Number of victims: 11
Date of murders: 1991 - 1992
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Known as the “Woodward Corridor Killer,” Benjamin Atkins was a highly prolific serial killer, who killed 11 women in just 9 months between December 1991 and August 1992.The AIDS infected sex slayer targeted crack addicted prostitutes, who he lured to vacant buildings with the offer of drugs for sex. Once there, the burly Atkins would overpower and rape the women, before strangling them to death.
Like many serial killers, Atkins was only caught after one of his victims managed to escape. In custody, he initially denied the charges, claiming he was homosexual and therefore had no interest in women. Eventually, however, he broke down and confessed, saying he hated prostitutes because his mother had been one and had forced him to watch her engaging in sex acts with men when he was a child.
Atkins was sentenced to eleven life sentences. He died of AIDS just four years into that jail term.