Monday, October 7, 2019
Radford University Study Shows Since 1990, Blacks Have Been Majority of Serial Killers in USA
James Holland has heard confessions from many, many murderers. But now one is telling the Texas Ranger he’s committed 93 murders himself, making him perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. The race is on to identify all of the 93 women Samuel Little says he murdered, while the 79-year-old remains alive and continues to cooperate.
Holland tells Sharyn Alfonsi in his first TV interview how he got Little to open up about his victims for a story to be broadcast on "60 Minutes" Sunday, October 6, at 7 pm ET/PT on CBS.
Information Holland has gathered from Little has led to 50 cold case murders being solved. There's more Little says he committed that if resolved would give victims’ relatives answers and exonerate any innocent people who may have been wrongly convicted for the murders.
Holland says he broke through to Little by agreeing with him that he wasn't a rapist, but truly a killer. This tack seemed to unlock the place where he kept detailed, almost photographic memories of every woman he killed. Holland describes Little’s process, "There’s indications of visualization, of when he’s thinking about a crime scene. He’ll start stroking his face and as he’s starting to picture a victim, you’ll see him look out and up."
"And you can tell he has this revolving carousel of victims and it’s just spinning and he’s waiting for it to stop at the one that he wants to talk about," Holland says.
Earlier this month, a Kenyan illegal immigrant was charged with killing 11 elderly women in Texas. 46-year-old healthcare worker Billy Chemirmir reportedly murdered women who were between the ages of 76 and 96 for their valuables by suffocating them with pillows. Authorities claim Mr. Chemirmir posed as a healthcare worker or repairman to get into the women’s homes. He had worked as a home aide for many of the women he's charged with killing.
Mr. Chemirmir came to the US on a tourist visa in 2002. He overstayed but was able to get a green card in 2007 after he married an American citizen. Mr. Chemirmir had a long criminal record before his arrest, but was never deported. Police are now reopening 750 other cases of old people who died alone.
It may turn out that Mr. Chemirmir is one of the worst serial killers — defined as someone who has killed 2 or more people on separate occasions — in American history. Yet, he doesn’t fit the stereotype — he’s black. Serial killers are supposed to be white. In fact, blacks are considerably more likely than whites to be serial killers.
According to a 2016 Radford University study, just 51.7% of all serial killers in America since 1900 have been white. Roughly 40% were black. The numbers have become more lopsided in recent decades. In the 1st half of this decade, 60% of serial killers were black, while only 30% were white. Blacks have been the outright majority of serial killers since 1990.
Whites have never been overrepresented among serial killers. The decade with the highest percentage of white serial killers was in the 1920s: Whites were 78% of mass murderers even when they were 90% of the population. The 1920s also saw blacks account for the lowest percentage of serial killers at 18%. At that time they were about 10% of the population.
America had the largest number of serial killers in the decade of the 1980s. Whites were 83% of the population, yet were only 53% of mass murderers. Blacks were just 11% of the population, but were nearly 37% of serial killers.
Over 67% of the victims of serial killers have been white and 37% have been white women. Blacks are disproportionately overrepresented at 24% of victims. The stereotype of the white serial killer is false. So is that of the white mass shooter; whites are underrepresented among mass shooters and have been for years.
A possible reason why serial killers are thought to be predominantly white is that nearly all of the famous ones are white. Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, the BTK Killer and others have inspired books and films. Their trials were front-page news and their names live on. In fictional accounts of serial killers, such as Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, the villain is almost always a white man, further reinforcing a false stereotype. Per the Radford University study, since 1990, Blacks have been the majority of serial killers in America.
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