Category Archives: Serial killers

Richard Ramirez – 1984-1985

“I love all that blood” THE CRIME: Richard Ramirez was a satanist who, between June 1984 and August 1985, murdered more than a dozen people. Ricardo Munoz Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas on 29 February 1960. Known as the “Night Stalker”, he broke into houses through an open door or window. His first… Read More »

Thierry Paulin – 1984-1987

Monster of Montmartre THE CRIME: Born at Fort-de-France, Martinique on 28 November 1963, Thierry Paulin was abandoned by his father and raised by his paternal grandmother, a restaurateur who had little time for him. He was 10 years old before he moved back in with his mother who had remarried but he didn’t get on… Read More »

Kenneth Erskine, Stockwell Strangler – 1986

“It says it will kill me if it gets me” THE CRIME: In 1986 the elderly residents of a district of south London were terrorized by Kenneth Erskine, earning him the nickname the Stockwell Strangler. Born in 1962, West Indian Erskine struck for the first time on 9 April 1986, killing 78-year-old spinster Nancy Emms.… Read More »

Christopher Mhlengwa Zikode – 1993-1995

Zikode murdered her and then had sex with her corpse THE CRIME: Having suffered the privations of apartheid for 42 years, South Africa had been through a tumultuous time. Just as the country seemed to be settling down, a serial killer began operating in Donnybrook, a town in rural Kwazulu-Natal, the seventh largest region in… Read More »

Washington Sniper – 2002

“Dear Policeman: I am God” THE CRIME: During a three-week period in October 2002 ten people where killed and three seriously injured by a sniper in Maryland and Virginia. The first victim, James D. Martin, a 55-year-old program analyst, was killed at 6.04pm on 2 October 2002 in the car park of Shoppers Food Warehouse… Read More »

Baseline Killer – 2005-2006

Police arrested Goudeau for sexually attacking two sisters – one was pregnant THE CRIME: The Baseline Killer — so-called because he operated around Baseline Road, Phoenix, Arizona — killed nine people, sexually assaulted several more and committed armed robberies. The attacks began on 7 November 2005 when people were robbed at gunpoint inside Las Brasas,… Read More »

Peter Kurten – 1899-1930

“I hope I hear my own blood gurgle” THE CRIME: Born on 26 May 1883, the third of 13 children, in Cologne-Mulheim in Germany, Peter Kurten had an incestuous relationship with one of his sisters. Kurten’s taste for sadism was awakened by the local dog catcher who taught the boy to masturbate the dogs and… Read More »

Steve Wright – 2006

 “This was a targeted campaign of murder” THE CRIME: Nearly three decades after the Yorkshire Ripper (see page 397) terrorized women in the north of England, another serial killer began picking off prostitutes, this time in East Anglia. On 2 December 2006 the naked body of 25-year-old heroin addict Gemma Adams was found in Belstead… Read More »

Stephen Sakai – 2005-2006

“I’ve had to sit there and listen to rie after rie” THE CRIME: Stephen Sakai was born in 1975 with the surname Sanders and grew up in Southeast Queens. Tall and well built, Sakai worked as a bouncer at Sunset Park strip bar Sweet Cherry and Opus 22 Café and Lounge at 559 West 22nd… Read More »

Juana Barraza – 2003-2006

“You’ll know why I did it when you read my statement to police” THE CRIME: Juana Barraza was born in 1957 in Mexico and worked as a female wrestler known as The Silent Lady but she had a sideline as a serial killer. The press nicknamed her Mataviejitas — The Old Lady Killer — and… Read More »