Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color

E11: The Southside Strangler

August 30, 2018

On Fruitloops Episode 11 Beth and Wendy discuss the life, crimes and victims of Timonthy WIlson Spencer, AKA The Southside Strangler. This case is notable as the first case in the US where DNA was used to convict a serial killer. Timothy Wilson Spencer was convicted of raping and strangling four women over 11 weeks in 1987. There was very little circumstantial evidence and Spencer did not confess. Then DNA tests linked semen from the crime scenes with Spencer's blood. Most of Spencer's victims were killed while he was living at a Richmond halfway house after being released from a state prison, where he had served three years of a 10-year sentence for burglary. The slayings took place on weekends when Mr. Spencer was signed out of the halfway house.


Victims: 5 murder victims and 9 rape victims

Span of Crimes 1984, 1987 to 1988

Venue:  Arlington and Richmond VA.

AKA’s:  Southside Strangler, Southside Slayer and Southside Rapist

Method:  stalking, laying in waiting and strangulation

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Wikipedia Article:

Murderpedia Article:

Court Doc:

Magazine Article:

Timothy Wilson Spencer documentary

Forensic Files - Season 1, Ep 6: Southside Strangler

NPR Article: On The Scale Of Evil, Where Do Murderers Rate?

Dr. Stone video

Podcast: Southern Nightmare: the hunt for the Southside strangler

Style Weekly Article

Other info

News:  Mollie Tibbetts article from the Washington Post   "Mollie Tibbetts’s father decries vitriol against Hispanics, saying they’re ‘Iowans with better food’

Colin Pitchfork Book: The Blooding, by Joseph Waubaugh, ITV TV series: Code of a Killer

About DNA,8599,1905706,00.html

First person convicted through DNA evidence

Border Crossings

Crime and Immigration

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