Benjamin Atkins

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Benjamin (Tony) Atkins
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Born (1968-08-26)August 26, 1968[1]
Detroit, Michigan
Died September 17, 1997(1997-09-17) (aged 29)
Cause of death
HIV
Other names Woodward Corridor Killer
Criminal penalty
11 terms of life imprisonment
Killings
Victims 11
Span of killings
December 14, 1991–August 21, 1992
Country United States
State(s) Michigan

Benjamin (Tony) Atkins (August 26, 1968 – September 17, 1997), also known as the Woodward Corridor Killer, was an American serial killer who killed 11 women in Detroit, Michigan during a period of nine months between December 1991 and August 1992.[2][3]

All the victims were found in vacant buildings, all were raped and strangled. The majority of the women were murdered in Highland Park.[4][better source needed] Many of the victims were working as prostitutes.[2] Atkins said he was motivated by a hatred of prostitution.[2] During his trial, it was revealed that Atkins himself was raped at age 10 and witnessed his mother engage in prostitution.[5][better source needed]

Atkins was sentenced to eleven life sentences. However, on September 17, 1997, he died of an infection caused by HIV.[6][better source needed]

Victims[edit]

  • Darlene Saunders, 35, attacked and raped in October 1991 in Highland Park. She survived.
  • Debbie Ann Friday, 30, found strangled on December 14, 1991 in Highland Park
  • Bertha Jean Mason, 26, found strangled on December 30, 1991 in Detroit
  • Patricia Cannon George, 36, found strangled on January 3, 1992 in Detroit
  • Vickie Truelove, 39, found strangled January 25, 1992 in Detroit
  • Valerie Chalk, 34, found strangled February 17, 1992 at Monterey Motel, Room 68, Highland Park
  • Juanita Hardy, 23, found strangled at Monterey Motel, Room 35, February 17, 1992
  • Unknown female's body found strangled at Monterey Motel, Room 18, February 17, 1992
  • Brenda Mitchell, 38, found strangled April 9, 1992 in Highland Park
  • Vicki Beasley-Brown, 43, found strangled April 15, 1992 in Highland Park
  • Joanne O'Rourke, 40, found strangled June 15, 1992 in Highland Park
  • Ocinena Waymer, 22, found strangled August 21, 1992 in Highland Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS) - Offender Profile". The State of Michigan. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Gribben, Mark. "John Eric Armstrong: The Model Sailor". Crime Library. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Crack addict confesses he killed women". Kingman Daily Miner / AP. 1992-08-30. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Janet (29 Aug 1992). "Suspect Describes Raping, Cursing, Killing -- 11 Times" (PDF). (reprinted from) Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Janet (22 April 1994). "Atkins Convicted of Killing 11 Women" (PDF). Crime in Detroit. Detroit Free Press. 
  6. ^ Swickard, Joe (11 October 1997). "Serial Killer Dies 4 Years into 11 Life Sentences" (PDF). Crime in Detroit. Detroit Free Press.