Today I learned the city in which I was born – London, Ontario – is considered the serial killer capital of the world:
I know many Milwaukee friends of mine would challenge this. There are two notorious killers from Milwaukee and more to be said of the serial killers from elsewhere in Wisconsin, which does make the state a touch on the murdery side.
But this pales in comparison to the small Ontario town between 1959 and 1984. During that time, London had a population of 200,000 people and as many as SIX serial killers, more per capita than everywhere else on the planet. They had nicknames such as the Mad Slasher, Chambermaid Slayer, and Balcony Killer. More than 30 people were victims of serial killings during those 25 years, and some of the murderers were never caught.
And now I live in Chicago — home of America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, during the 1893 World's Fair — and as Devil in the White City readers will know, who also had a Toronto connection. Maybe it's just the time of year, but this has got me feeling quite spOoOoOky!
Happy Halloween everyone!