Homes is known for his infamous “Murder Castle” in which he gassed and dismembered his victims and stripped their remains in acid baths. He sold off the internal organs and skeletal reconstructions to medical schools around the country. Holmes was ultimately convicted of four murders, but is believed to have committed over 100.
September 29, 1982, marked the beginning of the mysterious Tylenol Murders that claimed the life of Mary Kellerman, 12, and six others. Tylenol in the Chicago area was laced with lethal amounts of cyanide. The case was never solved.
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People who knew the portly and bespectacled Catherine Cassler were unlikely to guess that this woman, who seemed so ordinary, would twice live in the shadow of execution – and twice escape with her life.
The day after Richard Speck raped, stabbed and killed eight student nurses in a Chicago student house, reporter Joe Cummings went up to the second floor and walked down the hall. He saw the bodies of the nurses inside the bedroom, their skin a sickly ochre. A little further down the hall, he saw another bedroom with three more bodies and said. “Oh my God.” That made seven upstairs and one downstairs. Eight in total.
The Office of the Medical Examiner maintains a list of all unidentified remains found in Chicago. Each entry for a John or Jane Doe lists a description of the person and their belongings and the location and date they were found. A few have pictures.
On June 6, 1980, Bruce and Darlene Rouse were killed in their 13-room mansion in the upper class Chicago suburb of Libertyville. It would take 15 years for the killer–one of the couple’s three children–to be brought to justice.
On June 1, 1981, police discovered a corpse at the Moonlit Hotel in Chicago. The woman was murdered, mutilated, and had her breasts removed. Having a fetish for breasts would become one of the Chicago Ripper Crew’s trademarks.
A 35-year-old babysitter is accused of breaking the leg of a 13-year-old girl suffering from cerebral palsy. Police say Javier Rosales, from the Chicago suburb of Palatine, was watching the victim and her 12-year-old sister when he stomped on the victim’s leg as she lay on the floor.
Terrance “Jawan” Wright, 18, had recently transferred to a new high school in Chicago’s Far South Side, to escape the bullying he endured at his old school. On October 19, Wright was fatally shot after police say five teens tried to rob him. Wright’s family believes that his sexual orientation was the reason for his killing.