On May 25, 1928, Edward Budd advertised his search for a job. No one could have imagined what evil the kindly old gentleman who answered the ad would visit on Gracy Budd, 10, and at least five other children. Sadistic child rapist, killer and cannibal, Albert Fish was executed on January 16, 1936.
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.
Rodney Alcala was sentenced in New York today to 25 years for the murders of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover. Alcala pleaded guilty last year in hopes of returning to fight his California death sentence. The unsolved mystery of the photos from Alcala’s storage locker persists, and could lead to still more victims. Do you recognize any of these people?
Journalist, writer and playwright Braunstein, off his meds and dressed like a firefighter on Halloween 2005, set the hallway outside his victim’s apartment on fire, and then subdued her with chloroform when she opened the door. After sexually assaulting her, the unhinged genius robbed her and left, leading police on a multi-state manhunt.
Charming, witty and highly intelligent, this sexual predator charmed his victims, then killed, posed and photographed them. He left behind so many photos of unknown subjects that now police estimated at least 130 victims. Remarkably, he has last spent the last 32 years in prison overturning two out of three murder convictions, drawing media attention and public ire as he turned the courtroom into a circus.
Jean Harris, former headmistress of Virginia’s exclusive Madeira School for girls, who was convicted of murdering her lover, famed Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, at the age of 89, in an assisted living facility in New Haven, Conn.
Police in New York issued a missing child alert for Reginald Matthews, 10, on December 22 when his foster mother reported that he had missed an after-school program Saturday, and never came home. The family lives just one block from P.S. 217 in Queens, N.Y., where Reggie attends school, and where he was last seen.
It was May 2005, and Nimzay, who had been stabbed during her lunch break, lay dying in the emergency room in a South Bronx hospital. With her last breath she named her killer to police, but all she knew was his screen name, “Mike did it.”
Convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala, 69, has pleaded guilty in a New York City courtroom to two 1971 murders committed in that city. Alcala, who is representing himself legally these days, is currently on death row in California for four murders, and is preparing to appeal his third death sentence.
On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman opened fire outside the Dakota, killing rock-n-roll icon John Lennon and ending an era.