Anthony Sowell, John Muhammad: Serial Killers Not Just White Males Any Longer
Media & Authorities Slow or Reluctant to Acknowledge Mass Murderers Come in All Colors: Playing the Race Card: Does it Apply When Not Politically Correct?
by Daniel T. Zanoza, Executive Director
According to FBI statistics, at any given time there are 30 to 50 serial killers roaming the United States, seeking out their prey. 76% of all serial killers worldwide perform their dark and evil murders in the United States. Europeans represent 17% of the world's serial killers. In totality, the United States and Europe combined make up 93% of all mass murderers internationally.
In the U.S., California holds the dubious distinction of the most homicidal maniacs, followed by Texas, New York, Illinois and Florida. There have been no reports of serial killings in the state of Maine. According to a web site called Fortune City, http://www.fortunecity.com/roswell/streiber/273/inf_stats.htm, 84% of American killers are Caucasian and 16% are black.
Not long ago, FBI profilers identified those who committed senseless random multiple murders as being white males, most likely middle-aged, living at home with a dominant mother. In recent years, the FBI profile for serial killers now includes a greater number of individuals of color, including women.
The case of Anthony Sowell, a serial killer who murdered at least 11 women in Cleveland, indicates growing numbers of black men involved in mass murder. However, Sowell seemingly killed at will in Cleveland, but questions must be raised regarding why the media and authorities did not make public a rash of African-American women who were reported missing in Ohio's largest city. Imagine, if there were cases of women missing in Beverly Hills, California or an affluent area of Long Island, New York or Chicago's famous Gold Coast. It's safe to say, any of these areas--populated by wealthy mostly white residents--would have received national attention from the press and local, state and federal authorities would have put together task forces to investigate these crimes, in order bring the killer to justice.
Sowell was murdering African-American women for years with impunity. Indeed, reports made to the Cleveland Police Dept. regarding a foul smell emanating in the area of Sowell's home for months were dismissed and attributed to a rendering plant which processed head cheese. The truth is those familiar with the smell of decaying human remains say there is nothing else like it. Those who made reports to the Cleveland Police, who lived in the area, were either former members of law enforcement or the military who say the odor of human death is something they will never forget or mistake for something other than what it is.
The question that begs to be answered is: Why was the rash of missing African-American women in Cleveland not reported to the press by authorities? Obviously, there was a serial killer on the loose. Yet it took a report from a black woman who was raped by Sowell--a noted sex offender and convicted rapist--to draw attention to the alleged mass murderer. The woman escaped death, but many did not, before police officials seriously looked into what had taken place in what can truly be called a Chamber of Horrors.
Tonight, John Allen Muhammad, the "Washington Sniper," another African-American serial killer, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia for killing ten individuals across multiple states. Muhammad, a convert to Islam, had a juvenile accomplice named Lee Boyd Malvo who escaped the death penalty by becoming a witness for the state and testifying against Muhammad. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the mass killings which terrorized people residing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia over a period of months.
One of the first African-American serial killers on record was Wayne Williams who murdered 27 young black boys in Atlanta, Georgia from October 1979 to May 1981. At the time of Williams arrest, authorities were shocked because the killings were supposedly being committed by a group of white supremacists, possibly associated with the Ku Klux Klan. The media was certain these murders were racially motivated, but Williams, a black man, is now serving multiple life sentences for his crimes.
Between 1989 and 1990, new ground was broken regarding serial killers when Aileen Carol Wuornos killed at least seven men. Wuornos, a known prostitute, was eventually executed in October of 2002. Wuornos' lesbian lover and accomplice, Tyria Moore, assisted in the prosecution of the woman who was then called the "Damsel of Death." Wuornos was the first known female serial killer in the annals of crime.
More recently, there has been a rash of murders that would not be classified as serial killings, but were equally shocking. Earlier this year, a Sunday school teacher, Melissa Huckaby, allegedly sexually abused Sandra Cantu, before murdering the eight year old and stuffing her lifeless body into a suitcase. Cantu's remains were found in a shallow pond mere miles from her home. Tracy, California police had been concentrating on local registered male sex offenders. However, the nation was shocked to learn Cantu was most likely killed by a 28 year old woman.
Only weeks ago, a nine year old girl from Missouri was reported missing. Once more, local authorities were concentrating on registered male sex offenders, only to discover the likely murderer of Elizabeth Olten was a 15 year old minor female who, during questioning by police, admitted to knowing the whereabouts of the young girl's body. Authorities have charged the minor, whose name has not been released, in the death of Olten.
The above stories disprove a number of myths. It is clear the FBI's profiling handbook must be re-written. Our society is now producing killers of all races, creeds and genders. Also, women are proving to be as capable of committing evil acts--which once were the purview of men. Twenty years ago, the dominant media almost seemed gleeful in reporting that serial killers were predominantly white males. Today facts indicate this is not the case. Although white males still make up a significant majority of psychopathic killers, our culture is now cultivating murderers which fit no particular profile or category.
And here's a fact you will definitely not see reported by the dominant press: Though homosexuals claim to represent 10% of American society (which numbers are highly inflated according to many), 14% of all serial killers worldwide are reported to be homosexual.
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