Walter E. Ellis, the serial killer serving several life sentences for the slayings of seven Milwaukee women over two decades, died Sunday.
Ellis, 53, was incarcerated at a South Dakota prison under an interstate agreement. He died of apparent natural causes at a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital, according to a South Dakota prison official. An autopsy will be conducted.
Ellis was arrested in 2009 after Milwaukee police said his DNA matched semen samples found on six homicide victims and a blood sample on a can of pepper spray discovered at the scene of the seventh slaying. The homicides occurred between 1986 and 2007. All seven victims were strangled. One also was stabbed.
Human remains from serial killer’s victims secretly destroyed by police
Human remains of some of serial killer Harold Shipman’s victims were kept for more than a decade by police before they were secretly destroyed without the families’ permission, it has emerged.
The samples were taken from 12 women to establish cause of death, police said. They were kept in storage for a number of years to ensure that police had the appropriate evidence should the murderer or his family appeal against his conviction.
But in 2011 police decided to “respectfully dispose” of the tissue samples without telling the families.
Greater Manchester Police chief constable Sir Peter Fahy said officers “agonised” over whether or not to tell the families but decided not to, to save them reliving “upset and distress”.
Dennehy stands by guilty plea to three brutal murders
Lawyers for 31-year-old Joanna Dennehy say she has not changed her mind after admitting knifing three men to death and dumping their bodies in ditches.
Female serial killer Joanna Dennehy will stand by her guilty pleas to the brutal murders of three men who were knifed to death and left in a ditch. The bodies of Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, were found in Cambridgeshire in March.
Dennehy, who has a green star tattoo below her right eye, took officials by surprise when she insisted: “I’ve pleaded guilty and that’s that.”
Donal MacIntyre's Crime World: How serial killers build their brand
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Serial Killers are attempting to brand themselves like movie franchises even from behind prison bars despite attempts to thwart them.
Serial killers are narcissists and Dennis Nilsen’s recent efforts at promoting his brand through the unauthorised distribution of his banned autobiography, “ History of a Drowning Man”, demonstrates just how egocentric and self aware they are of their brand image and the public profile as predatory monsters.
This is a battle for a place in pantheon of killers and serial killers like Nilsen trade off their trophy kills in a bid for a higher ranking at the top table of horror and murder.
BERLIN — A German police officer has been arrested on suspicion of killing and chopping up a man he met on the Internet who had long fantasized about being killed and eaten, authorities said Friday.
The handwriting and document analysis specialist was arrested on Wednesday at his workplace, the Criminal Technical Institute in the eastern city of Dresden, authorities said. He told investigators that he fatally stabbed the victim in the throat on Nov. 4, hours after the two met in person for the first time.
The 55-year-old said he then chopped up the body into multiple pieces. The suspect pointed officers to a number of places around his property, south of Dresden, where he had buried the remains, city police chief Dieter Kroll said at a televised news conference.
Lawyer: Homeless slayings suspect killed self with Ajax
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A former Marine who was awaiting trial in the deaths of six people, including four homeless men, died after ingesting Ajax in his jail cell, his lawyer said Friday.
Itzcoatl Ocampo, 25, apparently accumulated the cleaning product over time while in custody, said his attorney, Michael Molfetta, who was briefed on the death. The incident raises serious questions about how well Orange County jail deputies were supervising Ocampo, who had mental health issues, Molfetta said.
Ocampo was found shaking and vomiting in his single-man cell Wednesday and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon, said Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.
Hamilton serial killer Sukhwinder Dhillon dies in prison
Sukhwinder Singh Dhillon, a crooked Stoney Creek used car salesman and serial poisoner at the centre of an investigation that took Hamilton detectives — and journalists — to India, has died a natural death.
Dhillon had been serving a life sentence at the Warkworth Institution in Campbellford, east of Peterborough. He turned 54 last May. The Peterborough Examiner reported that Dhillon died in a Kingston hospital, and police and the coroner are investigating. A source told The Spectator the cause of death was cancer.
Dhillon murdered his wife, Parvesh Kaur Dhillon, in Hamilton in January 1995, and his friend and business associate Ranjit Singh Khela in June 1996. The motive in each homicide was insurance money.
Charles Manson 'admits bisexuality' as he opens up about his life ahead of third marriage
Convicted serial killer Charles Manson has opened up about his sexuality as he prepares to marry for a third time. Following the announcement that cult leader Manson, 79, will wed 25-year-old 'Star', the killer spoke to Rolling Stone magazine. Manson discussed his sexuality and said: “Sex to me is like going to the toilet. Whether it’s a girl or not, it doesn’t matter.”
Star, meanwhile, seems to be modeling herself on Manson family member "Sexy Sadie", and recently carved an X on her forehead to match his swastika. She said in an interview: “People can think I’m crazy. This is what I was born for. Charlie and I are going to get married. When it will be, we don’t know. He’s my husband.”
A British woman has admitted murdering three men and dumping their bodies in ditches, in a week-long killing spree.
Joanna Dennehy stabbed her landlord Kevin Lee and flatmates Lukasz Slaboszewski and John Chapman, the Telegraph reported. Dennehy had been expected to stand trial over the murders before entering a surprise guilty plea in the Old Bailey court in London, but she left the court shocked by declaring: "I have pleaded guilty and that's it." She also admitted attempting to murder another two men. The men's bodies were found on the outskirts of Peterborough, north of London, in March and April riddled with stab wounds. The court heard Slaboszewski was stabbed in the heart while Chapman was stabbed in the neck and chest, the Mirror said.
Dennehy's boyfriend Gary Richards was charged with preventing burial and the two attempted murders
A judge in California has given an alleged serial killer the sentence of death for the decades-old murders of three women, and a life sentence in prison for the killing of the fourth.
Judge Andrew Sweet of the Marin County Superior Court called Joseph Naso, age 79, an “evil and disturbed man” when he gave out the verdict on Friday. Jurors were for the death penalty in this case. He denied the serial killer’s motions for a new trial and refused to listen to any more claims that Naso was innocent.
The former profession photographer, who had been living in Reno, Nevada when he was arrested back in 2011, was found guilty of fatally choking four prostitutes in the northern California area. The women all had matching initials: Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons, Roxene Roggasch and Tracy Tafoya.
Serial killer Joseph Franklin executed after hours of delay
(CNN) -- White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed Wednesday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final requests for a stay, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said.
The execution, which had been scheduled for shortly after midnight Wednesday, was delayed for hours because of court appeals. Franklin was administered a lethal injection at 6:07 a.m. CT (7:07 a.m. ET). He died ten minutes later.
Franklin refused his final meal and gave no final statement.