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  • Cincinnnati Streetcar Killer 1904-10

    2 0.84%
  • New Orleans Axeman 1918-19

    10 4.22%
  • Cleveland Torso Slayer 1934-38

    12 5.06%
  • Texarkana Phantom 1946

    5 2.11%
  • Boston Strangler 1962-64

    7 2.95%
  • Jack the Stripper 1963-65

    4 1.69%
  • Bible John 1968-69

    5 2.11%
  • Zodiac 1968-69

    104 43.88%
  • Babysitter 1976-77

    11 4.64%
  • Original Night Stalker 1979-85

    57 24.05%
  • Another please explain

    20 8.44%

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    Most Fascinating Unsolved Serial Killer Cases of the 20th Century Poll

    Who are you most intrigued by regarding unsolved serial killers of the Twentieth Century?
    Last edited by STANDREID; 07-11-2012 at 10:35 PM.
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    Tough to pick. But I went with the Axeman of New Orleans.
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    That's a big one PATX and coming up on its centennial too.
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    I voted for the Zodiac. I would love for LE to figure out who he is.

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    Yep Jen - that's the most popular choice as I expected. It will be interesting to see who comes in second.
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    Excellent group of choices, Stan. I went with Zodiac, but the Cleveland Torso Murderer and EAR/ONS were on my short list.

    I notice 2 people have voted for someone not on the list. Please, tell us who were thinking of.
    Last edited by Bargle; 07-12-2012 at 08:58 PM. Reason: Typo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bargle View Post
    I notice 2 people have voted for someone not on the list. Please, tell us who were thinking of.
    Yes please!

    I probably had more than 25 cases I could have put on the list but I didn't want a poll where three fourths of the entries were zeros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bargle View Post
    Excellent group of choices, Stan. I went with Zodiac, but the Cleveland Torso Murderer and EAR/ONS were on my short list.

    I notice 2 people have voted for someone not on the list. Please, tell us who were thinking of.
    Arghh! Still missed another typo. Should be Please, tell us who you were thinking of.

    I'd add 3X, the Petter Killer, The Santa Rosa Hitch-hiker Murders and The Tylenol Poisonings. As you say, Stan, there's a bunch more that could be added.
    Last edited by Bargle; 07-13-2012 at 08:43 PM. Reason: Grammar
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    Another factor is how you define serial killer.
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    Good point. I go by the DOJ (I think) guideline of 2 or more murders, committed as separate events. I know others require 3 or more. I tend to think that anyone who kills a stranger with a sexual aspect to the murder, might be considered a potential serial killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bargle View Post
    Good point. I go by the DOJ (I think) guideline of 2 or more murders, committed as separate events. I know others require 3 or more. I tend to think that anyone who kills a stranger with a sexual aspect to the murder, might be considered a potential serial killer.
    Not meaning to split hairs here, but one of the main criteria is that there is a 'cool-down' period between murders. This is to distinguish the 'serial murderer' from the 'spree killer'. I would use as an example the spree killer whose name I forget, but who drove around Illinois and Indiana (maybe Wisconsin too?) and shot a number of people who weren't white (e.g., ex Northwestern U basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong). Ricky's murder was physically distant (hence separate) from the other murders of the evening, and although part of a series, I don't think his killer (who was caught) was considered a serial murderer inasmuch as he was seen as a spree killer.

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    Not hairsplitting at all. I certainly meant that there would be a cool down period between murders. I just didn't think to include it. Thanks for bringing that out.
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    I believe all of the ten cases I listed are considered serial killers by anyone's definition.

    The definition from and National Institute of Justice which is also used by Newton in his Encyclopedia of Serials Killers uses the minimum of two perpetrated as separate events tenet which I basically go by. I only have one problem with it and that is that it doesn't stipulate a minimum time regarding the cooling off period. Without that, it's sort of tough to draw a line between spree and serial killers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STANDREID View Post
    I believe all of the ten cases I listed are considered serial killers by anyone's definition.
    Agreed.
    And we still haven't heard what those 2 other cases are.
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    Yes, please tell us who.
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