Okay, I admit, I saw this case on TV last night and wrote this post then. But something struck me about the case that made it perfect for today.
In 1983, three men pushed their way into a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kilgore, TX - after they overheard one of the employees telling someone on the phone how much money they had and how they needed to make a bank deposit that night. They made off with like $3000 or some such amount. But they didn't just take the money.
For some reason that will never be known, they kidnapped the five people inside the store, too. They loaded these poor people inside a van, drove them out to the middle of nowhere, and executed them. But not until after one of them raped a middle-aged mother of 3.
These murders remained unsolved for 22 years. It wasn't until DNA evidence from spilled blood at the scene connected two men to the crime that anything was done. The technology just wasn't there. Those two assholes are spending their remaining days in prison. The third guy - the rapist who didn't spill blood and whose DNA wasn't in CODIS - is still at large.
According to one report, one of the accused claims the 'real killer' is still out there. Maybe the rapist and the one who murdered that poor woman did all the killing. In my book, it doesn't make his accomplices any less guilty. In fact, in Texas, they're lucky they didn't get the death penalty. They probably plead out.
From all accounts, this probably doesn't fit in with the typical definition of a serial killing. It was a mass murder, then. The distinction is kinda academic. Either way, five people died - which is more than the standard three for serial killing classification, so I'm counting it for this blog. That this doesn't meet the other criteria for 'serial murder' doesn't make it any less heinous.
What do you think?