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August 18, 2005: The BTK Killer Receives 10 Consecutive Life Sentences

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On August 18, 2005 Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK killer, received 10 consecutive life sentences for a series of murders.  The serial killer’s moniker stood for “bind, torture, and kill.” He terrorized the Wichita, Kansas area for decades and when his identity was revealed it stunned his community: The seemingly normal Rader was married with children, a Boy Scout troop leader and an active church member. But he had a much darker side.

In 1974 he strangled four members of the Oteros family in their home.

After the killings, he began toying with police and the media, and seeking out fame for his crimes. He placed a letter in a public library book, claiming responsibility for killing the Otero family. In it, he wrote: “It’s hard to control myself. You probably call me

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Face-Biting Killer Frat Boy Austin Harrouff Won’t Face Death Penalty

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the Florida State University student who savagely murdered a couple and attempted to eat the face off one of his victim’s, according to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper. Austin Harrouff, 20, faces a litany of charges, including first-degree murder, for the attack which occurred exactly a year ago Tuesday, and resulted in the deaths of Michelle Mishcon, 53, and John Stevens III, 59.

“After careful review of the case and applying the statute that controls the seeking of the death penalty, it was decided to not seek it,” said assistant state attorney Jeff Hendriks, who is prosecuting the case. Members of the victim’s families were told about the decision earlier in the week, including John Stevens IV, who had previously told West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV he had hoped the state would seek Harrouff’s execution.

It was August 15, 2016, when the bodybuilding

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Netflix’s Creepy New Serial Killer Show ‘Mindhunter’ Is Based On A Terrifying True Story

Today, Netflix dropped the first full trailer for its upcoming crime series “Mindhunter.” Directed by David Fincher (best known for his work on the “Gone Girl” film and “Zodiac”), the new series is set to explore the horror and drama behind some of the earliest investigations into serial killers.

Starring Johnathon Groff as Holden Ford and Holt McCallany as Bill Tench, the show is based on the real-life work of  John E. Douglas and Robert K. Ressler. Douglas and Ressler were FBI agents specifically assigned with the task of investigating what would eventually be known as serial murder.

The show is loosely based on the criminal psychology book of the same title, a groundbreaking work that explored the motives behind some of the country’s most gruesome repeat murderers. The book details the beginnings of what become known as psychological profiling, which is a theory used by investigators suggesting parts of a killer’s personality

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Serial Killer Cosmo DiNardo Claims To Have Murdered At Least Two Others

The suspect who has confessed to murdering four young men and burying their bodies on his parents farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania is now claiming he has killed before.

According to CBS Philadelphia, 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo has confessed that he was involved in at least two other killings in Philadelphia over the last five years.

“Given what he was already been accused of it’s certainly a possibility we would be remissed if we didn’t investigate further,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told NBC Philadelphia.

Last week, DiNardo  confessed to murdering Jimi Taro Patrick, 19; Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21. The four young men were shot and buried on DiNardo’s family farm. Families of the four have announced funeral plans this week. 

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Behind Oxygen’s Killer Rebranding

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High-end true-crime series such as Netflix’s Making a Murderer and This American Life podcast Serial played a significant part in Oxygen’s decision to remake itself as the destination for crime series. The rebrand has been gradual, but it’s now kicking in in earnest, with a new logo making its way to air, and the resurrection of Dick Wolf’s Cold Justice series, which debuts July 22, among other crime show launches.

Rod Aissa, Oxygen executive VP of original programming and development, said the wildly popular crime series on Netflix and podcasts such as Serial revealed a younger version of the true-crime fan that Oxygen executives found intriguing. He speaks of a new wave of women consuming those pop-culture staples.

“We’re looking to engage with younger women,” he said, “this next generation of crime viewer.”

Oxygen was launched in 2000 by Geraldine Laybourne, Oprah Winfrey and

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Family Of Teenager Whose Killer Took Selfies With Body Finally Speaks

In February of 2015, teenager Ryan Mangan was murdered by his friend Maxwell Morton. Although it is unclear if the killing was an accident (first-degree murder charges were unsuccessfully pursued), Morton took selfies with the body before fleeing the scene, complicating the case. The story garnered national attention and speculation. Now, after two years, Mangan’s family and friends are speaking about the case in an interview with People.

“You don’t fully know who you are at 16,” says Ryan’s best friend, Jimmy Malik.

“We would do all kinds of stuff together,” says George Mangan Jr, Ryan’s father. “Gardening in the yard, we would plant trees and other stuff, He’d always be by my side, wanting to help or be there, do everything that I would do.”

“We did have some trouble with him, of course. He was a teenager,” added Ryan’s mother, Rebecca Murtland. “But we would have all that back today, I

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Family Of Teenager Whose Killer Took Selfies With Body Finally …

In February of 2015, teenager Ryan Mangan was murdered by his friend Maxwell Morton. Although it is unclear if the killing was an accident (first-degree murder charges were unsuccessfully pursued), Morton took selfies with the body before fleeing the scene, complicating the case. The story garnered national attention and speculation. Now, after two years, Mangan’s family and friends are speaking about the case in an interview with People.

“You don’t fully know who you are at 16,” says Ryan’s best friend, Jimmy Malik.

“We would do all kinds of stuff together,” says George Mangan Jr, Ryan’s father. “Gardening in the yard, we would plant trees and other stuff, He’d always be by my side, wanting to help or be there, do everything that I would do.”

“We did have some trouble with him, of course. He was a teenager,” added Ryan’s mother, Rebecca Murtland. “But we would have all that back today, I

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Prestige, Private Schools And The ‘Preppy Killer’: An Upper East Side ‘Rough Sex’ Murder

It was the early morning of August 26, 1986 when 18-year-old Jennifer Levin’s body was discovered by a cyclist riding through Central Park. Found strangled, bruised, with clothes disheveled and just a stone’s throw from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Levin’s killer would be arrested by police later that very same day.

As investigators pieced together the events leading up to Levin’s death, they discovered Levin had not only known the man who would eventually murder her, but she had had a few romantic flings with him as well. Robert Chambers Jr., 21, was quickly dubbed the “Preppy Killer” (and the event, the “Preppy Murder”) because of his privileged upbringing and reputation for flunking out of prep schools throughout New York.

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On the morning of Levin’s murder, the

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10 Terrifying Facts From The Green River Killer, Who Murdered At Least 49 Women

The Green River killer, which is the subject of this week’s Martinis Murder podcast, came onto the police and public’s radar with a bang on August 5, 1982, when three bodies were found in the Green River near Seattle. A few days later, three more bodies were found in the area. They were all young prostitutes working on and around the SeaTac strip, which is near the Seattle-Tacomah International Airport, and they had all been killed the same way.

Over the course of years, dozens more young sex workers would fall prey to the Green River Killer, who eluded police for 20 years. In a case that gripped the country, horrifyingly brutal acts were committed by a serial murderer who seemed like a ghost, as he deftly evaded capture by authorities who were sinking serious resources into the case. But in 2001, new DNA technology allowed old evidence to be thoroughly

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Killer Times Square Driver: ‘I’m Not Completely Sure What’s Wrong With Me’

Last week, Richard Rojas drove his Honda Accord into a busy sidewalk in New York City’s Times Square. The incident, which momentarily brought the city to a halt as experts wondered if the situation was terrorism-related, left one dead and 22 others injured. Now, Rojas has come forward admitting he has various mental health issues, but does not know what, specifically, is the problem.

“I’m not completely sure what’s wrong with me,’’ said Rojas to The New York Post on Sunday.

Rojas has since admitted that he was high on marijuana and PCP during the altercation. After running into almost two dozen people, Rojas had exited his car and reportedly screamed, “You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them!”

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In an

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