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Here’s What 4 Children Of Serial Killers Have To Say About Their Notorious Parents

Growing up is hard enough. Imagine if your father is a notorious serial killer. Here’s what four children had to say about their dads in their own words.

1. “Happy Face Killer’s” Daughter

Melissa Moore is the daughter of serial killer Keith Jesperson, who killed eight people in the 1990s. He received the nickname “Happy Face Killer” because of the smiley face he doodled onto letters he wrote. Those letters detailed his crimes, which he bragged about.

Moore has taken a different route than her father. Instead of hurting people, she has become an advocate for other children of killers. She has been in touch with more than 100 relatives of murderers and helps them share their stories. She is a crime correspondent and the host/executive producer of LMN’s show “Monster in My Family.”

As for her father, she doesn’t have kind words.

“I’m ashamed that he’s my dad,” Moore told a

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Serial killers target people from marginalized communities, experts say

Bruce McArthur, 66, a self-employed landscaper, was charged in the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. Investigators have said they believe there are more victims.

McArthur appeared to be connected on Facebook to Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam, one of three middle-aged men active in the Church and Wellesley area who went missing between 2010 and 2012. The others were Abdulbasir “Basir” Faizi, and Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan.

Police haven’t labelled McArthur a serial killer. But they didn’t discourage use of the term, saying it was up to the media to decide.

Lee said he could not comment on the McArthur case because there is no conviction yet.

However, he said that, generally speaking, serial killers target people from certain groups or communities.

“Sometimes there is evidence that they target a certain type of people and it becomes a very ritualistic thing, where they continuously look for that certain type of victim; once they find them,

Read more at: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/01/20/serial-killers-target-people-from-marginalized-communities-experts-say.html

Can You Use This Data Set to Find Serial Killers?

The story also inspired us to check out his data. Hargrove collected as much homicide data as was available online by downloading the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report data from 1976–2015. He then went the extra mile to obtain additional and (until then) generally unavailable data from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, and D.C. He used unknown offender sex as a proxy for unsolved case and grouped these cases by geographic area (county or metro area), weapon, and sex. Such cases are unfortunately not uncommon, especially if the victims are women. (There are also cases of multiple homicides of young men and unknown offenders, but data suggests that women are more likely to be targeted by serial killers.) Studying these individual groups, he found that he was able to find cases of suspected serial homicides, with young women as victims and unknown offenders, and this is what led to the discovery of the

Read more at: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/12/the_data_behind_the_serial_killer_detector_has_some_small_issues.html

The Cast Of Pitch Perfect May All Be Future Serial Killers

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Data Analytics Takes On Serial Killers (Aspiring Data Scientists: Try This At Home)

A montage of photos of alleged victims is projected on a screen in the courtroom during the during closing arguments in the serial murder trial of Lonnie Franklin Jr., seated at far left, in Los Angeles Superior Court.  (Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times, Pool, File)

The headlines almost scream of superhuman data analytics:

Yet the motivation and methods behind the Murder Accountability Project are profoundly human.

Thomas Hargrove wants to save lives.

He’s good with data. So, when he discovered the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report, a database of details about murders across the country, he saw an opportunity.

“My first thought was, I wonder if I could teach a computer to spot serial

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/metabrown/2017/12/09/data-analytics-takes-on-serial-killers-aspiring-data-scientists-try-this-at-home/

REVEALED: The shocking details of what happens to serial killers after they die

Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. She was stabbed 16 times by cult members.

In court, Manson said: “These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them; I didn’t teach them. I just tried to help them stand up.”

The murders he ordered saw a group of his young followers break into MsTate’s home and stab to death her, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish movie director Voityck Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate’s caretaker.

Ms Tate was eight and a half months pregnant and her husband, filmmaker Roman Polanski, was out of the country at the time.

The next night, a wealthy grocer and his wife, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were stabbed to death in their home.

The words “Pigs” and “Helter Skelter” were written on the wall in blood at the crime

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/887669/Serial-killlers-charles-manson-ted-bundy-ian-brady-john-wayne-gacy-jnr-jeffrey-damer

Dangerous Serial Killers Are Still at Large in These States

A man in a suit walks behind a security guard Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) is an FBI agent hunting serial killers on Netflix’s Mindhunter. | Netflix

Those murder mystery novels and Netflix crime documentaries are all fun and games until you realize the sadistic plots hit a little closer to home than you originally thought. Not only are those murderous plots ripped from the headlines, but many remain unsolved.


Some experts suggest that, when you start analyzing homicide data, there are actually up to 2,000 serial killers at large in the United States right now. And they’re notorious for a reason. Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, the Unabomber? Must we go on? Some elusive cases get solved years later, like the Maryvale serial shooter in Arizona who was apprehended in late 2017

Read more at: https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/dangerous-serial-killers-still-large-states.html/?a=viewall

The Algorithm That Catches Serial Killers

“I wonder if we could teach a computer to spot serial killers in data,” Thomas Hargrove thought as he parsed the FBI’s annual homicide reports. The retired news reporter would soon answer his own question. He created an algorithm that, in his words, “can identify serial killings—and does.”

In The Dewey Decimal System of Death, a new film from FreeThink, Hargrove explains how “the real world is following a rather simple mathematical formula, and it’s that way with murder.”

The numbers are startling. According to Hargrove, every year, there are at least 220,000 unsolved murders in the United States. Of those murders, an estimated 2,000 are the work of serial killers. Many of these cases are not ultimately reported to the Justice Department by municipal police departments; Hargrove has assiduously obtained the data himself. His Murder Accountability Project is now the largest archive of murders in America, with 27,00

Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/546893/serial-killer-algorithm/

Can A Computer Really Track Down Serial Killers Hiding Among Us?

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Talking serial killers with Anthony Bourdain

A screenshot from CNN’s “Parts Unknown” has Anthony Bourdain standing in front of Puget Sound.

I was sitting across from him over lunch at Taylor Shellfish Farms’ oyster bar in Pioneer Square. A small group of locals had been convened over fresh oysters to explain Seattle to the globetrotting chef-adventurer whose insatiable appetite includes his curiosity.

Anthony Bourdain wanted to know why the Northwest has been such a mecca for serial killers. The question took me a bit by surprise. The lunch had been set up as part of his incredibly popular CNN television series called Parts Unknown, in which Bourdain takes viewers around the world to learn how food, culture and place are inextricably linked. For a show about food, you’d expect the subject to be more Bundt cakes than Ted Bundy. But that’s not Bourdain.

The question about killers seemed a bit

Read more at: http://crosscut.com/2018/01/anthony-bourdain-seattle-parts-unknown-serial-killers-oysters-weed/