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FBI Hunts Serial-Killer in 40 Year-Old Cold Case
12 Killed, 45 Rapes, 3 Nicknames for him

Home | Recent News | FBI Hunts Serial-Killer in 40 Year-Old Cold Case
12 Killed, 45 Rapes, 3 Nicknames for him


Do You Recognize this Face as it Looked in the late 1970s?

Listen to the Killer’s Voice on Recording
(Audio Recording of Victim Statements at Bottom of Post).


Press Release: 06/15/16

Although four decades have passed since a prolific serial rapist and murderer terrorized California communities from Sacramento to Orange County, the FBI and local law enforcement announced a national publicity campaign today—and a significant reward—in the hopes of locating the suspect and finally bringing him to justice.

Between 1976 and 1986, the violent and elusive individual known as the East Area Rapist, and later as the Original Night Stalker and the Golden State Killer, committed 12 homicides, 45 rapes, and more than 120 residential burglaries in multiple California communities. His victims ranged in age from 13 to 41 and included women home alone, women at home with their children, and husbands and wives.

At a press conference today in Sacramento, the FBI and local law enforcement agencies announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer along with a nationwide multimedia campaign to once again bring the case to the public’s attention.

“Regardless of the amount of time that has passed,” said Sgt. Paul Belli, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department detective assigned to the case, “the sheriff’s department never gave up on the investigation. This person ruined a great number of lives, and he should be held accountable.”

During the time he was operating in Sacramento, between 1976 and 1978, the East Area Rapist struck fear and anxiety into the community. “Everyone was afraid,” said Special Agent Marcus Knutson, who was born and raised in Sacramento and now heads the FBI’s portion of the investigation. “We had people sleeping with shotguns, we had people purchasing dogs. People were concerned, and they had a right to be. This guy was terrorizing the community. He did horrible things.”

If he is still alive, the killer would now be approximately 60 to 75 years old. He is described as a white male, close to six feet tall, with blond or light brown hair and an athletic build. He may have an interest or training in military or law enforcement techniques, and he was proficient with firearms.

Detectives have DNA from multiple crime scenes that can positively link—or eliminate—suspects. This will allow investigators to easily rule out innocent parties with a simple, non-invasive DNA test.

“Just like any homicide investigation,” Belli said, “our lifelines are people who give us information. It all boils down to people helping.” He added that the $50,000 reward could motivate someone to come forward. “It may push somebody over the edge who knows something. It could provide us with that one tip we need.”

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Investigators are urging the public to provide law enforcement with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem. If someone knows a person in the right age range who lived in the area at the time and who seemed suspicious or who may have had some involvement, “we can determine where they are living,” Belli said. For those who come forward, he added, “we are very discreet about privacy and confidentiality.”

It is known that the East Area Rapist took things from crime scenes—coins and jewelry in particular. The public is asked to be mindful of that. “We know that our guy took items,” Knutson said. “So if for some reason people—whether their family member is deceased or they’re cleaning out a storage unit—come across a weird collection of items such as women’s ID’s, rings, earrings—anything that’s out of the ordinary—it could be significant.” (Audio: Phone Recording of East Area Rapist)

In addition to supplying the reward money, the FBI is assisting local investigators by following leads all over the country, Knutson said, ruling out suspects based on DNA tests and other evidence. When the crimes were committed, DNA testing was not available, nor was other technology such as cell phones, neighborhood surveillance cameras, or, in many areas, the 911 emergency call system.

Burglaries and rapes began occurring in the eastern district of Sacramento County—hence the name East Area Rapist—in the summer of 1976. The subject ransacked homes and took coins, jewelry, and identification. Neighborhood burglaries were often followed by clusters of sexual assaults. Then, on February 2, 1978, Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were on an evening walk with their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood when they were chased down and murdered.

Ray Biondi, a retired Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department detective, investigated the double homicide, which was quickly linked to the East Area Rapist. “This threw a whole different light on the rape series,” said Biondi, who spent 17 years as a homicide detective and investigated hundreds of murders.

One of his few regrets about retirement, Biondi said recently, “was leaving the cases I didn’t solve.” What strikes him about the Maggiore murders and the East Area Rapist is how the subject has managed to elude capture. “It is mind-boggling that he committed so many crimes without a slip up,” the veteran detective said. And yet, one of Biondi’s first homicide cases decades ago was recently solved through DNA evidence. So it is entirely possible, he said, that the East Area Rapist can be brought to justice. “That would elate me.”

After his crimes in the Sacramento area, the subject continued primarily in the East Bay Area of Northern California, where his activity escalated into rapes and homicides along the California coast. He would attack couples, tie up both victims, rape the female, and then murder them. After July 1981, no associated incidents are known until 1986, when an 18-year-old woman was raped and murdered in Irvine, California—the last known crime associated with the subject.

Knutson, too, believes that capturing the East Area Rapist is still possible. “Sometimes it’s just one call that makes a difference,” he said. “If we get that one call and we are able to compare DNA and say, ‘Yes, it’s him,’ then we have him. But it starts with that one call, and that’s why we are seeking the public’s assistance.”

Being a Sacramento native makes this case even more meaningful for Knutson. “This is my home,” he said. “This is where I’m from. The fact that he did his crimes here I take personally, and I’m proud that I’m able to work with the local sheriffs’ offices to investigate this case and try to get this guy in custody.”

We need your help. Individuals with information are urged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Information may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.

Surviving the East Area Rapist

She went to sleep that night at home in her bed, and her world was normal. She woke up in the middle of the night with a man’s hand over her mouth. She tried to fight back and run, but he hit her, stuffed a sock in her mouth, blindfolded her, tied her hands and feet. “He put me back in bed and said, ‘If you move, I’m going to kill you.”

Although she feared for her life during that terrifying night decades ago, the woman survived the East Area Rapist’s sexual assault. She and another survivor have come forward to talk about the attacks, how it changed their lives, about revenge and forgiveness, and how they support law enforcement’s continuing efforts to capture this violent individual.

Listen to their stories:



We need your help. Individuals with information are urged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Information may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.


Mug Shot Monday! Nannie Hutchinson & son, Charles, 1903

Home | Mug Shot Monday | Mug Shot Monday! Nannie Hutchinson & son, Charles, 1903

Nannie & Charles Hutchinson, Mother & Son Murderers in Rural Nebraska, 1903

On November 1, 1903, Eli Feasel disappeared from his farm south west of Bostwick, Nebraska, about 15 miles east of Red Cloud. His housekeeper, Nannie Hutchinson, said he went to visit his son in Kansas City. Feasel’s brother, Thomas, grew suspicious when inquiries found no trace of Eli. Investigation led to the arrest of the housekeeper and her 21-year old son Charles. With little evidence that a crime had been committed, they were released after their hearing.

The following spring, a Mr. Stanley began farming Eli Feasel’s place. While working in a field, he found what appeared to be a newly opened grave. Upon close examination, authorities discovered a human hand, some hair from a man’s head, part of a coat with an empty whisky bottle in the pocket and other pieces of clothing.

Authorities believed Charles Hutchinson had seen Mr. Stanley plowing the field where the grave was later discovered. Charles began to act suspicious. On May 6, he rented a buggy. He said was going to assist in taking the rig to Starke Ranch at Amboy, about 5 miles east. The next morning, Charles returned the rig to the livery stable in Red Cloud and paid the usual fee to Amboy. The team of horses used by Charles appeared to have had a longer drive than a trip to Amboy. Stable workers also noticed a terrible stench emanating from the rented buggy and cushions. They paid little attention to it until Mr. Stanley discovered the open grave on the Eli Feasel’s place.

With the new evidence, authorities quickly rearrested Charles and his mother Nannie. Authorities believed that on the night Charles rented the buggy, he and his mother returned to the site where they had hidden Feasel’s body in order to move the remains. The Hutchinson’s had left tell-tale clues behind them; footprints of a man and woman corresponding to their shoe sizes.

At trial, mother and son were found guilty of second-degree murder.

Story: Nebraska State Historical Society

You can read more about the Hutchinson via a Google News Archive digital copy of The Superior Express, (Nebraska). Page One and Page Five.



New Book, Ted Bundy: A Visual Timeline

Home | New Books | New Book, Ted Bundy: A Visual Timeline

TedBundy-A-Visual-TimelineTed Bundy: A Visual Timeline is aimed at students of psychology, criminology and neuroscience who are interested in trying to further their understanding of psychopathy in general and Ted Bundy in particular. The book gathers together all the available important information on Ted’s life and lays it out on a visual timeline in exhaustive detail. Every image has been carefully researched so that its position on the timeline is as accurate as possible. Every fact has been triple checked and researched so that the reader does not have to consult other sources to verify its veracity.

In essence, this book is a one-stop-shop on Ted Bundy. But it is also more than that. It presents, for the first time, a thoroughly researched and substantiated neurobehavioral model of Ted. The model enables the reader to assimulate the myriad facts presented in the book in a cohesive manner. Whether the reader ultimately agrees or disagrees with the model, one thing is for sure: this book is by far the most detailed and exhaustive exploration of Ted Bundy to date. No other book comes close in terms of accuracy and authenticity.

About the Author: Dr. Rob Dielenberg was born in Melbourne. He played in rock baRob Dielenberg Authornds until his mid- 20s, then earned a BA (Psychology) and Ph.D. (Neuroscience) from the University of Sydney. In between his degrees he did a year of clinical psychology, a year of TAFE sciences, and a 2-year  ction writing course. He retired as a post-doctoral fellow and went freelance in 2005. For the last decade he has diversi ed into areas such as neuroanthropology and criminology. He is also a co-director of Motion Mensura which develops tracking software and UAVs for high resolution mapping. He is married without children. His hobbies are tennis and cross-country mountain bicycle riding. He currently resides in Newcastle, Australia.


New Book: Murder & Mayhem in Boston

Home | New Books | New Book: Murder & Mayhem in Boston

Murder & Mayhem in Boston: Historic Crimes in the Hub,” a new book by Christopher Daley, contains nine riveting chapters exposing the dark underbelly of Boston.  Daley chronicles the history of murder in Boston from the mid-nineteenth century up until the 1970’s.  Most of the cases are unknown today but in their time, they were sensational news items, some of which were of national and international fame.

The chapters contained in the book are:Murder-Mayhem-Boston

  • The Prostitute & the Somnambulist,
  • Monster in the Woods,
  • the Boston Barrel Butchery,
  • the Boston Skull Cracker,
  • Sadistic Youth,
  • the Unrelenting Cop,
  • Death Comes to Prince Street,
  • Dismembered, and
  • The Giggler.

Murder & Mayhem in Boston” is written in an easy to read manner, with many period photographs accompanied by the modern photography of Catherine Reusch Daley, the author’s wife and professional photographer.  Many of the sites still exist today and Daley provides maps and exact addresses for those that want to take it further and actually visit some of the crime scenes.

About the Author: Christopher Daley has been lecturing in New England for over twenty-five years on historical topics of interest at libraries, historical societies, schools and many different clubs and organizations. He holds a BA in political science and an MAT in history from Bridgewater State University. He was formerly the president of the historical society and chairman of the historical commission in Pembroke, Massachusetts, and was a docent and chairman of the educational outreach program at the John Alden Historical Site in Duxbury, Massachusetts. He is currently a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston, Massachusetts. He resides in Wareham, Massachusetts, on the shores of Buzzards Bay with his wife, photographer Catherine Reusch Daley; their two dogs, Grady and Lincoln; and three cats, Bo, Chloe and Penelope.

Visit website http://daleyhistory.com/ for more information on the book and lectures!


New Book: Murder in the Name of Love: The Phil Kennamer Trial

Home | New Books | New Book: Murder in the Name of Love: The Phil Kennamer Trial

Every major city has that one true crime story that supersedes all others. In Tulsa, where I live now, the most legendary crime of all was the murder of John Gorrell Jr, the college age son of a beloved local doctor, by Philip Kennamer, the brash, arrogant, highly intelligent but mentally unstable son of a federal judge. I wrote a book about that crime that was published last May. As far as I know, it was the first time in eighty-years a book had ever been published about the case. I heard from others that many books on it were started, but none were ever finished.

Today, I am happy to announce that a new book about this legendary case has recently been published by my pal, Jim Freese. This time, the author has an inside angle to the story: he is the grandson of Virginia Wilcox, the young lady who was at the center of it all in 1934.

Jim Freese has been wanting to write this story for a very long time, he once told me, and I am glad he accomplished his dream and wrote this book. I know it was not only important to Jim and his family, but it is also an important contribution to the history of Tulsa, as well as Oklahoma.

With two books on the subject, both he and are sure it will only raise the level of interest in this fascinating true crime saga. Congratulations to the author on a job well-done.

Book Summary:

Murder-in-the-Name-of-LovejpgIn Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the Great Depression, a young Phil Kennamer, the son of a prominent federal court judge, is lovesick for Virginia Wilcox, the teenage daughter of an oil millionaire. Phil is obsessed and will do anything to win her heart. But she is not interested.

Phil learns of a plot to kidnap Virginia for ransom. He feels compelled to protect her and her family from harm. He intervenes with an unconventional plan to stop it. But the intervention goes awry. John Gorrell, the conspirator and son of a well known Tulsa physician, is killed in a wealthy neighborhood on Thanksgiving evening in 1934. The murder stuns the city. Phil confesses to the killing but declares it was in self-defense. Days later, Phil’s friend, Sidney Born, is dead with a bullet to the head. Was his death a suicide? Or was it Gorrell’s gang looking for revenge? Regardless, a key witness has been silenced. And Sidney’s death sends the residents into a state of panic. Who will die next?

A true story of a forgotten crime that made national headlines, Murder in the Name of Love: The Phil Kennamer Trial is full of intrigue and drama as Phil’s attorneys battle to save his life. But will the jury believe that this teenager is a hero or see him as a cold-blooded murderer?

Available on Amazon.


Steven T. Judy, Indiana’s Most Hated Killer, 1979

Home | Short Feature Story | Steven T. Judy, Indiana’s Most Hated Killer, 1979

Many years after he murdered three young children just so he could rape and kill their mother in 1979, Steven T. Judy, a diagnosed sexual psychopath, was the most hated man in Indiana. Although I kept this feature story short, it could have been five-times longer and still just as fascinating. A book written in 1981 called Burn, Judy Burn, was recently released for Kindle and epub readers and sells for 3.99. A link to both versions is posted below. More images related to this crime can be found through Google Images.

Story by Jason Lucky Morrow



Terry Chasteen, murdered at 23

On Saturday, April 28, 1979, the naked body of twenty-three-year-old Terry Chasteen was found strangled along White Lick Creek, near State Road 67 and Mooresville in Morgan County Indiana. Not far from her, were the naked bodies of her three young children, Misty, 5, Mark, 4 and Steven, 3.

Terry’s hands and feet were bound by material torn from her clothing. Her slacks covered her head and a scarf was wrapped around her throat. An autopsy would later reveal the children were forcibly drowned, their heads pushed into the shallow water until they died.

The death of a divorced, single-mother and her three-children shocked the quiet, Midwestern-minded residents of Indiana. Within a day of their discovery, numerous witnesses came forward to report they saw a read and gray truck decked out for construction work, near the area where the bodies were found on Saturday morning. Getting into the truck, one witness said, was a blonde-haired man.

This was enough information to lead them to a young, Indianapolis man with blonde hair and a violent criminal record named Steven Judy. The twenty-two-year-old denied having anything to do with the murder of the Chasteens, but investigators were positive he was their guy.

Steven-JudyAs they would soon discover, Judy had the kind-of past that told them they were on the right track. When he was just thirteen-years-old, Judy posed as a Boy Scout and forced his way into the home of an Indianapolis woman. He then raped her and tried to kill her with a pocket-knife but the blade broke before he could finish. Finding a hatchet, Judy fractured her skull and cutting off one of her fingers as she tried to block the blows.

He was later caught and sentenced to six months in a juvenile detention center. From there, he was sent to a mental hospital where he confined from October 1970 to January 1973. While receiving treatment, Judy was diagnosed as “sexual psychopath.”

Instead of sending him home, Judy was put into the foster care system and sent to live with Robert and Mary Carr. Although they had children of their own, they were told nothing about his past.

Judy went right back to his life of crime. Between 1975 and his arrest in 1979, for one reason or another, he was in jail or prison forty-four out of forty-eight months. Although the allotted time doesn’t fit, Judy

Judy would later recount his criminal career saying “he had been involved in approximately two hundred shoplifting incidents, a like number of burglaries, twenty to fifty robberies, approximately twenty-four car thefts, and from twelve to sixteen rapes.”

[Although some of these crimes were confirmed, it’s hard to say how much of his claim is true when it comes from a narcissistic, sexual psychopath. He lied often, and likely exaggerated his criminal career to increase his status. Furthermore, he was easily captured after the Chasteen family slaughter, and doesn’t seem bright enough to have gotten away with as many crimes as he claimed. Just my personal opinion, not stating as fact. – JLM]

On the morning of her murder, Terry was on her way to work at a supermarket, and was taking the children to a baby-sitter. Sometime before 6:00 a.m., Judy passed Terry’s car on Interstate 465. He then drove alongside, indicated there was something wrong with her tire and motioned for her to pull over. When she pulled over, Judy pretended to help her, then got under the hood of her car and removed the coil wire. When the car wouldn’t start, Judy offered to give Terry and her three children a ride.

Court documents described what happened next.

“Judy then drove the victims to the location of the killings and pulled his truck off the road. He testified that he directed them on foot toward the creek, and that he sent the children down the path ahead of Terry and him. Judy testified that he then raped Terry Chasteen and bound her hands and feet and gagged her. When Terry cried out, the children ran back up the path to them. Judy stated that the children stood around him and yelled. At that point, he strangled Terry Chasteen and murdered the children and removed their clothes which were later found downstream.”

Judy’s arrest triggered an emotion-laden outcry and media circus that would last for the next two years. Judy eventually confessed to the murders but at trial, he pleaded insanity. The jury found he was sane at the time of the murders and was guilty.

When the trial moved into the punishment phase, Judy initiated a self-led, fast-track course towards his own execution. He instructed his attorneys any evidence of mitigating factors. Then, he threatened the judge and the jury and promised to kill again unless they sentenced him to death.

“I honestly want you to give me the death penalty because one day I may get out,” he said to the trial judge. “If you don’t want another death hanging over your head, I think that’s the only thing you can do.”

Then, he threatened each member of the jury one-by-one, beginning with the foreman. “I know where you live,” he told the man, “and I know you have a daughter.”

The jury of nine men and three women obliged him. All of Indiana hated Steven Judy and if there was ever a case in the state’s history that merited the death penalty, this was it.

According to Bette Nunn who wrote a book about the case called Burn Judy, Burn[epub here] her synopsis describes a narcissist who not only enjoyed the attention he received for committing one of worst crimes in the state’s history, but also by how he was able to keep the media attention going.

Twenty-three-year-old Steven T. Judy gloried in being “the star” of television. He loved hearing the sound of his own voice on radio. His name was splashed in dynamite headlines on the front pages of newspapers across the state of Indiana and it thrilled him — he clung to every word. When he walked, he threw his head back and pranced, like the grand stud of the stable. His deep-set blue eyes danced from side-to-side, making sure everyone’s attention was on him.

To achieve his stardom, Judy committed the worst crime Morgan County, Indiana, had ever known. He beat, raped and strangled to death a young mother, and then drowned her three small children. When he was apprehended, reporters and TV news crews began following him around like he was the second coming of John Dillinger, a man Judy was said to have idolized and historically the state’s most notorious criminal. But even Dillinger, the bank robbing 1930s FBI public enemy No. 1, was never accused of such heinous crimes.

Judy was able to halt his automatic appeal and his march toward the electric chair continued. There were no delays, no court-filings, no last-minute stays of execution, no decades on death row.

It took just two years.

His Monday, March 9, 1981, execution date came quickly and in the days leading up to it, made news around across the country. He was famous, and the case became one that was more about him then it was the victims. He was even quoted as saying he had no regrets for murdering a young mother and her children during a press conference held on March 6.

During his last day, he spent time with his attorney and foster parents with whom he made wise-cracks and jokes about his death. At one point, his foster-father later said, Judy broke down and cried. Otherwise, he was hyped-up and made an impulsive decision to call one of his ex-girlfriends that he hadn’t seen in five or six years. Prison officials tracked her down in Texas and the two spoke by phone.

More than sixty reporters and cameramen were there to cover the execution. Judy would be the first man in Indiana since 1961, and since the state reinstated the death penalty following the United States Supreme Court’s suspension and reinstatement of the death penalty.

Judy’s manic state ended when he was given an injection of ten milligrams of valium. Just after midnight, Judy was strapped into the electric chair and as the curtain to the witness box was opening, officials placed the black cloth across his face. There were no last words. When Judy was hit with 2,300 volts, his body stiffened and smoke came from the cap on his head. He was declared dead at 12:12 a.m. He was twenty-four-years-old.

The day after his death, his foster mother told newspapers she was going to sue the state of Indiana who failed to inform them that Judy almost killed a woman when he was thirteen-years-old.

“We were only told that he accosted a woman and had a nervous breakdown,” Mary Carr said. “We feel the juvenile authorities at (the mental hospital) jeopardized our safety; they jeopardized the entire society by putting Steve in our home without making us fully aware of his past and without recommending psychiatric treatment.”

Today, if still alive, Terry Chasteen would be fifty-nine-years-old. Her children would be: Misty, 41, Mark, 40, and Steven, 39.

More images related to this crime, including some of the murder scene, Terry’s bound feet, and the family in happier times can be found through Google Images.


Author Sarah Weinman’s Article on 1903 Mass Murder in Winfield, Kansas

Home | Uncategorized | Author Sarah Weinman’s Article on 1903 Mass Murder in Winfield, Kansas

Here is a good article from writer Sarah Weinman on Buzzfeed.com:Massacre on Ninth and Main.”

Summary: On August 13, 1903, Gilbert Twigg opened fire during a concert in Winfield, Kansas, killing nine and injuring dozens. There was no motive, and no one had ever seen anything like it before, or for decades after. Yet it’s the archetype for the kind of tragedy we see so frequently now.

“Inside an alley right near Milligan’s, the boys finally saw the man’s gun. One or two might have known who he was. They might have heard their elders call him ‘Crazy Twigg,’ or somehow sensed that something wasn’t quite right with him. And now the man was upon them.

“He stared down at one boy. “I am going to do some tall shooting, son,” the man said. “And you had better run, as I have no desire to hurt you.”

“The boy did not run. Neither did the others, not at first. The man raised his firearm, a 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun, and said, ‘I wonder if I can get Caman.'”

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Thank you to M.V. Avery for the story tip.


Investigation Discovery to hold June 11
“ID CON” Convention in NYC

Home | Recent News | Investigation Discovery to hold June 11
“ID CON” Convention in NYC

Investigation Discovery will hold June 11 convention for their “ID Addicts,” in New York City. ID Addicts unable to make the trip to New York will also have the ability to watch the panels via live stream on ID’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery.

Articles Below:


LA Times


New Book: The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer, by Skip Hollandsworth

Home | New Books | New Book: The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer, by Skip Hollandsworth

HCD Review:

This is going to be the biggest historical true crime book of 2016. Some authors crank out books, some of them write books, and an elite few craft a great book over years of unimaginable diligence and Skip Hollandsworth has produced a new American classic. I read it this weekend and I can tell you that the writing is so exquisite, that it’s like being connected to a virtual reality headset that takes you back to the panic and horror of a serial-killer whose murder spree was more daring than Jack the Ripper–before there even was a Jack the Ripper. The ebook and print version are priced about what you would expect for a book with a decade of work behind it, but that doesn’t matter. This book is an experience, not some superficial read. Do whatever you got to do to get this book. – Jason Lucky Morrow

Book Description:

A sweeping narrative history of a terrifying serial killer–America’s first–who stalked Austin, Texas in 1885

The-Midnight-AssassinIn the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London’s infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens’ panic reached a fever pitch.

Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders, and the crimes would expose what a newspaper described as “the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin.” And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city.

With vivid historical detail and novelistic flair, Texas Monthly journalist Skip Hollandsworth brings this terrifying saga to life.


“Gripping and atmospheric… This true crime page-turner is a balanced and insightful examination of one of the most stirring serial killing sprees in American history, and certainly one of the least well-known.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Through scrupulous research and a finely tuned sense of the gothic, Hollandsworth has brought this Texas-sized true-crime story, more than a century old, to vivid, chilling life on the page.”
—Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound On His Trail and In the Kingdom of Ice

“Readers who loved The Devil in the White City now have the pleasure of reading The Midnight Assassin. It paints a compelling portrait of a culture at a turning point – that is, the capitol of Texas at the end of the 19th Century, when the barbarism of the frontier was giving way to the savagery of urban life.”
—Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author The Looming Tower and Thirteen Days in September

“Skip Hollandsworth, one of the great true-crime writers of our era, has brought his remarkable talent to bear on one of the most fascinating untold criminal stories in American history. The Midnight Assassin captures a time, a place, and a feeling—booming Texas in the latter 19th century—in a way no nonfiction account I have read has done. A jewel of a book.”
—S.C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell


Suspect Arrested in 1976 California Cold Case

Home | Recent News | Suspect Arrested in 1976 California Cold Case

SAN BERNARDINO, CBSLA.com, April 2, 2016  —   The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has announced the arrest of a suspect in a murder that took place in 1976.



Larry James Allred, now 61, has been charged with the murder of then 19-year-old Cynthia May Hernandez.

The DA said that Hernandez left  her home on the evening of August 26, 1976 to catch a movie at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina.

Hernandez, a recent graduate of Charter Oak High School, never came home.

The next morning, her family located her unoccupied vehicle in the theater parking lot. They immediately filed a missing person’s report with the Glendora Police Department.

Nearly 40 years after her disappearance, a suspect has been formally charged in connection with her murder.

Read More on this recent story:

San Bernardino County DA’s Office Announces Arrest In 1976 Cold Case Murder

From 2012

Woman’s disappearance still unsolved, 2012, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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In 2011, a Larry James Allred and Robert Edward Smyrak were arrested for importing $2 million worth of knock-off Disney Pins. “In 1975, he was convicted of rape; in 1978, for kidnapping and rape,” the 2011 report

Allred’s 2011 arrest photo: