Number of victims: 8
Date of murders: 1984 - 2000
Method of murder: Bludgeoning
Location: Kansas / Missouri
A native of Cicero, Illinois, John Edward Robinson is considered the first “internet serial killer,” because he lured many of his victims using that medium. Robinson was already a convicted fraudster by the time he turned to killing. He had also cultivated a repeatable persona for himself, becoming a Scoutmaster, a baseball coach, and a Sunday school teacher.
Robinson’s first four victims were lured with job offers or with promises of marriage. Then he discovered the internet and began trolling BDSM websites looking for women who enjoyed playing a submissive role during sex. Using the internet name “Slavemaster” he lured Sheila Faith in 1994, later killing her and her disabled 15-year-old daughter. Izabela Lewicka, a 21-year-old Polish immigrant, agreed to be Robinson’s “slave” in 1999 and promptly disappeared. Suzette Trouten followed her to the grave soon after.
A task force was by now hunting the elusive serial killer, but Robinson did not become a suspect until two women filed sexual battery charges against him. A search of his properties subsequently turned up the decomposing bodies of five women, concealed in oil drums. All of the victims had been bludgeoned to death.
Found guilty of murder, Robinson was sentenced to death in Kansas on January 21, 2003.