The Phantom Killer, a serial killer known for killing when the moon was full, is believed to have murdered five people in Texarkana, the last victim on May 4, 1946. The case remains unsolved.
Born on March 5, 1947, Toole was an arsonist, serial killer and corpse mutilator, among other things, He teamed up with a kindred spirit, serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, in 1976. Though he would live the rest of his days in Lucas’ shadow, Toole may in fact have been the more depraved of the pair.
Robert Garrow was born on March 4, 1936. Abused as a child, he grew up raping the family’s livestock and masturbating with the milking machine. He served time in prison, first for theft, then rape. After his release he was accused of sexually assaulting two little girls, and when he failed to appear in court, this budding serial killer became a fugitive from justice.
Between March 1 and March 3, 1975, the skulls and jawbones of Lynda Healy, Susan Rancourt, Roberta Parks and Brenda Ball were found on Taylor Mountain just east of Issaquah. Years later, Bundy claimed that he had also dumped Donna Manson’s body there, but no trace of her has ever been found.
From the evil genius to the depraved halfwit, we’ve put together a graphic displaying the I.Q.’s of ten well-known serial killers.
On February 20, 1949, a missing persons report set off an investigation that would ultimately lead police to the Acid Bath Murderer, a serial killer who dissolved his victims in acid and poured them down the drain.
Serial killer and pedophile Joseph Duncan was born on February 25, 1963 in Tacoma, Washington, where he was also raised. His first run-in with the law occurred in 1978 when he was 15-years-old. In that incident he raped a nine-year-old boy at gunpoint, and the following year he was arrested driving a stolen car.
David Smith had witnessed a murder. He told police how his sister in law, Myra Hindley, had invited him in the night before to watch while her boyfriend, Ian Brady, was openly murdering a man in the living room. After the murder the couple laughed about the look on the victim’s face, and chit-chatted over tea with Smith about other murders they had committed.
Was Gary Ridgway responsible for all the Green River murders, or was there more than one killer? Did dozens of victims go unrecorded? Private investigator Denise Scaffidi is back to talk about what she learned while working on the Green River Killer case.
On February 7, 1936, most of the remains of Florence Polillo were found behind a vacant house. Days earlier police had found most of the rest of her. Her head was never found. Despite the involvement of famed lawman Eliot Ness the case known also as the Cleveland Torso Murderer, remains unsolved.