Volume 40, Issue 4 (July 1995)

    Signature Murders: A Report of Several Related Cases

    (Received 20 May 1994; accepted 30 November 1994)


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    Three female patrons of singles bars were murdered in separate events in Bellevue, Washington in 1990 within sixty-seven days of each other. An evaluation of those murders revealed that all the murders were linked by a distinct personal “signature” or “calling card” left by the killer. As reported in the literature, the modus operandi of a killer frequently changes from one murder to the next and is different from the killer's signature, which is a permanent psychological imprint at each scene. The murder cases reported here demonstrate an elaborate signature of one killer who engaged in a rare personalization of his necrophilic fantasies by posing, openly displaying, and sexually inserting foreign objects into each one of three victims' bodies.

    Author Information:

    Keppel, RD
    Chief Criminal Investigator, Washington State Attorney General's Office, Seattle, WA

    Stock #: JFS13848J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13848J

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    Title Signature Murders: A Report of Several Related Cases
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30