Las Vegas police are turning to the public for help in capturing a suspected serial killer who police believe shot four people within several days. Two of the victims have died.
According to ABC News, police believe the shootings are random and target the homeless. Three of the victims were not only homeless, but were also sleeping at the time they were shot, Capt. Robert Plummer of the Las Vegas Police said at a Tuesday news conference. He called the man’s actions cowardly, especially for targeting vulnerable people.
“We must stop this man before he shoots and kills someone else,” Plummer said.
The two men who have died have been identified as 68-year-old James Edgar Lewis and 51-year-old Brian Wayne Clegg, reported the New York Daily News. The shooting spree began on January 29, and the first shooting took place at a grocery store parking lot, said police. Though the victim
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Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur has been accused of killing at least two individuals after flower pots with human remains were discovered by police. Now, in an interview with CBC News, an acquaintance of McArthur’s named Peter Sgromo has described a frightening sexual encounter with the alleged murderer.
Sgromo had known McArthur for more than a decade. In the interview, he describes a sexual situation with McArthur that devolved into sexual violence.
“We were kissing, kissing turned into some petting. Then he undid my shirt, undid his shirt,” he said. At that point McArthur grabbed Sgromo’s head and pulled it towards his crotch. Sgromo resisted.
“Then he really grabbed my neck, violently twisted it, right to his crotch and his pants were undone. That’s when I really was quite disturbed.”
Sgromo later slipped away after lying about his dog’s health, saying he needed to leave: “And to me, that was my escape,” he
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Marilyn Hartman was described as a “serial stowaway” by the Chicago Tribune due to her long history of sneaking onto flights. A judge barred Hartman from entering both O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago after she was charged with felony theft for sneaking onto a British airways jet on January 14, 2018, according to CNN. She had reportedly flown to Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom without having paid for a ticket, which would have cost $2,400. She had no boarding pass and no passport. She was also charged with criminal trespassing over the incident.
After getting out of jail only three days prior, Hartman was arrested again at about 1:30am on Sunday at O’Hare. She is currently being held in police custody for violating her bail bond. She will be kept in custody until her court date on Wednesday.
Hartman had been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation after flying to Heathrow and was
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NEW YORK, NY – January 29, 2018 – Oxygen Media, the new destination for high-quality crime programming, debuts “Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” hosted by Kate Snow, NBC News Senior National Correspondent, on Sunday, February 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special delves deep into Andrew Cunanan’s maniacal and calculated killing spree, culminating in the shocking and untimely death of fashion icon Gianni Versace. For more information visit Oxygen.com.
“Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” re-examines the infamous manhunt for Cunanan through new and revisited expert insider interviews. No two people could have been more different than Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan. The first, a world renowned fashion designer whose friends included Elton John, Madonna and Princess Diana. The second, a deranged social climber whose delusional boasts involved exotic travel, money and celebrity. In 1997, their worlds collided in South Beach, the place Versace had come for inspiration, and the place Cunanan journeyed
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A suspected serial killer is accused of murdering nine people in just three weeks, including his own mother and stepfather. Cleophus Cooksey Jr., of Phoenix, Arizona, was originally arrested for shooting his parents, 56-year-old Rene Cooksey and 54-year-old Edward Nunn, in their home on December 17.
“Our detectives didn’t stop there, they kept digging,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said during a Thursday press conference, according to the New York Daily News.
Now, police have tied him to an additional seven murders, all of which are believed to have taken place between November 27 and December 17 in the Phoenix area. All were shot, reported NBC News.
Police were able to link Cooksey, 35, to the victims through the gun he used. Because the killings did not follow any discernible modus operandi, police did not realize that they had a serial killer on their hands until they arrested Cooksey for
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Police in Los Angeles have arrested an alleged serial rapist they have been trying to track down after they witnessed one of his victims fall out of his car. According to The Washington Post, police held a press conference on Wednesday, where they announced the arrest of 35-year-old Ferdinand Ervin Flowers of Long Beach.
“We believe we have the right predator off the streets who committed these horrible crimes,” Justin Eisenberg, LAPD chief of detectives, said at the news conference.
Flowers, a security guard, allegedly robbed a 19-year-old woman at gunpoint before trying to force her to have sex with him on Friday, according to The Washington Post. The brave woman fought him off and fell out of his car in plain sight of two police detectives, who happened to be in the area investigating that very case. Flowers was arrested on kidnapping and sexual assault charges,
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A serial killer from South Carolina, convicted of murdering seven people earlier this year, has written a letter confessing to killing others. Todd Kohlhepp, 46, penned an 8-page letter to a publication in his state, the Herald-Journal, claiming he has killed others.
“Yes there is more than seven,” Kohlhepp wrote in the letter. “I tried to tell investigators and I did tell FBI, but it was blown off. It’s not an addition problem, it’s an multiplication problem. Leaves the state and leaves the country. Thank you private pilot’s license.”
He also wrote, “At this point, I really don’t see any reason to give numbers or locations.”
Is he telling the truth in the chilling letter? Brad Garrett, an ABC News contributor said that it is common for serial killers to lie about killing more in order to get more publicity because their entire identity is based on body count. Regardless, police
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A sign language interpreter at a local news conference in Tampa, Florida communicated in completely indecipherable sentences. The briefing, set up to discuss the recent arrest of Howell Donaldson on Wednesday night, became the subject of criticism after members of the area’s deaf community said they could not understand the translation at all. Now, police say they are not even sure how the interpreter got there in the first place.
“Fifty-one hours ago, zero 12 22 (indecipherable) murder three minutes in 14 weeks ago in old (indecipherable) murder four five 55,000 plea 10 arrest murder bush (indecipherable) three age 24,” signed Derlyn Roberts at the conference, according to NBC Miami.
“She sat up there and waved her arms like she was singing Jingle Bells,” said local sign language instructor Rachell Settambrino. “I was disappointed, confused, upset and really want to know why the city of Tampa’s chief of police, who is responsible
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Late Tuesday night, an arrest was made in connection with the serial killings that have left Tampa in fear for the past 51 days. Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, was arrested and will face four counts of first-degree murder, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said during a press conference.
“The real goal is to let the people of Seminole Heights be able to get a good night’s sleep,” Dugan said. “It’s been 51 days that they’ve been terrorized in their neighborhood and it is about letting these families know that we’re going to bring this person to justice and letting this neighborhood get some rest.”
Four people were shot in death, at random, in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood starting in early October. Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was shot around 9 PM on October 9 while waiting at a bus stop, CNN reported. Two days after Mitchell died, Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/howell-emanuel-donaldson-arrest-florida-serial-killer
A new report from The New Yorker reveals that it’s possible that more than 2,000 serial killers are at large in the United States. Archivist and researcher Thomas Hargrove has been tracking and analyzing data as it pertains to serial killers independently for years now.
Hargrove has been working on the Murder Accountability Project (MAP), a non-profit that collects data on murders and sends it to an algorithm Hargrove created, which he calls his serial killer detector. A serial killing, according to the FBI’s official definition, is the “unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events.”
The F.B.I. believes that less than one percent of murders each year are conducted by serial killers. But, Hargrove thinks that this number is higher.
“How do I know?” he told the New Yorker. “A few years ago, I got some people at the F.B.I. to run the
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