NEWARK — Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Jeffrey Dahmer. ‘Son of Sam’ David Burkowitz.
Criminologists say if the charges against 20-year-old Khalil Wheeler-Weaver turn out to be true, New Jersey will have a name to add to the list of America’s serial killers.
Authorities allege Wheeler-Weaver, an Orange resident who worked as a security guard, killed at least three women, and tried to kill a fourth before he was arrested last year.
Though prosecutors have not used the term “serial killer” when levying charges against Wheeler-Weaver, experts said the allegations against him fit the definition of the term.
“I think this qualifies,” Lawrence Kobilinsky, John Jay College’s science department chairperson and a forensics expert, said of the case against Wheeler-Weaver.
The FBI’s definition of “serial murder” has fluctuated, leading to a disagreement among experts about the minimum number of convicted murders needed to identify someone as a