At any given time there are between 30 and 50 serial killers roaming the streets of America. These are their stories.
Steven Catlin: A financially-motivated serial killer who used the rare toxin Paraquat to murder his mother and two of his wives.
Bobby Jack Fowler: A nomadic killer, Fowler wandered the country, killing wherever he stopped. He has been linked to over 50 murders.
Debra Sue Tuggle: Obsessed with sex, Tuggle frequently fell pregnant. When she couldn’t be bothered with an abortion, she suffocated the baby instead.
Bernard Giles: A happily married family man who enjoyed picking up young hitchhikers to rape and strangle.
Boone Helm: An outlaw of the Old West, Boone had a taste for cannibalism and would sometimes kill and eat his saddle partners.
Paul Rowles: Obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Rowles started hunting and attacking women who looked like her. Few survived the encounter.
Darren Vann: Used online sex sites to lure prostitutes to cheap hotels where he raped and strangled them.
Buddy Earl Justus: Kept us a regular work routine during the week. Over the weekends he'd go on road trips, trawling for victims.
Cory Morris: Young killer who murdered five prostitutes in his trailer, leaving their bodies to rot on the premises.
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50 American Serial Killers You've Probably Never Heard Of Vol. 7
The year was 2010 and a killer was stalking the streets of Genesee County, Michigan. The knifeman struck at random, leaving a swath of brutalized bodies in his wake, all of them slightly-built African-American men. That led the police to believe that the killer, dubbed by the media as the Genesee County Slasher, was a white supremacist, motivated by racism. They were only half right in that assessment.
The deadly spree began with the murder of 31-year-old David Motley on May 24, 2010. Motley had been walking along a darkened stretch of Leith Street in Flint, Michigan, when a man pulled up beside him in a green Chevy Blazer with gold trim. The driver said that he was lost and asked for directions. Then, as Motley leaned in to talk to him, he suddenly pushed open the car door, sending his victim reeling. Before Motley even had the chance to regain his balance, the man was on him, slashing and stabbing in a frenzied attack. Outweighed by his attacker, Motley never stood a chance. He was left to bleed to death on the sidewalk as the killer sped away.
Thus began one of the deadliest rampages in the history of the area. Over the next four months, there would be thirteen more attacks, four of them fatal. And the killer did not confine himself to Genesee County. With the heat on, he traveled further afield, showing up in Ohio and Virginia. And wherever he was, death inevitably followed.
Emmanuel Abdul Muhammad, 59, was stabbed to death in Flint on June 21; Bill Fisher was attacked and seriously injured in Clio, Michigan, five days later. On July 12 and again on July 19, the knifeman struck out at pedestrians who barely survived. Then, on July 26, he claimed a third victim when he used his familiar ruse to attack and kill 43-year-old Darwin Marshall on Garland Street in Flint.
By now, the police had connected the stabbings to a single suspect, one who survivors described as a large individual, well over six feet tall, with a muscular build. Investigators also had a description of his distinctive vehicle and of his M.O., but none of this helped to curb the carnage. Between July 27 and August 2, there were seven more attacks in and around Flint, two of them fatal. Frank Kellybrew, 60, was stabbed to death at around 3:30 a.m. on July 30. His body was found near the Home Town Inn on Miller Road. Three days later, in the early hours of August 2, 49-year-old Arnold Minor suffered a similar fate, viciously stabbed and left to bleed to death on a Flint sidewalk.
On August 4, the Michigan authorities announced the formation of a multi-jurisdictional task force to hunt down the Genesee County Slasher. Unfortunately for them, the killer had already moved on. The previous evening, he’d attacked a teenaged jogger in Leesburg, Virginia, leaving him injured but alive. On August 5, he carried out another non-fatal attack in Leesburg. The very next day, he struck again, this time using a hammer rather than his usual weapon. Three days later, he showed up in Toledo, Ohio, where he stabbed a 59-year-old man outside a church. Fortunately, he was scared off by an approaching vehicle and the man survived.
On August 8, the tip line set up by the Genesee County task force received a call from a woman who said that she recognized the suspect’s car from the description given in the papers. According to the tipster, her father worked at the Kingwater Market in Beecher, Michigan, and one of his colleagues, a man she knew only as “Eli,” drove just such a vehicle. Eli, incidentally, was a good match for the identikit sketch the police had issued.
“Eli” turned out to be Elias Abuelazam, an Israeli national who had immigrated to the United States in 1995. He had a police record, having recently been cited for giving alcohol to a minor. That meant that his photograph was on record, and when police showed it to survivors of the attacks (as part of an array), they immediately picked him out as their attacker.
But where was Abuelazam? He wasn’t at work; according to his supervisor, he had taken a few days off to visit family in Virginia. Except that he wasn’t there either. Then the task force got some alarming news. They learned that their suspect had taken a flight from Detroit to Louisville, Kentucky, and from there on to Atlanta. He was booked on a flight out of Hartsfield–Jackson International to Tel Aviv in his native Israel. With barely minutes to spare, investigators got a call through to U.S. Customs who apprehended him as he was about to board.
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