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May 22, 1994 | BARRY BEARAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Between 1965 and 1971, five healthy babies were born here to a poor woman who seemed to want them desperately and who mourned each of their deaths with a convulsive grief that quavered the soul. At one funeral, Waneta Hoyt fainted after the lowering of the tiny, pitiful coffin and at another, her body collapsed with the great force of her sobbing. She had to be helped away from the freshly turned soil at the graveside.
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March 6, 1999 | Associated Press
Former postal worker Robert Shulman, 44, has been convicted of bludgeoning and dismembering three women in the state's first trial under a "serial killer" provision of a 1995 death penalty law. A sentencing portion of the trial begins March 15 for Shulman, who was convicted Thursday.
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June 9, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joel Rifkin was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a woman whose decaying body was found in the back of his pickup, a discovery that led to his claim that he killed 17 women. Relatives of some of Rifkin's suspected victims were in court for the sentencing, which concluded his first trial. Rifkin, 34, showed no emotion as Nassau County Judge Ira Wexner sentenced him to 25 years to life for murder plus 2 1/3 years for reckless endangerment for the killing of Tiffany Bresciani, 22.
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June 9, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joel Rifkin was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a woman whose decaying body was found in the back of his pickup, a discovery that led to his claim that he killed 17 women. Relatives of some of Rifkin's suspected victims were in court for the sentencing, which concluded his first trial. Rifkin, 34, showed no emotion as Nassau County Judge Ira Wexner sentenced him to 25 years to life for murder plus 2 1/3 years for reckless endangerment for the killing of Tiffany Bresciani, 22.
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July 2, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police linked Joel Rifkin to the murder of a 13th woman, another step in an investigation the suspected serial killer watched from the isolation of his jail cell. His reading material included the morning's Daily News, which carried the headline "PORTRAIT OF A MONSTER." And he has access to television. "He's aware of the circus atmosphere," said Rifkin's lawyer, Robert Sale. The latest body was that of a Latino woman found in July, 1991, in Lower Manhattan.
NEWS
June 30, 1993 | From Associated Press
A man who said he had killed 17 prostitutes during the past two years led police to the buried remains of two women Tuesday, providing the first physical evidence to support his claim, investigators said. One source said documents apparently identifying many victims were found in the suspect's home. Joel Rifkin, an unemployed gardener, made the claim of serial killings after he was pulled over for traffic violations Monday and an officer discovered a woman's decomposed body in his pickup.
NEWS
February 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
Serial murderer Arthur J. Shawcross was sentenced Friday to a minimum of 250 years in prison for the killings of 10 women in the Rochester area since early 1988. "If anybody ever deserved the maximum sentence, it was Shawcross," said prosecutor Charles Siragusa, who said he would have asked for the death penalty if it were an option in New York.
NEWS
January 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
A paroled killer charged in the slayings of eight women was ordered held without bail Friday, and authorities said they have linked him to a total of 11 killings committed during the last two years. The break in the serial slayings was "just a matter of luck," one of the police officers who had spotted the suspect's car from a helicopter said.
NEWS
August 9, 1992 | Associated Press
A grand jury has indicted a man who admitted killing six girls or women. The indictment naming Nathaniel White, 32, was handed down Friday and will be unsealed Monday, said Dist. Atty. Frank Phillips. Bernard Brady, White's attorney, said the charge likely involved the slaying of 14-year-old Christine Klebbe, whose body was found last Tuesday by police following White's directions.
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August 7, 1992 | From Associated Press
When two women vanished after leaving a bar with a stranger last month, the family of one took turns staking out Club Bluenote in hopes of spotting the man. He turned up Sunday on Ladies' Night and they called police. Police say the work of Angelina Hopkins' family led to the arrest of Nathaniel White for the slayings of Hopkins, her friend Brenda Whiteside and three other Hudson Valley women and a teen-ager in the past year and a half.
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May 22, 1994 | BARRY BEARAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Between 1965 and 1971, five healthy babies were born here to a poor woman who seemed to want them desperately and who mourned each of their deaths with a convulsive grief that quavered the soul. At one funeral, Waneta Hoyt fainted after the lowering of the tiny, pitiful coffin and at another, her body collapsed with the great force of her sobbing. She had to be helped away from the freshly turned soil at the graveside.
NEWS
May 10, 1994 | Associated Press
A man who admitted killing 17 women was convicted of second-degree murder Monday in the first of the slayings to come to trial. Jurors deliberated only about two hours before rejecting an insanity defense. Joel Rifkin, a 34-year-old landscaper, was convicted of killing Tiffany Bresciani, whose decomposing body was found in his pickup truck in June. He also was convicted of reckless endangerment for leading police on a high-speed chase the day of his arrest.
NEWS
July 2, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police linked Joel Rifkin to the murder of a 13th woman, another step in an investigation the suspected serial killer watched from the isolation of his jail cell. His reading material included the morning's Daily News, which carried the headline "PORTRAIT OF A MONSTER." And he has access to television. "He's aware of the circus atmosphere," said Rifkin's lawyer, Robert Sale. The latest body was that of a Latino woman found in July, 1991, in Lower Manhattan.
NEWS
June 30, 1993 | From Associated Press
A man who said he had killed 17 prostitutes during the past two years led police to the buried remains of two women Tuesday, providing the first physical evidence to support his claim, investigators said. One source said documents apparently identifying many victims were found in the suspect's home. Joel Rifkin, an unemployed gardener, made the claim of serial killings after he was pulled over for traffic violations Monday and an officer discovered a woman's decomposed body in his pickup.
NEWS
August 9, 1992 | Associated Press
A grand jury has indicted a man who admitted killing six girls or women. The indictment naming Nathaniel White, 32, was handed down Friday and will be unsealed Monday, said Dist. Atty. Frank Phillips. Bernard Brady, White's attorney, said the charge likely involved the slaying of 14-year-old Christine Klebbe, whose body was found last Tuesday by police following White's directions.
NEWS
August 7, 1992 | From Associated Press
When two women vanished after leaving a bar with a stranger last month, the family of one took turns staking out Club Bluenote in hopes of spotting the man. He turned up Sunday on Ladies' Night and they called police. Police say the work of Angelina Hopkins' family led to the arrest of Nathaniel White for the slayings of Hopkins, her friend Brenda Whiteside and three other Hudson Valley women and a teen-ager in the past year and a half.
NEWS
March 6, 1999 | Associated Press
Former postal worker Robert Shulman, 44, has been convicted of bludgeoning and dismembering three women in the state's first trial under a "serial killer" provision of a 1995 death penalty law. A sentencing portion of the trial begins March 15 for Shulman, who was convicted Thursday.
NEWS
February 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
Serial murderer Arthur J. Shawcross was sentenced Friday to a minimum of 250 years in prison for the killings of 10 women in the Rochester area since early 1988. "If anybody ever deserved the maximum sentence, it was Shawcross," said prosecutor Charles Siragusa, who said he would have asked for the death penalty if it were an option in New York.
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