William Heirens: The Lipstick Killer

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William Heirens was a serial killer, known as “The Lipstick killer.” He was arrested several times as a teenager for burglary. Although, he showed no characteristics of being a serial killer, he was arrested for three murders, when he was seventeen. Although, there were insufficient evidence in the case, he was charged with the murders of Josephine Ross, ex-WAVES Frances Brown and six year old Suzanne Degnan. On the advice of his lawyers, William plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to three life sentence in prison. He had been in prison for sixty five years before he passed away at the age of eighty-three.

William George Hereins was born on November 15, 1928. He was born in the suburb of Evanston,
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On the night of January 7, 1946, Suzanne was kidnapped from her bedroom. After her parents were unable to find her, they called 911. Police went to the crime scene and found no type of evidence, except a ransom note, that was left behind by the offender, requesting twenty thousand dollars and ordering them not to call the police or the FBI. After an anonymous call was made to the police station, police found Suzanne’s body dismembered, on the north side of Chicago. Her head was found in a sewer, then her torso, legs and arms (also, were found in sewers). According to the autopsy, Suzanne was strangled to …show more content…
At every parole hearing, Suzanne’s parents attended to make sure he wouldn’t be released; which he was not. He was the first man to serve the longest prison time in Chicago history. He was sent to Stateville Prison in Joliet, IL, where he became the first prisoner to receive a bachelor’s degree, in prison. He also helped other inmates get their GED. In 1998, per his request, he was sent to Dixon Correctional Center, a minimum security prison, in Dixon, IL. His parents and brother changed their last name to Hill, to have no connection with him. William had spent sixty five years in prison, before he passed away on March 5, 2012 due to health

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