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10 Of The Most Horrible Halloween Crimes


One of these is the murder of Martha Moxley - killed by Michael Skakel - a Kennedy cousin. He’s getting a new trial now because a judge found that he had inadequate representation - really? A Kennedy had inadequate representation? I find that hard to believe! How many black guys or poor people are in prison right now with DNA evidence available that could exonerate them and fighting for a chance to be heard?

TYPOLOGIES OF MURDER

In essence serial murderers should include any offenders, male or female, who kill over time. Most researchers agree that serial killers have a minimum of 3-4 victims, and the FBI Symposium in 2005 reduced the number to a minimum of 2 victims. Usually there is a pattern in their killing that may be associated with the types of victims selected or the method or motives for the killing. This includes murderers who, on a repeated basis, kill within the confines of their own home, such as a woman who poisons several husbands, children, or elderly people in order to collect insurance. In addition, serial murderers include those men and women who operate within the confines of a city or a state or even travel through several states as they seek out victims. Consequently, some victims have a personal relationship with their killers and others do not, and some victims are killed for pleasure and some merely for gain. Of greatest importance from a research perspective is the linkage of common factors among the victims-for example, as Egger (1985) observed, “victims’ place or status within their immediate surroundings (such as vagrants, prostitutes, migrant workers, homosexuals, missing children, and single and often elderly women)”. Commonality among those murdered may include several factors, any of which can prove heuristic in better understanding victimization.

Much of our information and misinformation about criminal offenders is based on taxonomies, or classification systems. Megargee and Bohn (1979) noted that researchers usually created typologies based on the criminal offense. This invariably became problematic because often the offense comprised one or more subgroups. Researchers then examined repetitive crime patterns, which in turn created new complexities and problems. Megargee and Bohn further noted that, depending on the authority one chooses to read, one will find between two and eleven different types of murderers (pp. 29-32). Although serial murder is believed to represent a relatively small portion of all homicides in the United States, already researchers have begun the difficult task of classifying serial killers. Consequently, various typologies of serial killers and patterns of homicides have emerged. Not surprisingly, some of these typologies and patterns conflict with one another. Some are descriptions of causation, whereas others are diagnostic in nature. In addition, some researchers focus primarily on individual case studies of serial killers, whereas others create group taxonomies that accommodate several kinds of murderers.

Wille (1974) identified ten different types of murderers covering a broad range of bio-socio-psychological categories:

  1. depressive
  2. psychotic
  3. afflicted with organic brain disorder
  4. psychopathic
  5. passive aggressive
  6. alcoholic
  7. hysterical
  8. juvenile (the child was the killer)
  9. mentally retarded
  10. sex killers

Lee (1988) also created a variety of labels to differentiate killers according to motive, including:

  1. profit
  2. passion
  3. hatred
  4. power or domination
  5. revenge
  6. opportunism
  7. fear
  8. contract killing
  9. desperation
  10. compassion
  11. ritual

Even before American society became aware, in the early 1980s, of serial murder as anything more than an anomaly, researchers had begun to classify multiple killers and assign particular characteristics and labels to them. Guttmacher (1973) described the sadistic serial murderer as one who derives sexual gratification from killing and who often establishes a pattern, such as the manner in which they kill or the types of victims they select, such as prostitutes, children, or the elderly. Motivated by fantasies, the offender appears to derive pleasure from dehumanizing his or her victims. Lunde (1976) recognized and noted distinctions between the mass killer and the serial killer, notably that the mass killer appears to suffer from psychosis and should be considered insane. By contrast he found little evidence of mental illness among serial killers. Danto (1982) noted that most serial murderers may be described as obsessive-compulsive because they normally kill according to a particular style and pattern.

Researchers have been attempting to create profiles of the “typical” serial killer from the rapidly accumulating statistics on offenders and victims in the United States. The most stereotypical of all serial murderers are those who in some way are involved sexually with their victims. It is this type of killer who generates such public interest and alarm. Stories of young women being abducted, raped, tortured, and strangled appear more and more frequently in the newspapers.

-Eric Hickey, Serial Murderers and Their Victims

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The West Memphis Three  - Who Really Killed The Three Boys?

If the West Memphis 3 did not kill the three 8 year old boys in 1993 then who did? That is the question many are now asking and it is a question that the police should have asked while conducting the initial investigation.

An easy suspect is Mark Byers, the father of one of the slain children, and a shady character for certain. He gave the producers of a documentary concerning the WM3 a bloody knife, spoke strangely about the deaths, and would later lose his wife. She reportedly died in her sleep, but Byers would often say “She was murdered.”  When teeth imprints were found on the boys’ bodies, Byers had his teeth yanked out. His overdramatic interviews, over the top unbelievable rage, and shady past from theft to encouraging the beating of a youth made him very believable as the murderer. Another suspect is Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the dead boys, is another shady character. His DNA was found at the scene of the crime and his ex-wife Pamela and her family believes that Terry was the murderer. He reportedly fled when the investigation was ongoing, has violent tendencies and a history of alleged sexual abuse to minors. He and Mark Byers both are better suspects than the three teens in black that were rounded up in the witch hunt. There has been communication between Hobbs and Byers and it would not be a surprise if they were both involved in the triple killing and even Mark’s wife prior to her death was raising some suspicion. Hobbs and Byers are the best place to resume the investigation and hopefully they will find the real killer and look closer at these two questionable characters

Jun 4

ramirezdahmerbundy:

Luka Magnotta, the perpetrator behind 1 Lunatic 1 Icepick has been arrested in Berlin after escaping a police raid on his hotel room in Paris. Magnotta faces a range of charges, including murder, defiling a corpse, threatening the Canadian prime minister and using the mail system for delivering ‘obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous’ material.

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Tsutomu Miyazaki
Known as The Little Girl Killer, The Otaku Killer and Dracula, this Japanese serial killer mutilated and murdered four little girls. His murders spanned 1988–1989 and took place in Tokyo’s Saitama Prefecture. His youngest victim was four years old, the oldest was seven. He molested their corpses and drank the blood of one victim, also eating her hands. He terrorized the families of all four victims, sending them letters and postcards where he described his heinous crimes, and also may have called their houses.
He never repented for his crimes, was sentenced to death on April 14, 1997, and executed on June 17, 2008. The very mention of his name still draws contempt and disgust from the Japanese public.

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Tsutomu Miyazaki

Known as The Little Girl Killer, The Otaku Killer and Dracula, this Japanese serial killer mutilated and murdered four little girls. His murders spanned 1988–1989 and took place in Tokyo’s Saitama Prefecture. His youngest victim was four years old, the oldest was seven. He molested their corpses and drank the blood of one victim, also eating her hands. He terrorized the families of all four victims, sending them letters and postcards where he described his heinous crimes, and also may have called their houses.

He never repented for his crimes, was sentenced to death on April 14, 1997, and executed on June 17, 2008. The very mention of his name still draws contempt and disgust from the Japanese public.

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Richard Chase’s police sketch next to his actual person

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Richard Chase’s police sketch next to his actual person

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The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide. (Another 6 people were injured escaping from classroom windows.) The massacre is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history. It was also the worst act of mass murder on college students sinceSyracuse University lost 36 students in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.[3] It is also the second-deadliest act of mass murder at a school campus, behind the Bath School bombing of 1927.

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The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide. (Another 6 people were injured escaping from classroom windows.) The massacre is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history. It was also the worst act of mass murder on college students sinceSyracuse University lost 36 students in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.[3] It is also the second-deadliest act of mass murder at a school campus, behind the Bath School bombing of 1927.

forensicsandpathology:

“Defense” type injuries on the hands of an individual who was attacked by an individual wielding a hammer.

forensicsandpathology:

“Defense” type injuries on the hands of an individual who was attacked by an individual wielding a hammer.

ramirezdahmerbundy:

Hedonistic lust killers are probably the scariest and most monstrous of all types of serial killers. Not all of them want to necessarily hurt you or kill you - they simply want to wear your skin or eat your liver or have sex with you severed head. It’s just that your life gets in the way… Edmund Kemper, who murdered ten victims and had sex with their corpses and various mutilated body parts, explained that the actual killing of his victims had little to do with his fantasies. “I’m sorry to sound so cold about this, but what I needed to have was a particular experience with a person, and to possess them in the way I have wanted to: I had to evict them from their human bodies.” Lust killers often have an ideal victim type in mind with fetishistic elements - type of footwear or clothing worn, colour or style of hair, body shape, a ‘cheerleader type’ or a ‘slutty type,’ and so on. Lust killers often need intimate skin-to-skin in their killing, and use a knife or strangulation to murder. Necrophilia is a very frequent aspect of lust killer homicides. They are mostly highly organised, having gone through years of the process of transforming and rehearsing their often bizarre fantasies into reality. Lust killers are often aware that their victim choice is visible to police and may choose to travel to various jurisdictions in both their hunt for and disposal of victims. Because sometimes these killers consume certain body parts or focus on them, dismembered victims may be spread over different locations. The lust killer usually chooses different dumping grounds for each victim.

ramirezdahmerbundy:

Hedonistic lust killers are probably the scariest and most monstrous of all types of serial killers. Not all of them want to necessarily hurt you or kill you - they simply want to wear your skin or eat your liver or have sex with you severed head. It’s just that your life gets in the way… Edmund Kemper, who murdered ten victims and had sex with their corpses and various mutilated body parts, explained that the actual killing of his victims had little to do with his fantasies. “I’m sorry to sound so cold about this, but what I needed to have was a particular experience with a person, and to possess them in the way I have wanted to: I had to evict them from their human bodies.” Lust killers often have an ideal victim type in mind with fetishistic elements - type of footwear or clothing worn, colour or style of hair, body shape, a ‘cheerleader type’ or a ‘slutty type,’ and so on. Lust killers often need intimate skin-to-skin in their killing, and use a knife or strangulation to murder. Necrophilia is a very frequent aspect of lust killer homicides. They are mostly highly organised, having gone through years of the process of transforming and rehearsing their often bizarre fantasies into reality. Lust killers are often aware that their victim choice is visible to police and may choose to travel to various jurisdictions in both their hunt for and disposal of victims. Because sometimes these killers consume certain body parts or focus on them, dismembered victims may be spread over different locations. The lust killer usually chooses different dumping grounds for each victim.

The West Memphis Three is the name given to three teenagers who were tried and convicted of the murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993 by a prosecution team that put forth the idea that the only purported motive in the case was that the slayings were part of a satanic ritual. There was no evidence of these murders being ritualistic.  
Damien Echols was given the death sentence, Jessie Misskelley Jr., was sentenced to life plus 40 years (he received two 20-year sentences in addition to the life sentence), and Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life.
In July 2007, new forensic evidence was presented in the case, including evidence that none of the DNA collected at the crime scene matched the defendants, but did match Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the victims, along with DNA from a friend of Hobbs’ whom he had been with on the day of the murders. The status report jointly issued by the State and the Defense team on July 17, 2007 states, “Although most of the genetic material recovered from the scene was attributable to the victims of the offenses, some of it cannot be attributed to either the victims or the defendants.” On October 29, 2007, the defense filed a Second Amended Writ of Habeas Corpus, outlining the new evidence.  
In September 2008, Judge David Burnett (Circuit Court) denied Echols’ application for a hearing on the new DNA evidence. The Arkansas Supreme Court heard oral argument on Burnett’s decision on September 30, 2010.
On November 4, 2010, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Burnett’s interpretation of the DNA statute was too narrow and reversed and remanded all three cases for hearings as to whether new trials should be ordered.
Finally, on August 19, 2011, the Free the WM3 website reported this: 
"This morning, in a courtroom in Jonesboro, Arkansas, all parties involved in the ongoing legal cases of the West Memphis Three have agreed to a plea agreement, which has resulted in the immediate release of all three men.
We will post more details here as we compile them. For more immediate information, please visit the splash page on WM3.org, for a running list of articles posted by various major news outlets pertaining to this ground-breaking event.
We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported the West Memphis Three over these past 18 years!”


The West Memphis Three
 is the name given to three teenagers who were tried and convicted of the murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993 by a prosecution team that put forth the idea that the only purported motive in the case was that the slayings were part of a satanic ritual. There was no evidence of these murders being ritualistic.  

Damien Echols was given the death sentence, Jessie Misskelley Jr., was sentenced to life plus 40 years (he received two 20-year sentences in addition to the life sentence), and Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life.

In July 2007, new forensic evidence was presented in the case, including evidence that none of the DNA collected at the crime scene matched the defendants, but did match Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the victims, along with DNA from a friend of Hobbs’ whom he had been with on the day of the murders. The status report jointly issued by the State and the Defense team on July 17, 2007 states, “Although most of the genetic material recovered from the scene was attributable to the victims of the offenses, some of it cannot be attributed to either the victims or the defendants.” On October 29, 2007, the defense filed a Second Amended Writ of Habeas Corpus, outlining the new evidence.  

In September 2008, Judge David Burnett (Circuit Court) denied Echols’ application for a hearing on the new DNA evidence. The Arkansas Supreme Court heard oral argument on Burnett’s decision on September 30, 2010.

On November 4, 2010, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Burnett’s interpretation of the DNA statute was too narrow and reversed and remanded all three cases for hearings as to whether new trials should be ordered.

Finally, on August 19, 2011, the Free the WM3 website reported this: 

"This morning, in a courtroom in Jonesboro, Arkansas, all parties involved in the ongoing legal cases of the West Memphis Three have agreed to a plea agreement, which has resulted in the immediate release of all three men.

We will post more details here as we compile them. For more immediate information, please visit the splash page on WM3.org, for a running list of articles posted by various major news outlets pertaining to this ground-breaking event.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported the West Memphis Three over these past 18 years!”

criminalprofiler:


Female Murderers and Serial Killers
Female murderers and serial killers are often viewed as compliant victims, passive women who are driven to violence by the influence of a dominant male partner. This is true in a number of cases. Many female serial killers come from abusive or unstable homes and suffer from poor self-esteem, which makes them highly susceptible to threats from a lover that he will leave or abuse them if they do not cooperate in sex crimes such as abduction and rape. But this does not explain the motive of every woman serial killer. There have also been many female serial killers who have either worked alone to commit murder for revenge or financial gain, or were from the outset wiling participants in the sex crimes of their partners.
Categories of Female Murderers and Serial Killers:

Temporary Insanity Due to Hormonal Imbalance and Postpartum Depression
Temporary insanity related to hormonal imbalance or recent childbirth is one factor that is considered in cases where a woman commits a sudden, violent crime. PMS and postpartum depression is sometimes used as a defense if it can be proven the woman was not in her right state of mind when the murder or murders were committed.
One well-known example of a woman driven to kill involves the case of Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in a bathtub while suffering postpartum depression and severe psychosis after recent childbirth.
Black Widow Serial Killers
Black widows are women who, like the spider for which they are named, kill off their mates. Black widows may not stop at husbands but murder other family members as well for financial gain.
The black widow’s murders often involve poisonings, falls or car wrecks made to look like accidents. Tip-offs are often multiple marriages where the husbands die mysterious deaths, and large payoffs on insurance policies on spouses and children. Serial killer Lydia Catherine Ambrose killed five husbands and lovers for their insurance money
Female Revenge Killers
Many female murderers fall into the revenge category. These women usually lack self-esteem and become obsessed over a lover. They may begin by killing or wanting to kill someone who they perceived has betrayed them, such as a husband or lover, and their motive is to get even.
Also in this category are women who kill their children to spite the lover, husband or boyfriend who has betrayed them. Women who fit into this category include Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who murdered the Johns she picked up because of pent-up resentment from suffering years of abuse from men.
Angel of Death Mercy Killers
Angel of mercy serial killers are some of the most difficult to spot because their crimes hide behind the mask of caring and compassion for the sick and weak.
These killers are usually employed in a caring occupation such as a nurse at a hospital or care center. They may either see themselves as mercy killers who relieve suffering, or kill for the thrill and the attention of almost saving a victim, then letting the victim die.
Genene Jones, while working as a pediatric nurse, is believed to have killed between 11 and 46 infants and children in her care.
Male and Female Team Sex Crime Serial Killers
Team killers are influenced by a dominant partner. The woman is usually not the lead partner but often participates in the abduction of victims and the crime, such as in the case of Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo. Karla Homolka helped Paul Bernardo subdue and rape victims — even her own sister — and was believed to have participated in several of the murders of young women for which the pair were convicted.
Other categories of women serial killers include sexual predators and thrill killers. Women sexual predators are rare, and female thrill killer are usually part of a team. Other murders committed by women may be either unexplained or remain unsolved.

criminalprofiler:

Female Murderers and Serial Killers

Female murderers and serial killers are often viewed as compliant victims, passive women who are driven to violence by the influence of a dominant male partner. This is true in a number of cases. Many female serial killers come from abusive or unstable homes and suffer from poor self-esteem, which makes them highly susceptible to threats from a lover that he will leave or abuse them if they do not cooperate in sex crimes such as abduction and rape. But this does not explain the motive of every woman serial killer. There have also been many female serial killers who have either worked alone to commit murder for revenge or financial gain, or were from the outset wiling participants in the sex crimes of their partners.

Categories of Female Murderers and Serial Killers:


Temporary Insanity Due to Hormonal Imbalance and Postpartum Depression

  • Temporary insanity related to hormonal imbalance or recent childbirth is one factor that is considered in cases where a woman commits a sudden, violent crime. PMS and postpartum depression is sometimes used as a defense if it can be proven the woman was not in her right state of mind when the murder or murders were committed.
  • One well-known example of a woman driven to kill involves the case of Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in a bathtub while suffering postpartum depression and severe psychosis after recent childbirth.

Black Widow Serial Killers

  • Black widows are women who, like the spider for which they are named, kill off their mates. Black widows may not stop at husbands but murder other family members as well for financial gain.
  • The black widow’s murders often involve poisonings, falls or car wrecks made to look like accidents. Tip-offs are often multiple marriages where the husbands die mysterious deaths, and large payoffs on insurance policies on spouses and children. Serial killer Lydia Catherine Ambrose killed five husbands and lovers for their insurance money

Female Revenge Killers

  • Many female murderers fall into the revenge category. These women usually lack self-esteem and become obsessed over a lover. They may begin by killing or wanting to kill someone who they perceived has betrayed them, such as a husband or lover, and their motive is to get even.
  • Also in this category are women who kill their children to spite the lover, husband or boyfriend who has betrayed them. Women who fit into this category include Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who murdered the Johns she picked up because of pent-up resentment from suffering years of abuse from men.

Angel of Death Mercy Killers

  • Angel of mercy serial killers are some of the most difficult to spot because their crimes hide behind the mask of caring and compassion for the sick and weak.
  • These killers are usually employed in a caring occupation such as a nurse at a hospital or care center. They may either see themselves as mercy killers who relieve suffering, or kill for the thrill and the attention of almost saving a victim, then letting the victim die.
  • Genene Jones, while working as a pediatric nurse, is believed to have killed between 11 and 46 infants and children in her care.

Male and Female Team Sex Crime Serial Killers

  • Team killers are influenced by a dominant partner. The woman is usually not the lead partner but often participates in the abduction of victims and the crime, such as in the case of Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo. Karla Homolka helped Paul Bernardo subdue and rape victims — even her own sister — and was believed to have participated in several of the murders of young women for which the pair were convicted.
  • Other categories of women serial killers include sexual predators and thrill killers. Women sexual predators are rare, and female thrill killer are usually part of a team. Other murders committed by women may be either unexplained or remain unsolved.
Apr 9

ramirezdahmerbundy:

On Monday, 22 July 1991, two Milwaukee patrolmen came across something they didn’t see everyday. A hysterical, partially naked black man was running down the street with a handcuff hanging off one wrist. The man, Tracy Edwards, flagged down the two policemen and told them that he had escaped from a nearby apartment belonging to 31-year-old Jeffrey Dahmer. Edwards had been lured there on the pretext of a party, but once he was inside Dahmer made sexual advances and threatened him with a knife. Edwards escaped from the apartment when Dahmer allowed him to go to the bathroom. He then went back with the police and confronted Dahmer in the doorway of his apartment. What the police discovered inside the modest Milwaukee apartment repulsed them, the nation and the world.

Apr 6
On January 20, 1972, Marybeth Tinning rushed her two-year-old son, Joseph Jr., to the emergency room in Schenectady, NY. She claimed he’d suffered some kind of seizure, but doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him. Hours later, she returned again and, this time, little Joseph Jr. was dead. Tinning said she’d put him to bed, then found him tangled in the sheets. It seemed a horribly tragic loss for Tinning and her husband, Joe — her father had died of a heart attack the previous October and their newborn daughter, Jennifer, had died just a month before, from meningitis and had never even left the hospital.Police investigated, the but there was no evidence of a crime. However, less than six weeks later, Tinning returned to the emergency room with their remaining child, Barbara, age 4. The doctors wanted to keep Barbara, but Tinning insisted on taking her home. Hours later, Tinning returned with an unconscious Barabara, who later died. All three Tinning children had died within 90 days of each other.Sadly, it didn’t end there. Over the years, the Tinnings continued to have more children, and even adopted an infant, and most of them survived only a few months. Some deaths were blamed on SIDS, though the odds of it occurring more than once to the same family are astronomical. Doctors did all kinds of studies to see if the problem was genetic, which seemed to be ruled out when their adopted son, Michael, died as well. Questions were asked, but not enough people from different organizations put their information together to launch an investigation. Each time the Tinnings had another child, some people would wonder how long the baby would live.It wasn’t until the death of the Tinning’s ninth child, Tami Lynne in 1985 (fourteen years after her killing spree began), that police finally arrested her. Tinning confessed to smothering Tami Lynne with a pillow, then confessed to killing two of the others. Later, she tried to recant her testimony. She was eventually convicted in of murdering Tami Lynne, the only one for which police could obtain enough evidence. Efforts were made to try her for two others, but were later dropped. She was convicted of second degree murder in July, 1987, and is currently up for parole.

On January 20, 1972, Marybeth Tinning rushed her two-year-old son, Joseph Jr., to the emergency room in Schenectady, NY. She claimed he’d suffered some kind of seizure, but doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him. Hours later, she returned again and, this time, little Joseph Jr. was dead. Tinning said she’d put him to bed, then found him tangled in the sheets. It seemed a horribly tragic loss for Tinning and her husband, Joe — her father had died of a heart attack the previous October and their newborn daughter, Jennifer, had died just a month before, from meningitis and had never even left the hospital.

Police investigated, the but there was no evidence of a crime. However, less than six weeks later, Tinning returned to the emergency room with their remaining child, Barbara, age 4. The doctors wanted to keep Barbara, but Tinning insisted on taking her home. Hours later, Tinning returned with an unconscious Barabara, who later died. All three Tinning children had died within 90 days of each other.

Sadly, it didn’t end there. Over the years, the Tinnings continued to have more children, and even adopted an infant, and most of them survived only a few months. Some deaths were blamed on SIDS, though the odds of it occurring more than once to the same family are astronomical. Doctors did all kinds of studies to see if the problem was genetic, which seemed to be ruled out when their adopted son, Michael, died as well. Questions were asked, but not enough people from different organizations put their information together to launch an investigation. Each time the Tinnings had another child, some people would wonder how long the baby would live.

It wasn’t until the death of the Tinning’s ninth child, Tami Lynne in 1985 (fourteen years after her killing spree began), that police finally arrested her. Tinning confessed to smothering Tami Lynne with a pillow, then confessed to killing two of the others. Later, she tried to recant her testimony. She was eventually convicted in of murdering Tami Lynne, the only one for which police could obtain enough evidence. Efforts were made to try her for two others, but were later dropped. She was convicted of second degree murder in July, 1987, and is currently up for parole.

Apr 5
Richard Allen Davis
When Davis abducted 12-year old Polly Klaas from her bedroom on October 1, 1993, he had already been convicted of at least 4 violent offenses against women, and dozens of other offenses, including grand theft auto and multiple burglary and robbery charges.
He had been paroled less than 4 months before he abducted Polly, after serving a 16-year sentence for kidnapping.
Davis abducted Polly from her bedroom, where she had been having a sleepover with friends, and brutally raped and murdered her. He kept the attention of the media during his trial because of his disgusting behavior. In a statement that Davis read in the courtroom, he stated that Polly’s father (who has since become a very high profile member of the victims’ rights community) was a child molester. Mr. Klaas was so angry he had to leave the courtroom.
Davis was given the death penalty, and as the judge stated that handing down this sentence was normally difficult, he added, to Davis, “You made it very easy today by your conduct.”
Davis is on death row. Mark Klaas, Polly’s father, became an outspoken advocate of the 3 Strikes law.

Richard Allen Davis

When Davis abducted 12-year old Polly Klaas from her bedroom on October 1, 1993, he had already been convicted of at least 4 violent offenses against women, and dozens of other offenses, including grand theft auto and multiple burglary and robbery charges.

He had been paroled less than 4 months before he abducted Polly, after serving a 16-year sentence for kidnapping.

Davis abducted Polly from her bedroom, where she had been having a sleepover with friends, and brutally raped and murdered her. He kept the attention of the media during his trial because of his disgusting behavior. In a statement that Davis read in the courtroom, he stated that Polly’s father (who has since become a very high profile member of the victims’ rights community) was a child molester. Mr. Klaas was so angry he had to leave the courtroom.

Davis was given the death penalty, and as the judge stated that handing down this sentence was normally difficult, he added, to Davis, “You made it very easy today by your conduct.”

Davis is on death row. Mark Klaas, Polly’s father, became an outspoken advocate of the 3 Strikes law.

Apr 5
Four Basic Characteristics of Mass Murderers
they give little thought or concern to inevitable capture or death
they commit crime in public places
their motive is retaliatory; based in rejection, failure, and loss of autonomy
the offense is an effort to regain a degree of control over their lives

Four Basic Characteristics of Mass Murderers

  • they give little thought or concern to inevitable capture or death
  • they commit crime in public places
  • their motive is retaliatory; based in rejection, failure, and loss of autonomy
  • the offense is an effort to regain a degree of control over their lives