November 20, 2013 |
Joseph Paul Franklin, a racist who targeted African Americans, Jews and tried to assassinate Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, was executed Wednesday morning in Missouri, officials said. The execution came after Flynt, who has used a wheelchair since the 1978 attack, unsuccessfully pleaded for mercy for his assailant. It also came after a string of failed last-moment legal appeals delayed the execution by several hours. Technically, Franklin, who was executed at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Mo., went to his death for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper attack on a St. Louis synagogue in 1977.
September 23, 2013 |
If Jennifer Carpenter doesn't get an Emmy nomination next year for the final season of "Dexter," which came to a close on Showtime just as the prime-time Emmys were airing on CBS, there really is no reason to have these awards. For years, "Dexter" has been treated as something of a one-man show, and certainly Michael C. Hall's portrayal of the world's first Serial Killer for Justice deserved the attention, and nominations, it received. Based on the Jeff Lindsay novel series, the show premiered in 2006 and no one knew quite what they were seeing.
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September 17, 2013 |
A Northern California jury on Tuesday recommended the death penalty for a man convicted in the slayings of four women. A Marin County judge will decide soon whether Joseph Naso, 79, should go the death row, according to the Associated Press. PHOTOS: California serial killers The jury's action comes two years after Naso was charged in the deaths of four women from 1977 to 1994 in Northern California. The victims were Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons, Roxene Roggasch and Tracy Tafoya.
July 21, 2013 |
Officials scoured a Cleveland suburb for bodies Sunday after the discovery of three women's decomposing remains, sparking fears of more victims. Law enforcement officials feared that a Cleveland man who was arrested Friday after a standoff with police may have been influenced by a local serial killer who in 2011 was convicted of murdering 11 women, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton told Associated Press. The man's arrest resulted from the standoff. He has not been charged in connection with the recent slayings.
June 20, 2013 |
"The Fall" (Netflix). After several years of playing peekaboo with her audience, Gillian Anderson, who first won your heart and mind as Agent Dana Scully on "The X-Files," is back with a vengeance (in a nice way). This year saw her return to American television (the homegrown sort) in a recurring role on NBC's "Hannibal"; next year will find her as a regular in the same network's midseason political thriller "Crisis. " At present she may be found starring in this five-episode BBC series (miniseries?
June 13, 2013 |
Kevin Bacon's character on the crime drama "The Following," former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, doesn't have it easy. Season 1 found him matching wits with an old nemesis - the serial killer who left him with a nasty scar and a pacemaker - while grappling with alcoholism and personal demons. And Bacon wouldn't have it any other way. At a recent Emmy Envelope Round Table featuring five of TV's top dramatic actors, Bacon said of his character, "I knew that I wanted to be heroic on some level.
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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.
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June 7, 2013 |
One of the deputy district attorneys who prosecuted "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez described the serial killer's death Friday as an "abrupt end to a tragic period in the history of Los Angeles County. " "This person hurt many people and our thoughts should be with the next of kin and survivors of these senseless attacks," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Yochelson, who prosecuted the case with the late Phil Halpin. A Los Angeles jury convicted Ramirez in 1989 of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.
May 24, 2013 |
When Showtime debuted "Dexter" way back in 2006, people couldn't quite grasp what they were seeing. A serial killer? As a sympathetic leading man? Were those the flames of Sodom burning distantly behind us? "Silence of the Lambs" had whet our appetite for charm-boy sociopaths - who did not rejoice when Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter escaped and began stalking his former jailer? (A man, it must be noted, who did nothing worse than irritate a convicted cannibalistic serial murderer with bad TV.)
May 23, 2013 |
A morose young woman, a soft-spoken blood-drinker and plenty of rainy skies - no, it's not "Twilight," but a languid, micro-budgeted serial killer drama called "Vampire," the first English-language film from Japanese writer-director Shunji Iwai ("All About Lily Chou-Chou"). Mild-mannered science teacher Simon (Kevin Zegers) trolls suicide websites for girls - played by Keisha Castle-Hughes, Adelaide Clemens and Kristin Kreuk - who are willing to let him end their lives. Afterward, he partakes of their blood, a penchant that earns him the sobriquet the Vampire from local authorities.