Night in Moscow by John Philpin
-- Between dusk on July 21, and
dawn, July 22, four women were murdered
on the streets of Moscow. The total
number of victims - all women -
stands at ten since July 1. Does
this city of ten million, capitol
of the Russian Federation, have
a serial killer preying on its women?
Or does it, as some locals insist,
have two serial killers at work?
Or, as the police suggest, are two
killers insufficient to accommodate
all the victims who, they say, have
little in common.
mother of an accused killer asks
herself why? -- "Rage in
his heart? Wanting to be noticed?
The sickness he has?"
she wonders. "Is it the sins of the father?
I don't know."
Imani Taymullah wonders why her son, Joshua
Andrews would do something like this.
1974, serial killer, Dennis
Rader aka BTK Serial Killer, president
of his church, Boy Scout Leader, and
a city compliance officer began a fourteen-year
murder spree in Wichita, Kansas. He taunted
the public and the police with letters,
copies of evidence, clues, and puzzles.
In 1988, the killings stopped. But in
2004 a Wichita newspaper received a letter
with a clue; it was apparent that BTK
Murderers: Women Who Kill by
Trina Robbins, Max Allan Collins "She
wasn't even five feet tall, weighed
90 pounds, wrote poetry, and died
young, riddled with bullets, with
a machine gun in her lap." The
infamous Bonnie Parker, immortalized
in the movie Bonnie and Clyde, is
only one of a select group of 20
women killers whose stories are
told in Tender Murderers. Others
include Charlotte Corday, of Marat-Sade
fame; Belle Starr, the "Petticoat
Terror of the Plains"; and
Phoolan Devi, India's
"bandit queen," who died as she
lived. A section on "Women Who Missed," such
as Valerie Solanas, founder of the Society
for Cutting Up Men and attempted assassin
of Andy Warhol, and Amy Fisher, the "Long
Island Lolita." From murderous moms and
molls to plucky pirates and Appalachian ax-handlers,
Tender Murderers is a rogue's gallery of fascinating
female killers. Photographs are included.
or convicted serial killers in Washington --
What is a serial killer? Even the
nation's leading experts don't agree.
The most general definition is based
on numbers and patterns: Two or
more unrelated victims in distinctly
separate incidents. The Northwest
has a notorious history of "prototype" killers
-- among them are Ted
Bundy and the Green
River Killer. Less infamous
killers claimed scores of lives.
Convicted of only 1 or 2 murders,
but suspected of more. Suspected
or convicted serial killers in Washington
Days of Terror: The Compelling
True Story of the Hunt and Capture
of the Beltway Snipers by Angie
Cannon -- In October 2002, a nation
still recovering from the 9/11 attacks
found itself under siege by a seemingly
unstoppable enemy. For 23 days,
the area around Washington, DC,
was the hunting ground for a pair
of serial snipers who struck at
random, killing from afar, only
to vanish time and time again. With
each attack, they raised the stakes,
taunting the authorities to try
to stop them -- until their luck
ran out. Here the complete chronicle
of the days in October that took
10 innocent lives and wounded 3
others; the means and methods used
by law enforcement -- their mistakes;
the suspects' backgrounds and possible
motives; and the fear that gripped
five million people.
the Window: The Terrifying True
Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy
Lynn Sells by Diane Fanning
-- Krystal Surles watched in horror
as her best friend was murdered
at the hands of an intruder. Then
he brought a 12" boning knife
to Krystal's throat. He severed
her windpipe and left her for dead.
She survived and lead authorities
to the arrest of year-old Tommy
Lynn Sells, 35, a former truck
driver, carnival worker, and cross-country
drifter. With no motive and no pattern
to his bloodshed, Sells carved his
way across country for 2 decades
slaughtering women, men, transients,
entire families, teenagers, and
infants. Through The Window is an
utterly terrifying plunge into the
dark mind of a serial killer, and
the story of the brave child who
brought him to justice.
The Savage Trail of a True American
Harold Schechter -- America's first
serial killer? As a child, Earle
Leonard Nelson was obsessed with
the Bible; before puberty, he had
an insatiable, aberrant sex drive.
By his teens, his family feared
him. In the winter of 1926, he began
16 months of rape, barbaric defilement
and murders that spanned the US
and Canada. Everything about Nelson
seems bizarre, from his family,
his eating habits and religious
obsessions. He killed women of all
ages, from all walks of life, with
The Shocking True Story of America's
First Serial Killer by Harold
Schechter -- Herman Mudgett, Dr.
H. H. Holmes, seemed the epitome
of the late 19th century "Golden
Age": a self-made entrepreneur.
He was a liar, bigamist, debtor,
con man and murderer. The setting
for several murders was the bizarre "castle" he
built in Chicago with mazelike corridors,
soundproof rooms, sealed vaults,
oversized furnaces, and chutes to
the cellar. Holmes planned to use
a corpse supplied by a doctor to
fake his partner's death but ended
up killing the partner, his wife
and 5 children.
Poison by M. William Phelps-- In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was
a dedicated nurse so why were her patients
dying? So many sudden deaths occurred colleagues
called her the "Angel of Death." Gilbert's
facade concealed a liar and narcissistic sociopath.
She sabotaged patients to strike back at staffers.
She engaged in an obsessive affair with hospital
security guard, James Perrault. When her husband
objected, she tried to kill him with a lethal
injection. August 1995 - February 1996, helpless
patients trusted a killer, her weapon a drug
capable of causing fatal heart attacks. Kristen
may be responsible for 40 deaths. As law closed
faking suicide attempts, harassing witnesses,
stalking her ex-boyfriend, and terrorizing
the hospital with bomb threats.
Execution of a Serial Killer: One Man's Experience
Witnessing the Death Penalty by Joseph D. Diaz -- Diaz
exposes the mind of a deranged and violent serial
killer and the origins of the criminal's deadly
urges. He transports the reader to inside the death
chamber of the Florida State Prison. It describes
the life and the death of a serial killer, and
the impact his execution had on a witness the killer
never even knew.
Killers by Robert D. Keppel,
William J. Birnes -- Compelling insights into the murderer, whose
key characteristic is he kills multiple people,
and leaves a signature
behind at every crime scene. Keppel's
been involved in more than 2,000 murder investigations,
50 high-profile serial cases. He covers "the
essence of torture," "the anger-retaliation
signature," "the piquerism signature," "the
psychological imprint of a sadist," and
why Jeffrey Dahmer is "the black hole
at the end of the continuum."