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Suspected Tampa serial killer purchased gun 6 days before the 1st murder, police say

The 24-year-old man charged in the serial killings of four people in the same Tampa neighborhood allegedly bought the firearm used in the shootings just six days before the first murder occurred, police said.

Tampa police arrested Howell Donaldson III, a former college basketball player native to the area, late Tuesday night in connection with the murders, which occurred between Oct. 9 and Nov. 14 in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. When Donaldson went to pick up the gun on Oct. 7, two days before 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was shot and killed, he also took home a 20-round box of SIG brand Smith and Wesson ammunition Oct. 7, police said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discovered cartridge casings at all four crime scenes that matched the .40-caliber Glock firearm possessed by the suspect, according to police.

Police also

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The Hessle Road serial killer released from prison to murder again

It is a tale which can scarcely be believed.

A serial killer based in Hull who was released from prison after every one of his murders – but just went on to kill again.

The story sounds more like one you’d come across in a book, or in a Hollywood film.

But William Burkitt’s killings were very much based in reality – and haunted Hessle Road for decades.

Here, local historian Mike Covell talks to David Spereall through the life of William Burkitt – including his hitherto unknown background.

Early life and his first victim

William Burkitt, who went on to become one of the most feared names in Hull, was born to his mother, Mary Ann, and his father, William Sr, in Hessle Road in 1887.

After his father’s tragic death when William was still a teenager, the youngster devoted his life to the seas and worked on a number of Hull-based trawlers.

There were no

Read more at: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/hessle-road-serial-killer-released-830961

The Hessle Road serial killer released from prison to murder again …

It is a tale which can scarcely be believed.

A serial killer based in Hull who was released from prison after every one of his murders – but just went on to kill again.

The story sounds more like one you’d come across in a book, or in a Hollywood film.

But William Burkitt’s killings were very much based in reality – and haunted Hessle Road for decades.

Here, local historian Mike Covell talks to David Spereall through the life of William Burkitt – including his hitherto unknown background.

Early life and his first victim

William Burkitt, who went on to become one of the most feared names in Hull, was born to his mother, Mary Ann, and his father, William Sr, in Hessle Road in 1887.

After his father’s tragic death when William was still a teenager, the youngster devoted his life to the seas and worked on a number of Hull-based trawlers.

There were no

Read more at: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/hessle-road-serial-killer-released-830961

Charles Manson, cult leader and murder-rampage mastermind who terrified nation, dies at 83

Charles Manson, a fiery-eyed cult master whose lemming-like followers staged a bloody two-night murder rampage in Los Angeles in 1969 that gripped the city with fear and shocked the nation, died Nov. 19 at a hospital in Kern County, Calif. He was 83.

Spokeswoman Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed the death but did not provide a specific cause. Mr. Manson, who was serving a life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran, had had health problems in recent years and was hospitalized in January for gastrointestinal bleeding, according to news reports.

The sheer incomprehensibility of his followers’ acts — mutilation and ritual stabbings of seven victims, among them rising Hollywood star Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant and married to movie director Roman Polanski — left the public aghast and police investigators stumped for months.

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Alleged Zama serial killer receives first murder warrant

The suspect in the serial killings in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Monday was served the first of what is expected to be nine murder warrants in connection with the dismembered bodies found in his apartment last month.

Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, who was first arrested on Oct. 31 on suspicion of abandoning bodies, was served a warrant for the murder of Aiko Tamura, 23, from the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji, in his apartment around Oct. 23.

He is suspected of choking Tamura until she fell unconscious and hanging her from a height of over 2 meters. Part of her body, an ID card and what appeared to be her bag, were found in his apartment, according to investigative sources.

Shiraishi admitted to the charge.

“It is true that I did it alone. After talking about personal matters, I took the chance to kill her when she was off guard,” he was quoted by

Read more at: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/20/national/crime-legal/alleged-zama-serial-killer-receives-first-murder-warrant/

Serial Killer Who Drove ‘Murder Mobile,’ Buried Victims in ‘His Garden’ Gets Life in Prison

The Connecticut serial killer who drove a “murder mobile” and buried his victims in what he called “his garden” was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for his crimes, PEOPLE confirms.

New Britain, Connecticut, Superior Court Judge Joan K. Alexander handed down the six life terms — or 360 years in prison — for William Devin Howell, a court clerk tells PEOPLE.

Howell, a drifter who is believed to be the most prolific killer in Connecticut history, pleaded guilty in September to murdering six people in 2003, the Associated Press reports.

His victims, whom he killed over a six-month period, were identified as Melanie Ruth Camilini, Diane Cusack, Marilyn Mendez Gonzalez, Joyvaline Martinez, Mary Jane Menard, Danny Lee Whistnant.

At the time of his arrest, Howell was already serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the death of a seventh victim, Nilsa Arizmendi, who disappeared in July 2003 from a grocery store

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/conn-serial-killer-william-devin-howell-sentenced-life-prison/

Can bloody dioramas show how to investigate a murder? These forensic experts say yes.


Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole examines the crime scene “Three-Room Dwelling,” a diorama depicting an apparent triple homicide, as part of the Renwick Gallery’s “Murder Is Her Hobby” exhibit. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

The three forensic experts slowly, carefully examined the horrific crime scene. Three bloody bodies: A woman lying in bed, apparently shot to death; her husband face down on the floor next to the other side of the bed with a large crimson stain on the bed; and in an adjacent room, a baby in a crib, also apparently shot to death. If it were real, it would be too gruesome to look at for long, even for these three crime scene veterans.

In 1937, it was real. Somewhere in New England, the Judson family was found dead in their quaint home, three bottles of milk sitting outside the

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A New Murder Is Fresh Evidence of a Serial Killer Prowling Tampa

Ronald Felton wasn’t a member of the New Seasons Apostolic Church, but pastor Samuel Washington could always count on the 60-year-old Florida construction worker to lend a hand. For more than ten years, Felton woke up before dawn every Tuesday and every Friday to help prepare a food pantry at the church in the Southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.

“We normally open at 5 AM to set up and sort the food,” the pastor told me. “Ronald would go pick up donated food from different locations and help unload trucks.”

But Felton never made it on Tuesday. According to Tampa Police, he was crossing an intersection around 4:51 AM at North Nebraska Avenue and East McBerry Street, about two blocks from New Seasons, when he was approached from behind and shot to death. Witnesses described the shooter as a black man roughly six feet tall, wearing all

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A New Murder Is Fresh Evidence of a Serial Killer Prowling Tampa …

Ronald Felton wasn’t a member of the New Seasons Apostolic Church, but pastor Samuel Washington could always count on the 60-year-old Florida construction worker to lend a hand. For more than ten years, Felton woke up before dawn every Tuesday and every Friday to help prepare a food pantry at the church in the Southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.

“We normally open at 5 AM to set up and sort the food,” the pastor told me. “Ronald would go pick up donated food from different locations and help unload trucks.”

But Felton never made it on Tuesday. According to Tampa Police, he was crossing an intersection around 4:51 AM at North Nebraska Avenue and East McBerry Street, about two blocks from New Seasons, when he was approached from behind and shot to death. Witnesses described the shooter as a black man roughly six feet tall, wearing all

Read more at: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wjgkvy/a-new-murder-is-fresh-evidence-of-a-serial-killer-prowling-tampa

Potential Fourth Murder Victim of Tampa Serial Killer Found

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida man walking to church to feed the homeless is believed to have become the fourth victim of a serial killer shooting people at random in Tampa.

Ronald Felton, 60, was fatally shot just blocks from a memorial honoring three people who were killed within days of one another last month in the neighborhood of Seminole Heights in Tampa.

A spokesman for the Tampa Police Department, Officer Steve Hegarty, said it is not known if the shooting is connected to the three murders in October, but said it will be treated as such until authorities can rule it out.