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PostPosted: 11-11-2012 14:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Life for Craigslist killer aide Brogan Rafferty

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Brogan Rafferty was 16 when arrested in 2011 for being an accomplice to the murders
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20277727

A teenager who helped kill three men who responded to a fake job advert on the Craigslist website has been given a life sentence.

Brogan Rafferty, 17, helped alleged killer Richard Beasley lure victims to a non-existent Ohio cattle farm.

Rafferty told the court during the sentencing hearing that he wished he had tried to stop the killings.

The teenager was convicted over the deaths of three men on 30 October, after being tried as an adult.

The three killed were Ralph Geiger, 56, David Pauley, 51 and Timothy Kern, 47.

Officials say they were targeted because they were older, single, out-of-work men with backgrounds that made it unlikely their disappearances would be noticed quickly.

A fourth man, Scott Davis, 49, survived after pushing a gun aside and running for help.

Mr Beasley still awaits trial for his alleged role in the murders.

'Nothing of remorse'
During the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, family members read a statement from Mr Davis that reminded Rafferty that they had eaten together before Mr Beasley allegedly attempted to kill him.

The statement reminded Rafferty that he could have stopped "what was about to happen".

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If it weren't for Richard Beasley, Brogan wouldn't be sitting here”

John Alexander
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"It was only by the grace of God that I survived," he said. "You took from me a chance to have a normal life."

Barb Dailey, sister of Timothy Kern, told Rafferty that he knew "nothing of remorse" and "nothing of shame".

She told the teenager that without true repentence, "you will be destroyed". Rafferty nodded slightly.

Prosecutors argued during the trial that the young man was a quick student of violence and a willing participant in the killings, while defence lawyers say he went along with Mr Beasley's plan because he feared for his life.

During the hearing, Rafferty said his life had been hell since the killings and said "they must be living in it", while gesturing with at victims' relatives who crowded the court.

"There were many options I couldn't see at the time," he said, describing Mr Beasley as evil and deceitful.

Defence lawyers say that the 17-year-old will testify against his mentor at the upcoming trial.

"If it weren't for Richard Beasley, Brogan wouldn't be sitting here," lawyer John Alexander said.
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PostPosted: 13-03-2013 23:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Craigslist killings: Richard Beasley found guilty
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21766320

Richard Beasley may now face the death penalty

The "mastermind" of a plot to lure men to their deaths with bogus jobs ads on the Craigslist website has been found guilty of aggravated murder.

Richard Beasley, 53, could now face the death penalty after being found guilty of murdering three men in Ohio.

His teenage accomplice, Brogan Rafferty, was sentenced to life in prison without parole last November.

A man who survived being shot - a key witness at both trials - gave harrowing testimony of fleeing for his life.

As well as aggravated murder - "aggravated" in this case because the murder was planned in advance - Beasley was convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and attempted murder.

The jury will reconvene, reportedly on 20 March, to consider whether to recommend the death penalty for him.

'Gun cocked'
As the verdict was read out, relatives of the victims hugged and wiped away tears while Beasley slumped over, his head in his hands, and his mother sobbed.

During the trial, prosecutors had argued the three murder victims - each single and out-of-work, with few family ties - had been lured with offers of farmhand jobs.


Brogan Rafferty, who was 16 when arrested in 2011, is serving a life sentence for his part in the murders
But Ralph Geiger, 56, David Pauley, 51 and Timothy Kern, 47, were shot dead. Beasley had intended to rob his victims and steal their identities, prosecutors said.

"He was the mastermind behind this plot,'' said prosecutor Jonathan Baumoel.

Survivor Scott Davis, 49, told the court he had heard a gun being cocked as he walked in front of Beasley after arriving for the supposed job interview.

He pushed the weapon aside and was shot in the arm, he said.

"I spun around,'' testified Mr Davis. "I was worried about bleeding to death."

Mr Davis gave chilling testimony of running through the woods and hiding for seven hours.

Beasley had argued that it was Mr Davis who pulled the gun.

Rafferty had argued at his trial that he had been powerless to stop the killings, saying he feared for his life and the lives of family members.

But this version of events was rejected by the jury.
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PostPosted: 21-08-2013 18:40    Post subject: Video of serial killer Israel Keyes being interrogated Reply with quote

I didn't see a general serial killer thread, or a thread on this one specifically though I found a lot of threads on individual killers.

The FBI has released six hours of video of their interrogation of Israel Keyes in an effort to get more leads.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/08/20/israel_keyes_serial_killer_new_video_footage_shows_the_most_meticulous_serial.html?wpisrc=obinsite
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PostPosted: 21-08-2013 20:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

SK thread. http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11849
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PostPosted: 21-08-2013 20:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Threads combined. P_M
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PostPosted: 22-08-2013 11:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

One gang of serial killers has not appeared on this thread - or anywhere on the Board, so far as I can see. That is despite their notoriety elsewhere on the Web as the producers of a real "snuff" video. They have been called The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. Three - later two - Ukrainian teenage nerds, who killed twenty-one people with hammers and other blunt instruments.



The case is described very graphically here.

The video itself does not appear on the page but there may be valid links to it: it is not hard to track down. It is hard to phrase a warning that does not sound like a dare but not even the description on the page will prepare you for those seven and a half minutes.

It might be best to ignore such things entirely but my own attention was drawn to the video by "reaction videos" on Youtube. Two or three of these appear to have been self-posted by boys aged around ten. The soundtrack suggests these are authentic. One boy appears to be traumatized by the experience, as well he might be.

An increasingly popular variant of the "reaction video" has been to show extreme material to elderly relatives. Their reactions are more difficult to read but it would seem to constitute a form of elder-abuse, since they can hardly have given informed consent to what they were about to witness.

That is the place we are now.
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PostPosted: 27-09-2013 12:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could have been a miscarriage of justice regarding the 1994 murder. Given the level of interest this story isn't going to fade away easily.

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China court rejects killer's claim to additional murder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24294935

A Chinese court has rejected a convicted killer's claim that he was responsible for the rape and murder of a woman in 1994, Chinese media report.

Wang Shujin, who has been sentenced to death for raping three other women, murdering two of them, argued that he had also committed the 1994 crime.

Wang had appealed against his sentence, saying it should be reduced given his "confession" to the 1994 killing.

Another man was executed in 1995 after being found guilty of the 1994 crime.

A court gave Wang the death penalty in 2007. However, Wang appealed, on the basis that "prosecutors had not yet prosecuted him for the [additional] rape and murder that took place in [Hebei capital] Shijiazhuang" in 1994, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

On Friday, the Hebei Provincial Higher People's Court upheld Wang's death sentence, and dismissed his claim that he conducted the 1994 killing.

Wang "used violent methods to rape three women... and killed two of them", the court wrote on its verified microblog. "His methods were ruthless, and the circumstances and consequences of his crimes were serious."

However, "prosecutors identified major discrepancies in Wang's testimony in relation to the Shijiazhuang rape and murder case", and the court supported the prosecutors argument that the 1994 case "was not the doing of Wang", the court added.

Courts in China often give lighter sentences to defendants who confess to crimes.

The unusual court appeal, which saw the prosecutors seeking to affirm Wang's innocence in relation to the 1994 crime, generated significant controversy and debate in China.

The subject "Wang Shujin case" was trending on Sina Weibo, one of China's Twitter-like microblogs, on Friday.

Many microblog users were worried that Nie Shubin, who was found guilty of the 1994 crime, had been wrongly executed.
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PostPosted: 14-10-2013 17:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those interested in the Quick/Bergwall case from Sweden - the serial killer who never was, or might have been, or...who knows (delete to taste) - I've tagged an article from The Guardian onto the post I made of Hannes Råstam's book, Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer, on the Suggestions for a good read thread.

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...Until relatively recently, Sture Bergwall was Sweden's most notorious serial killer. He had confessed to more than 30 murders and been convicted of eight. He called himself Thomas Quick. Assuming this sinister alter ego, he claimed during a succession of therapy sessions at Säter over the years that he had maimed, raped and eaten the remains of his victims, the youngest of whom was a nine-year-old girl whose body has never been found...etc


Link on the aforementioned thread.
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PostPosted: 21-10-2013 12:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

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France serial killer Emile Louis dead
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24605535

Emile Louis. Photo: 2004

The Louis case was plagued with a succession of judicial problems

Notorious serial killer Emile Louis has died in France at the age of 79, his lawyer says.

Alain Fraitag says the former bus driver died in a secure hospital in Nancy in the early hours of Sunday.

Louis was jailed for life in 2004 for the murders of seven young women in the 1970s.

Many of the victims were mentally disabled and in care in the northern Yonne region. Some had used a bus driven by Louis.

He admitted carrying out some of the murders in 2000, but later retracted the confession.

The case against Louis was plagued with a succession of judicial problems.

In March 2002, the government punished three magistrates for failing in their duties by allowing Louis to avoid prosecution for more than 20 years. The thoroughness of the investigation was also questioned.

Many of the victims had severe learning difficulties, yet the local authorities simply recorded them as runaways. French police appeared to show little interest at the time.

Only one local gendarme pursued evidence against Louis, but the inquiries were halted and a damning report was lost until 1996.

The gendarme was then found shot dead - in what was recorded as suicide.

It was only thanks to pressure from the victims' families that the issue was kept alive until Louis was convicted and jailed.
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PostPosted: 24-10-2013 12:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Serial killer Steven Grieveson guilty of Simon Martin murder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-24637209

Steven Grieveson admitted killing Simon Martin but denied murder
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A serial killer who killed three teenagers has been found guilty of the murder of a 14-year-old boy.

Steven Grieveson, 42, was convicted of murdering Simon Martin, whose semi-naked body was found in a derelict house in Sunderland in 1990.

He is serving three life terms for strangling Thomas Kelly, 18, and David Hanson and David Grieff, both 15.

Grieveson had denied murder at Newcastle Crown Court, blaming his actions on an abnormality of mind.

The jury heard that Grieveson, who did not give evidence, accepted that he did kill the schoolboy but claimed the death was accidental.

Killer 'haunted'
In 2012, the fairground worker, formerly of Roker Terrace, Sunderland, told police he took Simon to derelict Gilside House, sexually abused him, and afterwards attacked him.

He said he had confessed to the killing because it had "haunted" him for 20 years.

During the two-week trial, the court heard all four teenagers were found with ligatures around their necks and their bodies were badly burned.

Simon Martin
Simon Martin was found dead in 1990
Grieveson will be sentenced later.

Speaking after the verdict, Dept Supt Roger Ford, of Northumbria Police, said: "Grieveson is a calculated serial killer whose actions left residents shocked and cast a shadow over the community for many years.

"We welcome this verdict and hope that Simon Martin's family and friends now feel that justice has been done."

Robert and Jean Martin, Simon's parents, said in a statement: "This is the end of a long journey for us, which will finally give us closure.

"Now Grieveson could spend the rest of his days behind bars.

"No other family should have to lose a son and suffer the heartache we have had to endure."
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PostPosted: 10-11-2013 12:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

A substantial and moving piece on the "Craig's List Killers."

An unusually positive reaction to the piece in the Comments below.
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PostPosted: 14-11-2013 18:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's an excellent article - and although clearly inspired by acts of violence, manages to suggest that kindness and compassion are as much a default in human nature as evil. It's something of a cliche - but then cliches are often cliches because they tend towards some kind of truth - that the best and worst of human nature are often revealed at precisely the same time, and you can see hints of that reality here.

Over the summer I read everything I could find by the American writers Frank Bill and Donald Ray Pollock - American Gothic multipled by recession and meth; grotesque and brutal (and sometimes very funny). The mid-West is the territory of both authors, and Donald Ray Pollock's is Ohio specifically - and his domain, both thematically and geographically, is so utterly like that of Rosin's piece that you could be reading his fiction rather than her reality.

There's also a kind of fairy tale quality to the story - in the old-school nightmarish sense, that is. Something about those men being lured into the woods following a much more attractive kind of fairy story only to find themselves lost in a very bad dream. I can't get that theme out of my head - hard working men brought low on the nightmare side of the American dream, wandering into the forest like children following the rat man's music.
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PostPosted: 18-11-2013 14:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

That rarity, a woman serial-killer!

She has pleaded guilty - to the surprise of her barrister.

Her co-accused, 7'3" "Gary Stretch" has pleaded not guilty.

Ditch Murderer Pleads Guilty
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PostPosted: 23-11-2013 10:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

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'Alphabet killer' Joseph Naso sentenced to death
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25064222

Joseph Naso (22 November 2013)

Analysts say it is unlikely Naso, 79, will ever see the inside of the state's death chamber

A California man convicted of the murders decades ago of four women whose names and surnames bore matching initials has been sentenced to death.

Joseph Naso, 79, was found guilty last month in the so-called "Alphabet" killings of Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya.

The bodies of the four strangled women, who worked as prostitutes, were dumped in rural areas in the 1970s and 1990s.

Naso was prosecuted after police found evidence in his home in 2009.

Naso, a former photographer, represented himself at his trial in Marin County, telling the jury he was "not the monster that killed these women".

Deputy District Attorney Dori Ahana argued for the death sentence, presenting the jury with macabre photographs of the lifeless bodies, and in September the jury recommended he be sentenced to death.

Journal of violence
In 2009, probation officers in Reno, Nevada, carried out a routine firearms search of Naso's home. At the time, he was on probation for a conviction in California.

Inside his house, officers discovered a grisly collection of evidence, including a "List of 10" featuring references to the women's killings. There were photographs of women appearing drugged or dead.

Also uncovered was a journal with detailed descriptions of rape and violence toward underage girls and women.

Roxene Roggasch, 18, and Carmen Colon, 22, were killed in the 1970s. Pamela Parsons, 38, and Tracy Tafoya, 31, were killed in the 1990s.

He remains a suspect in the killings of at least two other California women.

Analysts say it is unlikely Naso will actually be executed by the state. Hundreds of prisoners are already on California's death row, and executions have been on hold there since 2006.
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PostPosted: 20-12-2013 12:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of Gacy's victims has been found, alive.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/viewart/20131219/NEWS01/312190024/Man-thought-Gacy-victim-found-Montana
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