Arizona · Serial Killers

“The Truck Stop Killer” Robert Ben Rhoades is arrested

April 1, 1990 Casa Grande, Arizona Serial rapist and killer Robert Ben Rhoades (pictured) is arrested Rhoades, later dubbed “The Truck Stop Killer,” was a commercial truck driver. As such, his career granted him the opportunity to travel great distances across the country, and the overwhelming majority of his time was spent alone and in… Continue reading “The Truck Stop Killer” Robert Ben Rhoades is arrested

England · Executions · Female Killers · Serial Killers

Suspected serial poisoner executed

March 24, 1873 Durham, England Mary Ann Cotton (34, pictured) is executed for the murder of her stepson Cotton, who eventually was given the nickname “The Dark Angel,” had a streak of suspicious deaths following her, including three husbands, her mother, a lodger, and twelve children (either her own or her stepchildren). The deaths in… Continue reading Suspected serial poisoner executed

Executions · Female Killers · France · Serial Killers

Mass-poisoner executed

February 26, 1852* Rennes, France Hélène Jégado is executed for murder * Note: the exact date of Jégado’s execution seems to be up for debate, with sources claiming either February 26 or 27, 1852, March 1852, or December 1851. For this entry, I chose to use the date listed in Fatal Violence: Case Studies and… Continue reading Mass-poisoner executed

Executions · Illinois · Serial Killers

Suspected serial killer Johann Hoch is executed

February 23, 1906 Chicago, Illinois Johann Hoch* (pictured front left) is hanged for murder (* Hoch was the name he was best known by at the time of his execution. According to newspapers at the time, Hoch used a variety of aliases, changing both his fore- and surnames to suit his needs. These names included,… Continue reading Suspected serial killer Johann Hoch is executed

Scotland · Serial Killers · unsolved

Unsolved: Patricia Docker, Bible John’s first confirmed victim

February 22, 1968 Glasgow, Scotland Patricia Docker, the first confirmed victim of “Bible John,” is killed Docker visited the Barrowland Ballroom on February 22 where she presumably met her killer. She was found the following day, nude and strangled. The second victim was Jemima McDonald (sometimes spelled MacDonald), killed on August 16, 1969 while the… Continue reading Unsolved: Patricia Docker, Bible John’s first confirmed victim