On June 23, 1845, a professional criminal and well-regarded linguist named Edward Rulloff was accused of beating his wife and three-month-old daughter to death with a blunt object. Investigators were unable to connect Rulloff to the murder. Twenty-five years later, in August 1870, Rulloff shot and killed a store clerk while trying to rob him. Many pleas for leniency went out from the scholastic community, who recognized Rulloff’s contribution to linguistics in America, only to fall on the deaf ears of the judicial system in New York. Edward Rulloff was executed on May 18, 1871. His execution is commonly believed to be the last public hanging in New York. During his autopsy, it was discovered that his brain is one of the largest ever recorded.
In the years between 1989 and 1992, Thomas Lee Dillon, a draftsman from Canton, Ohio, shot and killed five hunters in the wilderness of Ohio. He was branded the “Outdoorsmen Killer” during the high-profile serial killer case. As most of the long-distance shootings had taken place on federal hunting lands, agents from the FBI were brought in to investigate. Dillon was unaware that the FBI had put surveillance on him when he attempted to kill his sixth victim, Larry Oller. He was arrested on a gun charge, and Oller survived the attack. Faced with overwhelming evidence, Dillon confessed to five murders and was sentenced to five consecutive terms of 30 years to life. He died in an Ohio prison in 2011.
The famed football player and actor O.J. Simpson was accused by Los Angeles County prosecutors of killing his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman on the night of June 12, 1994. The savage attack, which occurred at the front door of Nicole Brown Simpson’s Brentwood home, and the trial against O.J. Simpson, catalyzed one of the largest media events in U.S. history, with all eyes on the former champion. O.J. was found not guilty in the murder of Nicole and Ronald; however, he was found guilty, on February 5, 1997, in the wrongful death of the pair. O.J. was ordered to pay over $33 million in the wrongful death suit.
In December 2008, O.J. Simpson was sentenced to thirty-three years in a Nevada prison stemming from a kidnapping and robbery at a Las Vegas casino. Simpson and several associates of the defamed football star kidnapped and robbed a memorabilia collector in an attempt to recover alleged stolen articles. It was proven that Simpson was mistaken, and the high-profile incident cost him a prison stay.
Anthony Balaam, aka the Trenton Strangler, raped and killed four New Jersey prostitutes between 1994 and 1996. He was a known drug addict who regularly traded sex for drugs on the streets of Trenton, and through his transactions he found the opportunity to murder four women. Balaam’s unusually deadly combination of sex, drugs and murder came to an end when one of his victims escaped the serial killer following a brutal rape. He was captured by Trenton law enforcement, and his DNA was linked to the four dead women. In custody, Balaam was described by a senior Trenton PD officer as “one of the calmest and coolest murderers I’ve encountered.” The Trenton Strangler was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in a New Jersey prison.
In December 2015, documentary filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos released a 10-part series that attempted to paint convicted murderer Steven Avery as an innocent victim of crooked and vengeful police department in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Avery had spent 18 years in a Wisconsin prison for the 1985 sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beernsten, only to be cleared by DNA evidence in 2003. Two years later, Avery was arrested for the murder and horrifying disposal of Auto Trader magazine photographer Teresa Halbach. Halbach’s car and blood were found on the Avery property, and more horrifying was the discovery of the woman’s bones, charred in a fire pit, only yards away from Avery’s home. Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were charged, tried and convicted of murdering the unsuspecting Teresa Halbach. Steven Avery was sentenced to life without the possibility.
On June 9, 2008, Mesa, Arizona resident Travis Alexander was stabbed 20-plus times, shot and had his throat cut by his sometime girlfriend Jodi Arias. The pretty and vivacious Arias would initially claim self-defense in the murder of Alexander; however, Mesa police investigators quickly uncovered her crime. The Jodi Arias trial, much like the O.J. Simpson trial, was a media circus, as cameras were allowed in the courtroom to record each day of testimony. On May 8, 2013, Jodi Arias was found guilty of murdering Travis Alexander. Following a riveting sentencing phase of her trial, which lasted for two years and had several mistrials, Jodi Arias was sentenced to life without parole in an Arizona prison.
The case of Amanda Knox, an American student who was found guilty by an Italian court on December 5, 2009, for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, drew high media coverage in the U.S. Two years after her conviction, Amanda Knox’s guilty ruling was overturned, citing mishandling of DNA evidence, and Knox was released from custody on October 3, 2011.
Christopher Porco, 21, drove to the home of his parents on the night of November 15, 2004, and attacked them with an axe while they slept. His father, Peter Porco, was bludgeoned to death, but his mother, Joan Porco, survived the attack. Investigators used Christopher’s movements on the night of the attack and his history of sociopathic behavior to bring him to justice. He was sentenced to 50 years to life for the attack.
All of these killers, and accused killers, some of which involving high-profile cases, have one thing in common.
They were all born on July 9th!!!
The conspiratorial, or creative, side of the human brain immediately begins to think that maybe July 9th is a day for killers to be born; however, the facts regarding killers being born on July 9th are contradictory to the thought process that would like to believe the conspiracy. The fact is that the Center for Disease Control lists the national average of births in the U.S. at just under 11,000 births a day, or approximately 450 births every hour. Is it weird that so many high profile cases involving killers and accused killers born on July 9thhave graced the media? Most definitely, but July 9th as a date for maniacs and murderers to be born could not possibly be a standard. Numerologist Linda Roisum points out that all of these killers, and accused killers, have nines in their birth dates, and in regards to the number nine, she states, “9s are compassionate, charitable, generous, humanitarian, romantic, cooperative, creative, self-sufficient, proud and self-sacrificing. However, if they get out of balance, 9s can end up being egocentric, arrogant, self-pitying, lie, cold or mentally unstable.”
If one subscribes to numerology as a science, then Roisum’s explanation makes perfect sense. If not, then there has to be another answer that can explain the phenomenon. A closer look into the Killer List of American Killers on AmericanKillers.org reveals that July 9th is the only day that has six killers; birthdays; however, there are three birthdates within the calendar year that have five known killers. The effect of multiple known serial killers, mass murderers, spree killers, female killers, assassins, or juvenile killers all being born on the same date cannot be considered a portent to a given birth date but rather an entrancing talking point for scholars, cops and criminal profilers on the subject of killers. The idea that killers are ruled by anything other than personality, mental illness or environment is highly debatable, but with 450 babies being born every hour in the United States, it is safe to say that five killers being born on the same date is little more than a statistical anomaly. The strange phenomena cannot be attributed to the movements of the sun and moon, numbers or even predestination.
The Killer List of American Killers contains many oddities that are hard to overlook.
Famed juvenile killer Eric Smith and serial killer Steven Oken were both born on January 22nd, along with three additional psychopathic killers. September 19th is shared by five unique killers, including Eric Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber; and John Courey, the Florida maniac who killed Jessica Lunsford. Lunsford’s death at Coury’s hand would lead to the passage of Jessica’s Law in Florida. The five killers found on the Killer List born on November 4th include former Kentucky representative Stephen Nunn, born in1952. His crimes of stalking and killing Amanda Ross led to the eventual creation of Amanda’s Law in Kentucky, which obstructs stalking SOBs like Nunn from walking through restraining orders. The kill-happy Nancy Hazel, born in on November 4, 1905,is also noteworthy. Hazel, who newspapers called Nannie Doss, killed 11 in-laws, husbands and children, hers and other people’s, between 1927 and 1954.
The observer who seeks to find connections and conspiracies within the list will be fascinated to know that John Wilkes Booth (1838), the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, and Mark David Chapman (1955), the manic depressive who shot and killed John Lennon, were both born on May 10th. Even more bizarre, in the realm of strict coincidences, is that three convicted female serial killers, Bell Gunness (1859), the frontierswoman who lured 40 men to their deaths; Debra Brown (1962), who killed with her serial killer boyfriend, Alton Coleman; and the psychopathic dialysis nurse, Kimberly Clark Saenz (1973), who injected bleach into, and killed, at least five patients at a Texas dialysis center, all share November 11th. Dylann Roof (1994), the white supremacist who shot and killed nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina church and Brenda Spencer (1962), the 16-year-old girl from San Diego who was responsible for the Cleveland Elementary School Shooting, were both born on April 3rd. Diane Downs who was born on August 7, 1955, killed one of her children and shares a birthday with Jordan Brown, born in 1997, who killed his mom when he was only 11 years old.
The list of peculiar circumstances regarding matching birthdates among killers is extensive; however, there seems to be another aspect that stands out within the list: the killers who do not share a birthdate with another American killer. Dale Hausner (February 4, 1973), the serial shooter who drove around Phoenix, Arizona, shooting from his car, killed6unsuspecting victims. Aileen Wuornos (February 29, 1956) became the worst female serial killer in modern times when she murdered 5 men with a stolen pistol on Florida highways. Timothy McVeigh (April 23, 1968), the Oklahoma City bomber, holds the record for most people murdered in a single day, with 168 people dead from his anti-government attack. Jeffery Dahmer (May 21, 1960), the Milwaukee Cannibal, killed and consumed various body parts of 17 young men. Ed Gein (August 27, 1906), the undisputed king of serial killers, is only confirmed to have killed 2 people; however, his decorating tastes have remained unrivaled. Andrew Cunanan(August 31, 1969)gave in to his urge to kill on a spring day in 1997 and ended his three-month-long murderous spree by killing designer Gianni Versace on the front steps of his palatial Miami home. Serial killers Harvey Glatman (December 10, 1927) and Ed Kemper (December 18, 1948), both of whom terrified Southern California residents with their sick and sadistic brand of killing, do not share a birthday with any other killers. There are many instances within the list that would indicate that some killers seem to stand alone, with no other known killers sharing their birthdates.
Extensive searches by the AmericanKillers research team, in an attempt to find the definitive answer to the question of birth date connections with killers, has uncovered no obvious resounding trends that would lead one to believe that being born on a particular day predestines an individual to be a killer. Strange coincidences and conspiratorial connections that appear to have possible relevance in regards to a probable relationship seem to dominate the process; however, the offsetting factor within all of the possibilities is the years in which killers are born. The birth year of a given killer removes the possibility that a single child, born on the same date, can be born a killer. The fact that two assassins are born on the same day, but 117 years apart, makes the odds of any given child born on the same day staggering. A liberal number, using a low birthrate of 1,000 babies being born every day in America, make the odds of a baby being born predisposed to assassinating a public figure at 1 in every 42 million. To some researchers, killers and connections to their birthdates may yet be an undiscovered equation or may lie within a realm of scientific study that has yet to be utilized by criminal profilers and researchers.
To confuse the matter further, most cops, profilers and researchers have settled on the idea that a person is either born predisposed to kill or not. Until genetic scientists and advancing technologies find a way to isolate the gene that causes one to be predisposed to murder and drives the urge for killers to kill, the casual observer is left with strange coincidences to keep us all entertained.