Daniel Gonzalez (spree killer)

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Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Julian Gonzalez

(1980-06-21)21 June 1980[1]
Died(2007-08-09)9 August 2007 (aged 27)[2]
Cause of deathSuicide by exsanguination
Other namesZippy
The Freddy Krueger Killer
The Mummy's Boy Killer
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
DateSeptember 15–17, 2004
Location(s)London and Sussex, England
Date apprehended
17 September 2004

Daniel Julian Gonzalez (21 June 1980 – 9 August 2007), also known as the Freddy Krueger Killer and the Mummy's Boy Killer,[3] was a British spree killer who murdered four people and injured two others during two days across London and Sussex in September 2004.

Gonzalez was inspired by horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th to become a "famous serial killer". In a drug-fuelled stabbing spree, he attacked the elderly and infirm, writing about his experiences in letters to himself as "Zippy", his past nickname. His letters said how much he enjoyed the murders "one of the best things I've done in my life", and how similar he was to the character Freddy Krueger.

Gonzalez's mother, Lesley Savage, had previously written a letter to her MP criticising that a serious incident had to occur before he could receive mental help. In her letter, she rhetorically asked "does my son have to commit murder to get help?"

He was jailed for life in 2006 and committed suicide in Broadmoor hospital (a high-security psychiatric hospital) the following year.

Early life[edit]

Daniel Gonzalez, who had an English mother and Spanish father, was educated at Gordons School, a privately run school in West end, Woking, Surrey. His parents separated in 1986 when he was six years old.[1] Gonzalez left school with eight GCSEs and was known to be a good actor, a chess champion, but also a "dark and troubled boy."[4] From the age of 17, Gonzalez received care because of his psychological problems and was treated by specialist mental health teams.[5] By the age of 24, he was unemployed and using drugs. He spent all his time playing computer games and watching horror films.[6]


On 15 September 2004, Gonzalez told 61-year-old Peter King, who was walking his dog with his wife in Hilsea, Portsmouth, that he was going to kill him.[7] He was fought off and fled to Hove, where he stabbed 76-year-old Marie Harding while wearing a hockey mask, similar to the character Jason Voorhees in the movie Friday the 13th. When the mask was taken in for evidence, it had Harding's DNA on it.[8] After killing Harding, he returned to his home in Woking. He concluded that the reason for his failure to kill King was because his knife was too small.

Two days later, on 17 September 2004, Gonzalez travelled to Tottenham. At 5:30am, he left 46-year-old Kevin Molloy for dead after stabbing him in the face, neck and torso with a pair of large knives he had stolen from a department store. At 7am, he forced entry into the Hornsey house of Koumis Constantino, but was fought off after stabbing his arm.[9] By 8am he was in Highgate, where he randomly tried to gain access to houses. He murdered elderly couple Derek and Jean Robinson,[10] an experience which he claimed was "orgasmic".[11]

Arrest and trial[edit]

Gonzalez was arrested on 17 September 2004 at Tottenham Court Road Underground station after a decorator, who had seen him running naked and covered in blood from the Robinsons' house, reported him to police.[9] Before his trial, while held at Broadmoor Hospital, Berkshire, Gonzalez tried to bite himself to death and was so violent that he was accompanied everywhere by officers in riot gear.[4]

At the trial, Gonzalez tried to claim that he was not guilty by reason of insanity, although this was rejected.[12] He was given six life sentences, with the trial judge recommending that he should never be released.[13]


After his arrest, Gonzalez attempted to commit suicide by biting through an artery in his arm. "I have never seen anyone bite himself with that ferocity," said the doctor who treated his wound. [14] He survived but committed suicide in his room in Broadmoor Hospital, on 9 August 2007, by cutting himself with the edges of a broken CD case.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b Scott-Moncrieff, Briscoe & Daniels 2009, p. 21.
  2. ^ "Serial killer's care criticised". BBC News. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  3. ^ "DANIEL GONZALEZ: THE MUMMY'S BOY SERIAL KILLER by Peter Stubley". www.courtnewsuk.co.uk. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b Laurance, Jeremy (17 March 2006). "Mother fought to get help for disturbed son before he went on killing". The Independent. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  5. ^ Scott-Moncrieff, Briscoe & Daniels 2009, p. 4.
  6. ^ Boyle, Joe (16 March 2006). "Craving of 'horror film' murderer". BBC News.
  7. ^ "Man 'wanted to be famous killer'". BBC News. 28 February 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  8. ^ Smit, Martina (17 March 2006). "Freddy Krueger imitator gets six life terms". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Timeline of Gonzalez's killings". BBC News. 16 March 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  10. ^ Is there a cure for Britain's most dangerous criminals?
  11. ^ "Life means life for Gonzalez". Get Surrey. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  12. ^ "My troubled son who needed help". BBC News. 16 March 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  13. ^ Hooper, Duncan (10 August 2007). "'Freddy Krueger' serial killer found dead". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Killer bit himself 'ferociously'". BBC News. 8 March 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Inquiry over serial killer death". BBC News. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Killer found in 'pool of blood'". BBC News. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2017.