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Did a Convicted Texas Murderer Reveal He Was a Serial Killer?

Nearly 20 years ago, in letters he wrote to local prosecutors, Texas murderer Edward Harold Bell claimed the Marine he’d shot and killed in 1978 was not his only victim.

In fact, he said, there were seven others, all girls.

Years later, in a series of prison interviews with the Houston Chronicle in 2011, Bell revised that number of purported victims. It wasn’t seven, he said — it was 11.

The “11 that went to Heaven,” he called them, according to the Chronicle. Along with his supposed confessions, Bell, now 78, provided names for some of the girls he said he killed. He claimed he’d been brainwashed into violence.

But was he telling the truth?

Six years after the Chronicle‘s investigation of Bell, first published in 2011, comes AE’s new six-part docuseries The Eleven, which premieres on Thursday and

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/texas-edward-harold-bell-serial-killer-tv-series/

Convicted Indiana serial killer Orville Lynn Majors dead at 56

Female serial killer Belle Gunness placed newspaper ads in Midwestern newspapers seeking male suitors. Some say there were as many as 40 victims of her crimes.

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Prosecutor: Convicted killer may be tied to Long Island beach deaths

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — A carpenter convicted in May of killing two prostitutes in the 1990s may be responsible for at least one of the 10 unsolved killings of people along a Long Island beach highway, a prosecutor said Tuesday. 

Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla made the revelation after the sentencing of 51-year-old John Bittrolff. 

The Manorville man received consecutive 25 years-to-life sentences for the beating deaths of two prostitutes. A jury deliberated for seven days before convicting. Bittrolff denied killing the women and intends to appeal. 

Police on Long Island are still investigating the unsolved killings of 10 victims of an apparent serial killer or killers. The 10 bodies were found with a couple of miles of one another, and several of the victims have been identified as prostitutes. Until Tuesday, no suspects had been identified in any of the deaths. 

Convicted serial killer looks to avoid execution

A serial killer convicted for murdering three men in 2001 is appealing his death sentence and continuing a 16-year challenge to avoid execution.

In January a federal jury in Massachusetts sentenced Gary Lee Sampson, 57, to die for the 2001 carjacking and murder of Jonathan Rizzo, a 19-year university student, the Boston Globe reported.

The killer has also received a life sentence in Massachusetts for killing 69-year old plumber Philip McCloskey and in New Hampshire for slaying Robert Whitney, his third victim.

He tricked Rizzo and McCloskey into giving him a ride with a car and then fatally stabbed both men after he directed them to a hidden area. Later, he strangled Whitney with a rope, the Globe reported.

Sampson’s lawyers filed a notice of appeal against the death penalty on Monday following an unsuccessful request to toss the death penalty earlier this month.

His legal team is arguing that Sampson

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/30/convicted-serial-killer-looks-to-avoid-execution.html

Convicted serial killer found dead in cell – WBAL-TV

A convicted killer charged with murdering several Baltimore area prostitutes in the 1990s has died in prison.

State correctional officials said 62-year-old Joseph Metheny was found unresponsive in his cell at the Western Correction Institution in Cumberland Saturday afternoon. He was later pronounced dead.

Metheny was charged in the killings of several prostitutes in the Baltimore area in the 1990s. He was serving two life sentences for kidnapping, sexual assault and murder.

His death is under investigation.

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Serial killer convicted of capital murder in Sebastian, Crawford counties subject of TV show

Charles Ray Vines was sentenced in March 2001 to three life sentences for what are considered some of the most disturbing and heinous crimes committed in Sebastian and Crawford counties.

Now, the first season of “Murder By Numbers” on the Investigation Discovery channel has taken a new look at Vines and his crimes.

“It’s a show about multiple murders and how they’re connected,” said Elizabeth Gibson, co-executive producer of “Murder By Numbers.” “It’s not necessarily a serial killer show, but it certainly tries to answer what defines a serial killer.”

Vines was convicted of two capital murder charges, one in Sebastian and one in Crawford County, residential burglary and rape. His victims included Juanita Wofford of Fort Smith and Ruth Henderson of Crawford County, among others.

The father of two sons was “well-liked,” according to witness testimony gathered by Gibson and her team.

Read more at: http://www.swtimes.com/news/20170807/serial-killer-convicted-of-capital-murder-in-sebastian-crawford-counties-subject-of-tv-show

Prosecutor who convicted serial killer Coral Watts named appeals judge

Thomas Cameron 

LANSING, MI — A former Kalamazoo County assistant prosecutor who helped convict a serial killer and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick while working for the attorney general has been named to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Thomas Cameron to the first district Michigan Court of Appeals. The district includes the counties of Wayne, Monroe, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Branch, St. Joseph and Kalamazoo.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” Cameron said of his appointment. “As a trial judge you handle important cases of the parties that are before you. On the Court of Appeals the cases are just as important, but you also have to be mindful of how the opinions you write today can affect hundreds of cases that follow. That’s an incredible responsibility and honor to serve the citizens in this

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Convicted serial killer faces nurses’ college professional misconduct hearing

TORONTO — A convicted serial killing nurse who murdered eight seniors in her care faces a professional college disciplinary hearing today.

The College of Nurses of Ontario alleges Elizabeth Wettlaufer committed professional misconduct when she overdosed 14 patients with the intent to harm or kill them.

A college spokeswoman says Wettlaufer is not expected to attend the hearing with the discipline panel, which is could make their decision by the end of the day.

In June, Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of eight seniors, attempted murder of four others and aggravated assault of two more people.

She confessed to the murders while at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto in the fall before detailing the crimes to Woodstock police.

The college knew Wettlaufer was fired from Caressant Care in Woodstock, Ont., for a medication error in 2014, but she continued to work — and harmed patients — until she resigned as a nurse in September

Read more at: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/convicted-serial-killer-faces-nurses-college-professional-misconduct-hearing-1.3517601

Transgender Serial Killer Convicted Of Murdering Prostitutes

A jury in Spokane, Washington convicted 65-year-old Donna Perry on Thursday of three counts of first-degree murder for the brutal killing of three prostitutes in 1990 — a decade before the transgender murderer got a sex change operation in Thailand.

Prior to rechristening himself as Donna Perry and undergoing genital mutilation in Bangkok, Perry had been a man named Douglas Perry.

Superior Court Judge Michael Price announced the verdict in court on Thursday morning, reports The Spokesman-Review, Spokane’s main newspaper.

The evidence that Perry murdered the three women — Yolanda Sapp, Kathleen Brisbois and Nickie Lowe — was substantial.

In 2012, Perry told investigators that “there’s a great downturn in violence” after a man has a sex change operation

Read more at: http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/30/transgender-serial-killer-convicted-of-murdering-prostitutes/

Feds investigate how serial killer, convicted felon accumulated arsenal

Federal agents want to know how a convicted felon managed to accumulate an arsenal of weapons as he was becoming a serial killer in the Upstate.

Todd Kohlhepp, 46, was arrested last fall after deputies rescued Kala Brown, who was chained inside a shipping container on his property in Woodruff.

Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to killing Brown’s boyfriend, Charlie Carver, and six other people — and multiple other crimes — in exchange for a life sentence.

Agents with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating a trove of weapons on his properties, including dozens of guns and pallets full of ammunition, The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported, based on documents and video released by prosecutors after Kohlhepp’s sentencing last month.

It’s a “staggering” amount of weaponry, and investigators think he illegally acquired most of it through “straw purchases,” Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said.


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