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Death penalty sought for alleged ‘black widow’ serial killer

Prosecutors on Tuesday sought the death penalty for a 70-year-old woman, dubbed the “black widow,” charged with the murders of her husband and two common-law partners and the attempted murder of an acquaintance between 2007 and 2013.

Describing Chisako Kakehi’s alleged crimes as “heinous and serious incidents that are rarely seen,” the prosecutors said in their closing arguments at the Kyoto District Court that the victims — all elderly men — were given drinks laced with cyanide by Kakehi. She was heavily indebted and had been planning to inherit their assets.

The court is scheduled to hand down a ruling on Nov. 7, with the defense making its closing statements on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Kakehi is mentally competent and can be held responsible for her crimes, which “were premeditated.” Her “cognitive function has not significantly deteriorated as shown in her psychiatric evaluation,” and she had no mental disorders

Read more at: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/10/national/social-issues/death-penalty-sought-alleged-black-widow-serial-killer/

Death penalty sought for alleged ‘black widow’ serial killer | The …

Prosecutors on Tuesday sought the death penalty for a 70-year-old woman, dubbed the “black widow,” charged with the murders of her husband and two common-law partners and the attempted murder of an acquaintance between 2007 and 2013.

Describing Chisako Kakehi’s alleged crimes as “heinous and serious incidents that are rarely seen,” the prosecutors said in their closing arguments at the Kyoto District Court that the victims — all elderly men — were given drinks laced with cyanide by Kakehi. She was heavily indebted and had been planning to inherit their assets.

The court is scheduled to hand down a ruling on Nov. 7, with the defense making its closing statements on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Kakehi is mentally competent and can be held responsible for her crimes, which “were premeditated.” Her “cognitive function has not significantly deteriorated as shown in her psychiatric evaluation,” and she had no mental disorders

Read more at: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/10/national/social-issues/death-penalty-sought-alleged-black-widow-serial-killer/

Did serial killer HH Holmes fake his own death?

Did serial killer H. H. Holmes fake his own death?

Biological anthropologists solve a century-old mystery.

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The grave of late 19th century serial killer H. H. Holmes was recently exhumed to determine if he faked his own death. Holmes was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Delaware County. Photo by
Penn Museum

Rumors have swirled around H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who operated in the shadow of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. Targeting women who had come to the city to work, Holmes, whose story was a major plotline of Eric Larson’s New York Times

Read more at: https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/features/did-serial-killer-h-h-holmes-fake-his-own-death

The story behind Indiana’s ‘Angel of Death,’ the serial killer-nurse who died Sunday in prison

He was Indiana’s quietest, most low-key serial killer, a pet shop owner and hospital nurse with access to the potentially deadly drugs potassium chloride and epinephrine.

He was convicted of six murders, but authorities believe he may have killed as many as 70 elderly patients as they convalesced at the Vermillion County Hospital between 1993

Read more at: http://www.indystar.com/story/life/2017/09/26/story-behind-indianas-angel-death-serial-killer-nurse-who-died-sunday-prison/703953001/

Angel of Death Orville Lynn Majors: Who was the serial killer-nurse?

He was Indiana’s quietest, most low-key serial killer, a pet shop owner and hospital nurse with access to the potentially deadly drugs potassium chloride and epinephrine.

He was convicted of six murders, but authorities believe he may have killed as many as 70 elderly patients as they convalesced at the Vermillion County Hospital between 1993

Read more at: http://www.indystar.com/story/life/2017/09/26/story-behind-indianas-angel-death-serial-killer-nurse-who-died-sunday-prison/703953001/

It Seems Infamous Serial Killer Couldn’t Cheat Death After All

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Appeals continue in case of serial killer facing death sentence

Lawyers for the Army and convicted serial killer Ronald A. Gray are still battling over whether the military can carry out the death sentence Gray received nearly 30 years ago.

The legal fight is in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, where lawyers have traded arguments in recent weeks.

It’s the latest legal battle in the long-running saga of Gray’s conviction and subsequent appeal, which was renewed in the courts late last year after a federal judge ruled the stay of execution first granted to Gray in November 2008 was no longer in effect.

The appeals court is reviewing the decision of another military court, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, which on May 9 denied a petition by Gray to have his convictions and death sentence vacated. That same court declined to reconsider its decision in

Read more at: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170829/appeals-continue-in-case-of-serial-killer-facing-death-sentence

Gary Lee Sampson files another appeal of his death sentence




Admitted serial killer Gary Lee Sampson is continuing his 16-year fight to avoid execution for a murderous crime spree in 2001.

Lawyers for Sampson, 57, a former Abington resident, filed their official notice of appeal of his January death sentence on Monday with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, a standard step in capital cases.

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A federal jury in Boston sentenced Sampson in January to die for the carjacking and killing of Jonathan Rizzo, a 19-year-old college student from Kingston, in July 2001. He was sentenced to life for the slaying days later of Philip McCloskey, a 69-year-old plumber from Taunton.

Sampson had also pleaded guilty in separate proceedings in New Hampshire to killing his third

Read more at: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/08/29/gary-lee-sampson-files-another-appeal-his-death-sentence-for-multiple-killings/ZoHNUCK1O8T8l7a9wI9UpO/story.html

Death of a fashion icon: Horrifying story of how serial killer who murdered Gianni Versace on his own doorstep was …

Antonio D’Amico was sipping coffee on the veranda close to the entrance of his Miami Beach home when he heard the shots.

It was around 9am and his boyfriend of 15 years legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace had briefly left the couple’s Ocean Drive home to buy a newspaper at a nearby cafe.

Usually, Versace would have an assistant walk to the coffee shop to receive his morning papers, but on this morning he was in high spirits and took the chore upon himself.

He was putting the key in the door lock when he was shot twice at point blank range, once in the face and once in his neck behind the left ear.

“I felt as if my blood had turned to ice,” Antonio said . He and Versace’s butler went outside to investigate.

“The house had stained glass windows so we couldn’t see what had happened from inside,

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/death-fashion-icon-horrifying-story-11005160

Death of a fashion icon: Horrifying story of how serial killer who …

Antonio D’Amico was sipping coffee on the veranda close to the entrance of his Miami Beach home when he heard the shots.

It was around 9am and his boyfriend of 15 years legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace had briefly left the couple’s Ocean Drive home to buy a newspaper at a nearby cafe.

Usually, Versace would have an assistant walk to the coffee shop to receive his morning papers, but on this morning he was in high spirits and took the chore upon himself.

He was putting the key in the door lock when he was shot twice at point blank range, once in the face and once in his neck behind the left ear.

“I felt as if my blood had turned to ice,” Antonio said . He and Versace’s butler went outside to investigate.

“The house had stained glass windows so we couldn’t see what had happened from inside,

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/death-fashion-icon-horrifying-story-11005160