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Chicago's Uncommon Serial Killers

Updated on June 9, 2011
Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer | Source
John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy | Source
Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy | Source
Caroline Peoples (Mugshot)
Caroline Peoples (Mugshot) | Source
Angel Wright-Ford (Mugshot)
Angel Wright-Ford (Mugshot) | Source

Sometimes Killers Don't Fit Profiles

When said out loud or read in text, the term serial killer places several images in the minds of most. Old A.P. photos of John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy instantly materialize in our heads. Maybe headlines of past news articles detailing the exploits of the "Green River Killer", come to mind. Even scenes of box office smashes such as "Psycho",rush into our conscious thinking. We've learned from law enforcement that serial killers are normally classified as lower to middle class white males in their late 20's to early 30's.

In 2004, Chicago was the killing field for two serial killers that would have given the "Criminal Minds" crew the flux. Two African-American, female cousins labeled, "The Killing Cousins" or "The Southside Slayers", etched their names in history.

Often we hear of prostitutes being the victims of heinous murders. In the Spring and Summer of 2004, Caroline Peoples & Angel Wright-Ford used the pretense of sexual gratification to lure at least 3 men and 1 woman to their untimely demise. On May 23, 2004 Jose Marquez, being promised sexual acts for money, was shot in his head in his apartment. Wright-Ford had previously been a caregiver to this partially disabled man.

The two struck again on June 1, 2004. Kenneth Redick thought it was his lucky night as he accompanied two women to his southside apartment. The three discussed the "events", of the evening and soon disrobed. Seconds later, Redick laid dead, the victim of a gun shot to the head.

On June 18, 2004 the two cousins (whose bloodlust was only surpassed by their greed), were out cruising "looking for someone to rob". Their paths crossed with Kevin Armstrong outside a southside currency exchange. As their van pulled up, Mr. Armstrong was stashing his money in his sock, (a common southside Chicago practice). Wright-Ford encouraged him to climb into the van with the lure of oral sex, Peoples waiting quietly in the back. Moments later Kevin Armstrong was their next victim, dumped in a bowling alley parking lot with a gunshot to the head.

The fourth known victim was Ayesha Epps, a former friend of Peoples. The two offered Ms. Epps a ride to White Castle. When they arrived at the restaurant, Epps went inside to order, as the two cousins quietly plotted her end. Upon her return to the vehicle, Peoples shot Epps one time in the face. Gurgling blood and jerky frantically, Wright-Ford impatiently took the gun and shot Ms. Epps in the head.

Charged with the four murders, Peoples and Wright-Ford arrogantly gave video taped confessions leading Chicago Police to believe in the possibility of more victims though no evidence to that fact was found. After a lengthy trial, spanning over five years, the killing cousins were sentenced to life and are currently in the Illinois Department of Corrections.


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      Jen 5 years ago

      I know people's wow this story is crazy I was in jail with her she seemed so sweet I wonder what got into her the time she was killing guys for money SMH wow I can't believe how much me and her was cool I sure didn't judge her she never talked about her case

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      Elizabeth 5 years ago

      You never know how women are until something like this happens. Being incarcerated with one of these women showed me true understanding that some people don't have remorse. I learned so much about staying out of troublw and the danger of being associated with women of this nature. This was sad and may those people be in spiritual peace.

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      Andre N. Turner 6 years ago from CHICAGO

      You are so right jpcmc. That's why the phrase "to be aware is to be alive", really hits home.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Interesting hub. It's really important to know the MO of criminals. This way you can identify situations where you are potentially in danger. Of course not every similar situation will lead to something bad, but it pays to be aware of the environment and be able to react immediately.