Following on from my blog - Famous British Serial Killers - Where Are They Now? - which asked whether our most infamous serial killers are alive or dead, and if so, what happened to them and where are they now. I'm continuing the series with Famous American Serial Killers - Where Are They Now*? Obviously there's so many to choose from, so I've picked a handful of the most famous. *As before, this article is accurate as of March 2017, when it was written, so any issues? Blame time..
The procedure took 18 minutes. With no remorse for his victims, Gacy's final words were simply "Kiss my ass". After death, Gacy's brain was removed and is held in possession by Dr. Helen Morrison, a defence witness at Gacy's trial who was conducting a study into possibly brain abnormalities in psychopaths. Gacy's brain showed no abnormalities.
Kemper is considered a "model prisoner", who is responsible for scheduling prisoner's psychiatric appointments as well as being a skilled potter. Although eligible, he was denied parole in 2007 and 2012. His next parole hearing in this year (2017).
In 2000, the state rejected Rifkin's lawsuit which claimed that being in solitary for 1540 days was unconstitutional, a lawsuit which - had he won - would have netted him $77 million. Rifkin was sentenced to a total of 203 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole on 26th February 2197. And before you ask? No, that number is not a typo.
But on the morning of 28th November 1994, at the Columbia Correctional Institution, as he began his duty of mopping the prison showers, fellow prisoner Christopher Scarver bludgeoned him to death with a 20-inch (51cm) metal bar. As was his wishes, Dahmer's body was cremated and his ashes were divided between his divorced parents.
Knowing the evidence was circumstantial, Police obtained a warrant to test the DNA on his daughter's pap-smear, which proved a genetically similar DNA match. Radar was arrested and - as Kansas doesn't have the Death Penalty - was sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences at El Dorado Correctional Facility where he lives in solitary confinement for his own protection. He will be eligible for parole after 175 years.
But before he could be arrested for murder, Bundy would kill six more women as they slept in their beds. He was executed by electric chair at Raiford Prison (Florida) on 24th January 1989 at 7:16 am, cremated at Gainesville and his ashed were scattered in an undisclosed location in the Cascade Range of Washington State.
On 12th June 1978 Berkowitz was sentenced to serve 25 year-to-life for each murder, at the Attica Correctional Facility. Although he claimed his murders were the direct orders of a demon who manifested itself as a dog called "Harvey" which belonged to his neighbour "Sam", Berkowitz was found sane to stand trial. Since his incarceration, "Son of Sam" has found God as an Evangelical Christian, hence he has now been dubbed by fellow convicts - "Son of Hope".
If you "enjoyed" this blog post, why not take a peek at my other blogs which examine a different side to serial killers such as; Killers as Siblings, Killers As Kids, Killers By Birthday, Killers By County, Killers By Diet , Killers By Drink, Killers By Height, Killers By IQ, Killers By Job, Killers By Lunar Cycle, Killers By Music, Killers By Name, Killers By Nickname, Killers By Star Sign, Killers Last Meals, Killers Last Words, Killers Not Caught, Killers On TV and Killers & Pets.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a writer, crime historian and tour-guide who runs Murder Mile Walks, a guided tour of Soho’s most notorious murder cases, hailed as “one of the top ten quirky & unusual things to do in London” and featuring 12 murderers, including 3 serial killers, across 15 locations, totalling 75 deaths, over just a one mile walk.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a crime historian, writer and tour guide of Murder Mile Walks.