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Clifford R Olson to appear before parole board

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“He reminds me of the character in the film – Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal Lecter is a fictitious character, but Clifford Olson is very real,” said Sharon Rosenfeldt, the mother of 16-year-old Daryn Todd Johnsrude, one of 11 children and teenagers murdered by Olson in British Columbia between November 1980 and July 1981. The victims – eight girls between 12 and 18 years old and three boys between 10 and 16 – were tortured and sexually assaulted before Olson murdered them.

On Tuesday, Rosenfeldt and several other relatives of the 11 youngsters Olson murdered are expected to attend his parole hearing at the Special Handling Unit in Ste. Anne des Plaines, a so-called super-maximum penitentiary, 30 kilometres north of Montreal. He was transferred to the penitentiary in June 1997 after it became apparent Olson, now 70, planned to escape from a penitentiary in Kingston.

It will be Olson’s second attempt at a release. He was denied both day and full parole in July 2006 after a bizarre hearing where he spewed out a series of wild lies and told the parole board members listening to his case that he didn’t care what they thought of him.

The board was also presented with a series of negative psychiatric evaluations, including one prepared in 1997 that described Olson as “the quintessential psychopath, showing the ultimate moral alienation.” Olson refused to participate in other evaluations following that one.

Three relatives read victim-impact statements during the 2006 hearing and audio recordings from others were played for the board. All described how Olson ruined many lives. But Olson showed no sign of remorse and Rosenfeldt said she doesn’t expect to find any this time around.

“It’s probably going to be the same. He is a narcissistic psychopath who takes great joy at being the centre of attention,” said Rosenfeldt, who will read a victim-impact statement on Tuesday. “I don’t have to be at the hearing. But I definitely will be there. The only reason is to give a face to my son. His life was taken from him.”

“I will attend every two years until either he dies or I do,” she said.”

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Video about Clifford Olson’s crimes.

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Olson was in the news not too long ago over the fact that he was still getting federal money meant for seniors to live on. He is prison, all his needs are already paid for.

A bill that was crafted after the government learned that serial killer Clifford Olson is receiving federal seniors’ benefits is on its way to the Senate for final approval after it was unanimously passed in the House of Commons.

The proposed legislation would strip incarcerated seniors of their old-age supplements, affecting about 400 inmates serving terms of two years or more.

Olson has said he would sue the government if the bill passes.

The proposed legislation cleared the Commons on approval of all parties, less than six months after it was introduced by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, who said that paying benefits to imprisoned seniors was “offensive and outrageous.”

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Video about the financial situation.

Gaynor admits to another murder.

Alfred J. Gaynor now stands convicted of killing eight women in the 1990s, making him one of the most notorious serial killers in Massachusetts history, a prosecutor says.

Gaynor pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court to charges for the April 1995 slaying of 34-year-old Vera Hallums. His guilty plea comes a month after Gaynor, convicted by a jury in 2000 of killing four Springfield women, admitted he also killed three others.

Judge Peter A. Velis sentenced the now-45-year-old Gaynor to a life sentence in the case of Hallums, a woman at whose apartment he had sought a place to sleep before strangling her to death and leaving her body undiscovered for days.

Assistant district attorney Carmen W. Picknally told the court it was most important for the prosecution and for Gaynor’s victims’ families that Gaynor die in prison and never see the light of day again. First-degree murder convictions carry a mandatory life sentence to state prison with no possibility of parole; following his jury conviction in 2000, four consecutive life sentences were imposed for Gaynor.

Picknally said he believes Gaynor is now convicted of the most deaths of any serial killer in Bay State history. While there are organized crime figures who have admitted to a number of killings, those slayings are considered to be in a different class than serial killing, the prosecutor said.

“It’s a sad occasion for the family to have to relive the torment of 15 years ago,” Picknally said of Hallums’ family.

The victim’s daughter, Oletha Wells, 40, gave a victim-impact statement in the courtroom and spoke to reporters after the plea hearing.

“Well we’re still depressed about it, and (this) has not given us any relief whatsoever. If anything it made things worse. We’re not happy about this whole situation and we really don’t have any understanding of why he did it,” she said.

“I mean my mother, she was a good woman, did the best she could to raise us and for somebody to take her life like an animal it’s just not good at all,” Wells said.

This guilty plea and the others from last month for the 1997 rapes and murders of Jill Ann Ermellini, Yvette Torres and Robin Atkins will gain him no more time in prison. Concurrent life terms were imposed by the judge on the latest cases to be resolved.

In describing the circumstances of Hallums’ death, Picknally told the judge police were called to the woman’s Leland Drive apartment on April 20, 1995, and found she had been dead for several days. Her hands were bound behind her back, and she had multiple skull fractures, according to the prosecutor.

In a confession to investigators last month, Gaynor told authorities that he had walked to Hallums’ home and asked to sleep on her living-room floor, Picknally said Gaynor entered her room, tried to wake her and then struck her several times over the head with a kitchen pot to make her unconscious so he could rape her, according to the prosecutor.

Gaynor cut cords from appliances to tie her hands, he told authorities, and secured it around her neck in a way that would increase pressure on her neck as her hands moved, Picknally said. While Gaynor said he had planned to sexually assault Hallums, the woman died of strangulation before a sexual attack occurred. He then stole a ring and left, Picknally said..

Gaynor, represented by lawyer Peter L. Ettenberg, has yet to indicted on charges for the 1996 deaths of Amy Smith and her 22-month-old daughter, Destiny. He has, however, also confessed to those crimes, according to District Attorney William M. Bennett. Picknally had no comment on the status of additional indictments.

Smith, beaten and choked, died of asphyxiation in her Dwight Street Extension apartment in June 1996, and her daughter was left to die of starvation and dehydration before anyone discovered her mother’s body.

It was the prosecution of Gaynor’s nephew, Paul L. Fickling, which precipitated the plea negotiations that resulted in Gaynor’s new admissions. Gaynor in 2008 provided a jailhouse confession to the Smith deaths which led to the granting of a new trial for Fickling. Fickling in October, on the eve of his new trial, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of manslaughter in the deaths of Smith and her daughter.

Fickling had been convicted by a jury in 1998 of first-degree murder in the deaths of the mother and child, but sought a new trial on the basis of Gaynor’s confession that he had acted alone.

In the Smith case, Gaynor has said he bound the woman’s hands, shoved a sock in her mouth and left her body in a closet, according to the district attorney.

Fickling, who, like his uncle, had been serving a life sentence, was sentenced to a 19- to 20-year state prison term, of which he has already served 14.

Gaynor was convicted at trial in 2000 for the murders of JoAnn C. Thomas, Loretta Daniels, Rosemary A. Downs and Joyce L. Dickerson-Peay.

Did Gaynor really kill Smith or is he covering for his nephew?

NORTHAMPTON – A judge ordered Tuesday that Paul L. Fickling be transferred from state prison to the Hampden County House of Correction while the court determines whether he will receive a new trial.

Fickling, 31, is serving a life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley for killing 20-year-old Amy L. Smith and her 22-month-old daughter, Destiny, in 1996.

Fickling’s uncle, Alfred L. Gaynor, recently claimed to have committed those murders. Gaynor, 41, is already serving consecutive life sentences for the rapes and murders of four other women.

Hampden County District Attorney William M. Bennett, Assistant District Attorney Marcia B. Julian and defense lawyer Greg T. Schubert went into chambers in Hampshire Superior Court with Judge Mary-Lou Rup for about half an hour Tuesday.

When they emerged, Rup announced that Fickling would be transferred by mutual agreement. She continued the matter to Dec. 17, at which time the court might question Fickling to see if he will waive a possible conflict of interest with an expert witness for the defense. Rup did not identify the witness and the lawyers all declined to comment further outside the courtroom.

The deaths of Smith and her daughter shocked the city of Springfield. Her nude body was found in a closet, her hands bound and an undergarment stuffed in her mouth. By the time Smith’s body was discovered in her Dwight Street Extension apartment, her daughter had died of starvation and dehydration. Fickling was Smith’s former boyfriend.

Bennett has expressed skepticism, about Gaynor’s confession, which was dated Sept. 26, but has pledged to review the evidence. Gaynor was convicted in 2000 for killing JoAnn C. Thomas, Loretta Daniels, Rosemary A. Downs and Joyce L. Dickerson-Peay between Nov. 1, 1997 and early 1998.

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Serial killers may be responsible for unsolved murders in the Bay Area

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PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – 35 years after the terrible fact, Nancy Kehoe of Pinellas Park still wonders and grieves over the abduction and murder of her 19-year-old daughter Cynthia.

“She had a lot of plans, a lot going on at that time,” says Kehoe, struggling to finish the sentence.

As a new employee at the Lil’ General convenience store on 54th Avenue in Pinellas park, 19-year-old Cynthia Clements was working the overnight shift alone. Pinellas County detectives believe that on that Labor Day in 1980, she was forced into a car and driven away.

“No evidence at the store. No sign of any struggle. Her purse was still left behind,” said Pinellas County Sheriffs Detective Mike Bailey.

When Cynthia’s decomposed and apparently strangled body was found six weeks later in the woods off Bryan Dairy road, there was still no suspect. Today her murder remains one of 39 cold cases for the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office.

“These are the cases I bring home with me and I sit for hours in the middle of the night and read these cases,” says Detective Bailey.

Bailey believes the brazen yet apparently calculated abduction of Cynthia Clements suggests the work of a serial killer.

“I think they’re a little more common than people realize”.

Florida has it’s notorious roster of serial psychopaths- Danny Rollins, Aileen Wuornos, even Ted Bundy carried out his vicious work in Florida. ( See a photo slideshow of Florida’s serial killers .)

But an in-depth Scripps Howard investigation found the Bay Area has clusters of unsolved murders that could also be the work of serial killers.

Single mother Linda Slaten was found strangled in her Lakeland home in 1981.

In 1982, the body of 16-year-old Leandra Hogan was found in a wooded lot off West Hillsborough Avenue.

It’s difficult for local law enforcement to link their unsolved murders to serial killers because they can’t always see the big picture.

Crime analysts say serial killers often travel from state to state leaving behind bodies, but no witnesses.

Enter VICAP.

“We don’t look at every homicide. We just look at the random, motiveless homicides that are most likely to be serial”.

Special Agent Michael Harrigan heads up the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. VICAP, as it’s known, maintains a database of serial killers and crimes they make available to local agencies at no cost. VICAP also tracks the victims of serial killers, 70% of whom are women.

The VICAP program also provides FBI expertise on profiling killers and identifying suspects. FBI Special Agent Mark Hilts says sexual assault in some form is a hallmark of serial killers. The killer either simply wants to eliminate the witness after committing a sexual crime, or the murder itself provides the sexual component.

Sexual assault was suspected in Cynthia Clement’s 1980 murder. A known serial killer, James Winkles, admitted to the abduction murder of another 19-year-old girl, Elizabeth Graham, just 9 days afterward.

“There were a lot of girls who came up missing and murdered. And it seemed like it just kept happening,” remembers Cynthia’s mother, Nancy Kehoe.

Detective Bailey says Winkles, who died in prison, (see below) is just one of several potential suspects. But even if the case was solved today, Nancy Kehoe says her life as she knew it is gone for good.

“It destroyed us. He may have well killed all of us because it destroyed us.”

James Winkles is dead.

James Delano Winkles, who was on death row for murdering two Pinellas County women, died Thursday of what appeared to be natural causes, the Florida Department of Corrections said.

Winkles, 69, was convicted of the 1980 murder of Elizabeth Graham, a 19-year-old dog groomer, and the 1981 murder of Margo Delimon, 39, a Clearwater real estate agent.

Winkles, who lived in Pinellas Park at the time of the murders, abducted the women and raped them over several days before killing them.

The murders went unsolved for almost two decades, until Winkles confessed. Serving a life sentence for the 1982 kidnapping of a woman in Sanford, Winkles contacted Pinellas sheriff’s detectives in 1998 and offered to provide information about the two murdered women.

He pleaded guilty to both killings. His lawyers asked for a life sentence instead of the death penalty, arguing that he was in poor health and would soon die in prison.

Winkles had boasted that he abducted, raped and killed 62 women, including 41 in Pinellas, information that detectives were never able to corroborate.

In interviews with the St. Petersburg Times in 1998, Winkles said he contacted detectives about the Graham and Delimon deaths because he was feeling guilty.

“I got away with stuff for so long,” he said. “Things I’ve done make Ted Bundy look like a choirboy.”

The families of the murdered women could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Lt. Michael Madden, who was a homicide detective at the time, said Winkles continued to contact detectives even after the Graham and Delimon cases were over.

“He would tell us that he was ready to talk. We’d go visit,” Madden said. “He would put us off and say he wasn’t ready.”

That went on for years.

Note from me: It is a game that so many killers play. It keeps them in control. It allows them to relive the killings to get attention and to get attention. It is NOT a sign of remorse or guilt.

“There’s still an amount of frustration because we believe that he was involved in other homicides that we still have questions about that he would never answer,” Madden said.

Winkles bragged about his killings but asked for mercy for himself when it came time for a judge to decide if he should be executed for the murders of Graham and Delimon.

He told the judge in 2003 that he wasn’t the same person and didn’t expect to live long anyway because he was suffering from heart problems and high blood pressure.

“I’ve grown morally,” he said. “I wish I could turn back time and undo what I have done.”

Winkles, who was imprisoned at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, died at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, said Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections. A medical examiner will determine the cause of death, she said.

No one had claimed his body by Friday, she said. If Winkles’ body is unclaimed, he would be buried in the inmate cemetery at the correctional facility.

Another note from me. He does seem to be a strong possible killer for Cynthia Clements.

An older article and video on James Winkles :

Kidnapper linked to old slayings
By MARCIA CRAWLEY and STEVEN DEGREGORIO

ST. PETERSBURG – Pinellas investigators are trying to separate fact from fiction in the case of a Florida prison inmate who claims to have kidnapped and murdered 26 people from 1967 to 1982.
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Much of James Winkles’ story appears fabricated – there’s little to indicate the supposed victims existed. But in at least two unsolved murders, authorities believe Winkles is telling the truth. And Pinellas County sheriff’s Detective Marty Hart says his office will seek murder indictments in January.

Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Graham of St. Petersburg disappeared Sept. 9, 1980. A year later, Clearwater real estate saleswoman Margo Delimon, 39, vanished. Winkles, now 58, later became a suspect in the cases. But there was no direct evidence, and no charges were filed.

Winkles was arrested Jan. 7, 1982, near downtown Orlando after kidnapping a Sanford real estate saleswoman. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, armed robbery, kidnapping and grand theft auto. He has been in prison ever since and is not eligible for parole until 2013.

Now, he’s talking. In extensive interviews with authorities as well as WFLA reporters, Winkles has given new information about the two slayings.

He told Pinellas detectives that a skull found in 1981 and turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was that of Graham. Recent DNA tests confirm his story, detectives say.

Winkles came forward after 18 years of silence, he says, because he fears that he won’t live out his prison sentence. He says he has high blood pressure and heart disease.

(Note from me: He just wanted his 5 seconds of fame, attention and to be able to relive his murders before his death. Again, it was not remorse or guilt that led to his confessions.)

When he decided to talk, he was moved to the Pinellas County Jail. Now he is in the Polk Correctional Institute in Polk City.

Friday, WFLA reporters told Pinellas officials that Winkles claims to have buried a metal box containing pictures of some of his victims. Investigators dug Friday night at the location Winkles identified but found nothing.

Pinellas officials also plan to subpoena copies of taped interviews WFLA reporters conducted with Winkles. WFLA plans to cooperate.

Winkles gives these accounts of the two slayings:

When Graham disappeared, she was working as a dog groomer, going to customers’ homes. Winkles made an appointment by phone and put a gun to her head when she arrived.

“I handcuffed her hands behind her back,” he said in a recent interview. “I blindfolded her. I put her in the back floorboard of my vehicle.”

Graham wasn’t his intended victim, Winkles says.

“The actual abduction was supposed to be somebody I’d seen a couple of weeks before and really took a shine to,” Winkles said. “But she got sick or something the day I was supposed to get her and Graham showed up. Graham was actually a victim of circumstance.”

Winkles took Graham to the Clearwater home on 63rd Street North he shared with his grandmother, he says.

“When I went in I took her straight to my bedroom and told her stay there and remain quiet and I went in there and told my grandmother and my aunt who was there at the time that I had a guest,” he said. He said he later fired his gun twice inside the house to show Graham he was serious.

Winkles held Graham hostage for four days, forcing her to dress up in women’s outfits he kept at the house. He says he repeatedly raped her, but assured her that she would not be killed.

Later, he decided she would be able to identify him if he released her, so he gave her a “heavy dose” of sleeping pills and then shot her in the head three times. He buried the body in woods near the Pinellas County landfill and Gandy Boulevard. Later, he returned to the grave and removed the head, taking it to Lafayette County in the Florida Panhandle. There, he says, he dumped the head in a river. Divers found it a year later.

Winkles recently took a team of forensic experts to where he says he buried the body. They dug and found nothing.

He says he kidnapped Delimon in much the same way: He made a Saturday morning appointment with her to discuss real estate, then drove her to the same woods off 49th Street, saying he wanted to build a cabin there.

He told her he was “really attracted” to her and that she was being kidnapped. He handcuffed her and took her to his cousin’s house.

Over the next four days, while Delimon’s family frantically searched for her, Winkles repeatedly raped her, he says.

He also drove her around in his car, watching her closely.

“I terminated her, obviously, because we had been all over the damn place and she knew exactly where that safe house was at,” Winkles said.

“I overdosed her with sleeping pills and it took her a long time to die.”

He says he first buried her body in woods near the St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport. Two weeks later, he moved the body to Citrus county and buried it on the bank of the Withlacoochee River.

About a week later, a couple who were fishing found parts of the body. It took another two years to identify the remains as those of Delimon.

70% of victims women; sexual component often seen

According to recently released FBI data, women accounted for 70 percent of the 1,398 known victims of serial killers since 1985. By comparison, women represented only 22 percent of total homicide victims.

The FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), based in Quantico, Va., released the data at the request of Scripps Howard News Service. SHNS is conducting an investigation into the nation’s more than 185,000 unsolved homicides committed since 1980.

According to the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report, local police reported that about 33,000 homicides of women remain unsolved.

FBI agent Mark Hilts, head of the bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit No. 2 that profiles serial killers, said “a large number” of serial killers act with a sexual motive.

“Sex can be a motivation, but it’s a motivation in conjunction with something else – with anger, with power, with control,” Hilts said. “Most serial killers do derive satisfaction from the act of killing, and that’s what differentiates them” from those who kill to help commit or conceal another crime.

Crime experts for decades have tried to define serial murder and to determine its causes and motivations. The Justice Department defines a serial killer simply as someone who kills two or more people in separate incidents, a definition that ignores the issue of motive.

The Justice Department for years has estimated that less than 1 percent of all homicides are committed by serial killers, but that assumption has come under question recently.

Retired FBI agent Mark Safarik, a veteran serial killer hunter, discounts the official definition of serial murder.

“Serial murder is more related to motive. We use a definition of two or more, but that’s really just for research purposes,” said Safarik, now of Forensic Behavioral Services International, a legal consultant firm based in Fredericksburg, Va. “For us, there is almost always some sort of sexual component to the homicide.”

The FBI has been compiling victim data for 25 years. They also released information showing that nearly half of the victims of known serial homicides were in their 20s and 30s, although people of every age and from every region of the country have been victims.

“We look at homicides and attempted homicides. We look at sexual assaults. We look at unidentified human remains cases where homicide is suspected,” said Special Agent Michael Harrigan, who headed ViCAP from 2007 to 2010 and agreed to release the data.

“We catalog this in a database … to try to identify serial killers or serial offenders that transcend jurisdictional boundaries.”

Among states, New York leads in a grim statistic: It has had 137 victims of serial murder since 1985. California has had 128 and Florida 112.

When shown the FBI data, criminologists and veteran homicide investigators asked why New York leads the nation. Does it lead because it has more serial killings or because it does a better job in detecting such killings?

“That surprises me. I thought the numbers would always be higher in California and some of the Southern states,” said retired veteran New York City homicide detective Augustine “Gus” Papay.

California, with its immense population, ought to lead in every major crime statistic, Papay said. And he felt Southern states would be overrepresented because of recently documented highway serial killings by Southern truckers.

Papay was a key participant in the successful hunt for Alejandro “Alex” Henriquez, convicted in 1992 of murdering a woman and two girls, including 10-year-old Jessica Guzman.

Papay said serial killers may be drawn to a major metropolitan area like New York City.

“They think it’s easier to get lost in the big city. And think of all the victims! There are all sorts of different people here they could target,” Papay said. “And maybe they think it will be harder to get caught here.”

Calculated by population, the state of Washington leads the nation with 1.6 serial homicides per 100,000 people. But that is almost entirely due to Gary Leon Ridgway, Seattle’s “Green River Killer.” He was convicted in 2003 of strangling 48 women and teenage girls, often prostitutes or hitchhikers he picked up. Washington showed 95 serial killings overall.

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Crime does pay.

A dishwasher convicted of the serial rapes and slaughters of seven Springfield women is trying to sell a bag of his hair online to murderabilia buffs for $35 — even as his body count continues to rise and outraged relatives of his victims call on authorities to step in and stop him.

There is no law in Massachusetts preventing vicious criminals from profiting from their mayhem.

Serial Killer Alfred J Gaynor is selling a bag of his hair online for $35.00 Article here

Like many people I thought that “Son of Sam” laws made it illegal for murderers, especially serial killers to make money off of their crimes including their story, crafts made in prison and personal items. I never really thought about all that would go into those laws but it just seems like common sense, you can not or should not make money off of the fact that you killed someone.
It seems, though, that you can.

I have never been a murderabilia fan. I do not collect art or letters from serial killers. I have been aware that it is for sale for a long time. I just always thought that the people who sold it and profited from it were the “fans” or “collectors” that received it from the criminal. I thought that maybe they did ‘pay’ for these ‘gifts’ from the killers, but not directly. I thought it was more like they made some kind of ‘friendship’ with the killer and in that process gave them ‘gifts’ over time, not payment for goods, gifts. Perhaps they sent them a bit of money so that the killer could buy cigarettes or extra soap from the commissary.
I did not think there were set ups where (example:) Jeff Dahmer could have Joe Public sell his painting online for $500.00 and Dahmer (again an example, I know he is dead) gets all the cash expect for small fees. Or even a 50/50 split. I just thought that somehow that was watched and stopped if it was caught. I also thought that there were restrictions on ow much a prisoner could have in his account.

I did not know that in some places it was still legal for the actual murderer themselves to profit directly. Without even trying to make it seem like he was not selling. I did not think that there was anywhere that a killer could come out and say “Hey, want my hair? Pay me and I will send you some.

Yes, I do see a difference. A private person who has not killed anyone who writes to a killer and gets a letter or painting or whatever who chooses to sell that item is just one curiosity seeker selling to another. I can relate this to people who collect other types of ‘strange’ art or even autographs. It is not something that I am into, but it does not make my skin crawl. I do not think that should be illegal even though some people might be upset or not like it. If that is the case, do not buy it.

(Video interview with a serial killer item collector / seller. He runs Serial Killer Central.)

The actual murderer getting direct monetary gain from his murder is very disturbing and I do not think that should be allowed. I am just not sure how to regulate it.

“Andy Kahan, a nationally recognized anti-murderabilia crusader, said the “third party” assisting Gaynor is based in Montreal and “is one of the main wheelers and dealers as far as murderabilia goes.

“They let (killers) know they have a business perhaps both can profit off of, and that’s how it begins. If there’s money to be made, these so-called entrepreneurs are going to find it.” – from the article above

I do have to admit that I do think that if Johnny the Killer is sending his stuff to his wife who sells it to try to support the kids I see that as a strange morally grey area. Do we punish the wife and or kids for his actions? (Like Boston Strangler, Albert De Salvo who wanted to make sure his wife and kids were cared for. He thought selling the story would help as well as her collecting the reward money.)

I am wondering if the families can sue the murderers. Even in cases where the money is being put into the commissary fund for the prisoner, can the families sue to get compensation from that? In cases where we know that it is a direct profit deal?

I do know that trying to figure out if Johnny the killer is sending his art, letters, or hair for direct profit would be hard especially if it is done with people on the outside that ‘support’ them and know the system. I guess passing the laws would be difficult and there are so many grey areas. There would have to be so many checks and balances to make sure there was no abuse. I wonder if it would really be possible to do.
(I had a friend in prison and I sent him money at Christmas time. He sent me a card for my birthday not long afterwards. I guess the prison officials could have interpreted that however they wanted to and made trouble for him or made it hard for us to stay in contact if they wanted to.)

I am not sure what the answer is. I know that it is very disturbing to think that someone who kills for the joy of killing can then go to prison and then get more joy by making money (in the case here) selling their hair just because they are known for killing. It is complicated.
I think that if or federal when laws are passed we need to make sure that not only the killers and sellers are monitored but also that the system is monitored to be sure that there is not abuse by officials. The laws would leave windows open for dishonest or abusive officials.

A Crime Library Article on the pros and cons of murderabilia.

An article from the Texas Tribune about a Senator trying to ban muderabilia sales.

Answers.com article on Son of Sam laws.

Wikipedia article on Son of Sam Laws.

Author ‘solves’ Hammersmith Nudes murder riddle

WEST London was gripped by a serial killer’s prostitute killing spree in the 1960s. The killer was never caught but one Welsh author is convinced his new book on the infamous Hammersmith Nudes Murders will blow the case wide open.

Bodies of prostitutes scatter the London streets. Their killer evades capture.

But this was not the Victorian streets of Whitechapel and the murderous spree of Jack the Ripper.

It was the Swinging Sixties, a time of peace and love, and the streets of Hammersmith.

Between 1959 and 1965 a total of eight woman were found murdered in the borough and in neighbouring Chiswick and Brentford.

The sex-worker slaying was dubbed the Hammersmith Nudes Murders because each victim was found naked except for stockings and dumped in areas around London or in the River Thames.

The imaginative nickname given to the unknown serial killer was Jack the Stripper.

It stumped police officers investigating the case, led by Chief Superintendent John Du Rose, who interviewed almost 7,000 suspects in a desperate bid to catch the culprit.

The finger of suspicion for the murders was pointed firmly at security guard Mungo Ireland, who worked on the Heron Trading Estate, in Ealing, where final victim Bridget O’Hara was found in 1965.

Former British boxing heavyweight champion Freddie Mills has also been named as a potential suspect for the horrific crimes but no-one was ever charged with the offences.

Ireland committed suicide in March 1965 under the pressure of suspicion while Mills was shot in the head in his car in July 1965 and the death of both suspects led police to close the book on the case.

But Welsh author Neil Milkins, of Roseheyworth, Abertillery, believes his upcoming book ‘Who is Jack the Stripper?’ will finally clear both men of the crimes.

The former tree-felling contractor has been working on his manuscript since injury forced him to call time on his career in 2006.

And Mr Milkins believes it is Welsh child killer Harold Jones, who was living in Fulham at the time of the murders, who was the infamous serial killer.

Jones was jailed for 20 years in the 1920s after murdering an eight and 11-year-old when he was just 15.

After his release he moved to Fulham and that is when Mr Milkins believes he began his reign of terror.

He said: “I became interested in the Hammersmith Nudes case when writing a book about Harold Jones’ child murders.

“The more I looked into it, the more I am convinced he was Jack the Stripper. We know he was living in Hestercombe Avenue as Harry Stevens until 1962. The next record is from 1965 when he was living in Aldensley Road as Harry Jones.

“It is certain that a psychopath with the capability of committing callous crimes and covering them up was around the area.

“I am hoping my book will finally give the Mills and Ireland family some peace and finally allow their dead relatives to rest in peace.”

The book will reveal all and is set to be published in April to coincide with a one hour documentary to be screened on the Crime & Investigation Channel and hosted by presenter Fred Dineage and top criminologist Professor David Wilson.

“It will be great to finally see the book out there,” said Mr Milkins. “I think it will finally lay the mystery to rest. Harold Jones had a form of cancer which I think stopped his murdering spree and he may have also realised how lucky he was that the case was closed.”

Mr Milkins is hoping to trace relatives of Andrew Chin Guan Ho in a bid to track down some archive photographs for his final manuscript.

Actor Mr Ho co-owned Nite Spot, in Charing Cross Road, with Mills in the 1960s.

If you can help call Mr Milkins on 01495 213744 or 07989 555376. You can also email n.milkin@sky.com.

TIMELINE

Elizabeth Figg, 21, found near River Thames in Chiswick on June 17, 1959.

Gwynneth Rees, 22, dumped in rubbish tip November 8, 1963.

Hannah Tailford, 30, found on February 2, 1964 near Hammersmith Bridge. Stangled with underwear forced down her throat.

Irene Lockwood, 26, found on April 8, 1964 on the shore of the Thames.

Helen Barthelemy, 22, found on April 24, 1964, in an alleyway in Brentford.

Mary Fleming, 30, July 14, 1964, discovered in Chiswick.

Frances Brown, 21, found in Kensington in November 25, 1964.

Bridget O’Hara, 28, found in Heron Trading Estate in Ealing in January 1965.

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I’ll have to read more.

Currently Reading

I am one of those annoying people that marks her books up underlining, highlighting, writing motes in the margins and sometimes arguing with the author.
Right now I am reading Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky. It is not a bad book, it is a little dated (BTK was still unidentified) and I have made many notes in the margins with updates.
I am going to write more specifics as I read along but right now I want to say that the book is very swayed by the author’s experience. When he writes about the serial killers in the 1960’s you can tell that the book was not written by an expert in sociology or in criminal behavior. He talks about some events as if the entire world saw it that way, but in reality it is his opinion. Usually rather than take away from the book it adds to it with a personal perspective that ‘expert’ authored books sometimes miss.
The biggest problem with his lack of expertise is that he concentrates more on the ‘popular’ Serial Killers and often quotes or references other true crime writers rather than official sources. When explaining the Organized Serial Killer he has 40 pages on Ted Bundy and mostly refers to things written by Ann Rule. I am not saying that is a bad thing in itself but the author then spends a mere 1 paragraph explaining the disorganized killer by using Miguel Rivera. The fact that the author choose to delve so deeply into Bundy, even after admitting that there are volumes upon volumes already on Bundy and then only glossing over on the opposite side is telling.
In all fairness Mr. Vronsky admits right off that he is not an expert. His interest in the subject was spurred by having fleeting meetings with 2 serial killers in his lifetime. He bumped into Richard Cottingham (nicknamed the New York Torso Killer) in a motel in NY and spoke briefly with Andrei Chikatilo (The Rostov Ripper) in Russia while making a documentary.

I am still pretty much in the beginning chapters. The book is a good read but it is definitely not a deep probe into the mind of serial killers as of yet.

I’ll write more later.
Lisa

Serial Killer’s Wife Shares Her Story | TheLoop21.com

Serial Killer’s Wife Shares Her Story | TheLoop21.com.

She tells her tale and blames the war…….

F.B.I’s Hit of the Year

Two cold cases solved.

10/25/10

January 1972. A man was murdered—stabbed more than 50 times in his San Diego, California home. His house had been ransacked, and his car was stolen. Police recovered latent fingerprints from the crime scene, but at that time there was no national automated system available to match the prints. All possible leads were followed, but the case eventually went cold.

October 1978. Similar story: A man was stabbed to death inside his home in Bird Key, Florida. The house had been burglarized, and his car taken. Police found latent prints on the victim’s television set, but weren’t able to search the prints on a national level. Investigators exhausted every lead, but they could never identify the perpetrator.

What do these decades-old murder cases have in common? Two things. They were both recently solved by local law enforcement…with the assistance of the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS, a national repository of fingerprints and criminal history records launched in 1999. And both cases were chosen by our Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) to receive its “Hit of the Year” award.

B.T.K. The World’s Most Elusive Killer

Interesting video, multiple parts.

Dennis Rader.