It took detectives 31 years to catch the man they believe is the BTK strangler, even though the killer scattered clues around and the suspect under arrest was not exactly hiding, says the Associated Press. many experts on serial killers say the investigators deserve praise. “I don’t know what more they could have done,” said Eric Hickey of California State University-Fresno, who wrote the book “Serial Murderers and Their Victims.” “Once in a while there’s going to be a case where the guy is smart enough that he’s going to be able to disappear off the map for a while.”
Thirteen years elapsed from the time Jeffrey Dahmer first killed until police found his apartment full of body parts. Green River Killer Gary Ridgway killed 48 women in Washington state beginning in 1982 but was not caught until 2001. One of history’s most famous serial killers, Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London’s East End in 1888, was never captured. Michael Newton, whose books include “The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers” and “Still at Large,” on at-large serial killers, said about one-fifth of the 20th century’s roughly 1,500 serial killers were never caught.