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June 7, 2013 |
Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker who terrorized Los Angeles County and was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders, died Friday morning, California corrections officials said. He was 53. Ramirez died of natural causes in Marin General Hospital, the department said in a statement. No other details were released. Sentenced to death, Ramirez, who was housed at San Quentin, was one of 735 offenders facing execution and one of 59 who died from natural causes since capital punishment in California was reinstated in 1978.
January 9, 2013
Los Angeles police officials said they plan to comb through scores of old unsolved murders to see whether a reputed 72-year-old serial killer carried out slayings in the city beyond the three women he is suspected of killing in the 1980s. Samuel Little, who authorities allege also killed women in Florida and Mississippi, currently is being held at California's Wasco state prison. He was charged Monday and is expected to return to Los Angeles for arraignment this week on the counts of murder with special circumstances.
December 4, 2012 |
Israel Keyes was a thorough and meticulous killer who selected his victims at random, and he financed his attacks with money made from bank robberies, officials said Tuesday. Authorities also asked for the public's help in their sprawling investigation into eight killings Keyes may have been responsible for. Keyes apparently committed suicide Sunday while in custody in Anchorage, Alaska. Keyes, 34, had initially been charged with the kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig, but the investigation quickly expanded far beyond the attack on Koenig.
December 5, 2012 |
Newly released details about suspected Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes' attacks showed two abduction-killings and notable similarities. Keyes -- a 34-year-old Anchorage construction worker who was found dead in an apparent jailhouse suicide Sunday -- scouted his locations and selected isolated targets to attack, authorities said. He kidnapped his victims and used zip ties to bind them. In the two cases, his victims tried to escape. Bill Currier, 49, and Lorraine Currier, 55, fled after he'd brought them to a barn after kidnapping them from their Essex, Vt., home, authorities disclosed this week.
February 6, 2013 |
Israel Keyes never told investigators about everybody he killed. And in the final bloodied, crumpled notes in his Anchorage jail cell when guards found him strangled with hands slit on Dec. 2, he didn't say much else either. Instead, Keyes -- who claimed to have killed at least eight people across the U.S. over a period of several years -- wrote angst-ridden, morbid poetry on the four pages released by the FBI on Wednesday. "Turn a blind eye back to the screen, soak in your reality shows.
December 3, 2012 |
The jail-cell suicide of suspected serial killer Israel Keyes, held in the killing of Alaska barista Samantha Koenig, has seemingly solved one other murder mystery, and has brought closure for one family -- even as it has left the grieving Koenig family feeling as though justice was yanked from their grasp. Midsummer in Vermont, searchers spent weeks digging through a landfill, looking for the bodies of Bill and Lorraine Currier, reported missing in June 2011. At their home in Essex, there were signs that they had been abducted -- a garage window broken, a handgun missing and the phone line to the home cut. A statement from the U.S. attorney for Vermont in July said a "person believed to have committed the murders is in custody in another state and will remain in custody.