From the 1970s until the 1990s, America was the playground for some of the world's most notorious serial killers. Lately, however, things have been suspiciously quiet on the serial killer front.
American law enforcement has not had to deal with another Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer for a while, but officers in Alaska may have a new psychopath on their hands.
Since June 2016, police in Anchorage, Alaska, have been investigating 15 homicides that share a similar mode of operation (MO). Nearly all 15 took place late at night along isolated trails. In at least three of the cases, there was more than one victim.
As of this writing, the killings remain unsolved. While local police search for the killer, they've warned residents to stay safe. They're hesitating to say that this is a case of serial killing, but it's looking that way.
“A.P.D. wants to remind our citizens to be cautious when they are out during these hours, especially if they are in isolated areas like our parks, bike trails, or unoccupied streets,” the Anchorage Police Department said in a recent statement. “If you plan to be out late at night, make sure you travel with several friends and not alone.”
So far, 2016 is on track to be the deadliest year in the history of Anchorage. Normally, the city averages about 12 murders a year. So far in 2016, there have been 25 murders. Just five more and 2016 will beat 1995 for the city's deadliest year yet.
Whether the killings are the work of a serial killer or are just coincidentally similar, it's probably a good idea to keep an extra eye out for anything suspicious if you're in the area.
(via Mysterious Universe)
Now that is disturbing. Regardless of whether or not there's a serial killer on the loose, our thoughts go out to the residents of Anchorage. Let's hope this gets cleared up soon.