Category: Serial Killers


Police have started digging up the back garden of Fred and Rose West’s paedophile friends who were jailed for a string of historic sexual offences against 10 children after receiving a ‘tip-off’.

Officers have erected scaffolding and are undertaking excavation work at the property in Cullompton, Devon, which was formerly owned by sex offenders David and Pauline Williams.

David, 57, was jailed for life last year while his 52-year-old wife was sentenced to 12 years in prison after they subjected 10 girls and boys to a string of horrific rapes, sexual assaults and beatings.

Yesterday there was a police ambulance on the scene, and officers were apparently waiting while builders erected scaffolding around the back of the solar-panelled home.

Police could also be seen putting up white sheets around the back of the fence so the public could not see the back garden from the road.

The historic offences by the Williams were committed between 1991 and 2004 while the couple lived in both Gloucester and in Exeter, Devon.

For part of the time, the pair lived in Cromwell Road and David had previously boasted of a friendship and connection to the Wests, who were locals at his pub.

But what was described in court last year as the couple’s ‘façade of innocence’ was blown open after a victim contacted police in 2013 to report a historic rape.

Several further victims were quickly identified by officers and after hearing harrowing evidence of rape, sexual assault and violence, the pair were found guilty of a string of charges after a six-week trial at Exeter Crown Court.

David, of Bradninch, Devon, was convicted of 10 rapes, 13 indecent assaults, five counts of gross indecency, two of cruelty, and one of sexual activity with a child.

Pauline was found guilty of two rapes and five indecent assaults. They were found not guilty of eight other allegations involving two other complainants.

Source: Fred and Rose West’s paedophile friends David and Pauline Williams’ Devon garden dug up | Daily Mail Online

  • The 51-year-old ‘murdered at least 17 prostitutes’ in Novosibirsk, Russia 
  • Arrested ten years ago but was later released because of a lack of evidence
  • Alleged victims were often found next to signs painted in their own blood
  • Police hunt lasted 18 years and officers interviewed more than 3,000 people

Police say they have arrested the ‘Russian Ripper’ amid claims he brutally murdered at least 17 prostitutes, painted signs with their blood and dumped their bodies in landfill sites.

Detectives say DNA technology helped to track down a 51-year-old former policeman – who had previously been arrested for the murders and later released a decade ago.

They believe he may have been responsible for the murder of at least 17 prostitutes, and possibly many more, in the city of Novosibirsk in south-central Russia’s Novosibirsk Oblast region.

The deaths happened between 1998 and 2006. The suspect, whose name is not being released, used to work in a police call centre.

 He later worked as a taxi driver after leaving the force – and this is when he is accused of carrying out the killings.

Neighbours told police that he had appeared to be a happily married man and a ‘very nice person’. He had bred poodles and was on the board of the local home-owners’ association.

Police say he had killed prostitutes after paying them for sex, often cutting up their bodies and dumping them in landfill sites.

The victims all had long hair. They were all prostitutes, aged between 19 and 30 years old. Many of them were drug addicts.

The alleged killer often painted signs, including pentagrams and arrows, with the victims’ blood on the bodies.

Police interviewed more than 3,000 people during their 18-year hunt and finally identified a suspect through a positive DNA match.

The same man had been arrested ten years earlier for the murders and was held in custody for three months before he was released due to a lack of evidence.

DNA technology was not available to Russian police officers at that time.

Officers are continuing to question the man and collect evidence as they prepare their case against him.

Source: Police arrest ‘Russian Ripper’ who allegedly murdered 17 prostitutes | Daily Mail Online

The victims were all young black women, some were prostitutes and most had been using cocaine before their bodies were discovered in alleys in a rough part of Los Angeles, hidden in trash bins or covered by mattresses or debris.

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For decades, the serial killer dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” eluded police, dumping at least 10 bodies and leaving one woman for dead after shooting her in the chest.

After months of testimony, a prosecutor Monday said that the evidence overwhelmingly points to Lonnie Franklin Jr. and speaks for the vulnerable victims he silenced as he spent years hiding in plain sight.

“How do we figure out what happened here? How do we know who committed these crimes?” Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman asked as she closed her case in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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“Ten of the victims can’t tell you themselves. The defendant took their voices when he brutally murdered them. … The evidence in this case is the voice of the victims.”

Franklin, 63, a former garbage collector who also worked as a mechanic for the Los Angeles Police Department, could face the death penalty if convicted of the slayings of a 15-year-old girl and nine young women. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, as well as to attempted murder in the case of the woman who survived.

Defense attorney Seymour Amster said victims had DNA from more than one man on their bodies, and that more than 20 DNA tests excluded his client. Franklin is one of three men to face charges in slayings originally attributed to a single killer called the “Southside Slayer” during the crack cocaine epidemic, when crime spiked.

The killings Franklin is charged with were later dubbed the work of the “Grim Sleeper” because while the first victim was found in 1985 and the last in 2007, there was a 14-year gap when no bodies turned up, although prosecutors believe his violence never ceased.

The most riveting witness was the sole known survivor.

Enietra Washington described being shot in the chest and sexually assaulted in 1988. She noticed her attacker taking a Polaroid picture of her as she slipped into unconsciousness.

When Franklin was finally arrested 22 years later, the same photograph – showing the wounded woman slouched over in a car – was one of many pictures found in his house. When his arrest was announced six years ago, authorities displayed dozens of photos of black women and appealed for the public’s help in identifying them. This trial has been focused on 11 victims, but police suspect there were more.

Silverman said Franklin was connected to all 11 victims through ballistics or DNA evidence. She also pointed out the similarities: Most were shot in the left side of the chest with a .25 caliber pistol, or strangled.

Their bodies were all found in alleys, where they were dumped in bushes or dumpsters or hidden under mattresses. Franklin targeted women who were “willing to sell their bodies and their souls in order to gratify their dependency on this powerful drug,” Silverman said earlier.

Family members wept, and some doubled over to avoid looking as photos of partly naked and decomposing bodies were shown to the jury on a big screen.

Franklin, wearing black-framed glasses and a blue dress shirt, stared straight ahead in court, showing no emotion during all-day arguments that continue Tuesday.

The body of Janecia Peters, the final victim, was found in a fetal position in a trash bin, her red nails visible through a hole in a garbage bag that was discovered by someone rifling through the trash. Franklin’s DNA was found on a zip tie securing the bag.

Twenty years earlier and only a block away, another victim, Benita Sparks, was found.

“Is that merely another coincidence?” said Silverman, who described the agonizing way Peters had been strangled for two to three minutes after suffering a paralyzing shot in the back.

Franklin was finally arrested in 2010 after a police officer posed as a pizza parlor bus boy to collect DNA samples from dishes and utensils he used at a birthday party.

Amster said in his closing that prosecutors had built a circumstantial case using inferior science and patterns that were nothing more than illusions. He said Franklin was obsessed with sex and could have spread his DNA to the breasts of murder victims because he often gave women bras and other garments.

“His DNA is probably on more women out there than we’ll ever know,” Amster said, noting it wasn’t a morality case.

Amster compared government work in the case to a rancher who calls himself a marksman after drawing bullseyes around bullet holes in his barn.

Source: Evidence points to one man in ‘Grim Sleeper’ closing arguments | abc7.com

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