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, proceeded to stab her date several times as he struggled to escape, according to news station KOMO.

The 29-year-old man was eventually able to make a break and call police from the motel office. He was brought to Harborview Medical Center, where he is in satisfactory condition recovering from a punctured lung.

Police then found the suspect with a knife in her pocket at the parking lot, where she confessed that she planned to eat his heart.

She told officers that she prepared a written note to leave on his body

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Colin Barnett stands by Claremont serial killer case comment

WA Premier Colin Barnett has defended comments in which he said a former Labor minister “gave up” over the Claremont serial killer case, comments the Opposition has denounced as despicable.

After results of a survey on Monday showed many police felt the force was seriously under-resourced, Mr Barnett said there should be some focus on police successes such as the recent arrest of the alleged murderer, who struck in 1996 and 1997.

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DA: ‘Progress’ being made in New Bedford murder probe, no arrests

NEW BEDFORD — No arrests have been made in Sunday night’s fatal stabbing of a 22-year-old man, but the murder probe is moving forward, the district attorney’s office said.

“Progress is being made on the investigation and it is extremely active,” Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, said Tuesday.

New Bedford and state police and prosecutors are investigating the murder of Emmanuel Fuentes, described by the DA’s office as a homeless man who was living in New Bedford, that occurred in the city’s North End.

The killing of Fuentes is the first murder of the year in New Bedford.

He was stabbed outside 357 Ashley Blvd., just down from Nash Road. New Bedford police received a 911 call at 10:41 p.m. about a man being stabbed outside that address, which is between Nash Road and Tinkham Street. He was taken to St. Luke’s

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Police: Woman says she wants to become serial killer, eat victim’s heart

Updated: Jan 31, 2017 – 12:57 PM

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An Edmonds woman arrested on attempted murder charges told Lynnwood officers she wanted to become a serial killer and had planned on eating her victim’s heart.

Lynnwood police were called to a Walgreen’s store late Sunday where the victim, a 29-year-old man, had fled after being stabbed at the Rodeo Inn at 20707 Highway 99.

The man said he had been stabbed in the chest by a woman he had met on Craigslist for “friendship and possible dating.” They ended up at the Rodeo Inn, where he paid for a room.

The victim told police that he and the 24-year-old woman were lying on the bed, and as they talked, she asked him several times if he was a serial killer.

Each time, he responded “no.” According to

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Woman Details How She Escaped A Serial Killer After He Couldn’t Get Erection

Have you ever wondered how you would escape if a serial killer kidnapped you and locked you in the trunk of his car?

Jennifer Asbenson, who was tortured and almost murdered by Andrew Urdiales, has revealed how she managed to escape after she was bound and gagged in his trunk.

Returning to the scene of the crime in Desert Hot Springs, California, for the first time since she escaped 24 years ago, Asbenson gave a harrowing account of what happened when Urdiales — who murdered eight women — tried to rape her and viciously assault her in the remote desert.

She is the only known victim of Urdiales to escape his clutches.

Jennifer Asbenson


Asbenson, now a mom to a 20-year-old daughter, was 19 when Urdiales drove her to the desert, putting her through a two-hour ordeal.

In a lengthy

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How I escaped a serial killer

Jennifer Asbenson was just 19 years old when she was abducted, tortured and almost killed in a remote desert by one of America’s most prolific serial killers.

For the first time since she escaped 24 years ago, Asbenson has returned to Desert Hot Springs in California.

It’s the place where her abductor, Andrew Urdiales, pulled out a gun and tried to rape her before opening a bag full of blades, taking a bite out of her neck, and savagely bashing her.

Asbenson was still bound and gagged as Urdiales then dragged her body over rocks and cactus back to his car, put her in the trunk, and started driving to another location.

Asbenson knew it was her only chance to try to escape. She freed her wrists, waited for the car to slow down, unlatched the trunk, and ran for her life.

Just a few months ago, on the 24th anniversary of the ordeal, Asbenson

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