Long Distance Serial Killers Who Travel Pose Big Problems For Cops, Look At The Zodiac Killer, Ted Bundy, Aileen Wuornos and the “Night Stalker”.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
FBI Report on Serial Killers; The majority of serial killers are not reclusive, social misfits who live alone. They are not monsters and may not appear strange. Many serial killers hide in plain sight within their communities. Serial murderers often have families and homes, are gainfully employed, and appear to be normal members of the community. Because many serial murderers can blend in so effortlessly, they are oftentimes overlooked by law enforcement and the public.
Serial killers who do travel interstate and long distance to kill fall into the following categories:
• Itinerant individuals who move from place to place.
• Homeless individuals who are transients.
• Individuals whose employment lends itself to interstate or transnational travel, such as truck drivers or those in military service. The difference between these types of offenders and other serial murderers is the nature of their traveling lifestyle, which provides them with many zones of comfort in which to operate.
For the most part, serial murder involves strangers with no visible relationship between the offender and the victim. This distinguishes a serial murder investigation as a more nebulous undertaking than that of other crimes. Since the investigations generally lack an obvious connection between the offender and the victim, investigators instead attempt to discern the motivations behind the murders, as a way to narrow their investigative focus.
An offender selects a victim, regardless of the category, based upon availability, vulnerability, and desirability. Availability is explained as the lifestyle of the victim or circumstances in which the victim is involved, that allow the offender access to the victim. Vulnerability is defined as the degree to which the victim is susceptible to attack by the offender. Desirability is described as the appeal of the victim to the offender. Desirability involves numerous factors based upon the motivation of the offender and may include factors dealing with the race, gender, ethnic background, age of the victim, or other specific preferences the offender determines, such as “petite blonde females”.
1). Aug 11, 2010 …Authorities in Flint MI announced that a lone serial killer, white male, was responsible for 13 stabbings in the Michigan city. Among them, five men died. On Monday, the case in Michigan expanded, and authorities announced their belief that the serial killer is responsible for two additional stabbings in Michigan, as well as three recent attacks in Leesburg, Va., and one in Toledo, Ohio that targeted African-American males, his ID unknown.
2). Ted Bundy was a serial killer with victims in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Theodore Robert “Ted” Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women during the 1970s, and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, he confessed shortly before his execution to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978; the true total remains unknown, and could be much higher.
3). Angel Maturino Reséndiz, aka The Railroad Killer/The Railway Killer (August 1, 1960 – June 27, 2006), was an itinerant Mexican serial killer responsible for as many as thirty murders across the United States and Mexico during the 1990s. Some also involved sexual assault. He became known as “The Railroad (or Railway) Killer” as most of his crimes were committed near railroads where he had jumped off the trains he was using to travel about the country, with known murders in Florida, Kentucky and Texas.
4). Ricardo “Richard” Ramírez (born February 29th 1960 in El Paso, Texas) is a convicted serial killer awaiting execution on California‘s death row at San Quentin State Prison. Prior to his capture, Ramírez was dubbed the “Night Stalker” by the news media as he terrorized California from LA to San Francisco (470 miles). On August 6 Ramírez shot both Christopher Petersen, 38, and his wife, Virginia, 27, in the head. Miraculously, they both survived. On August 8, 1985 Ramírez attacked a Diamond Bar couple, fatally shooting Ahmed Zia, 35, before raping, sodomizing, and forcing Zia’s wife, Suu Kyi, 28, to perform fellatio on him. The description of their attacker fit the previous ones given for “The Walk-in Killer”. Ramírez then left the Los Angeles area, and on August 17 1985, he shot to death a 66-year-old man in San Francisco, also shooting and beating his wife.
5). Zodiac Killer, In the late 1960′s the Zodiac Killer traveled from Napa, CA near San Francisco to Riverside, CA near Los Angeles and then back to the San Francisco area a distance of over 470 miles one way, to commit some of his crimes. The Zodiac was never caught see link http://www.amw.com/features/feature_story_detail.cfm?id=1542. The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated mostly in Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The killer’s identity remains unknown. The Zodiac murdered victims in Riverside (near LA) Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969.
6). Aileen Wuornos started killing men in and around Central Florida in 1989. She was living in the Daytona Beach area, but she hitchhiked along highways all over central and north Florida as a prostitute. She claimed that the men who picked her up, beat or raped her and then she shot them in self-defense. She also robbed them. Wuornos’s father, Leo Dale Pittman, was a child molester and a sociopath who was strangled in prison in 1969. Between December 1989 and September 1990, the bodies of several men were found murdered along the highways of northern and central Florida covering in excess of a 400 mile radius.
Serial Killer on the loose in the Southern Midwest? In the CNN Headline News segment that aired last night criminal profiler Pat Brown made a glaring error when she indicated that “Serial Killers” do not travel great distances to commit their crimes, whoa baby, I guess Pat Brown missed class at “Criminal Profile School 101” on the day they went over the “Zodiac” killer, see link to CNN FLN video http://www.billwarnerpi.com/2011/11/cnn-hln-news-video-misssing-karen-swift.html. Criminal Profiler Pat Brown appears to have never heard of one of the most notorious serial killers of all times, the “Zodiac”, who traveled over 400 miles to commit his crimes, see AMW link http://www.amw.com/features/feature_story_detail.cfm?id=1542