September 24, 1999 |
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.
December 5, 1997 |
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....
March 15, 1992 |
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.
September 2, 1987 |
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.
December 6, 2011 |
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.
December 6, 1996 |
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.
April 3, 1992 |
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.
December 15, 1989 |
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.
March 30, 2012 |
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.
April 29, 1990 |
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.