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September 17, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
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 | By Matt Pearce
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 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"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 | By Oliver Gettell
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.
June 7, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
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.
June 7, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
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.
May 24, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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 | By Robert Abele
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.
April 19, 2013 | By Meg James
ABC killed two of its long-running soap operas - "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" - more than a year ago. Now, in true soap opera fashion, the network stands accused of trying to snuff out the very same shows - again. On Thursday, production company Prospect Park Networks filed a $25-million breach of contract lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co-owned broadcast network. The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleged that ABC backstabbed the production firm by carrying out a devious plot to destroy Prospect's efforts to bring the beloved daytime dramas back to life as online productions.
March 30, 2013 | By Dennis Lim
With his 1947 provocation "Monsieur Verdoux," Charlie Chaplin completed a remarkable transformation from the universally beloved Little Tramp to a vilified monster both on-screen and off. In the most polarizing film of his career, just issued on DVD by the Criterion Collection, Chaplin plays the title character, a bank clerk who loses his job and finds a new business in murder - "liquidating members of the opposite sex," as he puts it. ...
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