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March 22, 2013 |
Opening a new frontier for solving cold cases, California prosecutors are hunting for DNA from killers, rapists and other prison inmates who died before authorities obtained their genetic profiles. Prosecutors from Sacramento, Los Angeles and Orange counties are sifting through old court exhibits and examining long-since forgotten crime-scene evidence in search of blood, saliva and other material that can be tested for DNA. Once obtained, the DNA is compared with the genetic profiles from unsolved cases that have DNA from unidentified perpetrators.
March 5, 2013 |
Plans for the future of Showtime's long-running serial killer drama "Dexter" have been vague as the series heads into its eighth season. But in a discussion with Wall Street analysts, CBS Corp. Chief Executive Les Moonves may have revealed when the series will end. According to the Hollywood Reporter, an analyst's question Monday about coming programming on the CBS-owned pay channel prompted the exec to say, "We have 'Ray Donovan' ...
February 21, 2013 |
Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie. A hybrid of documentary and fiction, the film is directed by Milwaukee-based Chris James Thompson in his feature debut. Rather than indulging in exploitation kicks, the film engages more with Dahmer's impact on the community. The fictional footage features Andrew Swant as the notorious Dahmer, who murdered and dismembered 17 people; he seems to be a bland, weird-but-harmless blank slate.
February 14, 2013 |
Jail couldn't keep Israel Keyes out of trouble, not even with himself. The prolific serial killer had already been caught and jailed by authorities months ago for his final butchery -- the kidnapping and slaying of 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig, one of the eight people he'd alluded to killing over years of attacks across the country. But a new report released this week by the Alaska Department of Corrections detailed the extent to which the 34-year-old construction worker continued to cause trouble with his captors even as he cooperated with investigators working to discover whom he'd killed.
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.
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February 5, 2013 |
A man accused of being the notorious "Skid Row Stabber," linked to a series of killings in Los Angeles during the 1970s, has been indicted on murder charges involving the slayings of three men, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. Bobby Joe Maxwell, who has spent more than 30 years behind bars, was convicted of two murders in a 1984 trial involving 10 slayings. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the two convictions in 2010, finding that a jailhouse informant who was a key prosecution witness was a habitual liar with "a long and public history of dishonesty.
January 22, 2013 |
Woe to Edgar Allan Poe. In life, the writer was ill-served by fortune: orphaned as a toddler, an indebted college dropout, Poe moved often, usually to dodge creditors. His beloved wife (and, um, first cousin) died in the Bronx at age 24; two years later Poe himself was dead. The circumstances of his death remain mysterious -- the 40-year-old left Richmond, Va., en route to Philadelphia and turned up five days later at a pub in Baltimore, where he was delirious, wearing someone else's clothes and was at the end of a deathly bender or something else that drove him into the arms of the grim reaper.
January 22, 2013 |
Kevin Bacon has given Fox some of its best ratings news in months. Bacon's gory new serial-killer drama "The Following" slashed its way to 10.4 million total viewers in its Monday premiere, according to Nielsen. That placed "The Following" solidly among TV's highest-rated new dramas this season. NBC's post-apocalyptic "Revolution" (11.6 million for the premiere) and CBS' Sherlock Holmes update "Elementary" (13.4 million) drew somewhat larger total audiences, but Bacon's show actually tied "Elementary" among young adults.
January 21, 2013 |
In Fox's bloody new drama "The Following," Kevin Bacon plays one of the more oft-used characters in thriller fiction. Alcoholic and emotionally detached, his character is former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, who has never quite recovered from his dance with the devil. Once upon a time, Hardy was the lead agent on a string of grisly murders at the fictional Winslow College. When he first encountered Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), he too fell under the charismatic English professor's spell, using him as a source to help unravel the literary clues left at the crime scenes.
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January 20, 2013 |
For more than 35 years, former Marin County Sheriff's Det. Richard Keaton kept her photo at his desk. A pretty blond girl at an Oakland A's game smiles at the camera lens through a halo of feathered hair, hand perched on her hip. It's one of the last photos taken of 19-year-old Pamela Lambson alive. That day, authorities believe, she met a charming photographer who offered to help her launch a singing career. Rodney James Alcala, a former contestant on "The Dating Game" and now a convicted serial killer, is believed to have traveled the country for nearly a decade in the 1970s, raping and killing women he first flattered with his camera.