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September 24, 1999 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
With so many showbiz-quality mass murderers around these days, you wonder why "The Minus Man" would devote so much celluloid to such a dull killer. His name is Vann Siegert, and he's played by Owen Wilson, the deadpan actor who plays supporting comic roles in "Anaconda" and "The Haunting. " He brings the same soft, droll quality to Vann, an itinerant serial killer who travels the back roads in his pickup truck, looking for people to poison. The way he describes it, his victims actually want or deserve to die, and he sort of just helps them along.
NEWS
December 5, 1997 | Daily News wire services
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. 'Serial killer journalist' sued over book proceeds An author who was once engaged to serial killer Danny Rolling goes to trial today in an unusual civil case in which the state of Florida will try to seize the money she has made from writing books about him. Sondra London, who calls herself "Queen of the serial-killer journalists" will be a co-defendant in the case with Rolling, her one-time fiance and literary collaborator....
NEWS
March 15, 1992 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Strapped to a steel cross, black rosary beads piled on his chest, his arms outstretched and draped with intravenous tubes, serial killer Steven Brian Pennell was executed yesterday by lethal injection. Pennell, 34, had no last words. His chest heaved once as deadly drugs coursed through his veins and two clergymen held his shoulders. The 10-minute procedure inside a windowless, brown trailer on the grounds of the sprawling Delaware Correctional Center was the first execution in Delaware since 1946 and the first in the three-state region in 29 years.
NEWS
September 2, 1987 | By L. Stuart Ditzen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. George Charles Hoeh was a dynamic and well-loved Episcopal priest, a self-made millionaire and a thoroughly exuberant member of the human race. Even the detective investigating his murder remarked, "I haven't talked to anybody who didn't like him. " In his priestly life, Father Hoeh walked among the flock of his small, secure neighborhood parish in Brooklyn and served as confessor, comforter and social conscience. But he walked more dangerous paths in private life - on those frequent occasions when he abandoned Brooklyn for the relaxation of his commodious retreat in the affluent Sweetwater section of Mullica Township, N.J. It was there, on a Friday in June last year, that Father Hoeh, 58, carelessly invited home a stranger, a young man who called himself Paul and said he was from Minnesota.
NEWS
December 6, 2011 | By Don Thompson, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California man once known as the nation's worst serial killer was again denied parole Monday after he admitted his guilt for the first time before the parole board. Juan Corona said he murdered and mutilated 25 farmworkers four decades ago because they were trespassing in the orchards north of Sacramento, said Sutter County Assistant District Attorney Jana McClung. Parole officials decided that Corona could try again in five years, McClung said after the two-hour hearing.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1996 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Who knows what evil lurks inside the hearts of men? Killer: A Journal of Murder - based on the diary of serial killer Carl Panzram, who was hanged in 1930 - exhumes its subject and dutifully probes his once-thumping organ. The result is not dramatic but statistical, like measuring horror with a coroner's calipers. Despite the best intentions of its filmmakers, who have the courage to tackle the subjects of morality and penology, the dimensions of wickedness do not translate into centimeters.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 1992 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Very coolly and matter-of-factly, the serial killer in Lee Blessing's play Down the Road describes one of his slayings. The grisly chain of events ends with the killer telling how he decapitated the young woman, took the head home, put it on a table and had sex with it. "He could have been stripping a chair," another character comments about the killer's dispassionate attitude toward his crime. Blessing does not spare the theatergoer the terrible details of the crimes his fictional killer, William Reach, has committed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1989 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
The season to be jolly? Ah, Scrooge it! Let's round up some chilly reads, beginning with Koko by Peter Straub (Signet, $5.95), something of a breakthrough book for this writer. Complex in plot and multilayered, the novel thrills like a horror tome, touches the heart like a Vietnam memoir and pretty much surmounts any genre label that might be affixed to it. Some Vietnam vets become eerily convinced that the killing hasn't stopped. They are drawn into a manhunt for a creepy serial killer - a hunt that's simultaneously a search for their past.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON - A Texas trucker who kept a torture dungeon in the cab of his long-haul rig has avoided the death penalty by accepting life prison sentences for murdering a hitchhiking couple two decades ago. Robert Ben Rhoades, who already is serving a life sentence for killing a 14-year-old girl in Illinois, pleaded guilty to two counts of capital murder when brought before a West Texas judge this week. Rhoades was charged with the 1990 abductions and slayings of newlyweds Douglas Scott Zyskowski, 28, and Patricia Walsh, 24. Authorities said the couple left Seattle in November 1989, and were hitchhiking to Georgia to preach the Christian gospel when they accepted a ride from Rhoades near El Paso.
NEWS
April 29, 1990 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
The body of a 46-year-old Philadelphia woman who had been savagely beaten and stabbed repeatedly was found yesterday behind a Frankford fish market. Police said it might be the eighth slaying in five years by a serial killer. At the scene yesterday, police identified the victim as Carol Doud, who lived in an apartment several blocks from the scene of the killing, behind Newman's Sea Food, 4511 Frankford Ave. Police said that about 1:50 a.m., a police officer on patrol in the alley behind the fish store found Doud.
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January 24, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
EVERY TIME the phone rang, the Turner family's hearts jumped and their eyes darted to the television, their hopes and fears resting on the number that appeared in the caller ID on the screen. They prayed it would be Stephanie Turner, calling after more than a week of silence, saying she was ready to get help with her heroin addiction. They would have been relieved if it were a hospital or a close friend, saying Stephanie is safe. But on a recent foggy Tuesday afternoon, Caroline Turner, Stephanie's mother, said she knew this daily drama could end in the worst way, in Camden or Atlantic City.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
SOME bands light fireworks or build elaborate backdrops to liven up their stage shows. The Serial Killers would attack a man in a wheelchair and pull ropes of bloody guts from his belly as he howled in agony. Or they'd drag a pregnant spectator onstage, wrench a two-headed baby from between her legs and then pass it around like a football. And that nun protesting their immorality with her Bible nearby? They'd drop her pants and burn her bum with a branding iron. It was all fake, of course, but such antics - appalling or amusing, depending on your sense of humor - made the pioneering gore-punk band a mainstay of Philadelphia's underground punk-rock scene in the 1980s.
NEWS
September 28, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state Attorney General's Office on Thursday said miscommunication and an "overzealous" delivery led one of its staffers to sprinkle references to al-Qaeda, child pornography, and serial killers into a talk with 9- and 10-year-olds in a Lower Merion school this week. Shirley Clifford learned about the assembly at Merion Elementary School when her fifth-grade daughter crawled into the backseat of her van Wednesday. "She got in the car and was like, 'Do you know there's a website to look up murderers?
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* THE KILLING. 8 p.m. Sunday, AMC.   BE CAREFUL what you wish for. If you were frustrated before by AMC's "The Killing" - two seasons to solve one teenage girl's murder! - then a 12-episode season that everyone involved supposedly pinky-swears will resolve multiple murders has to be a drama junkie's dream, right? Except, of course, that this means that detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) are tracking a serial killer. Serial killers are too well-represented on television to guarantee that Season 3 of "The Killing" will be as distinctive as the Seattle-set drama once appeared to be, back before a red herring or two too many turned the show - adapted by Vina Sud from a widely praised Danish series - into a serial killer of a different kind.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - NBC said Friday that it's pulling an episode of its serial-killer drama "Hannibal" out of sensitivity to recent violence, including the Boston bombings. The episode that was to air next week features a character, played by guest star Molly Shannon, who brainwashes children to kill other children. "Hannibal" executive producer Bryan Fuller asked NBC to pull the episode, citing the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December and this week's Boston Marathon attack, NBC spokesman Stuart Levine said.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - When Los Angeles cold-case detectives caught up with Samuel Little this past fall, he was living in a Christian shelter in Kentucky, his latest arrest a few months earlier for alleged possession of a crack pipe. But the LA investigators wanted him on far more serious charges: The slayings of two women in 1989, both found strangled and nude below the waist - victims of what police concluded had been sexually motivated strangulations. Little's name came up, police said, after DNA evidence collected at old crime scenes matched samples of his stored in a criminal database.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By David Porter, Associated Press
Almost 25 years after her severed head was found on a New Jersey golf course, police on Wednesday identified the woman they believe was the first victim of a notorious Long Island serial killer. New Jersey state police said Heidi Balch is believed to be the first of 17 women killed by Joel Rifkin during a four-year spree that ended when he was pulled over for a missing license plate in 1993 with a dead woman's body in the back of his pickup. Authorities have long believed the woman whose head was found in March 1989 on a golf course in Hopewell Township, near Trenton, was the first woman Rifkin killed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013
EVEN BEFORE the head in the box arrived, I was feeling a little worn down by TV's love affair with crazed killers. OK, so it wasn't an actual head. But mounted on a Styrofoam stand, the bewigged and slightly cartoonish mask of Edgar Allan Poe, sent to promote Fox's "The Following," was an unpleasant reminder of the episode I'd recently screened in which a man wearing just such a Poe mask had set another man on fire. The next day, there would be genuine horror on all our TV screens, as reports began to come in about a shooting massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
NEWS
January 20, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV WRITER
The season's most gripping new series, The Following , debuts Monday night (9 p.m. on Fox29). I'd advise you not to watch. The show stars Kevin Bacon as the hunter - and foil - of a terrifying serial killer. It marks the first time a network series has attained sustained cinematic quality. But that accomplishment is a nasty double-edged sword. The pilot rivals anything you'll see at the cineplex in terms of acting, surprise, and suspense. You will go into each commercial break with your heart in your throat.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
Alleged terror plot tied to U.K. NEW YORK - A suspect in an alleged al-Qaeda plot against the New York City subways also was part of a terror campaign that would have targeted Britain and Norway, U.S. prosecutors said. Abid Naseer pleaded not guilty Monday through his attorney, Steven Brounstein, who declined to comment outside court. The judge ordered Naseer, who was extradited last week from Britain, held without bail until his next court date, on March 7. Prosecutors aim to prove that Naseer collected bomb ingredients, conducted reconnaissance, and was in frequent contact with other alleged al-Qaeda operatives.
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