Monday a young woman trying a bras in the women’s fitting room at a Khol’s department store in Kansas noticed a man filming her. Once spotted, the man left the fitting room, but the victim’s anger was already sparked. Her privacy violated, the woman’s first instinct was not cover herself, but to give chase.
On November 15, 1959, convicts invaded the Clutter home looking for money. When they found none, they slaughtered the family. The brutal murders were the inspiration for Truman Capote’s classic In Cold Blood.
The Wayback Machine is a great tool for taking trips down Internet memory lane. Just take a look at Crime Library’s snazzy getup circa 1999. For aficionados of the unsettling, it can also be a way to go back to a time when a notorious murderer was an everyday guy, blending in with the community and keeping his bloody hobby under wraps.
On September 16, 1986, BTK claimed his ninth known victim, Vicki Wegerle. Police, however, suspected her husband, Bill Wegerle, who failed two polygraph tests during the investigation. Wegerle was never arrested, living instead under a cloud of suspicion for nearly 20 years, until BTK resurfaced and Dennis Rader was arrested for the murders.
In 1985 mass murderer Remeta and his companions killed their way through the South, and then descended on Grainfield, Kan., like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, leaving death, pain and misery in their wake.
For three decades, the BTK killer terrorized Wichita. He would cut the phone lines, break into the house and wait for his victim to come home. Then the murders inexplicably stopped, and the trail went cold, until March 2004 when BTK resurfaced, this time in a letter to a newspaper.
A weary traveler in the desolate Old West is relieved to see an inn. He is invited in and the owner’s beautiful young daughter makes conversation with him as he relaxes. Suddenly, he’s hit on the head with a hammer and his body is dumped through a trap door. This is how the Benders–the quintessential demented family of murderers seen so often in horror movies–operated.
On June 27, 2005 Dennis Rader surprised everybody by changing his plea to guilty, and prompted by the judge, confessing to ten murders in court, in graphic detail.
Two convicted — and executed — killers are now back on the suspect list for the December 9, 1959, murders of the Walker family of Sarasota, Florida. The men, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, were hanged for the notorious November 15 Clutter family killings in Kansas that occurred during the same year.
A Kansas woman has filed a negligence lawsuit relating to the case of David Kwiatkowski, who is believed to have taken his patients’ intravenous drugs and used the infected needles on the patients. The suit alleges that one hospital and two staffing agencies had knowledge of Kwiatkowski’s activities, and failed to pass on that information.