On January 16, 1991, Aileen Wuornos went to police and confessed to killing seven men. After describing what she had done with the men, she said that she had confessed because, “I want to get right with God.”
On January 15, 1878, Ted Bundy broke into a sorority house and killed two girls who were sleeping inside. Before leaving, he wiped the room clean, but one crucial piece of evidence was left behind: a bite mark on the buttock of one of the victims. This bite mark would become a central piece of evidence in Bundy’s trial and conviction.
Britain’s worst serial killer, he was born on January 14, 1946, and found hanged in his cell on January 13, 2004. He was adored by his many elderly patients, while he in return had only contempt for them and couldn’t seem to kill them fast enough. It is believed that he murdered more than 250 of them.
A probing analysis of the case of Arthur Shawcross, paroled early for two child murder convictions, only to become the Genesee River Strangler. Ultimately convicted of murdering 12 women and sentenced to 250 years to life, Shawcross will be eligible for parole on January 10, 2240.
In the wee hours of December 31, 1999, serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells entered a Texas bedroom where Katy Harris, 13, and Krystal Surles, 10, were sleeping. Krystal watched as Tommy fatally slit Katy’s throat, and then went after her. She played dead until he was gone, and later helped to apprehend him.
On December 28, 1990, serial killer Larry Eyler was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murder. He’d later be sentenced to death, but the state would never get to carry out their grim task; Larry died in prison of AIDS.
On December 26, 1980, a jail guard found serial killer Richard Trenton Chase dead in his cell. After a childhood of killing cats, the schizophrenic Chase grew up to become “The Vampire of Sacramento,” killing six people in California’s capital.
On December 22 in 1978, Gacy finally confessed to police that he killed at least 30 people and buried most of the remains of the victims beneath the crawl space of his home.
Con man, jewel thief, drug dealer and serial murderer Sobraj did it all for a life of adventure and intrigue — and ultimately became a media celebrity.
On December 20, 1968, the Zodiac killer claimed his first confirmed victims, David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16, who were shot dead while out on a date in Benicia, Calif. Though Zodiac claimed responsibility for 37 murders in his taunting letters to police, Faraday and Jensen are two of only seven victims authorities agree are the Zodiac’s work.