Andre Crawford

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Andre Crawford
Born (1962-03-20) March 20, 1962 (age 55)
United States
Height 6'0"
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment
Conviction(s) murder
Details
Victims 11
Span of killings
1993–1999
Country United States
State(s) Illinois
Date apprehended
January 28, 2000
Imprisoned at Menard Correctional Center, Randolph County, Illinois

Andre Crawford (born March 20, 1962) is an American convicted serial killer, who killed 11 women between 1993 and 1999. Many of the women were prostitutes or drug addicts. He also had sex with their corpses.[1]

Crawford had been placed in foster care as an infant after authorities found him living alone in squalor and after his mother admitted leaving him unattended for long periods of time. As a child he had lived with a foster family.[2] As an adult, he became a transient, living in vacant buildings in Chicago.[3]

He was accused of the murder of Evandry Harris, Patricia Dunn, Rhonda King, Angel Shatteen, Shaquanta Langley, Sonja Brandon, Nicole Townsend, Cheryl Cross, Tommie Dennis, Sheryl Johnson and Constance Bailey. He was linked by DNA to seven of the victims, and confessed to all 11 murders. He was convicted in December 2009.[3] A 12th woman was attacked and left for dead on Thanksgiving 1997, but survived.[4]

Hubert Geralds, Jr., 34, was convicted in 1997 of murdering six women in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The first victim was Rhonda King. Under interrogation by police, he confessed to all six murders. In 1998 he was sentenced to death. In 2000 prosecutors moved to vacate the conviction for the King murder, because DNA linked her death to Andre Crawford. Geralds remained on death row for the other five murders, however.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walberg, Matthew; Daarel Burnette II; Stacy St. Clair (December 20, 2009). "Serial killer Andre Crawford spared death penalty". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Walberg, Matthew (December 16, 2009). "Andre Crawford case: Chicago serial killer was physically and sexually abused as a teen, defense witness says". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b St. Clair, Stacy; Burnette II, Daarel (November 3, 2009). "Chicago serial-killing trial: Jury selection begins in Andre Crawford case". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Lutz, B.J.; Anthony Ponce (December 18, 2009). "Andre Crawford Gets Life Sentence". NBC Chicago. WMAQ. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hubert Geralds, Jr". Center on Wrongful Convictions. Northwestern University School of Law. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 

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