Arrest In Serial Stabber Case

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This undated photo released by the Arlington, Va., County Police Department shows Elias Abuelazam. Abuelazam, suspect in a string of 18 stabbings that terrorized people across three states and left five dead, was charged Thursday, August 12, 2010 with assault with intent to murder in connection with a July 27 stabbing in Flint, Michigan. Abuelazam was arrested at a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as he tried to board a plane for Israel, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Arlington County Police Department)

Atlanta Police have announced the arrest of a suspect in the multistate serial stabber case. The suspect was attempting to board a flight to Israel, apparently on an expired Israeli passport. No word yet on the identification of the suspect, but police have said the man had ties to both the Flint, Michigan and Leesburg, Virginia areas.

The “Grim Sleeper”

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. appears to have lived for 20 years in the neighborhood where the Grim Sleeper murders occurred.

Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Who Police Believe Committed at Least 11 Murders

Black serial killers are a rarity. The most infamous being the Atlanta child murderer, Wayne Williams. Perhaps they are not as rare as police profiles indicate, and it is just that their victims tend to get ignored.

Grim Sleeper serial killer suspect known as nice, funny ‘fix-it’ man

For more than 20 years an elusive killer dubbed the Grim Sleeper walked the streets of south Los Angeles, California.

The killer targeted black women, some of them working as prostitutes, shooting most of them with the same small-caliber gun.

Police combed the neighborhood where the killings occurred — a low-income area.

But some have said that because of the low-income profile of the area and the victims, the slayings were pushed aside as unrelated incidents.

Police eventually got the killer’s DNA and ballistics evidence, which allowed them to link at least 10 murders. But for years they could not match the DNA.

Then on Wednesday, police announced they believed they finally had their man, Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

Franklin, 57, is a former city trash collector who at one time worked as a garage attendant at an LAPD station and used his mechanical skills to help out around the neighborhood.

The same neighborhood was littered with composite sketches of the suspect. But police say nobody said anything about noticing the resemblance to Franklin who lived just eight blocks from one the sketches.

His arrest came as a shock to neighbors who said they knew him as a guy who helped fix their cars — on the same street near where police say he allegedly dumped his victims’ bodies.

Vehicles were a focus for detectives during their investigation. His only surviving victim told police after her escape that the suspect was driving an orange Ford Pinto when he picked her up.

One of Franklin’s neighbors said he was seen driving an orange Pinto once or twice. But the neighbor thought nothing of it, not knowing about the vehicle’s relationship to the case and not suspecting anything because Franklin was known as a “fix-it” man who always drove different cars he was working on.

Serial Killer in Kenya Blames Teacher Blood Cult

Cops Nab Woman Suspected of Leading of Killer Cult

A high school teacher has been detained in Kenya, after a self-confessed serial killer said that she told him to kill 100 people for good fortune. Philip Onyancha, 32, has confessed to killing 17 people, mostly women, and says he did so because teacher Elizabeth Wambui inducted him into her blood-drinking cult when he was in school in 1996, the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation reports. “My target was to kill 100 women,” Onyancha said. “I managed 17 and there were 83 to go.” He said he targeted women and young children because they were weak. Police nabbed Onyancha last Thursday when he called the father of one of his victims to extort money from him. Since then, he’s been remarkably helpful, leading them to various murder sites around the country. He’s neatly resolved so many unsolved murders that some Kenyans suspect he’s lying, a BBC correspondent reports.

Serial Killer… Who Won the Dating Game

Uhhhh… To those folks out there who are Internet dating…

Talk about your date from hell!

Convicted serial killer won on ‘Dating Game’

Before he was a convicted serial killer, Rodney Alcala was a winning bachelor on “The Dating Game.”

“Oh yeah, I remember it quite clearly,” said Jed Mills, the game-show contestant who sat next to Alcala in 1978. “He was creepy. Definitely creepy.”

Found guilty in February of murdering four women and a child, Alcala, 66, is acting as his own attorney in the penalty phase of the trial. He is hoping to persuade the jury in Santa Ana, California, to spare his life.

The crimes Alcala committed date to the late 1970s. Nobody at the time knew the man with the wavy long hair and toothy grin was an apparent psychopath — an unstable, antisocial personality.

That includes Mills, a veteran television and film actor, whose only encounter with Alcala was when both of them appeared on “The Dating Game.”

“That’s when I became part of a nightmare, and I didn’t realize it was a nightmare until 32 years later,” Mills said.

Alcala, who already had been convicted for the 1968 rape of an 8-year-old girl, was the first contestant to be introduced in the game-show episode. Continue reading

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