Looking into the minds of serial killers is a tricky task, a couple questions to start with are questions such as what is a Serial killer? According to the FBI’s version of the definition, a serial killer is conventionally defined as a person who murders three or more people in a period of over a month, with “cooling down” time between murders. “For a serial killer, the murders must be separate events, which are most often driven by a psychological thrill or pleasure. Serial killers often lack empathy and guilt, and most often become egocentric individuals; these characteristics classify certain serial killers as psychopaths.” (crime museum editors, 2017).
He signed his letters with his symbol, which was a circle with a plus sign over it. Although several suspects have been identified, the cases involving the zodiac killer have never been solved. The Zodiac killer claims to have murdered more than 37 victims, but only seven have been identified two of who survived the attacks. Five murders have been directly linked to the zodiac killer.
Jack the Ripper has left a mystery since his first horrific murder; the information that has been gathered helps narrow him down to specific suspects. In the time between August and November of 1888, in Whitechapel, five prostitutes were mutilated by a knife (“The Hunt”). The women who were known to be killed by him are Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Polly Nichols, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly
Smith claims to have watched a man named Al Morrison kill Beth,and deeply described the murder. After the LAPD found no trace of Al Morrison they quickly figured it was Smith that commited the crime (Fuller 9). A month before Arnold came to the police station, the Los Angeles medical examiner office received a call of someone claiming to be the killer and that they had proof. Anxiously waiting officers received a package days later with some of Shorts stuff, from social security cards to an address book, but one page had been ripped out ("Criminal Investigators") The killer agreed to turn himself in but when officer went to the meeting spot he/she never showed. A couple weeks later is when Arnold Smith made an appearance.
¨She came up with circumstantial links from her father to a string of unsolved murders across the United States, from the family home in Massachusetts to California¨ (Katz 191). Amazingly, Knowlton’s family members were able to support her claims that George Knowlton was indeed a vicious man, and that he had boasted about having carried out numerous murders and not being caught (Katz 191). Unfortunately for officers, George Knowlton died in a car crash in 1962 near the area of Claremore, Oklahoma (Katz 191). In 1995, Janice published her book, Daddy Was the Black Dahlia Killer, and later committed suicide at age 67 in year 2004 (Katz 191). Through compelling evidence, Janice and her family declares George Knowlton as the Black Dahlia killer.
Jack the Ripper has left a mystery since his first horrific murder; the information that has been gathered helps narrow him down to specific suspects. In the time between August and November of 1888, in Whitechapel, 5 prostitutes were mutilated by a knife (“The Hunt”). The women who were known to be killed by him are Annie
This was the start of a series of murders that would remain unsolved until today. This killer would confuse the minds of the local authorities and would claim the lives of 11 women. He would be one of the most infamous killers of all
This essay will examine the case study of the convicted serial killer Gary Ridgway, who was eventually caught and convicted for the murders 48 women. Ridgway, went on a killing spree of women without getting caught for over two decades, he went on to become the Green River Killer (Reichert, 2004). The essay will explore and evaluate the characteristics including the attribution of Garry Ridgway’s horrific crimes. In the 1980s and 1990s Ridgway targeted prostitutes, runaway girls, hitchhikers and vulnerable women in the locality of where he lived in Washington State, USA (Reichert, 2004). It baffled the authorities as to how he was able to commit these crimes whilst working and living in the locality of his crimes however, he was not suspected
The reason my husband asked me about it was, years later after I had begun to date and finally married, I saw a news story about two robbers arrested not far from where we live. The report mentioned it was two men, dressed in black, who had robbed a home and tried to kill one of the owners. The reporter said the third man, who had worn a skull mask over his face, had never been caught. I had started panicking at this, and eventually told my husband all about what had happened. He knew my brother had died, and that it had been during an attempted robbery, but not much else.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, San Francisco and parts of the Bay Area faced one of the most mass unknown murders that is still unsolved until this day. The murder, who exemplified himself as the “Zodiac,” kept in contact with the police and area newspapers using notes, confirming that he has murdered yet another citizen. Although the police were never able to identify the zodiac, they were able to gather information about him through letters he was sending to the police and newspapers. The zodiac killed up to about 40 people, but the police is estimating about 50, therefore the amount of killings still remains unknown. The zodiac was very creative at his killings, so everytime the police thought they had gained knowledge on his strategies, Zodiac would change his ways and leave the police speechless.
On April 23rd 2006, 12 year old Jasmine Richardson had taken the lives of her parents and her 8 year old brother. She was not alone during the committing of these crimes. Her 23-year old forbidden boyfriend Jeremy Steinke was not only an accent to this murder but a culprit. Marc and Debra Richardson had lost their lives after making a rule that Jasmine and Jeremy were forbidden from seeing each other. Authorities were under the assumption that Jasmine was missing or had been abducted after finding the Richardson’s bodies but on the contrary Jasmine was the suspect for her family’s murders.
In the book “The Case Never Dies”, Gardner states that “there was insufficient evidence to convict him [Bruno]” (Gardner 1) of first degree murder. There were many witnessed that claimed Bruno gave them “ransomed bills” (Schwartz 3) at many businesses. The jury did not believe him when he took the stand and denied any involvement in the kidnapping. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was “put to death in the electric chair” (Crime Museum 2) on April 3, 1936.
On February 26th, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was senselessly shot and killed on his way home from the local 7/11. Despite the massive media coverage this tragedy attracted, more than two years later similar events continued to happen, and unfortunately, it appears as if nothing has changed. Recently, young Michael Brown was shot (over six times) by a white police officer—who was eventually acquitted from his horrifying murder— nevertheless, his dead body would then lay on the street, uncovered, for hours to come. The graphic remains of his corpse were there to be viewed by his entire community (including his grief-stricken family). Brown 's death would soon act as a catalyst for a movement more powerful than any other.
A friend of mine, Twyla Johnson, of Des Moines, Iowa needs your help. Twyla 's sister was murdered in 1975. No one has ever been held accountable for this murder. The detective on the case in 1975, now retired, has told Twyla the names of the persons believed to be guilty. He went to the prosecutor 2 times, but it was said there wasn 't enough evidence to convict.