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News and Updates

Gary Ridgway did plea guilty as expected to the murder of  20-year-old Rebecca Marrero in 1982.

The convicted killer started to apologize in court on Friday for Marrero’s murder, but was cut off when an unidentified man sitting with the victim’s family began shouting obscenities at him.

The victim’s sister, Mary Marrero, her 79-year-old mother standing shakily at her side, told King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts that her family has been devastated by the murder and wished that Ridgway faced the death penalty.

“The day she came up missing I wanted to kill myself,” Mary Marrero said, her voice breaking. “I still feel that today … There is so much anger. What does it take to get the death penalty in the state of Washington? I do not agree with this plea deal.”

“If I had one thing to ask today, it would be to kill him,” she said.


Herbert Mullin was (surprise) denied parole again.

A former Felton man convicted of murdering 10 people, including a 4-year-old child, an elderly man and a priest, was denied parole Thursday during a hearing at Mule Creek State Prison, the District Attorney’s Office reported Friday.

Serial killer Herbert Mullin, 63, murdered 13 people in roughly a four month period in 1972 and 1973.

He was convicted in 1973 of 10 killings in Santa Cruz County. He was also convicted of killing a priest in Los Gatos in the confessional booth and admitted to two additional slayings for which he was never charged.

The killing spree was one of three in Santa Cruz County in the 1970s, earning the county the dark sobriquet of being the murder capitol of the world.


Milwaukee accused serial killer Walter Ellis pleaded no contest to the charges against him.

A Milwaukee man accused of killing seven women over 21 years pleaded no contest to all charges against him Friday.

Fifty-year-old Walter Ellis pleaded no contest to five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree murder.

The women were killed between 1986 and 2007.

Ellis, who was convicted by Judge Dennis Cimpl, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.


Craig Price will not be allowed to take a trip from Florida to Rhode Island to argue his appeal. His violent behavior in prison and the cost were both listed as reasons. I hope they never let him out. This is one scary guy.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Craig Price, the state’s youngest serial killer, who terrified Rhode Islanders in the 1980s, will not return from prison in Florida to argue his appeal before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that it would decide Price’s appeal based on written arguments unless Price requests within 30 days that a court appoint a lawyer to argue orally on his behalf. The court directed that Price or his standby lawyer could file such a request on his behalf.

In ruling, the court said it was mindful of the cost of transporting Price from prison in Florida and his recent admission to assaulting a correctional office there.

Price was 15 in 1989 when he confessed to brutally stabbing and bludgeoning Joan Heaton and her daughters, Melissa and Jennifer, after slipping in through their window at night. Price also admitted to the unsolved murder of another Buttonwoods neighbor, Rebecca Spencer, two years earlier.

Price refused to take a psychiatric exam until 1994. Then, after he took the test, the court concluded that Price had not been truthful with the psychiatrist and, therefore, had “not cooperated with the examination, even though he had participated.”

The attorney general initiated a criminal-contempt charge against Price for refusing to participate in the psychiatric program. A jury convicted him after a trial in 1997, and Judge Albert E. DeRobbio Sr. sentenced Price to 25 years in prison, 10 years to serve and 15 suspended.

The state Supreme Court in 2003 affirmed Price’s criminal-contempt conviction. But the court left open the opportunity for him to petition to reduce his 25-year sentence.

Price is seeking relief from the contempt sentence, arguing it was excessive and unconstitutional. The attorney general’s office counters that the sentence is proportionate with the years-long contempt Price showed for the court order regarding treatment.

Source and a link to the Court Documents here.

Also, America’s Most Wanted has updated 2 serial killer cases on their site.

Daytona Beach Serial Killer

Interstate 65 Serial Killer

You can see the full Serial Killer Episode by clicking on the link on my video page.

Hilton and Rodriguez updates

Gary M Hilton

Gary Hilton has been found guilty in Florida. The jury is deciding his fate.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A jury convicted a drifter of murder Tuesday in the decapitation slaying of a woman in the Florida Panhandle, a case that resembles a Georgia killing for which the man is already serving a life sentence.

Gary Michael Hilton, 64, sat stone-faced as Circuit Judge James Hankinson read the verdict after the 12-member jury had deliberated for three hours and 40 minutes.

Hilton could get a death sentence for murdering 46-year-old nurse and Sunday school teacher Cheryl Dunlap of Crawfordville. He also was convicted of kidnapping and stealing the victim’s ATM card but acquitted of taking her car.

Jurors will return Thursday to hear testimony about whether to recommend death or life in prison, the only other penalty allowed for the murder conviction. Hankinson will not be bound by their decision, but he must give it great weight.

Hilton received a life term in Georgia after pleading guilty to murder in the January 2008 slaying of 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson

The bodies of both victims were found in forests, and each had been beheaded.

Hilton, who declined to testify, also is a suspect in at least three other killings in Florida and North Carolina.

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Another Link about HIlton

Antonio Rodriguez











Antonio Rodriguez aka the Kensington Strangler, might be facing the death penalty. The prosecutor plans to seek it in his case.

Prosecutors to seek death penalty against alleged serial killer

February 09, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff

Philadelphia prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against suspected serial strangler Antonio Rodriguez, according to District Attorney spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson.

Rodriguez appeared at a preliminary hearing Wednesday where two police detectives read confessions Rodriguez gave regarding three women he allegedly killed and sexually assaulted between November and December of last year, according to Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bretschneider.

Nicknamed the Kensington strangler, the 21-year-old Rodriguez was arrested after DNA testing linked him to the attacks in the city’s Kensington district, according to Detective Justin Frank.

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I wish both sets of prosecutors luck!

Adam Walsh and the monsters.

Adam Walsh

Adam Walsh

I remember when Adam Walsh disappeared, I think most people who were alive then still do. I also remember when his head was found and the investigation that followed. The news reported on the search for the body, for clues, for the killer. The press showed the parents and extended family on the news almost every night. I think many people began to feel that they ‘knew’ this family.
Then John Walsh became a figure-head in the rights and search for missing kids and eventually he became a ‘face’ for all victims, not just children. I have watched AMW from the start and I have great respect for this family, for them turning such a tragedy into something that helps all of society. I can not imagine their pain, what it di to each of them individually or as a family.
I watched over the years as the suspects were looked at and I smiled when the police finally named Ottis Toole the killer. I was even happy that it did not happen until after his death, Ottis never got to be the ‘Walsh Kid Killer’. He died as a loser, known best as Lucas’ gay lover, a known liar and at most a mere arsonist in many’s eyes. (Not that I don’t take arson as a serious crime, but in the caste-system of criminals it is nowhere near serial killer status.)
It’s like how no matter who Lucas did kill he will forever be the one who did not kill Orange Socks, no matter how much wanted to have been her killer.
They both confessed to so many killing, for causing so much pain that they never did they became jokes. I know that they did kill people, but in the mind of the public in general they are wanna be serial killers, no matter what they actually did. They tried to be the scariest monsters and ended up dismissed by most.
Serial killers get off on being the biggest monster in the closet. They like to dangle possible information in front of the police, the public and the families of those that they have killed. All to often I have read how Bundy, Lucas, Shaffer, Olson and so on tried to make deals for bodies! They like to almost confess, just to keep attention on themselves. It is sickening.

Toole did that with Adam. He used that poor baby’s pain and the family’s (and societies) pain for attention. He mentioned it to other prisoners, to the guards and to detectives. He always said just enough to gain attention but never enough to give any closure to the family or to the world. He would confess then retract. It was a game, a sick game that he played to get attention.
Some might think that the game gave Toole ‘something’ even if it only gave him some of the attention he craved, but I do not think so. His claims went largely ignored. He did not get what he wanted.
Toole could only get the occasional glimmer of a spotlight but he could never hold it or have it full force.

So why am I writing about this now?

Seems that there is a new book coming out that has stirred some debate. The book supposedly has new information (or at least information not released to the public before) that proves Toole was the killer. I think that the book is actually about the entire case, but in pointing out all that the police missed, messed up, forgot and overlooked the author pulls out some new information including the fact that some photos of the carpet from Toole’s trunk show what might be Adam’s facial outline in a Luminol glow. (An article about the controversy here, no real information on the book though.)
There is a lot controversy going on about the upcoming book. I am not going to spend too much time trying to disprove or prove something that I have not even seen. I can not do that. Maybe after I read it I will have an opinion, I’m funny like that.
What I do want to write about is the other controversy that was stirred back up by this book.
The battle of the monsters.

The book is from the camp that believes that Ottis Toole killed Adam but there is another camp out there. They believe that Jeffery Dahmer was Adam’s killer.

Let me just say I think the killer was Toole.

I have read a good deal of the evidence and I do think that the right monster was named as Adam’s killer. I admit, this opinion is based on web information, the fact that John Walsh thinks Toole did it and the fact that the police think that he did it. The police admit that they screwed up and due to their screw ups the prosecutor decided not to prosecute Toole, waiting for more evidence to hopefully come to light. That acknowledgement alone says volumes.

Of course there are some things that point at Jeffery. He was Florida at the time. He was later found to be a killer that dismembered his victims. Some of his victims were just teens. There were a few eye witnesses that said they saw Jeffery at the mall that day. There was a blue van at the mall and Jeffery had access to a blue van.

My issues with these things:
Jeffery wanted a companion. Yes, he was attracted to younger looking guys but Adam was a little guy and only 6 years old. He was not what Jeffery was looking for. Jeffery had already killed a man his age so he knew that he could do ‘get what he wanted’ and would not have needed to kill a helpless child to gain courage to do what he really wanted to do. I doubt he would have went after a 6-year-old in a mall.
Jeffery was not the abduction type. He lured and drugged and seduced his victims. It was part of the game to him, his fantasy. The witnesses report a boy screaming and fighting and resisting. That was not how Jeffery operated and in my opinion that would have scared him, he would have known the attention he was getting and he (not all would, I am just referring to Jeffery’s personality) would have stopped.
The eye witnesses came forward AFTER seeing Jeffery on the news for his other killings. They were associating him with the crime. One of the witnesses gave a description, then said it could have been the security guard until they saw Jeffery on the news, then they said it was him. They swear that it was him even though it was 10 years later when they saw him on the news. I have serious doubts, I am not saying that they are lying I am saying I think they are probably mistaken.
The blue van at the mall was illegally parked. Jeffery was not stupid, if he was going into a mall to find a victim he would not have parked in a way to attract attention. Also, it has been reported that the van at the mall was a different make than the van that Jeffery had access to.
Also, in 1992, Florida police interviewed Dahmer in a prison in Wisconsin. At the request of John Walsh who had heard that some thought that Dahmer could be his son’s killer the Broward County district attorney took the death penalty off the table. They figured that that would increase the odds that Dahmer would confess if he did kill Adam.
Jeffery denied it. He admitted to so many other killings in great detail but denied this one.

There are more things that people say point to Jeffery Dahmer and things that contradict those things.

I agree with the police and with John Walsh, Jeffery Dahmer did not kill Adam. Jeffery was a monster and the world is safer and a better place without Jeffery but not because he had anything to do with the awful crime against Adam Walsh.

Well the new book coming out, as I said, is supposed to prove Toole killed Adam and this has greatly upset those that think that Dahmer did it. It has upset some of those people enough that they are suing the authors and the Hollywood, Florida police department to make them release documents and photos from the book and from the case records.

I find that suspicious. I can not help but think that the man doing this, a man who is one of the witnesses that says that he saw Dahmer at the mall that day, is up to something. I wonder if he has own book that he was going to have released that could be hurt by this. I mean if there is indisputable proof in the book he could be left looking like an ass.

The public records suit that seeks the release of Matthews’ report was brought by retired Miami Herald press operator Willis Morgan. Morgan, who lives in Hallandale Beach, claims to have encountered Jeffrey Dahmer, another notorious serial killer at the Hollywood Mall on the day Adam was abducted. The defendants are Wagner, Broward State Attorney Michael Satz and Matthews.

I think that I am more interested in why Mr. Morgan is so upset about all this than I am in the actual book.
I just hope that Adam’s family can ignore this. I think if I am going to read a book about this case now though, it will be Tears of Rage by John Walsh.

More Information here

Here is the made for tv movie Adam based on this story. I only the link for part one as this post is long enough. It is easy enough to follow the links to watch the whole thing.

Another article.

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

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

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.

Unknown Serial Killers in Florida

Daytona Beach and Ft Meyers serial murders unsolved.

Video here

Dr. Sidney Merin has interviewed dozens of serial killers. He says they have many different characteristics. But one fact ties them all together: they were abused physically or psychologically during their childhoods by family of friends.

That is just not true.
Not all serial killers were abused as children.
There are many cases of serial killers who were not abused.
Dr. Merin might have interviewed ‘dozens’ but he has bought into a common misconception and is spreading misinformation.
He has to realize that they lie. Yeah, imagine that, serial killers lie and exaggerative the truth. They jump on ‘band wagons’ and try to illicit attention and sympathy.

It is sad when so called experts ‘buy into’ this sort of thing, it gives a blanket excuse to these killers. It does buy them some sort of sympathy in some minds.

The actual story is interesting although a bit fractured and confusing in the video.
The Dr. is just very uninformed. Or worse, he is trying to become another talk t.v. bobble head.

I got a chance to see the reconstructed faces of eight men whose remains were found in a makeshift graveyard, just four miles from downtown Ft. Myers.

Police say they were all the victims of a serial killer.

The remains were found along an isolated road. Now profilers tell me some serial killers choose to hide their victims, others like to display them.

But this killer chose to hide his victims deep in the woods, a place he probably revisited many times to relive the kill.

Investigators have never released the cause of death for the victims in this case, nor have they ever named a prime suspect. But one thing is certain: this killer, like any others, doesn’t value life……….

Daytona Beach is know for it’s great car races and beaches. But a serial killer is on the loose there, too.

All of the women were assaulted, and then shot to death point blank range. Investigators say this killer is very dominate, and according to police, this serial killer targets prostitutes, especially along a stretch of highway called Ridgewood.

Unlike the Ft. Myers case, police say they have tons of physical evidence and they know the killer used a 40-caliber handgun.

Police say this serial killer has been profiled as a white male with no criminal record. They say he is probably a professional in a stable relationship or married.

But so far, Daytona Beach Police have not one lead to follow and fear he will strike again.

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