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September 19, 1997 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of suspected cross-country killer Andrew Cunanan came to Los Angeles this week to begin making a documentary about his son's alleged one-man crime rampage, which authorities believe included the slaying of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and triggered one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history.
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September 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A drifter who has allegedly confessed to a dozen slayings across the country was convicted in Del Rio, Texas, of killing a 13-year-old girl last New Year's Eve. Tommy Lynn Sells, 36, could be sentenced to life in prison or death. During three days of testimony, jurors heard of written confessions from Sells, watched a videotaped confession and listened to gripping testimony from a girl who also was attacked as she slept in the same room with Kaylene.
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November 23, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Charles Thurman Sinclair died of a heart attack in an Anchorage, Alaska, jail cell last month, he was mourned by his family and by dozens of detectives in police departments from Missouri to Alaska. His relatives saw the loss of a sportsman and loving family man. Detectives, however, lost the chance to question the man they are convinced left a trail of bodies across the West.
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May 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
The admitted railroad killer who made the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List was sentenced to death Monday for killing a Houston-area doctor, one of nine murders he was accused of committing. The jury that convicted Angel Maturino Resendiz of capital murder last week met for just less than two hours before deciding on the death sentence. The panel could have sentenced the Mexican drifter to life in prison. He had asked for the death penalty.
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January 30, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer and Mark I. Pinsky is a staff writer for the Orange County Edition of The Times.
By its nature, murder is difficult to comprehend in any rational context. This is especially true of gruesome serial killings. Encountering one charged with that level of violence sitting neat and clean in a well-lighted room makes it even more difficult to envision him committing the brutal and bizarre acts alleged in the indictment.
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July 8, 1995 | JEFF BRAZIL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only so often does a killer like the Unabomber come along who has the desire--and the chutzpah--to play hob with the law. When Edmund Kemper III was being sought for a series of slayings in the early 1970s in Santa Cruz, the 6-foot-9 construction worker would boldly visit cafes that police officers frequented and eavesdrop on their conversations. At one point, he even phoned one of the detectives working the case.
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July 16, 1997 | MIKE CLARY and ANNA M. VIRTUE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gianni Versace, who became a multimillionaire designing clothes for celebrities and ready-to-wear customers alike, was shot to death execution-style Tuesday on the front steps of his villa here and police announced that a serial killer on the FBI's most wanted list is the suspect.
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June 18, 1999
Attorneys in the Glen Edward Rogers murder trial delivered their closing arguments Thursday, leaving a jury to decide the fate of the alleged cross-country serial killer who has already been convicted in Florida. The arguments put an end to a rapid-fire trial that finished in just over a week's time and featured the unusual sight of Rogers, a man on Florida's death row, taking the stand in his own defense.
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October 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court agreed Friday to hear Theodore Kaczynski's request to withdraw his guilty plea for the Unabomber killings, go to trial and face a possible death sentence. Kaczynski, a Harvard-trained mathematician who became a forest recluse, pleaded guilty in 1998 to mail bombings that killed three people and injured 23. Kaczynski's statements have connected the attacks to his campaign against technological tyranny. The U.S.
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July 16, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the hard-rock nightspots and trendy restaurants of this city's gay enclave, Andrew Phillip Cunanan cut a memorable figure. He loved to host dinner parties for a coterie of good looking young men. He was a raconteur, possessed of a distinctive laugh and a love for spinning tales of trips to Europe and pending movie deals in Hollywood. And he always picked up the tab.
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April 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
A former sailor fought back tears during his arraignment Friday on charges he murdered five prostitutes as police worldwide tried to match his account of at least 11 other slayings to information they have about unsolved murders in their cities. John Eric Armstrong, 26, of Dearborn Heights, was arraigned on five counts of premeditated first-degree murder and three counts of assault with intent to murder. Innocent pleas were entered on his behalf, and he was ordered held without bond.
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January 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski says he was coerced into pleading guilty to three murders and wants a federal appeals court to allow a trial, which could end in a death sentence. The guilty pleas "were induced by the threat of a mental-state defense that Kaczynski would have found unendurable, as well as by deprivation of constitutional rights," such as the right to control his own defense and represent himself, he wrote in a brief filed Dec. 28, referring to himself in the third person.
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October 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court agreed Friday to hear Theodore Kaczynski's request to withdraw his guilty plea for the Unabomber killings, go to trial and face a possible death sentence. Kaczynski, a Harvard-trained mathematician who became a forest recluse, pleaded guilty in 1998 to mail bombings that killed three people and injured 23. Kaczynski's statements have connected the attacks to his campaign against technological tyranny. The U.S.
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July 17, 1999 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Minutes after steadfastly maintaining his innocence before the court, Glen Edward Rogers sat impassively Friday as a judge sentenced him to death for killing a woman he met at a San Fernando Valley bar in 1995. The sentence followed a jury's recommendation that Rogers be put to death after being found guilty of murdering Sandra Gallagher, a 33-year-old mother of three whom he picked up at a Van Nuys tavern where she was celebrating a $1,200 state lottery win.
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July 7, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time, a jury has recommended death for Glen Edward Rogers, the convicted serial killer with a taste for strawberry blond women he picked up in bars. A downtown Los Angeles jury on Tuesday decided that the former carnival worker should die for the 1995 strangulation murder of Sandra Gallagher, who authorities say was the first victim in a six-week killing rampage that included four women in as many states.
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July 4, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finding work is hard enough at the Gulfton day labor site, where immigrant men crowd daily to offer strong backs and cheap labor. But when the best-known day laborer in America is an alleged serial killer known as Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, a day's wage gets dicier still for Diego Xiloj and his friends, who say freelance construction work has plummeted since the killer became quarry in a national manhunt. "I think the employers are scared of us.
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June 23, 1999 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury convicted spree killer Glen Edward Rogers of his second murder Tuesday, then began hearing testimony on whether he should live or die. Rogers, 37, already sentenced to death in Florida, sat immobile as the clerk announced he had been found guilty of another first-degree murder. His brother and mother, both in the courtroom, declined comment.
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July 17, 1999 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Minutes after steadfastly maintaining his innocence before the court, Glen Edward Rogers sat impassively Friday as a judge sentenced him to death for killing a woman he met at a San Fernando Valley bar in 1995. The sentence followed a jury's recommendation that Rogers be put to death after being found guilty of murdering Sandra Gallagher, a 33-year-old mother of three whom he picked up at a Van Nuys tavern where she was celebrating a $1,200 state lottery win.
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June 24, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years after her daughter was murdered, Jan Baxter took the stand and told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury what it meant to lose her eldest and dearest child. "It totally destroyed me," Jan Baxter said through her tears. "When my son-in-law called me and told me that her pickup truck had been found on fire and there was a body in it, I started screaming and I couldn't stop."
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June 23, 1999 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury convicted spree killer Glen Edward Rogers of his second murder Tuesday, then began hearing testimony on whether he should live or die. Rogers, 37, already sentenced to death in Florida, sat immobile as the clerk announced he had been found guilty of another first-degree murder. His brother and mother, both in the courtroom, declined comment.
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