Tag: Serial Killers

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Feet Lost and Found in the Pacific Northwest

Searching for the source of British Columbia’s grim flotsam.

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In the Footsteps of a Killer

From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. The author, along with several others, couldn’t stop working on the case.

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Murders in the Night

How America’s first serial killer terrorized the city of Austin on Christmas Eve, 1885.

Excerpted from The Midnight Assassin.

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The Master of the Murder Castle

The story of H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer.

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The Lost Girls of Rocky Mount

An investigation into serial killings in a small North Carolina city.

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Inexplicable Crime

On the psychology of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

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The Truck Stop Killer

When she was a 15-year-old runaway, the writer was nearly killed by a truck driver. Twenty-seven years later, she investigates whether her attacker was truck stop serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, who often kept his victims chained in the back of his truck for weeks before killing and dumping them.

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The Killers of Swaziland

Bringing a serial killer to justice reveals the country’s other sources of death and suffering.

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When Your Father Is the BTK Serial Killer, Forgiveness Is Not Tidy

“The FBI man knocked on Kerri Rawson’s door 10 years ago Feb. 25.”

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The Gacy Files

Eight of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s victims remained a mystery, 35 years after his conviction. One man made it his mission to identify them.


Our full archive of serial killer stories.

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The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders

San Francisco’s forgotten serial killer.

Elon Green is a Longform contributing editor.
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In Brazilian City, Homeless Face ‘Extermination’

In Goiânia, a city of 1.3 million in Brazil’s agricultural heartland, one in twenty homeless residents have been murdered in the last two years.