Murder Cases of the Twentieth Century

Biographies and Bibliographies of 280 Convicted or Accused Killers

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About the Book

From Jack Henry Abbott, who stabbed a waiter through the heart for not allowing him to use the toilet, to the “Zodiac,” an unknown California serial killer who may have murdered as many as 37 people, this reference work details 280 of the most famous murder cases of the twentieth century. Each entry contains, when applicable, birth and death dates, aliases, occupation, location of the murders, weapons used, number of victims, and the time period when the killings occurred. Films, plays, television shows, videos and audio programs based on or inspired by the case are then cited, followed by a brief overview of the murder case and a bibliography of English-language works related to it.

About the Author(s)

David K. Frasier is a reference librarian at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of several books.

Bibliographic Details

David K. Frasier
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 570
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, indexes
Copyright Date: 2007 [1996]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3031-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0808-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      xi
Foreword      xv
Preface      xvii

The Cases
Abbott, Jack Henry      1
Adams, John Bodkin (acquitted)      2
Allaway, Thomas Henry      4
Allen, Peter Anthony      5
Anderson, Craig Alan      5
Andre, Carl (acquitted)      6
Andrews, William A.      7
Armstrong, Herbert Rowse      7
Atkins, Susan Denise      9
Baniszewski, Gertrude      9
Barfield, Margie Velma      10
Barney, Elvira Dolores (acquitted)      13
Beck, Martha Jule (Seabrook)      15
Bembenek, Lawrencia      15
Bennett, Herbert John      17
Benson, Steven Wayne      18
Bentley, Derek William      20
Berdella, Robert Andrew, Jr.      20
Berkowitz, David      23
Bianchi, Kenneth Alessio      26
“Bible John”      29
Blaikie, James Francis, Jr.      30
Bonney, Thomas Lee      31
Brady, Ian Duncan      33
Branion, John Marshall, Jr.      38
Broderick, Elisabeth Anne “Betty”      39
Brooks, David Owen      41
Browne, Frederick Guy      41
Brudos, Jerome Henry      42
Buckfield, Reginald Sidney      45
Buenoano, Judias      45
Bulloch, Dennis Neal      48
Bundy, Carol Mary      52
Bundy, Theodore Robert      52
Buono, Angelo, Jr.      58
Busacca, Thomas F.      58
Camb, James      60
Carignan, Harvey Louis      62
Carpenter, David Joseph      64
Carraher, Patrick      68
Casteel, Dee Dyne      68
Cavaness, John Dale      69
Chambers, Robert E., Jr.      70
Chapman, George      71
Chapman, Mark David      73
Chase, Richard Trenton      74
Chikatilo, Andrei Romanovich      75
Christie, John Reginald Halliday      78
Clark, Douglas Daniel      81
Clark, Henry Lovell William      84
Coleman, Dennis, Jr.      85
Collins, John Norman      86
Coppolino, Carl A.      88
Corll, Dean Arnold      89
Corona, Juan Vallejo      90
Cottingham, Richard Francis      93
Crafts, Richard Bunel      94
Craig, Christopher      95
Crimmins, Craig Stephen      95
Crippen, Hawley Harvey      98
Crumm, James, Jr.      102
Dahmer, Jeffrey Lionel      102
Dallas, Claude Lafayette, Jr.      107
Daniel, Victoria Loretha (acquitted)      109
Dann, Laurie Ann      110
Davies, Michael John      111
Davis, David Richard      112
DeFeo, Ronald Joseph, Jr.      113
De Kaplany, Geza      115
Demeter, Peter      117
DeSalvo, Albert Henry      119
Dickman, John Alexander      122
Dobkin, Harry      123
Donald, Jeannie      124
Douglas, William HenryJames, Jr.      126
Downs, Elizabeth Diane Fredrickson      128
Dresbach, Ralph Wayne      130
Einhorn, Ira Samuel      132
Ellis, Ruth      134
Engleman, Glennon E.      136
Erler, Robert John, Jr.      136
Essex, Mark James Robert      138
Evans, Gwynne Owen      138
Evans, Timothy John      140
Eyler, Larry W.      140
Fernandez, Raymond Martinez      141
Fish, “Albert” Hamilton Howard      146
Fitzsimmons, George Kearon Joseph      149
Fox, Sidney Harry      150
Franklin, George Thomas, Sr. (conviction overturned)      151
Friedgood, Charles Edward      154
Fry, John Carl      156
Fugate, Caril Ann      158
Fullam, Augusta Fairfield      158
Fuller, Thomas Charles, II      160
Gacy, John Wayne      161
Gallego, Gerald Armand      167
Gardiner, William George Last (acquitted)      169
Garrow, Robert F.      171
Gates, Wyley (acquitted)      172
Gein, Edward Theodore      173
Gillette, Chester Ellsworth      177
Gillies, Jesse James      179
Gilmore, Mark Gary      182
Graham, Gwendolyn Gail      183
Graham, Lewis Texada, Jr.      183
Gray, David Malcolm      184
Gray, Henry Judd      185
“Green River Killer”      185
Greenwood, Harold (acquitted)      186
Gregg, Troy Leon      188
Griffiths, Peter      189
Griggs, Ronald Geeves (acquitted)      190
Gunness, Belle      192
Haigh, John George      195
Hall, Archibald Thomson      198
Hansen, Robert C.      201
Harris, Jean Struven      204
Hatcher, Charles Ray      206
Hauptmann, Bruno Richard      209
Heath, Neville George Clevely      214
Heidnik, Gary Michael      217
Heirens, William George      220
Henley, Elmer Wayne      223
Herrin, Richard James      223
Hickock, Richard Eugene      224
Hilley, Audrey Marie      227
Hindley, Myra      229
Hirasawa, Sadamichi      230
Hobson, Sueanne Sallee      231
Hoffman, Barbara      232
Hoolhouse, Robert William      233
Hosein, Arthur      234
Hosein, Nizamodeen      236
Hulme, Juliet      236
Hulten, Karl Gustav      238
Hume, Brian Donald      239
Hunt, Joe      241
“Jack the Stripper”      242
Jahnke, Richard John, Jr.      243
Jenkins, Steven Todd      244
Jones, Elizabeth Maude      247
Jones, Genene Ann      247
Jones, James Warren      249
Joubert, John J.      254
Judd, Winnie Ruth      256
Judy, Steven Timothy      258
Kallinger, Joseph Michael      258
Kemper, Edmund Emil, III      261
Kennedy, William Henry      265
Kitto, Michael Anthony      266
Klenner, Frederick Robert, Jr.      266
Knighten, Greg Spencer      268
Knowles, Benjamin (acquitted)      270
Knowles, Paul John      271
Kraft, Randy Steven      274
Krenwinkel, Patricia Dianne      276
Kürten, Peter      276
Landru, Henri Désiré      280
Larzelere, Virginia Gail      282
Legere, Allan Joseph      285
LeGeros, Bernard John      286
Leonski, Edward Joseph      287
Leopold, Nathan Freudenthal, Jr.      289
Light, Ronald Vivian (acquitted)      292
List, John Emil      293
Loeb, Richard R.      295
Logan, Michael David      295
Lonergan, Wayne Thomas      295
Lucan, Lord      296
Lucas, Henry Lee      298
Lundgren, Jeffrey Don      302
McCollum, Ruby      303
MacDonald, Jeffrey Robert      304
Mackay, Patrick David      307
“Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run”      310
Mahon, Patrick Herbert      312
Manson, Charles Milles      313
Manuel, Peter Thomas Anthony      320
Merrett, John Donald      322
Miller, James William      323
Milo, Frederick P.      324
Montgomery, Candace Lynn (acquitted)      325
Morris, Raymond Leslie      325
Mossler, Candace Grace (acquitted)      329
Mothershed, William James      331
Mullin, Herbert William      332
Nance, Wayne Nathan      335
Narciso, Filipina Bobadilla      337
Neelley, Alvin Howard, Jr.      337
Neelley, Judith Ann      337
Neilson, Donald      340
Nelson, Erle Leonard      341
Newell, Hugh William Alexander      343
Nichols, Donald Boone      344
Nilsen, Dennis Andrew      345
Nodder, Frederick      347
Olson, Clifford Robert      349
Pan, Rui-Wen      350
Pancoast, Marvin      352
Panzram, Carl      354
Parker, Pauline Yvonne      356
Perez, Leonora M. (charges dropped)      356
Petiot, Marcel André Henri Félix      357
Petrovich, Oliver      359
Pierce, Darci Kayleen      360
Pierre, Dale Selby      361
Pikul, Joseph John      362
Poddar, Prosenjit      365
Podmore, William Henry      365
Podola, Guenther Fritz Erwin      366
Powell, Bernadette      368
Powers, Harry F.      368
Puente, Dorothea Helen      370
Putnam, Mark Steven      372
Ramirez, Richard Leyva      375
Rattenbury, Alma Victoria (acquitted)      377
Rogers, Dayton Leroy      380
Rossney, Damian      383
Rouse, Alfred Arthur      383
Rowland, Walter Graham      385
Ruppert, James Urban      386
Ruxton, Buck      387
Sangret, August      389
Schmid, Charles Howard, Jr.      390
Schreuder, Frances Bernice      391
Scott, Leonard Ewing      392
Seddon, Frederick Henry      393
Sellers, Sean Richard      395
Shawcross, Arthur John      397
Sheppard, Samuel H. (acquitted)      399
Simmons, Ronald Gene      402
Sims, Paula Marie      405
Slater, Oscar Joseph (reprieved)      406
Smart, Pamela Ann      408
Smith, George Joseph      410
Smith, Perry Edward      412
Snider, Paul Leslie      412
Snyder, Ruth May      413
Sobhraj, Charles      416
Sodeman, Arnold Karl      418
Sorrentino, Paul      419
Speck, Richard Franklin      419
Starkweather, Charles Raymond      424
Steinberg, Joel Barnet      429
Stoner, George Percy      430
Straffen, John Thomas      430
Stuart, Charles M., Jr.      432
Stuart, Rupert Max      434
Stutzman, Eli E., Jr.      435
Sutcliffe, Peter William      438
Swartz, Lawrence J.      441
Tait, Robert Peter      442
Taylor, Kenneth Z.      443
Thatcher, Wilbert Colin      444
Thomas, Arthur Allan (pardoned)      445
Thompson, Tilmer Eugene      446
Thorne, John Norman Holmes      447
Tinning, Marybeth Roe      448
Toole, Ottis Elwood      451
True, Ronald      452
Tucker, Karla Faye      454
Umstadter, Travis      455
Van Houten, Leslie Sue      456
Vaquier, Jean Pierre      456
Walker, Buck Duane      457
Wallace, William Herbert (reprieved)      459
Watson, Charles Denton      460
Weger, Chester Otto      461
Wigginton, Tracey      462
Wilder, Christopher Bernard      462
Williams, Wayne Bertram      466
Wood, Catherine May      468
Wood, Robert William Thomas George Cavers (acquitted)      471
Woodfield, Randall Brent      472
Wuornos, Aileen Carol      476
Young, Graham Frederick      478
Yukl, Charles William, Jr.      481
Zeigler, William Thomas, Jr.      482
“Zodiac”      485

Appendix: A Classification of the Cases      487
Author and Title Index to the Bibliographic Entries      497
General Index to Page Numbers      509

Book Reviews & Awards

  • ALA Outstanding Reference Source
  • “A near-perfect reference source…thorough yet nonlurid…. Useful, entertaining, extremely well written and meticulously researched and formatted”—Library Journal
  • “Frasier’s carefully researched and objectively written case reports ought to be sources of choice”—Rettig on Reference