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Friday, October 31, 2003

Serial killers in the news 

A 35 year old man who turned himself in was charged with the murders of 4 of the missing schoolboys and 1 adult killed last year. The fifth boy, 12 year old Jake Grant, who went missing in May, is attributed to the handiwork of 4 similarly aged boys. Whether that's going to stick is another question, but the police have a lot of explaining to do regardless.

Gary Ridgeway will plead guilty next week to 42 of the victims attributed to the Green River killer and 6 others not originally on the list. The move will spare him the death penalty but he'll still be imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole. The move doesn't surprise much of anyone, as a trial would have been horrifically expensive. Ann Rule's book will be out sooner, too, I would think. The book I want to read--it remains to be seen if Rule's will be that--is just how badly mismanaged the case was from the getgo. What a sea of incompetence.

Finally, it looks like Anthony Allen Shore is going to face the death penalty for the murders of four young girls and women in the Houston area. I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering if he's good for many more, especially the "Killing Fields" murders, including these two unidentified women.

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