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13 Serial Killers With Ties to San Antonio 

As great as San Antonio, it's only fair to admit that we have some pretty terrible residents. There's scandals a-plenty, including some notorious serial killers. Here are some murderers who have called the Alamo City home.

Genene Jones

It's estimated Genene Jones killed 46 infants and children between 1977-1982 while working as a nurse at Bexar County Hospital pediatric intensive care unit. Jones contrived situations where she could be praised as a hero by injecting her victims with life-threatening drugs such as digoxin, heparin and succinylcholine so she could resuscitate them when they faced mortal peril. Dozens were killed. She injured six more children and murdered one while she worked at Kerrville pediatric clinic. Her exact number of victims remains unknown because Bexar County Hospital shredded all related employment and pharmaceutical records to avoid lawsuits. Jones was tried and convicted for just one murder, despite the dozens of deaths attributed to her. She is serving a 99-year sentence, plus a 60-year concurrent sentence for attempted murder. Due to a 1977 law addressing prison overcrowding, she will be released on automatic parole in 2018. [Source] [Source]

The Texas-Louisiana Axe Murders

Between January 1911 and April 1912, 49 people were murdered by an unknown killer (or killers) in Texas and Louisiana. In each case, the murder weapon was an axe, the victims were biracial spouses and families with mixed race children, and the locations of each murder were along the Southern Pacific rail line. Two San Antonio families are among the victims. Five members of the Cassaway family were murdered in March 1911. Eleven months later five members of the Burton family were slaughtered in their beds. The killings ended in San Antonio in August 1912 after the failed attempt to murder the wife of James Dashiell. The identity of the murderer(s) remains a mystery. Among those implicated were Clementine Barnabet, considered to be the first confessed African American serial killer in modern history, and accomplices associated with the Church of Sacrifice, which reports tied to voodoo cults at the time. Barnabet confessed to some of the early murders in Louisiana, but the wave of deaths continued while she was incarcerated. Another theory ties the murders to the famed Axe-Man of New Orleans, who terrorized the French Quarter in 1918 and 1919. Another suggestion claims the murders are not linked at all, considering ax murders were quite common in the United States at the time.

Joseph Ball

Known as both "The Butcher of Elmendorf" and "The Alligator Man," Ball owned the Sociable Inn in Elmendorf, Texas. He built a pond for six alligators that he charged people to see. Ball was suspected of foul play after several women in the area went missing, including Ball's wife, barmaids and former girlfriends. He shot himself when Bexar County Sheriffs arrived to question him. His accomplice Chris Wheeler confessed to helping Ball dispose of two of his victims' bodies. He claimed Ball had murdered as many as 20 women who he fed to the alligators to dispose of the evidence. There is no definitive proof that the alligators ate any of Ball's murder victims. After his death, the gators ended up at the San Antonio Zoo. [Source]

Ángel Maturino Reséndiz

Reséndiz was an Mexican drifter known as "The Railroad Killer," a serial killer and rapist who hopped freight trains to travel around the country. He is known to have killed 15 people in multiple states between 1986 and 1999, the first of which was an unidentified San Antonio homeless woman. After his capture he confessed to murdering the woman's boyfriend, dumping his body in a creek somewhere between San Antonio and Uvalde, although no body has ever been discovered. A vehicle belonging to one of his victims, Claudia Benton, as well as a vehicle belonging to husband and wife victims, Norman and Karen Sirnic, were both found abandoned in San Antonio. Reséndiz was executed by lethal injection in Huntsvillein 2006. [Source]

Henry Lee Lucas

Henry Lee Lucas, along with his accomplice Ottis Toole, were drifters who claimed ties to satanic cult called "The Hands of Death." His killing spree began with the 1960 murder of his mother and continued until 1983. Convicted of 11 murders, Lucas later confessed to hundreds of unsolved deaths, but later recanted most of his confessions. Among those recanted confessions were the murders of six victims in Bexar County. A 1985 report by Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox cast doubt on most of his confessed murders. Governor George W. Bush commuted his death sentence in 1998. He died in prison in 2001. [Source]

Ottis Toole

Like his lover and accomplice Henry Lee Lucas, it's unknown how many victims Toole murdered. Like Lucas, Toole confessed to over 100 murders, most which he later recanted. His most famous victim is 6-year-old Adam Walsh, son of America's Most Wanted host John Walsh. Toole was also a serial arsonist and confessed cannibal. He claims he and Lucas kidnapped a sleeping baby left in a car in San Antonio, a crime that has not been substantiated. He died in a Florida State Prison in 1996. [Source]

Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr.

Henly was tried and convicted in San Antonio for the deaths of six teenage boys in Houston. He, along with David Brooks, were accomplices of Dean Corll, the serial killer known as "The Candy Man." Together the three perpetrated the Houston Mass Murders, considered the worst example of serial murder in American History at the time. During the 1970's, the three murdered at least 28 young men, mostly teenagers who were lured to Corll's home or abducted by force. The victims would be stripped naked and tied up for days while they were sexually assaulted, beaten and tortured. Finally Corll and his accomplices would murder their victims by strangulation or gunshot. The murders did not come to light until Henley murdered Corll. He is currently serving a life sentence. [Source]

Stephen Peter Morin

In 1985, Morin was executed by lethal injection for 1981 murder of 21-year old Carrie Marie Scott outside Maggie’s Restaurant in San Antonio. He was also convicted for two more murders and is suspected in over 30 unsolved rape and murder cases. He is only the second person in history to plead guilty to capital murder at trial. [Source]

Tommy Lynn Sells

Sells was convicted for the 1999 murder of 13-year-old Katy Harris who he stabbed 16 times after breaking into her family's mobile home in Del Rio. Sells knew the family well, befriending her parents Terry and Crystal when they all attended Grace Community Church in San Antonio. Sells also cut the throat of Katy's younger sister Kaylene, but she survived the attack and alerted neighbors for help. Between 1980 and 1999, Sells, a drifter and former carnival worker, murdered over 20 people around the country. Two victims were killed in San Antonio: Thomas Brose, a fellow carnival worker, in 1998, and 9-year-old Mary Beatrice Perez, who was abducted from Market Square during Fiesta in 1999. [Source]

Rodney James Alcala

Alcala is a San Antonio-native, convicted serial killer and sadistic rapist. He is suspected of 130 deaths that occurred in the 1970's. Prosecuters claim he would strangle his victims, who were young girls, women and boys, to the point of unconsciousness and wait till they came to, then strangle them again, a process he would repeat several times before finally killing his victims. He's considered one of the most prolific serial killers in the country and is often compared to Ted Bundy. Alcala is frequently referred to as "The Dating Game" killer, because he appeared on the show in 1978 when he was already a convicted rapist and sex offender. He was sentenced to death in 2010. [Source]

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David Villarreal

Villarreal was a gay drifter who murdered four men in Dallas and three men in San Antonio between 1974 and 1981. Police reported he found sexual gratification out of killing some of his victims. In 1979, he was help in questioning in connection fo the murder Ernest Garcia, who was stabbed with an ice pick, but released due to lack of evidence. Villarreal later admitted to the crime. [Source]

Edward Joseph Leonski

Known as "The Brown-out Strangler," Leonski was ferocious alcoholic who raped and murdered three women in 1942 while stationed in Australia. He was sentenced to death at a United States Army general court-martial and executed in Australia the same year. His order of execution was personally signed by General MacArthur. Leonski's murderous inclinations began in the Alamo City. His first attempt to strangle a woman occurred while stationed in San Antonio with the U.S. Army's 52nd Signal Battalion. [Source]

Jeffrey Dahmer

Because of San Antonio's role as a military hub, a number of serial killers were stationed in San Antonio during their lives. The most famous of which was Jeffrey Dahmer. He trained at Fort Sam Houston as a medical specialist in 1979. Other notable serial killers stationed in San Antonio include Dennis Rader, known as the "BTK Killer." [Source]

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Genene Jones

It's estimated Genene Jones killed 46 infants and children between 1977-1982 while working as a nurse at Bexar County Hospital pediatric intensive care unit. Jones contrived situations where she could be praised as a hero by injecting her victims with life-threatening drugs such as digoxin, heparin and succinylcholine so she could resuscitate them when they faced mortal peril. Dozens were killed. She injured six more children and murdered one while she worked at Kerrville pediatric clinic. Her exact number of victims remains unknown because Bexar County Hospital shredded all related employment and pharmaceutical records to avoid lawsuits. Jones was tried and convicted for just one murder, despite the dozens of deaths attributed to her. She is serving a 99-year sentence, plus a 60-year concurrent sentence for attempted murder. Due to a 1977 law addressing prison overcrowding, she will be released on automatic parole in 2018. [Source] [Source]

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