Between 1984 and 1985, a ruthless serial killer that became known as the “Night Stalker” instilled fear into the hearts of Southern California residents. He entered homes at nights where he would dispose of any men in the house before sexually assaulting, and quite often killing, the women and ransacking the house. Age was of no consideration to this ruthless killer: he raped and killed children and he raped and killed decrepit elderly ladies. Not following much of a particular modus operandi, he used a wide variety of murder weapons. He slashed throats, he bludgeoned, he shot, and he stabbed. On one brutal occasion, he gouged the eyes out of one of his victims.
The downfall of the Night Stalker commenced after the August 25 murder of Bill Cairns and the sodomy of fiancee, Inez Erickson. As he was fleeing, a neighbourhood boy spotted him and reported him to the police, taking down the registration number of the car in which he fled. Three days later, the aforementioned car was discovered discarded in Los Angeles. A run of the registration confirmed that it was a stolen car. The car was delivered to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department where it would be vehemently combed for evidence.
Chemical fumes were pumped into the car and as a result, hidden fingerprints reacted to the fumes and turned white. After the fumes dissipated, the fingerprints were investigated with a high-power laser ray. The fingerprints were then analysed and flown to Sacramento, where an Automated Fingerprint Identification system had just recently been installed. The fingerprints uncovered from the car were run against the database of previous offenders.
Ordered by date of apprehension: Edmund Kemper (about watching TV and learning how not to get caught, through crime shows) - Ted Bundy (about remorse) - David Berkowitz (about finding religion) - John Wayne Gacy (demonstrating a rope trick he used on his victims and explaining it) - Richard Ramirez (about his thoughts on serial killers in general) - Aileen Wuornos (getting angry about the way she was treated by others) - Jeffrey Dahmer (about his motive) - Dennis Rader aka. BTK Killer (about dreaming about and planning the killing)
when richard ramirez was asked about his opinion on jeffrey dahmer, he described him as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. he would further say: “this is a guy you think it’d be okay to go to his house, have a drink, and smoke a joint, but it would be your last drink because you’d find yourself handcuffed and the next thing you know, this guy would be eating you.”
“What Satan means to me … Satan is a stabilizing force in my life. It gives me a reason to be; it gives me … an excuse to rationalize. There is a part of me that believes he really does exist. I have my doubts, but we all do, about many things.”
The New York Daily News published a story Wednesday about James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old white man from Baltimore who allegedly traveled to New York City, encountered a 66-year-old black stranger named Timothy Caughman and stabbed him to death Monday night.
Police said the crime was racially motivated, and that Jackson surrendered at a New York Police Department substation in Times Square two days after the killing. “I’m the person you’re looking for,” Jackson told officers Wednesday, according to WNBC.
“He knew what he was doing when he was coming up here,” Det. William Aubrey added, citing Jackson’s history of hatred toward black people.
Yet the Daily News’ report — co-authored by Rocco Parascandola, Aidan McLaughlin and Graham Rayman — went out of its way to highlight the arrest record of Caughman, the black victim. Read more (3/22/17)