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August 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The prosecution rested its case in the first of several trials planned for Derrick Todd Lee, 35, who Port Allen police said was linked by DNA evidence to the deaths of seven women. Prosecutors focused on a boot they said was the same type and size as one that left a bloody shoeprint at the scene of a woman's killing. Lee's son, Derrick Jr., 15, identified the boot as belonging to his father.
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April 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Tethered to GPS devices and required to check in monthly with police, two convicted sex offenders so easily sidestepped efforts to monitor them that one was deemed safe enough to be formally released from state parole in the midst of what prosecutors now say was a months-long string of murders. Steven Dean Gordon, one of two transients accused of raping and murdering four women, was discharged from his state parole last November, a month after two of the women vanished from the streets of Santa Ana and just days before a third victim, a 28-year-old mother, was allegedly killed.
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NEWS
January 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
A man paroled in 1987 in the killing of an 8-year-old girl was arraigned today on charges of murdering eight women in the Rochester area since March, 1988. Arthur J. Shawcross, 44, a food service worker, pleaded innocent to eight murder counts before Rochester City Judge John Manning Regan and was sent to the Monroe County Jail without bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The young woman suspected of killing a man she met on Craigslist in Pennsylvania, and who has claimed to have killed more than 20 others, including a victim in L.A., has been met with more skepticism than belief as authorities work to verify her story. Miranda Barbour'sĀ father says she is a manipulative liar. Her mother says she just wants to be left alone . And claiming she carried out the killings as part of a satanic cult, a high priest of the Church of Satan issued a statement, saying, "I find it difficult to believe that a 'killer cult' of any sort could be in operation before being noticed and their murderous members captured and prosecuted.
NEWS
August 20, 1991 | From Associated Press
A drifter who says he has killed more than 60 people pleaded guilty Monday to federal kidnaping charges in the rape and strangulation of a 10-year-old girl. He joked about capital punishment. Donald Leroy Evans, 34, led police on Aug. 11 to the body of Beatrice Louise Routh, who had disappeared from a Gulfport, Miss., playground 10 days earlier. Mississippi and Louisiana authorities have charged him with murdering the girl, and he could be sentenced to execution if convicted in either state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Displaying gruesome photographs of strangled women with bloated faces, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that he would prove Chester Dewayne Turner was one of Los Angeles' most prolific serial killers. "These are the victims of a killer," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Grace, gesturing at the photos. "Today we can say the name of that killer: Chester Turner."
NEWS
August 15, 1991 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators across the nation Wednesday began combing unsolved murder cases seeking to determine whether a confessed murderer from Texas is telling the truth about killing more than 60 people while roaming the country during a 10-year period. Donald Leroy Evans, 34, of Galveston, Tex., made the claims after he confessed to recently kidnaping a 10-year-old girl from a Gulfport, Miss., beach and then murdering her, authorities said.
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November 14, 1995 | HENRY CHU and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Alleged serial killer Glen Edward Rogers was captured about 120 miles from his hometown Monday after leading police on a high-speed chase in a car that belonged to a Florida woman believed to be the third victim in a vicious, cross-country killing spree that began in Van Nuys seven weeks ago. Rogers--the subject of a nationwide manhunt--was spotted mid-afternoon on a two-lane road just east of here by a state police detective who carried a photo of the fugitive in his car.
NEWS
November 11, 1995 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Douglas has never met Glen Rogers, but he knows the type: Rogers is no serial killer, but his actions suggest the mind of a "spree killer"--an angry man ignoring the moral line between right and wrong. Although each such killer is different in some ways, Douglas said, they also share characteristics and habits. Male. White. A drifter. Seldom kills outside his own race. Kills without motive. Smart, but a low achiever.
NEWS
November 14, 1995 | HENRY CHU and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Alleged serial killer Glen Edward Rogers was captured about 120 miles from his hometown Monday after leading police on a high-speed chase in a car that belonged to a Florida woman believed to be the third victim in a cross-country killing rampage that began in Van Nuys seven weeks ago. Rogers--the subject of a nationwide manhunt--was seen on Kentucky 52, just east of Richmond, about 2:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | David Colker
In 1989, attorney Ray Clark got a telephone call that would make him, for a while, one of the most famous lawyers in Los Angeles. The call to his small firm was from the presiding judge in the trial of Richard Ramirez, accused of being the brutal serial killer known as the Night Stalker. The defense team that Ramirez's family had hired was falling apart, and the judge wanted Clark to take over as lead defense counsel. Clark agreed, and soon became a fixture in printed and broadcast news accounts, protesting his client's innocence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
The 20-second video clip shown to an Orange County jury Tuesday was a brief moment out of time. In it, serial murder suspect Rodney James Alcala, bachelor No. 1 in a 1978 episode of "The Dating Game," and the young woman who chose him blow kisses to the audience and dance in place. His hair is shoulder-length, straightened and feathered. His brown suit has wide lapels and his white shirt has the top buttons undone. "You have to watch really closely when it plays because it's just a flash," Alcala told the jury just before the video was projected on a large screen.
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April 29, 2009 | Tim Rutten
Arthur Conan Doyle famously tired of Sherlock Holmes and repeatedly tried to end the series of stories featuring the detective he dismissively called "my most notorious character." On each occasion, though, an intense popular clamor -- and the opportunity it afforded to shore up the author's shaky finances -- coaxed Conan Doyle into an additional sequence of stories. Holmes' adventures total four novels and 56 short stories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Investigators on the trail of a notorious serial killer say they are close to locating the remains of yet another child victim, who disappeared four decades ago. Authorities plan to excavate a site in Ventura County in hopes of finding the remains of Roger Dale Madison, a 16-year-old boy whom Mack Ray Edwards confessed to stabbing. In 1970, Edwards, a 51-year-old heavy-equipment operator, told Los Angeles police that he had killed six boys and girls over a 15-year period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2008 | Jack Leonard and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County prosecutors filed murder charges Friday against a 51-year-old prison inmate, alleging that he raped and killed four area women between 1986 and 1993. The charges mark the latest effort by police to close dozens of cases of women slain in South Los Angeles and the vicinity during the 1980s and 1990s, killings that went unsolved for years.
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December 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in prison for a brutal attack in which he raped a woman while pointing a pistol at her pregnant sister's abdomen. "It is clear from the record that you cannot function in a civilized society," Superior Court Judge Andrew Klein told Mark Goudeau, 43, who still faces trial for the slayings of eight women and a man in 2005 and '06.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1991
Having just finished Jerry Mander's "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television," I shuddered at Alan Dershowitz's suggestions about TV in the courtroom (Commentary, Dec. 6). Such a specious, narcissistic argument is disappointing from someone of Dershowitz's brilliance. The public was represented in that courtroom in the form of the jury members; they were the "audience" most well-positioned to form an opinion. This affair should have interested others very little. Of course, we know that rape trials make good television.
NEWS
August 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal and state law enforcement officials, inundated by inquiries from 20 states, said they will proceed deliberately in investigating claims by a self-professed serial killer that he murdered more than 60 people since 1977. Officials said a special FBI team specializing in serial murders was formed to help to verify the claims of Donald Leroy Evans, 34, of Galveston, Tex. "You're not going to see us doing a Henry Lucas thing," Gulfport, Miss.
WORLD
December 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in British Columbia ordered a pig farmer to serve at least 25 years of a life sentence before being eligible for parole in the slayings of six women. Robert Pickton was convicted Sunday of second-degree murder and received an automatic life sentence. He could have been eligible for parole in as little as 10 years. Authorities said he butchered the women's remains and fed them to his pigs.
WORLD
October 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Defense attorneys for Robert "Willie" Pickton rested their case, without testimony from the man accused of killing 26 Vancouver women. Judge James Williams told the jury in British Columbia that closing arguments would not begin until Nov. 13. Jury deliberations are not expected to begin until after Nov. 20. The trial deals with the first six of the 26 murder charges against Pickton.
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