Issue #1 – Serial Killer Quarterly, “21st Century Psychos” explores seven of the new millennium’s most notorious multiple murder cases. In her feature story “Building a Mystery”, Dr. Katherine Ramsland examines the life and crimes of Israel Keyes – arguably the most organized and mobile serial murderer in American history. In direct contrast to Keyes’s secretive slayings, the Beltway Snipers, John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, murdered random civilians in broad daylight and openly taunted the authorities. Michael Newton – author of 265 books including the groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Serial Killers – details their three week reign of terror in his feature “Islam Will Explode”. Lee Mellor‘s “Web of Spiders” discusses the milestone case of “Slavemaster” John Edward Robinson: the Internet’s first serial killer. Other articles in “21st Century Psychos” include:
“Love in the Ashes” – Arthur Ellis-award nominee Robert J. Hoshowsky takes on Sheila Labarre – an aging nymphomaniac who seduced, slaughtered, and incinerated three male victims on her New Hampshire farm, challenging our views on the nature of female serial killers forever.
“The Interview” – Curtis Yateman’s impressionistic look at the 2009-2010 murders committed by Canadian Airforce base commander Col. Russell Williams.
“Checkmate” – The story of post-Soviet Russia’s most prolific serial slaughterer, “Chessboard Killer” Alexander Pichushkin, as recounted by Grinning Man Press co-founder Aaron Elliott.
“Canada’s Killer Countryboy?” – Check out my story about clean-cut “country boy” Cody Legebokoff, who at the age of 21 was charged with the murders of four women in western Canada. Is his guilt a certainty, or is there more to this story than meets the eye? You can follow the murder trial on Twitter at #Legebokoff.
Issue #2 – Triple feature! Serial Killer Quarterly, “Partners in Pain” recounts the gruesome tales of 15 serial murderers operating in 7 different teams from 19th century Scotland to 21st century Santa Monica. Bestselling author Cathy Scott guides the reader through the fog choked alleyways of Edinburgh, to peep behind the door of an infamous rooming house where Irishmen William Burke and William Hare fatally suffocated up to 25 people in 1828.
Our second feature by Dr. Katherine Ramsland focuses on Houston’s wicked “Candy Man” Dean Corll – one of the most sadistic murderers in 20th century criminal history – who after hours of torture shot or strangled 27+ boys to death with the aid of teenage accomplices Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks. The perverse folie a deux of Doug Clark and Carol Bundy, as relayed by author Kim Cresswell, begins in 1980 on LA’s sunset strip, and climaxes with Bundy regaling authorities with tales of Clark having sex with a victim’s severed head.
As if this issue could not be horrific enough, Robert Hoshowsky and Curtis Yateman write of confinement, rape and torture in their pieces on Leonard Lake and Charles Ng and “Ken and Barbie Killers” Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. Feature number three takes us back to the United Kingdom as Carol Anne Davis. explores whether both John Duffy and David Mulcahy were truly the “Railway Killers,” or whether Duffy stitched his friend up for crimes he didn’t commit. Aaron Elliott closes by looking at a rare female-female serial killer duo in the form of LA’s Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, who drugged and ran over two indigent men with their car in order to collect on their life insurance policies.