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A Russian historian gruesomely decorated his home with 29 mummified female bodies he dug up from local graveyards and dressed as life-sized dolls, according to Russian authorities.Local historian and cemetery explorer Anatoly Moskvin, 45, was arrested last week by police investigating a spate of grave desecrations in the area.
The brightly dressed dolls, their faces and limbs covered in cloth, were found in his flat and garage, police said.
This is one of those stories that just keeps getting weirder and according to reports from today by the BBC Moskvin had detailed graveyard photos and maps in his apartment, and instructions for making the dolls. Shoes in his apartment also matched footprints in cemeteries. Examiners have not determined whether each mummy doll contains a "full set of remains," or whether Moskvin mixed and matched. Lovely. Perhaps not so surprisingly Moskvin has long been obsessed with graveyards. In a 2007 interview with the newspaper Nizhegorodsky Rabochy, Moskvin said he had begun wandering through cemeteries when still a schoolboy. He claimed to have inspected 752 cemeteries across the region from 2005 to 2007, often walking up to 30km (20 miles) a day. He said he had drunk from puddles, spent nights in haystacks or at abandoned farms and had once even slept in a coffin readied for a funeral.Ok. But why is no one asking the question we all want the answer to - 'was this man playing doctor with his dolls or not?'A Russian historian gruesomely decorated his home with 29 mummified female bodies he... more
Witness Testifies She Was Raped By Anthony Sowell & Saw Headless Body (VIDEO).
Cleveland, Ohio – The gruesome images of the Imperial Avenue crime scene where police found 11 decomposing bodies in 2009 was the focus of morning testimony today in the Anthony Sowell capital murder trial.
Police Det. Kristina Rayburn took the photoraphs of the crime scene in 2009, according to reporting on Twitter by Plain Dealer reporter Stan Donaldson.
She showed Judge Dick Ambrose and the jury the various photos: Decomposing bodies inside the house, in the basement and in the backyard.
Sowell also viewed the images, but did not show any reaction.
Sowell, 51, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder and a host of other offenses in the deaths of 11 women whose bodies were found in and around his home in Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood in the fall of 2009.
He also is accused of attacking several other women who survived. His trial began June 6, and he faces the death penalty if convicted.Witness Testifies She Was Raped By Anthony Sowell & Saw Headless Body (VIDEO).... more
At 4 a.m. on July 30, 2007, Jeannie and Kevin McDonough were startled awake by strange noises coming from the adjacent bedroom of their 15-year-old daughter, Shea McDonough. What happened next would change their lives forever.
"Caught in the Act" is the true story of how the desperate parents interrupted the attempted rape and murder by the hulking, masked intruder who had a knife to their daughter's throat. In a testament to the sheer ferocity of parental instinct, they wrestled the man to the ground and held him until authorities arrived.
The McDonoughs soon learned that the intruder - Adam Leroy Lane - was a serial killer who had brutally killed two women and nearly killed a third. Lane, an interstate trucker from Jonesville, N.C., used the highways as his killing grounds - parking in truck stops and creeping through the woods to nearby neighborhoods.
The core narrative of "Caught in the Act" is provided by Jeannie McDonough, the desperate mom who sliced her hand open pulling the knife away from her child's attacker. The book follows the McDonoughs as they navigate the criminal justice system through Lane's arraignment and trial. In one riveting passage, McDonough recalls shaking with rage and fear as she confronted Lane in court.
Co-writer Paul Lonardo handles the heavy lifting in the other chapters of the book, which are professionally researched, adequately paced and occasionally evocative. He provides chilling detail about Lane and his victims, and the trials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that put the killer away for life.
Lonardo reveals that Lane agreed to plea guilty in the McDonough attack, in return for dropping the attempted rape charge. This was a practical decision, the book informs us: Child rapists are routinely brutalized in prison by other inmates. (Lane was reportedly attacked anyway - word gets around.)
"Caught in the Act" should appeal to fans of true crime books on a couple of levels. It's a duly terrifying chronicle of a killer's rampage, and of the ordeals a family goes through long after the crimes have passed.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20036482-504083.htmlAt 4 a.m. on July 30, 2007, Jeannie and Kevin McDonough were startled awake by strange... more
There is not much to say about what you see in the pictures, except that the scenarios really remind of “Dexter”, the TV show serial killer. Doll photographer Mariel Clayton obviously got inspired by that TV show, and wanted to represent a innocent and gorgeous doll like Barbie as a cruel serial killer.
Barbie’s victims are almost always Ken, but sometimes you can see another Barbie victim too, and the photos are so bizarre that not everybody would think they’re tasteful. Barbie has always the same grin on her face, and in many of the photos she is sitting with her legs crossed enjoying a cigarette while Ken is chopped up in blood next to her – really odd!
If you’d into bizarre things and would like to see more, you should take a look at these very strange tools that are mixed with different body parts.
http://blognator.com/meet-barbie-the-serial-killer/There is not much to say about what you see in the pictures, except that the scenarios... more
Philadelphia police say they have caught a serial killer who has been dubbed the Kensington Strangler - after a $37,000 reward prompted a tip-off from a member of the public.
Detectives are 'confident' that the man they have in custody is the same man who has sexually assaulted and killed women in November and December of last year.
Police have revealed that DNA evidence has allegedly linked their suspect to the killings.
Antonio Rodriguez, 21, was arrested in the Kensington neighbourhood on a tip from a member of the public, said Detective Justin Frank of the Philadelphia Police Department.
The tipster was reacting to pictures of the suspect shown in a live TV broadcast of a police news conference to announce details of the man they wanted for questioning in the case.
Detective Frank said: 'We are pretty confident he is the suspect.'
The detective added that the tipster would now receive the $37,000 reward offered to the public for information leading to the suspect's arrest.
Detective Frank said the suspect had a criminal record, and was already wanted for failure to appear in court on narcotics charges.
At a news conference after the arrest, Captain James Clark told reporters that the suspect was recently released from prison and is known in the Kensington neighbourhood by the nickname of 'Black'.
All three victims were sexually assaulted and strangled in the Kensington neighborhoods, known for its drugs and prostitution, between November 3 and December 15 last year.
Police have said that there is a DNA link to three murders but there have been other murders and sexual assults in the area that could yet be linked to the case.
Four women have survived severe beatings and sexually assaults, and two of the survivors say they were choked to the point of losing consciousness.
Their evidence may be crucial to any extended police case.
Police published a composite sketch of the so-called Kensington Strangler and pictures of a 'preson of interest' were also distributed.
It is a tip off from one of these pictures that led to today's arrest.
Despite Detective Frank's confidence, there are questions over Rodriguez being associated with the crimes.
Earlier in the case, police had said that the strangler's DNA was not in any crime database.
This would not seem to match up with Captain Clark's assertion that Rodriguez had previous arrests and had served time in prison.
As a result his DNA should be on a crime database.
The FBI had been called in to help with the case, and their behavioural analysis unit at Quantico had been drafted in.
Talking about the killer, forensic criminal psychiatrist Clarence Watson said: 'It could be a person who has frustrated interactions with females, hostility towards females... they're feeling out of control in their lives and now they need to regain some sense of control, regain some sense of self-esteem or repair their ego in some way and they go out and act.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348146/Police-arrest-suspect-Kensington-Strangler-case-37-000-reward-sparks-tip-off.html#ixzz1BMb0fcxUPhiladelphia police say they have caught a serial killer who has been dubbed the... more
Life often borders on the absurd.
When people think serial killers certain names like Ted Bundy (23 confirmed kills) come to mind. However, when we look at history, the body counts rise to incredible figures.When people think serial killers certain names like Ted Bundy (23 confirmed kills)... more
The following books offer some answers and a look into some of the most notorious serial killers minds and lives.
Link : http://www.criminaljusticeuniversity.net/blog/2010/10-chilling-serial-killer-books/The following books offer some answers and a look into some of the most notorious... more
Since Dexter season 5 starts this month, we took some inspiration from Philip Haragos’sHow to Become a Superhero and chronicaled some of the more interesting serial killer origins from TV and the movies. Can you guess them all?Since Dexter season 5 starts this month, we took some inspiration from Philip... more
Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox join forces with top movie critics to review "The Killer Inside Me," starring Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Alba. In the adaptation of Jim Thompson's book, a West Texan deputy sheriff is gradually revealed to be a serial killer.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show is a movie review show that airs on Thursday nights at 10:30 e/p on Current TV. From reviews of the newest releases to commentary on cult favorites and movie trends, each episode of The Rotten Tomatoes Show is a fast-paced, comedic journey through the week in cinema.
For more from the Rotten Tomatoes Show: http://rottentomatoesshow.comBrett Erlich and Ellen Fox join forces with top movie critics to review "The... more
Below is a list of 20 of the America’s most notorious serial killers; the ones who truly kept us watching our backs and cringing in disgust.
:http://www.forensiccolleges.net/blog/2010/americas-20-most-notorious-serial-killers/Below is a list of 20 of the America’s most notorious serial killers; the ones... more
Although this article is from last year, I just read it yesterday and thought it was very interesting.
Having lived on the Central Coast of California I have (like many others) been interested in the "unsolved" murder cases surrounding the Zodiac killer. In this piece in October of last year, Michael J. Martin makes a compelling argument against one of the people who has become engrossed in the "solving" of this cold-case - Gareth Penn. Penn's profile actually fits the killer's better than the man Penn has been "fingering" for years.
We may never know who committed these killing or what drove this cowardly game on, but maybe after all these years the killer will expose himself? In any case this is a very twisted saga which includes two local "academics." What do you think about mystery cases? Are they given too much time in our society - or not enough?
http://weeklyscientist.blogspot.com/2009/10/with-malice-aforethought-4.htmlAlthough this article is from last year, I just read it yesterday and thought it was... more
Cleveland, Ohio registered sex offender Anthony Sowell pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 11 women via video from his jail. In order for an insanity defense to hold up, the court must find that Sowell "suffers from severe mental illness and cannot distinguish between right and wrong," AP reports.
http://forbezdvd.com/blog/2009/12/06/cleveland-serial-killer-anthony-sowell-pleads-insanity/Cleveland, Ohio registered sex offender Anthony Sowell pleaded not guilty by reason of... more
In the developing story of the Cleveland stangler, Anthony Sowell, all ten bodies, at this point, have been identified:
The first woman to be identified was Tonia Carmichael. Following her was Telacia Fortson, Tishana Culver, Nancy Cobbs, Amelda Hunter, Crystal Dozier, Michelle Mason, Janice Webb, and Kim Yvette Smith.
A tenth body was that of Leshanda Long. It is uncertain whether or not her body is the last of those linked to the Imperial Avenue murders.
Sowell, so far, has been charged with five counts of aggravated murder. He had previously served 15 years in jail for a 1990 charge of kidnapping and attempted rape.,0,6181299.story In the developing story of the Cleveland stangler, Anthony Sowell,... more
Anthony Sowell's home has smelled horribly for years. Police are just now linking the smell and numerous missing women to the sudden discovery of bodies found in Sowell's home recently.
Citizens are wondering how the police could have neglected these cases and how they could have avoided a number of decomposing bodies for so long.
http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-sowell-arrest-women-strangled-txt,0,5533112.storyAnthony Sowell's home has smelled horribly for years. Police are just now linking... more
Police found the first two of six bodies Thursday night when they went to the home of 50-year-old Anthony Sowell, who was convicted in a 1989 rape.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jGQmSQzOVfHOMgQ6cXJ1eqhsCS-QD9BMAEMG0Police found the first two of six bodies Thursday night when they went to the home of... more
Ten women have been found slain or have been declared missing in Rocky Mount, N.C., in recent years. But the rest of the country hasn’t heard about…… a possible serial killer stalking the young women in this Southern town of 60,000. The latest victim, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, was identified on Oct. 12. Why have the Rocky Mount homicides been largely ignored?
“When you think about the famous missing person cases over the last few years it’s Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, and Laci Peterson,” notes Sam Sommers, associate professor of psychology at Tufts University. All these women had a few things in common—they were white, educated, and came from middle-class families. The victims in Rocky Mount—which residents describe as a “typical Southern town,” and is about 40 percent white and more than 50 percent black—were different. They were all African-American, many were poor, and some had criminal histories including drug abuse and prostitution.
Police have not officially linked all the murders and disappearances, but community members claim the similarities among the women, their lifestyles, and the location of their bodies make a connection all too obvious. “If you find two bodies in the same location, this could be the work of the same person or people,” says Rocky Mount Police Chief John Manley, who would not comment on a connection, but implied the possibility.
“If it was someone of a different race, things would have been dealt with the first time around; it wouldn’t have taken the fifth or sixth person to be murdered,” says Andre Knight, a city-council member and president of the local NAACP chapter. “All these women knew each other and lived in the same neighborhood; this is the sign of a potential serial killer. When it didn’t get the kind of attention it needed, it made the African-American community frustrated.”Ten women have been found slain or have been declared missing in Rocky Mount, N.C., in... more
Two decades after the devil-worshiping "Night Stalker" killer was sentenced to die for 13 Southern California murders, DNA evidence has tied him to the 1984 rape-slaying of a 9-year-old girl in the Tenderloin, San Francisco authorities said Thursday.Two decades after the devil-worshiping "Night Stalker" killer was sentenced... more
This is really disturbing...
"Ten women have been found slain or have been declared missing in Rocky Mount, N.C., in recent years. But the rest of the country hasn't heard about a possible serial killer stalking the young women in this Southern town of 60,000. The latest victim, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, was identified on Oct. 12. Why have the Rocky Mount homicides been largely ignored?"This is really disturbing... "Ten women have been found slain or have been... more