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Though he received an offer to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment in exchange for his confession, Hauptmann went to the chair professing his innocence. Malaysian-born Girly Chew's husband Diazien Hossencofft born Armand Chavez claimed to be a surgeon and sold fake cancer treatments, but that wasn't his most heinous crime.
They plotted to get rid of Girly so they could be together. Though Girly's body was never recovered, significant blood and forensic evidence ensured her killers will spend the rest of their lives in jail. The summer of will forever be remembered as one of the most frightening times in New York history.
Most of the shootings happened in Queens and The Bronx, all with a. The terror increased when the killer began leaving notes claiming to be the "Son of Sam," a demon compelling him to kill.
Upon capture, Berkowitz told police his neighbor's dog, Sam, was possessed by a demon and he was Sam's servant. However, this appears to have been a plot to get an insanity plea, and Berkowitz later recanted that part of his story, admitting his killings were driven by a desire to get revenge on a world he felt had rejected him. On Christmas in , tobacco farmer Charlie Lawson murdered his wife and six of his seven children.
The only survivor was his eldest son, year-old Arthur, whom he had sent on an errand just before committing the crime.
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Lawson then went into the woods and shot himself. Not long after the family was annihilated, Lawson's brother Marion turned the murder house into a tourist attraction. A raisin cake Lawson's wife Marie had baked for Christmas dinner was displayed on the tour and visitors would take raisins as souvenirs until the cake was eventually protected with glass. No explanation ever surfaced for the sudden familicide.
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Sole survivor Arthur died in a car accident 16 years later at age Yet another family annihilation with one survivor. Jacob Wolf and his family, plus a son of a neighbor who did chores for the family, were found dead on their Turtle Lake farm in The youngest, an 8-month-old baby girl, was in her crib, alive, but the rest of the home's residents were found either shot to death or bludgeoned with a hatchet.
It was later determined their neighbor, Henry Layer, killed the family, all in a dispute over an attack by their family dog on Layer's cow. As for why he left the baby alive: "The reason I did not kill the baby was, I believe, because I did not go into the room in which the baby lay," he said. Ariel Castro kidnapped three women between and — Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus — keeping them in his Cleveland home until May 6, , when Michelle and her 6-year-old daughter escaped and went to the police.
The women were subjected to a decade of unspeakable abuse and rape. Castro died by suicide in prison September 3, , one month after he was sentenced to life. The house that served as his victims' prison has been demolished. Oklahoma's most disturbing crime in history is the murder of three Girl Scouts at Camp Scott in The victims were between the ages of 8 and 10, and were raped and murdered. Their bodies were found on a trail leading to the camp's showers.
Authorities arrested an escaped convict, Gene Leroy Hart, but he was acquitted. Still, local sheriffs are convinced they had the right man. Hart died in prison in , where he was serving a sentence for unrelated kidnapping and rape charges. In the early s, airline hijackings were rampant, but one incident in particular stands out from the rest: the cast of D. AKA Dan Cooper. Though authorities doubt he survived the risky jump, DB Cooper has been a source of endless intrigue and speculation ever since, with a long string a possible suspects.
This nurse has one of the highest body counts in state history, with more than 30 confirmed and possibly hundreds more. Though Cullen claimed he was helping end the suffering of terminal patients, other hospital personnel described many of the victims as having been on the mend when Cullen ended their lives. Between the ages of 13 and 15, Craig Price killed four female victims.
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Due to his youth, he was tried as a minor, which would have made him eligible for release at age 21 with a sealed conviction. However, due to numerous assaults on other inmates, Price's sentence continues to lengthen. Though he is scheduled for release in , a recent attempted murder on another inmate will likely delay that release. Susan Smith is a child murderer who claimed a black man had carjacked her at gunpoint and drove off with her two sons in the car in She later confessed to letting the car roll into John D.
Long Lake with month-old Alex and 3-year-old Michael inside. Smith will be eligible for parole on November 4, , after serving a minimum of 30 years. A third potential victim, Amy Anderson, escaped before she could meet a similar fate.
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He was sentenced to death by lethal injection in , but took his own life on death row in Police believe he was a serial killer who would have taken more victims had he not been captured. Martin Luther King Jr. The assassination led to race riots in several U. Ray hinted at a conspiracy and tried to withdraw his guilty plea, but he spent the rest of his life in prison for the murder. Known as the Candy Man and the Pied Piper, Dean Corll raped and murdered at least 28 male victims, enlisting two teenage boys as his accomplices.
One of those accomplices, Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr. Henley and the other accomplice, David Owen Brooks, are currently serving life sentences.
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Elizabeth testified against both her captors in court, detailing daily rape and abuse and threats upon her life and family that kept her from fleeing. Her story of survival and continued advocacy for survivors has inspired millions of Americans.
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Vermont's most notorious crime is also one if its oldest cold cases. In In , three bodies presumed to be a mother and her two children were dumped on the roadside five miles from downtown Middlebury. They were never identified nor was their killer, but true crime sleuths in the state are still trying to unlock the mystery. On April 16, , Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot 49 people on campus with two semi-automatic pistols, killing 32 and wounding It remains the deadliest school shooting in history and by far the deadliest massacre in mordern Virginia history.
Lots of states could claim Ted Bundy as their most notorious killer, but he belongs to Washington for the terror he inflicted upon college students for two years, claiming the lives of at least 11 women there before moving on to Colorado, Utah, and Florida. Bundy was executed by the state of Florida 30 years ago, yet he remains one of the most intriguing serial killers of all time.
In , year-old Skylar Neese snuck out of her home and disappeared. Six months later, her body was found, and two "friends" who decided they no longer liked Skylar copped to plotting and executing hermurder. Shelia Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Rachel Shoaf also pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 30 years in prison, and will be eligible for parole after 10 years.
Wisconsin's most notorious killer not only raped, murdered, and dismembered his male victims — he also committed acts of cannibalism and necrophilia. Like other Americans, they were swept up in the tornado of social and economic change in American agriculture. Supposed motive: Mr. Barrett had hired him to do. But the situation was so full of unanswered questions that it brought out Mr. In an area of the Ozarks blighted by poverty and crime, a local Vietnam vet went on a killing spree.
Cuneo decided to find out why.
Eli Stutzman was a respected Amish farmer. He was also, as it turns out, a murderer. He had killed a judge, a priest and an unknown but large number of other people. He may have been the most prolific serial killer in history. They became so desperate that Raffi Kodikian stabbed David Coughlin in the heart, purportedly as an act of mercy killing.
He led the mass suicide of over followers on November 18, , before dying of a gunshot wound later that day. Bodies lie around the compound of the People's Temple in Guyana on November 18, , after the over members of the cult died from drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid, victims of the largest mass suicide in modern history. But other people were either coerced, brainwashed, or took it against their will.
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They were murdered. The bloodied body of mafia chieftain Carmine "Lilo" Galante, his final cigar still in his mouth, lies on the floor of a backyard garden in a Brooklyn restaurant July 12, Galante was gunned down along with an associate and the restaurant's owner. The killers allowed Galante's two bodyguards to leave unharmed.