Friday, a judge found Joseph Duncan competent, bringing him one possible step closer to a date with the needle. Duncan was sentenced to life nine times and to death three after his conviction for killing four people, and for child abduction and rape. A look at the whole case of the serial-killer pedophile Joseph Duncan.
Serial killer Randy Kraft, a prosperous data processing consultant by day, preyed on teenage boys by night, leaving them dead and mutilated. Convicted of 16 murders, the true count may be closer to 67. On November 29, 1989, he was sentenced to die in San Quentin’s gas chamber.
Alfred ‘Alferd’ Packer guided a party of five ill-fated prospectors in Colorado in the 1800s. All but Packer died before reaching their destination. Arrested for their murders, he told many versions of what happened, including having had to cannibalize their corpses to survive.
On November 26, 1986, Josefina stormed out after a fight with her boyfriend. When she got into a stranger’s car, she could not have known that she would spend four horrifying months as a sex slave in the basement of Gary Heidnik, along with several other women.
On November 18, 1994, Walter Hinton became the first victim of Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who cruised Florida gay bars seeking sugar daddies to exploit, rob and murder.
A flawed FBI profile in the case of The Baton Rouge Killer, known for targeting beautiful women and abducting them from their homes, derailed big agencies participating in the investigation. Local police identified the serial killer correctly, but it would ultimately take DNA analysis, and at least seven murders before the case would be solved.
On November 3, 1998, Wayne Adam Ford walked into the Sheriff’s Department in Eureka, California, with his brother. Ford tearfully broke down and confessed to murdering four women. Deputies might not have known what to believe if it weren’t for the severed human breast he had brought with him in a baggie that had belonged to one of the victims.
On November 16, 2004, Watts’ defense made its closing statements. Considered America’s most prolific serial killer, Watts is suspected in as many as 100 murders. Known as The Sunday Morning Slasher, he abducted and tortured his victims before brutally killing them. Watts was the first serial killer almost released from prison.
The FBI is still asking the public for help in the case of dead serial killer Israel Keyes, this time in connection with a woman who vanished without a trace from Hackensack New Jersey in 2009.
It seems oddly appropriate that the Night Stalker would draw everyone’s favorite murder-plotting, sexually confused cartoon baby.