California killer given additional death sentences
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chester D. Turner is no stranger to murder or the punishment that comes with it. He squeezed the life out of more than a dozen women during a decade of terror, and two juries decided he should die for his crimes.
So it was merely a formality Friday that Turner, already on death row for 10 murders, was given four more death sentences for what a prosecutor called the city's most prolific serial killing.
Turner, 47, looked straight at Judge Robert Perry as he handed down the penalty for the string of inner-city killings during the crack cocaine epidemic. As Turner was led from court, he cursed at the prosecution and said, "I'll be back."
Defense portrays serial killer as remorseful addict
Defense attorneys used the second day of William Clyde Gibson's penalty hearing to paint the serial killer as a remorseful addict with a rough childhood.
Gibson's oldest sister and his ex-wife both took the stand and testified he was an alcoholic. Sister Brenda Ray said Gibson was devastated by their mother's death in January 2012 and his drinking only got worse after that. She also said they grew up in a strict household with a father who could be verbally abusive.
Gibson confessed to strangling Stephanie Kirk in March 2012 and burying her in his backyard.
The defense reminded the court if he hadn't admitted this to police, Kirk would still be missing, but the prosecution argued that nothing could mitigate what Gibson did. “There's certain actions in our society that demand certain punishment and that's why we're seeking the death penalty,” said Floyd County prosecutor Keith Henderson.
An image of a disturbing -- and inaccurate -- tattoo on serial killer William Clyde Gibson's head was made public on Wednesday
The tattoo, which reads "Death Row X3," covers much of the back of Gibson's head and is an obvious reference to his convictions in three murders. The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.
Gibson's tattoo is particularly controversial because he got it while in police custody, although no one has come forward claiming to know exactly when or where it was done.
Police are trying to determine if a man shot and killed by officers inside a Sunnyvale home last month was a serial killer.
Authorities said Glen Griggs was brandishing a BB gun when Sunnyvale Department of Safety officers arrived to serve a search warrant at his house near the intersection of Fair Oaks and Maude avenues. Officers ended up shooting Griggs fatally. They said he was the prime suspect in the killing of Molly Anne Franquemont, 39, who used to live with Griggs but was last seen in March 2013.
But police said on Thursday there is now reason to believe Griggs’ criminal history could be deeper than what was first suspected.
The mother of alleged serial killer “axeman” Joseph Ntshongwana on Thursday denied suggestions that she had tried to avert his arrest for rape by taking him to a hospital for mental treatment.
Phyllina Letlaka told Durban High Court Acting Judge Irfaan Khallil: “I am an attorney. I know that even if a person is hospitalised the police have the right to arrest that person. I alerted the investigating officer to the fact that he was admitted and at which hospital.”
The former Blue Bulls flanker is facing four murder and two attempted murder charges relating to his alleged “killing spree” during one week in March 2011.
Ndivhuho Ntsieni (24) from Thohoyandou Golgotha briefly appeared in the Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court on Thursday in connection with several murders that had taken place in the area surrounding Thohoyandou and the University of Venda during the past months.
The court was packed to capacity and a large number of people, who included placard-waving students, arrived at court to get a glimpse of the man accused of having terrorised the community and students for several months. He was arrested on Tuesday evening where he resides in Thohoyandou Unit C.
The case was postponed to 21 October for further investigations and he remains in custody. He faces 16 counts, which includes four murders, attempted rape, robbery, kidnapping, rape and and attempted murder.
NEPAL - A notorious ‘serial killer’, accused of murdering women after robbing them of their valuables, has landed into police net, finally.
Gayendra Rai, 27, of Diktel Municipality-5, Bamrang is accused of looting four women in Khotang, Udayapur and Sunsari districts and subsequently smothering them to death to destroy evidences.
Police nabbed Rai, who targeted women, mostly aged, walking through secluded parts of the roads, from Triyuga-2 of Udayapur district on Saturday. He was paraded amidst a press conference at District Police Office on Wednesday.
A serial killer, already convicted of murdering two women, could be sentenced this week to die by lethal injection if a jury finds he shot a third woman dead in the summer of 1983.
Larry Lamont White, 56, is accused of raping Pamela Denise Armstrong, a 22-year-old mother of five, on June 4, 1983. Prosecutors say he shot her twice in the back of the head, then left her half-naked body in a western Louisville alley.
If the jury finds him guilty of murder, prosecutors will ask that they sentence him to death.
A serial killer doing life for raping and strangling eight women from Springfield apparently got his official 2013 Department of Correction ID card into the hands of a “murderabilia” dealer, who is selling it online for $200. “I would think this would be frowned upon,” Andy Kahan of Texas, the nation’s pre-eminent anti-murderabilia crusader, said of what is purported to be Alfred Gaynor’s laminated ID, with an autograph dated just last week. The card is featured on the website SerialKillersInk.net.
Eric Holler of SerialKillersInk said in an email, “The item in question I obtained from a private collector. I have no idea nor do I care how that individual obtained the ID and if I did know I surely wouldn’t divulge that information as it is no one’s business except the parties involved in the transaction