MOTW Reader Contest: L.I. Serial Killer Still Nameless

Last week’s admirable New York Magazine cover story by Robert Kolker was, so far, our most in-depth look at the mysterious killer who’s dumping bodies on Long Island. Forecasts of record-breaking heat ahead, news of a potential double-dip recession, and the NYPD slashing 6,000 officers from its payroll (bringing the nation’s largest police force to 32,800 uniforms, the lowest headcount since 1990) could signal that we here in New York are in for a rowdy summer. Thusly, Murder of the Week is announcing its Name The Long Island Killer Contest. Post entries below, or on our Facebook FanPage and read the full New York Magazine article here.

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Monstrous ‘Baseline Killer’ Trial Begins Today, Terrorized Phoenix Area in 2005-2006

Defendant Mark Goudeau.

PHOENIX -In opening arguments Prosecutor Suzanne Cohen detailed every crime Goudeau is charged with in graphic detail. She showed the court images of the bodies of the victims – all shot in the head and lying in pools of blood.

Some people attending the trial had to leave the courtroom as the pictures were shown, including that of a 37-year-old woman whose 8-year-old son found her body at home in a tub of water. The picture showed the woman’s arm dangling over the edge of the white tub, with blood running down the side; the boy had turned off the water and unsuccessfully tried to pull her out of the tub before attempting to perform CPR on her lifeless body. Continue reading

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1 Year After Photos Released, Police Still Looking for ‘Dating Game Killer’ Victims

In 1978, at the height of his killing spree, Rodney Alcala was accepted as a contestant on The Dating Game, despite his status as a convicted rapist and registered sex offender. Host Jim Lange introduced him as “…a successful photographer… Between takes you might find him skydiving or motorcycling.” He won a date with bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw, who subsequently refused to go out with him, according to published reports, because she found him “creepy.” Continue reading

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Kidnapped Girl, 18 Years Later, Never Tried to Escape

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) – Through it all, the kidnapping, the repeated sexual assaults and the isolation of being hidden away for over 18 years, Jaycee Dugard survived by playing the good girl.

She followed the orders of the serial sex offender who had immobilized her with a stun gun in June 1991, stashed her in his car and then laughed to his accomplice-wife that he couldn’t believe he had gotten away with it. Continue reading

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