About The Serial Killers CollectionThe blood-curling, terrifying atrocities of the mad, bad, wicked and wretched leap from this gripping 25-title multimedia collection about the serial killers who have shocked and horrified the world through three victim-littered centuries. It is a library every true crime enthusiast will want on their bookshelves.
Read the stories penned by David Leslie, master of intrigue, crime journalist and author of several true crime books. Then watch the investigative documentary DVD packed with rare footage and interviews.
It was the first date for teenagers Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday. In a lovers lane by a beauty spot not far from San Francisco, California they kissed and hugged. Then out of the darkness crept an assassin who blasted the youngsters into eternity. The Zodiac Killer had struck. But were these his first slayings, or had he already murdered previously? In the months that followed, America would be shocked and California terrorised. More would die; others would survive to tell stories so bloody and sickening that even experienced police were appalled. One stabbing victim had to watch helplessly as the Zodiac turned his frenzied bloodlust on his pretty girlfriend. With the attacks came letters containing threats to bomb and kill children and claiming to contain a cipher clue to his identity. Who was he? How many died at his hands? This is the intriguing story of one of the greatest American murder mysteries.
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FRED AND ROSEMARY WEST
THE ZODIAC KILLER
PAUL BERNARDO AND KARLA HOMOLKA
JOHN WAYNE GACY
THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE
JACK THE RIPPER
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1. Fred and Rosemary West 2. Harold Shipman 3. Albert deSalvo 4. David Berkowitz 5. Dennis Nilsen 6. The Zodiac Killer 7. Steve Wright 8. Aileen Carol Wuornos 9. Charles Manson 10. Jeffrey Dahmer 11. Peter Sutcliffe 12. Jack Unterweger 13. Ed Gein
14. Ted Bundy 15. Anatoly Onoprienko 16. Richard Ramirez 17. Murderous Women 18. Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka 19. John Wayne Gacy20. Marc Dutroux 21. Ivan Milat 22. The Monster of Florence 23. Dennis Rader 24. Jack the Ripper 25. Cold-Blooded Killers
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How the Zodiac appeared to Cecelia Ann Shepard and Bryan Hartnell before his murderous attack.
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The Pacific Coast of the United States of America is one of the most spectacularly beautiful areas of the world. From the dramatic Californian beaches of the south to a glimpse of history in the north, at the Quinault Indian reservation, it shows off a massive variety of natural wonders. The vast stretch also hides dark secrets. It has been the hunting ground of some of the countrys worst and most prolific killers. Gary Ridgway churned out bodies as though they fell from a conveyor belt before his capture. But even today, possibly forty years since he last murdered, police have not given up hope of identifying the mystery man who was known as the Zodiac Killer.
The Zodiac first came to the notice of police on December 20, 1968. It was a happy time as families decorated Christmas trees, hung holly at their doors and looked forward to opening presents. David Faraday, 17, had even more reason than most to be feeling good. Intellectually bright and athletic, he was happily anticipating his first date with 16-year old Betty Lou Jenson, whose dark hair and good looks had attracted many a teenage boy. Both lived in Vallejo on San Pablo Bay, and that night the couple told school friends they were going to a Christmas carol concert.
But instead, after picking up Betty Lou in his mothers station wagon, they headed east to a remote spot often frequented by courting couples.
The route took them into rolling hills with spectacular views over San Franciscos Golden Gate Bridge. Shortly after 10pm, David parked, locked the doors, tilted the front seat back and turned on the heater. It was time to start some serious courting because Betty Lou had promised her parents she would be home by 11pm. About half an hour later, another car parked alongside, the driver rolled down his window and ordered the youngsters to get out. When they refused, he produced a gun. Betty Lou frantically scrambled out of the passenger door seeking safety. David tried to follow but the stocky stranger shot him in the head from point blank range, blowing his skull apart, before firing five shots into the back of the girl, killing her. Then the gunman drove off.
Minutes later, a passing woman motorist saw the helpless youngsters and stopped a police patrol car. From the outset of their investigation, detectives knew they were up against it. There were no witnesses and no suspects and the trail almost immediately went cold.
On July 4, Independence Day,
The spot where David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen were murdered.
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the following year, Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin, aged 22, and married with an infant daughter, went off for a ride with tall, slim, long-time admirer Michael Renault Mageau, aged 19. Friends often remarked how alike Darlene was to Betty Lou. Pretty and outgoing, but prone to fantasies, Darlene had frequently complained that a stocky man was stalking her. That evening, she had said she and Michael were going to the cinema in San Francisco. Instead, as midnight approached, she drove them to a lovers lane next to a golf course at Blue Rock Springs about two miles from
the spot where Betty Lou and David had been shot.
They were convinced they had been followed by a car, which parked close to them, but their worries eased when it then drove off. However, five minutes later it returned, the driver got out carrying a strong torch, which he shone into the faces of Darlene and Michael, temporarily blinding them, and then began shooting. The gunfire was heard by a local resident who called
The spot where David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen were murdered.
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the police. One of the first on the scene was Detective Sergeant Ed Rust. Police discovered Darlene still behind the wheel of her car which had the ignition switched on and was in gear. She opened her eyes and tried to speak. Rust and his partner Detective Sergeant John Lynch thought she was trying to tell them about her killer but they could only make out, I or My before she lapsed into unconsciousness, never to recover. She had been hit nine times and was dead by the time she reached a hospital.
A white man droveup In a car, gotout, walked up toour car, shone
fLashlight inside,started shooting.
Michael suffered severe wounds to his right arm, neck and leg. The police thought it odd that he was wearing three pairs of pants, three sweaters and a long sleeved shirt. He was desperate to tell the officers something. Blood poured out of his mouth when his lips parted and he managed to whisper, A white man drove up in a car, got out, walked up to our car, shone flashlight inside, started shooting. When Rust and Lynch asked him if the gunman had said anything, Michael slowly turned his head from side to side and croaked, No. He just started shooting and kept on shooting. Michael eventually recovered and was able to tell police he thought the murderer was aged between 26 and 30 and beefy.
Forty minutes after the attack, a man rang Vallejo police office from a p