Tag: death penalty
Read about the death of the businessman and children's entertainer, who liked to dress as 'Pogo the Clown' and was convicted in March 1980 of murdering 33 boys and young men, making him the worst serial killer in American history at the time.
Gary Heidnick's crimes helped inspire Buffalo Bill's character in 'Silence of the Lambs.' We spoke with the killer and self-described pastor's defense lawyer, Charles Peruto, Jr., about what it was like representing one of Philadelphia's most infamous criminals.
Derrick Jamison, who spent 20 years in prison for murder before being exonerated on his execution day, and Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, tell us what it's like in the final hours leading up to an execution.
Chris Watts, the Colorado man serving three life sentences for the brutal murder of his wife and two young daughters claims to have had a religious conversion behind bars and is now an evangelical Christian. Murderers David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer and Karla Faye Tucker also claimed to have found or rediscovered God after being incarcerated. We speak with experts about why so many notorious criminals might make such claims while behind bars.
In December 2012, protests broke out across India after news of a horrific gang rape exploded into global view. The crime—the gang rape of 23-year-old physiotherapy student, Jyoti Singh, committed by six men on a bus in the capital territory of Delhi—was so brutal that it shocked the world and jolted the Indian legal system into reconsidering its protections for women.