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Book Review: Cellar of Horror

Cellar of Horror
Ken Englade
Subject: Gary Heidnik
Recommended: No

The Good: It's about Gary Heidnik. In fact, it's the only book specifically about Gary Heidnik that I've found.

The Bad: It's the only book about Gary Heidnik. Against my better judgment, I picked this book up. I looked at it- looked at the horrible, sensationalistic cover, the cheesy captions under the pictures inside, the overly dramatic description on the back. I weighed all of this in my mind against wanting to read something longer than a page or two about Gary Heidnik. Then, stupidly, I bought the book.
It's horrendous. This is the first and last time I will ever buy something like this. The way it's written is thoroughly exploitative. Not only that, the author is incredibly biased. I couldn't believe how much of his own opinion he jammed into this book. Sure, you can write a book chock full of your opinions, but don't try to sell it as a book of just the facts. The author's opinion seemed to be that Gary Heidnik was mentally ill, and that the prosecutor who worked against Heidnik was in the wrong, and so was the judge. And he beat that into my head- over and over and over.

I couldn't even finish this. Don't bother with this one, unless you're absolutely beyond desperate for some reading on Gary Heidnik.
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Jakarta Serial Killer Confesses to 4 More Murders

Alleged pedophile and serial child killer Bayquni, also known as Babe. (Antara Photo)

Alleged pedophile and serial child killer Bayquni, also known as Babe. (Antara Photo)

Alleged Jakarta Serial Child Killer Claims New Victims

Confessed serial child killer Bayquni has admitted to killing four more street children, Jakarta Police said on Sunday, noting that the number of victims may well continue to rise.

“The four [new] victims were murdered in Jakarta,” Jakarta Metro Police chief of violent crime Adj. Sr. Comr. Nico Afinta said. Police are planning to release their names today.

The latest confessions by the 49-year-old known as “Babe” bring to 14 the number of children he allegedly killed and defiled before mutilating and disposing of their bodies.

Afinta said the number of victims may yet increase, adding that he personally didn’t believe the motive behind the alleged murders was merely sexual.

“If, as he claimed, he had been killing to satisfy his sexual urges since 1995, just imagine how many street children had fallen victim to him,” Afinta said.

A psychologist who examined Bayquni has said that the man derived pleasure from having sexual intercourse with corpses, provided that he had killed the victim himself.

City police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said investigators were still reviewing other unsolved child murder cases to see if there’s a connection to Bayquni, a street hawker who until his arrest last month had been caring for street children and sheltering some in his home.

Bayquni, who police say appears senile, only remembers his victims when shown their photos. “So it’s rather tricky, because on the one hand we have to unravel this case, but on the other hand we have to immediately complete the dossier,” Boy said.

The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas Anak) has previously said the true number of victims could be as high as 15, as evidenced by the photographs Bayquni had collected .

“According to the street kids looked after by Babe, the ones in the pictures were his favorites. He could have more than 15 victims,” Komnas Anak Secretary General Arist Merdeka Sirait said.

Bayquni was arrested on Jan. 8 following the discovery of the mutilated body of a 9-year-old boy, identified as Ardiansyah, in a slum area in Cakung.

Prior to Sunday, Bayquni had confessed to killing 10 street children between the ages of 7 and 12. The playmate of one of the victims also remains missing.

Afinta previously said that Bayquni confessed to starting his killing spree in 1998 and changed his modus operandi twice.

“At first, his pattern was to kill the victims by strangling them with a rope before he sodomized them and disposed of their bodies,” Nico said.

He changed his pattern by chopping his victims in two after strangling and sodomizing them. Later he began carving his victims into four parts, Nico said. --- SOURCE


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Serial killer may have died in prison due to 'incompetent' health care


Notorious serial killer Arthur Shawcross lived in Binghamton -- in between his two killing sprees -- before he was driven from the community in 1987.

Now, a state report is alleging state prison officials failed to recognize Shawcross was suffering from a serious medical condition that may have caused his death in prison in 2008.

Shawcross may have died because of "grossly negligent, incompetent and inadequate medical evaluation and treatment," says the December report from the state Commission of Correction.

Shawcross had served 15 years in prison for the 1972 rape and killing of two Watertown children when he was placed by the state parole board in Binghamton. Outrage from Binghamton residents in 1987 resulted in Shawcross being moved by parole first to Delaware County and then to Rochester.

A year after leaving Binghamton, Shawcross began a second killing spree, murdering 11 Rochester-area women, most of them prostitutes, between 1988 and 1990.

The commission report, obtained by Gannett through the Freedom of Information Law, chastises the state prison system about its care for Shawcross in the days before his death.

State Department of Correctional Services officials responded they've taken actions to ensure missteps, like those outlined in the report, do not happen again. Administrative actions were taken against two nurses, unidentified in the report, who apparently failed to properly recognize a medical issue with Shawcross and impeded his requests for help, the report says.

When he died, Shawcross, 63, was serving a sentence of 250 years to life -- one of the state's longest sentences -- at the Sullivan Correctional Facility.

Correctional Services spokesman Erik Kriss said Shawcross, regardless of his heinous crimes, deserved reliable medical care.

"Was Shawcross notorious? Yes," said Kriss. "There really is an effort to be blind to what crimes the inmate committed."

According to the commission, Shawcross died from a pulmonary thromboembolism -- an artery blocked in the lung by a blood clot." -- SOURCE


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'Le Prof'

Teacher believed to be Belgium's latest serial killer

A Belgian teacher has emerged as the country's latest serial killer, police fear, after he confessed to three murders.

Police and press stand on January 8, 2010 in front of a van bringing Ronny Janssen, 38, a Belgian teacher who has confessed to killing his two neighbors on January 2, to the council chamber in Hasselt.
The van bringing Ronny Janssen arrives at the council chamber in Hasselt. Photo: JULIEN WARNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Ronald Janssen, a 38-year-old technical drawing teacher, described as quiet and withdrawn, first confessed to the New Year's Day murder of a young couple in his small home town of Halen at the weekend.

"Le Prof", as he has been dubbed, then stunned police officers on Monday by admitting to the abduction and murder of a third victim, a young girl who disappeared over two years ago.

Detectives are now pursuing possible links between Mr Janssen and the murder and disappearances of three other young women. Media reports have linked him to up to 15 killings, usually the rape and murder of young women.

"Investigators fear particularly that it will not stop and that this is rather the beginning of a long list of Janssen's crimes," the De Standaard newspaper reported.

The widening investigation has already been compared to the notorious Marc Dutroux case, the serial killer who traumatised Belgium when he abused and murdered four girls aged between eight to 19 during the 1990s.

"Is Janssen the new Dutroux?" asked the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper on Tuesday.

Mr Janssen, who has two daughters, was arrested after his neighbour, Shana Appeltans, 18, and her fiancé, Kevin Paulus, 22, were found dead in their burnt-out car on New Year's Day. They had both been shot.

Police had long suspected that he had been involved in the death of Annick Van Uytsel, an 18-year-old, who disappeared in April 2007 after a party.

Her body was later found dumped in a local canal, wrapped in a plastic sheet and weighted down with stones. She had been beaten to death.

"The murder of Annick was the perfect crime – so perfect that nobody can believe that it was his first one," according to De Standaard.

Prosecutors across Belgium have now reopened the files for two unsolved abduction murders, of Ingrid Caeckaert, 27 stabbed in 1991 and Carola Titze, 16, murdered in 1996.

Detectives have also reopened an investigation into the 2006 disappearance, and suspected murder, of Tamara Morris, 27. -- SOURCE


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Just a Tid Bit

I was reading my Psychology text book for homework, when I came across something that's relevant to our interests. It's from a section about the Barnum effect, which is when we accept very general but favorable descriptions of ourselves (like those cheesy magazine quizzes we've all taken, haha).

"French psychologist Michael (sic) Gauguelin had similar results when he placed an ad in a Paris newspaper offering a free personal horoscope. Ninety-four percent of those receiving the horoscope praised the description as accurate. Whose horoscope had they all actually received? That of France's Dr. Petiot, a notorious [serial] murderer." -- from Exploring Psychology (Seventh Edition) by David G. Myers
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Keith Jesperson Pleads Guilty to Murder Charge


A Riverside judge ordered a fourth life sentence Friday for a convicted serial killer after he pleaded guilty to killing a woman he picked up in the Cajon Pass.

Keith Hunter Jesperson, 54, dubbed by authorities "The Happy Face Killer," entered the plea in his first court appearance on a Riverside County murder charge.

Jesperson has claimed the murders of eight women in six states and previously was sentenced to three life sentences for murders in Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. He will be returned to the Oregon State Penitentiary to serve his sentences.

He was named for the happy face he would draw at the end of letters to newspapers in lieu of his signature, detailing his killing spree.

Jesperson was charged with the murder of an unidentified woman whose decomposed remains were found in Blythe in 1992.

Riverside County detectives interviewed Jesperson in 1996, when he told police he killed the woman in the sleeper cab of his truck because she threatened to call police. At the time prosecutors said the confession was insufficient evidence to file charges.

Riverside County sheriff's central homicide unit presented the case again to the district attorney in September." -- SOURCE

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Catherine Birnie Due for Sentence Review

Perth serial killer Catherine Birnie in October 1985.

Perth serial killer Catherine Birnie in October 1985.


WA's Homicide Victim Support Group says that serial killer Catherine Birnie - who will have her life sentence reviewed by the Prisoners Review Board early next month - should stay in jail for the rest of her life.

"The crimes she committed with her partner were the most horrific this state has ever seen in modern times," said group treasurer Simon Barr.

"I would be very surprised if any new facts come to light to get (the Board) to waver from the initial sentence."

Birnie, who went on a torture and killing spree with her late partner David Birnie in the 1980s, first had her case reviewed in 2007 and the next statutory review of her sentence is due on February 5.

Despite an assessment at the 2007 review that she was at low risk of re-offending, Birnie's release was rejected because of the extreme nature of her crimes.

The Birnies embarked on a five-week killing spree in October and November 1986, after luring or abducting three women and a 15-year-old girl to their house in Willagee.

The victims were raped and either strangled, stabbed or clubbed to death.

Birnie left her husband and their six children in 1985 to live with David Birnie, who was also sentenced to strict-security life imprisonment for the rape and murder of the women.

She never married Birnie but took on his surname.

She was not allowed to attend his funeral after he hanged himself in his cell in Perth's Casuarina Prison in 2005.

Birnie, now 57, was in the media spotlight last month after reports she acted as a go-between for the so-called lesbian wheelie bin murderers, Jessica Stasinowsky and Valerie Parashumti.

Stasinowsky, 22, and Parashumti, 21, who are both serving life sentences for the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Stacey Mitchell, were placed in different prisons last year after the sentencing judge's recommendation they be kept apart.

A spokeswoman for the Prisoners Review Board said that as with all prisoners serving life or indefinite terms, the board could make recommendations to the attorney-general as to Birnie's case for release.

It would consider "an extensive range of reports" including those of the victims and their family and friends, along with assessments provided by psychologists and psychiatrists and the prison itself.

"The (board's) report may or may not have recommendations included in it," the spokeswoman said.

"The board may call on additional information if it requires and relist the matter for further consideration at a later date."

WA Attorney-General Christian Porter said he continued to support the 2007 decision of former Labor attorney-general Jim McGinty that Birnie should never be freed from jail.

Mr Barr said he "wholeheartedly" agreed with this stance." -- SOURCE