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Official: Serial killer suspect’s call to cops led to arrest

A suspected serial killer was arrested in Louisiana last week after he called a sheriff’s office and claimed responsibility for a string of shootings that killed three men and wounded a fourth, according to a law enforcement official.

Ryan Sharpe, 36, wasn’t a suspect in the shootings until he called the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office last Wednesday and identified himself as the killer, said the official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

After the call ended, the sheriff’s office called Sharpe again but he didn’t answer, according to the official. However, Sharpe later called them back and once again identified himself as the shooter they were seeking, the official said.

The calls immediately led investigators to Sharpe’s home in Clinton, where officers saw him drive away in a white four-door Nissan Altima. They tried to pull him over but he led

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/17/apnewsbreak-official-call-led-to-arrest-serial-killer.html

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/

Mindhunter Review: An Appealingly Repulsing Serial Killer Study

CBS’s long-running procedural Criminal Minds chronicles the grim exploits of the F.B.I.’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, giving us a gruesome murder a week (well, it’s usually a murder—and sometimes it’s not just one) as highly skilled agents craft a psychological profile of the unknown subject—an “unsub”—to crack the case. The show, being a CBS procedural, is often witless and goofy, unrelentingly dark as it is. (The writing team has to come up with more and more elaborate ways for a person to die with each new episode—a pile of bodies now stacked up 13 seasons high.) A lot of its whizzing technical talk—the credulous way these profilers rely on what seem like a lot of broad inferences and guesswork—gives Criminal Minds a strong whiff of make-believe. Wouldn’t it be nice if these techniques were applicable in real-world crime-solving?

Actually, they kind of are. Clunky as Criminal Minds may be, it is based,

Read more at: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/10/mindhunter-netflix-review

Houston serial killer faces execution this week | The Texas Tribune

Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer” is on his way to the Texas death chamber.

Anthony Shore, the confessed serial rapist and strangler whose murders in the 1980s and 1990s went unsolved for more than a decade, is scheduled for execution Wednesday evening. The courts have shot down his latest appeals that argued a traumatic brain injury decreases his culpability, and a plea for relief to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles was denied Monday afternoon.

Shore, 55, has been on death row since 2004, when he was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1992 rape and murder of 21-year-old Maria Del Carmen Estrada. The killing was one of four similar murders of young women and girls and one aggravated sexual assault where the girl was able to escape.

The murders took place between 1986 and 1995, according to court documents. All became cold cases in the years after the bodies of Estrada,

Read more at: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/10/17/houston-serial-killer-faces-execution-week/

Houston serial killer faces execution this week

Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer” is on his way to the Texas death chamber.

Anthony Shore, the confessed serial rapist and strangler whose murders in the 1980s and 1990s went unsolved for more than a decade, is scheduled for execution Wednesday evening. The courts have shot down his latest appeals that argued a traumatic brain injury decreases his culpability, and a plea for relief to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles was denied Monday afternoon.

Shore, 55, has been on death row since 2004, when he was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1992 rape and murder of 21-year-old Maria Del Carmen Estrada. The killing was one of four similar murders of young women and girls and one aggravated sexual assault where the girl was able to escape.

The murders took place between 1986 and 1995, according to court documents. All became cold cases in the years after the bodies of Estrada,

Read more at: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/10/17/houston-serial-killer-faces-execution-week/

New information on alleged East Feliciana serial killer’s possible motive postpones grand jury until November

The grand jury set for Tuesday in East Feliciana Parish for alleged serial killer Ryan Sharpe has been continued until November after investigators received new information Monday they believe could give insight into the 36-year-old’s motive, said 20th Judicial District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla. 

D’Aquilla, whose district covers East and West Feliciana parishes, had hoped to indict Sharpe on Tuesday in the slayings of two Clinton-area men and the non-fatal shooting of a third man, all of which happened since July. The district attorney said he believes he had enough evidence to indict Sharpe on first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the three shootings, but said the delay will give investigators more time to strengthen the case against Sharpe.

D’Aquilla declined to indicate details about the new information other than to say it involves Sharpe’s motive. 

Greg Phares, chief criminal deputy for the East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office, also declined to comment on the

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New information on possible motive of alleged East Feliciana serial killer postpones grand jury until November

The grand jury set for Tuesday in East Feliciana Parish for alleged serial killer Ryan Sharpe has been continued until November after investigators received new information Monday they believe could give insight into the 36-year-old’s motive, said 20th Judicial District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla. 

D’Aquilla, whose district covers East and West Feliciana parishes, had hoped to indict Sharpe on Tuesday in the slayings of two Clinton-area men and the non-fatal shooting of a third man, all of which happened since July. The district attorney said he believes he had enough evidence to indict Sharpe on first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the three shootings, but said the delay will give investigators more time to strengthen the case against Sharpe.

D’Aquilla declined to indicate details about the new information other than to say it involves Sharpe’s motive. 

Greg Phares, chief criminal deputy for the East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office, also declined to comment on the

Read more at: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_e5a2fdc2-b2c5-11e7-b3ad-4b040bcd0ba9.html

S.C. man who serial killer Todd Kohlhepp said sold him guns …

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A man who serial killer Todd Kohlhepp told authorities helped him get guns because Kohlhepp was a convicted felon has been indicted on federal weapons charges. 

Dustan Lawson signed paperwork saying the 12 guns and five silencers were for himself when he bought them from 2012 to 2016, but instead gave them to a man only identified as “T.K.,” according to allegations in a 36-count federal indictment filed last week.

Prosecutors and investigators have refused to say who “T.K.” is. But the convicted killer of seven likely made it easier on investigators, saying in a taped interview shortly after his arrest last November that “you may want to seriously talk to Dustan Lawson and give him a heads up.” 

WATCH: “48 Hours:” Buried Truth: Confessions of a suspected serial killer

“Those suppressors were bought legally for about three minutes,” Kohlhepp said, laughing on the video released

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/s-c-man-who-serial-killer-todd-kohlhepp-said-sold-him-guns-indicted/

SC man who serial killer Todd Kohlhepp said sold him guns indicted

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A man who serial killer Todd Kohlhepp told authorities helped him get guns because Kohlhepp was a convicted felon has been indicted on federal weapons charges. 

Dustan Lawson signed paperwork saying the 12 guns and five silencers were for himself when he bought them from 2012 to 2016, but instead gave them to a man only identified as “T.K.,” according to allegations in a 36-count federal indictment filed last week.

Prosecutors and investigators have refused to say who “T.K.” is. But the convicted killer of seven likely made it easier on investigators, saying in a taped interview shortly after his arrest last November that “you may want to seriously talk to Dustan Lawson and give him a heads up.” 

WATCH: “48 Hours:” Buried Truth: Confessions of a suspected serial killer

“Those suppressors were bought legally for about three minutes,” Kohlhepp said, laughing on the video released

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/s-c-man-who-serial-killer-todd-kohlhepp-said-sold-him-guns-indicted/

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