The Serial Killer Podcast

The Zodiac Killer took credit for several murders in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s. He was never caught. The self-proclaimed Zodiac Killer was directly linked to at least five murders in Northern California in 1968 and 1969 and may have been responsible for more. He taunted police and made threats through letters sent to area newspapers from 1969 to 1974, before abruptly ceasing communication. Despite intensive investigations, no one was ever arrested for the crimes and the case remains open.

01:14:56 5/31/2018

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The Zodiac Killer took credit for several murders in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s. He was never caught. The self-proclaimed Zodiac Killer was directly linked to at least five murders in Northern California in 1968 and 1969 and may have been responsible for more. He taunted police and made threats through letters sent to area newspapers from 1969 to 1974, before abruptly ceasing communication. Despite intensive investigations, no one was ever arrested for the crimes and the case remains open.
01:14:58 6/14/2018
The Zodiac Killer took credit for several murders in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s. He was never caught. The self-proclaimed Zodiac Killer was directly linked to at least five murders in Northern California in 1968 and 1969 and may have been responsible for more. He taunted police and made threats through letters sent to area newspapers from 1969 to 1974, before abruptly ceasing communication. Despite intensive investigations, no one was ever arrested for the crimes and the case remains open.
00:59:54 5/14/2018
Bruce McArthur, a former self-employed landscaper, is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of missing men from Church and Wellesley, Toronto's gay village. He pleaded guilty to assault against a gay man in another case in 2003. Police have found human remains of several men in planters and in private gardens, where McArthur has worked as a landscape gardener. So far, the investigation has shown that he found many of his alleged victims through online dating apps for men who have sex with men, stating that he wanted to meet submissive men. His alleged victims were predominantly gay men of South Asian or Middle Eastern origin. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
01:14:14 4/30/2018
Richard Francis Cottingham (born November 25, 1946) is an American serial killer from New Jersey operating in New York between 1967 and 1980. Cottingham was given several nicknames including "The Butcher of Times Square", "The Torso Killer", "The New York (city) Ripper", and "The Times Square Torso Ripper" due to his habit of dismembering his victims, usually leaving nothing but a torso behind. Times Square in the 1970s was a seedy environment and Cottingham took full advantage as he searched for prostitutes to satisfy his desires. He was eventually convicted of murder in 1981, after being caught fleeing an attempted murder. Officially Cottingham killed six people but he claims between 85 and 100 murders. Cottingham is incarcerated in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:52:39 4/14/2018
Richard Francis Cottingham (born November 25, 1946) is an American serial killer from New Jersey operating in New York between 1967 and 1980. Cottingham was given several nicknames including "The Butcher of Times Square", "The Torso Killer", "The New York (city) Ripper", and "The Times Square Torso Ripper" due to his habit of dismembering his victims, usually leaving nothing but a torso behind. Times Square in the 1970s was a seedy environment and Cottingham took full advantage as he searched for prostitutes to satisfy his desires. He was eventually convicted of murder in 1981, after being caught fleeing an attempted murder. Officially Cottingham killed six people but he claims between 85 and 100 murders. Cottingham is incarcerated in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:51:24 3/31/2018
Richard Francis Cottingham (born November 25, 1946) is an American serial killer from New Jersey operating in New York between 1967 and 1980. Cottingham was given several nicknames including "The Butcher of Times Square", "The Torso Killer", "The New York (city) Ripper", and "The Times Square Torso Ripper" due to his habit of dismembering his victims, usually leaving nothing but a torso behind. Times Square in the 1970s was a seedy environment and Cottingham took full advantage as he searched for prostitutes to satisfy his desires. He was eventually convicted of murder in 1981, after being caught fleeing an attempted murder. Officially Cottingham killed six people but he claims between 85 and 100 murders. Cottingham is incarcerated in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:54:11 3/14/2018
Joe Ball Serial Killer aka "The Alligator Man, The Butcher of Elmendorf" and The Bluebeard of South Texas". Details of the crimes Ball had murdered people in his town such as his two wives, barmaids, and ex-girlfriends. Although it was never confirmed, it is estimated that Joe Ball murdered about 20 people in total. Joe Ball's motivations for his crimes are unknown. Many people believe the murders had to do with his obsession for his alligator farm. Ball's was fascinated by his alligator farm. He enjoyed feeding them exotic things such as live cats or dogs. It is the belief of some people that ball was fascinated with feeding the alligators weird different foods and eventually fed them humans. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:47:01 2/28/2018

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Velma Margie (Bullard) Barfield was born on October 23, 1932, in rural South Carolina. She was the second oldest child of nine and oldest daughter to Murphy and Lillie Bullard. Murphy was a small tobacco and cotton farmer. Soon after Velma's birth, the family had to give up the farm and move in with Murphy's parents in Fayetteville. Murphy's father and mother died not long afterward and the family remained in Murphy's parents' house. Murphy and Lillie Bullard Murphy Bullard was a strict disciplinarian. Homemaker Lillie was submissive and did not interfere with how he treated their nine children.

Velma did not inherit her mother's same submissive ways which resulted in several severe strap beatings by her father. In 1939 when she began attending school, she found some reprieve from being inside her cramped, volatile home. Velma also proved to be a bright, attentive student but socially rejected by her peers because of her impoverished style. Velma began stealing after feeling poor and inadequate around the other kids at school. She began by stealing coins from her father and was later caught stealing money from an elderly neighbor. Velma's punishment was severe and temporarily cured her from stealing. Her time was also more supervised and she was told she had to help with taking care of her sisters and brothers. A Skilled Manipulator By the age of 10, Velma learned how to control talking back to her stern father. She also became a decent baseball player and played on a team her father organized. Enjoying her "favorite daughter" status, Velma learned how to manipulate her father to get what she wanted. Later in life, she accused her father of molesting her as a child, although her family strongly denied her charges. Velma and Thomas Burke Around the time Velma entered high school her father took a job in a textile factory and the family moved to Red Springs, SC. Her grades were poor but she proved to be a good basketball player. She also had a boyfriend, Thomas Burke, who was a year ahead of her in school. Velma and Thomas dated under the strict curfews set by Velma's father. At age 17, Velma and Burke decided to quit school and marry, over the strong objections of Murphy Bullard. In December 1951, Velma gave birth to a son, Ronald Thomas.

By September 1953, she gave birth to their second child, a girl they named Kim. Velma, a stay-at-home mom, loved the time she spent with her children. Thomas Burke worked at different jobs and although they were poor, they had the basic comforts. Velma was also dedicated to teaching her children solid Christian values. The young, poor Burke family was admired by friends and family for their good parenting skills. A Model Mother Velma Burke's enthusiasm for being an involved mother continued when the children began school. She participated in school-sponsored events, volunteered to chaperone school trips, and enjoyed driving children to various school functions. However, even with her participation, she felt emptiness while her children were at school. To help fill the void she decided to return to work. With the extra income, the family was able to move into a better home in Parkton, South Carolina. In 1963, Velma had a hysterectomy. The surgery was successful physically but mentally and emotionally Velma changed. She suffered severe mood swings and temper tantrums. She worried she was less desirable and womanly since she could no longer have children. When Thomas joined the Jaycees, Velma's resentment soared because of his outside activities. Their problems intensified when she discovered he was drinking with his friends after the meetings, something he knew she was against. Booze and Drugs: In 1965, Thomas was in a car accident and had a concussion. From that point on he suffered severe headaches and his drinking increased as a way to deal with his pain.

The Burke household became explosive with endless arguments. Velma, consumed with stress, was hospitalized and treated with sedatives and vitamins. Once home, she gradually increased her prescription drug use and went to different doctors to get multiple prescriptions of Valium to feed her growing addiction. Thomas Burke - Death Number One Thomas, displaying alcoholic behavior, pushed the family deeper into dysfunctional madness. One day while the kids were at school, Velma went to the laundromat and returned to find her house on fire and Thomas dead from smoke inhalation. Velma's suffering appeared short-lived although her misfortune continued. A few months after Thomas died another fire broke out, this time destroying the home. Velma and her children fled to Velma's parents and waited for the insurance check. Jenning Barfield - Death Number Two Jenning Barfield was a widower suffering from diabetes, emphysema, and heart disease. Velma and Jennings met soon after Thomas died.

In August 1970, the two married but the marriage dissolved as quickly as it began because of Velma's drug use. Barfield died of heart failure before the two could divorce. Velma seemed inconsolable. Twice a widow, her son off in the military, her father diagnosed with lung cancer and beyond belief, her home, for a third time, caught on fire. Velma returned to her parents' home. Her father died of lung cancer shortly afterward. Velma and her mother constantly quarreled. Velma found Lillie too demanding and Lillie did not like Velma's drug use. During the summer of 1974, Lillie was hospitalized because of a severe stomach virus. The doctors were unable to diagnose her problem, but she recovered within a few days and returned home.

Sources: Death Sentence: The True Story of Velma Barfield's Life, Crimes, and Punishment by Jerry Bledsoe
The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers By Michael Newton Women Who Kill by Ann Jones

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00:59:36 2/14/2018
Velma Margie (Bullard) Barfield was born on October 23, 1932, in rural South Carolina. She was the second oldest child of nine and oldest daughter to Murphy and Lillie Bullard. Murphy was a small tobacco and cotton farmer. Soon after Velma's birth, the family had to give up the farm and move in with Murphy's parents in Fayetteville. Murphy's father and mother died not long afterward and the family remained in Murphy's parents' house. Murphy and Lillie Bullard Murphy Bullard was a strict disciplinarian. Homemaker Lillie was submissive and did not interfere with how he treated their nine children. Velma did not inherit her mother's same submissive ways which resulted in several severe strap beatings by her father. In 1939 when she began attending school, she found some reprieve from being inside her cramped, volatile home. Velma also proved to be a bright, attentive student but socially rejected by her peers because of her impoverished style. Velma began stealing after feeling poor and inadequate around the other kids at school. She began by stealing coins from her father and was later caught stealing money from an elderly neighbor. Velma's punishment was severe and temporarily cured her from stealing. Her time was also more supervised and she was told she had to help with taking care of her sisters and brothers. A Skilled Manipulator By the age of 10, Velma learned how to control talking back to her stern father. She also became a decent baseball player and played on a team her father organized. Enjoying her "favorite daughter" status, Velma learned how to manipulate her father to get what she wanted. Later in life, she accused her father of molesting her as a child, although her family strongly denied her charges. Velma and Thomas Burke Around the time Velma entered high school her father took a job in a textile factory and the family moved to Red Springs, SC. Her grades were poor but she proved to be a good basketball player. She also had a boyfriend, Thomas Burke, who was a year ahead of her in school. Velma and Thomas dated under the strict curfews set by Velma's father. At age 17, Velma and Burke decided to quit school and marry, over the strong objections of Murphy Bullard. In December 1951, Velma gave birth to a son, Ronald Thomas. By September 1953, she gave birth to their second child, a girl they named Kim. Velma, a stay-at-home mom, loved the time she spent with her children. Thomas Burke worked at different jobs and although they were poor, they had the basic comforts. Velma was also dedicated to teaching her children solid Christian values. The young, poor Burke family was admired by friends and family for their good parenting skills. A Model Mother Velma Burke's enthusiasm for being an involved mother continued when the children began school. She participated in school-sponsored events, volunteered to chaperone school trips, and enjoyed driving children to various school functions. However, even with her participation, she felt emptiness while her children were at school. To help fill the void she decided to return to work. With the extra income, the family was able to move into a better home in Parkton, South Carolina. In 1963, Velma had a hysterectomy. The surgery was successful physically but mentally and emotionally Velma changed. She suffered severe mood swings and temper tantrums. She worried she was less desirable and womanly since she could no longer have children. When Thomas joined the Jaycees, Velma's resentment soared because of his outside activities. Their problems intensified when she discovered he was drinking with his friends after the meetings, something he knew she was against. Booze and Drugs: In 1965, Thomas was in a car accident and had a concussion. From that point on he suffered severe headaches and his drinking increased as a way to deal with his pain. The Burke household became explosive with endless arguments. Velma, consumed with stress, was hospitalized and treated with sedatives and vitamins. Once home, she gradually increased her prescription drug use and went to different doctors to get multiple prescriptions of Valium to feed her growing addiction. Thomas Burke - Death Number One Thomas, displaying alcoholic behavior, pushed the family deeper into dysfunctional madness. One day while the kids were at school, Velma went to the laundromat and returned to find her house on fire and Thomas dead from smoke inhalation. Velma's suffering appeared short-lived although her misfortune continued. A few months after Thomas died another fire broke out, this time destroying the home. Velma and her children fled to Velma's parents and waited for the insurance check. Jenning Barfield - Death Number Two Jenning Barfield was a widower suffering from diabetes, emphysema, and heart disease. Velma and Jennings met soon after Thomas died. In August 1970, the two married but the marriage dissolved as quickly as it began because of Velma's drug use. Barfield died of heart failure before the two could divorce. Velma seemed inconsolable. Twice a widow, her son off in the military, her father diagnosed with lung cancer and beyond belief, her home, for a third time, caught on fire. Velma returned to her parents' home. Her father died of lung cancer shortly afterward. Velma and her mother constantly quarreled. Velma found Lillie too demanding and Lillie did not like Velma's drug use. During the summer of 1974, Lillie was hospitalized because of a severe stomach virus. The doctors were unable to diagnose her problem, but she recovered within a few days and returned home. Sources: Death Sentence: The True Story of Velma Barfield's Life, Crimes, and Punishment by Jerry Bledsoe The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers By Michael Newton Women Who Kill by Ann Jones Website - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theserialkillerpodcast
00:50:04 1/31/2018
Guil Claveria (www.guilclaveria.com)is the producer/writer of The Miranda Murders: Lost Tapes of Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, creator of Shockfest Film Festival and Mockfest Film Festival of Hollywood. He is a nationally award-winning multi-media producer and devoted teacher. Website - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theserialkillerpodcast
01:11:17 1/14/2018

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