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#Serial Killer

# serial-killer - Thursday 22 March, 2012

Police set off explosions as Toulouse siege enters second day

Mohamed Merah is intent on dying “with weapons in his hands”, a minister says – but has he killed himself already?

# serial-killer - Wednesday 21 March, 2012

French suspect wants to surrender under cover of darkness

Street lights in the Toulouse district have all been turned off.

# serial-killer - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

France: Major manhunt under way after fatal shootings

France has raised its terror alert to red following the attacks; meanwhile, one minute’s silence will be observed to honour the victims today.

# serial-killer - Sunday 12 February, 2012

Serial killer leads authorities to human remains - after agreeing $33k deal US

Serial killer leads authorities to human remains - after agreeing $33k deal

One of America’s ‘Speed Freak Killers’ has tipped off police to the ranch site where human remains were discovered.

# serial-killer - Sunday 8 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads Sitdown Sunday

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# serial-killer - Thursday 22 December, 2011

Two of US serial killer's 'victims' turn up alive after 30 years

John Wayne Gacy, executed in 1994 after his conviction for murdering 33 young men, was America’s worst serial killer.

# serial-killer - Thursday 8 December, 2011

Serial child killer Robert Black jailed over murder of Antrim girl Jennifer Cardy Child Killer This post contains videos

Serial child killer Robert Black jailed over murder of Antrim girl Jennifer Cardy

Black is already serving life in prison for the murders of three other young girls in the 1980s.

# serial-killer - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Long Island police believe one serial killer responsible for 10 deaths

The bodies were discovered after police began searching for a missing prostitute last seen along a stretch of beach in Long Island, New York last year.

# serial-killer - Wednesday 13 April, 2011

Latest Long Island bodies may be victims of separate killer

The latest human remains found on a Long Island beach predate the others, and may be the work of a separate serial killer.

# serial-killer - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

More bones found at New York beach as fears of serial killer grow

The remains of ten people now appear to have been discovered by police searching for a missing 24-year-old woman in Long Island.

# serial-killer - Tuesday 5 April, 2011

Eight bodies found on New York beach raising fears of a Craigslist serial killer

Three more bodies discovered yesterday close to where the corpses of four prostitutes were dumped last year.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Investigation underway after some gardaí allegedly joked about ‘raping’ and ‘deporting’ Corrib protesters; fears of a serial killer on the loose in New York and why Ireland’s not the only country worried about banking stress tests.

# serial-killer - Friday 17 December, 2010

Slideshow: LAPD show pics of 160 feared victims of Grim Sleeper serial killer Grim Sleeper This post contains images

Slideshow: LAPD show pics of 160 feared victims of Grim Sleeper serial killer

Man held on ten murder charges is prime suspect in scores more of missing women cases.

# serial-killer - Thursday 5 August, 2010

THE LONG AND often gruesome legal battle that has gripped Canada for over three years came to a quiet end in a British Columbia courtroom yesterday, as the Crown ruled that 20 of the 26 charges against convicted killer Robert Pickton should be dropped.

Pickton is already serving a life sentence for the murders of six women, whose bodies he butchered, froze and fed to his pigs. His appeal against the verdict of the 2007 trial was rejected last week by the Canadian Supreme Court.

But yesterday, the court ruled that he will never face trial on the murders of twenty more, many of them prostitutes and drug abusers.

“I can’t imagine that’s ever happened in the history of Canada, where 20 first-degree murder charges were stayed [dropped] on one day,” lawyer Rob Anderson told reporters gathered outside the courtroom.

The court arrived at the decision because of the difficulties of finding reliable witnesses, and the fact that Pickton – now 60 – is already serving a full life sentence of 25 years, with no chance of parole.

Now that the case is officially over, the judge was able to order the release of a wealth of material that had been under a judicial embargo.

The new evidence reveals how one woman escaped becoming Pickton’s next victim in 1997 after he had handcuffed her and stabbed her in the stomach, by managing to stab him him in the jugular. She ran away, naked and bleeding profusely.

Later, she was treated at the same hospital as him, where staff were able to unlock her wrist after finding the key for the handcuffs in Pickton’s pocket. But the case never made it to trail because prosecutors believed the woman was ‘too unstable’ to testify.

The new evidence also uncovers significant police failures, including the fact that the clothes and rubber boots Pickton had been wearing that evening were seized by police and left in an RCMP storage locker for more than seven years. It wasn’t until 2004 that lab testing show that the DNA of two missing women were on these items.

Reports from the 2007 trial reveal how Robert and his brother David threw wild parties regularly, using a converted building near their pig farm that they dubbed ‘The Piggy Palace’. The venue was also used to host events in the name of a registered charity, ‘The Piggy Palace Good Times Society’.

The parties were attended by friends, and prostitutes from downtown’s Eastside, which was a haven for drug addicts and sex workers – and it’s believed many of the partygoers ended up his victims.

Pickton’s younger brother was also under investigation as a prime suspect in the murders, but no evidence ever emerged to link him to any of the crimes and he wasn’t charged.  He still lives close to the farm.

Robert Pickton’s 2007 trial heard how he confessed to forty-nine murders to an undercover police officer posing as a cellmate. The Crown reported that Pickton told the officer that he wanted to kill another woman to make it an even 50, but he was caught because he was “sloppy”.

# serial-killer - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

POLICE IN THE PHILIPPINES have arrested a suspected serial killer after identifying him through his Facebook account, the BBC reports.

Mark Dizon is suspected of murdering nine people, including an American, a Briton and a Canadian, this month. He was arrested in San Fernando, in the north of the country, but has not yet been charged.

A gunman was seeing fleeing the scene of 70-year-old American Albert Mitchell’s murder. Mitchell was killed along with his wife and three staff members inside the couple’s home last week. A description of the gunman was given to the police.

A family friend of the Mitchells recognised Dizon as a Facebook friend of the murdered couple’s daughter after hearing the police description.

Police said Dizon closed his Facebook account after sensing police were on his trail. The suspect allegedly befriended the victims and gained access to their homes on the pretence of fixing their computers.

Meanwhile, the family of one of the victims of the alleged serial killer has launched a Facebook campaign to raise the money to pay for his body to be returned to the UK. James Bolton, 51, from Lincoln in England was killed on 16 July. His family are trying to raise £10,000 to repatriate his body for burial.