Kendall Francois

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Kendall Francois
Kendall Francois.jpg
Mugshot of Francois
Born(1971-07-26)July 26, 1971
DiedSeptember 11, 2014(2014-09-11) (aged 43)
Other names"The Poughkeepsie Killer"
Criminal statusDeceased
Conviction(s)First degree murder (8 counts)
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment without parole
Span of crimes
October 1996 – August 26, 1998
CountryUnited States
State(s)New York
Date apprehended
September 2, 1998

Kendall Francois (July 26, 1971 – September 11, 2014) was a serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York, convicted of killing eight women, from 1996 to 1998.[1] After his conviction and sentencing, Francois was housed in the Attica Correctional Facility until being transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility shortly before his death.[2] It was revealed in his trial in 2000 that he tested positive for HIV in 1995, but this was not said to have been related to his death.[3]

Trial and sentence[edit]

In August 2000, Francois was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to 8 counts of first degree murder. The plea agreement allowed him to avoid a possible death sentence. Francois was incarcerated in Attica Correctional Facility until shortly before his death.[3]

He died in the Wende Correctional Facility on September 11, 2014, at the age of 43.[3] The official cause of death was "AIDS related illness” According to a woman who corresponded with Francois in prison, he had HIV.[4]


Name Age Date of death
Wendy Meyers 30 c. October 1996
Gina Barone 29 c. November 1996
Catherine Marsh 31 c. November 1996
Kathleen Hurley 47 c. January 1997
Mary Healey Giaccone 29 c. February 1997
Sandra Jean French 51 c. June 1998
Audrey Pugliese 34 c. August 1998
Catina Newmaster 25 c. August 1998

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gado, Mark (December 15, 2011). NIGHTCRAWLER. RosettaBooks. ISBN 9780795323157.
  2. ^ Rowe, Claudia (January 24, 2017). The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062416148.
  3. ^ a b c Ferro, John. "Serial killer Kendall Francois dies in prison". Poughkeepsie Journal. Gannett Company, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Francois letters: Inside the mind of a remorseless killer". The Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved March 4, 2017.

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