Serial Killers

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    October 21, 2014

    Update: Darren Vann ID'd as Alleged Serial Killer of Afrikka Hardy, Many More Victims

    Update: Yesterday, we told you about the murder in Indiana of recent Aurora resident Afrikka Hardy and the investigation that led to the discovery of six additional bodies; see our previous coverage below. Now, the suspect in the case has been identified as Darren Vann, 43, a convicted sex offender ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014
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    November 14, 2013
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    September 26, 2013
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    August 13, 2013

    Comedian Nathan Lund on Vonnegut, serial killers and the proletariat

    Nathan Lund, a comedian in the Fine Gentleman's Club, may not strike Denver comedy fans as a man of letters, but those who listen closely will be unsurprised. However, there' a lot going on beneath Lund's direct, unvarnished style of joke-telling and his wooly appearance. An integral figure in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Director Franck Khalfoun on updating slasher classic Maniac for modern audiences

    The original Maniac hit theaters in 1980, and quickly became a slasher classic by heralding a new era in on-screen depravity. The grimy, gritty film about a serial killer who scalps women and collects mannequins famously depicted a close-up of a shotgun blast to the head, multiple scalpings and othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Former detective Pat Kennedy on The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

    More than twenty years after the story broke, America's fascination with cannibal sex killer Jeffrey Dahmer lingers on. In The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, a new documentary on the case playing tonight and tomorrow at the Sie FilmCenter for the Denver Film Society's Watching Hour, three of the people close ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013
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    October 10, 2012

    Insanity defense: Six notorious cases when it worked

    One of the central questions in the case of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes involves whether his attorneys will employ the insanity defense. The legal tactic has been used many times in mass slayings and other shocking crimes, and not always effectively: Note that serial killers John Way ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    The stereotypes of violence in metal

    Metal is often stereoptyped as being a violent genre. And while violence is a indeed a common theme in the lyrics of many bands -- and granted, even the concept of mosh pits is violent -- when you combine that with the violence we're all exposed to in movies, TV and video games, it's easy for metal- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Vincent Groves may have slain 24 women: Colorado's most prolific serial killer?

    Update below: The Denver District Attorney's Office has announced that it's solved four cold cases: the murders of a quartet of women between 1979 and 1988. The slayer: Vincent Groves, who may be the most prolific serial killer in the state's history.

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    April 29, 2011

    Kervin Rogers, lethal drug boss?: 2 hours for jury to return guilty verdicts in 3 murders

    Big pic below.​Update: It didn't take long for a jury to decide the fate of Kervin Rogers in not one, not two, but three separate murders over a one-month period in late 2009. Two hours after deliberation began, they returned with a trio of guilty verdicts.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Scott Lee Kimball confesses to four murders in letter: Cousin says he had religious epiphany

    Big pic below.​Although Scott Lee Kimball is a convicted serial killer, he's equivocated over time about his role in three of the four murders authorities have long believed he committed. But in an enormous letter to his cousin, author Ed Coet, that found its way into the possession of the FBI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    The complete David Fincher collection takes over the Denver FilmCenter in March

    ​David Fincher has made a name for himself by giving audiences cerebral stories with a penchant to wash out color as often as possible. His latest film was the universally applauded Social Network, but before he wowed the critics he won over the common people with some of the best films to eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    John Suthers not only one to blame for botching serial killer Scott Kimball's case, author says

    Scott Kimball.​Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett's campaign against John Suthers for Colorado Attorney General is running ads arguing that Suthers let serial killer Scott Kimball remain free as an informant, while Garnett put him behind bars. Texas-based author Ed Coet, who's written a bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Lou Smit's death won't end the search for an intruder in JonBenét Ramsey murder case

    RIP: Lou Smit​Lou Smit, who passed away Wednesday at 75 after a battle with cancer, was the kind of hard worker who never got the hang of retiring. In his case, the work was homicide investigation. And sticking with it put hundreds of truly scary, violent men behind bars.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    A forgotten Vail murder victim: Julie Cunningham, killed by Ted Bundy

    Julie Cunningham.​Most articles about the arrest of Richard "Rossi" Moreau, who's been accused of murder in a Saturday night shooting in Vail that left one person dead and three injured, have noted how rare such incidents have been in the ski community. Reference this Vail Daily report, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Double the sentence for rapist/murderer Ricky Lee Harnish? He's certainly earned it...

    Anybody for locking up Ricky Lee Harnish for longer than 24 years? A show of hands, please.​Ricky Lee Harnish traded a confession in the 1976 Holly Andrews case for a reduced charge with a potential ten-to-24-year sentence -- waaaay too sweet a deal for a guy who admits to raping and murdering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Sheriff has "mixed emotions" about plea deal with rapist/murderer Ricky Lee Harnish

    Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger.​Earlier today, I expressed astonishment that Ricky Lee Harnish, who's admitted to having raped and murdered teenager Holly Andrews in 1976, will likely face a sentence that maxes out at 24 years. Clear Creek Sheriff Don Krueger, in whose jurisdiction And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    HOSS and Supersuckers release split vinyl Christmas record

    ​Apparently, it's never too early to be thinking about Christmas. At least, not if you're in boozy, hard-rocking outfits such as HOSS or Supersuckers. Those two bands just dropped a limited-edition, split 10" vinyl on July 30 to celebrate Christmas in July. The record features two songs each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Give the gift of Slayer

    For a desciption of "Psychopathy Red," the Slayer seven-inch arriving in time for Record Store Day, we turn once again to our friends at Vintage Vinyl. "The first new music since 2006's ferocious Christ Illusion, 'Psychopathy Red' is a blast of proper thrash metal by the band that invented it," they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    29th St. Disciples signs with Zodiac Killer

    Sure, free beer and gratuitous sex are great reasons to be in a garage band. But the holy grail, of course, isn't getting zonked or getting laid -- it's getting signed. And that's just what 29th St. Disciples have done. The foursome have been grinding in the trenches of Denver's punk scene and makin ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    Thieves, snitches and killers -- oh my! -- in The Best American Crime Reporting 2008

    True tales of crime and punishment. Consider this a shameless plug -- and a free preview. Every year Otto Penzler, the venerable founder of the Mysterious Press and owner of New York's Mysterious Bookshop, and novelist Thomas H. Cook put together an anthology of true crime writing from the country ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    Digging Up a Murderous Family Plot

    Kirk Mitchell's front-page story in the July 7 Denver Post about the bodies found on the McCormick ranch 22 years ago brought back memories of one of the most badly bungled murder investigations in Colorado history. Westword published my exclusive prison interview with Michael McCormick back in 198 ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008

    Creepy, Catchy, Cool: Silence of the Lambs as Dance Pop

    Is it wrong to write such catchy songs from a killer's perspective? Am I a sick man for finding this so cool? Does this mean I have deeply buried issues? Probably. What can I say, I always wanted to see a band that sounds like a David Byrne-fronted Devo tribute band write a song paying homage to ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    RIP John Macdonald, The Master of Criminal Minds

    Colorado lost one of its most talented resources in the war on crime a few weeks ago, when forensic psychiatrist John Macdonald passed away at the age of 87. A familiar figure to any reporter, cop, criminology student or thug interested in the state's most notorious killers over the latter half of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2007

    Day Four: Wherein I Get a New Roommate/Serial Killer

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 107 degrees today. The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth’s surface was 134-degrees. I can’t fathom those extra 27 degrees. The Sun is dying, and I got a new roommate today. His name is John, he’s from Florida and he’s working on his Ph.D. in May ... More >>

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    September 27, 2007

    DIA Conspiracy Makes List of World's Weirdest

    This awesome list of the world's weirdest and stupidest conspiracy theories features the DIA as headquarters for NWO underground base conspiracy (See our story, "DIA Conspiracies Take Off," August 30, for the full scoop on this one and some even weirder theories about our beloved airport), alongside ... More >>

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    April 30, 2007

    Robert Charles Browne is a Killer Con Man

    This cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine is a lengthy but surprisingly slipshod examination of the Robert Charles Browne case, the former tree farmer who claims to be one of the most prolific serial killers in history, with 48 victims scattered across the country. The piece, by Chip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    Media Insanity

    Remember right after Columbine, when reports suggested that the killer students may have taken their marching orders from Marilyn Manson? These claims were subsequently debunked -- as it turns out, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold weren't Manson fans. But even if they'd spent their every waking hour ea ... More >>

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    September 22, 2006
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    August 24, 2006

    I PETA the Fool

    Just when you thought the JonBenet Ramsey murder case had everything -- a pint-sized beauty queen, a bogus Santa Claus, a ransom note right out of Matlock and, finally, a suspect with a yen for confessing and wearing eyeliner -- another player enters the picture. PETA. Yes, People for the Ethical ... More >>

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