Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Serial killer claims to be Mafia boss

While in prison, serial killer Gerard Schaefer tried hard to impress his ex-girlfriend, Sondra London. While proclaiming innocence, he also wrote pornographic murder fiction that mirrored his crimes and inflated the number of people he killed. On March 21, 1989, he wrote London a letter that read, “I am, factually, a captain of the Dixie Mafia…I have, factually, the power to have you killed. I have, in the past, used these powers.”

Gerard Schaefer, Former Cop and Serial Killer

On July 24, 1972, this deputy sheriff was released on bail pending trial for the assault of two teenagers. While on bail he killed two young women. Police ultimately linked this psychopath to 30 missing women.